Labor material cost and time frame examples
Hello can someone give me an idea as to what to expect approximately as far as the cost for building a lovely Dome home? For example like this 600- square foot home dome in the video. How many people would I need to hire, how long does it take to build the one in the video? I'm just getting started trying to get an idea as to how to plan this... if someone could give me example I would appreciate it as far as different scenarios; I would like to have a home built in a fair amount of time enjoying the process is very important and doing it right is just as important. I just don't know how many people and how much time and the cost approximately for this to be a sustainable project. Thank you very much for your time and thank you for helping me plan this!
There is mention of Steve's dome costing US$9 000 in total.
@Kwagga yes... thank you for your reply, yet it does not specify the relative labor cost for its location where it was built. Not all locations are going to show the same labor cost. In other words wages are different everywhere, material costs aren't the same everywhere , that cost isn't going to be the same everywhere in the world , it's not a universal outcome. At some point I'm going to want to build in Costa Rica when I'm ready, I want to hire people with experience, I don't know what they charge I'm looking for people to give me an example based on their experience with finding people and hiring people. Once again I thank you for your reply kindly.
At the Mazunte workshop 35 inexperienced people got a 6m dome almost completed in a week. The organisers quote about $10,000 for a dome home (not including the cost of the footings, because it varies so much depending on the soil type).
The biggest expense was for plans drawn up by a structural engineer as required by my local council. I reckon it’s costing me about $A1 a block (220 x 330mm) and I’ll need about 2500 for the 3 domes.
Direct work costs are the wages, advantages, and protection that are paid to representatives who are straightforwardly engaged with assembling and creating the products!
I haven’t included labour costs as my son and I are doing the building work ourselves. If you’ve been to the Domegaia workshop you’ll know what has to be done and will be able to direct those you employ to do it - it is pretty straightforward. In Australia we have to employ professional plumbers and electricians but I don’t know the situation in Costa Rica. Also in Australia we are obliged to pay a minimum rate - about $25 an hour (one of the reasons our project is do-it-yourself) but again that may be different where you are.
I would suggest that you have your plans why not get local builders or tradesmen to give you a quote for the job - then at least you’ll have an idea of what construction costs look like.
Hello, I can't answer all your questions here but am happy to share my personal experience with you! We have hosted 2 dome workshops, and so far for the first dome we have surpassed $30,000 and for the second dome we're around $12,000.
The first was so much more bc we hired a concrete company for the foundation and we had to buy soooo many tools/materials. The 2nd one we figured out how to build the foundation ourselves and we already had all the required tools so it was significantly cheaper. They are each 200 Sq ft and only about halfway done. So I'm not sure what the grand total will be, but can update you when we finish them. I will say they're a much bigger undertaking than we had anticipated and I feel like it's going to be some years before we finish the two of them. If we had the funds to hire a professional crew I'm sure they'd be finished in some months but that's just not feasible for us at the time. Please let me know if you have any questions
Did you host DomeGaia workshops?
Can you describe in more detail what you mean when you say they are 'half complete'?
@Zander There is a dome cost estimator. It approximates the material cost. It estimates a dome that is 20ft in diameter, 6 inch walls costs around 3100 USD. It's not terribly expensive. I drew up a 1900sqft dome house that I estimate costs 30,000 USD. That includes foundation, shell, finishing, reinforcement, and utilities. That is, if you build it yourself. FYI, 20ft diameter dome is about 315sqft.