Below is information on Tiny Home Kit Reg & Sale Pricing with specifications for American Ingenuity’s Tiny Dome Building Kits. Due to demand for Tiny Homes, Ai has added two new sizes – 15′ and 18′ to our building kit assortment. To view stock floor plan layouts for each Tiny Home size, click on Geodesic Dome Home Plans. Exterior of dome is steel reinforced concrete. There is no wood in or on the shell to burn, to rot or to be eaten by termites. No roof to blow off in high winds. To view advantages of Ai dome, click on Advantages. To read about tree impact and Ai dome, click on Tree Impact. To compare Ai dome to log home kit, click on Log Home. Considering a small dome for your retirement home, click on retirement. To view photo of Florida 34′ dome and its electric bills for cooling, click on Energy Efficient.
The kit sale pricing is for all the prefab panels for the shell and one entryway. Each floor plan varies as to number of entryways and dormers. Once you know which floor plan you prefer, contact Ai (321-639-8777 – 9-5 Eastern Time) and we will email Plans Sale Pricing and Dome Building Kit Sale Pricing. If you do not see a floor plan to fit your desires, Ai can modify or customize a plan based on your sketches and descriptions.
To view photo gallery of 22 Tiny Home, click on Tiny Dome Kit info. Below the two charts is information about comparing the Ai dome kit to other housing kits or conventional housing.
15’ & 18’- consists of all the triangular panels and standard 4’ risers plus 2’ riser component panels for the dome shell and panels for one entryway. 22’ & 27’ have standard 4’ risers or custom 5’ risers, panels for the dome shell & panels for one entryway. Each component panel has exterior ¾” fiber concrete reinforced w’ galvanized steel mesh, core of 7″ R-28 expanded polystyrene insulation (E.P.S.) with interior Georgia Pacific ½” DensArmor Plus gypsum drywall.
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 Ai plant in Rockledge, Florida. One truck can carry up to five 15’ kits or two 18’ kits or two 22’ kits or one 22’ kit & one 27’ kit with 7” EPS or one 30′ kit or one 34′ kit. Panel composition can be viewed at Composition. For Dome Kit Contents view at Contents. Want assistance on kit assembly, view Consultant.
If kit insulation is down sized in the 15′ or 18′ domes from 7″ to 3 ½” EPS & no drywall is installed, then up to ten 15’ kits can fit on one truck and up to four 18’ kits can fit on one truck. 22’ & 27’ dome kits cannot be purchased with 3 ½” EPS. Due to the larger panel size in the 22′ & 27′ kits, the thinner 3 1/2″ EPS makes the panels too flexible during movement causing the concrete to crack. Therefore dome kits 22′ or larger have to be manufactured with the thicker 7″ EPS.
Comparing Apples to Apples
When comparing Ai Concrete Dome Kit to other Kits & Conventional Housing
American Ingenuity’s (Ai’s) panelized system has proven to save our clients labor time, as well as a reduction in material waste and material costs. That is why when comparing geodesic companies, or log home kits or conventional housing, it is important to compare apples to apples, not just kit cost. The process of stacking the American Ingenuity prefab 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 exterior surface, installs all the noncombustible insulation and all the dome shell 1/2″ drywall. No need for material and labor costs to install exterior framing, plywood, tarpaper, shingles or interior shell insulation and shell drywall.
Ai is committed to providing you with the best design, energy efficiency, and durability (when completed) with our panelized system for geodesic concrete homes for an affordable price.
What are the American Ingenuity triangular and rectangular shaped panels made from? Center core of 7″ Expanded Polystyrene R-28 Insulation (not Styrofoam), exterior is ¾” thick fiber concrete reinforced with galvanized steel mesh with interior of 1/2″ Georgia-Pacific DensArmor Plus High-Performance gypsum drywall board (which is moisture resistant, mold resistant gypsum and noncombustible). The steel mesh extends out all sides of the prefab panels. When two panels are set side by side, the steel mesh overlaps the mesh of the adjacent panel and is locked with “C” rings. Special fiber concrete is mixed on site and 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 which average 2″ thick concrete.
When you compare companies dome kits, please consider the following items:
- Does the companies kit have a finished exterior, or do you need to finish with a vapor barrier and either shingles, siding or stucco?
Our dome’s exterior is 3/4″ fiber concrete reinforced with galvanized steel mesh. Only the seams (about 3” deep by 5” wide) between the panels & the entryways & dormers are concreted on site. You do not concrete over the entire shell. After kit assembly the concrete gets primed and painted.
- Is the framing of the exterior walls wood or is the exterior of the kit wood, that eventually rots, or termites can eat, or can potentially burn? Ai’s dome prefab panels contain no wood in them making the panels fire resistant. Our domes have survived forest fires. There is no wood in the dome exterior to rot or be eaten by termites. There is no roof or shingles to burn and no roofing to blow off in high winds.
- What maintenance is needed for the dome exterior? The entire exterior of the Ai dome shell is covered with a continuous layer of concrete so there is nothing to rot, rust, shrink, warp, or be eaten by termites. Without shingles, gutters, or exterior trim to maintain. It only requires an occasional pressuring washing and painting.
- Does the kit contain insulation? What type, and what is the overall R-Value for energy efficiency?
Our kit’s riser and triangle panels come with 7″ thick Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) insulation already installed producing an overall R-Value of 28. An option is available for 9″ insulation R-36 value. In addition, our exterior triangle and riser panels have no wood ribs interrupting the insulation resulting in continuous insulation. (Other companies suggest the use of spray foam insulation which is expensive to install, often covers wiring and piping making repairs difficult).
- Does the insulation recommended for the shell contain HBCD, TCPP, CFCs and formaldehyde? The EPS insulation that Ai contains none of the above items. It is not Styrofoam. The EPS that Ai utilizes has a flame retardant added to it, therefore the EPS is noncombustible and is protected by the 1/2″ DensArmor drywall which is also non-combustible and provides the Code required 15 minute thermal barrier. EPS when exposed to flame does not produce toxic gases such as Cyanide.
- How is the interior of the shell finished? Do you have to buy, cut, nail or glue drywall that you have purchased to the interior of the dome shell? Or do you need to spray foam insulation over the entire shell? (Very labor intensive and expensive)
Our kits triangle and riser panels come with ½” thick DensArmor (by Georgia Pacific), fiberglass mat on both sides with gypsum that is moisture resistant and mold resistant. During kit assembly rain will not harm the drywall. The drywall is adhered to the EPS with wallboard adhesive. There is no cutting and adhering of the drywall needed for the shell interior. There is no need to spray foam insulation, saving you labor costs, and less product waste. When the kit shell is assembled tape the joints and finish like traditional wallboard. (To blend the seam areas to the drywall, apply joint compound in a skip trowel effect.)
- Do their kits come with standard vertical riser panels before the triangle panels slope inward? Ai’s kits come standard with 4′ tall prefab riser panels. This allows for first floor vertical space (8′ headroom on first floor) before the dome panels start to slope in giving you more useable headroom on the second floor. We also offer an option to increase the riser panel height giving you up to 10′ of headroom on the first floor (dependent upon dome diameter size).
- Do they offer in house building plan design? Are the plans fully executable, and permit worthy? Do they use a knowledgeable licensed engineer, for design calculations and engineer seal if needed? Can they produce an Energy Report if needed? Is an Assembly Manual provided? Ai’s cad designer works to create a home layout that is unique, whether using existing floor plans or one that is designed to your specifications. Our plans are in full detail (13- 17 sheets), fully executable, and permit worthy. We work with engineers who are knowledgeable about geodesic structures to do specialized load bearing designs and seal our plans (if needed). Ai can provide energy reports if required for permit. Our assembly manual covers in detail the construction process of the dome (the manual is available to view once a kit deposit and order is made.)
- Finally, does the other companies back up their product against high winds, Tornadoes and Hurricanes? American Ingenuity offers a limited warranty up to a 225 mile an hour winds, or an F4 tornado, see details on our website.
Ai hopes when finished comparing our concrete dome home kit against other kits, you will see that our product is superior, and more cost effective. We look forward to speaking with you, and working with you to provide you a home that is safe, secure and energy efficient.
American Ingenuity – 8777 Holiday Springs Rd. – Rockledge, Florida 32955
321-639-8777 Mon-Fri 9-5 Eastern Time. Email: GlendaB.Aidomes@gmail.com