The following info covers American Ingenuity’s Garage Domes which have R28 insulation. The 27′, 30′, 34′, 36′ & 40 domes can be designed as a garage on the first floor with a second floor studio above. If the entire second floor is built within a 27′, 34′ or 36′ or 40′ dome, the second floor could be designed for a studio apartment with one bedroom, one bath & kitchenette. Due to the load of the second floor there could be a post in the center of the first floor if microlam beams are not designed to carry the second floor load. The 40′ dome’s second floor is large enough to have two bedrooms and one full bath with kitchenette.
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American Ingenuity’s 22’ & 27’ domes were specifically designed for garages. The 22′ is a one car garage dome with 9′ wide garage door. The 27′ is a two medium car garage with 16′ wide garage door. 27′ dome can have a second floor for a one bedroom, one bath studio apartment. These garage domes are two-frequency icosahedron geometry whereas the domes (30′, 34′, 36′, 40′, 45′ & 48′) are three-frequency icosahedron geometry. The two frequency geometry differs from our other domes in that the 22′ & 27′ utilize fewer but larger panels. For Ai to assure that the vehicle(s) you desire to park in your garage dome will fit, please give us your vehicle length, width, height and hood height. At no cost to you, our design team will provide a plan proof showing the vehicle sizes and whether they will fit or not.
Due to the size of the 22′ – 40′ domes three risers can be removed instead of two in order to have a wider entryway. Due to the large size of the 45′ & 48′ dome only two risers can be removed for an entryway. Because the 22′ & 27′ have fewer but larger panels than the three frequency domes, their risers are wider resulting in the 22′ dome accepting a 9′ wide garage door. The 27′ dome can have a 16′ wide garage door. Previously a 34’ dome was needed to pull two small to medium cars in side by side. Now there can be a two-car garage in a 27’ dome, which is more cost effective. Either of these garage domes can be connected to another dome via a link that is one riser panel wide or the garage dome can be built independently from the house dome.
Garage Entryways take the place of three riser panels whereas standard and high profile entryways replace two risers. The 45′ & 48′ dome cannot have garage entryways due to their large size.
The 22′ and 27′ Garage Entryway panels are larger in size than the other dome entryways and are not preconcreted. The 22′ and 27′ entryway panels consist of 3 1/2″ EPS as the rigid form with no steel mesh or concrete applied. The dome buyer can purchase galvanized steel mesh from Ai and at no cost Ai will affix the mesh to the 22′ or 27′ garage entryway panels. On site fiber concrete is mixed and hand troweled to all sides of the entryway panels after their installation.
An Ai dome building kit includes all the panels for the dome shell and includes the panels for one entryway. Each floor plan varies as to the number of entryways and dormers. As a result the kit pricing only reflects the type and number of entryways and dormers that you chose to have in your floor plan. The following Plan’s Price does not include an engineer seal, structural calculations or energy report. If those items are required by your building department they can be purchased from Ai for a reasonable fee.
To view Discount on the building plans and the kit with one entryway, please click on Sale. To view stock plans for these Garage Kits and stock floor plan layouts for dome homes for each of the ten dome kit sizes, click on Stock Plans. To view Sale Pricing on the Building Plans and the Dome Kit for each plan, click on Plans and Kit Sale Pricing.
|Stock Dome Plan Name
Second floor can be built in 27′, 30′, 34′, 36′ & 40′
|Building Options||Plans Price without sale discount||Kit with Option Price without sale discount R28 insulation
|22 Gamma 1 Garage||
1 Entryway, one 1st Floor Door Dormer
|27 Gamma 1 Garage||
1 Entryway, one 1st Floor Door Dormer
|30 Gamma 1 Garage||
1 Entryway, one 1st Floor Door Dormer
|34 Gamma 1 Garage||
2 Entryways, three 2nd Floor Window Dormers
GARAGE DOME, 22’: has 370 sq.ft. on the first floor and is designed for a one-car garage. A 9’ wide x 7′ tall garage door can fit in the garage entryway. There can be a loft area for storage. The loft area cannot have any window or door dormers. A link connected to a 22′ dome is about 5.5 feet to 6 feet wide with a standard length of five feet.
Garage Dome, 27’: has 555 sq.ft. on the first floor sq.ft. and is designed for a two medium car garage. It can have a 16’ wide garage door in the garage entryway. The second floor center height is 8′ 4″ sloping down to five feet to equal 231 sq.ft. on the second floor. The second floor can have window dormers but no door dormers. The second floor can have fire egress window; therefore the second floor can have a bedroom. A link connected to a 27′ dome is about 6.75 feet wide with a standard length of five feet.
Garage Dome, 30’: has 638 sq.ft. on the first floor and is designed for two small cars with the cars pulling in one at a time and each car parking on a diagonal. The 30’ garage door is 12’ wide. The second floor center height is 7’4″ sloping down to five feet to equal 13 sq.ft. on the second floor. Due to small size of dome’s second floor panels the second floor cannot have window or door dormers. Therefore no bedroom can be designed on the 30′ second floor.
Garage Dome, 34’: has 846 sq.ft. on the first floor and is designed for a two-car garage with the garage door being 14’ wide. The second floor center height is 9’5″ sloping down to five feet of head room to equal 427 sq.ft. on the second floor. The second floor can have window dormers & door dormers. If balcony desired the door size is 2′ x 6′ tall with this door being custom cut on site. The second floor can have a bedroom and bath. For fire egress second floor window a second floor door dormer has to be installed above a standard entryway. Instead of installing a door install fire egress size casement window.
Garage Dome, 36′: has 940 sq.ft. on first floor and is designed for a two-car garage with the garage door being 14′ wide. The second floor center height is 10′ 4″ sloping down to five feet to equal 470 sq.ft. on the second floor. The second floor can have window dormers & door dormers. If balcony desired the door size is 2’x6’8″ and is custom ordered. The second floor can have fire egress size window & is large enough to have a bedroom with bath.
Garage Dome, 40′: has 1,160 sq.ft. on the first floor and can be designed for a three to four car garage depending on the vehicle sizes. It would require two garage doors, each could be 16′ wide. Each set of two cars would share one garage door. The second floor center height is 10’4″ sloping down to five feet to equal 667 sq.ft. on the second floor. The second floor can have fire egress windows and door dormers. The second floor is large enough to contain two bedrooms and one bath.
Q: What is the tallest and widest garage door you can have and in what size dome?
A: Current designs allow for a 16′ wide 9′ tall garage door in a 40′ dome with a 4′ risers with additional 2′ risers.
Q: Can the 45′ and 48′ domes be designed for a garage dome?
A: Yes.The standard entryway in the 45′ with 4′ risers can have a 13′ wide x 7′ tall garage door for a two car garage. The cars would go in and out of the garage one at a time. In a 48′ dome there can be a 14′ wide garage door in a standard entryway and the cars come and go two at a time. Due to the large size of the domes for structural integrity three risers cannot be removed ONLY two. If the 45′ or 48′ dome are built with two foot additional risers the garage door for a 45′ can be 13′ x 9′ or 15′ x 7′. The Garage door for the 48′ dome can be 14′ x 9′ or 16′ x 7′.
Q: What is the cost to build a garage dome?
A: The cost to build a dome garage would be about the same as the cost of a garage for a conventional house. Whatever it costs per square foot in your neighborhood to build a conventional garage that will be the approximate cost to build the dome garage. The construction cost will increase if a bedroom and bath is installed on the second floor above the garage.
Q: Are garage plans priced separately from the other plans?
A: Yes since every building site is different, Garage & Basement Plans are priced separately from the dome home plans. Ai has Stock Plans for garages which may be linked to any dome where indicated or may be built separately. Or Ai can design custom garage plans.