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40’ Aidome built in Florida  – Building Kit was shipped in 2002

Direct Quote from dome owner:  Suzette has owned her 40’ Ai dome for more than 15 years. Back in 2016, she considered selling her home to be closer to family.  A purchaser was obtained, but Suzette backed out!    She didn’t want to leave her home. She loves her Ai Dome home!

Below are her floor plan layouts showing 40′ Ai concrete Dome Home of 1,630 sq.ft. with 1,150 on the first floor and 480 sq.ft. on the second floor.  The first floor has Master bedroom of 209 sq.ft. with walk in closet and master bath with Living room of 242 sq.ft.; dining room of 127 sq.ft. and kitchen of 152 sq.ft. 

Second floor has second bedroom of 112 sq.ft, bath and 216 sq.ft. study. 



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See is the latest article published on Aug 22, 2017 by Florida Today here:  FLORIDA TODAY: DOME SWEET DOME

Below the Aug 2 article we have copied the words of the Aug 22 article and will add the full article soon.


Written by Jessica Saggio, FLORIDA TODAY and Published Aug. 2, 2017. Also this video and article can be viewed on FaceBook.  Below is the actual article and because the print is small, below the article we have copied the words in a larger font.

The Schoonovers built their geodesic home in Canaveral Groves in 1992. Watch the progress of its construction. The house is now for sale as the couple reaches retirement and looks to move out west. Video by Jessica Saggio and Tim Shortt Wochit


There’s no place like dome.

That’s the sentiment Terry and Ramona Schoonover echoed when talking about their unique geodesic dome house in Canaveral Groves.

It’s an unexpected sight among sprawling acres of wooded land in the semi-rural neighborhood just outside Cocoa. Three white bubbles peek through the trees, revealing what looks like something you’d read about in a Sci-Fi novel.

It’s a home they built themselves in 1992 from a kit. Yes, a kit, with pieces and instructions from Rockledge-based dome manufacturer American Ingenuity.

Terry flipped page by page through a photo album showing the building process, something he accomplished over a 9-month span with just the help of a friend, a few contractors and a lot of geometry. He beamed, telling stories of positioning panels to create his home, a structure that looks like three miniature versions of the Epcot ball.

And perhaps that’s what makes it difficult to leave behind. The couple listed the house for sale last week.

“At first I hated it,” said Ramona of the house, recalling that initially she was skeptical she’d be living in some kind of conservatory. “But I’ll miss this house. I got to love it.”

The couple is reaching retirement and has plans to move out west to New Mexico, said Ramona, whose love of the desert is apparent in her southwestern decor.

What they have to offer is truly unique, said Joel Rhodes, a real estate agent with the Jason Shinpaugh Team. The home is listed for $219,900 and features three bedrooms and two bathrooms, spread over 1,765 square feet. The largest dome is the main living quarters, which connects to another dome, a two-car garage. A third dome sits adjacent to the structure and serves as a workshop.

There’s already been a lot of interest in the home in just the few days it’s been listed, said Rhodes.

Skylights and tall ceilings greet guests when they enter the home, which is light and airy inside despite its hard concrete exterior. Furniture conforms with the circular design, something the Schoonovers admitted might be a bit of a challenge, depending on taste.

“People might think you’re a little limited, but you can do a few things,” said Ramona.

The downstairs features two bedrooms, a great room, a dining area and a kitchen, which connects to a laundry room and the garage. The upstairs includes a master bedroom, a walk-in closet and a master bath. A custom-made boat ladder-style staircase leads to the second floor.

Sounds echo throughout the house, as the round shape also makes for unique acoustics. You can whisper downstairs and still hear what’s said in the loft master bedroom, the couple explained, but “it’s a really good energy,” said Ramona.


But perhaps one the best selling points, the couple added, is the home’s safety features. Terry explained that the geodesic home is built to endure up to 225 mph winds, and is energy efficient. The couple said they have not paid more than an $80 electric bill since living in the home.

“We’ve never had to evacuate (during a hurricane),” said Terry. “And we’ve never had any hurricane damage.”

It’s one of 50 dome houses in Brevard County, said Glenda Busick, owner of American Ingenuity. The company keeps a log of all the kits it sells. American Ingenuity, also known as Ai Domes, debuted with its design and kits in 1976, and made the cover of Popular Science in March 1987. Terry said it was this magazine cover that inspired him to build the house.

Domes come in multiple sizes and floor plans, and diameter sizes range from 15 feet to 48 feet.

The company calls its domes “the building design of the future available today.” American Ingenuity touts that the houses can withstand F4 tornadoes and the design reduces the impact of falling trees. During Hurricane Andrew, the domes were put to the test.

“On Key Largo, just 20 miles south of the eye of the storm, an Ai 40′ dome faced the brunt of the storm,” the company’s website states. “Built on pilings near the Atlantic Ocean, it was exposed to relentless high winds and driving rain. Unlike houses and commercial buildings in the surrounding area, it sustained absolutely no damage.”

The company is headquartered on Holiday Springs Road in Rockledge.

As for the Schoonovers, this will likely be their last dome house. The two already inquired about building a dome on their new property in New Mexico, but were denied.

“It’s going to be weird going to a regular house,” said Ramona


Dome sweet dome: Would you live in a dome home?

Maria Sonnenberg, For FLORIDA TODAY Published 1:12 p.m. ET Aug. 22, 2017 |

Rockledge company sells dome home kits for do-it-yourselfers

Pay attention to Buckminster Fuller and forget the square or rectangle when building a house, and instead go for a geodesic dome.

The forward-thinking Fuller, responsible for giving the name geodesic to the polyhedral dome, championed the dome as the perfect structure for its strength and efficiency. This ideal building form is being created daily in — drum roll, please — Rockledge, home to American Ingenuity, aka Aidomes, builder of dome home kits that are shipped around the world.

Ai founder Michael Busick launched his company in Brevard in 1976. Instead of wood and shingles, which can rot and tear off, concrete, galvanized and expanded polysterene were Busick’s materials of choice for his domes. He was granted a patent for prefab panels that make construction easier than stick-built and can be easily organized into kits that can be assembled by proficient do-it-yourselfers.

You need not sacrifice space with domes. Interior footage with Aidomes ranges from 172-square-feet mini-domes to 2,992-square-foot residences that share the dome’s inherent durability. The Rockledge company’s domes have been erected in 47 states and 15 foreign countries.

“As an architectural form, the dome is one of the strongest built by man,” said Glenda Carlin-Busick, vice president and plans coordinator for American Ingenuity. “The partial sphere (that is a dome) is an aerodynamic shape that is very stable in high winds and can withstand heavy snow loads. Domes greatly exceed the structural requirements of the major building codes in the United States.”

Th Ai domes carry a 225 mph and F4 tornado guarantee and are super energy-efficient.

“Our domes have 30 percent less exterior surface than box-shaped houses and have R28 insulation on the prefab panels with no wood to interrupt the insulation,” Busick.

She noted the electric bill for the company’s 3,700-square foot office of two attached domes averages $72 when the place is kept at 74 degrees during the peak of summer.

The houses are solid as a rock, perfect for whatever Florida weather can throw at it. The concrete construction, reinforced with galvanized mesh and fibers, has no rooftop to blow off in high winds.

One of Ai’s domes went through Hurricane Andrew and a tornado at the same time with no structural damage when the rest of the neighborhood was destroyed,” Busick said.

Builder Ray Vince hopes to tap onto the dome’s excellent efficiency in the community of homes he has planned for Titusville.

The Schoonovers built their geodesic home in Canaveral Groves in 1992. Watch the progress of its construction. The house is now for sale as the couple reaches retirement and looks to move out west.

Video by Jessica Saggio and Tim Shortt Wochit

“I had originally thought of going with conventional prefab homes until I discovered that Ai was in Rockledge,” Vince said.

Vince hopes to start his project, aimed to further energize Titusville’s housing market, with a two bedroom/one bath 27-foot dome home that is linked to a 12-foot dome hosting solar panel battery storage.

Throwback:  Unusual homes in Brevard: Dome home

“It will be a super dome home,” said Vince, who is searching for a large parcel of land to build a community of dome homes in North Brevard.

With a price tag of around $160,000, Vince’s dome home is affordable, secure and efficient housing that won’t cost much to maintain.

“He wants to build the dome to be as close to off the grid as possible,” Busick said.

Although structurally very different than traditional houses, domes nevertheless are very cozy inside and are naturals for the open floor plan favored by today’s homeowners.

“Geodesic dome construction translates into a highly comfortable and livable building that has a maximum of floor area enclosed by a minimum of materials,” Busick said. “The building concept of a dome expands the range of simple and economic building options.”

Malcolm and Eva Jewell live in an Aidome on Pineapple Ave. in the Eau Gallie Arts District. The Jewells were not looking for a dome particularly, but the house’s location and its river views sealed the deal. The energy efficiency and strength were just nice bonuses.

More:  This dome home’s for sale. Interested?

“I had known about dome houses and I knew they were very good with hurricanes and wind,” Malcolm Jewell said.

The house is a 34-foot diameter two bedroom/two bath Aidome with 1,171 square feet on two levels. It connected to a 22-foot diameter dome that serves as a one-car garage dome with attic storage.

Settling into dome living for Jewell was a cinch.

“It was surprisingly easy,” she said. “The furniture fits very well.”

About the only drawback in dome living for Jewell is hanging pictures on the outside walls, since their concrete construction makes driving nails something of a bear.

With substantial increases in the cost of construction and energy, dome kits provide significant cost-savings, so expect more to pop up along the Space Coast.

“In the past decade, many people have discovered that the dome design offers a viable solution,” Busick said.

It looks cool, too.

For more on domes, visit aidomes.com.


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:

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.

Oregon Dome Interior Construction pictures of Willis Concrete dome.

This dome was owner built.

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Davy Dome 1

The following contains New Mexico Davy 22ft Pics, Texas 22ft Pics

& info about Tiny Homes.

New Mexico Three 22′ Aidome Pics
Floor Plan below is in PDF format.  Open by clicking on the PDF below
or download to your computer by right clicking and saving to your computer.

(your browser may allow you to rotate the picture
by right clicking in the picture after it’s open and selecting rotate)


Texas Two – 22ft Aidome Assembly Pics

371 sq.ft. first floor – One Bedroom One Bath with 78 sq.ft. attic.

Floor Plan below is in PDF format.  Open by clicking on the PDF below
or download to your computer by right clicking and saving to your computer



Alford Floor Plan

Alford Elevation Plan

Alford Nomenclature Plan

Tiny Home Kits

American Ingenuity has six sizes of dome kits that can be considered Tiny Homes – 15′, 18′, 22′, 27′, 30′ and 34′. From 172 sq.ft. to 1,278 sq.ft.  To view stock plans for each of these Tiny Homes, click on Stock Plans. To view regular and sale pricing on the concrete dome kits, click on Reg – Sale Tiny Kits.   Please call us at 321-639-8777 – Monday -Friday 9-5 eastern time.  We are happy to answer your questions.


American Ingenuity is happy to have a detailed Dome Video giving information
about Ai’s prefabricated  component panel system.  To view twenty five photo galleries showing Aidomes finished or under construction, click on 25 Photo Galleries.  Or to view a photo gallery showing assembly of Aidome prefab panels, click on Ai Panel Assembly.

The dome kit can be a Do It Yourself project built by owner builders
or hire a contractor that hires the independent Kit Assembly Consultant
to supervise the kit assembly.  To view video, click arrow in the middle.



This article covers Dome Overview Glenda Giving Narrative
& Inside Edition TV segment that aired on the American Ingenuity concrete dome.

1st Video is on the 22ft Dome Kit.


2nd Video

Inside Edition Report on an American Ingenuity (Ai)concrete dome dome that went through a hurricane Andrew.
Excellent explanation on how concrete dome homes are perfect for
bad weather conditions like hurricanes and tornadoes.

Due to the dome’s prefabricated panel, the kit can be owner built or built by a contractor. Either the owner builder or the contractor can hire the Kit Assembly Consultant to supervise kit assembly.


The following covers Video Radio Interview of Glenda answering questions about the Ai dome.  To view photos of beautiful Oklahoma domes, click on tornado alley.  To view beautiful dome built in Connecticut, click on Owner Built dome. On the left hand side of our home page are fourteen menu items showing dome photos.


To view a video Ai Dome Overview please click on Overview.  The American Ingenuity prefab concrete dome kit can be assembled by Owner Builders or hire a Contractor. Either the owner builder or the contractor can hire the independent Kit Assembly Consultant to supervise kit assembly.  To view special discount on the dome kit, click on Discount.


Please view the following YouTube Videos of American Ingenuity domes:

a.    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wslB1TQ2nUE (Aidome in Oregon)

b.    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5eYk2C0LL1k (Aidome in New York)

c.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=-fclAEdkpnw  (Various photos and Ai panel manufacturing)

d. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=8&v=cdoxeedOwRo (Interview w’ Glenda Busick & 22′ kit assembly)

e.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=7&v=fo9e4m1FfR4  (Aidome in Albuquerque New Mexico)



The following is video CNBC interview on the American Ingenuity Concrete Dome Home Kit.  To view the video, please click on the center triangle.  To view stock plan layouts on each of the ten dome kit sizes, click on Stock Plans.