DIY Prefab Dome Homes for Owner Builders - AiDomes

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.



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.


45' dome - assembly of third row of panels

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:


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.


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. (Interior drywall on each triangle & riser panel)

What this means to you: If you’re in a situation 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 and regular price is $21,300.  (Kit includes all prefab panels for dome shell, 4′ riser panels & panels for one entryway)


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 December 18, 2015 with the kit shipping by April 30, 2016 with Ai selecting the week/day of shipment in March or April, American Ingenuity will give extra $1,641 of free items:

  1. Two sets of stock 22’ building plans value $851 (plans sale price $851 – regular price of $1,134). To view the stock plans available for the 22’ dome, click on Stock Plans and scroll down the page to find the 22’ plans to view.
  2. Engineer seal for your state value $600.
  3. Energy Report if required by your building department value $190.

*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 & add 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.

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 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 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, 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.

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.

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.


free Wikipedia tornado

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  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.



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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The following information covers Tiny Home Kit reg & sale pricing w’ specs. Exciting News as of October 2015, Ai has added two new tiny home sizes to its Tiny Home assortment – 15′ and 18′!   These Tiny Dome Home Kits are constructed using Ai’s superior prefabricated insulated concrete panel system.  Consider them for Special Hideaway, vacation cabin, mother-in-law home, guest house, hunting cabin, glambing, tiny home, micro home, cottages for resort, rental units for veterans or starter home. The Ai dome is much stronger, has noncombustible materials in its wall panels, fire resistant concrete exterior & more insulated than a framed house, concrete block house, log cabin, tent or yurt.

Tiny Dome Home Kits when assembled and finished can result in 172 sq.ft. to 1,278 sq.ft. Dome sizes are measured by feet in diameter with the 15′, 18′, and 22′ kits having a first floor with optional attic/loft. The 27′, 30′ & 34′ can have a second floor installed. The 27′ and 34′ second floor dome panels are large enough to for window dormers to accept fire egress size window. This allows for the 27′ & 34′ domes second floor to contain a bedroom; resulting in the 27’ & 34’ domes being two bedroom/two bath. The 30′ dome second floor panels are not large enough for a window dormer so no bedroom can be designed – use the 30′ second floor for storage, office, craft area, additional bathroom, rec room.  To view stock plans for the 15′ and 18′ along with plans for the other Tiny Domes, click on Tiny Home Plans.


22′ Tiny Dome Home After Building Kit Assembled & Finished.

As far as Tiny Homes meeting minimum size house requirements – in some areas,  groups are petitioning their county or their city elected government officials to allow them to have Tiny Home Communities (called pocket neighborhoods) where the minimum house size can be below state code. The City of Rockledge, Florida agreed that a group whose face book page is called Rockledge Tiny House Community can purchase property and build Tiny Homes from 172 sq. ft up to 1000 sq ft. in their city.   Normally in Florida the minimum new house size requirement is 500 sq.ft. or 800 sq.ft. or 1,000 sq.ft.  So congratulations to the City of Rockledge Tiny House Group for its victory in changing minimum size house requirements in their city to as small as 172 sq.ft..

Please check local codes to see how Tiny Homes can be built for cottages in a resort or for rental units to rent out to migrant workers, veterans and individuals wanting to live in strong (225 mph & F4 tornado warranty), energy efficient houses whose exterior concrete is fire resistant.  To view comparison of concrete dome kit to log cabin, click on log cabin.  To view info on Ai dome and tree impact & snow load, click on Tree.   To view complete summary of advantages of Ai dome, click on Summary.

Tiny Dome Building Kit Contents:

  1. 15’ & 18’ Kits consist of all the triangle prefab panels and standard 4’ risers plus 2’ riser prefab component panels for the dome shell and panels for one entryway. Your floor plan selection determines how many more entryways and dormers are in your kit.
  2. 22’ & 27’ Kits  consists of all the triangle prefab panels and standard 4’ riser prefab component panels for the dome shell and panels for one entryway.  5 foot tall risers can be ordered instead of the standard four foot tall risers. Your floor plan selection determines how many more entryways and dormers are in your kit.
  3. 30’ & 34’ Kits consist of all the triangle prefab panels and standard 4’ risers prefab component panels for the dome shell and panels for one entryway. Additional two foot tall riser can be ordered to be installed on top of the four foot riser.  This increases first floor ceiling heights where a second floor is installed from 7’6″ to 9’6″.  Your floor plan selection determines how many more entryways and dormers are in your kit.

Each triangle and riser prefab component panel consists of exterior ¾” fiber concrete reinforced with galvanized steel mesh, center core of 7″ R-28 expanded polystyrene (EPS) insulation with interior special moisture resistant 1/2″ gypsum drywall from Georgia Pacific called DensArmor Plus. During kit assembly it can rain. Water does not harm this special DensArmor drywall. The 15′ & 18′ kits can be purchased with 3 1/2″ R14 EPS insulation and no drywall. 

On site fiber concrete is troweled into seams between panels. Seam concrete average thickness is two inches. Independent Kit Assembly Consultant can be hired to supervise your workers or your Builder’s workers during kit assembly.

25% Discount Tiny Dome Housing Kits*
If Deposit & Order Placed by December 11, 2015
With Kit Delivery by May 30, 2016


  •  Submit Order by December 11, 2015 to receive 25% discount. To schedule your kit for manufacturing, Ai requires signed Order Form, Conditions of Sale (Warranty), Specialized Material Agreement and kit deposit (Check is made payable to American Ingenuity).
  • Accept delivery of your Kit by May 30, 2016 allowing Ai to select the week/day of shipment within the month agreed upon by Buyer & Ai to make 25% discount possible.
  • To acquire a building permit, building departments usually require engineer sealed building plans and an Energy Report. Stock or Custom plans take 2-10 weeks for delivery. Allow 4-8-12 weeks for kit manufacturing time.
  • Standard Building Kits contain all the triangular & riser panels to complete the dome shell and one entryway. Each floor plan varies as to the number of entryways, door dormers and windows dormers. Additional Entryways, Dormers, Risers are offered at current pricing.
  • This special incentive cannot be combined with other discounts or savings offers.


Where doors & windows are located in the dome, structural awnings called entryways and dormers must be installed. The number of entryways and dormers are determined by your choice of floor plan. Entryway panels consist of 3½” EPS with no steel mesh or concrete. Steel mesh is purchased from Ai and attached on site with panels requiring on-site concreting. Dormers consist of 3 ½” EPS wrapped with steel mesh & require on site concreting. Call for Link pricing. Links can be purchased with 1/2″ DensArmor drywall. Links consist of precut 7” EPS. Steel mesh can be purchased from Ai. The link requires on-site mesh installation and concreting. American Ingenuity Domes are designed with flexibility, allowing you to create your own personal home and floor plan layout. Exterior doors & windows are purchased locally and installed onsite within the entryways and dormers using locally purchased materials. Solar tubes can be installed onsite within a panel. (Do not cut within 8” of a seam).

PAYMENT: Tiny Home Building Kit orders require a 30% deposit. The balance including USA shipping costs, in the form of a bank check, is due 21 days prior to shipment.  If kit to shipping to a Florida site, add Florida sales tax & your Florida’s county surtax. No credit card charges. *Pricing does not include shipping or building plans. If kits are exported, buyer pays freight forwarder directly for inland trucking costs and ocean shipping costs.

SHIPPING:  American Ingenuity can arrange shipping on 53’ step deck semi-trucks. Freight varies from $2.40 to $2.90 per mile ($800 minimum) per truck, from American Ingenuity plant in Rockledge, Florida. One truck can carry five 15’ kits; or two 18’ kits;  or two 22’ kits;  or one 22’ kit & one 27’ kit; or one 30′ kit; or one 34′ kit – each with 7” EPS insulation.

15′ & 18′ Kit:  If 3 ½” EPS and no drywall one truck can carry up to ten 15’ kits; or up to  four 18’ kits. 22’, 27′, 30′ and 34′ kits cannot be purchased with 3 ½” EPS.  The panels are too large in these larger kits to manufacture with thinner 3 1/2″ insulation. The 7″ insulation is required so the panel is not flexible during movement.

For international shipping the following number is the number of 15′ and 18′ kits can fit in one 45′ high cube container.  To learn about importing, click on importing

Four 15′ kits with 7″ EPS, 1/2″ drywall, standard 4′ risers & 2′ risers & two sets of 2×4 ribs.
Eight 15′ kits with 3 1/2″ EPS, no drywall, standard 4′ risers & 2′ risers & two sets of 2×4 ribs.

Two 18′ kits with 7″ EPS, 1/2″ drywall, standard 4′ risers & 2′ risers & one set of 2×4 ribs.
Four 18′ kits with 3 1/2″ EPS, no drywall, standard 4′ risers & 2′ risers & one set of 2×4 ribs.

AVAILABILITY:  Depending on time of year allow 4 to 8 to 16 weeks after deposit with  Kit Order Form, Conditions of Sale with Material Order Agreement.

25% Discount —Residential Building Plans For Tiny Homes
When Plans Ordered by December 11, 2015


To view samples of floor plan layouts, click on Stock Plans. If you do not see a stock plan to fit your desires, Ai can modify or customize a plan from your sketches and descriptions.  Each Set of Building Plans includes the floor plan layout(s) and consists of 13 – 17 blueprints depending on type of entryways and dormers in your kit.

Ai’s philosophy is that each Buyer pays for only what they need.  Ai does not burden the price of the building kit with plan’s pricing, engineer seal cost or energy report cost. Building plans are purchased three months to -1 1/2 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 customer pays for their plans separately from the building kit and pays for a seal and energy report only if their building department requires them.

Building Departments vary by state as to what they require to issue a new home building permit.  If you give Ai your parcel ID number & building department name, we will call and email info to them and find out what is required for them to issue a permit.  Will they require the building plans to be sealed and stamped by an engineer licensed for your state? Will they require an Energy Report?  If required these items can be purchased from American Ingenuity. To learn more about building permit, click on permit.

The standard foundation under Ai’s domes is a concrete slab. Other types of foundations; i.e. basements, stem wall, pilings, require the hiring of an engineer. Call for engineer pricing. Each buyer tells Ai the type foundation they want designed.  The foundation type is determined by property terrain, building department requirements and requirements from a soil report.

Plans may be purchased with a credit card, check or money order. Stock plans utilize a concrete slab foundation and are delivered within 2-4 weeks, Allow at least 5 modified plans and 8-10-12 weeks for custom plans.


AREA AND VOLUME:   15’, 18’ & 22’ can have attic/loft. 27’, 30’ & 34’ can have second floor. 27’ & 34’ dome second floor can have bedroom because window dormer accepts fire egress window. 30’ dome panels are too small to have second floor window dormer; as a result 30’ second floor can be utilized for rec room, office, craft room, bathroom…not a bedroom.


HEIGHTS:  Ai dome kits come with standard 4’ vertical riser panels before triangle geometry starts. 15’ & 18’ Kits come with standard 4’ risers & additional 2’ risers. 22’ & 27’ Kits come with standard 4’ risers or custom 5’ risers can be ordered w’ taller entryway & taller first floor door dormer base panels. 30′ & 34′ Kits come with standard 4′ risers. Ai cannot ship 5’ risers for the 30’ – 48’ dome kits because the five foot risers do not fit on the truck. For 30’ & 34′ kits custom 2’ risers can be installed above the standard 4’ risers with taller entryway base panels ordered






Two diagrams below represent geometry for 15’ & 18’ w’ 4’ risers & additional 2’ risers. 22’ & 27’ have 4’ risers or 5’ risers. 30’ & 34’ have 4’ risers or additional 2’ risers can be installed above the 4’ risers.


INSULATION:                                                     3 1/2″ EPS                                               7″ EPS
THERMAL RESISTANCE:                                R-14                                                          R-28
THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY:                            K=0.0714 BTU/hr./sq.ft./F                      K=0.0357 BTU/hr./sq.ft./F

DOME GEOMETRY:  Frequency is the number of intersections from the center of one pentagon to the next.

  • 15’, 18’, 22’, 27’ domes are 2-frequency, 1/2 spheres. 15’ & 18’ are on 4′ vertical risers plus 2’ risers. 22’ & 27’ domes are on standard 4 ’ risers or custom 5’ risers.
  • 30′ & 34′ domes are 3-frequency, 3/8 spheres on a 4′ vertical riser.  30′ & 34′ domes can have additional 2′ riser installed above 4′ standard riser.


Conditions and costs may change requiring our prices to increase without prior notice.

8777 Holiday Springs Road, Rockledge, Florida 32955-5805
PHONE: 321-639-8777 FAX: 321-639-8778


The American Ingenuity (Ai) dome is ideal for down sizing your home for retirement. Ai has ten sizes of dome kits to down size your home to: from 172 sq.ft. to 3,000 sq.ft.. Ai kits range in size from one bedroom/one bath; two bedroom/two bath; three bedroom/two bath, four or five bedroom home with 2 -3 baths.  To view plans for Tiny Homes, view Tiny Domes.     To view floor plans for all sizes of domes, click on Stock Plans.


34′ American Ingenuity Dome featured on Forbes Life web site

In addition to the Ai dome able to provide the reduced square footage you want, there are five other reasons why an Ai prefabricated home dome kit once assembled and finished makes the perfect retirement home.

1. Low Utility Bills for heating and cooling result because of the following reasons:

  • The exterior of an Aidome has 30% less exterior surface area for your heating and cooling to escape through than a conventional shaped box house. So almost automatically you receive a 30% savings on your heating and cooling costs.
  • American Ingenuity’s tightly sealed exterior has no wood to interrupt the insulation resulting in uninterrupted EPS insulation producing one of the most energy efficient homes available today. Expect heating and cooling bills to be half that of conventional houses or log homes in your area. If traveling to warmer climates in the winter, the thermostat can be set at 40 degrees with no concern about water pipes freezing.
  • The standard 7” EPS R28 noncombustible insulation is comparable to 11” of fiberglass batting. This means a conventional house would need at least 2×10 walls and still not meet the insulation value of the 7” EPS. To view the energy bills for a 1,200 sq.ft. dome home, click on Low Cooling Costs. To view the energy bills for 3,700 sq.ft. office domes, click on $55 a month.

2. Fire Resistant Concrete Exterior: If living in a wooded area and away from home months at a time, the dome is designed to be as safe and fireproof as possible because the dome exterior is entirely noncombustible concrete. There is no exterior PVC air form. The dome exterior is concrete.

3. Dome Exterior Walls are Super-Strong to resist high winds, tree impact & heavy snow load. A geodesic network of structural arches is created by the thick concreted seams that join the steel and fiber reinforced concrete panels

  • The Aidome concrete roof is resistant to damage from falling trees or falling branches laden with ice. There was no damage to the Brack’s 48′ American Ingenuity dome after winds in excess of 75 mph hit North Carolina in July of 1996. The real test came when a 115′ high, 30″ in diameter hickory tree was blown over and fell on their dome. The impact broke a 10″ diameter branch off the tree. The tree slid off the dome and landed on a deck post driving it and it’s 16″ square concrete footer 6″ further into the ground. The insurance agent who inspected the damage to the deck conveyed his amazement about the dome’s strength with this comment, “If that had been a frame house the tree would have ended up in the basement!”
  • The Aidome concrete roof is resistant to damage from heavy snow loads. During a winter heavy snow fall, the Napolitan’s dome stood strong with the homeowners saying: “Roofs had COLLAPSED in our area under several feet of snow, but NOT OUR DOME!”
  • The Aidome concrete roof has no shingles or roofing to blow off in high winds. Ai’s dome owner’s warranty even covers F4 tornadoes and up to 225 mph winds. To view Ai’s web site file that summarizes hurricanes and other acts of nature, Recap.

4. 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.

5. Floor Plan Flexibility: The American Ingenuity dome exterior walls are self-supporting eliminating the need for interior load bearing walls to support the roof. As a result the Ai domes offer more design possibilities than conventional shaped houses. To view Ai’s stock plans, click Geodesic Dome Home Plans and scroll down the page to view the hyperlinks. If you do not see a stock plan to fit your needs, our computer aided design team can customize your floor plan to suit your lifestyle.


American Ingenuity, 8777 Holiday Springs Road, Rockledge, Florida 32955-5805
Tel: 321-639-8777 9-5 Monday – Friday Eastern Time. Email


Wood House burns in CA Silver Fire – home owner rebuilds with Ai concrete dome home kit.

The California Silver fire started on August 12, 2013 in southern California just south of Banning. By the time firefighters had contained the blaze, it had burned about 20,000 acres, forced thousands to evacuate their homes, injured eight people, and destroyed 46 structures.

One of the homes destroyed was a wood dome owned by the Berres’s. Because they loved the advantages of living in a dome home, strength, energy efficiency, etc. they chose to rebuild another dome; but this time instead of a wood dome with shingles they chose to rebuild utilizing an American Ingenuity dome building kit because its exterior is noncombustible steel reinforced concrete.

Below the photo gallery of the Berres dome under construction is an image of the burn scar left from the Silver fire and a YouTube video of the fire.

Photo Gallery of Berres 48′ Concrete Dome Kit Under Assembly

(Click the arrows or dots to change pics)

 Silver Fire Area

silverfire_oli_2013222Dark red color shows the burn scar when the California Silver Fire of 2013 burned about 20,000 acres,

forced thousands to evacuate their homes, injured eight people and destroyed 46 structures. 

On August 10, 2013, the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 captured this false-color image of the burn scar left by the Silver fire, which burned in southern California, just south of Banning.

The image was made with a combination of shortwave infrared, near infrared, and green light collected by OLI. Shortwave infrared is between near infrared (seen in infrared photography) and thermal infrared light (used by temperature sensors) on the electromagnetic spectrum. Shortwave infrared light is reflected by some surfaces (like bare soil), and emitted by very hot objects (lava or fires). Burned areas appear dark red. The lighter red area in the upper left of the image is a burn scar from a previous fire. Dark green areas are forests; light green areas are grasslands, golf courses, or yards.

Over the last decades, California fires had charred an average 5.7 million acres by August 22, according to statistics published by the National Interagency Fire Center.




10th Step-Foundation, Kit Assembly.  Your building plans contain blueprints showing foundation type, dimensions and details for footers and  foundation rebar installation.  If you are located in the USA, after your plans are finished, two sets of plotted out plans (either 18″ x24″ or 24″ x36″) will be shipped to you.

If Buyer lives outside the USA and the plans are not engineer sealed, there is no need for Buyer to pay shipping costs on the plans, Ai emails the finished plans pdfs for printing in your country.

Ai emails the finished pdfs to each Buyer so the pdfs can be emailed out to receive price quotes from subcontractors, or builder or the independent Kit Assembly Consultant.

Buyer can email the pdfs to Office Depot, or Staples, etc. and have extra sets of building plans printed locally.  These extra sets can be given out for bids on your foundation, dome assembly, exterior finishing and interior finishing.

Buyer accept bids for the foundation work and has the foundation installed. It is quite normal that the foundation does not get installed when planned due to weather, etc.   Accepting delivery of your dome kit is not dependent on your foundation being installed.  The dome kit can be stored on your site 2-3 months (in nonfreezing weather) waiting for the foundation to be installed.  Longer storage can be achieved by spraying another layer of paint on the EPS if needed.

After the foundation is installed, the kit assembly & temporary wooden rib system assembly begins.   There is a total of five rows of dome panels to be installed on to the temporary wooden supports. The first row of panels is installed directly onto the dome’s first floor. This floor is concrete if it is a concrete slab and wood if the dome is built on a basement.  All the prefab panels are numbered with numbers and letters to match the nomenclature blueprint in the Building Plans and the Assembly Manual that is shipped with each dome kit.   After a kit deposit and signed Order Forms are received, Ai can mail the manual to Buyer.

Once all the panels are installed with two layers of concrete in all the seams and on the entryways and dormers, link, cupola, etc., the temporary wooden rib system comes down.  There is no wood in the dome exterior walls to interrupt the insulation or to burn or to rot or for termites to eat.  Most of the wood can be used for interior framing, especially the knee wall around the second floor perimeter area.

In the dome there are two main sizes of triangle panels, named P or H.  Five P panels are installed together to make a Pentagon configuration.  Six H panels are installed together to make a Hexagon configuration. So when a panel calls for a P, your workers look in a stack of P panels and pull a P panel.  When the plan calls for an H, your workers look in the stack of H panels and pull a H panel.

The entryway and dormer panels are identified with specific numbers and letters and are installed in the row of panels shown on the blueprints. At specific locations around the perimeter of the dome, triangles and riser panels are left out to provide openings where the dome owner or their framer installs locally purchased exterior doors and windows. To structurally compensate for the triangle and riser panels being left out, these “structural awnings” – entryways, dormers or link or cupola are installed.

The Ai dome kit consists of all the triangular panels, four foot tall riser panels for the dome shell and panels for one entryway.  The exterior of each triangle or riser panel is 3/4″ fiber concrete reinforced with galvanized steel mesh with a center of  7″ noncombustible Expanded Polystyrene insulation (EPS) with interior 1/2″ Georgia Pacific DensArmor (moisture resistant/mold resistant gypsum drywall) adhered to each riser and triangle panel.

Your floor plan selection determines how many more entryways (standard, garage or high profile), window dormers, door dormers, cupola, link, etc. will be ordered. The link is used to connect two domes together.

The building kit does not include any doors or windows and does not contain any interior items (except for the interior shell drywall and insulation).  American Ingenuity believes that you should not pay shipping on items that can be purchased locally.

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