Hanging Kitchen Cabinets, Pics, Tvs on Aidome Shell | AiDomes

How are Kitchen Cabinets, Pictures & TV’s Hung on Aidome shell walls?

First of all consider installing entryways and instead of installing exterior doors and windows within the vertical wall built under the entryway panels, install the wall and finish it and hang pictures or a TV or place furniture or install your kitchen cabinets with window above the sink, etc. 

Or second: build a vertical wall against the dome prefab walls to hang cabinets, pictures, TV, etc. This way you have the strength, energy efficiency of the Aidome with prefab panels which contain no wood to rot, or to burn or for termites to eat.  The exterior is fire resistant concrete.  Below the photo galleries is a description of how to build the framed wall against the dome shell. 

 

Below are three Photo Galleries

showing how Kitchens & various rooms are designed in the Aidome

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

This first photo gallery below consists of photos within Ai 40′ and 45′ Aidomes 

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

This second photo gallery below consists of photos within Ai 40′, 45′ & 48′ domes.

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

This third photo gallery below consists of photos within Ai 34′ and 36′ domes.

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Two ways to have vertical framed walls around the perimeter of the Aidome

Regarding the interior of an AiDome home, and how to place cabinetry, pictures, and a television on the exterior dome walls.  First of all consider installing entryways and instead of installing exterior doors and windows within the vertical wall, just install the wall and finish the wall and hang pictures or a TV or place furniture or install your kitchen cabinets with window above the sink, etc. 

Where there is not a vertical framed wall built under the entryway awning panels, here is a description on how to install a vertical wall with sill plate against the dome prefab panels to hang cabinets, pictures, TV, etc. 

On the exterior dome wall wherever you want a vertical wall:

  1. Simply install a 2×4 framed wall. This is done by cutting out a horizontal 3 1/2” wide strip of drywall and eps insulation two inches deep, spray expanding foam in the cavity, and immediately insert the PT 2×4 into the cavity and support the 2×4 until the spray foam is hardened.  Trim back any excess spray foam and fill any gaps or holes with spray foam. (Number of supports depends on length of horizontal wood).
  2. Then nail vertical 2×4’s to the horizontal 2×4 – 16” on center and secure bottom of 2×4 to a sill plate which is secured to the floor per code (which usually means sill plate is secured to the floor power studs to concrete flooring or nails to wood flooring per code. Code usually is one at each end and other nails spaced 12” minimum). Then finish the wall per your wishes (drywall, plywood, decorative wood, etc) and install cabinets, TV and pictures per manufacturer’s instructions. 

If wanting to hang a flat screen TV to the exterior dome wall without installing a vertical wall, install a 2×8 or 2×12 depending on your TV mount.  This is done by cutting out a horizontal 7 1/2” or 11 1/2” wide strip of drywall and eps insulation two inches deep, spray expanding foam in the cavity and immediately insert the 2×8 or 2×12 into opening and support it until the spray foam is hardened. 

  • The horizontal 2×8 or 2×12 is secured to the dome wall with 10” stainless steel bolt.  One at each end of the horizontal board minimum 2” from each end.  Max spacing between bolts of 12” which may mean more bolts may be needed depending on length of horizontal board.  Bolt goes through the 2×8 or 2×12 and through the dome panel with the end of the bolt having a rubber backed washer and rubber backed nut. The bolt can be secured in the drilled hole with liquid nails.  Prior to installing the washer and nut, squirt liquid nails around the bolt.  After the rubber backed nut with rubber backed washer have been securely tightened any excess threads can be cut off flush to the back of the nut.  The washer and nut should be covered with elastomeric patching compound or similar caulk and then painted over. 
  • Fill any gaps or holes around the 2×8 or 2×12 with expanding foam and finish the board and wall per your wishes.
  • Use appropriate screws to attach the TV mount to the 2×8 or 2×12 per manufacturer’s instructions.

Also here is way to have a taller riser wall around the perimeter of the dome which results in 6’ perimeter wall and ten foot tall ceiling height in the first floor rooms which have a second floor installed above.  At no extra cost, four foot vertical riser prefab panels are shipped with the triangle panels in the dome building kit.  This allows for more vertical space around the perimeter of the dome before the dome starts to slope inWe also offer an optional two foot additional riser which is installed on top of the 4’ riser to create a 6’ vertical area around the base of the dome giving you a six foot vertical wall to place furniture against, install a TV, etc.   

40’ Aidome built in Florida  – Building Kit was shipped in 2002

 
Direct Quote from dome owner:  Suzette has owned her 40’ Ai dome for more than 15 years. Back in 2016, she considered selling her home to be closer to family.  A purchaser was obtained, but Suzette backed out!    She didn’t want to leave her home. She loves her Ai Dome home!

Below are her floor plan layouts showing 40′ Ai concrete Dome Home of 1,630 sq.ft. with 1,150 on the first floor and 480 sq.ft. on the second floor.  The first floor has Master bedroom of 209 sq.ft. with walk in closet and master bath with Living room of 242 sq.ft.; dining room of 127 sq.ft. and kitchen of 152 sq.ft. 

Second floor has second bedroom of 112 sq.ft, bath and 216 sq.ft. study. 

 


 

PDF for Downloading & Printing

Online Viewing – Opens in Browser

Pricing for 152 acres with unfinished 45′ Concrete Aidome on full basement is $760,070 on sale for $650,000.

Appraisal for the 152 acres is $660,000.  Appraisal & Contour Maps are below.

Consider staying in Celo Inn 4.3 miles from property entrance while you view the property & the area.

 +++++++++++++++++++++++

TO VIEW DRONE VIDEO OF THE PROPERTY AND DOME 

CLICK ON PLAY BUTTON IN MIDDLE OF SCREEN BELOW

The exterior of the dome is fire resistant steel reinforced fiber concrete. 


APPRAISAL OF THE 152 ACRES – $660,000 

PDF for Downloading, Viewing or Printing

 

Photo of part of gravel road during spring time.

Photo of top of property with view of surrounding mountains during spring time.

Another photo of gravel road during spring time.

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++

WITH PURCHASE OF 152 ACRES RECEIVE FREE 45′ AIDOME ON FULL BASEMENT

With purchase of 152 acres receive free 45′ Aidome kit assembled on full basement with permanent power (dome value is $100,070 to its current rough framing, plumbing and electrical stage – see chart below listing all costs incurred) 

In the drone video above there are other views of the 45′ Concrete Dome. 

Below is a photo of the dome & its driveway, plan pdfs and a Chart listing Actual Costs incurred on dome & basement.

Below are floor plan layouts of the unfinished concrete dome showing 1,454 sq.ft. in the basement, 1,443 sq.ft. on the dome’s first floor and 686 sq.ft. on the second floor for a total square footage 3,583.  The two floors inside the dome have 2,129 sq.ft.   The dome has permanent power.   

The building department that governs the 152 acres and the unfinished 45’ dome on full basement is Yancey County.  The building official’s name who grants new home building permits & completes the inspections for Yancey County is Neil McCurry whose work number is 828-682-7833, Cell is 828-284-5866.  I talked with him not long ago and he said due to permanent power to the 45’ dome, if the bathroom and kitchen were finished a person could live in the dome as they finished it. He said an RV can be parked on the property while the dome is being finished. I explained about selling the unfinished dome As Is.  He said the finishing of the dome can be handled under a Remodel Permit where he would come out and do a visual inspection and determine what inspections would be needed.  I asked him if the buyer of the dome wanted to change any framing how would that be handled?  He said the original building plans could be revised to show the changes. Any changes would be clouded with new set of building plans submitted showing the changes.  He said there is no need to have a North Carolina licensed engineer seal on the revised plans – this saves $900.  

I also have talked with the local engineer here in Florida who would review any floor plan layout changes to the unfinished 45’ dome to see if and how the changes could be accomplished.  Because the dome is on a basement the load of the dome first floor and second floor is carried into the basement and is supported by either basement interior framed walls or basement posts.  If any basement framed walls are removed then the engineer will calculate load and determine where basement posts would need to be installed on a load bearing footing to support the load of the dome first and second floor.  His fee to review the changes and give solutions is $200.  My companies fee to revise the building plans to show the new layout and include details from the Engineer is $400.  The finished plan pdfs would be emailed to the dome buyer so they can have sets of building plans printed locally and submit one set to Yancey County Building Department.   

If the property buyer does not want to finish the Aidome for a home or guest house, it could be used as is for parking, work shop, storage, etc. 

PDF for Downloading & Printing

Online Viewing – Opens in Browser

CONTOUR MAPS OF THE PROPERTY – 10407 State Hwy 80 South  Burnsville NC 28714

To view a contour map showing the entire 152 acres, click on the pdf  below named Contour Map All In One.  Because the font is small, to view the contour map in greater detail, we have divided it into six sections.   If the six pdfs (named Contour Map 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6) are printed and taped together,  it is easier to read the contour elevation numbers, notes, surrounding property owner names, etc.   The contour maps are below this listing and show:

  1. Elevation contours with feet
  2. Dimensions of the property on each side in feet
  3. Adjacent to State Hwy 80 South and along the gravel road is 1.780 acres within the 151.92 acres
  4. Gravel Roads
    1. Length of the gravel road from Hwy 80 to 45’ dome driveway is 1,486 feet long
    2. The driveway to the 45’ dome is approx. 188 feet long
    3. Gravel road from 45’ dome driveway up the hill is approx. 1,983 feet long
  5. Location of a branch/creek and a concrete bridge over the creek with 72” culvert pipe
  6. Location of a stream which is on the northern part of the property. Location of the stream is per Yancey County Gis mapping.
  7. 45’ dome on a full basement with approx. location of its septic system and electric pole.
    1. Electric pole installed by French Broad (area electric company) for $7,000.
    2. Septic tank and drain field installed by Randy Myers Construction, Inc for cost of $6,415 (Permit $435, septic/drain field $5,980)
  8. Location of a partial concrete block basement which was built for a 34’ dome
  9. Location of another electric pole
  10. Location of a 300’ well. Cost $2,750.
  11. The property owners starting at top of our property and going clock wise:
    1. North border on left: Clear Creek Ranch (Toe River Ranch LLC) – 56.97 acres – Dude Ranch
    2. US Forest Service 2,413 acres
    3. John Lawrence Gibbs Jr & Madelyn D. Gibbs (Mr. Gibbs passed away in 2015) – 72.69 acres.
    4. Skorman Family Trust – two parcels each are 8.92 acres for total of 17.84 acres
    5. River Run South Toe LLC  148.45 acres
    6. 1.78 acres abutting Hwy 80 owned by Busick
    7. 3 lots which we sold
    8. Dale Gibbs – parcel with green roof house – 23 acres
    9. Boosey – long strip with white structure – 7.3 acres
    10. Fazlin – 3.78 acres
    11. Cox – 1.20 acres
    12. Lot Reservoir for Eagles Nest

————————————————————————–

at 3,400 ft elevation – four miles off the Blue Ridge Parkway- one mile from Mt Mitchell Golf Course & two miles from Carolina Hemlock Park

“Where Springtime Spends the Summer”

In Western North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountain’s Countryside

(30 min from Marion, Burnsville & Spruce Pine NC)

One Hour from Asheville, NC.   15 miles from Mt. Mitchell State Park

Call June Jerome with June Jerome Realty at 828-675-9536 or email JuneJeromeRealty@Frontier.com 

The Aidome and 152 acres is in the Blue Ridge Province of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and is four miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway and one mile from Mount Mitchell Golf Course.

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 (named for the dark spruce trees in the area) 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.   Mount Mitchell State Park is 15 miles from the property entrance.  Blue Ridge Parkway is four miles from the 152 acre property entrance.

Have you dreamed of living in an American Ingenuity (Ai) dome?  Are you tired of your state’s hot summers?  Desire investment property?  Then purchase this amazing pristine property and unfinished Aidome and relax in the coolness of the 3,400 feet elevation of the North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, play golf one mile away at the four and one half star Mount Mitchell Golf Course  or trout fish/tube/swim at the nearby Black Mountain Campground.  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 & its Gardens.   During the winter ski in Boone North Carolina.

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.  At the bottom of this article is a listing of some of the sights on the Blue Ridge Parkway and area attractions.

This 152 acres and unfinished dome is an eleven hour drive from central Florida & New York City and is one mile off theBlue Ridge Parkway & the eastern continental divide, 30 minutes from Marion, Burnsville & Spruce Pine North Carolina and one hour from Asheville.  Within one half mile is a country general store and a fire station. The Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine is within 30 minutes.  The dome is nestled in the oaks and hemlocks.  Seen on the property: northern flying squirrel, saw-whet owl, white-tailed deer and gray fox.  Mount Mitchell State Park (1,946-acre park on the highest peak east of the Mississippi, with camping, hiking & panoramic views) 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.

The dome was built from an American Ingenuity (Ai) concrete dome building kit. 

The Ai Dome is Ideal for a Vacation Home or Permanent Residence for Several Reasons:

  • Unique design that results in a fun home to visit and possibly rent out the dome when the property owners are not home.
  • Dome nestles into a wooded setting without concern of a tree impact on concrete dome or that a forest fire will burn the concrete exterior. See Ai’s  tree impact linfor 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, drywall and EPS).
  • Super energy efficiency: The 7” ridge, nontoxic Expanded Polystyrene (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, if you are not living in it year round, 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 $30 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 on Advantages.

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?  

AThe 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.

Area information

  1. Property is located in  Yancey County government center’s official web site.
  2. Blue Ridge Regional Hospital is 30 minutes away in Spruce Pine and is part of the Mission Health System of North Carolina.  In Asheville there is an Asheville VA Medical Center and Mission Health System.  See below for a paragraph about Mission Health System.
  3. When arranging to view the dome, check out Priceline’s Motel Listing for Burnsville NC or motels in Marion North Carolina
  4. Town of Burnsville NC official web site.
  5. City of Marion official web site.
  6. Lowes Home Improvement store is 30 minutes away in Marion NC.  480 US 70 West, Marion, NC 28752. Phone:(828) 659-5960.
  7. Town of Spruce Pine is 30 minutes away from the dome. Super Walmart Store is in Spruce Pine.
  8. To view local schools, click on Yancey County School System.
  9. Asheville North Carolina is one hour from the dome and has been ranked No. 12 Best Place To Live In America  because of its culture, sites, live theater,  gallery hopping, antique shopping, trekking along the Appalachian Trail and more.  Asheville is a city in western North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains. It’s known for its vibrant arts scene and historic architecture, including the dome-topped Basilica of Saint Lawrence and the vast 19th-century Biltmore estate, displaying artwork by masters like Renoir. Its Downtown Art District is filled with galleries and museums, and in the nearby River Arts District, former factory buildings house artists’ studios.  However why live in the hustle, bustle of a large city, live in quietness and tranquility in this country side setting and visit Asheville at your convenience.  
  10. About Blue Ridge Regional Hospital:  (number 828-766-2900) is based in Spruce Pine, N.C., is a not-for-profit hospital and serves Mitchell, Yancey, lower Avery and upper McDowell counties. Blue Ridge Regional Hospital has provided excellent health care services for the region since 1955. Cleverley & Associates has recognized Blue Ridge Regional Hospital as a Community Value 5-Star Hospital for 10 consecutive years.
    1. Medical specialties offered by Blue Ridge include emergency services, OB services, critical care, rehabilitation services and fitness center, cancer services, orthopedics, general surgical services, pain management, pediatrics, family medicine, sleep disorders and wound care.
    2. In addition, Blue Ridge Regional Hospital offers clinics for the following specialties: allergy and asthma; cardiology, dermatology; ear, nose and throat; gastroenterology; ophthalmology and kidney care (nephrology).   Blue Ridge Regional Hospital employs 450 people.
    3. Blue Ridge Regional Hospital is part of Mission Health, based in Asheville, N.C., is the state’s sixth-largest health system and the region’s only not-for-profit, independent community hospital system governed and managed exclusively in western North Carolina.  Mission Health, which traces its roots in the region back to 1885, operates six hospitals, numerous outpatient and surgery centers, post-acute care provider CarePartners, and the region’s only dedicated Level II trauma center.  Its medical staff consists of more than 1,000 physicians and is certified in more than 50 medical specialties and sub-specialties.
    4. Mission Health has seven Centers of Excellence: Cancer, Heart, Mission Children’s Hospital, Neurosciences, Orthopedics, Trauma and Women’s Health.Blue Ridge Parkway Sites & Area Attractions

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS

  • Bicycling on the Blue Ridge Parkway.The property entrance is around four miles off the Blue Ridge Parkway’s mile marker 344
  • LITTLE SWITZERLAND RESTAURANT   Located at mile post 334 on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  Chalet Restaurant overlooking the scenic mountains of North Carolina serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Beer, wine, and mixed beverages are available.  Open end of April through first week in November?   1-828-765-2153 http://www.switzerlandinn.com/
  • Mt Mitchell State Park has restaurant besides new  Observation Deck.  15 miles away. One of those places that stand apart from the ordinary, Mount Mitchell’s dramatic summit is the highest point east of the Mississippi at 6,684 feet and was inspiration for one of the nation’s first state parks. From its easily accessible observation deck, the spruce-fir forest of Mount Mitchell State Park leads the eye to unmatched views. A museum explains the mountain’s cultural and natural history, and its trail network allows visitors to explore up close, offering short hikes near the summit and challenging treks leading to adjacent wilderness areas. A nine-site tent campground is open in warm-weather months, and backpacking opportunities abound, including entry onto the Mountains-to-Sea State Trail. A concession area and a full-service restaurant serve visitors from May to October.
  • J & J’s Grill on the Green.   One mile from property entrance.  Casual dining right next the MtMitchell Golf Club. Enjoy an evening watching the golfers come in on the 18th hole from the outside deck with a spectacular view of the Black Mountains. Delicious American and Bavarian food, beer, wine and homemade desserts. Open all week except Tuesday, 5 pm – 9 pm.  Closed in winter.  828-675-1400.
  • YOUNGS’ MOUNTAIN MUSIC  A must to experience the local flavor and enjoy the mountain music.  Each Saturday night local talent and professionals get 30 minutes on stage and play banjo, fiddle, guitar, piano, etc.  Open 7pm-11pm, donations accepted.  Save room for homemade pie.  Sometimes in the summer, they have fish fries at dinner time.  Open year round.  Take Hwy 80 north to Micaville, turn right onto 19E and go 3 ½ – 4 miles.  Just after the Mitchell County sign, look for their flashing sign on the left.  The music hall is a ½ block north of the highway.
  • THE TOWN OF BURNSVILLE  A quaint small town with a square, antique shops, gift shops, old timey hardware stores, gourmet luncheon restaurant, grocery store and more.  Off Highway 19.  Yancey County Chamber of Commerce.
  • THE TOWN OF MARION  A small town with a Food Lion grocery store, ABC liquor store, Walmart and more.  Approx. 20 miles southeast of cabin.  South on Hwy 80, turn left onto Hwy 70.  McDowell County Chamber of Commerce
  • WILLIAM EFFLER’S GENERAL STORE  Located in the little town of Busick about three miles from property entrance.  This store has general food items and gasoline.  During most seasons the produce is irresistible.
  • COACH HOUSE Seafood & Steak Restaurant  Go to the east end of Hwy 80, turn right onto Hwy 70W & proceed to the town of Black Mountain.  The restaurant is on the main road at 508 W. State St. Black Mountain, NC.   Phone: 828-669-4223.  Lunch Tues-Fri. Open Tues-Wed-Thurs 11am to 9pm, Fri 11am-9:30pm, Sat 3pm-9:30pm, Sun 11:30am-8pm, Closed Monday.  Beer available.  Excellent food at unheard of low prices.  Open year round. (This area offers lots of restaurants & shops).
  • TROUT FARM  A trout farm is approx approx. 5 miles south on Hwy 80.  They provide the poles and bait and anyone can catch your limit.  May be closed for lack of water or after October.
  • SWINGING BRIDGE  Going North on Hwy 80 just past the golf course, the first turn is to the left and the bridge is in the next right turn.  Check out the variety of river rocks near this wood bridge, some glitter with mineral Mica.  The river is named “South Toe”.
  • HIKING TRAILS  Along the parkway and at many of the overlooks are hiking trails.  The first overlook south of Hwy 80 exit, has an excellent trail.  In route you will pass through the twin tunnels and get a look at the inside of the mountain.
  • MOUNT MITCHELL FOUR AND ONE HALF STAR GOLF COURSE & PRO SHOP  Open April thru November?  18 holes of golf including cart use:   7590 Hwy 80 South. Phone: 828-675-5454.  From their web site: The Mount Mitchell Golf Club offers a variety of challenges to the visiting golfer. The course is a four and one half star rating by Golf Digest’s “Places to Play.” North Carolina Magazine ranked Mount Mitchell in the top ten public courses in the state. It features bent grass from tee to green, is virtually flat, has a pristine river flowing through it and awesome views on every shot. Just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, one hour from Asheville, Mount Mitchell Golf Club remains a favorite golfers’ haven.
  • BILTMORE ESTATE (Located in Asheville)  Features America’s largest residence.  Open year round except Thanksgiving, Christmas, & New Years.  Beautiful Christmas displays. Phone: 800-411-3812 admission about $25 each person.
  • THE BLOWING ROCK & CHIMNEY ROCK PARK  Two natural perches that provide striking views of the Southern Highlands.  Admission. Blowing Rock: 828-298-7111; Chimney Rock: 800-277-9611.
  • GRANDFATHER MOUNTAIN  Located near the town of Linville, featuring hiking trails, picnic areas, natural museum, theater.  Open year-round.  Admission: 800-468-7325.
  • “HORN IN THE WEST” An outdoor drama stages in Boone each summer, portraying the struggle of rugged mountain settlers & their role in the American Revolution.  Admission: 828-264-2120.
  • MAST GENERAL STORE   One of the best remaining examples of an old general store.  630 West King Street. Boone, NC 28607.  828-262-0000.
  • RAFTING  This can be an exciting family experience on such area rivers as the French Broad, Nolichucky & Nantahala.  A good selection of outfitters includes Carolina Wilderness. Phone: 800-872-7437.
  • SKIING  Boone, NC has Sugar Mountain., Beech Mountain.; and Wolf Laurel, NC has skiing.

MILE MARKER ATTRACTIONS…along the Blue Ridge Parkway 

The property entrance is around four miles off the Blue Ridge Parkway’s mile marker 344

240   Doughton Park Restaurant-(Bringer Cabin Historic Site)

293   Moses Cone Memorial Park-(Historic Site-Parkway Craft Center)

297   Julian Price Memorial Park

305   Line Cove Viaduct-Last link of Blue Ridge Pkwy-Visitor Center on south side

318   Linville Falls Visitor Ctr.-Waterfalls

331 Museum of NC Minerals Visitor Center

333   Little Switzerland-Across from the Post Office, downhill from the exit is a restaurant, used bookstore & more.

342   Crabtree Meadows-Restaurant, Picnic Area and Coffee Shop

344   Buck Creek Gap-(Hwy 80 intersection to Dome Cabin)-Hiking trail off the north side-  FACT: The Eastern Continental Divide passes through here.  A rain drop landing on one side will eventually flow into the Atlantic Ocean and the other side will flow into the Gulf.

344.5 Twin Tunnels

355    Mt. Mitchell State Park- Restaurant and Picnic Area- FACT: Mt. Mitchell is the highest elevation in eastern America, 6,684 ft.

364    Craggy Gardens Visitor Ctr.- Picnic Area and Waterfalls

384    Folk Art Center- Craft center, for programs call (828) 298-0495.

408    Mt. Pisgah- Beautiful hiking trails, Restaurant, Camp Store and Picnic Area

469    Great Smokey Mountains National Park

Below is photo gallery showing a 45′ in diameter Aidome
being assembled & linked to a 34′ Aidome in California.

To view the photos in the gallery, click on the white arrow on the right middle side. 

Both domes were built on concrete slabs.  However depending on your soil type and terrain, Ai’s design team with engineer’s assistance can design any type foundation from a slab, to stem wall, crawl space, basement, pilings with elevated platform, etc. 

45′ dome is 1,457 sq.ft. on the first floor with 537 sq.ft. on the second floor for a total of 1,994 sq.ft.   The 34′ dome has 852 sq.ft. on the first floor and 373 sq.ft. on the second floor for a total of 1,225 sq.ft.   The 45′ home dome has three bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths.  On the first floor is Master bedroom of 281 sq.ft. with 127 sq.ft. master bath and powder room.  Second floor has two bedrooms and bath.  The 34′ garage dome’s 2nd floor is an open recreation room.

PDF for Downloading & Printing

Online Viewing – Opens in Browser

 

Opportunity To Save Big – $5,613 – On Overstocked 27’ AiDome Building Kit

If purchased by February 28th & Kit ships by April 25, 2018 

Need to make room for new orders.  What this means to you:  If you’re in a position where you desire a 27ft American Ingenuity (Ai) concrete dome for your new one or two bedroom/two bath home or guest cottage or mother-in-law suite or garage with studio apartment above, you can save $5,613 on your building kit and building plans.  The square footage after the kit is assembled and finished with local materials is 750 – 800.

Did you know that two Aidomes built in the Virgin Islands went through two category five hurricanes in a twelve day period and had no damage when most of the areas were pretty much destroyed?   The hurricanes were Irma and Maria.  Besides the strength of the Aidome, home owners choose to build it  because of:  1) its exterior is fire resistant concrete, 2) its R28 insulation is not interrupted by wood resulting in a super-energy efficient home; 3) no roof to blow off in high winds or to burn; and 4) no wood in the panels to rot, or burn or be eaten by termites.  To view an article summarizing the advantages of Aidomes, please click on Advantages of the Concrete Aidome.

To sell our overstock, Ai has reduced the 27’ dome kit with one entryway pricing to $22,988* versus Ai manufacturing a new 27’ kit whose regular price is $28,034  And Ai  is giving a 50% discount on stock building plans for one dome on a slab in pdf format – value of $567 resulting in total savings of $5,613.   (The Building Kit includes all prefab panels for the dome shell, 4′ tall riser panels & six panels for one entryway)  

Photo of an Assembled 27′ Aidome Building Kit

 

Photo of some of the 27’ Aidome Building Kit Prefab Panels

Ready to be assembled on your property 

Prefab Panels consist of exterior of 3/4″ concrete reinforced w’ galvanized steel mesh & fibers,
Center Core of R28 7″ Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) Insulation, and interior of 1/2″ Georgia Pacific DensArmor Drywall

 

Photo of an assembled 27′ Aidome used as a Garage w’ 2nd floor Studio Apartment

At no cost to you, provide your properties tax ID number or site address, and we 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 building plans?  Do they require Structural Calculations?  Do they require a ResCheck Energy Report to issue a building permit?  If so the engineer seal, calcs & energy report can be purchased from Ai.  

The following describes what panels are included in the 27’ kit:  The kit includes all the prefabricated panels to assemble the dome shell and the 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” concrete exterior reinforced with fibers & galvanized steel mesh & 1/2” Georgia Pacific DensArmor interior drywall. None of the panel materials contain any food source for mold growth and are all non-combustible.  (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 in non-freezing weather prior to assembly). (some boxed items and other items need to be stored inside.)

FYI, depending on the floor plan selected, the layout can be one bedroom/one bath or two bedrooms/two baths which determines the number of window dormers and if there is a first floor door dormer.  Window dormer or door dormer panels can be purchased at current pricing: 27’ first floor or second floor Window dormer is $345. First floor Door dormer is $375.  To view stock plans for the 27′ dome, click on Stock Plans and scroll down the page to find the 27′ diameter.   

The 27’ Kappa 11 plan featured below, (after kit is assembled and finished with local materials) has two bedrooms and two baths. This special includes stock building plans reduced 50%.   If you do not see a stock plan that fits your lifestyle, we can modify or customize a plan for a reasonable fee.  Once the floor plan is selected, Ai may need to manufacture additional panels for window dormers and or door dormer and can complete an Order Form which lists the regular and sale price of the building kit, current pricing for additional window dormers or door dormer, Parts List Items, shipping, 2×4’s cut/drilled/painted for the temporary support system, etc. 

PDF for Downloading & Printing

Online Viewing – Opens in Browser

The Ai dome building kit was specifically designed for Owner Builders  or contractors.  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 are concreted on site and average two inch thick concrete.  To view kit assembly for a 22′ dome, click on Kit Assembly and scroll down to the construction photos.  FYI, an 18′ is assembled the same way a 22′ kit is.   Independent consultant can be hired to supervise kit assembly.

When assembled, the prefabricated panels produce all the structural components, the concrete roof, all the insulation and all the interior drywall for the dome shell.  In addition, the dome shell (triangles & risers) carries a 225 mph wind and F4 tornado guarantee. This warranty does not apply to a cupola, link, exterior framed wall areas, or exterior doors and windows.  Our panelized system does not contain wood framing (ribs) to interrupt our standard R28 insulation. There is no exterior wood to burn or rot or for termites to eat (Pressure Treated wood is used to frame the walls under the entryways and dormers.).  FYI during kit assembly a temporary wooden rib system is assembled to support the panels.  When the kit is assembled, the dome is self-supporting and the rib system is removed. As an added bonus, there is no roof to blow off in high winds, and has a noncombustible fire resistant concrete exterior. To learn more about our panels please view Panel Composition.

On site, under the entryway 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 dome shell’s DensArmor interior drywall seam finish to the DensArmor finish, skip trowel joint compound over the dome shell drywall.

*The $22,988 sale price does not include shipping, printed out plans, engineer seal on the plans, structural calculations (if required by your building department to issue a permit), panels for door dormer or window dormers, Parts List Items, Steel Hub deposit or Rescheck Energy Report.

 

36′ Aidome in South Dakota 

 

 

36′ in diameter Aidome which is designed to have three bedrooms and two and 1/2 baths. 

First floor has 931 sq.ft.  Second floor has 383 sq.ft. for total square feet of 1,314.

Typically a 36′ dome is designed with two bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths which allows room sizes to be larger. 

To view stock plans for the 36′ dome, please click on Stock Plans & scroll down the page to find the 36′ plans. 

 

34ft St. Croix Aidome hit by Two Category 5 Hurricanes & No Damage

Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria – 185 mph winds

Please scroll down to view photo of an Aidome in British Virgin Islands

that went thru Hurricane Irma’s 200 mph winds with no damage

To view photos of Aidomes that have gone through Hurricane Andrew, Katrina, Harvey, etc. click on Strong Aidomes.

(To view photos within the gallery, click on the white arrow on right side of first photo)

 

An Aidome owner in St Croix, US Virgin Islands, has emailed, called and sent pictures of their 34’ Aidome with 1,100 sq.ft. – two bedrooms & two baths.  Liz wrote: “I live in an Aidome on St Croix, USVI and in September was hit by not one, but 2 horrific hurricanes, Irma and Maria.  Let me tell you I was so happy to be in a dome with no roof to lift.  Maria hit St Croix with 185 MPH winds!!   The only damage at all was to our solar whole house fan on top of house.” 

She also called and told us: “Within 12 days we went through two category 5 hurricanes (Irma and Maria) where the area was destroyed.  The hurricanes took out our hospitals, airports and schools.  The Aidome stood strong and suffered no damage with only the solar fan broken.  Also she said they had mini tornadoes which blew their storage sheds apart.  

Her husband is a Purple Heart Vietnam War Veteran who said the area looked like a war zone. Their dome is remote so they are still without power and it is December 2017.   Prior to the hurricanes their dome was for Sale and they are still selling it because they need to leave the island for medical issues and move back to the states.  To view sale info about the dome, contact their real estate agent, Kim Lucas at this link

To read a summary of why build a geodesic dome versus a box shaped conventional house, click on Why?

+++++++++++++++++++

34ft in diameter Aidome In British Virgin Islands

Went through Hurricane Irma’s 200 mph winds with no damage to the dome. 

This Aidome owner hired a Florida Builder by the name of Gary Cook who hired the independent Kit Assembly Consultant, Randy Dixon, to supervise the builder’s workers during the assembly of his 27’ Aidome linked to a 22’ garage dome.  Here is direct quote from the Dome Owner: “Randy Dixon and a crew of five and sometimes six people, brought the project from a basic slab with a few standing riser panels to this state in 9 1/2, eight hour working days.”

The state the dome owner is referring to is that all the panels for the two domes and link are installed, with some seams having a first layer of concrete.  At this phase of assembly, the builder’s concrete workers can complete the exterior concrete work without the consultant being on site and can call him when any questions arise.   The exterior work left to be done involves concreting the seams, link, framing in locally purchased doors and windows, concreting the entryway and dormer panels, priming, sealing and painting the exterior concrete.  Then the dome is considered weather tight and interior finishing can occur without weather concerns. Finishing includes such items as framing, plumbing, electrical, kitchen and bathroom fixture and cabinet installation, HVAC, drywall finishing, etc.

This dome owner is installing mini-split ductless AC/heating units.  Because five foot tall risers will fit on the truck for a 27′ and a 22′ kit, the dome owner chose to order custom five foot tall risers (versus our standard four foot tall risers); thus causing his first floor height where a second floor is installed above to be 8’6″ tall.  In the three frequency domes, 30′ – 48′ five foot tall risers will not fit on the truck.  However Ai can custom manufacture an additional two foot tall riser which is installed above the four foot tall riser, resulting in first floor ceiling height where a second floor is installed above of ten feet in these larger domes.

To identify panels for one kit from another kit and to protect the expanded polystyrene insulation from UV light, the white EPS is painted a certain color for each kit.  In this case, the pink signifies the 27’ panels

 

Opportunity To Save Big – $12,300 – On Overstocked 34’ AiDome Kit

SOLD

If purchased and shipped by January 1, 2018 

Need to make room for new orders.  What this means to you:  If you’re in a position where you desire a 34’ Ai concrete dome for your new two or three bedroom/two bath home or guest cottage, you can save $12,300 on your kit and building plans.

To sell our overstock, Ai has reduced the 34’ dome kit with one entryway pricing to $25,767* versus Ai manufacturing a new 34’ kit whose regular price is $36,811  And Ai  is giving free stock building plans in pdf format – value of $1,261 resulting in total savings of $12,300.   (Kit includes all prefab panels for dome shell, 4′ tall riser panels & six panels for one entryway)

Did you know a 34′ Aidome in the British Virgin Islands withstood Hurricane Irma’s 200 mph winds with no damage?  The BVI Aidome is pictured below.   To read info and advantages of why to build a geodesic Aidome, please click on Why?

 

34′ Aidome in British Virgin Islands which withstood Hurricane Irma’s 200 mph winds w’ no damage 

 

 34′ Aidome kit assembled & finished with local windows & doors.

Once kit is assembled, the first floor square footage is 850 with second floor having up to 427 sq.ft. to five feet of perimeter headroom for total max square footage of 1,277 in a 34′ dome. 

 

 

Photo of some of the 34’ Aidome Building Kit panels.

Prefab Panels with exterior of 3/4″ concrete reinforced w’ galvanized steel mesh & fibers,
R28 7″ Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) Insulation, and interior of 1/2″ Georgia Pacific DensArmor Drywall

At no cost to you, provide your properties tax ID number or site address, and we 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 building plans?  Do they require a ResCheck Energy Report?  If so the seal & energy report can be purchased from Ai.  

The following describes what panels are included in the 34’ kit:  The kit includes all the prefabricated panels to assemble the dome shell and the 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” concrete exterior reinforced with fibers & galvanized steel mesh & 1/2” Georgia Pacific DensArmor 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 in non-freezing weather 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: 34’standard entryway is $660; high profile entryway is $685; first floor or second floor Window dormer is $345. First floor Door dormer is $375.  To view stock plans for the 34′ dome, click on Stock Plans and scroll down the page to find the 34′ diameter. 

FYI, depending on the plan you select, the layout can be two bedrooms/two baths or three bedrooms/two baths.  The 34′ Epsilon 15 featured below, (after kit assembled and finished with local materials) has three bedrooms and two baths.  If you do not see a stock plan that fits your lifestyle, we can modify or customize a plan for a reasonable fee. 

PDF for Downloading & Printing

Online Viewing – Opens in Browser

The Ai dome kit was specifically designed for Owner Builders.  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 DensArmor fiinish, skip trowel joint compound over the dome shell drywall.

*The $25,767 sale price does not include shipping, printed out plans, engineer seal on the plans, Parts List Items, Steel Hub deposit or Rescheck Energy Report.

The Aidome shown at bottom of this data was built in the British Virgin Islands & in 2017 withstood Hurricane Irma’s 200 mph winds with no damage. 

Also shown below is photo of an Aidome in St. Croix US Virgin Islands which withstood two category five hurricanes (Irma and Maria) in 2017 with no damage to the dome. 

The strongest and most efficient shapes are spherical in nature. The spherical shape allows for enclosing the greatest volume with the least amount of surface area.  The design of diatoms, honeycombs, and molecular structures of nature often utilize this energy efficient shape which is also a structurally sound configuration.

The geodesic dome is a copy of a structure called a Fullerite or Bucky ball, a small geodesic shaped carbon molecule, which exists in nature.  Most organic compounds form complex geometric shapes in relation to the strongest chemical bonds, examples would be pentane and hexane molecules.  The geodesic dome also utilizes  pentagon (five triangles make a pentagon configuration) and hexagon configurations (six triangles make a hexagon configuration)  

The bases for the geodesic shape comes from early attempts to understand pi.  Triangles were truncated in circles and spheres.  Ratios were then developed in regards to the actual geometry used.  The Triangulation’s in the sphere can also be seen in certain structures utilizing a truss1Trusses are composed of triangles (simplest, strongest, most efficient building shape). Trusses make up most roof structures.  Trusses may also be seen at work in exotic structures such as suspension bridges, the Eiffel tower, radio towers, space stations, geodesic domes, and even oil rig platforms2.  

The geodesic dome is a series of interlocking arches that make the structure very strong by utilizing compressive strength3By using cement and steel reinforcement the dome can develop multidirectional load carrying capacity4.     Basing his planetarium design on the ratio of the thickness of an egg shell to its diameter,  Dr. Walter Bauersfeld built the world’s first lightweight thin shell concrete dome.  He also produced the first dome comprised of geometric shapes which are now referred to as a geodesic dome – dome made from triangle shapes. The Zeiss I planetarium in Jena is also considered the first geodesic dome derived from the icosahedron, more than 20 years before Buckminster Fuller reinvented and popularized this design.   Buckminster Fuller advanced the dome concept more than anyone and is known for giving the name “geodesic” to this type of polyhedral dome.

In 1976, Michael Busick, the founder of American Ingenuity, applied the polyhedral “geodesic” construction principal, in combination with the thin shell steel reinforced concrete technique and the use of expanded bead polystyrene (EPS) rigid foam insulation to advance the geodesic dome design even further.  For the first time a concrete dome could be built economically from a kit of prefabricated component panels.  Because the EPS is rigid, it is the center core of the panel where steel reinforced fiber concrete is applied to its exterior and 1/2″ Georgia Pacific DensArmor drywall is applied to its interior to make a “sandwich panel”. Because the EPS can be cut with a hot wire, a triangle shape can be formed that has a precise angle cut so adjacent triangles fit flush against each other.  The geodesic dome design also exceeds all conventional housing in strength, energy efficiency and durability.

The dome is often lectured about in classical architecture schools from around the world for its unique ability to take a compressive load. The triangles compress against each other resulting in a free span dome needing no interior load bearing posts to support the dome panels.

The sphere is a very unique structure and often inspires people with the simplicity of nature, most efficient shape and the complexity of the structure.   Domes have been around for thousands of years and they have survived earthquakes, hurricanes, nuclear blasts, and time.

The domes hold a unique place in the worlds architectural heritage.   As a country evolved in the world, one way to prove their status-quo was with architecture. The mastery of the mathematics necessary to build domes proved to visitors the countries technological advances.  Listed below are just a few domes people tend to recognize: The Taj Mahal (Agra), The Basilica of St Peter (Rome), The Capital Building Rotunda (DC), The Baptistery (Pisa), St. Sophia’s (Istanbul), Les Invalides (Paris), The Temple of Borobudur (Java), and The Pantheon (Rome)

Geodesic domes as a residence can provide super energy efficiency and protection from nature’s strongest forces.  One of the most powerful earthquakes to hit the Yucca Valley, California in 40 years, registered 7.4 on the Richter scale. The Yucca valley quake was nearly ten times more powerful than the Loma Preito quake which killed 60 people and was over 60 miles from the epicenter.  The only home left standing undamaged within 12,000 feet of the epicenter of the Yucca Valley Quake was a dome5.   Hurricanes have been known to cause massive structural damage due to high winds.  Andrew a Category 4 hurricane destroyed billions of dollars of property.  However, the domes that faced the north eye wall of the storm survived the 200 mph plus winds were virtually unscathed when compared to the neighbors’ homes6

Examples of Aidome’s strength:

  1. An Aidome in Homestead Florida withstood Hurricane Andrew and a tornado with no structural damage. Only minor damage occurred where a two wide steel horse trailer was slammed on the dome.   
  2. An Aidome withstood Hurricane Katrina with no damage. 
  3. An Aidome shown below withstood Hurricane Irma’s 200 mph winds with no damage. 
  4. An Aidome withstood the impact of a 30″ in diameter hickory tree with no damage. 

Domes do not develop resonance in the structures like conventional homes 7.

One of only a hand full of structures left intact at ground zero after the first nuclear bomb was dropped on the city of Hiroshima, Japan was the dome structure atop the capital building it stands today as monument, a calamitous testament.

The dome lends the structure to being the most energy efficient structure on the housing market today8.   Not many conventional houses today can match the strength or energy savings just by their shape.  As we advance the requirements of the housing industry will shift towards energy efficiency and durability 9

 References:

  1. Helper, D.E. , Helper D.J., and Wallach P. Architecture Drafting and Design (New York:  Mc Graw-Hill, 1991).
  2. Helper, D.E. , Helper D.J., and Wallach P. Architecture Drafting and Design (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1991).
  3. Catanease, A. and Snyder, J. Introduction to Architecture (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1979).
  4. Cowan, H.J. Architectural Structures: An introduction to Structural Mechanics (New York: American Elsevier Publishing Co. 1971).
  5. Tyler, C. Hurricane and Earthquake Resistant Housing (Dome, Wheat Ridge CO. Vol. 6 #1 Haflin Publishing 1993).
  6. Tyler, C. Hurricane and Earthquake Resistant Housing (Dome, Wheat Ridge CO. Vol. 6  #1 Haflin Publishing 1993).
  7. Salvadori, M and Levy, M Structural Design in Architecture (Englewood Cliffs NJ. Prentice Hall 1967).
  8. Wright, D. Natural Solar Architecture (New York Van Nostrand Rienbold CO. 1978).
  9. EIA 2000 Annual Energy Outlook 2001 With Projections to 2020 Office of Integrated Analysis and Forecasting December (DOE/EIA-0383(2001)

Above is the 34ft dome in British Virgin Islands which withstood Hurricane Irma’s 200 mph winds with no damage.

 

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

 

 

Above is 34ft Aidome which withstood two category five hurricanes,

Irma and Maria with no damage to the dome.