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Florida Keys elevated 45’Aidome built on concrete platform, concrete columns, concrete decks and exterior concrete stairs with above ground basement. Due to increased labor costs & material costs in the Keys and the all concrete foundation with auguered footings, this foundation cost around $150,000 to install.   For a less costly foundation, Ai can design wood pilings, pressure treated wood platform, wood decks and exterior wood stairs.

The 45′ dome has two floors. The first floor of 1,461 sq.ft.contains two bedrooms and two baths. The master bedroom and bath and fourth bedroom with its private bath are on the second floor of 702 sq.ft. resulting in the dome having 2,363 sq.ft. The above ground basement is 984 sq.ft and contains spiral stairs to dome, parking and storage area.

Because of the coquina rock, the footers had to be auguered. Due to water surge the dome is elevated.

Getting Started – American Ingenuity (Ai) has designed our web site file Geodesic Dome Home Plans to contain stock plans for each of our eight concrete dome home sizes….22′, 27′, 30′, 34′, 36′, 40′ 45′ and 48′.  From one bedroom/one bath home to a four bedroom/three bath size home.  From 370 sq.ft. to over 2,900 sq.ft.   Ai has designed the stock plans to stimulate your imagination and assist you in selecting the best possible floor plan for your dome home. We want to assist you in exploring the possibilities and deciding on a floor plan to fit you and your families’ lifestyle.  To view photos of finished Ai domes, please check out the left hand side menu bar for 14 menu items located under Pictures and Videos.

Ai’s stock floor plans are designs that are practical and suitable for dome geometry. Although you may not find the plan for you, getting familiar with dome floor plans is the best place to learn about dome designs and start forming your ideas. These plans can be Modified if they are close to what you want or we can start from scratch and Custom design a plan just for you.  To view our sale prices on plan design, please click on Sale and scroll down the file to view the Plans Chart.

Begin the planning stages for your dome now. You need to start early to allow plenty of time for the decision making and drafting of your plans. Plus you need enough time for permitting, land preparation, locating contractors and financing. Each year there are many people who began their actual construction months behind their hopeful date because they did not start their plans design early enough.

While working with these plans make notes of what you like and dislike in each one, what would work well for the way your family lives and the changes you might make. This will help you determine whether a Stock, Modified, or Custom Plan is your best choice.

Remember designing a home is a blending of ideas facilitated by a series of compromises. It is based on your needs and budget at this particular time. You will sometimes have to trade off one idea for another in the design process. You just simply can not have everything. The perfect home does not exist. But the most perfect home does. We want to assist you in discovering your most perfect home.  To view our web site file that covers Finished Cost for a dome home, please click on Finished Cost.  To view our 18 page financing booklet, please click on booklet.

FLOOR PLANNERS:
In each diameter dome grouping in our web site file Geodesic Dome Home Plans there is a floor plan outline (Floor Planner) for that size dome & to scale cut outs. It provides a blank outline so you can experiment with different floor plans as you modify a Stock Plan or develop a Custom Plan. Make copies of the floor planners for the size dome(s) you wish to build & furniture cut outs and then you can make as many design changes as you wish.

SIZE & DIAMETER:
The dome plans are grouped by the diameter of the dome beginning with the smallest. There is a sample elevation in each dome plan grouping to enable you to visualize your home in three, not just two dimensions.

SCALE:
Floor plans are identified by their diameter in feet and they are all drawn to the same scale (1/10 inch = 1 foot). Having all domes the same scale allows you to link plans together regardless of the size. On each stock plan is a scaled ruler that can be used to measure distance (room width, length, etc.). There is also scaled furniture allowing you to test out room arrangements.  To view info about square footages, please click on specs.

LIVING SPACE:
The square footage of living space shown in the upper corner of each floor plan indicates the total space inside the dome. The second floor square footage consists of all the usable floor space to 5’ of headroom. If you have been in a dome house you know that the areas of reduced headroom on the second floor are usable for dressers, headboards, chairs, cabinets, etc. The square footage of each room is also included to help you compare the size of the room space and does not include any closets or utility areas.

BUILDING PLAN PRICES:

The price of our Stock Plans and beginning prices for Modified, Custom & Basement plans are listed on our current price list. To view our regular prices on the dome kit and the plans, click on Regular Prices.  To view sale info, please click on Sale.

Note, sometimes building plans are referred to as blueprints. All of our plans are reasonably priced. Please do not shortcut the design now and for years in the future wish that you had designed your plan differently.

When you would like a price quote for your plans or just our input on your own ideas, simply email us a sketch. After you email, please call to assure we received your email. Your drawing does not have to be to scale and neatness does not count just as long as it conveys to us what you want. Modifications that can be described verbally, simply call (321-639-8777) and ask for a plan estimate.

While you are preparing your floor plan design don’t think that you have to resolve all of the details in the beginning. We will assist you through the process to assure that your finished plans are best for you. We will tell you anytime your design would produce complications or unnecessary construction costs. We do not, complete the sheets within the set of blueprints until you have approved a final floor plan proof.

The sheets within your blueprints will number 13-17 sheets depending on your type foundation, type of entryways and dormers.  Our Building Plans contain all of the typical drawings and details some of which are:

• Cover Sheet
• Legend Sheet
• First Floor Plan
• Second Floor Plan
• Dome Panel Nomenclature
• Exterior Elevations
• 1st Floor Electrical Plan
• 2nd Floor Electrical Plan
• 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

Electrical, Plumbing & HVAC diagrams are not included. Ai has found that these subcontractors like to complete their own diagrams.

A site plan which shows your property to scale and the location of the house, is not included because it can better be provided by someone locally and may require a surveyor.

BUILDING CODES & ENERGY REPORT:

American Ingenuity’s concrete domes have been approved and built in 47 states (not in Rhode Island, New Hampshire and North Dakota).  Prior to purchasing property, please give us your site address & building department name & we will talk to your Plans Examiner, email generic plans, etc. to see if the Ai dome building kit can be built & what is required to obtain a building permit.

Keep in mind that building codes deal with structure and safety not appearance. Our Building Plans/blueprints will comply with all residential building codes including the Universal Building Code, 2009 & 2012 International Building Code, California Building Code, and 2014 5th Edition Florida Building Code.

If required by your building department, your Plans can be certified by a PE engineer registered in your state. The Engineer Seal fee for one dome on a slab is $600.   The fee for Ai to complete a Florida Energy Report or a Rescheck Energy Report after you provide your exterior door and window info is $190 for one dome on a slab.  Please call our offices for engineer fees for two or more domes and domes built on basements, stem wall, pilings, columns, etc.

To view an Engineering Statement about the Ai dome panel, please click on statement.  To view info about the independent Kit Assembly Consultant that can be hired to supervise the dome kit assembly, please click on Kit Assembly Consultant.  To view photo gallery showing dome kit being assembled, click on Kit Assembly.

 

American Ingenuity.  8777 Holiday Springs Rd. Rockledge Florida 32955

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

 HOW TO OBTAIN A CALIFORNIA BUILDING PERMIT. 

Great News a 48′ Aidome received a building permit in Riverside County California in August 2015
and a 36′ and 22′ Aidomes received a building permit in Kern County in 2016.

Assembly pics of Riverside Dome can be viewed at Concrete Dome Home.

Exterior garage Kaufman house 1536

45′ DOME LINKED TO 34′ DOME GARAGE BUILT IN FOREST RANCH CALIFORNIA

To view the Dome’s Construction Photos and other interior pics, click on prefabricated home kit.

A different view showing the doors and fixed glass in one of the High Profile entryways.

Living room in above California 45 ft in diameter dome.

 

Kitchen in 45' dome with island.

Kitchen with island in above Forest Ranch, California 45′ dome.

HOW TO OBTAIN A BUILDING PERMIT IN CALIFORNIA

Prior to the recession some building departments in California could ask that the dome kit and other building kits be certified by the State of California.  As a result of the recession & this requirement less homes were being built resulting in less property tax revenue.  Some building departments are not requiring kit certification to stimulate new house construction.

American Ingenuity (Ai) has sold domes into such California areas as Forest Ranch, Crestline, Borrego Springs, Lake Elsinore, Summerset and Hanford. An Aidome received a residential building permit in Riverside County in August 2015 & is under construction.  Aidomes received building permit in Kern County in 2016. Currently Ai has preliminary building kit approval in the California Counties of Sacramento, San Joaquin, Riverside, San Diego, Trinity, Solona, Kern and Shasta and City of San Benito if all the building department requirements are followed.

For those interested in obtaining a California building permit for American Ingenuity’s concrete dome housing kit, Ai will contact your building department. Please call and give us your parcel ID number, building department name & phone number.  Ai will call the building department, discuss Ai’s building kit, and email generic California plans, California Engineer Sealed Structural Calculations and California engineer sealed engineering statement that says: “The panel composition of the geodesic dome buildings are certified by me as being designed in accordance with and conforms to the intent of the California Residential Code as allowed alternative materials and methods for residential construction per section R104.11  Georgia-Pacific’s DensArmor Plus High Performance Interior ½” Gypsum Wallboard is used as the interior face of the panels which meets the thermal barrier requirements of R719 as shown by third party testing.”

Ai will find out if  California Engineer Sealed Building Plans, California engineer sealed engineering statement, California engineer sealed snow, seismic, wind & bracing structural calculations, a passing Title 24 Energy Report along with the other required paperwork are submitted whether an American Ingenuity dome can be built in your area.  Ai will email you the official’s name and contact info so that you can double check the info that was learned.

American Ingenuity Office number: 321-639-8777.  Mon – Fri 9-5 eastern time. Or email by clicking on Contact Us.

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 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.

 

This web site page contains info on American Ingenuity’s Stock, Modified, Custom Plans

utilized to build an Energy Efficient, Super-Strong concrete dome home.

Interior kitchen Kaufman 1543

If your family does not find a stock floor plan to fit your lifestyle,

the American Ingenuity Design Team can design a custom plan

based on your sketches and notes. 

Above is a kitchen that was custom designed in a 45′ dome.

Besides manufacturing geodesic dome building kits, American Ingenuity (Ai) designs residential or commercial building plans that are used to obtain a building permit.  To view stock floor plan layouts for ten different size domes from one bedroom/one bath to four bedroom/three bath home, please click on Tiny Homes and  Larger Dome Stock PlansOnce you are on the page, scroll down to find the plan’s hyperlinks to click on. If you do not see a stock plan that fits your needs, Ai has flexible plans which can be modified or customized to fit your life style.

Currently all stock, modified and custom building plans are discounted. To view plan’s pricing, click on Plans Discount and scroll down the page to view the Plan’s Regular and Sale Pricing.

This file contains several pages of information, so please scroll down this page to view the info.

 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. As a result, Ai’s dome kit’s pricing is usually one third to one-half less than other housing kits. Click on Tiny Home Kit Prices and Larger Dome Kit Sale Pricing to learn more.

 What causes American Ingenuity’s dome building kit to be so reasonable in price?

  • Each client pays for their Building Plans, engineer seal, structural calculations, energy report instead of Ai burdening the price of these increasing the price of the Building Kit.
  • None of Ai’s staff is on commission.
  • Unique panel contents allows for reduced manufacturing waste.
  • About 50% of Ai’s clients do not need engineer sealed building plans or structural calculations or an Energy Report in order to obtain a building permit. As a result these items are purchased separately from Ai.
  • Each person who wants to research American Ingenuity’s building kit further can do so by purchasing the Planning Kit which includes DVD.  If Ai gave out a Planning Kit and DVD to 100 – 200 people a month, that cost would be paid by the Building Kit buyer.  If you want samples of stock plans, mailed to you call Ai at 321-639-8777 for printing costs and mailing costs.
  • To view the DVD for free click on DVD.  To view free info, click on Free Info. To view photo gallery showing dome kit assembly, please click on Kit Assembly.

Why do I need entryways and dormers to install windows and doors? At specific locations around the perimeter of the dome, triangles and riser panels can be left out to provide openings where you or your framer installs your locally purchased doors and windows. To compensate for the triangle and riser panels being left out, these “structural awnings” – entryways, dormers, cupola and link  have to be installed.  The following diagram identifies possible locations of entryways and dormers.

American Ingenuity Domes designed with flexibility, allows you to create your own personal home. Standard size doors & windows are purchased locally and installed onsite within the entryways and dormers using locally purchased materials. * For additional light, max out the second floor window dormers & door dormers. Install a tall window instead of a door within a door dormer. Or a solar tube can be installed onsite within a panel. (Do not cut within 8” of a seam).

3domes

 

At no cost to you and with no obligation to us, Ai can call your building department:  show them our web site, discuss the Ai panel design and inquire what is required to issue a building permit. For us to do this, please give us your property address or property tax ID number, building department name and phone number.

Q: Does American Ingenuity have an engineering statement about your prefabricated dome panels that can be submitted to my building department?

A:  Yes, to view the statement click on Engineering.

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

Plus Ai emails your building plans pdfs to you so that you can have additional sets plotted locally. The plans are composed using the AUTOCAD program on our computer aided drafting system as stock plans, or Ai can modify a stock plan or design a custom plan from your sketches for a reasonable fee.

Our Building Plans contain all of the typical drawings and details. Which blueprints are included in your plans is based 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

Q: What is the standard foundation included with the stock plans?

A: Concrete slab. For Ai to design a basement or concrete columns or stem wall or pilings, etc. an engineer fee is added to the Plans Quote to cover the cost for a structural engineer to calculate the load of the dome and the load of the two floors within the dome and give joist/edge beam size/spacing and foundation design to our CAD department to incorporate within the plans. Please call for engineer pricing.

Some of the pages in the Building Plans are a 3-D elevation and a 3-D perspective view. The floor plan sheets have interior walls dimensioned.  The concrete slab foundation plan has dimensions and angles.  The wood joist/edge beams are dimensioned. These plans include all the structural drawings, show the placement of the electrical outlets, light fixtures, plumbing fixtures; however, they do not have the electrical, plumbing, HVAC layouts. We have found if the layouts are included, then the inspectors require the subcontractors to follow the diagrams when usually the subs like to design their own layouts.

 How do I view American Ingenuity’s Residential stock floor plans? There are three ways:

  • Or click on PDF and view and print out Ai’s Stock Floor Plans for each size dome at no cost.
    • If you want the stock plans mailed, call Ai (321-639-8777) for printing costs and mailing costs.
    • Or purchase the stock plan layout for some of the plans in DXF format if you would like to manipulate and edit the stock plans to fit your desires.

What diameter domes do you have stock plans for: 15′, 18′ 22′, 27’, 30’, 34′, 36′, 40’, 45’ and 48’ domes. After the listing of 48′ dome plans is a listing of the garage dome plans for the 22’, 27,’ 30’, and 34’. 

What do Ai’s Building Plans cost? To view Plans Pricing, click on Discount & then scroll down the page to see the chart for regular and sale pricing on plans. Just to clarify, because 50% of our clients building departments do not require an engineer seal or Energy Report to obtain a building permit, Ai;s Plans pricing does not include the cost for an engineer seal or the cost for Energy Report. Click on Plans FAQ to learn more. Please call our office at 321-639-8777 for current engineer seal and Energy Report pricing.

Prior to purchasing Building Plans, please assure you have answers to the following questions:

  • Does your land’s deed have any restrictions for alternative housing or domes?
  • Inquire whether there is a Home Owners’ Association governing your land, if there is check with them and make sure a dome can be built.
  • You can ask your building department, “What are the requirements for a residential building permit? Are there any additional requirements to build a geodesic dome? Is an Architect’s or Engineer’s seal required on the plans?”
  • Is your financing secured?

To learn more click on Planning Process.

Can Ai modify any of the stock plans?  To view info to assist in custom plan design, click on these four links: Getting Started, Floor Planner Guidelines, Revising Stock Plans and Things to Consider.  

Yes. Modifying a stock plan that is close to your dream dome allows you to adapt one of our stock plans to meet your needs. While it does incur a charge, it is much less than the expenditure of custom design work. Any of the Stock Plans may be modified to provide for such structural changes as:

  • Building a Mirror image.
  • Rearranging rooms, moving walls, or adding closets.
  • If the stair location is the same on both floors – combining the first floor from one plan with the second floor of another.
  • Adding or subtracting entryways, door and window dormers, or balconies.
  • Adding bathrooms.
  • Fortifying a floor structure to accommodate special furnishings such as a waterbed, hot tub, or weight room.

What is the easiest way to determine room dimensions based on square footage?

Once you narrow down your floor plan selection to one or two plans, the CAD department will review the layout and add a to-scale ruler and to-scale furniture around the perimeter.  This way when the plan is printed out the ruler, furniture and plan are the same scale. Cut out the ruler and measure length and width of rooms to see if the room sizes fit your needs.  If not make a list of changes or mark of the plan to show desired changes and email the list and changes to Contact Us. Please include your phone number.  Due to spam filters Ai may not receive your email, if you email and do not receive a reply in one to two days, please call us at 321-639-8777.

On each stock plan, Ai designs a to scale ruler.  Cut this ruler out and use it to measure the length and width of the rooms. Compare the dome room sizes to the room sizes in your current home. You know whether you want the rooms larger or smaller than the current home you are in now. The room sizes will determine what size dome will fit your needs. The scale is 1/10″ equals one foot. To learn more click on Square Footages

Can American Ingenuity provide custom design building plans based on my sketches? 

Yes. What Ai has found works best is for you to sketch out your ideas on a stock plan or on the floor planner pages located after the stock plans in each dome diameter grouping in our web site file, Geodesic Dome Home Plans. Email the sketch and your notes by clicking on Contact Us  or fax them to us at 321-639-8778.  After your email or fax, please call our office at 321-639-8777 to assure that Ai received your email or fax and that all your pages were legible.  Please include your name, address, telephone number and best time(s) to contact you. 

One of our CAD staff will:  

  • review your sketch
  • possibly call you with questions
  • email your plan’s price quote to you

Once we receive payment in full for the Building Plans, engineer seal, energy report, etc and receive acceptance of the Plans Quote, Ai schedules your plans for production. 

How long does it take to receive the stock plans?

It can take about two to four weeks depending on the time of the year. Ai does not keep the stock plans printed out for a couple of reasons:  

  1. Ai is constantly making improvements to the building plans. So before we print out a stock plan, we review the plan and make all the improvements.
  2. Blueprints change color over time…Ai wants your prints to be fresh and bright.

How long does it take to receive modified or custom designed plans?

Stock plans are delivered in 2 to 4 weeks.  Allow at least 5 weeks for modified plans and 10 weeks for custom plans.  Once we start the design of your plans, Ai will email  up to six proofs that you review and make changes on and email them back to us. After you approve the final draft, Ai designs your structural blue prints and completes your building plans.  

How do I send my drawings or sketches & descriptions to American Ingenuity?

You can email them if they are in the following format: 

  • pdf
  • or if you are using AutoCAD we can accept the documents in dxf format or dwg format. Please save the file in CAD 2013 or older version.

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