34′ Concrete Aidome w’ Finished Basement – 1,916 sq.ft.
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All Domes Can Be Designed Without a Loft or Second Floor
To view chart showing square footages, etc. click on Chart
If you want to max out the second floor this means there are no high vaulted ceilings over the first floor. Each floor plan varies as to how much of the second floor is built on site. Usually 30% to 50% of the second floor is NOT built which results in spacious, high vaulted ceilings over the first floor. Dashed lines on the stock plans show the high vaulted ceiling areas. Each second floor has 5′, 6′ & 7′ perimeter height lines drawn in.
15′ dome – two frequency dome with standard 4′ risers and additional 2′ risers.
18′ dome – two frequency dome with standard 4′ risers and additional 2′ risers.
22′ dome – two frequency dome with standard 4′ risers. Can have taller custom entryway base panels & custom 5′ risers instead of 4′ risers.
27′ dome – two frequency dome with standard 4′ risers. Can have taller custom entryway base panels & custom 5′ risers instead of 4′ risers.
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.
34′ Dome – three frequency dome with standard 4′ risers. Can have taller custom entryway base panels & custom 2′ risers installed above 4′ risers.
36′ Dome – three frequency dome with standard 4′ risers. Can have taller custom entryway base panels & custom 2′ risers installed above 4′ risers.
40′ Dome – three frequency dome with standard 4′ risers. Can have taller custom entryway base panels & custom 2′ risers installed above 4′ risers.
45′ Dome – three frequency dome with standard 4′ risers. Can have taller custom entryway base panels & custom 2′ risers installed above 4′ risers.
48′ Dome- three frequency dome with standard 4′ risers. Can have taller custom entryway base panels & custom 2′ risers installed above 4′ risers.
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:
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?
Q: Do you have an engineering statement about your dome panels?
A: Yes, to view the statement click on Engineering.
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
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:
Each CD of DXF files for American Ingenuity’s 22’ through 48’ diameter domes includes:
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.
Concrete Dome Built on Basement in Connecticut
gorgeously designed by international artist Electros. 40 ft dome 3 beds 2 baths 1,809 sq.ft.
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40ft dome is a sophisticated contemporary home perched atop a hill overlooking vibrant South Norwalk and Long Island Sound. Designed by international artist Electros, this stunning home offers imaginative details and flair from the New York style Wet Showers to the sleek aluminum counters and more. Tucked away into a charming neighborhood this Dome style home has three bedrooms, two baths, a wood burning fireplace, four balconies, Douglas fir wood floors and steel structure stairs.
This 40′ dome home’s layout has about 60% of its second floor not installed. As a result there are dramatic high vaulted ceilings over the living room,dining room and foyer. The second floor can be built out to allow for 30% or 40% high vaulted ceilings over the first floor. Some times our dome buyers want no high vaulted ceilings over the first floor. It is entirely up to each buyer as to how much of the second floor is installed within the dome which determines the amount of high vaulted ceilings over the first floor.
To view stock plans for American Ingenuity’s (Ai’s) ten different dome sizes, click on Stock Plans. If you do not see a plan to fit your lifestyle, American Ingenuity can design modified or custom plans based on your sketches and notes. Ai’s dome geometry allows for flexible plan design. Please call and our friendly staff can discuss the customizing of dome floor plans. Our office number is 321-639-8777. We are open for calls Monday – Friday 9-5 eastern time.
Ai designs building plans at a reasonable price and does not charge the $1.50 to $2.00 a square foot that engineering firms or architectural firms charge to design residential home plans. For example stock plans for a 36′ dome with 1,400 sq.ft. are on sale for $971; resulting in cost of $0.69 a sq.ft.