Bored of the rooms in your home, but struggling with unpredictable weather too much to truly enjoy your garden? Here's your answer, a geodome.
You likely haven't heard the name before, but you will have seen them popping up in outdoor bars and glamping fields, and now they're fast becoming a popular garden idea. In a viral TikTok, @rossleegardener showcased his stunning new geodome, designed as an outdoor bedroom to make the most of starry nights.
While Ross has created a sleeping spot ideal for balmy nights, the reality is that a geodome offers endless opportunities for making the most of your outdoor living space. And what's even better is that it requires minimal work to construct. If you're not a lover of camping or DIY, this could be the perfect solution for upgrading a patio area so that you can enjoy the atmosphere of your garden, but hide from any unpleasant British weather.
What is a geodome?
A geodome (geodesic dome) is a hemispherical thin-shell structure with triangular elements that are structurally rigid. This means that although it has a rounded shape, it's able to withstand very heavy loads, and thus, bad weather. In short, it's the perfect solution for a British summer.
The GeoDomeX, which Ross has in his garden, is entirely weatherproof so he can use it all year round, and it can even be fitted with an air conditioner or an electric heater, depending on the time of year. Plus, your garden furniture will be well protected from the elements, so you won't have to worry about having an additional place to store it.
And the best part is that replicating the Eden Project in your own garden won't cost the earth. Ranging from £649.99 on Amazon to £997 from GeoDomex, it will be a much more affordable solution than an outbuilding or a garden shed-turned-office.
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'Once I have an vision in my head I just have to do it!', gardener, Ross Lee told Ideal Home.
'I decided on a Geodome and found a company called GeodomeX that offers an affordable and amazing model. The build was super easy with each piece numbered and videos online to assist you.'
'It’s anchored down and withstands high winds and is fully waterproof with windows that you can open and close, so I use mine as an outdoor bedroom. I have sealed the bottom with silicone and added some shade sails for those hot summer days.'
Not only is the GeoDome particularly easy to assemble, as Ross showcased through his videos, but it also requires minimal care. Once it's up it will stand up to weather and can be ventilated by propping open the built-in windows, just like you would a room in your house. With no maintenance needed, all that's left to do is decorate and enjoy the biophilic design.
How to get the look
Ross' goal was to make his already plush garden more accessible in all seasons. He was aiming for 'a contemporary cottage tropical garden with an eastern twist.'
'I reused my old pergola and turned it into a bamboo division feature, dividing a seating area and a planted pathway. I also have a living wall I have just installed from Gardeninabox.com which looks great when I’m laying in the geodome as it's directly opposite,' he says.
If you're trying to bring the outside in, or rather, the indoors out, a plant is a great way to tie the two areas together. Opt for a cactus for a botanical garden-inspired look in your own dome.
This is a great alternative that is easy to order, assemble, and decorate. Whether you want a bedroom like Ross or a seating area ready for entertaining, it'll be simple to decorate.
Rattan rose in popularity in our garden furniture, and has now made it inside our homes in a big way. Combine the two for an indoor-outdoor living aesthetic that will look perfectly down to earth.
Wanting your geodome to feel warm and homely? A rug will complete the look and feel of a space, and offers comfort under foot. Opting for an outdoor rug will also mean that you won't have to worry about any mud making it's way in.
If you're not sure exactly how you're going to use your dome, you might not want to invest in a bed or sofa for the space. Instead, find something that can do both like these floor cushions.
No matter whether you want to replicate Ross' outdoor bedroom aesthetic or want to follow in the footsteps of your favourite restaurant with a chic outdoor bar, it's easy to make a geodome your own.
With a few simple styling tips, you can create a spot that feels entirely unique to you and ties into the rest of your garden scheme. This way, the geodome acts as a practical space for lounging, sleeping, or hosting, as well as a design feature that will make a landscape look Chelsea Flower Show-ready.
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After starting out her journey at Future as a Features Editor on Top Ten Reviews, Holly is now a Content Editor at Ideal Home, writing about the best interior ideas and news. At Top Ten Reviews, she focussed on TikTok viral cleaning hacks as well as how to take care of investment purchases such as lawn mowers, washing machines and vacuum cleaners. Prior to this, Holly was apart of the editorial team at Howdens which sparked her interest in interior design, and more specifically, kitchens (Shaker is her favourite!).
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