We have spent the last few months talking with the designer at Monolithic Domes and I think we have finally arrived at the correct concept for the house and the rooms in the house. As expected it is gong to be larger than we anticipated. It seems like each time you see something that needs to be done, it requires making a tradeoff between space. Well, rather than make that tradeoff, you just make things a bit bigger to handle the increase.
Anyway, we have a meeting with the Monolithic Dome people scheduled for next week where we will give final approval to them for producing the construction documents and where we lay out a timeline for getting the dome portion built. The actual interior structure will be done by a local contractor (who we still have to find). The Dome people pour the slab, put up the dome and cut the openings for the windows and doors. This includes some basic electrical and plumbing work for the foundation and dome, but that is all. Then the local contractor comes in and completes the walls, floors, etc. to make it a house.
We would love to have the dome completed before the weather turns cold (like it ever does here in College Station) in December, so the local contractor could continue to work throughout the winter. We'll see if it can happen. There are all the pre-work things that have to happen like building permits, utilities, etc. that have to be in place before the slab can be built.