Hobbit Builders Frequently Asked Questions
We are sure you have many questions about building your very own underground dome home. Below are some of our most asked questions our clients ask us. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact us.
We are willing and able to work anywhere, but as distance from our workshop increases, so does the minimum project size that makes sense for us to pursue. If you are within a 12 hour drive from West Chester, PA, then we will look at any size of project. For a larger dome or several smaller ones, we can work nationwide. Most dome building companies travel because very few of us in the United States specialize in this technology.
I’d love to automate and answer this online, but each proposal is custom. We are happy to have a budget range conversation with you, but in order to do that, we first need to discuss the requirements of the project including size, features, and scope. An exact construction quote cannot come until we complete the design specifications – this typically is performed by an engineer. As a general idea, it will cost a small amount more per square foot, as compared to a comparably outfitted traditional wood framed home. However, you will save significant money in the long run due to reduced maintenance and energy costs.
We do not sell plans because there really is not a practical way for most contractors to build one themselves – the equipment and experience needed is too much to buy and learn for just one project. HOWEVER, we are happy to build a shell only, and let you finish the interior yourself, if you wish to earn some “Sweat Equity” and have construction skills.
Great question. Truthfully, I’m not sure that you should hire us. Our technology has definite advantages, and we’re a good contractor, but we’re not for everyone. This construction style is not the cheapest, but it is the most reliable and long lasting. We’re happy to listen to more about what you’re trying to accomplish, and then see if it’s a good fit for us to work together.
No. Most domes worldwide are not buried. You still get most of the energy savings due to the polyurethane insulation. The domes that are exposed to the air sometimes need exterior refurbishing after about 20 years due to UV degradation, but there are good coatings to apply at that time to keep it waterproof indefinitely with a little maintenance (Less than 10% of the cost of replacing asphalt shingles). The decision comes down to aesthetics, cost, and personal choice. Contact us to discuss the pros & cons.