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Finding Reliable Contractors or Subcontractors

One of the advantages of the American Ingenuity dome building kit is that it can be owner-built. In fact about 40% of Ai's domes are owner-built, many of whom have had little or no construction experience.

For those who prefer to stick with what they do best and leave the building to others, we have help. Some previous dome owners and dome builders have expressed an interest in assisting others and have authorized us to give out their names. All of these builders have succeeded in the construction of their dome home and/or have worked to build a dome for someone else.

Although we would not pass on a builder who we know to be a problem, this list does not constitute a recommendation or endorsement. These individuals are not American Ingenuity employees and therefore we can not guarantee their performance. As with any builder, acquire references and recommendations from recent customers. Before selecting a contractor read our information sheet on Choosing a Contractor and before committing to a builder, call us for our latest review/input.

If you do not have the time or do not want to assemble the dome shell kit, we know of a working consultant that will supervise your or your contractor’s laborers and assemble the shell.  The Kit Assembly Consultant works directly for you as an independent subcontractor and can provide you with references for previous A.I. domes built.  Using this consultant will assure that your building kit is assembled correctly and in a timely fashion.

The working consultant cost is $265 a day with any work over eight hours in a day at $26.50 an hour and travel expenses.   Using three to four good laborers and depending upon the size dome and type of hoisting mechanism you use, shell assembly with two entryways and four dormers can take from 10 to 20 days. Click on Kit Assembly Consultant to learn more.

Once you decide on your floor plan, we can estimate the number of days needed to assemble the shell (entryways and dormers take longer to install than triangles).

You or your contractor will hire conventional subcontractors to do the normal jobs like forming and pouring the slab, plumbing, electrical, framing, etc. We figure you should not pay some one to come in from out of state to do work that your local subs can perform. The subs follow the Dome Building Plans, Assembly Manual and call us when they have questions.

The Kit Assembly Consultant travels all around the USA and the world supervising the assembly of the dome shell kits. Because the Consultant is on a job site, he cannot be disturbed. If you would like to utilize the consultant, call American Ingenuity at 321-639-8777 Monday through Friday, 9 to 5 eastern time and ask for Glenda.

A few years ago prior to the working consultants that would supervise the shell assembly, some of our dome owners had to hire contractors or individuals that had never assembled an Ai dome shell kits. As a result the contractor had to overcharge the dome owner because they did not know what problems they would run in to. Many times the contractor would charge as much as the cost of the building kit for the labor cost to assemble the kit.

A helpful book that gives you overall insight in building your own home is called The Complete Idiot's Guide to Building Your Own Home by Dan Ramsey. A helpful web site is EZ Home Build. It has construction manuals, construction estimating CD's, etc.  Another helpful web site to assist in your cost estimating is rsmeans.comezhomebuild.com

**Be Prepared to send a copy of your building plans to your prospective builder. He won’t be able to discuss working with you with out them.**

Finding a Reliable Contractor or Subcontractor:

Locating a contractor in your area with the requirements you need can be time consuming and frustrating and if you are not very careful you may regret your choice and end up with someone that is not compatible with you.

Servicemagic.com maintains a list of Reliable Contractors and Sub contractors and Engineers.

Others have used Servicemagic and found them to be very helpbful.  It is assuring that they follow up on each referral to assure that professional quality service was provided.

There web site is www.servicemagic.com  If you have difficulty in using their site, you can contact them directly at 877-800-3177.  Once you are on their web site, do the following:

  • click on "Start Request"
  • Then "Find Contractors:
  • Follow the prompts
  • You'll be asked for your specific requirements:  Framing, electrical, plumbing, etc. And your specific location and zip code is requested.


 

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