For Sale North Carolina Aidome w' Basement - AiDomes

For Sale 34′ Aidome w’ Full Basement on 2.2 Acres

w’ Wood Burning Fireplace – $160,000

OPTION: the price includes the dome and adjoining acreage of 2.2 acres; however,

if you are interested there are 2.0 contiguous areas which can be purchased.

at 3,400 ft elevation – one mile off the Blue Ridge Parkway

In rural western North Carolina (30 min from Marion & Burnsville NC)

One Hour From Asheville, NC

1,092 sq.ft. Dome w’ 824 sq.ft. Basement for total 1,916 sq.ft.
Dome has two bedrooms and two baths
Basement has separate apartment, mud room & storeroom
(Apt has one bedroom, full bath, kitchenette w’ family room)

Call Glenda for info 321-693-8787 or Email 

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Have you dreamed of living in an American Ingenuity dome?  Are you tired of your state’s hot summers?  Desire investment property?  Then purchase this amazing dome to relax in the coolness of the 3,400 feet elevation of the North Carolina Black Mountains, play golf two miles away at the four and one half star Mount Mitchell Golf Course  or trout fish at the nearby Black Mountain Campground.  When you are not enjoying the dome, rent out the dome or the basement apartment to those wanting to hike the Blue Ridge Parkway trails, view the gorgeous autumn foliage, visit the Parkway water falls, Mount Mitchell State Park or the surrounding quaint small towns and sights of Asheville – Biltmore Estate and its Gardens.   During the winter ski in Boone North Carolina.

We just received this Facebook question: and wanted to share it and our answer with you:  

Q:  Ai, just out of curiosity, how often do you have the sales like you have been having?  It’s an amazing deal and beings it will be a while before I could purchase, just curious if it’s once a year or more or less frequently?

A:  It is very unusual to have a finished Ai concrete dome for sale. So this is a once in a lifetime opportunity for anyone desiring to purchase a finished American Ingenuity dome to do so instead of taking the time to determine the floor plan layout, purchase building plans, obtain a building permit, purchase the dome building kit, assemble it and  hire subcontractors to finish the interior. On our web site you can sign up for a newsletter. It keeps you informed about our building kit discounts & special events.  Ai is not a construction company. Since 1976 our company designs the building plans and manufacturers the prefab panels for the dome building kits. Different times of the year there is a discount on the dome kit with the discount varying. The kits are purchased and are either assembled by the owner builder or by their builder. If desired the independent Kit Assembly Consultant can supervise the owner builder’s workers or the builder’s workers to get the dome kit assembled.

This finished dome is an eleven hour drive from central Florida and is one mile off the Blue Ridge Parkway & the eastern continental divide, 30 minutes from Marion & Burnsville North Carolina and one hour from Asheville.  The dome is nestled on the mountain side in the oaks and hemlocks. The dome’s incredible glassed high profile entryways and decks allow for quiet viewing of the spectacular North Carolina country side, mountains, flora and fauna.  Seen on the property: northern flying squirrel, saw-whet owl, white-tailed deer and gray fox.  Mount Mitchell State Park is 12 miles away where bird watchers have recorded 91 species in the park. Birds more characteristic of New England and Canada—including winter wrens, slate-colored juncos, red crossbills and golden-crowned kinglets—nest at these high altitudes. Spring and summer bring the drumming of ruffed grouse. From the observation tower, visitors can often see peregrine falcons whipping past.

Sit in tranquility on the decks, share morning coffee and the countryside views. Enjoy hiking the Blue Ridge Parkway trails, having picnics at the water falls, eating at local cafes in Little Switzerland, attending live theater performances in Asheville, skiing in Boone and becoming friends with the amazing local residents.

The geodesic dome was built from an American Ingenuity (Ai) dome building kit which consists of prefabricated triangle shaped panels. The dome’s exterior is fire resistant concrete reinforced with galvanized steel mesh and fibers. Its insulation is continuous R28 {seven inches of expanded polystyrene (EPS)}. The dome’s exterior walls are incredibly strong and come with a 225 mph wind and F4 tornado warrantyresist tree impact and resist forest fires due to non-combustible concrete exterior.  The insulation results in the dome’s heating costs being 50% to 60% lower than a box shaped house.

Why purchase a home built from an Aidome?  Super-strength, noncombustible concrete exterior, super-energy efficiency, no wood in or on the shell to rot, or for termites to eat or to burn.  No roof to replace every 11-12 years.  Please scroll down to the bottom of this article to learn why the founder of American Ingenuity designed a dome which such wonderful features.

Why is a geodesic dome so strong? Geodesic domes are three-dimensional structures using stable triangles approximating spheres to create multiple load carrying paths from point of load to point of support. The triangle is the only arrangement of structural members that is stable within itself without requiring additional connections at the intersection points to prevent warping of the geometry.  In other words, apply pressure to one edge of a triangle, and that force is evenly distributed to the other two sides, which then transmit pressure to adjacent triangles. That cascading distribution of pressure is how geodesic domes efficiently distribute stress along the entire structure, much like the shell of an egg.  To view advantages of the American Ingenuity dome, click on Summary. To view Ai’s web site click on www.aidomes.com   

The basement walls were built on site from eight inch poured concrete with French drain.  The 1,092 sq.ft. 34′ dome has a wood burning fireplace, two skylights and two magnificent glassed high profile entryways.  The 824 sq.ft. basement has an apartment for a total square footage in the dome and basement of 1,916 sq.ft.

The custom built oak spiral stair case and railing around it and oak planks were sawed from red oak trees from the area.  Seventeen foot high vaulted ceilings are above the 150 sq.ft. dining room, 162 sq.ft. living room, both High Profile entryways, fireplace and the spiral stairs.

The dome’s first floor is 840 sq.ft. with one bedroom & one bath and second floor is 252 sq.ft. with one bedroom & one bath.  The first floor bath has tub/shower and second floor has bathroom with shower. Dome is accessed via spiral stairs from the basement or via exterior stairs or by walking around the dome.

The Basement apartment includes: one bedroom, full bath, Kitchenette with standard refrigerator & sink,  and family room.   The basement also has a store room with a 4′ wide by 3’4″ window and a  mud room with  2’10″x 2’10” window and 3′ wide door and laundry tub.  The family room, kitchenette, mud room, bathroom and hall way have ceramic tile. The basement apartment does not include heat at this time; however, an estimate from a local handy man indicates the installation of a Toyo Stove with a kerosene line run from the kerosene tank would cost under $4,000.  The basement family room and kitchenette have ample light from 6’ sliding glass doors and a 3’10” x 3′ kitchen window.

All glass in the windows & sliding doors is double panned with vinyl frames. The dome first floor has two skylights and two high profile entryways, each with a set of 6 foot sliding glass doors. Above each of the sliding doors is fixed glass – 2′ tall by 7’10” long.  In the kitchen there is a standard entryway with single door and 5′ x 2’9″ tall window.  The two bedrooms in the dome each have a window dormer.

The dome’s wood burning fireplace hearth is 4’6″ long by one foot wide. The fireplace glass doors are 3’7″ long by 1’10” tall. Around the base of the fireplace tile is installed.

The dome is all electric. During the summer 85 degrees are high temps. In the winter the dome is heated by a monitor heater, fireplace and southern sun.  There is an exterior  250 gallon kerosene storage tank.  If the dome is used as a summer vacation home, no fear going off and leaving the cabin in the cold North Carolina winters. Conventional houses need their  furnace set at high temperatures to keep the building above freezing temps. However because the American Ingenuity dome has uninterrupted R28 insulation and reduced exterior surface area it can be heated and cooled very efficiently. This dome also has the advantage of having a south facing HP entryway which allows the sunlight to heat the dome. When the dome was not occupied in the winter, the owners set the monitor at 48 degrees causing the unheated basement to stay at 55 degrees. When they did not visit the dome in the winter only 100 gallons of kerosene was needed to keep the dome to 48 degrees.  About one half of the basement walls are completely back filled with French Drain.

The dome is accessed from I-40 or I-26 or the Blue Ridge Parkway to Highway 80 south.  A paved driveway off Hwy 80 south is 260 ft long and ten feet wide. The dome has three decks and exterior stairs. One deck off the basement is 12′ long x 6′ wide with railing which accesses sliding glass doors in the basement family room & kitchenette. The second floor deck is 42 feet long by 6 feet wide and accesses the dome’s dining room and the living room. The exterior stairs are 16 feet long by 3′ wide which leads to the 12′ 10″ long by 7’5″ wide deck off the kitchen entryway.  House is accessed either through the mud room door or the exterior stairs lead to a kitchen door or by walking around the dome.

All dome interior walls and the dome & basement exterior walls were freshly painted in November 2015.

Free with the dome are the following solid oak furniture: two end tables, coffee table, kitchen rolling cart, bar stool, coat stand, bench and two solid oak queen size headboards.  Also free: kitchen appliances, love seat, sofa, two oak dressers, oak mirror, pressure treated wood two person deck chair with two end stands.

There is a local Father/Son team who the owners have used for repair and could be expected to handle the carpet and kitchen tile that you may want to replace and will do so with quality craftsmanship and at a very low, economical price.

Per Wikipedia, the Black Mountains are a mountain range in western North Carolina, in the southeastern United States. They are part of the Blue Ridge Province of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. The Blacks are the highest mountains in the Eastern United States. The range takes its name from the dark appearance of the red spruce and Fraser fir trees on the upper slopes which contrasts with the brown (during winter) or lighter green (during the growing season) appearance of the deciduous trees at lower elevations. The Eastern Continental Divide, which runs along the eastern Blue Ridge crest, intersects the southern tip of the Black Mountain range.

The Black Mountains are home to Mount Mitchell State Park, which protects the range’s highest summit and adjacent summits in the north-central section of the range. Much of the range is also protected by the Pisgah National Forest. The Blue Ridge Parkway passes along the range’s southern section, and is connected to the summit of Mount Mitchell by North Carolina Highway 128. The Black Mountains are mostly located in Yancey County, although the range’s southern and western extremes are part of Buncombe County.

As you will see in the area this property is an outstanding unique opportunity to capitalize on the fantastic mountain views, recreational facilities on the Parkway, close proximity to top class shops, restaurants and live theater in Asheville that we don’t believe you can find any where else in the country.

OPTION: the price includes the dome and adjoining acreage of 2.2 acres; however, if you are interested there are 2.0 contiguous areas which can be purchased  for additional cost.   Above the paved road, the road continues as gravel and accesses the well area and a cleared area for a turn around or another home site. Above this cleared area are two more acres which could be sold for two other home sites. The top part of the property is flat and has a full view of Mount Mitchell Tower.  Annual Yancey County property taxes on the dome home and 4.2 acres are low – $735.

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The Ai dome is ideal for a vacation home for several reasons:

Unique design that results in a fun home to visit and possibly rent out the dome or the basement apartment when the property owners are not home.

Dome nestles into a wooded setting without concern of a tree impact or that a forest fire will burn the concrete exterior. See our  tree impact link for info about 30” in diameter hickory tree falling on dome with dome suffering no damage. The concrete dome exterior is noncombustible so exterior is fire resistant. As a matter of fact all the materials in the dome prefab panel are noncombustible (concrete, galvanized steel and EPS.

Super energy efficiency: The 7” Eps insulation is comparable to 11” of fiberglass batting and is not interrupted by wood. The dome walls and roof have 30% less surface area than a conventional house; expect heating and cooling costs to be 50% to 60% less than conventional housing. As a result during winter time, when you are not visiting your vacation dome, the dome requires very little heat to keep the water pipes from freezing.

To view photos of a Florida 34’ dome home and it’s electric bills, showing where it can be cool for less than $22 a month in the hot Florida summer months, click on 34’ dome. By the way it is even easier to heat an Ai dome than to cool one.

Low Exterior Maintenance: The Ai dome has less exterior maintenance than a conventional framed house. The dome’s exterior is a shell of continuous concrete with incredible durability with nothing to rot, rust, warp, be eaten by termites or be damaged by fungus, molds and insects. The exterior concrete is primed and painted with no shingles or separate roofing to blow off in high winds. Normal maintenance is to pressure wash and paint every 4-6 years. The dome’s expanded polystyrene insulation will not shrink, deteriorate, absorb moisture or relinquish its R-value.  To view a summary of advantages, click onAdvantages.

To view a video of the interior and exterior of the dome, click on YouTube Cabin Interior.  To view part of the cabin exterior, click on YouTube Cabin Exterior.

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WHY PURCHASE  AN AMERICAN INGENUITY GEODESIC DOME FOR YOUR NEW HOME?

Q: Why did the founder of American Ingenuity in 1975 decide on the dome shape for his commercial dome to be built in Melbourne Florida?  

A: The dome, or partial sphere, is a geometric form that encloses the greatest amount of volume with the least amount of surface area. Historically, massive domes constructed of stones, brick or concrete were common in ancient Greece and Rome. In modern times, Buckminster Fuller was the first to formulate geodesic principles for constructing a spherical surface by triangular subdivision. However nearly all of Fuller’s domes were built from wood framing with shingled roofs.

Ai’s founder, Michael Busick, did not want to build his Florida commercial dome out of wood and shingles because termites eat wood, hurricane force winds rip off shingles and a wood dome has an increased shingled roof area causing expensive reroofing costs every 11 or 12 years.  Instead Mr. Busick hired a University of Miami architectural professor, engineering students and director of the Florida Solar Energy Center to come up with building materials specifically to build the geodesic dome. The materials were concrete, mesh and expanded polystyrene (EPS) insulation. Back in 1976 the first Ai dome was built by propping up precut EPS panels, hand tying road mesh on the exterior of the EPS and guniting concrete on to the exterior.  Mr. Busick soon learned that guniting concrete over the entire exterior surface was a waste of concrete and labor.  This is why he invented Ai’s prefab panel and received a patent.  Building an Ai dome from prefab concrete panels makes construction easier than stick built construction or pumping concrete on to an airform and results in the dome exterior having a 225 mph wind and F4 tornado guarantee and super-energy efficiency.

The process of stacking the panels, overlapping/locking the steel mesh of adjacent panels and filling the panel seams with special fiber concrete, produces 1) the structural components of the home; 2) the finished concrete surface; and 3) installs all the R28 insulation.  Ai’s component panel building system is the most simplified way to build a commercial or residential building on the market today.  

During the past decade the buying public has experienced a substantial increase in the cost of construction, the cost of energy and the cost of borrowing. As a result, there has been increased interest in the use of technology to help address these concerns. In the last decade, many people have discovered that the dome design offers a viable solution.

As a building concept, geodesic dome construction translates into a highly comfortable and livable building that has a maximum of floor area enclosed by a minimum of materials. These features combine superior strength and cost-effectiveness in a single structure. In short, the building concept of a dome expands the range of simple and economic building options.

Manufactured domes are constructed using a triangular network to form a spherical shape. This method provides for a free span, self-supporting structure requiring no internal supports such as roof load bearing partition walls. This allows for maximum flexibility of floor plan design and utilization of interior space.

As an architectural form, the dome is one of the strongest structural forms devised and built by man. Domes that were built centuries ago enclose many of the great cathedrals of Europe. Domes are structurally superior to rectilinear enclosures. The partial sphere is an aerodynamic shape that is very stable in high winds and can withstand heavy snow loads. For these reasons, domes greatly exceed the structural requirements of the major building codes in the United States.  Ai gives a 225 mph wind and EF4 Tornado warranty on the dome exterior walls.  The interrupted R28 insulation causes cooling and heating bills to be 50% to 60% less than the same size conventional structure.  In the Ai dome there is no wood in or on the exterior shell to interrupt the insulation, to rot, or to burn or for termites to eat.  There is no roof to replace every 11-12 years. The exterior concrete is painted  4-5-6 years with breathable elastomeric paint.

One of the most exciting architectural environments ever designed, a dome brings its best attributes to your commercial or residential needs.  It delivers a rewarding living experience filled with warmth, light and open space to those who choose to build a dome.

 

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The following article covers American Ingenuity’s two page Dome Kit Order Form & Parts List Description. 

Each floor plan varies as to the number and type of entryways, window dormers and door dormers. Once Ai knows which floor plan you prefer, we can complete a preliminary Building Kit Order Form that lists the kit with entryway and dormer pricing. Once your plans are finished, the preliminary Order Form is updated to show pricing for the Parts List Items.

 Generally additional entryways or dormers can add $300 to $4,000 on to the kit with one entryway sale pricing.

  • The 2×4’s cut/drilled/painted for the temporary wooden rib system to support the panels during kit assembly can be purchased from Ai or we email the specifications for them to be cut on your site.  The 2×4’s can number 75 (for 2 freq domes 15’ – 27’) or 135 (3 freq domes 30’-48’) or 210 (4 freq. 60’). 2×4’s can add approx. $605 or $1,088 or $1,999 to your Order Form.
    • (Due to fluctuating 2×4 prices we do not know exact price right now. Pricing will be based on current 2×4 costs at the time of shipment.)  Ai does not add overhead costs to the labor to cut the 2×4’s. Only the labor costs to cut the 2×4’s plus 2×4’ cost itself determines the pricing.
  • Parts List Items can add $300 to $1,500 to the Order Form: The second floor of the dome can be partially suspended from the dome shell. Depending on your floor plan & size of dome there can be 8 to 20 rods.  This means suspension rods are installed in the shell during the kit assembly.  A rod and top and bottom plate is around $50. The rods and other items are listed on the Parts List.

 The following description is to give you a heads up as to what is included within the two pages of the American Ingenuity  Dome Kit Order Form.  

The first page of the Order Form lists:

  • The dome kit size and its regular pricing and discount (any discount is on the kit with one entryway pricing and is not on the building options)
  • All the individual building options (entryways, window dormers, door dormers, cupola, link, etc), each are listed separately with quantities and pricing
  • Pricing for the items from the Parts List.  See below for a description of the Parts List.
  • Shipping Estimate or states Shipping To Be Determined Later.  Minimum shipping cost is $800.
  • Sales tax and applicable Florida surtax if kit is shipped to Florida property address
  • Date sale pricing is good through
  • Date Signed Order Forms and Deposit are due by to receive sale pricing
  • A Shipping Date range for kit shipment
  • Estimated Shipping Costs
  • $100 purchase for the four lifting spikes (items are not returned to Ai).  If purchasing more than one dome, you need one set of spikes for each dome as they wear out with use.
  • Hub Deposit & purchase bolts, nuts, washers:
    • If you are in the USA a deposit is placed on the steel hubs for 5 months rental time with $20 monthly rental cost over five months.  The deposit is returned when all hubs are returned within the five month rental period. 
      • 3 freq domes: 30’- 48’ dome kit –  the hub deposit is $800  for 46 steel hubs.
      • 2 freq domes: 22’ & 27’ dome kit – the hub deposit is $455 for 26 steel hubs.
      • 4 freq dome: 60′ dome kit – the hub deposit is $1,320 for  71 steel hubst.
      • The steel hubs are bolted to your locally purchased 2×4’s that you cut, drill holes and paint the ends…the hubs and 2×4’s make up the geodesic wooden support skeleton to hold the panels in place while the seams between the panels are concreted and the entryways and dormers are concreted.   You borrow the hubs from us and UPS or mail them back to us when you are finished with them.  Ai issues you a refund check, less any missing hubs, etc.  Once the mesh in the seams is overlapped, locked with C rings and concreted and the entryways and dormers are concreted the dome is self-supporting and the rib system is removed. There is no wood in or on the shell to interrupt the insulation.
    • Purchase price for bolts, nuts & washers that are used to connect the steel hubs to 2×4 wooden ribs. 2 & 3 freq. $100.  4 freq. $160. These items are not returned to Ai.  The items get worn with use and cannot be used again.
  • International Orders – hubs are purchased because they weight around 150 lbs and cannot be returned.
    • For 2 freq domes 26 hubs are purchased with bolts, nuts, washers for approx. $750 and not returned to Ai.
    • For 3 freq domes 46 Hubs are Purchased with bolts, nuts, washers for approx. $1,250 because they are not returned.
    • Ai has to rent a telescoping forklift to load the container. Our forklift cannot be used.  The rental cost is $800 for one day rental.  If your order includes two or more containers, the telescoping forklift may need to be rented for two days or more. You will need a telescoping forklift to unload the container.
    • Add $200 for Ai to complete international paperwork and coordinate your shipping with your freight forwarder.
  • Purchase cut, drilled, painted 2×4’s for temporary wooden rib system from Ai or Ai can email specs for the 2×4’s to be cut, drilled, painted on site.  To determine pricing, Ai only charges the cost of the 2×4 and actual labor costs to cut, drill and paint the 2×4’s.  Ai does not add our business overhead costs to the 2×4 pricing. 
    • For two freq: 15’, 18’, 22’ or 27’ dome there are 75 – 2×4’s – approx. price $605
    • For three freq: 30’ – 48’ domes there are 135 – 2×4’s approx. price $1,088
    • For four freq: 60’ dome there are 210 – 2×4’s  approx. price $1,999

The temporary support system needs 2×4’s cut to a precise length, holes drilled in both ends of the 2×4’s that make the triangles and one hole drilled in the 2×4 leg for the riser panels and ends painted red, white or blue to match the hub leg colors.  Ai realizes this cutting, drilling and painting is difficult and time consuming for our buyers; therefore, the cut, drilled and painted 2×4’s can be purchased from Ai and shipped on the truck with the dome kit.

Please let us know if there are any items you do not want to purchase, and we will remove them from the Parts List or change any quantities.

The second page of the Order Form is the Parts List which consists of two parts.

 The first part of the Parts List is a listing of items that come with the kit;

  • 4-8 cans of expanding foam, one metal expanding foam dispensing gun and one can of cleaner
  • 2 galvanized steel cables that go around the dome
  • admixture A – for concrete
  • admixture B – for concrete
  • synthetic fibers – for first layer of concrete
  • bonding agent – applied between two layers of concrete
  • C-rings and two pairs of C-ring pliers
  • Cupola kit if you have a cupola

 The second part of the Parts Lists is a listing of items not included in the kit which you can choose to purchase from us or not:

  • Items to suspend the second floor perimeter joists and to suspend other areas of the second floor where there are no first floor load bearding walls
    • 6 ft Suspension rod with nut coated to prevent rust & two nuts & washer -$19 set
    • Top plates, bottom plates or flat plates for horizontal seams….Ai purchases the steel, cuts the steel and drills it and bends it to specs. Each plate $14.90.
    • Garage door header modified Z plate – $14.90
  • Concrete Accelerator (if you are going to be mixing concrete in late fall when temperatures could be freezing at night)
  • ¼” cable for lip edge of first floor door dormer – $2.50/ft.
  • Simpson hangers (connect the second floor edge beams to the joists) – $1.95 to $4.20 each
  • 1”x1” galvanized steel mesh for link – $1.05/sq.ft. – can be ordered in 300 sq.ft.; 500 sq.ft. or 600 sq.ft. amounts…we are shipping complete rolls. This way we do not need to unroll the rolls and measure lengths out and then reroll the rolls and strap them, etc. If you want less than 300 sq.ft. then the price per sq.ft.is $2.10.
  • Ai originally designed 22’ and 27’ domes as two frequency domes for garages because the entryway would remove three riser panels instead of two risers for the 30’ thru 48’ dome entryways. This causes the 22’ and 27’ dome entryway panels to be longer.  Because they are longer they consist of 3 ½” EPS not wrapped in steel mesh and there is no concrete applied on the underside or lip edge.  However if the customer purchases 1”x1” galvanized steel mesh for 15’ or 18’ or 22’ or 27’ G  type entryway panels at  $1.05/sq.ft. – minimum 300 sq.ft. or $315. Ai will wrap the 15’ or 18’ or 22’ or 27’ entryway panels at no labor cost for our customer.
  • ¼””x ¼” galvanized steel mesh for the entryway and dormer framing – $.84 sq.ft.
  • Additional “C” Rings (small and large) are purchased because they tend to get dropped. Small (2 – 3 lbs) – $5.85 per pound.  Large (2-3 lbs) – $4.75 per pound.
  • Two additional “C” Ring pliers are purchased – $18 each.
  • Additional Bonding Agent is purchased. The Bonding Agent that American Ingenuity ships with your kit is new and improved and is better than what you can purchase locally.  Locally Home Depot, etc. sells a cheaper bonding agent which is a blend of vinyl & acrylic resins. The bonding agent we include with your kit is manufactured by Richard’s Paint and is number RP295.  It is a 100% pure acrylic resin. Ai sells a five gallon bucket for $107 because Ai wants you to have the very best bonding agent.  Ai recommends that you purchase an extra five gallon bucket for each dome kit instead of purchasing a less quality bonding agent locally when you run out.
  • Additional metal expanding foam dispensing gun $40 – gun wears out from use.
  • Additional synthetic fibers for the second layer of concrete – $7.00 a bag – good for four bags of Portland cement.
  • Additional cans of cleaner for the metal foam dispensing gun – $10.85 ea – small dome 1 can.  Large dome 2 – 3 cans.
  • Additional admixture A and admixture B as liquids get spilled or evaporate in the hot sun.  Depends on size dome.  Small dome 1 gal A and 2 gals B.  Large dome 2 gals A and 4 gallons B.   A is $30.40 a gallon. B is $34.40 a gallon.
  • Additional 24 oz cans of expanding foam – $11.10 ea. Small kits need 12 extra cans; larger kits 40’, 45’ 48’ – 24 cans.
    • Ai ships 4 – 8 cans of expanding foam with your kit at no cost to you. You can purchase more cans from us.  Our cans are 24 ozs. We send a metal dispensing gun and a can of cleaner at no cost. Expanding foam is applied under each riser panel.  Grooves are cut in the dome shell wall board & EPS to insert the electrical wiring.  After the electrical wiring is installed, the grooves are filled with expanding foam, the expanding foam is cut flush and then the wall is finished with tape and joint compound just as drywall is finished or with mixture of cement/perlite – recipe in Assembly Manual.   Of course, you can decrease or increase this number.  The dispensing gun allows your workers to start and stop the foam without having to use the whole can at one time…like you do with the small cans that you purchase from the hardware store that have the plastic nozzle which cannot be restarted the following day.

 Items on the Parts List can be shipped with your dome kit at no extra shipping cost.  American Ingenuity only orders Parts Items based on each customer’s order.  Ai does not stock any of these items; therefore if you need additional items after the kit is shipped we can give you the phone number of the company where you can order parts (bonding agent, Enerfoam, etc) directly from them, pay their shipping cost, handling fee and have the items drop shipped to you.

The Parts List items and the 2×4 pricing for the temporary rib system can change because their costs to us can fluctuate.  Two months prior to the delivery of your kit, Ai will call the shipping broker and obtain your shipping cost and will review the 2×4’ pricing and Parts List items.  If costs have changed, Ai will complete a revised Order Form showing latest pricing and shipping cost.  The balance due on your Order Form is due three weeks prior to the shipping of your dome kit in the form of a cashier’s check or bank check.

 

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Information provided below covers approximate finished costs on the dome and various items which can purchased from Ai or in the case of steel hubs rented from Ai. Some building departments do not require the plans be engineer sealed or an energy report for issuance of a building permit. Therefore the seal or energy report would not be purchased. Some buyers cut, drill and paint their own 2×4’s for the temporary rib system; as a result pricing for 2×4’s is not entered on the Order Form. Each floor plan varies as to number of entryways and dormers (structural awnings under which on site a 2×6 framed wall is installed & your locally purchased doors and windows are installed). The additional link, entryways and dormers and Parts List Items are listed at a maximum dollar figure. If you select a stock plan layout for your new home, you can view the plans sale price and the Dome Kit sale price for that exact plan at  Stock Plans & Kit Sale Prices   Once your building plan design is finished Ai,  can give exact Parts List items needed for that plan.  To view a description of  what Parts List Items are included in the kit and which Parts List Items can be purchased from Ai, click on Order Form Description

This article allows you to review the pricing of different size dome kits and determine which size dome fits your budget. If a 40′ dome is beyond your means, consider purchasing a smaller size dome with link and add on another dome later. This way you are living on your property in a strong, energy efficient, fire resistant dome saving money on your utility bills. (Please note the 15′ and 18′ domes are not included)

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Building Plan Composition 

To keep things simple, the basic dome building kit comes with all the prefab panels for the dome shell and panels for one entryway.  Each floor plan layout varies as to the type and number of entryways and dormers needed for that plan.  For dome structural integrity, wherever an opening will be located in the dome shell where your locally purchased doors and windows will be framed in, a structural awning has to be installed. We call these structural awnings building options and name them entryways and dormers.  Where a vertical framed wall is wanted or where French Doors or multiple windows or large windows are framed in on site, an entryway is installed – it can be standard (8′ tall) or high profile or garage.  High profile is used in a high vaulted ceiling areas and can have fixed glass above standard 6’8” doors.  Or in a HP entryway, tall 8’ doors could be installed with fixed glass above. During the plans design, Ai emails you elevation views of the entryways and dormers showing the width and height available for windows/doors or single windows or single doors.  Our Computer Aided Drafting Department, CAD, makes recommendations for door and window sizes.  But because you have the elevation views,  you can choose to have larger or smaller windows or doors. Where a single window will be framed in a window dormer is installed. Where a single door will be framed in a door dormer is installed.

What are the contents of your Building Plans? Stock sets generally have 13-17 pages per each set. Building plans include the basic drawings for the dome that are needed when acquiring a building permit. They are composed on our computer aided drafting system as stock plans, or based on your individual requirements and design. Some of the pages are a 3-D elevation and a 3-D perspective view.

American Ingenuity’s Building Plans contain all of the typical drawings and details found in new home plans – usually 13-17 sheets. The blueprints included in your plans are based on the type of entryways, dormers and foundation that are designed in your plans. Some of the Blueprint names are:

                                                                                                                                                                                     

    • Cover Sheet
    • Legend Sheet
    • First Floor Plan
    • Second Floor Plan
    • Dome Panel Nomenclature
    • Exterior Elevations
    • 1st Floor Electrical Plan (shows location of electrical outlets, lighting fixtures, smoke detectors)
    • 2nd Floor Electrical Plan (shows location of electrical outlets, lighting fixtures, smoke detectors)
    • Foundation Plan
    • Foundation Details
    • 2nd Floor Framing Plan
    • Typical Dome Section
    • Standard Entryway Details
    • High Profile Entryway Details
    • 1st Floor Window Dormer & Door Dormer Details
    • 2nd Floor Dormer Details
    • Stair Details
    • Cupola Blueprint if ordered
    • Link Blueprint if ordered

 

To obtain a building permit, the following items may be needed: Engineer Seal on the Building Plans, Structural Calculations, Energy Report, Engineering Statement,

It is Ai’s philosophy that each Buyer pays for only what they need. Ai does not burden the price of the building kit with building plan’s pricing, engineer seal cost, structural calculations or energy report cost.  Building plans are purchased three months  to two years prior to kit shipment.  About 50% of the building departments require engineer sealed plans and an energy report to issue a permit.  As a result each buyer pays for their plans separately from the building kit and pays for a seal, calculations and energy report only if their building department requires them.  If you give us your property address or tax ID number & building department name, at no cost to you, Ai will call the plans examiner, email a sample of building plans if needed and inquire what is needed to obtain a building permit on the American Ingenuity dome kit.

Once Ai knows which size dome and whether you prefer a stock plan or modified or custom plan, Ai can complete a Plans Quote that lists regular and sale price on the dome plans, other plans if not slab foundation (basement, pilings, etc.), Engineer seal cost and energy report cost if required by your Building Department and any engineer design fees.  Once you agree to the Plans Quote and pay in full, Ai will start the design of your building plans.

Although over 30 different engineers have reviewed our Building Plans over the years, the plans do not come with an engineer’s seal for the following reasons.  About half of our dome owners need engineer sealed Building Plans to obtain a building permit. Rather than adding the engineer cost to all plans or burden the price of the building kit, it is more economical for each buyer to pay for the engineer if needed.

  • As the designer and manufacturer, Ai would not hesitate to guarantee the structural integrity of our dome and we do just that with our 225 wind and EF4 tornado warranty.
  • Each state only accepts a seal from an engineer who is registered in that state which prevents us from applying a seal that would be universally accepted.
  • When an engineer seals a set of plans he is taking responsibility for the structural design for a single dome in the location intended and the seal would not apply to other projects

Engineer Seal Cost  & Engineer Design Fee For Foundations Other Than Slab

Professional Engineer (PE) Seal Cost:  If required by your building department a PE Engineer licensed for your state affixes his seal on the structural pages in the blueprints and signs each seal.  For all states other than Florida, the PE engineer seal fee for one dome on a slab is $600. Two domes on slabs is $900.  For Florida Ai utilizes a different PE engineer to seal the plans.   His seal fee for one small dome on a slab is $450.   His fee for one 36′ or larger dome on a slab is $500.  Fl Seal Fee for two domes on slabs is $800.

Florida Licensed PE Engineer design fee for foundations other than slab:   Standard foundation is monolithic slab.  If basements or stem wall,  design fee is $200 to $300.  Pilings and Concrete Columns design fee is $500.

Engineering Statement comes with Engineer Sealed Building Plans at no additional cost. To view an example of an Engineering Statement on Aidomes, click on Statement.

Structural Calculations Fee

If required by your building department, an engineer licensed for your state can perform structural calculations for your specific floor plan and dome  size based on your area’s design criteria. PLEASE NEVER ASK A BUILDING OFFICIAL IF THEY REQUIRE STRUCTURAL CALCULATIONS BECAUSE THEY WILL SAY YES.  Always wait and see if the subject comes up.  Generally the engineer seal on the plans and the engineering statement should be sufficient.

For example Structural Calcs were completed at a cost of $1,400 on one of Ai’s largest size domes –  a 48′ dome built in Banning California with design criteria of Seismic Zone D, Wind Speed 110, Wind Exposure C, Snow Load 38 psf.   Costs for calculations for smaller domes are less than $1,400 and vary based on dome size and whether Seismic criteria has to be included.

Energy Report Fee

Some building departments require an Energy Report when the building plans are submitted.  The Report calculates the energy efficiency of the building envelope….walls, exterior doors and windows.  In most states other than California, Florida and possibly Washington, if an Energy Report is required, the building department will accept a Rescheck Energy Report.  Ai can complete this report once you provide specific door, window and equipment answers.  Ai has a questionnaire which we email each buyer that lists data we need to complete the report.

The fee to complete the report for one dome on a slab is $190. Two domes on slabs is $270.  One dome on a basement – $270

What paperwork is required to obtain a building permit in Florida? To obtain a building permit for new construction in Florida, Florida Engineer Sealed Building Plans and a Florida Energy Report are required along with other paperwork. The seal and energy report can be purchased from Ai.

Can American Ingenuity complete the California Title 24 Energy Calculations that are required to obtain a building permit in California? No, but we can put you in contact with a California firm who can complete the Title 24 energy calculations for Ai’s dome. Normally their fee is $200 to $300 for one dome on a slab.

 Dome Building Kit Shipping Costs

Why did a buyer near Australia pay $18,000 in shipping costs to receive one 34’ dome kit shipped in a 40’ high cube container?  And why did a California buyer pay $6,500 for one truck to deliver their 48’ in diameter dome kit.  Simply put, these buyers could not build a home or buy any house that has the energy efficiency, strength and noncombustible concrete exterior that the American Ingenuity dome has.  

The Ai dome is more energy efficient, stronger & has less exterior maintenance than a conventional house or mobile home: Why?

  1. Because of the thick insulation which is comparable to 11” of fiberglass batting (A conventional house would need min 2×12 walls filled with 11” of fiberglass batting and still not meet the energy efficiency of the Ai dome because the 2×12 would interrupt the insulation)
  2. the reduced exterior surface area (30% less than a conventional house so less exterior walls for your AC and Heat to pass through)
  3. and because the exterior walls of Ai dome contain no wood to interrupt the insulation.
  4. There is no wood in or on the dome shell to rot or to burn or for termites to eat.  (The Ca buyer purchased the dome because their wood house burned and they wanted a new home with a noncombustible concrete exterior that was super-energy efficient.)
  5. There is no roof to replace every 11-12 years.  After the dome kit is assembled, the exterior concrete is primed and painted with two coats of breathable elastomeric paint.  The exterior concrete is repainted every 4-5-6 years.
  6. The dome is stronger (225 mph wind and F4 tornado due to aerodynamic shape, continuous steel reinforced concrete exterior and triangle panel shape.  To view Ai dome advantages summary, click on Summary.

Shipping Costs:  Each dome kit 27’ thru 48’ requires one semi-truck for delivery. Ai does not provide any interior fittings or interior walls (i.e. plumbing, kitchen, flooring), nor do we supply windows and doors (standard sizes used, locally available, purchased by you). Ai believes the buyer should not pay shipping costs on another truck to receive items that can be purchased locally (windows, doors, flooring, bathroom fixtures, kitchen cabinets, etc.).

Shipping: Minimum shipping cost is $800 within Florida. If delivery is into southern Florida, kit shipping will be more than $800. Shipment out of Florida is approximately $2.50 – $2.90 per mile for a 53′ long step deck semi-truck. Shipping is from Ai’s plant in Rockledge, Florida (zip 32955).  Please call for quote. One truck can carry one 27’, 30′, 34′, 36′, 40′, 45′, or 48′ Kit or one 22’ & one 27’ kit or two 22′ Kits with standard 7″ insulation. 45′ or 48′ kits with 9″ insulation require two trucks for delivery. USA arrangements for shipping is made by American Ingenuity or you can coordinate with Ai for your semi-truck to pick up the kit.  Shipping costs can change without notice due to fuel costs, fuel surcharges, distances, etc.  Please call our office, 321-639-8777, to find out our latest shipping information.

Finished Cost Per Sq.Ft.

To view our web site file that talks about how to calculate square footage costs to build and finish a home, please click on Square Footage Costs.

 Approximate Finished Price Document 

The two page document, gives a general idea of the overall cost of a kit, plans, seal, Parts List, etc.  On the second page you will see finishing costs, which presents an approximate cost to build your dome home (based upon moderately finished interior.  These figures are based upon Central Florida, the cost to build varies from state to state, county to county and city to city.  Please take note of the website mentioned www.Building-cost.net, (by following the parameters listed in the approx. kit pricing document) you can get a clearer idea of the cost to build in your desired location.

American Ingenuity’s Two Page Order Form Lists

Parts List Items Included w’ the Dome Kit & Items Which Can Be Purchased From Ai

Each floor plan varies as to the number and type of entryways, window dormers and door dormers. Once Ai knows which floor plan you prefer, we can complete a preliminary Building Kit Order Form that lists the kit with entryway and dormer pricing. Once your plans are finished, the preliminary Order Form is updated to show pricing for the Parts List Items.

 

Estimate Dome Kit Assembly Time & Costs

As we have described the Dome Kit can be assembled by an owner builder or the owner can hire a builder. Either way if desired the independent Kit Assembly Consultant can be hired to supervise your workers or your builder’s concrete workers. Click on Kit Assembly Consultant to view an article which contains charts showing kit assembly times for kits which have two entryways and four dormers. Also in the article are materials needed at the site for kit assembly.

Temporary Wooden Support System

During Dome Kit Assembly the prefab panels are supported by a temporary wooden rib system assembled in the geodesic shape.  After the panel seams are concreted and the entryways and dormers are concreted, the dome is self-supporting and the rib system is removed. The Rib System consists of using your own 2x4s, bolts/nuts/washers purchased from Ai ($100) and steel hubs on loan from America Ingenuity to assemble a free standing framework which matches the geometry of the dome.  Or Ai can cut, drill and paint the ribs and ship the 2×4’s on the truck with your building kit.  Hub deposit is $800 for five months rental. Thereafter is $20 a month rental cost.  After hubs are returned, deposit is refunded.

Purchase cut, drilled, painted 2×4’s for temporary wooden rib system from Ai or Ai can email specs for the 2×4’s to be cut, drilled, painted on site.  To determine pricing, Ai only charges the cost of the 2×4 and actual labor costs to cut, drill and paint the 2×4’s.  Ai does not add our business overhead costs to the 2×4 pricing. 

  • For two freq: 15’, 18’, 22’ or 27’ dome there are 75 – 2×4’s – approx. price $605
  • For three freq: 30’ – 48’ domes there are 135 – 2×4’s approx. price $1,088
  • For four freq: 60’ dome there are 210 – 2×4’s  approx . price $1,999.

The temporary support system requires 2×4’s cut to a precise length, holes drilled and ends painted red, white or blue to match the hub leg colors.  Ai realizes this cutting, drilling and painting is difficult and time consuming for our buyers; therefore, the cut, drilled and painted 2×4’s can be purchased from Ai and shipped on the truck with the dome kit.

During Kit assembly a temporary wooden rib system is installed that supports the panels and shows correct panel locations.  Once all the panel seams and entryways and dormers are concreted, the dome is self-supporting and the rib system comes down.  In a conventional house the roof trusses need supports.  Most of the wood from the rib system can be recycled for interior framing – some can be used to install the second floor perimeter knee wall that hides the perimeter short space and perimeter suspension rods.  Behind the knee wall HVAC ducts or wiring can be installed or doors can be installed in the knee wall so the area can be used for storage.  Ai can email the cutting specs for the wood.  The panels are hoisted into place with some sort of hoisting mechanism.

The kit can be assembled by an owner builder because there is an Assembly Manual (which can be shipped after signed order forms and deposit is placed) and all the panels come marked with numbers and letters to match the Nomenclature blueprint in the building plans.   Because the panels can be assembled by an owner builder, money is saved on the assembly of the dome shell and the home has greater advantages over a conventional shaped house or mobile home —greater energy efficiency, greater strength and exterior walls which contain no combustible materials.

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All Domes Can Be Designed Without a Loft or Second Floor

To view chart showing square footages, etc. click on Chart

If you want to max out the second floor this means there are no high vaulted ceilings over the first floor.  Each floor plan varies as to how much of the second floor is built on site.  Usually 30% to 50% of the second floor is NOT built which results in spacious, high vaulted ceilings over the first floor.  Dashed lines on the stock plans show the high vaulted ceiling areas.  Each second floor has 5′, 6′ & 7′ perimeter height lines drawn in.

15′ dome – two frequency dome with standard 4′ risers and additional 2′ risers.

  • First floor square footage is 172 sq.ft.
  • Optional attic loft has 76 sq.ft.
  • Second floor panels are too small for fire egress window. Therefore a bedroom cannot be designed in the attic.
  • The dome kit has standard four foot tall risers & additional two foot tall risers which results in first floor ceiling height in rooms that have loft built above them of 8′.   

18′ dome – two frequency dome with standard 4′ risers and additional 2′ risers.

  • First floor square footage is 249 sq.ft.
  • Optional attic loft has 118 sq.ft.
  • Second floor panels are too small for fire egress window. Therefore a bedroom cannot be designed in the attic.
  • The dome kit has standard four foot tall risers & additional two foot tall risers which results in first floor ceiling height in rooms that have loft built above them of 8′.   

22′ dome two frequency dome with standard 4′ risers. Can have taller custom entryway base panels & custom 5′ risers instead of 4′ risers.

  • First floor square footage is 370 sq.ft.
  • Optional loft has 81 sq.ft. to five feet of headroom.  Approx. loft area at 5’6″ to 6′ 10″ is 48 sq.ft. Dome can be built without loft.
  • Second floor panels are too small for fire egress window. Therefore a bedroom cannot be designed in the loft.
  • The dome kit has standard four foot tall risers which results in first floor ceiling height in rooms that have loft built above them of 7’6″.  22′ dome riser panels can be custom made to be five feet tall. If there are custom five foot tall risers, the ceiling height in rooms that have loft installed above them is 8’6“. 
  • The dome’s interior center height is 15’7″.

27′ dome – two frequency dome with standard 4′ risers. Can have taller custom entryway base panels & custom 5′ risers instead of 4′ risers.

  • First floor square footage is 555 sq.ft.
  • Max Second floor square footage to five feet of headroom is 231 sq.ft.  for total dome sq.ft. of 786.  Maxed out means there are no high vaulted ceilings. The only open area is over the stairs.  Stairs with two step platform. Five Second floor dormers with each dormer adding 9 sq.ft. of space.
  • Second floor can have a bedroom with fire egress casement window installed in a window dormer.  Casement window rough opening size is 32″x42″. Order with fire egress hardware.
  • Dome can be built without a second floor.  Or the second floor can be built with 30% to 50% left open over the first floor producing high vaulted ceilings.
  • The dome kit has standard four foot tall risers which results in 7’6″ first floor ceiling height in rooms that have second floor installed above them.  27′ dome riser panel can be custom made to be five feet tall.   If there are custom five foot tall risers, the ceiling height in rooms that have second floor  installed above them is 8’6″.
  • The dome’s interior center height without a cupola is 18’3″.  With cupola is 18’3″.

30′ dome – three frequency dome.  Kit has standard four foot tall risers which results in 7’6″ first floor ceiling height in rooms that have second floor installed above them.  Purchase taller entryway panels and additional 2′ risers that are installed about 4′ risers to produce first floor ceiling height in rooms that have second floor above them of 9’6″. Please see the 30′ Elevation View.

  • First Floor square footage is 665 sq.ft.
  • Max Second Floor square footage to five feet of headroom is 213 for total dome sq.ft. of 878.  Maxed out means there are no high vaulted ceilings, only open area is over the stairs. Stairs with two step platform.
  • Second floor dome panels are too small to accept fire egress window for bedroom. Therefore second floor cannot have bedroom designed; but can be designed for study or rec room or storage. 
  • Dome can be built without second floor. Or the second floor can be built with 30% to 50% left open over the first floor producing high vaulted ceilings.
  • The dome’s interior center height without a cupola is 17′,  With cupola is 19’8″.

34′ Dome three frequency dome with standard 4′ risers.  Can have taller custom entryway base panels & custom 2′ risers installed above 4′ risers.

  • First floor square footage is 851 sq.ft.
  • Max Second floor square footage to five feet of headroom is 427 for total dome sq.ft. of 1,278.  Maxed out means there are no high vaulted ceilings.  Only open area is over the stairs. Stairs with two step platform. Five Second floor dormers with each second floor dormer adding 9 sq.ft. of space.  The second floor can be designed where half of the second floor is open resulting in high vaulted ceilings over the first floor areas.
  • To have a bedroom, code requires a fire egress window be installed.  On the 34′ second floor the window dormer panels are too small to accept the code required fire egress size window. To meet code install door dormer on second floor above first floor standard entryway and install window instead of a door.  Fire egress rough opening is 29″x42″ or 42″x29″  Order casement window with fire egress hardware.
  • If balcony is desired on second floor, a second floor door dormer & on site railing is installed above first floor standard entryway.  Two foot by six foot tall door is made on site.  Door this small size cannot be ordered.
  • The dome kit has standard four foot tall risers & if a second floor door is installed,  the first floor ceiling height in rooms with second floor over them is 7’6″.  If you purchase taller entryway panels and additional 2′ risers that are installed about 4′ risers, the first floor ceiling height in rooms that have second floor above them is 9’6″. Please see the 34′ Elevation View on previous page.
  • The dome’s interior center height without a cupola is 18’8″,  With cupola is 21’4″.

36′ Domethree frequency dome with standard 4′ risers.  Can have taller custom entryway base panels &  custom 2′ risers installed above 4′ risers.

  •  First floor square footage is 948 sq.ft.
  • Max Second floor square footage to five feet of headroom is 470 sq.ft. for total dome sq.ft. of 1,418.  Maxed out means no high vaulted ceiling.  Stairs with two step platform. Five Second floor dormers with each second floor dormer adding 9 sq.ft. of space.
  • To have a bedroom, code requires a fire egress window be installed.  On the 36′ second floor the window dormer panels are too small to accept the code required fire egress size window. To meet code install door dormer on second floor above first floor standard entryway and install casement window instead of door.  Fire egress rough opening is 29″x42″ or 42″x29″  Order casement window with fire egress hardware.
  • If balcony is desired on second floor, a second floor door dormer & on site railing is installed above first floor standard entryway.  Door is two foot wide by 6’8″ tall.
  • The dome kit has standard four foot tall riser & if a second floor door is installed, the first floor ceiling height in rooms with second floor over them is 7’6″.  If you purchase taller entryway panels & additional 2′ risers that are installed about 4′ risers, the first floor ceiling height in rooms that have second floor above them is 9’6″. Please see the 36′ Elevation View.
  • Dome can be designed without second floor.  Or the second floor can be built with 30% to 50% left open over the first floor producing high vaulted ceilings.

40′ Domethree frequency dome with standard 4′ risers.  Can have taller custom entryway base panels &  custom 2′ risers installed above 4′ risers.

  • First floor square footage is 1,178 sq.ft.
  • Second floor square footage to five feet of headroom is 667 for total dome sq.ft. of 1,957.  Maxed out means no high vaulted ceiling.  Stairs with two step platform. Five Second floor dormers with each second floor dormer adding 9 sq.ft. of space.
  •  Second floor can have bedroom(s) with fire egress window installed in a window dormer.  Second floor can have one or two bedrooms with bath.
  • If cupola is installed there can be optional loft of 112 sq.ft.
  • If balcony is desired on second floor, a second floor door dormer & on site railing is installed above first floor standard entryway.  Door is 2’6″ by 6’8″.
  • The dome kit has standard four foot tall riser & if a second floor door is installed, the first floor ceiling height in rooms with second floor over them is eight feet. If you purchase taller entryway panels and additional 2′ risers that are installed about 4′ risers, the first floor ceiling height in rooms that have second floor above them is ten feet.  Please see the 40′ Elevation View.
  • The dome’s interior center height without a cupola is 21’2″.  With cupola is 23’10”.
  • Dome can be designed without a second floor or loft. Or the second floor can be built with 30% to 50% left open over the first floor producing high vaulted ceilings.

45′ Dome three frequency dome with standard 4′ risers.  Can have taller custom entryway base panels & custom 2′ risers installed above 4′ risers.

  • First floor square footage is 1,489 sq.ft.
  • Second floor square footage to five feet of headroom is 951 for total dome sq.ft. of 2,582.  Maxed out means no high vaulted ceiling.  Stairs with two step platform. Five Second floor dormers with each second floor dormer adding 9 sq.ft. of space.
  •  Second floor can have bedroom(s) with fire egress window installed in a window dormer.  Second floor can have two or three bedrooms.
  • If cupola is installed there can be optional loft of 142 sq.ft.
  • If balcony is desired on second floor, a second floor door dormer & on site railing is installed above first floor standard entryway.  Door is 2’6″ by 6’8″.
  • The dome’s interior center height without a cupola is 23’2″.  With cupola is 25’10”.
  • Dome can be designed without a second floor or loft. Or the second floor can be built with 30% to 50% left open over the first floor producing high vaulted ceilings.
  • The dome kit has standard four foot tall riser & if a second floor door is installed, the first floor ceiling height in rooms with second floor over them is eight feet. If you purchase taller entryway panels and additional 2′ risers that are installed about 4′ risers, the first floor ceiling height in rooms that have second floor above them is ten feet.  Please see the 45′ Elevation View on previous page.

48′ Dome- three frequency dome with standard 4′ risers.  Can have taller custom entryway base panels & custom 2′ risers installed above 4′ risers.

  • First floor square footage is 1,693 sq.ft.
  • Max Second floor square footage to five feet of headroom is 1,137 for total dome sq.ft. of 2,992. Maxed out means no high vaulted ceiling.  Stairs with two step platform. Five Second floor dormers with each second floor dormer adding 9 sq.ft. of space.
  •  Second floor can have bedroom(s) with fire egress window installed in a window dormer.  Second floor can have two or three bedrooms.
  • If cupola is installed there can be option loft of 162.
  • If balcony is desired on second floor, a second floor door dormer & on site railing is installed above first floor standard entryway.  Door is 3’x0″ by 6’8″.
  • The dome kit has standard four foot tall riser & if a second floor door is installed, the first floor ceiling height in rooms with second floor over them is eight feet. If you purchase taller entryway panels and additional 2′ risers that are installed about 4′ risers, the first floor ceiling height in rooms that have second floor above them is ten feet.  Please see the 48′ Elevation View.
  • The dome’s interior center height without a cupola is 24’5″.  With cupola is  27’1″.
  • Dome can be designed without a second floor or loft. Or the second floor can be built with 30% to 50% left open over the first floor producing high vaulted ceilings.  Please see 48′ Elevation view on previous page.

American Ingenuity Residential Dome Stock, Modified or Custom Residential Building Plans are 50% off American Ingenuity’s plan pricing, if ordered prior to September 1, 2015.  If you do not see a stock plan that fits your lifestyle, Ai can design custom plans from your sketches and notes. To view Plan’s Sale Pricing, please click on Plans Discount. 

American Ingenuity’s Building Plans are New & Improved.  It is Ai’s philosophy that each customer pay for only what they need. Ai does not burden the price of the dome building kit with plan’s pricing, engineer seal cost, structural calculations cost or energy report cost. Building plans are purchased three months to 1 1/2 years prior to dome kit shipment.  About 50% of the building departments require engineer sealed plans, calculations and an energy report to issue a permit. As a result each customer pays for their plans separately from the building kit and pays for a seal, calculations and energy report only if their building department requires them.

How can I view American Ingenuity’s stock floor plans? There are three ways:

  • Print the PDF file for each Stock Floor Plan.  Please scroll down this page to find the blue hyperlinks to click on to print out some of American Ingenuity’s stock plans.
  • To receive additional stock plans via email, call Ai at 321-639-8777321-639-8777  Monday thru Fri 9-5 eastern time.
  • If you want the additional stock plans mailed to you, call Ai for printing cost and mailing costs.
  • Order the DXF files for each of the Stock Floor Plans and design your own floor plan using an autocad program.  See below.
  • Order the Planning Kit which includes stock plans, mini-dome, a DVD and other info by calling our office at 321-639-8777 – Monday thru Friday 9-5 eastern time.  To view the items available for purchase click on View.

Q: What is the standard foundation included with the residential stock plans?

A: Concrete slab. For Ai to design a basement or concrete columns or stem wall or pilings, etc. an engineer fee is added to the Plans Quote to cover the cost for a local Florida licensed PE engineer to calculate the load of the dome and the load of the two floors within the dome and give joist/edge beam size/spacing and foundation design to our CAD department to incorporate within your building plans. The local engineer requires a soil report which includes a soil’s engineer recommendation for type of foundation to be built.  Please call Ai at 321-639-8777 for more info.

Q: Do you have pictures showing Kit Assembly Steps?

A:  Yes, to view panel assembly info click on Dome Kit Assembly, Construction Overview , 22′ Video or Ai Dome Video.

Q: Do you have an engineering statement about your dome panels?

A:  Yes, to view the statement click on Engineering.

 

DESIGN FLEXIBILITY

If you do not see a stock plan to fit your desires, Ai’s design team can modify a stock plan or design a custom plan from your sketch and notes for a reasonable fee. Even modified or custom plans are discounted the same percentage as Ai’s stock plans.

When viewing the stock plans for each diameter dome (22′, 27′, 30′, 34′, 36′, 40′, 45′ and 48′), you will realize that the square footage of each plan in each diameter dome varies.  This square footage varies because the size of the second floor changes due to how much of the first floor is left open to give high vaulted ceilings over the first floor rooms. Plus the 40′ or larger domes can have a loft if a cupola is installed.

Some plans show the second floors maxed out meaning there are no high vaulted ceilings over the first floor. Other plans show high vaulted ceilings over one half of the first floor.  Look for the dashed lines because they reveal how much of the second floor is installed.

On the second floor of each plan there are perimeter height lines 5′, 6′ and 7′ showing how close you can stand to the second floor perimeter dome shell walls.  Cut out the to-scale ruler and measure between the height lines to check out the second floor space.  In a typical house there is an attic not generally walked in…but in our 27′ – 48′ domes the second floor is useable.  To learn about useable second floor square footage, click on Second Floor.  A lift or rail chairgives access to the second floor if not wanting to walk up the stairs.  Click on Cupola to learn about it and third floor lofts.

The following gives a recap of how many bedrooms and bathrooms typically fit in each diameter dome.  The diameter of each dome is in feet.  Ai gives square footage by room and by floor and Ai includes a to-scale ruler and to-scale furniture to learn about the spaciousness of the domes.   The second floor square footage is calculated per code to 5′ of headroom and does not include closets.  All floor plans show second floor perimeter height lines of 5′, 6′ and 7′.  Using the to-scale ruler measure the second floor area that has 7′ or more of headroom.

If you do not see a stock plan that fits your lifestyle, our designers can modify a stock plan or design a custom plan from your sketches.  Click on Stock/Modified/Custom to learn more.

For Ai to design a garage dome, give us your vehicle length, width, height and hood height and our Computer Aided Drafting Department (CAD) will design a proof showing the first floor plan with stairs and  vehicle sizes.

Q: I see that American Ingenuity is no longer manufacturing skylight panels. What lighting methods do you recommend?

A: Over the years American Ingenuity has accumulated information about the skylights and has determined that skylights are not the best method to bring light into our dome structures. Rather than offer an option that we feel is not beneficial, American Ingenuity has decided to remove this item as an option on our dome kits.

The most efficient way to add interior light is to install first floor entryways and max out second floor window dormers and or install second floor door dormers. Instead of installing a door install a tall window. This way when double paned glass gets moisture between it, you or your handyman can remove the window and tarp the dormer so no rain will come in while the window is being repaired. The dormers also provide an awning to protect the window. If you purchase windows that can be opened (with a pole or electrically for inaccessible windows); this would be an additional way to get fresh air into the dome.

There are five specific locations on the second floor where window dormers or door dormers can be installed. If selecting an existing plan, Ai can let you know where additional dormers can be installed. Or on a new custom plans design you can see where they can be located on the floor planner.

If your master suite is on the first floor and an entryway is designed in the suite, there will be ample light coming in through windows installed in the entryway. Once your dome kit is assembled (but not finished), you can better determine if more light is desired by standing inside the unfinished dome. At this point install solar tubes; they can be added into the panels during the finishing of your shell. A hole can be cut into any panel; just do not cut within 8” of the center of a seam.

Solar tubes unlike traditional skylights, are designed to control the problematic aspects of sunlight. They reduce glare and inconsistent light patterns. They also screen infrared rays that can overheat interiors as well as ultraviolet rays that can fade furniture and fabrics.

STOCK PLANS IN DXF FORMAT

Now Available

Would you like to design your own Dome Floor Plan?  If you know how to use a Computer Aided Drafting Program (CAD) and if you do not see a stock plan in American Ingenuity’s Dome Stock Floor Plan Booklet that fits your needs, you can now order CDs of American Ingenuity’s Stock Floor Plans in DXF format and design your own floor plan.  By purchasing the CD, you can modify an A.I. stock plan or produce sketches that American Ingenuity can use to design your custom Building Plans.

When you purchase a CD of DXF files we include a bonus item…..a DXF file of a six inch in diameter Mini-Dome.  Not only will this model be fun to put together, but that it will also serve as a reliable reference for building a life-size dome.  Once the Mini-Dome is assembled, you can see the dome geometry consisting of Hexagon, Pentagon and Riser panels.

American Ingenuity designs the DXF files using the AUTOCAD program.  In order to manipulate or edit the DXF files you need the AUTOCAD program or a compatible drafting program.   If you do not have AUTOCAD, on the internet there is a free 30 day trial of Delta Cad which is compatible with AutoCAD. http://www.deltacad.com/.  Also you can read and edit the DXF files if you have a photo editor program like adobe or paint shop. And you can read the dxf files but not edit them using Microsoft word and power point.

DXF  ORDERING  INFO 

American Ingenuity’s Stock Floor Plans are now available on CDs in DXF format.  Each CD contains the DXF files for a particular dome diameter’s stock plans.  Each CD is $10 plus the mailing costs. 

To place your order, please call our office Monday – Friday 9 to 5 eastern time at 321-639-8777321-639-8777 .  Let us know which CDs you want, along with your shipping info and your credit card info.

The following CDs by Dome Diameter(s) are available.  The floor plans are for Residential Dome Home floor plans or basement plans or garage floor plans:

  1. 27’ stock floor plans
  2. 30’ stock floor plans
  3. 36’ stock floor plans
  4. 40’ stock floor plans
  5. 45’ stock floor plans
  6. 48’ stock floor plans
  7.  22’, 27’, 30’, 34’ garage stock floor plans

Each CD of DXF files for American Ingenuity’s 22’ through 48’ diameter domes  includes:

  1. First floor and second floor room arrangements with second floor headroom height lines for floor plans with Greek names.
  2. Optional stock basement plans, if available for that particular stock plan.
  3. A Blank Floor Planner.
  4. A furniture DXF file that you can use to cut and paste the furniture into the stock plan.
  5. A bonus Mini-Dome DXF file.

Origins and terminology of CAD

 per Wikipedia “The Free Encyclopedia”

CAD  originally meant Computer Aided Drafting because in the early days CAD was really a replacement for the traditional drafting board. Now, CAD usually means Computer Aided Design to reflect the fact that modern CAD tools do much more than just drafting.

CAD is sometimes translated as “computer-assisted”, “computer-aided drafting, or a similar phrase. Related acronyms are CADD, which stands for “computer-aided design and drafting”, CAID for Computer-aided Industrial Design and CADD for “computer-aided architectural design”. All these terms are essentially synonymous, but there are a few subtle differences in meaning and application. CAM  (Computer aided manufacturing) is often used in a similar way, or as a combination (CAD/CAM).

 

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The American Ingenuity Dome Kits
are DIY Prefab Dome Homes for Owner Builders or for a Contractor

The prefab dome kit can be a Do It Yourself Project with the owner builder utilizing family and friends or hiring his own workers for kit assembly.  Or the home owner can hire a builder who hires the independent Kit Assembly Specialist who travels world-wide to supervise your kit assembly and the application of the first layer of fiber concrete into the panel seams and onto the entryways and dormers. Then either your workers or your builder’s workers complete the second layer of concrete in the seams & on the entryways and dormers. For interior finishing complete yourself or hire local subcontractors to complete the plumbing, electrical, framing, window/door installation, wall board finishing, kitchen cabinetry, bathroom fixtures, etc.  To view pictures of prefab concrete panel assembly, click on Dome Kit Assembly.

American Ingenuity’s (Ai’s)dome kit is affordable, strong and can be assembled by Do It Yourself individuals because the kit is engineered as a system of pre-finished prefabricated component panels. Each panel is cut at a computer-generated angle so that it fits flush with the adjacent panel. The edges are precisely beveled at the seams where steel and concrete will unite to complete the structure. All panel materials are noncombustible and contain no food source for mold growth.

Building an Ai dome from prefab concrete panels makes home construction easier than stick built construction and results in the dome exterior having a 225 mph wind and F4 tornado guarantee. The process of stacking the panels, overlapping/locking the steel mesh of adjacent panels and filling the seams with special fiber concrete, produces the structural components of the home, the finished concrete surface, installs the insulation and all the dome shell 1/2″ drywall.

This advanced building system makes it easier for an owner builder to construct an American Ingenuity dome than a conventional house or a wooden dome. No exterior walls, no roof trusses, no sheathing, tar paper, or shingles, no soffit, exterior trim, insulation or siding to install and no interior shell drywall to install.  During the dome kit assembly, owner builders or builders can email pictures of the kit assembly. At no cost to you, Ai will review the pictures and give feedback about rebar and cable installation, etc.  Due to large size of panels in 45′ and 48′ domes, considering hiring the consultant to assist in your assembly.

 

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Nomenclature Diagram PDF for Downloading & Printing
Nomenclature Diagram

The building plans contain blueprints for the installation of the foundation and installation and location for each panel. Within the plans is a nomenclature blueprint that shows lettering and numbering for each panel. An example of a nomenclature blueprint is above.

An Expanded Assembly Manual is now available with each dome kit order that explains step by step the panel assembly. (Once a deposit with signed order is received, the manual can be shipped). In the blueprints and Manual is the recipe for the concrete. Ai wants the concrete mixed on site to have the same properties as the concrete that is applied at our factory; as a result the same two liquid admixtures and fibers are shipped with each kit. In the manual is a list of tools and materials to have on site. To view a list, click on Materials and scroll down the page to view the list.

American Ingenuity’s prefabricated component panel consists of:

1.   7″ thick E.P.S. Insulation (not Styrofoam): The E.P.S. Ai utilizes is a closed cell with a 1 lb. per cubic foot density.  Seven inches of sturdy, rigid R-28 expanded polystyrene foam insulation forms the core of each component panel and is:

  •  Permanent
  • Chemically/thermally stable
  • Resistant to mildew and mold
  • Provides no nutritive value to animals/plants/microorganisms
  • Non-irritating to the skin
  • The insulation will not rot, shrink, absorb moisture, compact, or deteriorate due to age or the weather.
  • No CFC, no HBCD (hexabromocyclododecane), no TCPP (1-chloro-2-propyl) phosphate, no Chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) and no Formaldehyde

2.     Concrete: the concrete in your dome out performs other exteriors due to our specially developed formula. Because of this exceptional composition, it actually gains strength over the years. The special concrete formulation of fibers and admixtures improve concrete characteristics.

3.     Galvanized Steel: Galvanized steel wire mesh is encased in the concrete of each panel. As your dome is assembled the mesh of each panel overlaps and is hooked to that of the adjacent panels – resulting in your home being completely wrapped by steel mesh.

4.   Half inch (½” ) Georgia Pacific DensArmor Drywall: The DensArmor is not conventional sheet rock. Conventional sheet rock consists of conventional gypsum and paper backing. The paper backing can be a food source for mold growth. Sheet rock when it gets wet crumbles and molds. The DensArmor gypsum when it gets wet does not crumble due to fiberglass reinforced core. It has fiberglass backing on both sides. After the DensArmor dries out it goes back to its original firmness and consistency per the manufacturer.

Concrete Home
Dome Exterior Has No Wood To Burn or To Rot or For Termites To Eat
No Shingles or Roof to blow off in high winds

To support the panels during dome kit assembly, a temporary wooden rib system is installed. Once all the seams are concreted and the entryways and dormers are concreted, the dome is self supporting and the wooden rib system is removed. Most of the wood can be recycled as interior framing.

 

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45′ dome – assembly of third row of panels

In this view of dome kit being assembled a side view of a component panel can be seen. The panel exterior is 3/4″ concrete reinforced with galvanized steel mesh. After the mesh is overlapped and locked between panels, special fiber concrete mixed on site is hand troweled in the seam areas in two applications — bonding agent is applied between the two layers. The seam areas are about 3″ deep by 5″ wide with average of 2″ thick concrete.  In this picture you see the first scratch coat applied to the exterior of the entryway panels and first layer of concrete in some of the seams between the panels.

Steps for American Ingenuity Concrete Building Kit Assembly:

  • Foundation installed. Standard foundation is monolithic slab; however Ai can design basement plans, pilings or columns, stem wall, etc.
  • Depending on size dome three to five workers are needed. Some with concrete experience.
  • Installing the first row of panels which are the 4’ vertical riser panels, base panels of the entryways and any first floor door dormer base panels
  • Erecting a temporary wooden rib system to support the triangle and riser panels during assembly using your locally cut, drilled and painted 2×4’s bolted to steel hubs borrowed from Ai.
  • Placing the panel’s one row at time using a hoisting mechanism (man lift) on to the rib system.
  • overlapping steel mesh from adjacent panels, locking mesh with C rings and pliers and depressing the steel mesh in the seam
  • mixing concrete with mortar mixer following concrete recipe in the manual (Portland Cement Type III, masonry or stucco sand, fibers, liquid admixtures)
  • installing cables per blueprints
  • installing rebar around back of entryway panels, back of first floor door dormer panels, top of entryway panels & around first floor window dormer panels per building plans
  • form up and install beams or troughs around lip edge of entryway panels, first & second floor door dormer panels, channels in top of the entryways
  • Concreting the seams between the panels (5″ wide and 3″ deep) with two separate layers of concrete using a bonding agent between the layers; and watering down all cured concrete before applying bonding agent or new concrete. Seam areas average 2” thick concrete.
  • Concreting the entryways, window dormers, door dormers, cupola and link with two layers of concrete. Sponge float finish the final layer of concrete to blend seam concrete to the panel concrete.
  • Framing in the entryways and dormers and installing your locally purchased exterior doors and windows.
  • Removing the temporary wooden rib system. Return the steel hubs to receive a full deposit refund if returned during five month rental period and if all hubs are intact.
  • Wash efflorescence off concrete, prime, paint the exterior concrete per waterproofing instructions in Assembly Manual.

Onsite concrete is only applied in the seam areas between the panels and on the entryways, dormers (or possible link or cupola). Concrete is not applied over the pre-concreted component panels. The interior shell drywall can be finished similar to conventional sheet rock with tape and joint compound. To blend the seams, mix some vermiculite into your paint. Or joint compound can be skip troweled over the drywall before priming and painting.

To learn more about Hoisting Mechanisms click on Hoisting. To learn more about entryways, dormers, etc. click on Building Options.

If I am not ready to assemble my dome immediately, can the kit be stored outside? Yes, however if you expect to have your kit outside for more than two to three months, request that the E.P.S. edges be painted. On site if you need longer than 2-3 months prior to assembly, then on site the EPS edges can be painted again. (some boxed items & wooden 2×4 ribs if ordered should be stored inside.) The dome kit should not sit outside in the winter as freezing can harm the drywall.   Please call us for details at 321-639-8777 – Monday – Friday 9-5 eastern time.

American Ingenuity – 8777 Holiday Springs Rd. – Rockledge, Florida 32955   email: GlendaB.Aidmes@gmail.com

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The following covers Utah Domes off Grid at 7500 feet elevation. 

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The Collars chose the American Ingenuity super insulated concrete domes because they are five miles from closest fire station and need to produce their own power for heating. Their area is surrounded by forests that could burn at any time so a noncombustible concrete exterior was a must for their new home.   At the bottom of this page is a pdf containing a four page article that ran in Home Power Magazine describing their domes.

45′ home dome is 2,025 square feet: (1,487 sq.ft. on first floor with 538 sq.ft. on the second floor).  Link of 175 sq.ft. contains utility room and 1/2 bath.  30′ garage dome has 642 sq.ft on first floor with battery & inverter room of 145 sq.ft. –  269 sq.ft of attic storage.

45′ first floor contains 252 sq.ft. master bedroom with 71 sq.ft. closet, 115 sq.ft. bath.  Kitchen is 206 sq.ft. with 70 sq.ft. pantry. Living room 365 sq.ft.  Dining room 200 sq.ft.  45′ second floor contains 150 sq.ft. office, 72 sq.ft. bathroom and 166 sq.ft. guest room. Here are pdfs to view their floor plan layouts.

The following heating recap was written by Mr. Collar in July of 2012.

Inside, the masonry heater (also called a “Russian furnace”) consists of a large masonry firebox topped with a flue internally configured as a maze. Flue gasses exit the top of the lower firebox and travel up and down and back and forth through the flue maze imparting heat into the masonry before going up the stack. The large mass of the firebox/flue stores the heat and radiates it out into the room over a long period. During winter I usually have one fire per day. I fill the firebox very full and light it off between 6:00 and 8:00 in the evening. The fire is not dampered but burns hot and fast so there’s little creosote buildup. The fire dies out between 10:00 and midnight and I close off the air supply and flue dampers for maximum heat retention. In the morning the fireplace masonry is hot to the touch and it simply radiates its stored heat all day keeping the dome comfortably warm. The fireplace is centrally located to maximize heating, extending into the master bedroom. I added two small forced air fans at the top of the firebox to pull even more air over the face and thus increase heat discharge — although I rarely use them.

There are 11 solar water tubes each about a foot in diameter and 8 feet tall placed in a large south-facing window. Originally designed for aquaculture, they are water-filled with waterbed conditioner added for algae control. In the winter the sun warms the water during the daytime. Even with nighttime temperatures below zero, the tubes can reach 85 deg F on a sunny day — especially if there’s snow on the ground to increase the solar radiation effect. At night the tubes re-radiate heat back into the house and I lower the thermal curtain between the tubes and the large window to prevent heat loss back outside. (The thermal curtain is visible in photo 2). I worked with American Ingenuity’s designers to ensure the entryway overhang was sized to shade the tubes during the summer and to provide adequate foundation to handle the extra weight of the water.

The house generally stays comfortable for up to three days without supplemental heat. However, I also have two small propane direct vent wall heaters which are used only when I expect to be gone for more than two days. I’m working on automating the thermal curtain to be able to raise and lower it for daytime solar gain when I’m not at home.

The following was exerted from a July 1998 Home Power magazine: “To power the home they utilized “Photovoltaic array of 32 BP-75 panels supplying an APT3 power center which charges their 2110 Amp-hour Pacific Chloride batteries. This is enough to last them three to five days, depending on usage. Given their ridge top location, they included lightning protection in the APT. A Trace SW4024 sine wave inverter provides clean electrical power with no noticeable line noise. A backup generator is available if needed.” “There average summertime power consumption is between 150 and 200 kWh/month for 2,700 sq.ft. of living space. Wintertime consumption is somewhat higher. For comparison, there average pre-solar usage was near 600 kWh/month in their 2,000 sq.ft. suburban home!”

Download the entire story here in pdf.

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Opportunity To Save Big On Our Last 22′ Dome Kit
Made with ¼” DensDeck (interior drywall)

In keeping up with building codes over the years, AiDomes has phased out the use of quarter inch (¼”) DensDeck drywall in favor of half inch (1/2”) DensArmor Plus drywall. (Interior drywall on each triangle & riser panel).  Both DensDeck and DensArmor are special Georgia Pacific drywall that is moisture resistant and mold resistant. This drywall is not conventional sheet rock, which when gets wet the paper matting is a food source for mold growth and the gypsum crumbles.  The prefab panels contain American Ingenuity’s (Ai’s) standard 7″ Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) R28 insulation and exterior pre-finished 3/4″ fiber concrete reinforced with galvanized steel mesh.

What this means to you: If you’re in a position where you want a 22’ dome for an out building or garage (which local codes may allow ¼” DensDeck) you can save over $6,000.

Ai has a 22’ dome kit with 1/4″ drywall in stock that we are selling AS  IS at reduced pricing of $9,870* versus Ai manufacturing a new 22’ kit with half inch (1/2″) drywall whose sale price is $15,975 with regular price of $21,300.  (Kit includes all prefab panels for dome shell, 4′ tall riser panels & six 3 1/2″ EPS panels for one entryway)

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Photo of 22′ dome kit assembled.

Once kit is assembled, the first floor square footage is 370 with optional loft built on site having 81 sq.ft. to five feet of headroom.  Approx. area in optional loft from 5’6″ to 6’10” is 48 sq.ft.

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Photo of some of the 22′ AS IS kit panels.
Prefab Panels w’ standard 3/4″ fiber concrete reinforced w’ galvanized steel mesh,
R28 7″ EPS Insulation, 1/4″ DensDeck Drywall

If your building department requires ½” drywall then Ai has two options for you.

  • First Option: purchase the kit for $9,870 with the quarter inch ( ¼” ) drywall & on your site remove the quarter inch (¼”) drywall and adhere free half inch ( ½” ) drywall to the EPS with free adhesive using free ½” DensArmor drywall cut to shapes to fit the 22’ panels. And receive $210 of galvanized steel mesh for free.
  • Second Option: pay $10,989 for the kit and Ai will remove the quarter inch (¼” )DensDeck & apply the half inch (½”) DensArmor. And receive $210 of galvanized steel mesh for free.

If payment in full is made for the 22’ AS IS Dome Kit by January 13, 2016 with the kit shipping by April 30, 2016 with Ai selecting the week/day of shipment in March or April, American Ingenuity will give two sets of stock building plans free, value $1,134.  (Plans do not include engineer seal or energy report.)  If you give Ai your properties tax ID number or site address, at no cost to you Ai will call your building department, show them our web site, email set of building plans if needed and find out what is required to obtain a building permit.  Do they require an engineer licensed for your state to seal the plans?  Do they require an Energy Report?  If so both items can be purchased from Ai.

*The $9,870 sale price does not include shipping. The $9,870 sale price includes the following:

  1. $1,500 for 100 hours of labor to remove the ¼” DensDeck and install the ½” DensArmor. Our factory estimates the removal of DensDeck & installation of DensArmor will take two hours per panel. (The $1,500 results from: there are about 50 panels times 2 hours is 100 hours with labor estimated at $15 an hour.)
  2. New ½” Georgia Pacific DensArmor Plus wallboard cut into shapes ready to be adhered to the triangle panel’s EPS insulation. Also will be included additional smaller pieces of DensArmor for the riser panels The free ½” DensArmor Wallboard’s value is $949.20 in material cost. (see below why Ai utilizes DensArmor instead of DensDeck)
  3. 17 cans of Enerfoam (drywall adhesive) whose value is $170.70. One can affixes DensArmor to three panels.
  4. 200 sq.ft. of mesh whose value is $210. (A couple of panels had rusted steel mesh which was removed. On site add mesh in the seam before the concrete is applied in the seam.)

See below for description on how to remove 1/4″  DensDeck & adhere the free precut ½” DensArmor drywall to the EPS using free Enerfoam.

The following describes what panels are included in the 22’ kit:  The kit includes all the panels to assemble the dome shell and the 3 ½” EPS panels for one entryway. The triangle and four foot tall rectangle riser panels consist of center core of 7” Expanded polystyrene insulation (EPS) (R28), with ¾” fiber concrete exterior reinforced with galvanized steel mesh & ¼” DensDeck interior drywall. (the edges of the EPS insulation on the triangle & riser panels have been painted which allows the kit to be stored outside for 2-3 months prior to assembly). (some boxed items and other items need to be stored inside.)

Depending on your floor plan selection, additional entryway or dormers can be purchased at current pricing: 22’ G type entryway is $390; first floor Window dormer is $345. First floor Door dormer is $365.

The entryway panels do not have galvanized steel mesh wrapped on them.  If the Buyer purchases the mesh from Ai,  we will not charge any labor costs for the plant to wrap the entryway panels with the mesh.

All panels are premarked with numbers and letters to match the building plans and the Assembly Manual.  The assembly process consists of stacking the panels on the temporary wooden rib system overlapping and locking the steel mesh of adjacent panels, filling the seams with special formulated concrete and concreting of the entryways and dormers.  Finish the interior wall board seams with fiberglass tape and joint compound.  This process produces the structural components, completes the finished exterior surface, installs the insulation and all the interior shell wallboard. Seam areas between panels concreted on site and average two inch thick concrete.  To view kit assembly, click on Assembly.  Independent consultant can be hired to supervise kit assembly.

On site, under the entryways and dormers a 2×4 or 2×6 wall is framed in to install your locally purchased doors and windows.

The concrete applied in the seams and on the entryways and dormers is sponge finished to match the pre-finished texture of the concrete panels. The dome is primed with concrete primer and then painted with two coats of exterior concrete paint to achieve the color you desire.  To blend the DensArmor interior drywall seam finish to the drywall, skip trowel joint compound over all the dome shell drywall.

The following describes why American Ingenuity switched to DensArmor versus DensDeck. (Both DensArmor & DensDeck are Georgia Pacific moisture resistant/mold resistant gypsum drywall). To obtain building permits, more and more building departments require the insulation be protected by 15 minute thermal barrier material. The noncombustible ¼” DensDeck does not have the 15 minute thermal barrier test. The ½” DensArmor Plus High Performance gypsum drywall has the tests to prove it is a 15 minute thermal barrier. All Ai dome kits are now shipped with 1/2″ DensArmor adhered to the EPS using the Enerfoam (drywall adhesive). The Enerfoam adhesive is being shipped at no cost with this AS IS kit if you are adding ½” drywall on site. The Plant utilizes the hinge method that is described below to affix the wallboard to the Eps using the Enerfoam. If you choose to remove the ¼” drywall and apply the free ½” drywall, you will use this same method to affix the ½” DensArmor to the panels on your site.

The following describes how to remove the ¼” DensDeck and adhere the ½” DensArmor.

    • Flip the panel over and pry the ¼” DensDeck off the panel with good metal snow shovel or use large putty knife. Some cement perlite which was used to adhere the DensDeck may come off when the DensDeck is pried off.
    • Select the appropriate pieces of precut ½” DensArmor and lay on the panel.
    • Lift up DensArmor one piece at a time and spray Enerfoam in S pattern on EPS around edges & middle where DensArmor piece will lay.
    • Lay DensArmor piece down. Slide back and forth a few times to make the foam tacky and not swell up.
    • Then when you are sure the piece is in correct location, leave in that position.
    • Install next piece until all pieces are installed for that panel.
    • Place another flipped panel on top of this panel and complete same process.
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The following info covers Ai Domes & Tornadoes.    In August 1992 American Ingenuity domes were put to the ultimate test of strength when they faced the wrath of Hurricane Andrew as it slammed into south Florida. Winds at the nearby Tamiami airport were clocked at 212 mph, spawning over 100 tornadoes within the storm and leaving practically everything in its wake leveled. Nearly 200,000 people become homeless overnight. Even a tower at the Turkey Point Nuclear Power Plant, designed to withstand 200-mph winds, was irrevocably damaged by this fierce storm. We were not surprised, however, when we learned that our domes survived – in great contrast to the thousands of conventionally built houses of their neighbors.

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45′ Dome went thru Hurricane Andrew & Tornado with no structural damage.

Above is picture of a 45′ American Ingenuity dome home built in 1989 that was in the direct path of the devastating storm, bearing the worst Andrew & a tornado could deliver; yet it suffered no structural damage. A two wide metal horse trailer was impelled against the dome leaving a paint skid marking on the dome where the trailer slide around the dome to the other side. The horse trailer caused a crack in the riser wall and a chunk of concrete to break loose. The dome owner, caulked the crack and mixed up fiber concrete and filled the chunk and then painted the area.

Due to the type and direction of the debris scattered around the dome’s neighborhood, an engineer from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (F.E.M.A.) surmised that a tornado had struck the area. The engineer’s own Alabama home had been hit by a tornado a few years ago, so he was impressed by the integrity of the dome on an emotional as well as a professional level. The dome structure had withstood not only the force of a hurricane but a tornado as well. The incredibly intense winds ripped open double entry doors and 12′ sliding glass doors, which had been covered with protective plywood sheathing. Even though the wood and glass doors of the entryways succumbed to the wind and allowed interior water damage from the rain, the dome itself stood strong.

The Ai dome’s F4 tornado warranty covers the dome’s exterior shell and does not include windows and doors.  High speed tornado winds pick up debris which can be hurled through windows and doors.  As a result if you live in an area prone for tornadoes, consider building within the dome a safe room with concrete walls to protect your family from flying debris coming through windows and doors. At end of this article is definition of Tornado Alley.

 

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The tornado picture is from Wikipedia and is of tornado near Anadarko, Oklahoma. The funnel is the thin tube reaching from the cloud to the ground. The lower part of this tornado is surrounded by a translucent dust cloud, kicked up by the tornado’s strong winds at the surface. The wind of the tornado has a much wider radius than the funnel itself.

The following info came from www.livescience.com  Where is Tornado Alley?

The borders of Tornado Alley are not clearly defined. They vary, depending on the criteria used — frequency, intensity, or events per unit area. Generally, a tornado alley map starts in central Texas and goes north through Oklahoma, central Kansas and Nebraska and eastern South Dakota, sometimes dog-legging east through Iowa, Missouri, Illinois and Indiana to western Ohio.

While the “Wizard of Oz” still conjures up images of Kansas as a tornado-prone area, that state is not the most highly impacted state when it comes to tornadoes. According to the National Climatic Data Center, Texas reports the highest number of tornadoes of any state, although its very large land mass accounts for that status. Kansas and Oklahoma are second and third respectively when it comes to the number of tornadoes reported, but those states report more tornadoes per land area than Texas.

Convergence of conditions:
Tornado Alley has all of the weather conditions needed for a tornado to take shape. Tornadoes form when three different types of air converge in a specific manner: a layer of warm and humid air near the ground along with strong southerly winds; colder air along with strong west or southwest winds line the upper atmosphere; and a third layer of very warm dry air that hovers between the warm and moist air at low levels and the cool dry air above.

While not as familiar as Tornado Alley, the designation Dixie Alley generally refers to another part of the country that is likely to experience tornadoes — generally the upper Tennessee Valley and Lower Mississippi Valley.

Florida’s almost daily thunderstorms spawn a large number of tornadoes, designating it as the state with the with the highest number of tornadoes per square mile. However, a relatively small percentage of Florida’s tornadoes are considered high intensity.

Globally, latitudes between about 30 degrees and 50 degrees North or South provide the most favorable environment for tornadoes. The United States records about 1,000 tornadoes a year, by far the most prolific of any region in the world, with Canada ranking second at only 100 per year.

 

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The following info is about Oklahoma Domes in tornado alley. Due to their home site being located in  tornado alley, the Marshalls’ chose to build  American Ingenuity domes because their steel reinforced concrete exterior resists F4 tornado winds.  Bruce Marshall was owner builder of their two domes and did a fantastic job based on the finished photos below.

The 48′ home dome on the left is linked to 40′ garage dome on the right.  The 48′ dome has 2,649 sq.ft. (1,646 sq.ft. on first floor with 1,003 sq.ft on the second floor.) Link is 150 sq.ft.  The 40′ dome has 1,823 sq.ft. (1,151 sq.ft. on the first floor and 672 sq.ft. on the second floor). Dome home is five bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths.  664 sq.ft. recreation room above garage.  Please see floor plan layouts below and two photo galleries of interior photos.  Coming soon will be construction photo gallery of their domes.  To view info about Ai dome and tornadoes, please click on F4 Tornado.

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