Preliminary steps to designing and building domes

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Preliminary Steps to beginning your dome project.

It’s a great idea to first jump into the DomeTalk Zoom Room to get a few questions answered. Also if you have the opportunity to actually visit our headquarters and tour the domes that is helpful but not necessary. The information below is basic and there are exceptions to the rules but this covers the most common steps to building a dome with Natural Spaces Domes. If you are not building a dome and instead repairing, adding, replacing skylights, etc, it is best to schedule a consultation time with the first 1/2 hour free.

1. Try to start with some idea of a floor plan that you believe you want. If you can find a plan that is close to what you want on our website, let us know which plan. You can order a planning kit here or you can send something you have sketched out. Starting out, we suggest a conversation with Nancy or Derek to get most of your preliminary questions answered. You can check on our site to determine the approximate cost of your dome but Nancy and Derek can also answer some of your estimated expense questions.

2. At this point it might be wise to have a half-hour free consultation with Dennis. There will be times you can speak with Derek as well but Dennis does the drawing.

3. Next, Dennis will estimate how many hours the plan will take to draw up and then a Work Authorization with a quote is sent to you to sign. Keep in mind that having the land for your dome at this point is almost necessary. Site information has to be provided and will be discussed.

Once the work authorization is signed and returned with a deposit, you will be put in the queue for drawings. Dennis will give you an estimate on the timing.

4. After the preliminary drawings are complete, they are sent to you and you will review and talk with Dennis (or Derek) if changes are needed. You will have the opportunity to ask lots of questions and discuss changes to your plan. At this stage, we can create an accurate quote for all Natural Spaces products.

5. When the plans are agreed upon, construction drawings are begun. There will be a quote for the cost of the drawings and work related to them. There’s a lot to consider at this point. Engineering, local requirements, local weather, heating/cooling systems, etc.

6. When the construction drawings are complete and approved by all, a contract is created and signed before beginning the construction of the dome. The order for shop production begins with a signature and a paid deposit. You will discuss and be given a schedule including shipping cost information as well.

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