5th Step – Select Local Builder and Purchase Dome Building Plans.

About Selecting a Local Builder

If you are not owner building your dome, here is info about selecting a builder.

Due to requests for assistance in locating a local builder to assemble the concrete dome building kit and finish the dome, American Ingenuity (Ai) has added a new service.   Ai offers assistance with finding a contractor in continental USA, for a fee of $100 Ai will contact builders in the area you are considering building.   Once we have 3-4 potential builders/contractors, we will email their contact information.   When Building Plans are purchased, Ai will credit the $100.00 back to you.  We also have an email we send each perspective builder which says they can call us with questions.  The email contains important info about the Aidome building kit and how an independent kit assembly consultant can be hired to supervise the builder’s workers to get the prefabricated panels installed for the exterior dome shell with one layer of concrete in the seams between the panels.  Then the consultant can leave and the builder’s subs (plumbers, electricians, framers, cabinet installers, painters, etc.) finish the interior and prime and paint the exterior concrete.  In the email is a link for the builder to view a sample set of building plans.  For international builder assistance, please call for pricing.

If not using Ai’s assistance, contact your local Home Builder’s Association and your local Building Department and ask if they have a list of local builders which can be emailed.  When calling the builder, first thing ask if the firm is used to working with concrete and then ask if they are interested in working outside the box by assembling a dome building kit consisting of prefabricated concrete panels.  If they have time give them our web site address so they can see what a finished dome looks like.  Explain that an independent consultant can be hired to supervise their workers for the shell assembly and that Ai can send them an email that contains info about the dome building kit, a link to a sample set of building plans and that Ai can be called to answer questions – 321-639-8777 Mon – Fri 9-5 pm eastern time.

About Building Plans

Besides manufacturing geodesic dome building kits, American Ingenuity (Ai) designs residential and commercial building plans that show the room arrangements of the home and other detailed dimensions and data that are used to obtain a building permit, to build the foundation, to assemble the dome kit, install windows and doors, build interior walls and second floor joists, etc. See below for contents of the blueprints.

With your financing determined, you know what your budget is and can determine the size dome that fits your needs. Ai has dome sizes from 172 sq.ft. to 2,900 sq.ft.  To view plans, info and pricing on Tiny Homes (172 sq.ft. to 1,278 sq.ft.) please click on Tiny Domes.  To view stock floor plan layouts for each of the dome sizes from one bedroom/one bath to four bedroom/three bath home, please click on Stock Plans. Once you are on the page, scroll down to find the hyperlinks to click on. If you do not see a stock plan that fits your needs, Ai will modify or customize a plan per your sketches & emailed notes.

Ai’s stock plans contain a blueprint for the installation of a monolithic concrete slab.  Your terrain may require a stem wall, basement or elevated foundation.  Or your building department may require your new home to be built on pilings and an elevated platform. Based on your soil report and terrain and foundation construction costs for your area, you will tell Ai what type foundation you want designed below your dome.  For all foundations other than slab, Ai hires a local Florida licensed PE engineer to assist us in your custom foundation design.

Once we see which plan you prefer & what type foundation is to be designed, Ai can complete a Plans Quote that lists the regular pricing & sale pricing of the dome plans, custom foundation if needed, engineering services if needed, engineer seal fee for your state if required by your building department, and energy report cost if required by your building department. Once you agree to the Plans Quote and pay in full for the plans, any engineer services & fees, energy report, Ai schedules your plans for design. To view plans sale pricing and the dome building kit sale price for that specific plan, click on Stock Plans & Kit Sale Pricing.

AMERICAN INGENUITY’S PHILOSOPHY:   One of the reasons American Ingenuity has been in business since 1976 and is very reputable, is that we try hard to treat all our customers the same and produce a quality dome home kit. Our business philosophy and product is unique to the housing industry. Ai believes that each person should pay for only what they need. This means only the Buyers whose building departments required engineer sealed plans and energy report, pay for those items.  Ai does not burden the price of the building kit for building plans, engineer seal or energy reports as a result, Ai’s dome kit’s pricing is usually one third to one-half less than other housing kits.  One truck is required for delivery for one 27ft thru 48 ft dome kit.  No interior items other than the interior shell drywall is included with the kit. Ai believes you should not pay another truck’s shipping costs for windows, exterior doors, bathroom fixtures, kitchen cabinets, etc. when those items can be competitively shopped and purchased locally.

 What is included in American Ingenuity’s Residential & Commercial Dome Building Plans? American Ingenuity’s Building Plans are new and improved. The building plans consist of two sets of blueprints that include the drawings for the dome that are needed when acquiring a building permit for one dome built on a concrete slab. Or Ai will design custom foundations; i.e. basement, columns with concrete platform, pilings, stem wall, etc.

Plus Ai emails your completed building plans pdfs to you so that you can have additional sets of building plans plotted locally. The plans are composed using the AUTOCAD program on our computer aided drafting system.

American Ingenuity’s Building Plans contain all of the typical drawings and details from 13-17 sheets. The blueprints that are included depend on the type of entryways, dormers and foundation that are designed in your plans. Some of the Blueprint names are:

  • Cover Sheet
  • Legend Sheet
  • First Floor Plan
  • Second Floor Plan
  • Dome Panel Nomenclature
  • Exterior Elevations
  • 1st Floor Electrical Plan (shows location of electrical outlets, lighting fixtures, ceiling fans, smoke detectors)
  • 2nd Floor Electrical Plan  (shows location of electrical outlets, lighting fixtures, ceiling fans, smoke detectors)
  • Foundation Plan
  • Foundation Details
  • 2nd Floor Framing Plan
  • Typical Dome Section
  • Standard Entryway Details
  • High Profile Entryway Details
  • 1st Floor Window Dormer & Door Dormer Details
  • 2nd Floor Dormer Details
  • Stair Details
  • Cupola Plan if ordered
  • Link Plan if ordered