- We Build Shelters -
There are many criteria that go into designing your home. Your answer to the following question is perhaps the best place for you to start: Do you want a shelter or a showplace?
The answer to this question has ridden the pendulum from one extreme to the other over the years. Today's buyer is extremely focused on how their home reflects their social status. Most people view their home's exterior as a reflection of their own personal interior. They want their home to make a statement about who they are and what they value.
There's nothing wrong with building a home that places great emphasis on the home's exterior beauty by designing in interesting roof lines and complimentary exterior coatings. We would defend any neighbor's desire to prioritize form over function. However, FerroCrete Designs finds an inner beauty in functionality that far surpasses a home's exterior form or appearance. We are not building for homeowners whose priority for traditional aesthetics is high on their list.
FerroCrete Designs builds for those who view their home first and foremost as their shelter. Rather than sell you on all the benefits of a monolithic dome here, I will direct you to one of the most complete and comprehensive web sites I've ever visited: www.monolithic.com. This company in Italy, TX has the patent on the process we use to build our domes. They have done an excellent job extolling the virtues of monolithic domes.
The cost for building a monolithic dome is very similar to conventional stick-built housing. The cost for the completed shell, which includes the foundation work, rough plumbing, electrical conduit, footings/foundation, standard excavation, and slab is approximately $60/sqft in the Austin, TX area. The finish-out costs are then similar to more traditional houses. After we complete your shell, you can either take over the building process or we can finish it out for you; it's your choice.
Where you will really save money with a monolithic dome is in decreased heating and cooling costs. We typically see electrical and gas bills decrease by over 50%. Larger buildings, such as churches and schools, report energy savings over a twenty year period that will pay for the cost of the building. Savings will also occur due to minimal maintenance costs and decreased insurance costs since our domes are fireproof and tornado proof.
Have you noticed how our storms in Central Texas many times blow through in the middle of the night? When you're sleeping in a dome, you really don't care if tornados are in the forecast. Ever see the news reports of a car that careened off the street through somebody's home? No worries if you're living in a monolithic dome. They are literally bulletproof.