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Success Story: The Bentleys’ Ekodome Greenhouse in Wiggins, Colorado

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This month’s success story comes from the Bentley family in Wiggins, Colorado. They embarked on an exciting project to create a sustainable greenhouse using the Ekodome Original Series Terra 22ft dome. Their journey from discovering Ekodome to enjoying daily gardening in their customized dome is a testament to the simplicity and quality of Ekodome’s products.

How Michael Discovered Ekodome

When Michael Bentley began his search for an easy-to-build geodesic dome greenhouse, he turned to the internet. It wasn’t long before he stumbled upon Ekodome’s Kickstarter campaign. The simplicity and the promise of a hassle-free assembly caught his eye, setting Ekodome apart from other manufacturers. “The kit looked easy to put together,” Michael recalls, which was a decisive factor in choosing Ekodome for his project.

Creating a Greenhouse with Ekodome

Michael’s project was ambitious and inspiring. He opted for the Ekodome Original Series Terra 22ft dome, intending to use it as a greenhouse. He built the structure on a concrete pad foundation, incorporating a Ground to Air Heat Transfer (GHAT) system below to optimize growing conditions. While he adhered closely to the provided instructions, Michael made a few practical modifications. “We added a homemade screen door and penetrations through the polycarbonate for power and water,” he explains. Although they still need to secure a building permit, the foundation and setup demonstrate the dome’s adaptability and resilience.

First-Time Dome Builders

This project was Michael and his wife’s first experience with dome construction, yet the simplicity of the Ekodome kit made the process accessible. “The directions were simple, and the build went pretty fast,” says Michael. Despite a few minor setbacks, such as unclear instructions for door and window installations and some missing door struts, the support from Ekodome’s team was exceptional. “Sam from Ekodome got them to us quickly,” Michael notes, emphasizing the company’s commitment to customer service.

Assembling the Dome

Assembling the dome was straightforward. “The dome was very easy to put together,” Michael says, although he suggests that the instructions could be clearer. The couple, despite being a bit older, completed the build in about two weeks, working at a leisurely pace. Their experience underscores the user-friendly design of the Ekodome kit, making it suitable for builders of all ages and skill levels.

A Day in the Dome

A typical day in Michael’s dome revolves around plant care. “In the morning, we check on the plants, water if needed, harvest if needed, reseed, hand pollinate, etc. The same basic process is in the evening,” he describes. The dome has become an integral part of their daily routine, fostering a sustainable and productive gardening environment.

Quality and Recommendations

Michael is unequivocal in his praise for Ekodome. “Sam’s quality of the dome and tech support were top-notch,” he says. Their positive experience has led them to recommend Ekodome to others, highlighting the high-quality products and outstanding customer service.

Video Tour of the Bentley's Ekodome

Michael also captured a video tour of their Ekodome, providing a firsthand look at the structure and sharing his experiences. In the video, he walks viewers through the dome, discussing its features, the modifications they made, and how it has enhanced their gardening routine. Check out the video here to see the Bentleys’ Ekodome in action:

Contact Information

For those interested in learning more about Michael’s experience with Ekodome, he is available to share his insights. You can reach him anytime between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Mountain Time.

Michael Bentley’s story is a testament to the transformative potential of Ekodome’s products. From ease of assembly to the daily joys of gardening in a geodesic dome, his experience showcases the benefits and possibilities that Ekodome offers.

Join Our Success Story Campaign

We are inspired by stories like the Bentleys’ and want to hear more! If you are an Ekodome owner, we invite you to share your journey with us. Your experiences, innovations, and daily routines can inspire others and showcase the incredible possibilities that Ekodome structures offer. Join our success story campaign and become part of our growing community of innovators and dreamers. Together, we can highlight the transformative impact of Ekodome and inspire others to create their own unique spaces. Reach out to us and let your story be heard!

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