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Aidome Photo Gallery Links:

On the left hand side of our home page are photo gallery menu items.  To make it simple, we have listed each of those photo galleries here.

22′ Aidomes:  New Mexico and Texas

22′ Garage Dome linked to 27′ Aidome Home: Florida

34′ Aidomes:  US Virgin Islands – St. Croix and British Virgin Islands (In twelve day period these two Aidomes went thru two category 5 hurricanes with no damage. 2017 Hurricanes Irma and Maria)

34′ Aidomes: Five Photo Galleries –Thailand and Florida (one of the 34′ Florida domes can be rented out to experience dome living)

34′ Aidome:  North Carolina

36′ Aidome:  South Dakota

40′ Aidome linked to 34′ garage dome:  Colorado 

40′ Aidome on full basement:  Connecticut 

40′ Aidome: Florida

40′ Elevated Aidome:  Louisiana – went through Hurricane Katrina – no damage to the dome.

40′ Aidome on full basement:  Pennsylvania

40′ Aidome linked to 27′ garage dome:  South Carolina

45′ Aidome linked to 34′ garage dome:  California

45′ Elevated Aidome on partial basement:   Florida   (Florida Keys – 2017 went through Hurricane Irma with no damage)

45′ Aidome linked to 34′ bedroom dome:  Jamaica (Dome can be rented out to experience dome living)

45′ Aidome on full basement:  Missouri

45′ Aidome on full basement:  North Carolina

45′ Aidome on full basement:  North Carolina

45′ Aidome linked to 30′ garage dome:  Utah (off the grid)

48′ Aidome Assembly Pics:  California   (bought Ai concrete dome because wood house burned during Silver Fire)

48′ Aidome linked to 40′ garage dome & two 48′ Aidomes linked to 34′ garage dome:  Florida, Texas and New Mexico

48′ Aidome linked to 40′ garage dome:  Oklahoma

48′ Aidome:  Oregon

Misc Aidome photos – fireplaces, exteriors, interiors, garage domes, etc.

Photos of Kitchens and misc pics – Kitchens

 

Property Entrance is one mile from Mt Mitchell Golf Course, 3 miles from Carolina Hemlock Park for trout fishing, swimming & tubing on the South Toe River, four miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway and 15 miles from Mt Mitchell State Park. 

Pricing for 152 acres with unfinished 45′ Concrete Aidome on full basement

is reduced from $650,000 to $525,000

Appraisal for the 152 acres is $660,000 without dome.  Appraisal & Contour Maps are below.

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

Please call D’Ann Ford with Premier Sotheby’s International Realty – office  828.277.3238 or cell 828-774-0288

or  June Jerome with June Jerome Realty at 828-675-9536 

Climate – From early April to mid November our climate is just about ideal. Normal summertime morning temperatures range between 55 and 60 degrees. Daytime temperatures hover around 80. Our spring and fall weather requires a sweater till mid morning. This mild climate produces blooming wild flowers from March to November. It has been said that this is where springtime spends the summer.

Below is a Video and Photo Gallery containing pics of the property, front entrance, stream with small water fall, area restaurants, Golf Course, area State Parks, etc.

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REVISED PHOTO GALLERY w’ Pics of  local area & Mt Mitchell Golf Course 

Please click on the white arrow on right middle side to advance thru the gallery. 

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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 concrete. 



APPRAISAL OF THE 152 ACRES – $660,000 

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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. 

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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

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at 3,400 ft elevation – four miles off the Blue Ridge Parkway- one mile from Mt Mitchell Golf Course & three 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 D’Ann Ford with Premier Sotheby’s International Realty – office  828.277.3238 or cell 828-774-0288

or  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 the Blue 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. Lowes Home Improvement store is 30 minutes away in Marion NC.  480 US 70 West, Marion, NC 28752. Phone:(828) 659-5960.
  5. Towns of Burnsville, Marion and Spruce Pine are 30 minutes away from the dome. There is a Super Walmart Store in Spruce Pine.
  6. 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.  
  7. About Blue Ridge Regional Hospital:  (number 828-766-2900) isbased 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

Carolina Hemlocks Recreation Area & Campground – 3 miles from property entrance

Carolina Hemlocks Recreation Area campsites are cool-misty havens under an abundance of Hemlock and hardwood shade.  The South Toe River runs nearby with opportunities to fish, tube and swim.  Site is located at 6000 Hwy 80 S. Burnsville NC 28714

Stay at Carolina Hemlocks and experience some of the best camping in NC!  The beautiful South Toe River runs alongside the campground, creating a great place to swim, trout fish and tube. The campground has sites available for both tents and RV’s, some sites with river views. Located in the Appalachian District of the Pisgah National Forest, Carolina Hemlocks is just a short drive from Mount Mitchell State Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Looking for a taste of the unique?  Asheville is only one hour away. Escape the hustle and bustle – Charlotte and Atlanta are only a few hours away.  Camping in NC is the best way to spend a vacation, getaway or special occasion!

River and Stream Fishing:    Fishing is popular in the Carolina Hemlocks. Rainbow and brown trout are the most common catch. By Carolina Hemlocks, the river is hatchery supported and changes to wild trout waters upstream, with a stretch of catch and release, artificial flies only in the vicinity of Black Mountain Campground. Watch for the state regulation signs posted along the river. A state fishing license is required.

Overview:   Carolina Hemlocks Recreation Area sits in the scenic mountains of Pisgah National Forest. This is a great place for small to medium-sized groups to swim, fish, tube, hike, camp, picnic and simply relax in the cool shade of the forest.

Natural Features:  As the name suggests, Carolina Hemlocks Recreation Area is shaded by a thick hemlock forest with a mix of deciduous trees and rhododendrons. The facility is adjacent to the South Toe River and sits at an elevation of 2,900 feet.

Recreation:  The river provides endless hours of fun for families and water enthusiasts, including swimming and tubing. Anglers can also try their luck for trout and smallmouth bass from the shore. Picnickers will enjoy relaxing in the shaded picnic shelter set amidst the deep woods. After eating, visitors can take a leisurely walk along a one-mile trail or get a workout on a 3.8-mile trail.

Facilities:  Carolina Hemlocks Recreation Area offers 32 primitive campsites, sites equipped with picnic tables, tent pads, lantern posts and campfire rings with grills. The facility provides hot showers and restrooms with flush toilets. Campers can purchase firewood, ice, tee shirts, souvenirs and rent tubes.

Nearby Attractions: Visitors can enjoy scenic driving along the Blue Ridge Parkway or hiking in Mount Mitchell State Park.

Mt Mitchell Golf Course – 1 mile from property entrance

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.” Golfweek Magazine ranked Mount Mitchell Golf Course #11 in 2016 – NC “Best in 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.

Lodging Rentals:  On site accommodations are available as follows: Two and three bedroom town homes on 18th fairway, private homes throughout the golf community, from two to five bedrooms and one and two bedroom units on the eighth fairway with a spectacular view of Mount Mitchell.    Lodging rooms now available.

Dining
Our Dining Room is managed by Chef Brian Greene and April Buchanan. Hawtree’s Grill and Pub is open Monday-Saturday for Dinner. Chef Brian is available to set up Special Occasion Dining for families and groups. Outdoor Dining is available with entertainment on certain weekends and by request. Schedule subject to change.

Climate – From early April to mid November our climate is just about ideal. Normal summertime morning temperatures range between 55 and 60 degrees. Daytime temperatures hover around 80. Our spring and fall weather requires a sweater till mid morning. This mild climate produces blooming wild flowers from March to November. It has been said that this is where springtime spends the summer.

Shopping –   Shoppers will be delighted by the unique local shops in downtown Burnsville. Local craftsmen produce some of the finest glassware, woven goods, wood products and pottery in the country.

Activities in Local Area         

Hiking to waterfalls, cruising the Blue Ridge Parkway 2 miles away ( Motorcycle groups and clubs welcome with condo capacity of 44 people ), Gemstone mining and abundant craft studios and shops, Excellent summer theater schedule at the Parkway Playhouse in Burnsville.

Hiking, Tennis, Theater, Gemstones

Trail hiking, tennis, gemstone mining and excellent summer stock theatre offers a variety of “things to do.”

Seasonal Horseback Riding   Visit www.clearcreekranch.com for more information.

Trophy Trout Fishing
In addition to golf on our 18 hole course, the fisherman will be delighted with the South Toe River that runs through the development and course. It is brimming with trophy native brown and rainbow trout. Fishing guide service available for individuals or groups.  Permits are available for guests to purchase.

Mt. Mitchell State Park – 15 miles from property entrance

This land on the crest of the Black Mountains was the first in North Carolina to be designated as a State Park in 1915. Since then Mt. Mitchell has had five structures erected on its summit to commemorate it as the tallest peak east of the Mississippi River at 6,684 feet of elevation.  Now there is a brand new observation tower on its summit.    Lofty Mount Mitchell, near Burnsville, North Carolina, rises to an elevation of 6,684 feet and is the highest mountain east of the Mississippi River. The mountain is the centerpiece of the 1,946-acre Mount Mitchell State Park, which is easily accessible off the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Mount Mitchell State Park offers numerous hiking trails as well as a museum, restaurant, concession stand and gift shop. An observation deck, accessible by wheelchair, offers breathtaking panoramic views.   Mount Mitchell State Park contains extensive spruce-fir forest, an ecosystem that is common in northern climes but which is only found in a narrow band in the Appalachian Mountains. This natural community is characterized by evergreens, particularly red spruce and Fraser fir.    Some of the uncommon animals that inhabit Mount Mitchell are the endangered northern flying squirrel, New England cottontail, bobcat, and many species of salamanders. Some of the birds that breed here are more typical of northern conifer forests: red-breasted nuthatch, brown creeper, and golden-crowned kinglet.

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.

The Parkway Playhouse in Burnsville

See musicals and plays from late spring through fall at the longest continually-operating seasonal theater in North Carolina. Ticket prices for adults range from only $18-$22 per show.

Burnsville NC – 30 min from Property has annual fall Mount Mitchell Crafts Fair

This small town of about 1,700 people is nestled in a valley surrounded by the highest peaks in eastern America, including Mt. Mitchell. It’s small downtown is dominated by the Town Square with towering trees. Burnsville is located 35 miles northeast of Asheville, along the Mt. Mitchell Scenic Byway.

August 3-4, 2018  – The Mount Mitchell Crafts Fair transforms the streets around Burnsville’s town square into a wonderland for craft and art lovers, with 200 juried crafters displaying nearly every kind of handmade craft imaginable. Burnsville is located 35 miles northeast of Asheville and is near Mt. Mitchell, along the Mt. Mitchell Scenic Byway.

The annual fall Yancey County Dream Home Tour benefits Mayland Community College and features showcase homes in and around Burnsville.

Our favorite dining spot downtown is the Garden Deli with a fantastic array of high quality sandwiches, plus dinner entrées on weekend nights (closed Sundays). Their beautiful outdoor dining is right on the Town Square, surrounded by lush plantings and flowers.

Many love to drive around to find the area’s 200 Quilt Blocks installed on the sides of barns and buildings throughout the countryside and villages. Nine driving trails take you to view the vividly painted squares. In downtown Burnsville, see the Quilt Block Sundial, the largest vertical sundial in North Carolina and the only quilt block sundial in the world, on the side of the Yancey Common Times Journal building near the Town Square.

The eight-foot by eight-foot wooden structure features three sets of numbers for telling time: for daylight savings time, for standard time and one for local apparent time. A plaque beside the block explains how to use the sundial.

Blue Ridge Parkway Mile Marker 344 is 4 miles from property entrance

The Blue Ridge Parkway is America’s most visited National Park unit and is known as “America’s favorite drive.” Its 469 miles connect the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina to the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. Along the way, the Blue Ridge Parkway offers stunning views of the Blue Ridge mountains, forests, and pastoral landscapes, with abundant hiking trails, picnic areas, campgrounds, and interpretive signage

The lead designer of the famous roadway, Stanley Abbott, was a landscape architect, not an engineer. Influenced by Frederick Law Olmsted, designer of New York’s Central Park and the grounds of Biltmore Estate, Abbott dreamed of creating a park-like environment as well as a road. Today, the completed Blue Ridge Parkway is a remarkable testament to his vision and is enjoyed by millions of visitors each year. It is certainly the most famous of all North Carolina’s scenic drives.

  • 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/
  • J & J’s Grill on the Green.   One mile from property entrance is located in the South Toe River Valley along side State Highway 80 South.  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.   J& J’s is conveniently located just 2 miles north of the Blue Ridge Parkway at mile post 344 and are the closest restaurant to Mt. Mitchell State Park.  Two National Park campgrounds are within minutes of J & J’s – the Carolina Hemlocks Campground and the Black Mountain Campground where you can hike along some of the most beautiful scenic trails found in North Carolina.  The restaurant is within walking distance of the Roaring Fork Waterfall which is listed as one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the state.
  • 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

The Blue Ridge Parkway in NC – More than just a Scenic Drive in the Blue Ridge Mountains  

Check out the Blue Ridge Parkway “Spring Milepost” Travel Planner for more information on the Blue Ridge Mountains and its Musicial Traditions.

Two hundred fifty-two miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway wind from the town of Cherokee, NC to the Virginia border. Some of the main Parkway attractions include:

Hiking and scenic walks. With over 100 hiking trails, the Parkway offers everything from a short leg-stretch to a challenging cross-country trek. Some popular trails are:

  • Cumberland Knob, milepost 217.5.
  • Linville Gorge and Falls, milepost 316.3.
  • Crabtree Falls, milepost 339.5 – 340.3.
  • Mount Mitchell State Park, milepost 355.4.
  • Craggy Gardens, milepost 364.4.
  • Mt. Pisgah, milepost 408.6.
  • Looking Glass Rock, milepost 417.
  • Graveyard Fields, milepost 418.8.
  • Devil’s Courthouse, milepost 422.4.
  • Mount Hardy, milepost 422.8.
  • Richland Balsam, milepost 431.

Camping. Parkway campgrounds are often not crowded and, at higher elevations, can be delightfully cool in the summertime. They include:

  • Julian Price Memorial Park, milepost 295.
  • Crabtree Meadows and Falls, milepost 339.5 – 340.3.
  • Mt. Pisgah, milepost 408.6.

Historic and interpretive sites. A number of historic homes, Revolutionary War sites, and interpreted natural and cultural sites can enrich the traveler’s journey. Among them are:

  • Brinegar Cabin, milepost 238.5.
  • Ben Long Frescoes at Glendale Springs, milepost 258-259.
  • Cradle of Forestry, 4 miles from milepost 411on US 276 South
  • Moses H. Cone Memorial Park and Parkway Craft Center, milepost 294.
  • Museum of North Carolina Minerals, milepost 331.
  • Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, milepost 331.
  • Mount Mitchell State Park, milepost 355.4.
  • Folk Art Center, milepost 382.
  • Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center, milepost 384.

Restaurants and visitor services:

  • Linn Cove Viaduct Information Center, milepost 304.4.
  • Craggy Gardens Visitor Center, milepost 364.4.
  • Pisgah Inn and Restaurant, milepost 408.6.
  • Waterrock Knob Visitor Information Center, milepost 451.2.

The National Park Service offers ranger-led activities and evening campfire programs at various locations.

The town of Cherokee, NC at milepost 455.7, is the southern entrance to the Parkway and the North Carolina gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Qualla Boundary is the home of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians.

The Blue Ridge Parkway is also a favorite ride for bicyclists and bikers.  A good Blue Ridge Parkway Guide can also be found at http://www.romanticasheville.com/BlueRidgeParkway.htm.

The Parkway is open year-round, but sections may be closed in winter due to ice and snow. There are websites that provide real-time road closure information. Year-round attractions located on the Parkway include the Museum of North Carolina Minerals near Spruce Pine and the Folk Art Center and Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center in Asheville. For information on road conditions, call (828) 298-0398.

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. 

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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.

For those of you wanting to compare the Aidome Building Kit vs Deltec Home Kit, please take time to read and analyze info listed below.  Please compare kit costs and contents of each kit.  Instead of building a home from a Deltec wood kit,  consider building an Ai prefabricated concrete home dome kit.  To warm up the exterior & interior of the American Ingenuity (Ai) concrete dome; 1) paint the dome exterior light green or light tan.  2) install rock or wood on the framed walls under dormers & entryways and on the riser panels. 3) Install wood decks off the first floor entryways.  4) Install trellis with vines to conceal the fire resistant concrete. On the interior adhere oak to the dome shell drywall and install wood flooring, wood cabinetry.

We understand that it is important to compare various companies when it comes to designing and building your home, and that you may want to compare the Ai concrete dome building kit to Deltec kits.

When making the comparison, please keep in mind that the Deltec home is an excellent product but it is a wood home, with a shingled roof.  A wood home is subject to rot, insect infestation, and Fire.  Their roof is subject to winds, burning and needs replacement.  In addition, Deltec interior framing for the shell is 2” x 6”, the framing interrupts your insulation (Plus their kit contains No Insulation, NO interior 1/2″ drywall and No exterior is PROVIDED). To equal the insulation that an Ai dome provides, you would need 2×10 framing not 2×6 interior framing, and this still would not be as energy efficient due to insulation gaps caused from the framing.

An Ai Dome by comparison supplies a ¾” exterior concrete reinforced with galvanized steel mesh & fibers (80% arrives from our factory, 20% is applied within the seams & on the entryways and dormers onsite), 7” EPS R-28 insulation and ½” Georgia Pacific DensArmor drywall (a gypsum-based drywall that is mold resistant, fire resistant, and water resistant). Our domes are fire resistant (due to the concrete), wind-storm resistant (up to 225 m.p.h.) and can carry heavy snow loads. There is no wood in the prefab panels to rot or to burn or for termites to eat.   There is no roof on the Aidome to replace, repair and no shingles to blow off OR TO BURN!  Our dome kits meet and exceed International Building Code by 4 TIMES the standards.

While a dome is naturally energy efficient (with 30% less surface area than a traditional home), our use of concrete and uninterrupted R-28 EPS insulation creates a home that is super energy efficient, often 50%-60% less in heating and cooling costs of a traditional home.  While a Deltec home is round in shape, it has a more traditional roof line, and you will not be as energy efficient or strong or fire resistant as the Aidome.  PLEASE DON’T GET US WRONG – DELTEC IS AN EXCELLENT COMPANY.…JUST TRYING TO COMPARE THEIR HOME TO OUR HOME!

Regarding the interior of an AiDome home, and any concern you may have on how to place kitchen cabinetry, pictures, and a television. We have uploaded three photo galleries in this article showing various pictures where a kitchen can be designed.  And below we describe how to build vertical framed walls on the Aidome shell.

Regarding the interior of an AiDome home, and how to place cabinetry, pictures, and a television on the dome shell prefab 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 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.

Ai would like to do a comparison between both of our companies, so you can determine which home would be best for you. We want to offer you a comparison showing that Aidome building kits will offer you more for your money, be more energy efficient, offer better defense from the elements and have lower maintenance costs over time.

Please be aware that both AiDomes and Deltec do not install a foundation. That work is completed by a local foundation subcontractor near you. In Ai’s building plans are foundation pdfs detailing foundation dimensions.

Please note in the information below we are simply pointing out the differences in our products.  Deltec makes a fine product, but we at Ai feel we have superior home product.

Let us start with the kit:

DELTEC HOMES AMERICAN INGENUITY (AiDomes)
Standard Shell Kit Standard Shell kit
Wood Frame home, w/shingled roof

No mention of insulation, or drywall for home’s exterior walls

Does not include exterior

siding and shingles

Exterior Concrete reinforced with galvanized steel mesh & fibers;

7” thick R-28 Value expanded polystyrene insulation

throughout the exterior walls & roof of the home;

½” Georgia Pacific DensArmor – moisture resistant/mold resistant Gypsum Drywall

 

·         2” x 6” x 8’ wall panels

·         Double 2” x 10” headers in all wall panels

·         5/8” CDX plywood sheathing

·         Complete half scissor truss roof system

·         Typar House Wrap

·         Pre-cut roof sheathing & Typar surround

·         Fascia / pre-cut soffit materials

·         1’-9” overhang (3′-9” shown)

·         9 Upper level steel floor support pole (two story)

·         Web-tec floor system for upper level (two story)

·         Compression ring and tension collar

 

Each wall & roof prefab panel consists of a

·         Outer covering of ¾” concrete reinforced w’ galvanized steel mesh & fibers

·         7” thick EPS insulation

(w/a R-28 value)

·         ½” interior DensArmor drywall

by Georgia Pacific (meets 2014 building code)

·        Galvanized Steel Cables are included with the kit (for standard riser panel height design)

 

*Rods & Z plates for second floor are at a nominal charge per plan

 

The Deltec kit: As you can see their system is wood frame, it requires that the house exterior be finished with some sort of siding, and the roof shingled. Per their website, there is no mention of the inclusion of insulation, or drywall for the shell and attic area (there is mentioned as one of the top upgrades (i.e. additional cost) some sort of energy barrier for north & south facing areas of the home, not throughout the home).  Being wood, the wood exterior is subject to fire, rot and termites. 

With an Ai dome Kit:  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’s exterior walls and roof.  In addition, the dome shell carries a 225 mph wind and F4 tornado guarantee.  Ai’s panelized system does not contain wood or steel framing (ribs) to interrupt our standard R28 insulation. There is no exterior wood to burn or rot or for termites to eat.  As an added bonus, there is no roof to blow off in high winds, and has a noncombustible fire resistant concrete exterior.  (Pressure Treated wood is used to frame the walls under the entryways and dormers to accept your locally purchased doors and windows.  During Kit Assembly a temporary wooden rib system is installed to support the panels. However once the seam areas between the panels and the entryways and dormers are concreted, the Aidome is self-supporting and the rib system is removed.)

  • Although all homes require exterior maintenance, an Ai dome (when erected), simply requires painting – there are no shingles to replace. Whereas a traditional home, as well as the Deltec kit would require repair and/or  replacement of the roof, as well as maintenance/repair and/or replacement of the siding.
  • In regards to the cost to build, both Deltec and Ai are kits, they are not complete houses, they are the shell of the structure,  this is done by local contractors (Ai knows of an  Independent Kit Consultant to assist your contractors with shell assembly).

Please give us a call so we can provide information and answer questions for you – 321-639-8777 Mon – Fri 9-5 eastern time.

34' front solar myrtel

How Can I View an Ai Dome?

New…New ….New interior pictures of finished 48′ dome (five bedrooms) linked to 40′ garage dome in Oklahoma’s tornado alley. To view info about Ai dome and tornadoes click on Tornado.   To view four photo galleries on 34′ dome, click on 34′ Photo Galleries.

View pictures of beautiful dome interior designed by international artist Electros, To view pictures of a 45′ dome on full basement review Stroupe page. To view other dome home photos, click on Photos.  American Ingenuity has sold over 800 dome kits into 47 USA states and 14 foreign areas. One of the recent domes to receive a building permit is in Riverside California with the buyer paying $6,500 in shipping costs for one semi-truck to delivery their 48′ in diameter dome kit.  To view assembly pics, click on Banning Ca concrete dome. The homeowner’s wood dome burned in the Silver Fire. They are rebuilding with Ai dome because it has a noncombustible concrete exterior.   Another Aidome was shipped to Trinidad’s rural forested area in January of 2016 with the buyer paying $4,531 in shipping costs.   He chose the Ai dome because its strength resists Trinidad’s hurricane force winds and its exterior is concrete to resist forest fires.

The dome kits American Ingenuity sell become private homes. Ai would like to have model homes throughout the country but it is not economically possible. If Ai did have models, we would need to double the price of the building kit to pay for the model construction, the staff to man them, annual costs to run, pay property taxes, etc. Ai has sold over 800 dome kits throughout the country. The assembled domes don’t belong to us and we can’t extend invitations to see them. However we are very happy that a few dome owners allow us to give out their name and number. So a referral could be a few states away from you.   Our referrals love their domes and are very happy to speak with potential owners. However, since they are not dome sales associates, we promise them that we will speak with each perspective buyer to answer their basic questions and walk them through significant pages on our web site. Ai tries to answer the multitude of potential buyer questions so as to not take up hours of the referral’s time with basic and in depth questions. As a result, please call our office and our friendly staff will be happy to talk with you and later provide a referral. To view free info, click on Info.

For $7 (includes USA mailing costs) purchase a DVD. It shows panel manufacturing, domes under construction and finished domes. Order the DVD by calling our office. Or to view the DVD at no cost, click on New DVD. To view stock floor plans, click on Stock Plans and scroll down the page to click on the hyperlinks. If you do not find a stock floor plan layout to fit your desires, Ai can modify or customize a stock plan or design a custom plan from your sketches and descriptions. If stock plans are mailed, call Ai at 321-639-8777 for printing costs and mailing costs.  To view the sale pricing on the stock plans and the dome kit for each plan, click on Plans & Kit Sale pricing.

To view a Youtube video showing the interior and exterior of an Ai two dome complex for sale in Albuquerque New Mexico, click on Domes. To view a slide show of 45′ dome home with 40′ dome garage, click on Florida Dome Home.

For Sale 34′ Concrete Aidome w’ Finished Basement – 1,916 sq.ft. on 4.2 Pristine Acres

Finished Basement includes Apartment Separate from the Dome. Numerous Improvements.

Appraised October 4, 2017 for $175,000 – reduced to $165,000

total 3 bedrooms, 3 Baths w’ Wood Burning Fireplace & Wrap-A-Round Deck

at 3,400 ft elevation – one mile off the Blue Ridge Parkway- three miles from Mt Mitchell Golf Course

“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.   12 miles from Mt. Mitchell State Park

1,092 sq.ft. Dome w’ 824 sq.ft. Basement Apartment for total 1,916 sq.ft.
Dome has two bedrooms and two full baths
Basement includes apartment w’ separate entrance

that includes 1 bedroom/full bath, kitchenette, family room

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

(use arrows above on right and left side of main picture to view other photos in the gallery)

PDF floor plan for Downloading & Printing

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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 dome to relax in the coolness of the 3,400 feet elevation of the North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, play golf two miles away at the four and one half star Mount Mitchell Golf Course  or trout fish at the nearby Black Mountain Campground.  When you are not enjoying the dome, rent out the dome or the basement apartment to those wanting to hike the Blue Ridge Parkway trails,  view the gorgeous autumn foliage, visit the Parkway water falls, Mount Mitchell State Park or the surrounding quaint small towns and sights of Asheville – Biltmore Estate & its Gardens.   During the winter ski in Boone North Carolina.  The dome address is 12811 Hwy 80 South, Burnsville NC 28714. 

Sit in tranquility on the decks, share morning coffee and the countryside views. Enjoy hiking the Blue Ridge Parkway trails, having picnics at the water falls, eating at local cafes in Little Switzerland, attending live theater performances in Asheville, skiing in Boone and becoming friends with the amazing local residents.  At the bottom of this article is a listing of some of the sights on the Blue Ridge Parkway and area attractions.

This finished North Carolina dome is an eleven hour drive from central Florida & New York City and is one mile off the Blue 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 on the mountain side in the oaks and hemlocks. The dome’s incredible glassed high profile entryways and decks allow for quiet viewing of the spectacular North Carolina country side, mountains, flora and fauna.  Seen on the property: northern flying squirrel, saw-whet owl, white-tailed deer and gray fox.  Mount Mitchell State Park (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.  We received this Facebook question: and wanted to share it and our answer with you:  

Q:  Ai, just out of curiosity, how often do you have a finished dome for sale? 

A:  It is very unusual to have a finished Ai concrete dome for sale. So this is a rare opportunity for anyone desiring to purchase a finished American Ingenuity dome to do so instead of starting from scratch having to select property, build & finish the dome and basement.

Possible Lender on the Dome:

Regions Bank has a mortgage lending program named Smart Solutions where they loan on unique properties.  We have found out that a perspective buyer would call Pasquanel (PJ)  Bailey, the closest Regions Mortgage Loan Officer in Johnson City TN and he will take their information and application.   PJ will contact the Smart Solutions department to see if the loan can be issued.   His number is 423-900-8782.  His email is Pasquanel.bailey@regions.com

Why Purchase a Home Built From an Aidome?

The geodesic dome was built from an American Ingenuity (Ai) dome building kit which consists of prefabricated triangle shaped panels and four foot tall riser panels. The dome’s exterior is fire resistant concrete reinforced with galvanized steel mesh and fibers. Its insulation is continuous R28 {seven inches of nontoxic expanded polystyrene (EPS)}. The dome panels contain no wood to interrupt the insulation, no wood for termites to eat and no wood to burn.  There is no roof to replace every 11-12 years.  The dome’s exterior walls are incredibly strong and come with a 225 mph wind and F4 tornado warrantyresist tree impact and resist forest fires due to non-combustible concrete exterior.  The insulation results in the dome’s heating costs being 50% to 60% lower than a box shaped house.  Please scroll down to the bottom of this article to learn why the founder of American Ingenuity designed a dome which such wonderful features.

Why is a Geodesic Dome So Strong?

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

Concrete Dome w’ Basement Apartment Square Footage and Info – numerous interior & exterior improvements.

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

The custom built oak spiral stair case and railing around it and oak planks were sawed from red oak trees from the area with the treads being newly carpeted July 2017.  Seventeen foot high vaulted ceilings are above the 150 sq.ft. dining room, 162 sq.ft. living room, both High Profile entryways, fireplace and the spiral stairs. New Lodge Oak Handscraped Wood Plank Laminate Flooring from Lowes was installed in the living room, dining room, 1st floor bedroom & its walk in closet, 2nd floor bedroom & its walk in closet in July 2017.  New Ceramic Tile was installed in the dome kitchen and around the base of the fireplace in July 2017.  

The dome’s first floor is 840 sq.ft. with one bedroom & one bath and second floor is 252 sq.ft. with one bedroom & one bath.  The first floor bath has tub/shower and second floor has bathroom with shower. The Dome is accessed from the parking level along the kitchen deck or via spiral stairs from the basement or exterior stairs from the basement level.  The interior finish on the dome walls is hand troweled plaster over Georgia Pacific DensDeck drywall.  The skip troweled plaster results in a beautiful high low finish.   The DensDeck is not conventional sheet rock with paper facing.  It is moisture resistant, mold resistant drywall with fiberglass facing.

The Basement apartment includes: one bedroom with new laminate flooring, full bath, Kitchenette with sink and family room.   The basement also has a store room with a 4′ wide by 3’4″ window and a  mud room with  2’10″x 2’10” window and 3′ wide door, washer and laundry tub.  The family room, kitchenette, mud room, bathroom and hall way have ceramic tile.  The store room could be converted to a fourth bedroom or an office.

The basement family room and kitchenette have ample light from 6’ sliding glass doors and a 3’10” x 3′ kitchen window.  All glass in the windows, skylights & sliding doors is double pane. Windows and sliding doors have vinyl frames. All three sets of sliding doors are new as of July 2017.  The dome first floor has two skylights and two high profile entryways. Each entryway contains 6 foot sliding glass doors. Above each of the sliding doors is double pane fixed glass – 2′ tall by 7’10” long.  In the kitchen there is a standard entryway with single door and 5′ x 2’9″ tall window.  The two bedrooms in the dome each have a window.

The home is all electric with well, septic tank and 250 gallon kerosene tank. The dome is heated with monitor heater fueled by kerosene and the wood burning fireplace.  Basement is heated with baseboard heaters.  Or per a local handy man the basement could be heated by installing a min-split heater or a Toyo Stove with a kerosene line run from the existing kerosene tank.  

The dome’s wood burning fireplace hearth is 4’6″ long by one foot wide. The fireplace glass doors are 3’7″ long by 1’10” tall. Around the base of the fireplace new ceramic tile is installed.  On site there are plenty of fallen branches to be cut up for fire wood.

The dome can be lived in year round or used as a vacation home and visited when desired or rented out for others to enjoy the four seasons.

Because the dome is located at 3,400 feet elevation, during the summer 85 degrees are high temps. In the hottest of summer months, fans were sufficient for cooling.   A great feature about the super-insulated dome is how it can be cooled by convection air movement.  In the summer when night time temps are below 70 degrees (which is nearly every summer night at 3,400 ft), open a window on the dome’s first floor and a window on the second floor. Due to convection currents, the cool night air lifts any warm air and exhausts it out the second floor window.  Then in the morning close the windows to trap the cool air in causing it to feel like an air conditioner was turned on during the day.

When lived in year round, in the winter the dome is heated by a monitor heater, fireplace and southern sun.  There is an exterior  250 gallon kerosene storage tank which fuels the heater.    During the winter the dome was kept warm because of the heat generated by the sunlight coming in the south facing glass area and the heater set at  68 degrees. (Winter used 200 gals of fuel)  Other times during the winter, the dome was heated by using the fireplace and the south facing sun.  The basement has base board heaters.

Or instead of living year round in the dome, it can be used as a retreat from your state’s hot summers. If the dome is lived in as a summer vacation home and not in the winter, no fear going off and leaving the dome in the North Carolina winters. Conventional houses need their  furnace set at high temperatures to keep the building above freezing temps. However because the American Ingenuity dome has uninterrupted R28 insulation and reduced exterior surface area it can be heated and cooled for 50% to 60% less than conventional box shaped houses. This dome also has the advantage of having a south facing High Profile entryway which allows the sunlight to heat the dome. When the owners visited Florida in the winter, the monitor heater was set at 48 degrees causing the unheated basement to stay at 55 degrees. When they did not visit the dome in the winter only 100 gallons of kerosene was needed to keep the dome to 48 degrees.  About one half of the basement walls are completely back filled with a French Drain installed.

Location and Wrap-A-Round Deck and Two Other Decks 

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

Aerial Mapping of the Area

The dome is located in a natural forested area. The Google Car that syncs up the satellite data to the street view doesn’t go off the main highway in the country.  As a result through Google Map if you maneuver the cursor you can  see the 260′ paved driveway off  NC State Highway 80 South.  At the end of the driveway the dome sits back a bit on the right so the dome is not visible; however,  you can see that the driveway is right off  Highway 80. Please click on Google Mapping  to see the driveway & Hwy 80.   In Google Mapping to view the immediate area around the dome, Busick NC has to be entered for the address.  In the small town of Busick there is a general store and a fire station. The dome is one half mile past the fire station off State Highway 80. On Google Mapping the red marker named Busick is not the dome location but the small town of Busick’s location. To view the small town and the pristine area around it,  click on Busick NC.   With Google Mapping you can tour the country side around the dome.   When on the Google site, if you scroll to the left you will see the Mount Mitchell Golf Course and if you scroll to the right the Blue Ridge Parkway is visible. 

Dome is in the Blue Ridge Province of the Southern Appalachian Mountains

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.

Dome is Outstanding, Unique, Rare opportunity

As you will see in the area this property is an outstanding unique, rare opportunity to capitalize on the fantastic mountain views, not having to start from scratch to build a dome home, recreational facilities on the Parkway, close proximity to top class shops, restaurants and live theater in Asheville that we don’t believe you can find anywhere else in the country.

If this North Carolina dome is not in the right location or not the correct size for your family, consider purchasing an Ai dome building kit and building a dome on your property. On Ai’s web site you can sign up for a newsletter.  It keeps you informed about the  building kit discounts & special events. Ai is not a construction company. Since 1976 our company designs the building plans and manufacturers the prefab panels for the dome building kits.  Different times of the year there is a discount on the dome kit with the discount varying. The kits are purchased and are either assembled by the owner builder or by their builder. If desired the independent Kit Assembly Consultant can supervise the owner builder’s workers or the builder’s workers to get the dome kit assembled.

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

  • Unique design that results in a fun home to visit and possibly rent out the dome 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 link for info about 30” in diameter hickory tree falling on dome with dome suffering no damage. The concrete dome exterior is noncombustible so exterior is fire resistant. As a matter of fact all the materials in the dome prefab panel are noncombustible (concrete, galvanized steel, 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 $22 a month in the hot Florida summer months, click on 34’ dome. By the way it is even easier to heat an Ai dome than to cool one.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To Purchase This North Carolina Dome Built From Ai Dome Kit:
Financing Is Possibly Available Through These Lenders or Pay Cash

Construction/Renovation/Purchase/Refinance Options are available through:
Sovann Kang, Branch Manager  – nmls #275454
Umpqua Bank Home Lending
Mobile: 253-376-0991
Web site: umpquabank.com/skang
Email: sovannkang@umpquabank.com

Regions Smart Solutions, Jennie Lyn Steeg in Jacksonville Fl. Work 904-564-3303

BB&T  David Buffington.  Mortgage Loan Officer, 605 North Orlando Avenue, Orlando Fl 32789 Office 407-691-2150.

FBC Mortgage  Jay Zerquera VP  407-377-0286 direct  Apply online: www.teamjandj.com  189 South Orange Ave, Suite 970, Orlando Fl 32801

Because acquiring financing for alternative housing can be difficult, consider hiring a mortgage broker to locate financing for you.  Even though a broker’s interest rate may be a little higher than a lender; you are living in a super-strong, super-energy efficient American Ingenuity dome saving money each month on your heating, cooling, maintenance and insurance costs.

Ai has learned about LightStream’s Anything Loan, a division of SunTrust Bank.  Not sure if they can assist you or not.  LightStream’s Anything Loan is a virtually paperless loan that will let you finance or refinance almost anything.  These loans are very customer friendly with these included features:

Fixed-interest rates range from 1.99% to 9.99%* APR with AutoPay
Loan amounts range from $5,000 to $100,000
No fees, down payment requirements or prepayment penalties
Apply online and receive a response within minutes during business hours
Unsecured, with no liens or collateral requirements for AnythingLoan. (Applicants that do not qualify for the AnythingLoan may qualify for our Secured Loan products).

Financing Alternatives: 

  1. take out an equity line on property you own
  2. obtain a personal loan from family or friends (offering them a higher interest rate than banks, etc. are offering on money markets certificates, etc.)

Area information

  1. The 2017 Annual Yancey County property taxes on the dome home and 4.2 acres are.  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.  (For Dialysis contact independent
    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

  • 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.  This store has almost everything you may need and an abundance of charm.  During most seasons the produce is irresistible.
  • LITTLE SIENNA RESTAURANT Located at the East end of Hwy 80 where it joins Hwy 70.  Delicious Italian Food.  Open year round. 828-724-9451.  2474 NC-226, Marion, NC 28752
  • 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/
  • 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.
  • ALBERTS’ RESTAURANT(Gourmet Food)  Next to the Mount Mitchell golf course along Hwy 80 in Busick, NC.  Great view of Mt. Mitchell while you enjoy excellent food.  By reservation, call Albert or Sylvia Phone: 828-675-4691.
  • 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.
  • MOUNT MITCHELL GOLF CLUB RESTAURANT Open May thru October? Phone: 828-675-4911.
  • 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 dome is one mile 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

All Domes Can Be Designed Without a Loft or Second Floor

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

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

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

  • First floor square footage is 172 sq.ft.
  • The dome kit has standard four foot tall risers & additional two foot tall risers which results in first floor ceiling height in rooms that have loft built above them of 8′.   

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

  • First floor square footage is 249 sq.ft.
  • The dome kit has standard four foot tall risers & additional two foot tall risers which results in first floor ceiling height in rooms that have loft built above them of 8′.   

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

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

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

  • First floor square footage is 555 sq.ft.
  • Max Second floor square footage to five feet of perimeter height is 231 sq.ft.  for total dome sq.ft. of 786.  Maxed out means there are no high vaulted ceilings. The only open area is over the stairs.  Stairs with two step platform. Five Second floor dormers with each dormer adding 9 sq.ft. of space.
  • Second floor can have a bedroom with fire egress casement window installed in a window dormer.  Due to small size of the second floor triangles, the window dormer only allows for a window rough opening size of 2’8″ x 3’0″.  For a second floor bedroom this means to meet fire egress (5.7 sq.ft. of clear opening) the window must be a casement egress window and ordered with fire egress hardware.
  • Dome can be built without a second floor.  Or the second floor can be built with 30% to 50% left open over the first floor producing high vaulted ceilings.
  • The dome kit has standard four foot tall risers which results in 7’6″ first floor ceiling height in rooms that have second floor installed above them.  27′ dome riser panel can be custom made to be five feet tall.   If there are custom five foot tall risers, the ceiling height in rooms that have second floor  installed above them is 8’6″.
  • The dome’s interior center height without a cupola is 18’3″.  With cupola is 18’3″.  Without a cupola, the second floor center height is 8’4″ sloping down to five feet.

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

  • First Floor square footage is 665 sq.ft.
  • Max Second Floor square footage to five feet of perimeter height is 213 for total dome sq.ft. of 878.  Maxed out means there are no high vaulted ceilings, only open area is over the stairs. Stairs with two step platform.
  • Second floor dome panels are too small to accept fire egress window for bedroom. Therefore second floor cannot have bedroom designed; but can be designed for study or rec room or storage. 
  • Dome can be built without second floor. Or the second floor can be built with 30% to 50% left open over the first floor producing high vaulted ceilings.
  • The dome’s interior center height without a cupola is 17′,  With cupola is 19’8″.  Without a cupola, the second floor center height is 7’4″ sloping down to five feet.

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

  • First floor square footage is 851 sq.ft.
  • Max Second floor square footage to five feet of headroom is 427 for total dome sq.ft. of 1,278.  Maxed out means there are no high vaulted ceilings.  Only open area is over the stairs. Stairs with two step platform. Five Second floor dormers with each second floor dormer adding 9 sq.ft. of space.  The second floor can be designed where half of the second floor is open resulting in high vaulted ceilings over the first floor areas.
  • To have a bedroom, code requires a fire egress window be installed.  On the 34′ second floor the window dormer panels are too small to accept the code required fire egress size window. To meet code install door dormer on second floor above first floor standard entryway and install window instead of a door.  Fire egress rough opening is 2’8″ x 3’0″.  Order casement window with fire egress hardware.
  • If balcony is desired on second floor, a second floor door dormer & on site railing is installed above first floor standard entryway.  Two foot by six foot tall door is made on site.  Door this small size cannot be ordered.
  • The dome kit has standard four foot tall risers & if a second floor door is installed,  the first floor ceiling height in rooms with second floor over them is 7’6″.  If you purchase taller entryway panels and additional 2′ risers that are installed about 4′ risers, the first floor ceiling height in rooms that have second floor above them is 9’6″. Please see the 34′ Elevation View on previous page.
  • The dome’s interior center height without a cupola is 18’8″,  With cupola is 21’4″.  Without a cupola, the second floor center ceiling height is 9”5″ sloping down to perimeter height of five feet.

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

  •  First floor square footage is 948 sq.ft.
  • Max Second floor square footage to five feet of headroom is 470 sq.ft. for total dome sq.ft. of 1,418.  Maxed out means no high vaulted ceiling.  Stairs with two step platform. Five Second floor dormers with each second floor dormer adding 9 sq.ft. of space.
  • To have a bedroom, code requires a fire egress window be installed.  On the 36′ second floor the window dormer panels are too small to accept the code required fire egress size window. To meet code install door dormer on second floor above first floor standard entryway and install casement window instead of door.  Fire egress rough opening is 2’8″ x 3’0″.  Order casement window with fire egress hardware.
  • If balcony is desired on second floor, a second floor door dormer & on site railing is installed above first floor standard entryway.  Door is two foot wide by 6’8″ tall.
  • The dome kit has standard four foot tall riser & if a second floor door is installed, the first floor ceiling height in rooms with second floor over them is 7’6″.  If you purchase taller entryway panels & additional 2′ risers that are installed about 4′ risers, the first floor ceiling height in rooms that have second floor above them is 9’6″. Please see the 36′ Elevation View.
  • Dome can be designed without second floor.  Or the second floor can be built with 30% to 50% left open over the first floor producing high vaulted ceilings.
  • Without a cupola, the second floor center height is 10’4″ sloping down to five feet of perimeter height.

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

  • First floor square footage is 1,178 sq.ft.
  • Second floor square footage to five feet of headroom is 667 for total dome sq.ft. of 1,957.  Maxed out means no high vaulted ceiling.  Stairs with two step platform. Five Second floor dormers with each second floor dormer adding 9 sq.ft. of space.
  •  Second floor can have bedroom(s) with fire egress window installed in a window dormer.  Second floor can have one or two bedrooms with bath.
  • If cupola is installed there can be optional loft of 112 sq.ft.
  • If balcony is desired on second floor, a second floor door dormer & on site railing is installed above first floor standard entryway.  Door is 2’6″ by 6’8″.
  • The dome kit has standard four foot tall riser & if a second floor door is installed, the first floor ceiling height in rooms with second floor over them is eight feet. If you purchase taller entryway panels and additional 2′ risers that are installed about 4′ risers, the first floor ceiling height in rooms that have second floor above them is ten feet.  Please see the 40′ Elevation View.
  • The dome’s interior center height without a cupola is 21’2″.  With cupola is 23’10”.  Without a cupola, the second floor center ceiling height is 11’5″ sloping down to perimeter height of five feet.
  • Dome can be designed without a second floor or loft. Or the second floor can be built with 30% to 50% left open over the first floor producing high vaulted ceilings.

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

  • First floor square footage is 1,489 sq.ft.
  • Second floor square footage to five feet of headroom is 951 for total dome sq.ft. of 2,582.  Maxed out means no high vaulted ceiling.  Stairs with two step platform. Five Second floor dormers with each second floor dormer adding 9 sq.ft. of space.
  •  Second floor can have bedroom(s) with fire egress window installed in a window dormer.  Second floor can have two or three bedrooms.
  • If cupola is installed there can be optional loft of 142 sq.ft.
  • If balcony is desired on second floor, a second floor door dormer & on site railing is installed above first floor standard entryway.  Door is 2’6″ by 6’8″.
  • The dome’s interior center height without a cupola is 23’2″.  With cupola is 25’10”.  Without a cupola, the second floor center height is 13’6″ sloping down to perimeter height of five feet.
  • Dome can be designed without a second floor or loft. Or the second floor can be built with 30% to 50% left open over the first floor producing high vaulted ceilings.
  • The dome kit has standard four foot tall riser & if a second floor door is installed, the first floor ceiling height in rooms with second floor over them is eight feet. If you purchase taller entryway panels and additional 2′ risers that are installed about 4′ risers, the first floor ceiling height in rooms that have second floor above them is ten feet.  Please see the 45′ Elevation View on previous page.

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

  • First floor square footage is 1,693 sq.ft.
  • Max Second floor square footage to five feet of headroom is 1,137 for total dome sq.ft. of 2,992. Maxed out means no high vaulted ceiling.  Stairs with two step platform. Five Second floor dormers with each second floor dormer adding 9 sq.ft. of space.
  • Second floor can have bedroom(s) with fire egress window installed in a window dormer.  Second floor can have two or three bedrooms.
  • If cupola is installed there can be optional loft of 162.
  • If balcony is desired on second floor, a second floor door dormer & on site railing is installed above first floor standard entryway.  Door is 3’x0″ by 6’8″.
  • The dome kit has standard four foot tall riser & if a second floor door is installed, the first floor ceiling height in rooms with second floor over them is eight feet. If you purchase taller entryway panels and additional 2′ risers that are installed about 4′ risers, the first floor ceiling height in rooms that have second floor above them is ten feet.  Please see the 48′ Elevation View.
  • The dome’s interior center height without a cupola is 24’5″.  With cupola is  27’1″.  Without cupola, the second floor center height is 14’9″ sloping down to perimeter height of five feet.
  • Dome can be designed without a second floor or loft. Or the second floor can be built with 30% to 50% left open over the first floor producing high vaulted ceilings.  Please see 48′ Elevation view on previous page.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Q: Do you have pictures showing Kit Assembly Steps?

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

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

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

 

DESIGN FLEXIBILITY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

STOCK PLANS IN DXF FORMAT

Now Available

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

When you purchase a CD of DXF files we include a bonus item…..a DXF file of a six inch in diameter Mini-Dome.  Not only will this model be fun to put together, but that it will also serve as a reliable reference for building a life-size three frequency dome (30′ – 48′).  Once the Mini-Dome is assembled, you can see the dome geometry consisting of Hexagon, Pentagon and Riser panels.

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

DXF  ORDERING  INFO 

A few of American Ingenuity’s Stock Floor Plans are now available on CDs in DXF format.  Each CD contains the DXF files for  four stock floor plan layouts for a particular dome diameter.  Each CD is $20 plus the mailing costs. 

To place your order, please call our office Monday – Friday 9 to 5 eastern time at 321-639-8777321-639-8777 .  Let us know which four stock floor plan layouts you prefer for each diameter dome you want, along with your shipping info and your credit card info.

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

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

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

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

Origins and terminology of CAD

 per Wikipedia “The Free Encyclopedia”

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

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

 

10th Step-Foundation, Kit Assembly.  Your Aidome 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 building 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 dome is self-supporting and 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″ concrete reinforced with fibers and galvanized steel mesh with a center of  7″  R28 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 with drywall adhesive.

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 which can be purchased locally.

1st Step – Budget. DETERMINING NEW HOME BUDGET: Prior to purchasing your land or if you own property, first determine the overall budget you can afford for your new home, land, land development, driveway installation and utilities (electric, sewer, water).  If you do not own your property call Ai at 321-639-8777 and we will email a document that lists items to watch out for when purchasing property.

This means find out:

  1. What it costs per sq.ft. to build a conventional house (not a tract home) in the area you want to build in. View model homes finished to your design preferences for appliances, cabinetry, flooring, bathroom fixtures, etc. Multiply the square footage of the dome you are considering building times this cost per sq.ft. to obtain approx. finished house cost.  This cost does not include the land or driveway or site preparation or utilities.
    • American Ingenuity manufacturers ten dome kit sizes, which when finished with local materials result in 172 sq.ft. to 3,000 sq.ft. homes.  From one bedroom one bath to four or five bedroom three bath size homes.  A dome kit consists of all the prefab panels to assemble the dome shell and panels for one entryway.  Each floor plan varies as to the type and number of entryways and dormers. These items are added on to the kit with one entryway pricing.  To view Pricing Charts which list what three buyers purchased from Ai (Plans, Engineer Seal on the plans, Energy Report, Dome kit with entryways & dormers, Parts List Items, Shipping Costs, etc.),  click on Dome Kit Charts.
    • One 27′ through 48′ size dome kit requires one semi-truck for delivery. Ai believes the Buyer should not pay shipping costs for another semi-truck to deliver materials such as exterior doors, windows, bathroom fixtures, kitchen cabinets, flooring, etc. which can be competitively sourced and purchased locally  from Home Depot, or Lowes, or Craigs List or eBay, etc.
    • To view stock plans, info & pics for dome kits when finished produce 172 sq.ft. to 1,278 sq.ft., click on Tiny Homes.  To view regular and sale pricing on the Tiny Dome Kits, click on 15′ – 34′ Kit Sale.
    • To view stock floor plans showing room arrangements for each size dome, click on Dome Home Plans.  To view the plans and kit sale pricing for each of the stock floor plans, click on Plans & Kit Sale Pricing.
  2. Decide if you are going to be an Owner Builder or hire a builder to build your new home.  Being an owner builder utilizing family and friends will reduce your labor costs.  As an owner-builder, you could even manage to pay for the construction of your new dome out of pocket as you go. Impossible you say? Think again. Hundreds of families finance their domes this way, and you can, too. You just build more with your brains than your billfold. It is not the easiest or quickest route to a new dome, but it just might be the most satisfying.  However if you need to obtain financing, the lender will usually require a licensed builder be involved with your project and requires a cash down payment based on the finished price of the house. To view other info about how to finance your new dome home, click on financing booklet.
  3. If Hiring a Builder: Due to requests for assistance in locating a local builder to assemble the concrete dome building kit and finish the dome, American Ingenuity (Ai) has added a new service.   Ai offers assistance with finding a contractor in continental USA, for a fee of $100 Ai will contact builders in the area you are considering building.   Once we have 3-4 potential builders/contractors, we will email their contact information.   When Building Plans are purchased, Ai will credit the $100.00 back to you.  We also have an email we send each perspective builder which says they can call us with questions.  The email contains important info about the Aidome building kit and how an independent kit assembly consultant can be hired to supervise the builder’s workers to get the prefabricated panels installed for the exterior dome shell with one layer of concrete in the seams between the panels.  Then the consultant can leave and the builder’s subs (plumbers, electricians, framers, cabinet installers, painters, etc.) finish the interior and prime and paint the exterior concrete.  In the email is a link for the builder to view a sample set of building plans.  For international builder assistance, please call for pricing.Contact your local Home Builder’s Association and your local Building Department and ask if they have a list of local builders which can be emailed.  When calling the builder, first thing ask if the firm is used to working with concrete and then ask if they are interested in working outside the box by assembling a dome building kit consisting of prefabricated concrete panels.  If they have time give them our web site address so they can see what a finished dome looks like.  Explain that an independent consultant can be hired to supervise their workers for the shell assembly and that Ai can send them an email that contains info about the dome building kit, a link to a sample set of building plans and that Ai can be called to answer questions so that the builder can research construction costs for your dome project or work on a Cost Plus basis.
  4. Land costs in the area you want to build. It is sometimes best to purchase a small piece of affordable land instead of large acreage.  This way you keep your land cost down so you have more cash money available for your mortgage cash down payment or more cash to build your new home if you are an owner/builder.
  5. Cost for utilities: electric, water, sewer.
    1. If the property has city or county water and sewer lines, find out what the hookup fees are.
    2. If a septic tank with drain field and well need to be installed, call septic tank and well drilling companies to get costs.
    3. Find out where closest electric pole is and what the cost is to connect to electricity
  6. Cost for driveway and site preparation for the foundation.

    1. When purchasing property, if lot is long and narrow think about length of driveway, rock costs etc. to build driveway.
    2. For proper drainage the city or county will want the finished floor height so many inches above the crown of the nearest city or county maintained road.  This elevation will determine how much fill has to be brought in and compacted to 2,000 lbs per sq.ft. for your foundation.

To keep your construction costs down, best to build as small a dome as possible; therefore you are on your property living in a super-strong, super-energy efficient dome home saving money on your heating & cooling costs to add on a second dome later.  To view stock plans showing square footage by dome size, click on Dome Home Plans.

  • For example a 40ft in diameter dome (3 bedroom, two bath) can have 1,800 sq.ft.  A 36ft in diameter dome (2 or 3 bedroom, two bath) can have 1,400 to 1,600 sq.ft.  If the finished cost per square foot for a new home in your area is $105, then building the smaller 36ft dome automatically saves you $20,000 to $40,000 in construction costs.
  • A 27ft dome (two bedroom/two bath) can have 800 sq.ft.  Building a 27ft dome with 800 sq.ft. vs a 36ft dome with 1,600 sq.ft. automatically saves you $60,000 to $80,000 in construction costs.
  • A 15′ dome (one bedroom/one bath) has 172 sq.ft.  Building a 15′ dome with 172 sq.ft. vs a 27′ dome of 800 sq.ft. automatically saves you around $63,000 in finishing costs.
  • For an approximate cost to build in the area you are considering, please contact Ai for a web site link to review.  321-639-8777.

If you do not find a stock plan to fit your lifestyle, use these Floor Planner Guidelines to develop your own custom design for your new dome home.  The Planners & to-scale furniture are located in each stock plan grouping in American Ingenuity’s (Ai’s) Geodesic Dome Home Plans web site file.  Select the dome sizes you prefer and make additional copies of the floor planner. You will be able to experiment and create several different designs and select the ones you prefer. Before starting your custom floor plan it would be helpful to review the three docs named “Getting Started”, “Revising Stock Plans” & “Things to Consider”. The information on entryways, dormers, links, etc. will also apply to custom plans. Some additional things to consider are listed below. On each stock plan is a to-scale ruler to measure room size & dimensions & at the end of each stock plan grouping are to scale furniture cut outs.

After you resolve your design, please email, mail or fax your sketch to us along with a list of what is important in your new home. Include a phone number, email or address so we can contact you with a review or suggestions. Please call to confirm we received your email or fax. We can also provide a Plans Quote for a complete set of Building Plans.

ROOM ARRANGEMENT: Consider convenient access to frequently used areas and privacy for others. When placing interior doors on the 2nd floor, remember they require seven feet of headroom.

Bedrooms must have a window or exterior door that will serve as a fire exit.

The second floor is supported with a combination of first floor load bearing walls and suspension rods. It is far more practical and economical to have some load bearing walls on the first floor. The support walls are mostly needed around and near the center. Post and beams can be used in place of walls.

STAIRWAYS: Place the stairway in a convenient and easily accessible location. Stairs can be straight or spiral although the most practical stair design is the L shape with the landing against a dome outside wall which is utilized in many of our stock plans. Code requires the landing be 3’x3’ at 6’8” of headroom. The top of a stairway cannot be placed on an outside wall because of the reduced headroom on the 2nd floor. For the loft, a ship’s ladder takes up much less space.

ENTRYWAYS: Entryways may contain both doors and windows. One entryway can provide more window space than two dormers and the windows can even be in two different rooms. Remember that the sides of entryways slope inwards above the riser wall; therefore, doors and windows cannot be placed within two feet of the sides (with the exception of custom made windows). Locations for additional entryways are marked with dashed lines.  Once you determine a dome diameter that fits your budget, call Ai and ask us to email you elevation views of the entryways and dormers showing height and width available to design in doors and windows.

WINDOW & DOOR DORMERS: All possible locations for dormers are illustrated by an opening in the exterior wall. If a dormer will not be used in that location fill in the wall. Each place you would like a dormer write the word WINDOW or DOOR. 2nd floor door dormers are only available above a standard entryway and in a 36’ or larger domes. Install a window in a 2nd floor door dormer to add light.

PLUMBING: Fixtures may be grouped together. But don’t sacrifice a practical or attractive design for a few feet of pipe. Vanities, mirrors, showers and at least one end of a tub needs about six feet of headroom which will limit their placement on the 2nd floor.

LINKS: Available for all domes. The Link width varies according to the size of the connecting dome. The standard link connecting entryways is ten feet long. It can sometimes accommodate a Laundry or Utility room. Links for the 22’ and 27’ are limited to the width of one riser panel with a length of two to six feet.

CUSTOM RISER HEIGHTS OTHER THAN FOUR FEET results in custom taller entryway base panels & custom taller first floor door dormer base panels. 22’ & 27’ domes can have 5’ riser panels instead of four feet risers resulting in first floor ceiling height where a second floor is installed of 8’6′.   30’, 34’, 36’, 40’, 45’ & 48’ can have custom two foot riser installed above standard 4’ risers resulting in first floor ceiling height where a second floor is installed of 9’6″ – 10′.

BASEMENTS: Available for all domes. Full basements are the same size and shape as the 1st floor. The basement stairway must align with the stairway going to the dome’s first floor. Remember when you utilize a basement, the doors on the 1st floor of the dome may be elevated above the ground enough to require a deck or stairway.

A basement garage is most suitable on a hillside where both the basement garage entrance and 1st floor dome entrances are at or near ground level. Load bearing walls in the basement are essential. Keep in mind that the weight of the floors above must be supported with walls or posts in the basement.

American Ingenuity.  8777 Holiday Springs Rd. Rockledge Florida 32955

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