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How are Kitchen Cabinets, Pictures & TV’s Hung on Aidome shell walls?

First of all consider installing entryways and instead of installing exterior doors and windows within the vertical wall built under the entryway panels, install the wall and finish it and hang pictures or a TV or place furniture or install your kitchen cabinets with window above the sink, etc. 

Or second: build a vertical wall against the dome prefab walls to hang cabinets, pictures, TV, etc. This way you have the strength, energy efficiency of the Aidome with prefab panels which contain no wood to rot, or to burn or for termites to eat.  The exterior is fire resistant concrete.  Below the photo galleries is a description of how to build the framed wall against the dome shell. 

 

Below are three Photo Galleries

showing how Kitchens & various rooms are designed in the Aidome

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This first photo gallery below consists of photos within Ai 40′ and 45′ Aidomes 

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This second photo gallery below consists of photos within Ai 40′, 45′ & 48′ domes.

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This third photo gallery below consists of photos within Ai 34′ and 36′ domes.

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Two ways to have vertical framed walls around the perimeter of the Aidome

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

Also here is way to have a taller riser wall around the perimeter of the dome which results in 6’ perimeter wall and ten foot tall ceiling height in the first floor rooms which have a second floor installed above.  At no extra cost, four foot vertical riser prefab panels are shipped with the triangle panels in the dome building kit.  This allows for more vertical space around the perimeter of the dome before the dome starts to slope inWe also offer an optional two foot additional riser which is installed on top of the 4’ riser to create a 6’ vertical area around the base of the dome giving you a six foot vertical wall to place furniture against, install a TV, etc.   

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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36′ Aidome in South Dakota 

 

 

36′ in diameter Aidome which is designed to have three bedrooms and two and 1/2 baths. 

First floor has 931 sq.ft.  Second floor has 383 sq.ft. for total square feet of 1,314.

Typically a 36′ dome is designed with two bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths which allows room sizes to be larger. 

To view stock plans for the 36′ dome, please click on Stock Plans & scroll down the page to find the 36′ plans. 

 

34ft St. Croix Aidome hit by Two Category 5 Hurricanes & No Damage

Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria – 185 mph winds

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that went thru Hurricane Irma’s 200 mph winds with no damage

To view photos of Aidomes that have gone through Hurricane Andrew, Katrina, Harvey, etc. click on Strong Aidomes.

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An Aidome owner in St Croix, US Virgin Islands, has emailed, called and sent pictures of their 34’ Aidome with 1,100 sq.ft. – two bedrooms & two baths.  Liz wrote: “I live in an Aidome on St Croix, USVI and in September was hit by not one, but 2 horrific hurricanes, Irma and Maria.  Let me tell you I was so happy to be in a dome with no roof to lift.  Maria hit St Croix with 185 MPH winds!!   The only damage at all was to our solar whole house fan on top of house.” 

She also called and told us: “Within 12 days we went through two category 5 hurricanes (Irma and Maria) where the area was destroyed.  The hurricanes took out our hospitals, airports and schools.  The Aidome stood strong and suffered no damage with only the solar fan broken.  Also she said they had mini tornadoes which blew their storage sheds apart.  

Her husband is a Purple Heart Vietnam War Veteran who said the area looked like a war zone. 

To read a summary of why build a geodesic dome versus a box shaped conventional house, click on Why?

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34ft in diameter Aidome In British Virgin Islands

Went through Hurricane Irma’s 200 mph winds with no damage to the dome. 

The Aidome shown at bottom of this data was built in the British Virgin Islands & in 2017 withstood Hurricane Irma’s 200 mph winds with no damage. 

Also shown below is photo of an Aidome in St. Croix US Virgin Islands which withstood two category five hurricanes (Irma and Maria) in 2017 with no damage to the dome. 

The strongest and most efficient shapes are spherical in nature. The spherical shape allows for enclosing the greatest volume with the least amount of surface area.  The design of diatoms, honeycombs, and molecular structures of nature often utilize this energy efficient shape which is also a structurally sound configuration.

The geodesic dome is a copy of a structure called a Fullerite or Bucky ball, a small geodesic shaped carbon molecule, which exists in nature.  Most organic compounds form complex geometric shapes in relation to the strongest chemical bonds, examples would be pentane and hexane molecules.  The geodesic dome also utilizes  pentagon (five triangles make a pentagon configuration) and hexagon configurations (six triangles make a hexagon configuration)  

The bases for the geodesic shape comes from early attempts to understand pi.  Triangles were truncated in circles and spheres.  Ratios were then developed in regards to the actual geometry used.  The Triangulation’s in the sphere can also be seen in certain structures utilizing a truss1Trusses are composed of triangles (simplest, strongest, most efficient building shape). Trusses make up most roof structures.  Trusses may also be seen at work in exotic structures such as suspension bridges, the Eiffel tower, radio towers, space stations, geodesic domes, and even oil rig platforms2.  

The geodesic dome is a series of interlocking arches that make the structure very strong by utilizing compressive strength3By using cement and steel reinforcement the dome can develop multidirectional load carrying capacity4.     Basing his planetarium design on the ratio of the thickness of an egg shell to its diameter,  Dr. Walter Bauersfeld built the world’s first lightweight thin shell concrete dome.  He also produced the first dome comprised of geometric shapes which are now referred to as a geodesic dome – dome made from triangle shapes. The Zeiss I planetarium in Jena is also considered the first geodesic dome derived from the icosahedron, more than 20 years before Buckminster Fuller reinvented and popularized this design.   Buckminster Fuller advanced the dome concept more than anyone and is known for giving the name “geodesic” to this type of polyhedral dome.

In 1976, Michael Busick, the founder of American Ingenuity, applied the polyhedral “geodesic” construction principal, in combination with the thin shell steel reinforced concrete technique and the use of expanded bead polystyrene (EPS) rigid foam insulation to advance the geodesic dome design even further.  For the first time a concrete dome could be built economically from a kit of prefabricated component panels.  Because the EPS is rigid, it is the center core of the panel where steel reinforced fiber concrete is applied to its exterior and 1/2″ Georgia Pacific DensArmor drywall is applied to its interior to make a “sandwich panel”. Because the EPS can be cut with a hot wire, a triangle shape can be formed that has a precise angle cut so adjacent triangles fit flush against each other.  The geodesic dome design also exceeds all conventional housing in strength, energy efficiency and durability.

The dome is often lectured about in classical architecture schools from around the world for its unique ability to take a compressive load. The triangles compress against each other resulting in a free span dome needing no interior load bearing posts to support the dome panels.

The sphere is a very unique structure and often inspires people with the simplicity of nature, most efficient shape and the complexity of the structure.   Domes have been around for thousands of years and they have survived earthquakes, hurricanes, nuclear blasts, and time.

The domes hold a unique place in the worlds architectural heritage.   As a country evolved in the world, one way to prove their status-quo was with architecture. The mastery of the mathematics necessary to build domes proved to visitors the countries technological advances.  Listed below are just a few domes people tend to recognize: The Taj Mahal (Agra), The Basilica of St Peter (Rome), The Capital Building Rotunda (DC), The Baptistery (Pisa), St. Sophia’s (Istanbul), Les Invalides (Paris), The Temple of Borobudur (Java), and The Pantheon (Rome)

Geodesic domes as a residence can provide super energy efficiency and protection from nature’s strongest forces.  One of the most powerful earthquakes to hit the Yucca Valley, California in 40 years, registered 7.4 on the Richter scale. The Yucca valley quake was nearly ten times more powerful than the Loma Preito quake which killed 60 people and was over 60 miles from the epicenter.  The only home left standing undamaged within 12,000 feet of the epicenter of the Yucca Valley Quake was a dome5.   Hurricanes have been known to cause massive structural damage due to high winds.  Andrew a Category 4 hurricane destroyed billions of dollars of property.  However, the domes that faced the north eye wall of the storm survived the 200 mph plus winds were virtually unscathed when compared to the neighbors’ homes6

Examples of Aidome’s strength:

  1. An Aidome in Homestead Florida withstood Hurricane Andrew and a tornado with no structural damage. Only minor damage occurred where a two wide steel horse trailer was slammed on the dome.   
  2. An Aidome withstood Hurricane Katrina with no damage. 
  3. An Aidome shown below withstood Hurricane Irma’s 200 mph winds with no damage. 
  4. An Aidome withstood the impact of a 30″ in diameter hickory tree with no damage. 

Domes do not develop resonance in the structures like conventional homes 7.

One of only a hand full of structures left intact at ground zero after the first nuclear bomb was dropped on the city of Hiroshima, Japan was the dome structure atop the capital building it stands today as monument, a calamitous testament.

The dome lends the structure to being the most energy efficient structure on the housing market today8.   Not many conventional houses today can match the strength or energy savings just by their shape.  As we advance the requirements of the housing industry will shift towards energy efficiency and durability 9

 References:

  1. Helper, D.E. , Helper D.J., and Wallach P. Architecture Drafting and Design (New York:  Mc Graw-Hill, 1991).
  2. Helper, D.E. , Helper D.J., and Wallach P. Architecture Drafting and Design (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1991).
  3. Catanease, A. and Snyder, J. Introduction to Architecture (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1979).
  4. Cowan, H.J. Architectural Structures: An introduction to Structural Mechanics (New York: American Elsevier Publishing Co. 1971).
  5. Tyler, C. Hurricane and Earthquake Resistant Housing (Dome, Wheat Ridge CO. Vol. 6 #1 Haflin Publishing 1993).
  6. Tyler, C. Hurricane and Earthquake Resistant Housing (Dome, Wheat Ridge CO. Vol. 6  #1 Haflin Publishing 1993).
  7. Salvadori, M and Levy, M Structural Design in Architecture (Englewood Cliffs NJ. Prentice Hall 1967).
  8. Wright, D. Natural Solar Architecture (New York Van Nostrand Rienbold CO. 1978).
  9. EIA 2000 Annual Energy Outlook 2001 With Projections to 2020 Office of Integrated Analysis and Forecasting December (DOE/EIA-0383(2001)

Above is the 34ft dome in British Virgin Islands which withstood Hurricane Irma’s 200 mph winds with no damage.

 

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Above is 34ft Aidome which withstood two category five hurricanes,

Irma and Maria with no damage to the dome. 

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 builder American Ingenuity makes kits for dome homes, a quirky alternative to a traditional square- or rectangle-shaped house.

Pay attention to Buckminster Fuller and forget the square or rectangle when building a house, and instead go for a geodesic dome.  To view article, click on Florida Today 8.22.17 Story about Aidomes

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.

 

 

40′ Assembled Aidome in Trinidad: when finished w’ local materials is three bedroom/two bath.

Ai has had inquires asking if we can make our dome kits using hempcrete. Although hempcrete is a lightweight material (that many people confuse with concrete), it is not a structural component, it is an insulating component. It cannot hold the weight needed to support even a traditional building on its own. As opposed to our panels which provide structural support, prefinished concrete exterior, insulation, and interior ½” drywall finish for the shell of the home.

The following is a statement from American Lime Technology:

It is not used as a structural element, only as insulating infill between the frame members though it does tend to reduce racking (The movement of structural elements out of level or plumb by forces such as stress, wind, or material shrinkage or expansion.). All loads are carried by internal framing.”  

 Once all the panels of the kit are assembled, the Ai dome is self-supporting.  There is no wood to interrupt our insulation. And no internal framing is needed to support our dome.   

 Users of Hemp Crete need to apply to the hempcrete wall an exterior coating -plus a finish to the coating, interior ½” drywall and an insulated roof.  The material is finished on the outside with a hard render coating about 20mm (1”) thick to protect it with a final colored topcoat finish added.”  (needs to be a lime-based coating, which is expensive and hard to find).  To achieve an R-Value of 23 (Ai’s insulation is R-28) you would need 12″ thick walls. So, a home built with hempcrete would have 13″ walls (after coating and prior to drywall), have a frame (wood or steel) structure that would interrupt your insulation.  And you still need to install a roof and insulate the roofline of the home.

Ai’s dome kits come with 80% of your exterior (3/4” prefinished concrete reinforced with galvanized steel mesh and fibers), 95% of your insulation (entryways and window/doors openings only, will need to be insulated), as well as ½” special Georgia Pacific DensArmor drywall that meets international building code. Once erected, you need only prime the concrete and then paint the exterior concrete with elastomeric house paint.

Although hempcrete is durable, and can withstand high winds (174 mph), you would still have a roof that could blow off and needs replacement.  Our domes have no roofline to blow off or needs replacement, and can withstand 225 mph winds!

Hempcrete needs to be imported, it is not produced in the United States (due to federal regulations). In addition, the estimate to build a home (not a commercial structure) with hempcrete was over $225 per square foot (in 2012) not including finishing the interior (i.e. cabinetry, plumbing, electric, appliances etc.). That is over $350,000 even before you start working on the inside of your home. A 1,532-sq. ft. hempcrete home erected in 2014 cost $65,000 for the hempcrete alone, this did not include the cost of framing, interior drywall, or exterior coating.

In comparison, a 40’ Aidome building kit that is comparable in size has an estimated cost of $44,879 and includes insulation, drywall (for shell) and our durable galvanized steel mesh concrete exterior (which you paint with standard elastomeric house paint). The cost to build one of our structures is comparable to a traditional home. As an example the estimate construct a dome with the same square footage in Central Florida would be $200,000.  

 

22′ Aidome Kit Being Assembled – when finished with local materials

is a Tiny Home of 370 sq.ft. – one bedroom/one bath.  Ai has ten size kits from 172 sq.ft. to 3,000 sq.ft.

There are three photo galleries in this article:

Florida 48ft & 40ft Aidomes, Texas 48ft w’ 34ft Garage Dome & New Mexico 48ft w’ 34′ Garage Dome.

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The home dome is a 48 foot in diameter dome,  Its first floor was designed to have two bedrooms, two baths, living room, family room, dining room and kitchen linked to a 40′ garage dome.  The 48′ dome’s first floor is 1,905 sq.ft. and second floor of 830 for total of 2,735 sq.ft.   The Home Dome has a second floor which includes master bedroom, master bath with two walk in closets and a study.

Ai has stock floor plan layouts for each of the ten size building kits we manufacture.  To view the stock plans click on Plans.  If you do not see a plan to fit your lifestyle, Ai can modify a stock plan or design a custom plan from your sketches and descriptions.  We are happy to explain the floor plan design process with you.  Besides designing the plans which are utilized to obtain a building permit, Ai manufactures the kits from prefab panels which when assembled result in the exterior walls and roof of the concrete dome.

The kit can be owner built or hire a local contractor to assemble the panels and finish the dome with local materials.  The independent kit assembly consultant can be hired to supervise your workers or your contractors workers for kit assembly.  Then yourself or local conventional subcontractors finish the dome; i.e. framers, plumbers, electricians, drywall finishers, etc.

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Texas 48ft Aidome linked to 34’ Garage Dome

These domes went through Hurricane Ike’s 143 mph winds and Hurricane Harvey with no damage.

The homeowner states: “Our domes had no damage although we had significant tree damage on our one acre lot.  We slept through Hurricane Ike and only the next day realized how violent the hurricane had been.  Whole communities two miles away in the Galveston Bay area  were destroyed.  Our neighbors could not believe that we slept through the storm….they told us that they had been up all night due to the violent winds and noise. We did not have to replace or repair our roof. YEA!  Many of our neighbors have spent the last several months replacing their roofs.   Because of the aerodynamic shape of the dome, its steel reinforced concrete construction and its thick insulation, the hurricane sounds were not absorbed through the walls of the dome and our domes had no damage.  We are really glad that we built our domes back in 1991.”

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New Mexico 48ft Aidome linked to 34′ Garage Dome

These domes were built in 1995.  Sorry no plan layouts.  The home dome has around 3,100 sq.ft. with 1,300 in the garage dome. The link is about 15′ by 20′.  Second floor has three large bedrooms and two full baths.

To view a YouTube Video of the dome when it was for sale, click on New Mexico Dome.  To view stock plan layouts for a 48′ dome, please click on Stock Plans and scroll down the page to find the 48′ plans to view. 

Jamaica 45ft & 34ft Aidomes in Runaway Bay.

Robert Stephens purchased the two Aidomes after the building kits were assembled.  He and his crew beautifully finished the exterior and interior.  The domes will be presented for short term vacation rental and small functions such as intimate weddings with max 80 guests.  To view their website explaining how to rent the dome, click on Runaway Bay Aidomes.

The floor plan layouts below were the original design; however the plans have been modified.   A 45′ dome can be designed with three to four bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths.  A 34′ dome can be a garage dome or a two bedroom two bath home.

The Dome building kits are shipped in containers from American Ingenuity’s factory in Rockledge Florida.  One 34′ dome can fit in one 40′ high cube container. One 45′ kit can fit in one 45′ high cube container and one 20′ container.  To obtain shipping quotes, email the receiving port name and Ai will contact a freight forwarder and obtain a shipping quote.  Email address is GlendaB.aidomes@gmail.com

At no cost to you, if you give your property address and building department name,  Ai will call the building department, email them a sample set of plans and find out what is required for them to issue a building permit on the dome.

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Colorado 40′ w’ 34′ Aidomes will withstand Colorado’s 90 lb psf snow load and 110 mph winds.

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This dome home was owner built. The exterior is finished with interior finishing occurring as we post this article. As we receive interior finishing pictures we will update this gallery.

The home is three bedroom 2 baths with half bath in the link. The 40′ dome has 1,140 sq.ft. on the first floor and 567 on the second floor for a total of 1,707 sq.ft. The link has 151 sq.ft. The 34′ garage dome is 827 sq.ft. on the first floor with a possible future second floor of 428 for a total sq.ft. of 1,255. The master bedroom and master bath are on the first floor with two bedrooms and bath on the second floor.

Due to the three foot frost line, a three foot stem wall was built from Fox Block to get the footer below the frost line.