Floor Plans | AiDomes

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

321-639-8777 Monday – Friday 9-5 Eastern Time

This document lists things to consider prior to selecting stock plan and prior to designing a modified or custom floor plan.  To review American Ingenuity’s stock plans in order to get a feel for how rooms are arranged in a dome, please view our Geodesic Dome Home Plans web site file. On this file are all the stock plans for each size dome.

AFFORDABLE:
While determining the scope and size of your project be sure it is not only livable but also affordable. All of your efforts and dreams will be for naught if you design a house that you can not afford to build. To learn about finished cost per square foot, click on Finished Cost.

If you will need financing to build your dome, please view our Financing Your Dome booklet which will help determine your budget, explain the financing steps and prepare you to visit the lenders.

SIZE OF THE HOME:
Domes are sized by their diameter but you will probably use the available square footage for a comparison and size determination. Knowing the size of your current or previous homes will allow you to compare them with a dome home. The number of bedrooms and other rooms needed will also guide you to the correct size. If you are designing a dream home for the future, cost doesn’t matter. But if this home is to become a reality it must be affordable. Many of our dome owners have started with a smaller dome & added another dome later or converted it into a garage after they built their larger dome home.

PROPERTY:
You will need to make considerations for the characteristics of your property early in the planning process. If you own your property or are buying property, please call Ai (321-639-8777) and request our Buying Land Checklist. Prior to purchasing property or if you own your property, if you give Ai the parcel ID number and building department name, at no cost to you Ai will call the building department, email generic plans, engineering statement, structural calcs, etc. and find out what is required for a building permit to be issued on Ai’s prefabricated home dome kit.

You will develop the design of your home and its surrounding outdoor area at the same time. Your dome home will be more satisfying when it is incorporated into the site and united with it. Think of such things as:

• Where is the best view? Where do the windows need to be?
• Where should the entrances be located?
• Does the property have a slope? What is the best way to take advantage of it?
• What are the building setbacks from the property lines? What is the widest you can make your home?
• Are there zoning requirements like minimum square footages, height limitations and garage requirements?
• Where will the driveway and utilities be located?

FOUNDATION DESIGNS:
Domes are built on the typical foundations used with conventional houses:
• Ai standard Plans are a concrete slab & footings. If poured at the same time is the least expensive and easiest to construct foundation type.
• Raised concrete slab on a block stem wall is used when the ground is not level or the frost level is deep.
• Raised wood floor with a crawl space is common when a concrete slab is not acceptable.
• Full or partial basements utilizing concrete block or poured concrete walls or ICF.
• Pilings are the most expensive foundation but may be required in coastal regions or when the soil is not suitable.

GARAGES:
If you are planning to have enclosed parking there are two usual choices: a separate dome or a basement garage. A garage dome can be unattached or linked to the home. All but the 22’ garage dome offers additional space with a second floor. Placing the garage in the same dome as the house makes it difficult to design a floor plan around the garage space.

BASEMENTS:
Basements can be completely below ground level, partially exposed, exposed on one side, or be completely above ground. Keep in mind when the basement is above ground level, doorways will require either a deck or a landing and stairway. If the entrance to your home is not at ground level you and your guests will always climb a flight of stairs to enter the house.

With a full basement the exterior walls will align with the shape of the dome and complete the structure down to the foundation. A partial basement can be of any size and shape by utilizing a separate foundation to support the dome.

Basement walls are made the same as in conventional houses. Ai can design basements built from concrete block, ICF foam blocks and solid poured concrete walls.

We have included a few Stock Plans with basements to show you how they may be utilized; although, they are not interchangeable. Each floor plan has load bearing walls in different locations; therefore, adding a basement will require individual basement plans designed to support the walls and floors above.

BASEMENT GARAGES:
A basement can best be utilized for a garage when the land is sloped allowing the garage and entrance doors to be at ground level. If the ground does not have a sufficient slope you and your guests will always climb a flight of stairs to enter the house.

LINKS:
If you are planning to link domes together, you can join the domes at entryways or door dormers. Notice the examples utilized with each size dome. The link will vary in width according to the size of the dome and can vary in length from 2 feet to 10 feet.

EXTENSIONS:
While many dome companies offer the alternatives of room extensions to the dome, American Ingenuity feels they are not in your best interest. The exposed surface area and the materials required to gain floor space in an extension are much greater than that of the dome. The result is a less energy efficient dome and a higher cost per square foot. Also the construction is more involved and the visual impact of the dome design is lessened.

We recommend simply moving up to the next larger size dome or arranging your space differently to increase the efficiency of your design. This will save you time, energy and money.

American Ingenuity.  8777 Holiday Springs Rd. Rockledge Florida 32955

321-639-8777 Monday – Friday 9-5 Eastern Time

For those who desire a one story home NOT two story, below are stock plans for one story prefab kits for dome diameters 15′, 18′, 22′ and 40′. American Ingenuity’s other diameter domes (27′, 30′, 34′, 36, 45′ & 48′)  can be revised to have one floor only.  If you do not see a stock plan to fit your lifestyle, Ai can revise any plan per your descriptions or sketches.  Custom Plans receive the same discount as stock plans.

The plans below for the 15′, 18′ & 22′ domes are considered Tiny Domes, homes or cottages with 172 to 370 sq.ft.  If you want to build a dome with these smaller square footages, please check your local building code and zoning requirements to see if there is a minimum size new home requirement.  In Florida the minimum size new home that can be built  is usually 500 sq.ft. or 800 sq.ft.  However  some Cities and Counties are revising their zoning laws to allow for Tiny Home Communities where a home can be built smaller than what code calls for in that area or state.   Please be aware some zoning can require a garage to be built with the new home.

Due to the natural shape of the dome, a usable second floor can be installed in many of the domes.  To view all the stock plans for all of Ai’s dome which includes plans with two stories, click on All Diameters.

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15′ Dome Stock Floor Plans – One Story

15′ Dome:  one bedroom one bath Tiny Home with first floor of 172 max square feet. The dome kit comes with standard 7″ R28 insulation, standard four foot risers and additional two foot risers.  To view info on Tiny Homes, click on Tiny Homes.  Dome kit can be purchased with 3 1/2″ EPS and no 1/2″ interior drywall.

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18′ Dome Stock Floor Plans – One Story

18′ Dome:  one bedroom one bath Tiny Home with first floor of 249 max square feet. The dome kit comes with standard 7″ R28 insulation, standard four foot risers and additional two foot risers.  An attic loft can be designed. To view info on Tiny Homes, click on Tiny Homes.  Dome kit can be purchased with 3 1/2″ EPS and no 1/2″ interior drywall.

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22′ Dome Stock Floor Plans – One Story

22′ Dome:  one bedroom one bath size dome home with only first floor with max square feet of 370.  A storage loft can be designed.  To view info on Tiny Homes, click on Tiny Homes.

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40′ Dome Stock Floor Plans – One Story

40′ Dome One Story: two bedroom one and one half bath with two car garage (27′).   To view all the stock plans for all of Ai’s dome, click on All Diameters.

 

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Colorado 34′ Dome Second Floor – bedroom & library

 

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Colorado 34′ Dome – second floor library w’ bedroom to right

(see picture above for the bedroom that is to the right of the library)

Library is above first floor kitchen

Typically dome building kits do not contain riser panels. American Ingenuity decided to supply four foot tall riser panels with its Building Kit. This means the first row of panels of the dome shell are rectangular shaped panels and triangle shaped panels complete the rest of the shell. This vertical wall allows for convenient placement of furniture around the perimeter of the first floor and gives more head room and useable square footage on the second floor.

What is the ceiling height under the second floor?

The four foot tall riser allows for a first floor ceiling height of 7’ 6” in the 22’ thru 34’ domes and an 8’ tall ceiling in the 36′ through 48′ domes.  To increase first floor ceiling height where a second floor is above, on site install a one foot tall or two foot tall perimeter wall to increase the height to 8’6″ or 10’.

How can I relate to the first floor and second floor square footages in your domes? 

You can relate to the room sizes within any of American Ingenuity’s stock plans by cutting out the ruler on each stock plan.  Use the to-scale ruler to measure the width and length of each room and compare those room sizes to the room sizes in your current home. You know whether you want your new home’s rooms larger or smaller than your current room sizes.

The square footage of living space shown with each stock floor plan indicates the square footage space available on the first floor, second floor and third floor loft (if available for that size dome). The square footage of each room is included along with to-scale furniture to help you visualize the size of the space, and does not include any closets or utility areas.

How much of the second floor has 6’ or taller ceilings?

The second floor square footage consists of all the usable floor space to the knee wall although part of this space will have reduced headroom, as shown by the ceiling height lines that are drawn on each plan. To determine the second floor square footage that is taller than 6′, cut out the to-scale ruler in the back of the Stock Floor Plan Booklet and measure between the 7′ and 6′ second floor height lines.

MAX SQUARE FOOTAGES:

Max refers to whether you maximize the second floor square footage by enclosing four fifths of the second floor and only having one fifth of the second floor left open; thus causing high vaulted ceilings over only one fifth of your first floor. Typically dome owners tend to leave one half of the second floor open thereby having high vaulted ceilings over half of their first floor rooms. On the Ai Stock Floor Plans, the Second Floor Square Footage includes the perimeter areas starting at five feet.

Dome Size
22′
27′
30′
34′
36′
40′
45′
48′
1st Floor
370
555
665
852
946
1,178
1,489
1,693
2nd Floor
NA
231
213
427
470
667
951
1,137
Loft
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
112
142
162
Max sq.ft.
370
786
878
1,278
1,418
1,957
2,582
2,992

How is the second floor square footage determined in the American Ingenuity domes?

  • On the Ai Building Plans, the second floor square footage includes the area starting at five feet. The Tax Assessor uses these numbers, so taxes will be less.
  • On the Ai Price List, the Second Floor Square Footage includes the area starting at five feet.
  • On the Ai Stock Floor Plans, the Second Floor Square Footage includes the areas starting at five feet.

Should I build any of the large American Ingenuity Domes and not install the second floor?  Yes, is entirely up to you whether the second floor is installed.

If I do not want to access the second floor using stairs, what do I use?  Install a chair rail on the stairs or install a winch powered lift or install an elevator. See Handicap Accessible for more info.  Click on Lifts/Chair Rails to learn more. 

Is there more usable square footage in your dome than a conventional house?

Yes, in a conventional house there is an attic which rarely gets used. To us it is just a space that holds hot or cold air which is waiting to leak into your house. In a dome you get to use the second floor space that would normally be an attic in a conventional house. So even if some square footage around the second floor perimeter cannot be used there is still more usable square footage in the American Ingenuity dome (due to the four foot tall riser panels) than a conventional house.

 

If you do not want to access the dome second floor by walking up the stairs, install a rail chair or a lift or an elevator.  This way the second floor is easily accessed and your construction budget is less because one dome can be built to house your rooms on two floors instead of building a larger dome with only the first floor constructed.  However if you prefer to have only the first floor in the dome, Ai can design your building plans with one floor only.

American Ingenuity has incorporated elevators and lifts into several domes.  Each device has its own specs.  Of course the main concern is the height the unit requires above the second floor. Therefore  the unit is usually placed near the center of the dome.

Bottom line, please select a unit and provide American Ingenuity with its specs and we will analyze its incorporation into your floor plan design.  Stairs within the Ai dome normally have two steps & a landing before the straight stairs begin. To install a rail chair on this type stair then a 90 degree rail chair is installed to make the turn.   If you want to install a straight chair lift then Ai will analyze the plan you selected to see if the stairs can be customized so that a 3’x3′ area is at the bottom of the stairs with no landing – this way there is no right turn for the lift to take.

Per the web site for Nationwide Lifts  www.home-elevator.net  Stair Lifts are the most economical means for assistance between floors. Curved and straight tracks are available. 

The following information came from Nationwide Lifts web site:

If handling stairs in your home is difficult or unsafe, let us save you the trouble of struggling up and down. With smooth rack and pinion drive and battery power, our Stair Lifts will effortlessly take you up and down the stairway, even during a power outage. The neutral colors and modern appearance can coordinate with practically any décor, and its slim rail and carriage save room on the steps to allow others access past the lift.

Nationwide Lifts offers a curved Stair Lift that is custom fit to any staircase. Spiral staircases, fold-back stairs, 90/180 degree turns, and flat landings are no problem for our Stair Lifts. The innovative design of the makes it the ideal companion for anyone with mobility needs.

Standard Features:

  • 300 lb (136 kg) capacity
  • Rack and pinion drive
  • Electronic controller with soft start
  • Dynamic motor braking and self locking gearbox
  • 2” (51mm) rigid double square tube construction
  • Inside and outside radius curve capabilities
  • Spiral and flat landing configurations
  • Support posts anchored to stair treads (no wall required)
  • Almond beige seat and rail
  • Continuous pressure buttons
  • Wireless call-send controls at both landings
  • Foldable footrest, seat and padded armrests
  • Seat that swivels and locks in 60°and 90° positions both directions
  • 115 VAC – plugged in at top or bottom landing

Straight Stair Lift.  Our Stair Lifts for straight stairs are easily installed in 2 hours. There are so easy in-fact that we sell these as a do-it-yourself kit. This is a very economical way to acquire assistance between floors.

Standard Features:

  • 300 lb (136 kg) capacity
  • Rack and pinion drive
  • Electronic controller with soft start
  • Support posts anchored to stair treads (no wall required)
  • Almond beige seat and rail
  • Continuous pressure buttons
  • Wireless call-send controls at both landings
  • Foldable footrest, seat and padded armrests
  • Seat that swivels and locks in 45°and 90° positions both directions
  • 115 VAC – plugged in at top or bottom landing

For a quotation, call 1-888-323-8755

For information on stair lifts/rail chairs you can also click on http://www.4-stair-lifts.com/?source=adwords
For information on lifts click on http://www.jazzy-electric-wheelchairs.com/vertical-platform-lifts.htm

The following information came from Jazzy Electric’s web site:

This vertical platform Lift is an interior or exterior lift that can be used for lifting persons with physical disabilities from the ground up-to the main floor of their home or outside lifting up to the porch or the steps. Lift can also be used in commercial applications such as restaurants or office buildings. The lift is designed to meet U.S. and Canadian safety standards and can easily be adapted to various situations.

Versatility is a key to this lift. Can be used to stop at 3 different heights. Can lift from 14″ up to 144″. Designed for easy installation. Smaller units 52″ and down can be installed in 30 minutes.

The lift described sells for around $3,500.

This Lift is smooth and provides quiet performance. Dependable and Versatile Unit is Perfect for Residential or Commercial Application. All lifts can be configured to meet the AME A 17.1 or A 18.1 depending on the options selected. This lift also meets ADA requirements in most states.

Listed below are some of the features of this outstanding versatile lift:

  • Weight capacity of 550 pounds
  • Unit uses standard 110v/15a wall outlet.
  • Straight though platform is 54″ long x 34″ wide
  • Keyed call send stations available
  • Keyed Emergency stop to control use of lift
  • Soft Touch Control Pads designed for easy operation.
  • Direct Drive Worm-Gear
  • Maintenance Free Operation
  • Standard Metal Platform has a diamond grill that allows for full visibility under the platform

For information on elevators click on http://home-elevator.net

The following information came from home elevator’s web site:
We sell and install residential home elevators in every state nationwide We are here to help. Whether you are looking for a stair lift, home elevator, wheelchair lift, porch lift, or dumbwaiter… our knowledgeable staff will give you sound advice.

With over 35 years in the home elevator business, Nationwide Lifts has the experience and knowledge to assist you with your needs. We truly enjoy what we do, helping people with special needs at a fair price is gratifying work. With residential home elevators up to six levels, we can handle the most demanding custom home needs. Call us today and experience the highest level customer service in the industry, 24 hours, 7 days a week.  888-323-8755

Our elevators maximizes a person’s independence by enabling him/her to move from one floor to another within a home or a public building. It is very useful to wheelchair users as it is unnecessary to transfer out of the chair.

Elevators also add value and prestige to homes. Elevators can be designed into new home construction or added to existing homes. They require minimal space and can be installed in nearly any home configuration. Our elevators are designed to match home furnishings.

 

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Built from an American Ingenuity 34′ in diameter prefab dome building kit.

DOME FOR SALE W’ FULL BASEMENT & 4.2 ACRES  $129,000

One Hour from Asheville North Carolina 

 

 

 

 

To view a video of the interior and exterior of the dome, click on YouTube Cabin Interior.  To view part of the cabin exterior, click on YouTube Cabin Exterior

 

 

 

Please scroll down this page to view American Ingenuity’s stock geodesic dome home plans by dome size.  These plans show locations for kitchen, dining room, living room, bedrooms, bathrooms, etc.  Prior to deciding on a dome size or specific floor plan, please read Things To Consider, Budget and Loan Approval.  

Ai can design any of the dome sizes to be utilized for a commercial or business use.  Please call 321-639-8777 for commercial plan pricing.

If you do not see a stock plan to fit your lifestyle, Ai can design modified or custom dome plans from your sketches and notes at the same discount as our stock plans which is currently a 25% discount. To learn about how to use floor planners and revise the plans, click on  Getting Started, Revising Stock Plans, and Planners.

Below are all the stock plans that Ai has available for the 15′, 18′, 22′, 27′, 30′, 34′, 36′, 40′ & 45′ domes. Ai’s CAD department is in the process of revising other 48′ plans that are not shown below. Any of American Ingenuity’s dome homes can be designed without an attic/loft. The 15, 18′, 22′ and 40′ dome sizes have floor plans showing only one story; however any of the dome sizes can be designed without a second floor.  Or all of the second floor can be installed with no high vaulted ceilings over the first floor – each dome’s design can be customized to your lifestyle. To see how much of the second floor is designed into the stock plan, please refer to the dashed line and note that says Open To Below.  Ai would love to talk with you and answer your questions. Please call us Mon-Fri 9-5 eastern time at 321-639-8777 for a chat.

To assist in the understanding of the dome geometry, below you will find floor planners and elevation views for each size dome showing possible locations for installation of your locally purchased doors and windows. During the plans design, Ai emails elevation views of the entryways and dormers showing max width and height with recommended door and window rough opening sizes.  You decide the size, number and location of windows and doors that will be installed in your dome’s exterior walls.

Your doors and windows are installed under structural awnings called entryways and dormers that extend out from the dome. On the first floor of American Ingenuity’s three frequency dome home kits 30′ thru 48′, five entryways can be designed to contain doors and windows.  Each entryway can contain 2-3 French Doors or large windows or a combination of doors and windows providing ample light and ventilation into your dome house. The second floor of the 27′, 34′, 36′, 40′, 45′ & 48′ domes has five possible locations for a window dormer or door dormer where a single window or single door can be installed.  Solar tubes or other companies skylights can be installed int he prefab panels.

 

 

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Connecticut 40′ Dome Home 

High Vaulted Ceiling over foyer, dining room & living room (not shown)
Within the two standard entryways, the home owner wanted three French Doors in each.

BELOW ARE STOCK DOME PLANS IN PDF FORMAT

Simply click on the plan name to print it out. To view the plan on your screen click on view online.  To view regular pricing and sale pricing on each stock plan and its building kit sale prices, view Stock Plans & Building Kit Sale Prices. Any dome can be designed as a one story home. Any dome can be designed for a business or commercial application. Please call for commercial plan pricing.

American Ingenuity designs the geodesic dome home plans or commercial plans and manufactures ten concrete house kits – sizes from 172 sq.ft. to over 2,992 sq.ft.  15′ – 48′ Kits consist of prefab concrete component panels which when assembled make the dome’s exterior walls and roof. The home owner or their Builder assembles the kit & finishes the interior per the Building Plans. The Prefab Panels includes exterior 3/4″ fiber concrete reinforced with galvanized steel mesh, core of  seven (7) inch rigid, nontoxic expanded polystyrene (EPS) R-28 insulation (not styrofoam) & interior of half inch special Georgia Pacific DensArmor Plus gypsum drywall. Once the kit is assembled, seam areas between panels contain overlapped, locked galvanized steel mesh filled with on site fiber concrete averaging 2″ thick. The concrete/steel/eps/drywall contain no food source for mold growth and are noncombustible.

It is Ai’s philosophy that each Buyer pays for only what they need. Building Plans are needed 3 months to 1 1/2 years prior to the kit shipment. About 50% of our client’s building departments require engineer sealed plans, calculations & an Energy Report to issue a permit. As a result these items are separate costs from the building kit.  

To view the Three Frequency Dome Geometry, American Ingenuity has designed a Mini-Dome which can be printed out.  It shows the pentagon and hexagon geometry and possible locations for entryways and dormers.  To assemble the Mini-Dome print out these two pdfs and follow the directions.  Ai’s three frequency domes are 30’, 34’, 36’, 40’, 45’ & 48’.  (The 15′, 18′, 22′ & 27′ domes are two frequency geometry).  The 60′ dome is four frequency geometry.

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Mini Dome Showing Geometry for Ai’s 30′ – 48′ Geodesic Dome Sizes

How Ai Dome Stock Plans Are Named

American Ingenuity’s Dome Plans are named as follows:   Ai uses Greek words (Omega, Alpha, Delta) and numbers (21, 22, etc) along with the dome diameter to name our plans. For example 27 Alpha 11: the first two digits are the dome diameter in feet, a Greek word and then a number.

When floor plan layouts will not fit on one page, then you will find that plan name twice or three times depending on the number of pages needed for that layout  with FP1 and FP2  and possibly FP3 at the end.   Even though a plan says basement option, you do not need to purchase the basement plans unless your dome will be built on a basement.  For Foundation Summary click on Summary.

Ai can convert its building plans to the metric system for a small fee.

 

To view a Chart Showing Sale Pricing for Each Stock Plan & Its Dome Kit
click on Stock Plans & Kit Sale Prices

American Ingenuity’s Stock Dome Plans

Below are all the stock plans that Ai has available for the 15′, 18′, 22′, 27′, 30′, 34′, 36′, 40′ & 45′ domes. Ai’s CAD department is in the process of revising other  48′ plans that are not shown below.   Any of American Ingenuity’s dome homes can be designed without a second floor or the second floor can be completely designed in and a rail chair installed if needed to access the second floor. To see how much of the second floor is designed into the stock plan, please refer to the dashed line and note that says Open To Below.  To view an article that contains plans for one story residence for the 15′, 18′, 22′ and 40′ domes, view One Story.

If you want to look at only plans with a bedroom on the first floor that can be utilized as master bedroom or a first floor bedroom that is labelled master bedroom, we have added the words bedroom 1st floor or master 1st floor at the end of that plan’s name.

15′ Dome Stock Floor Plans – 4.61 Meter Dome

172 sq.ft. After Kit is Assembled & finished with local materials.

15′ Dome:  one bedroom one bath Tiny Home with first floor of 172 max square feet. (17.04 sqm) The dome kit comes with standard 7″ R28 insulation, standard four foot risers and additional two foot risers.  Please check your local building code requirements to see if there is a minimum size new home requirement. In Florida the minimum size new home that can be built is 170 sq.ft. or 500 sq.ft. or 800 sq.ft.   And in some areas building code requires a garage. An attic loft can be designed. To view info on Tiny Homes, click on Tiny Homes.  Dome kit can be purchased with 3 1/2″ EPS and no 1/2″ interior drywall.

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18′ Dome Stock Floor Plans – 5.54 Meter Dome

249 sq.ft. After Kit is Assembled & finished with local materials.

18′ Dome:  one bedroom one bath Tiny Home with first floor of 249 max square feet (25.90 sq.m). The dome kit comes with standard 7″ R28 insulation, standard four foot risers and additional two foot risers.Please check your local building code requirements to see if there is a minimum size new home requirement. In Florida the minimum size new home that can be built is 170 sq.ft. or 500 sq.ft. or 800 sq.ft.   And in some areas building code requires a garage. An attic loft can be designed. To view info on Tiny Homes, click on Tiny Homes.  Dome kit can be purchased with 3 1/2″ EPS and no 1/2″ interior drywall.

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22′ Dome Stock Floor Plans – 6.77 Meter Dome

First floor of 371 sq.ft. after Kit is Assembled & finished with local materials.

22′ Dome:  one bedroom one bath size dome home with only first floor with max square feet of 370 (max. 35.52 sq.m). Please check your local building code requirements to see if there is a minimum size new home requirement. In Florida the minimum size new home that can be built is 500 sq.ft. or 800 sq.ft.   And in some areas building code requires a garage. A storage loft can be designed. To view info on Tiny Homes, click on Tiny Homes.

27′ Dome Stock Floor Plans – 8.30 Meter Dome

Around 800 sq.ft. after Kit is Assembled & finished with local materials.

27′ Dome:  two bedroom one bath size dome home for max square feet of 786 (74.85 sqm) on the two floors (555 on the first floor and 231 sq.ft. on the second floor).   Code allows for square footage to be calculated to five feet of height.  The 231 second floor square footage in the 27′ dome is the area that is below the 8’4″ center height to where the dome walls slope down to five feet tall.  Around the second floor five foot perimeter areas the following items can be placed:  headboard for bed, night tables, desks, or dressers.  

All American Ingenuity domes can be designed without a second floor.  The total amount of square footage in each plan varies depending upon how much of the second floor is designed and built. If you want to look at only plans with a bedroom on the first floor that can be utilized as master bedroom, we have added the words bedroom 1st floor with that plan name.

 30′ Dome Stock Floor Plans – 9.23 Meter Dome

Around 800 sq.ft. after Kit is Assembled & finished with local materials

30′ Dome:  one bedroom one bath size dome house total 878 square feet on two floors (83.62 sqm).  Bedroom is designed on the first floor. The 30′ domes second floor panels are too small to accept a window dormer.  As a result a bedroom cannot be installed on the second floor because there is no fire egress window. The second floor could be used for storage or office area, craft room, etc.  (665 on the first floor and 213 sq.ft. on the second floor).   Code allows for square footage to be calculated to five feet of height.  The 213 second floor square footage in the 30′ dome is the area that is below the 7’4″ center height to where the dome walls slope down to five feet tall.  Around the second floor five foot perimeter areas the following items can be placed:  headboard for bed, night tables, desks, or dressers.  

The 30′ dome can be built without a second floor.

 34′ Dome Stock Floor Plans – 10.46 Meter Dome

Around 1,100 to 1,200 sq.ft. after Kit is Assembled & finished with local materials. Plus Basement Square Footage if Desired. 

34′ Dome two bedroom two bath size dome house total 1,278 max square feet on the two floors.(121.71 sqm)  Bedroom & bath on first floor and bedroom & bath on the second floor.  (852 on the first floor and 427 sq.ft. on the second floor).   Code allows for square footage to be calculated to five feet of height.  The 427 second floor square footage in the 34′ dome is the area that is below the 9’5″ center height to where the dome walls slope down to five feet tall.  Around the second floor five foot perimeter areas the following items can be placed:  headboard for bed, night tables, desks, or dressers.  

The 34′ dome can be designed without a second floor.  The total amount of square footage in each plan varies depending upon how much of the second floor is designed and built.  If you want to look at only plans with a bedroom on the first floor that can be utilized as master bedroom, we have added the words master 1st floor with that plan name.

36′ Dome Stock Floor Plans – 11.08 Meter Dome

Around 1, 200 to 1,400 sq.ft. after Kit is Assembled & finished with local materials. Plus Basement Square Footage if Desired.

36′ Dome:  Two bedroom two bath size dome house for total max square feet of 1,418 on the two floors (135.05 sqm).  Bedroom & bath on first floor and bedroom & bath on the second floor.  36′ dome can have three bedrooms and two baths – see plans 36′ Alpha 15, 36 Kappa 11, and 36′ Pi 12.  (946 on the first floor and 470 sq.ft. on the second floor).    Code allows for square footage to be calculated to five feet of height.  The 470 second floor square footage in the 36′ dome is the area that is below the 10’4″ center height to where the dome walls slope down to five feet tall.  Around the second floor five foot perimeter areas the following items can be placed:  headboard for bed, night tables, desks, or dressers.  

The 36′ dome can be built without a second floor.  The total amount of square footage in each plan varies depending upon how much of the second floor is designed and built.  If you want to look at only plans with a bedroom on the first floor that can be utilized as master bedroom, we have added the words master 1st floor with that plan name. 

40′ Dome Stock Floor Plans – 12.30 Meter Dome

Around 1,600 to 1,800 sq.ft. after Kit is Assembled & finished with local materials. Plus Basement Square Footage if Desired.

40′ Dome:  Three bedroom two bath size dome home for max square feet of 1,845 on two floors (175.71 sqm), Or 1,957 sq.ft. if cupola & lot installed.  First Floor can have one or two bedrooms with bath.  Second floor can have one or two bedrooms depending on how much of the second floor is installed and what size bedroom you desire.  (1,178 on the first floor and 667 sq.ft. on the second floor).   Code allows for square footage to be calculated to five feet of height.  The 667 second floor square footage in the 40′ dome is the area that is below the 11’5″ center height to where the dome walls slope down to five feet tall.  Around the second floor five foot perimeter areas the following items can be placed:  headboard for bed, night tables, desks, or dressers.   If a cupola is installed, a loft of 112 sq.ft. can be built.

The 40′ dome can be built without a second floor.  If you want to look at only plans with a bedroom on the first floor that can be utilized as master bedroom, we have added the words master 1st floor with that plan name.

40′ One Story Dome Linked to 27′ Garage
– 12.30 Meter Dome linked to 8.30 Meter Garage Dome

40′ Dome One Story: two bedroom one and one half bath with two car garage (27′).  The 40′ Dome’s first floor sq.ft. is 1,143 w’ link of 121 sq.ft. for total of 1,264 (120.35 sqm).  In meters the dome first floor is 108.85 sqm.  Link is 11.5 sqm.  Garage is 52.86 sqm.

45′ Dome Stock Floor Plans – 13.84 Meter Dome

Around  2,000 to 2,200 sq.ft. after Kit is Assembled & finished with local materials. Plus Basement Square Footage if Desired. 

45′ Dome:  Three or four bedroom 2 1/2 bath size dome home for max square feet of  2,440 on two floors (232.38 sqm)    or max 2,582 sq.ft. if cupola & loft installed.  First floor can have two bedrooms with 1 1/2 baths.  Second floor can have two or three bedrooms with bath depending on how much of the second floor is installed and what size bedroom you desire.  (1,489 on the first floor and 951 sq.ft. on the second floor).   Code allows for square footage to be calculated to five feet of height.  The 951 second floor square footage in the 45′ dome is the area that is below the 13’6″ center height to where the dome walls slope down to five feet tall.  Around the second floor five foot perimeter areas the following items can be placed:  headboard for bed, night tables, desks, or dressers.  If a cupola is installed, a loft of 142 sq.ft. can be built.

The above 40′ plans can be enlarged into a custom 45′ dome plan.  If you want to look at only plans with a bedroom on the first floor that can be utilized as master bedroom, we have added the words master 1st floor with that plan name. The 45′ dome can be built without a second floor.

48′ Dome Stock Floor Plans – 14.77 Meter Dome

Around  2,300 to 2,500 sq.ft. after Kit is Assembled & finished with local materials. Plus Basement Square Footage if Desired.

48′ Dome:  Four or five bedroom with 2 1/2 bath size dome home for max square feet of  2,830 on two floors (269.52 sqm)    Or 2,992 sq.ft. if cupola and loft installed.  First floor can have two to three bedrooms with 1 1/2 baths.  Second floor can have two to three bedrooms  with bath depending on how much of the second floor is installed and what size bedroom you desire. (1,693 on the first floor and 1,137 sq.ft. on the second floor).   Code allows for square footage to be calculated to five feet of height.  The 1,137 second floor square footage in the 48′ dome is the area that is below the 14’9″ center height to where the dome walls slope down to five feet tall.  Around the second floor five foot perimeter areas the following items can be placed:  headboard for bed, night tables, desks, or dressers.   If a cupola is installed, a loft of 162 sq.ft. can be built.

If you want to look at only plans with a bedroom on the first floor that can be utilized as master bedroom, we have added the words master 1st floor with that plan name.  The 48′ dome can be built without a second floor.

60′ Dome – 18.46 Meter Dome – Warehouse Or Garage Structure NOT for a home.

All plans for the 60′ dome warehouse or garage are custom plans.  This large dome can have 2,552 sq.ft. on the first floor.   Email for floor planner and elevation view.

Garage Domes w’ Second Floor Studio Apartments

Garage Dome Stock Floor Plans

To increase light in the dome, max out second floor window and door dormers instead of installing skylight panels. For more info scroll down the page for an explanation why Ai  no longer manufactures skylight panels.  To view chart listing square feet & specs by dome size, click on Specs.  On the second page of this article is a summary of square footage by dome size & other info.

About Riser Height (before the triangle panels are installed, rectangle panels called risers are installed). The standard riser height in the dome kit is four feet.  The following describes when the riser can be five feet tall or when an additional two foot custom riser can be installed above the standard four foot riser to increase first floor ceiling heights in rooms where a second floor is installed.

  1. Due to the small size of the 15′ & 18′ tiny homes, the kit pricing includes standard four foot tall risers and additional two foot risers to cause more first floor height for kitchen and shower placement along exterior walls.
  2. The 22′ & 27′ domes can have a custom five foot tall riser panel instead of the four foot standard riser panel & taller entryway base panels.  This results in first floor ceiling height in rooms that have loft or second floor over them of eight feet six inches.
  3. 30, 34′, 36′, 40′, 45′ & 48′ domes can have a taller entryway base panels & custom two foot tall riser panel installed above the standard four foot riser panel. This results in first floor ceiling height in rooms that have second floor over them of nine feet six inches to ten feet tall.
  4. Five foot risers for the larger 30 thru 48′ dome sizes do not fit on the semi-truck, as a result a two foot custom riser can be ordered to increase first floor ceiling height when a second floor is built over the first floor.

In first floor areas where there is no second floor built, there are high vaulted ceilings. Dashed lines on the stock plans show which first floor areas are open to the top of the dome producing high vaulted ceilings.

What does max square feet mean on each of the stock plans?  The second floor square footage is calculated to five feet of perimeter height.

What does max square feet mean on the planners and the elevation views? The max. square feet shown on the planners and elevation views means the entire second floor is built with no high vaulted ceiling over any of the first floor area except for an open area over the stairs. The stairs have a two step platform. The second floor of the 27′, 34′, 36′, 40′, 45′ & 48′ domes show five second floor dormers with each dormer adding around 9-10 sq.ft. to the second floor square footage. The second floor square footage is calculated to five feet of perimeter height.

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Summaries By Dome Diameter