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Kitchens, Cabinets, Islands, Appliance Garages

Almost any of American Ingenuity’s stock floor plans can be modified to increase the counter and cabinet space. To view sample stock plans showing kitchen arrangements for each of the ten dome kit sizes, click on Stock Plans.  If you do not see a stock plan to fit your lifestyle, Ai can modify or customize the plans from your descriptions or notes.   We would love to answer your questions about floor plan design within a dome home.  Please call us Monday – Friday 9-5 eastern time.

  1. American Ingenuity can move the bottom cabinets about 17″ away from the curved dome wall, add overhead cabinets to a 7 ft. partition wall and create appliance garages by extending the counter top to the dome shell.
  2. Kitchen cabinets can also be installed on an entryway wall. This will allow for a above counter cabinets and a window above the sink to be installed in framed entryway wall.
  3. If kitchen is designed along dome wall, a window dormer can be installed above the kitchen sink to allow for an opening window above the sink.
  4. Or kitchen cabinets can be hung on interior walls within the dome.

 

These two photos are of a kitchen in a 40′ dome with the sink and cabinets installed on an outside dome shell wall. A 2×4 wall is attached to the dome shell to make a vertical wall for the installation of the cabinets.

 

 

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This center kitchen has a counter 

 

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Kitchen in a 45′ Dome Kitchen in a 40′ Dome

 

Appliance Garages in American Ingenuity Dome Kitchens

To install kitchen cabinets along an outside dome shell, a vertical 2×4 framed wall is built. This results in a deep area behind the counter top which can be used to park appliances…keeping clutter off your counters.  Here the dome owner constructed vertical sliding doors to hide the appliances.

 

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This dome owner built their kitchen on an interior wall. Because they wanted appliance garages, they built deeper walls. The appliance garages are hidden behind the blue glass panels.

 

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Kitchen/dining area in a 40′ Dome
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Solar Array Constructed 1999


50 Solar Panels Mounted on a custom made rack


Main Trailer is housed under Solar Array and Smaller Trailer Houses all Power Equipment

Wind and Gas Generators supplement the 24V Battery Bank charging


Component Manufacturer Description
Solar Panels Unisolar 52 US42 – 2 US64 – 2 US32 Panels Total 2376 Watts
Charge Controllers Trace 2 – C40 40 Amp
Batteries Trojin 28 – T-105 6V Deep Cycle 220AH Connected for 24 Volt Output
Inverter Trace SW4024 4000 Watt 120VAC 60Hz Sinewave Output
Wind Generator Southwest Windpower AIR403 400 Watt 24 Volt
Gas Generator Onan – Military 28 Volt 1500 Watt 2 cyl 4 cycle overhead valve 16 Cubic Inch Military Gasoline Generator – Pull Rope Start w/modified starter motor belt pulley

THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS ONE UNFINISHED AIDOME AND SEVERAL FINISHED AIDOMES THAT ARE FOR SALE.   PLEASE SCROLL DOWN THIS ARTICLE
TO FIND EACH DOME HOME FOR SALE.

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34′ Aidome on finished Basement – 1,916 sq.ft. on 4.2 Acres

One mile from Blue Ridge Parkway, three miles from Golf Course & One Hour from Asheville North Carolina 

Three Bedrooms/three baths.  One of the bedrooms & full bath is in the separate basement apartment. 

$197,700 

To view info and photos click on Beautiful 34′ Aidome 

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Unfinished 45’ Aidome on Full Basement for Sale in Yancey County, North Carolina

$100,070 plus land pricing

This Aidome 45’ Dome Kit is assembled on a full basement with rough framing/electrical/plumbing.  The dome has passed a Yancey County inspection where permanent power was turned on which means per the building department the dome could be lived in and finished once a kitchen and bathroom is installed.   The basement has 1,454 sq.ft.  The dome’s first floor is 1,442 sq.ft.  The dome’s second floor has 686 sq.ft. for total square footage of 3,583.  The two floors inside the dome have 2,129 sq.ft.  The dome is located 30 minutes from Burnsville or Marion or Spruce Pine North Carolina and around one hour from Asheville North Carolina.  The address is 10407 Hwy 80 South, Burnsville NC 28714.  It is two miles from Mt. Mitchell Golf Course and four miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway.

The dome’s access is directly off Highway 80 South on a 1,500 foot long gravel road leading to the dome’s driveway which is around 188 feet long. 

If the buyer of the dome chooses to change the interior layout, American Ingenuity (Ai) can hire a local engineer to calculate the load of the dome’s first and second floor to determine what posts are needed in the basement to support the load, etc.  The engineer’s fee to review the Buyer’s desired changes and give solutions is $200.  Ai’s fee to revise the building plans to show the new layout and include details from the Engineer is $400.  The finished plan pdfs would be emailed to the dome buyer so they can have sets of building plans printed locally submitting one set to Yancey County Building Department.

Per Neil McCurry, Yancey County Building official whose work number is 828-682-7833, Cell is 828-284-5866 when the new owner wants to start finishing, a Remodel Permit can be issued by Yancey County with Mr. McCurry coming out to complete a visual inspection and determine what inspections would be needed.  If any framing changes, Mr. McCurry said a new set of building plans can be submitted showing the revisions clouded.  He said there is no need to have a North Carolina engineer seal on the revised plans – this saves $900.

The name of the realtor who can show the unfinished dome is June Jerome with June Jerome Realty at 828-675-9536 or email JuneJeromeRealty@Frontier.com   Please call or email Owner Glenda Busick for any info the realtor cannot answer – 321-693-8787 or glendab.aidomes@gmail.com 

The attached chart named 45’ Aidome Cost Chart lists the actual costs of $100,070 the owner incurred to get the dome to its current rough framing/plumbing/electrical stage.  This pricing includes electric to the dome ($1,008.31), well ($2,750), septic/drain field ($6,415) but does not include pricing for any land.  In the contour map named Piece 4 of total Acreage shows the area around the dome to the gravel roads around the dome.  That area could be 3 acres or 4 acres of 5 acres.  Or a person could purchase 1 or 2 acres of land around the dome. The land price is $7,500 an acre.  The purchaser of the dome will pay for a survey to survey off whatever number of acres they want to purchase around the dome.

The chart shows if the dome kit was purchased in 2017 and built in 2017, it would cost around $23,088 more to build to the dome’s current status.  If a builder and consultant were hired to build a new dome then the savings by purchasing the Dome As Is  is around $33,667 versus starting from scratch.   There is a Green Mountain NC Licensed Builder (Randall Ayers at 828-682-3088) who can be hired to finish the 45’ dome or there is a local Handy Man Father and Son Team in Busick who can be hired to complete the finishing – Darin Autrey  H 828-675-0629 or C 828-284-5064.   Or if you decide to purchase a new dome kit, Randall Ayers will assemble the dome kit utilizing the independent Kit Assembly Consultant and then finish the dome.   Darin and his father are the ones who remodeled the interior of the 34 finished dome dome which is for sell.

Info about the dome structure:  The Steel Reinforced Concrete Dome is built from an Aidome Building Kit which includes exterior prefabricated panels manufactured from center core of 7″ thick expanded polystyrene insulation (EPS -R28), 1/4″ Georgia Pacific DensDeck special drywall which is mold resistant and water resistant (similar to green board) with exterior of 3/4″ thick concrete reinforced with galvanized steel mesh & fibers. The seams between the panels average 2″ thick fiber & steel reinforced concrete.  Dome Panel Info is on web site Our web site is www.aidomes.com   To compare what it would cost to build the unfinished dome at current pricing, a column has been added in the Price Chart listing prices for each item based on current year 2017 costs.

The company American Ingenuity (Ai) has shipped dome kits to 47 states and 15 foreign areas.  Why did a buyer near Australia pay $18,000 in shipping costs to get one 34’ Aidome kit shipped to him in a 40’ high cube container?  And why did a buyer in Washington state pay nearly $9,000 for one truck to deliver his 40’ kit?  Simply put, the buyers could not build a home or buy any house that has the energy efficiency, strength and noncombustible concrete exterior that the American Ingenuity dome has.  

  1. Fire resistant concrete exterior
  2. The Ai dome is more energy efficient than a conventional house: Why?
    1. Because of the thick insulation which is comparable to 10” of fiberglass batting (A conventional house would need min 2×10 walls filled with 10” of fiberglass batting and still not meet the energy efficiency of the Ai dome because the 2×12 would interrupt the insulation)
    2. the reduced exterior surface area (30% less than a conventional house so less exterior walls for your AC and Heat to pass through)
    3. and because the exterior walls of Ai dome contain no wood to interrupt the insulation.
  3. There is no wood in or on the dome shell to rot or to burn or for termites to eat.
  4. There is no roof to replace every 11-12 years.  After the dome kit is assembled, the exterior concrete is primed and painted with two coats of breathable elastomeric paint.  The exterior concrete is repainted every 4-5-6 years.
  5. The dome is stronger (225 mph wind and F4 tornado)due to aerodynamic shape, continuous steel reinforced concrete exterior and triangle panel shape.

To view utility bills on Ai’s 3,700 sq.ft. office domes located in east central Florida (45’ dome linked to a 34’ dome) click on Super-Energy Efficiency.  The office domes can be cooled for less than $85 a month in the hot Florida summer months to 74 degrees Mon-Sat and 77 degrees after 7pm and on Sunday.  By the way it is even easier to heat an Aidome that it is to cool one.  To heat you do not need to overcome heat generated by sunlight, computers, clothes dryer, dish washer….that heat is used.  Where as to air condition that heat has to be overcome.

To finish the dome’s concrete exterior:

  • Grind down any high concrete areas
  • Apply concrete bonding agent on the area you want to add concrete to.  Apply a finish layer of fiber concrete to any areas that looks rough.  Seller can provide the concrete recipe.  Basically is Portland cement, masonry sand and fibers from concrete mixing plant.
  • Kill any algae with 50/50 mix of bleach water.  Pressure wash the dome.
  • Prime the exterior concrete with white primer and any cracks will appear as brown or black.  Seal any cracks with elastomeric caulk or patching compound
  • Mix perlite in the first layer of elastomeric paint and roll the paint on the dome.  This will hide any wavy seam appearance. (use a light to medium color paint).  Seller will provide exact instructions for this.
  • Apply second layer of elastomeric paint.
  • Various brands of paint can be used:
    1. Ames Research Labs: Maximum – Stretch, at participating ACE & True Value Stores (if using Ames see separate Ames doc because specific type sealants and primer need to be used….NOT TT3)
    2. Sherwin Williams: Loxon XP Paint, Loxon Primer and Conditioner
    3. Richards Paint:  Rich Flex 245; use Rich Flex Alkali Resistant 100% Acrylic Masonry Primer
    4. Behr’s Premium Elastomeric Masonry, Stucco & Brick Paint –Home Depot
    5. Seal Krete Paint (pigmented) –Home Depot

To finish the Georgia Pacific DensDeck 1/4” drywall on the interior of the dome shell panels:

  1. First complete any electrical wiring buy cutting a groove in the drywall and eps with a router or circular saw.  Insert the wiring.  Fill the groove with expanding foam, cut it back flush to the drywall and finish with fiberglass tape and joint compound.
  2. Fiberglass tape and joint compound any seam areas between the DensDeck.
  3. To blend the taped areas in the DensDeck, skip trowel joint compound over all the DensDeck.  This will result in a high low textured affect.

 

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This Dome Has Sold For Asking Price of $220,000

Melbourne Florida Concrete AiDome Home with Attached Garage Dome

One of kind property and one of a kind dome home
Super-energy efficient & Super-strong
Corner Lot Receives Cool Breezes off the River
Beautiful Unobstructed View of the Indian River

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This 0.27 acre property is a one of a kind property which has unobstructed view of the Indian River.  Just north of the property less than one block away is 0.21 acre with frontage on Indian River on sale for $260,000.  Instead of paying $260,000 for vacant river front land, purchase this 0.27 property with full unobstructed River View, two concrete domes and riparian rights to the Indian River to build a dock if desired!   The domes exterior is steel reinforced concrete with a 225 mph wind and F4 warranty from American Ingenuity (Ai) who has been in business for over 40 years.  The domes were built from Aidome building kits.

1,075 sq.ft. 34 foot in diameter Aidome Home has two bedrooms and two baths (first floor 819; second floor 256) linked to a one car 22 foot in diameter garage dome via a covered 36 sq.ft. walkway. Dome home sets on .27 acre corner lot with full unobstructed view of the Indian River with semi-circular driveway. Sidewalk with 25 foot in diameter concrete patio. Home features kitchen island, high vaulted ceilings, two high profile entryways and fenced yard. All glass is double paned. Great for a primary home, retirement home or vacation home.

Garage has 375 sq.ft. with 88 sq.ft. of attic storage above the one car parking. Garage dome has rear door dormer to access the back yard. There is ample space around the first floor perimeter for storage. There is a laundry tub and toilet in the garage. Sears garage door opener. Garage door is 7’ tall and 9’ wide. Patio slab 25 feet in diameter.

  • The exterior of the domes is concrete reinforced with galvanized steel mesh and fibers. The domes were built from building kits manufactured by American Ingenuity. To view a summary on advantages of the Aidome, click Summary. There is no wood in or on the exterior dome walls or roof. No wood to burn, no wood for termites to eat and no wood to interrupt the insulation. There is only pressure treated wood to frame in around exterior doors and windows.
  • American Ingenuity gives a warranty of 225 mph wind and F4 tornado on the exterior dome panels against structural damage due to winds for ten years. The warranty does not include the exterior framed walls, exterior doors/windows, interior items or life and limb. The warranty is not transferable.  In the above photo gallery, there is a picture of a dumpster containing roofing from a neighbor’s house when Hurricane Jeanne ripped the roof off the neighbors house. There was no damage to the concrete dome.
  • The exterior has no roof to replace every 11-12 years. The exterior concrete is painted with elastomeric paint.
  • The exterior wall has seven inch thick modified expanded polystyrene insulation (R28). This means the exterior walls and roof have the same composition. Because the dome has 30% less exterior surface area, the insulation is R28 and is not interrupted by wood, the cooling and heating bills are low. I can cool the 1,075 dome home for less than $27 a month in the hot Florida Summer Months. 76 degrees when home and 79 degrees when not home. The dome is an all-electric house. To view 3 to 4 years of utility bills for the dome, click on Melbourne Dome Electric Bills.
  • The garage dome has 3 ½” EPS insulation R14.
  • Semi-circular concrete driveway
  • Dome Home has beautiful full unobstructed view of the Indian River.
  • Riparian rights to Indian River
  • Accordion Shutters on four entryways
  • Vinyl Picket Fence & Privacy Fence
  • Doggy door to side fenced yard.
  • Patio slab, sidewalk, driveway and slab in the garage has textured deck finish on top of the concrete
  • Windows and glass doors are double pane, vinyl frames.
  • Two light poles in front fenced area
  • Corner lot – corner of Pineapple Avenue and Hiawatha Street. Dimensions of the four sides: 60’ Feet on Pineapple. 180 feet on Hiawatha. 151 feet on north side – 0.27 acre. Please see above survey.
  • City of Melbourne sewer & water
  • Alarm system
  • Water sprinklers
  • Conduit to install solar hot water panel to connect to water heater.
  • Not in a flood zone
  • Jeff Higgins in Melbourne Zoning said the set backs are 7 ½’ from the rear (west side) and the north side. Setbacks on Hiawatha and Pineapple are 20’ each. The setbacks allow for another 22’ or a 27′ dome to be linked to the back side of the garage dome and or another 27’ dome could be linked on the front of the 34’ dome.  The Garage dome could be converted to another bedroom and bath with a two car garage being built next to the existing 22′ dome. Above is a diagram named “Proposed 22′ Remodel & New 27′ showing how the 22′ dome could be remodeled and a 27′ dome added to it.    Also above is diagram named Three Domes Site View showing how the new 27′ dome with existing 22′ & 34′ dome would look on the lot.  Also above is a diagram named Four Domes Site View which shows a new 27′ dome added to the existing 22′ dome and a new 27′ dome added to the front of the existing 34′ dome would look on the lot.  The new 22′ or new 27′ dome building kits can be purchased from American Ingenuity and assembled on site by the property owner or their builder.

We received this Facebook question and wanted to share it and our answer:

Q: Ai, just out of curiosity, how often do you have the sales like you have been having? It’s an amazing deal and beings it will be a while before I could purchase, just curious if it’s once a year or more or less frequently?

A: It is very unusual to have a finished Ai concrete dome for sale. So this is a rare opportunity for anyone desiring to purchase a finished American Ingenuity dome to do so instead of starting from scratch having to select property, determine the floor plan layout, purchase building plans, obtain a building permit; purchase dome building kit and then assemble and finish the dome.

Why Purchase a Home Built From an Aidome?

The geodesic dome was built from an American Ingenuity (Ai) dome building kit which consists of prefabricated triangle shaped panels and four foot tall riser panels. The dome’s exterior is fire resistant concrete reinforced with galvanized steel mesh and fibers. Its insulation is R28 {seven inches of nontoxic expanded polystyrene (EPS)}. The dome panels contain no wood to interrupt the insulation, no wood for termites to eat and no wood to burn. There is no roof to replace every 11-12 years. The dome’s exterior walls are incredibly strong, resist tree impact and resist forest fires due to non-combustible concrete exterior. The insulation results in the dome’s cooling and heating costs being 50% to 60% lower than a box shaped house.

Why is a Geodesic Dome So Strong?

Geodesic domes are three-dimensional structures using stable triangles approximating spheres to create multiple load carrying paths from point of load to point of support. The triangle is the only arrangement of structural members that is stable within itself without requiring additional connections at the intersection points to prevent warping of the geometry. In other words, apply pressure to one edge of a triangle, and that force is evenly distributed to the other two sides, which then transmit pressure to adjacent triangles. That cascading distribution of pressure is how geodesic domes efficiently distribute stress along the entire structure, much like the shell of an egg.

 

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Norwalk Connecticut 40′ Aidome on unfinished basement has sold for $420,000.

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Dome For Sale – $249,000

 48 ft diameter Dome Home in Edgewater, Florida 

Completed 48 foot diameter (48 Delta 22 floor plan) approximately 2,600 sq. ft. three bedroom, two bath American Ingenuity two story, steel reinforced concrete dome home is for sale.

The home sits on 9/10s of an acre on a high and dry lot in Volusia County, surrounded by hundreds of acres of woodlands. The lot is secluded and on a paved road in the county about 20 minutes from the beach and about 5 minutes to the intercoastal.

The homeowner, Eric Brindley, has been living in it since 2007 and building it in his spare time paying cash as he built. The home has been overbuilt, I.E. 2X8 or 2×6 framing instead of 2×4. Double stud with cross bracing instead of single stud. Doubled up floor joists 12″ O.C. Extra 2x’s on all beams. All wood nailed and glued. 2″ thick steel reinforced concrete entryways. 7″ eps insulation in entryways instead of 4″ fiberglass, #5 rebar instead of #4.

Per Eric, “The Dome is very efficient and strong. It has been hit by several hurricanes and tropical storms with no damage at all. My neighbor’s conventional house was severely damaged by the storms. I keep the house at 72 degrees in the summer and warmer in winter. My electric bill is around $100 a month with no water/sewer bill because I’m on well/septic. The house is designed for very little maintenance. I post updated construction pictures on my dome Facebook page as I progress”

Features of the dome:
1. It has a 3 ton 13 seer central AC system.
2. All windows are 7/8 low e argon filled dual pane glass.
3. The 10 foot sliding door is 1 inch low e argon filled.
4. The concrete exterior is painted with elastomeric paint.
5. Has well and septic.
6. Has 4 skylights and a transom window…all low e.
7. All entryway walls are framed with 2×8 pressure treated pine.
8. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dome-home/877476018950432?sk=photos_stream&tab=photos_albums

Eric can be reached at 386-690-0195

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Finished 40′ Dome for Sale

14 miles from Asheville, North Carolina

In between Black Mountain and Bat Cave

Asking:  $265,999

The 40′ dome has 2,150 sq.ft. and sits atop 9′ Superior Walls basement and was built from an American Ingenuity steel reinforced concrete building kit.

The first level consists of a one bedroom with one full bath, laundry/furnace room, hobby room, garage and work shop.

The second level consists of a kitchen, two bedrooms, one full bath, dining room and great room.

The third level consists of the master bedroom with outside porch, walk in closet, exercise room and full bath.

Amenities include:

  • 2.46 acres atop a mountain side.
  • Propane water heater/on demand with no tank.
  • Outside wood burning furnace supplies heat in winter and unlimited hot water…has two zones but only using one zone.
  • 385′ well and septic system.

For information go to Facebook  www.facebook.com  under Carl Dipilla.

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For Sale

Dome in South Florida, Miami/Homestead

View this listing on REALTOR.com(R):

Property Address:

15261 SW 212 St

Miami, FL 33187

MLSID # D1171911

Basic Property Attributes:

$589,900

3 beds, 2.5 baths

1,532 sq. ft.

1.42 acres

The dome Owner’s name is John Menendez.

You can email him at jcmmenendez@aol.com

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34′ Dome for Sale in Putman County, Florida

$220,000 (negotiable)

An adorable brand new 98% finished 34′ (1,100 sq.ft.) two story American Ingenuity home with two bedrooms, two baths, two patios and a beautiful view is for sale.  The property sits on one acre on the St. John’s River in San Mateo, Florida and is located on a dead end.  The beach is a 25 minute drive.  The property has several fruit trees and a wooded area for your privacy.

This quaint home is ideal as a starter home, perfect for a fishing guide, or just a place to get away and relax.  Add your appliances and some flooring to make it home.  The dome has three French doors with two high profile entryways and one standard door with a standard entryway.  The second floor has two window dormers.  The AC is a Tempstar 2 ton system.  It has a deep well and the septic system is top of the line.  I’d love to stay and live here but my employment leads me elsewhere. Please contact E. Harbus at 215-200-0507 or click on email to email them.

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This Dome Has Sold!

34 ft in diameter – 2,023 sq.ft. Dome Home

on above ground garage

in North Port, Florida — 25 minutes from Beaches

This unique dome home by American Ingenuity was built to be very energy efficient and extreme weather resistant.  Family is moving and building another Ai dome.  See link below to go to the real estate site for picture.

  • – Round dome for wind resistance
  • – Concrete exterior for wildfire protection
  • – Dome above garage for flood avoidance
  • – Built 2005
  • – Sits on .95 acre
  • – 2,023 sq ft heated/cooled
  • – 2 bed (lrg), 2 full bath, 2 half bath
  • – Ceiling fans throughout (even in garage and pool)
  • – Large 2nd floor deck
  • – 2 ton AC, elec heat
  • – Pella doors and windows (the best)
  • – Solar hot water system
  • – Deep well, septic system
  • – Security system
  • – Inground fiberglas, solar heated, screened pool
  • – Irrigation system
  • – Hurricane ez mount shutters
  • – Backyard garden area with pond and waterfalls
  • – Outdoor lights front, back, and pool
  • – Within North Port, FL city limits
  • – 25 minutes from beaches
  • – Easy access to I-75
  • – Taxes around $1500/yr

 

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THESE DOMES SOLD

Partially Completed 48′ dome linked to a 30′ Dome

in Frostproof, Florida

48′ – 3 bedroom, 3 1/2 bath Dome Home of 2,746 sq.ft.
linked to a 30′ two car Garage Dome of 861 sq.ft.

These domes are up for sale because the owner does not have time to complete the project.

  • Two dome kits that cost $59,132 (includes taxes & shipping).
  • Engineer Sealed Building Plans and Florida Energy Report that cost $2,075
  • Fully assembled American Ingenuity Dome Building Kits.
  • All the interior framing and second floors installed.
  • Rough-in electrical and rough-in plumbing close to completion.
  • Septic tank and drainfield installed and approved.
  • A well drilled and approved.
  • Temporary power to the site.
  • Electric power connected to the well pump.
  • All the exterior doors (including the garage door) installed.
  • All the windows installed. All windows and French doors are double paned and are Energy Star rated.
  • Rough-in stairs completed.
  • One acre of land.

 

48′ Dome Home with 30′ Dome Garage

The 48′ dome home is linked to a 30′ dome garage.  There is 2,746 sq.ft. of living space in the 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath home. The garage has 861 sq.ft. for a total square footage of 3,607.

The first floor of the dome home is 1,782 sq.ft. and is framed out for:

  • a 261 sq.ft. family room located between the kitchen and living room.
  • a 283 sq.ft. kitchen with a large walk in pantry. The Kitchen has a standard entryway with two french doors installed and window installed above where the sink would be located. The kitchen is plumbed out for a sink, dish washer and refrigerator.
  • a 163 sq.ft. master bath plumbed out for a commode, sink and shower. A window is installed in the window dormer.
  • a 235 sq.ft. master bedroom with large walk in closet. The bedroom has a standard entryway with two french doors installed.
  • a guest half bath off the kitchen is plumbed out for a commode and sink.
  • a 155 sq.ft. dining room
  • and a 265 sq.ft. living room with front door and side window on each side of the door installed.

The second floor of the home dome is 964 sq.ft. and is framed out for 500 sq.ft. game room with two skylights, two bedrooms and a bath.  Each bedroom has 157 sq.ft., a skylight and a window dormer that has a double paned window installed.  The bath is 82 sq.ft. plumbed out for a commode, sink, and tub/shower.

The home dome is connected to the garage dome via a 158 sq.ft. link containing the utility room with plumbing stubbed out for the washer, dryer, utility sink and AC.

The home dome has two standard entryways, one high profile entryway, one first floor window dormer, two second floor window dormers and five reflective skylights.  A pair of double paned French doors is installed in each standard entryway. Installed within the high profile entryway is a door with a window on each side of the door. The home dome is connected via a link to the 30′ garage dome. 

The garage dome has one standard entryway with a door and window installed and one garage entryway with a 12′ garage door installed.  The garage first floor is 623 sq.ft. and has a full bath plumbed out for a commode, sink and shower.  The second floor attic is 238 sq.ft.  The garage total square footage is 861 sq.ft.

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45' dome on full basement by pond in summer time. Has wooden stairs and wooden ladder to cupola.

45′ dome on full basement by pond in summer time. Has wooden stairs and wooden ladder to cupola.

THIS DOME HAS SOLD!

Dome Home in Willow Springs, Missouri  

45’ dome on finished basement with 30’ screened dome

Gorgeous 45′ diameter energy efficient American Ingenuity geodesic dome overlooking 2 acre lake.

3,900 sq. ft., four stories, including finished basement and cupola; 3 baths, 2 kitchens, sunken conversation pit, wet bar, fireplace, curved staircase w/mirrors, central vac system, sauna, hardwood and carpeted flooring, ceramic tile floors in bath, utility room and kitchen.

Insulated throughout; textured cement exterior, wrap around deck w/stairs

30 foot diameter screened dome.

Ten acre wooded setting, exceptional landscaping with over 100 hostas, gazebo, water ponds, water wheel, rock garden, cement drive, picnic and garden areas and more.

Too many extras to mention.

Low taxes, country living.  

For sale By Owner, Ralph Oliver

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Dome for Sale or Rent….THIS DOME HAS SOLD!!!
Five Minutes from the Atlantic Ocean
In New Smyrna Beach Florida 

1,980 sq.Ft. American Ingenuity dome 

  New appliances, 2 porches, fruit trees, new carpet,  washer and dryer, centralized de-humidifier,  very energy efficient

Rent for $1,000 a month (first and security Deposits required, Pets Allowed) 

live the dome life at a great price!

Call Hector Valle

 

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This Dome Has Sold!   Key Largo florida dome home

with unobstructed view of the atlantic ocean

This super strong, super energy efficient American Ingenuity 40’ dome home includes three bedrooms, two baths and has 2,407 sq.ft. on three levels. The home and its 460 sq.ft. screened-in balcony sets on top concrete pilings and a concrete platform right on the Atlantic Ocean. Under the platform is 1,500 sq.ft. of space with a height of 9’3” which is ideal for the parking of cars and an RV.

The home’s first floor is accessed from the ground level parking area with a 4ft x 4ft lift and an outside stairway. The lift is housed on the ground level parking area within a 16 X17 room which also includes 272 sq.ft. of storage space. Within the dome, a separate half circular steel stairway connects the first and second floors. The crow’s nest is accessed from the second floor via a ship’s ladder.

This lovely home is located on one of Florida’s beautiful keys, Key Largo. Miami International airport is about one hour north of the dome. Miami Beach is about 1 1/2 hours away and Key West is about 2 ½ hours or 100 miles.

Asking Price For the Dome: $599,000

The dome owners names are Joan and David Barrow.  Their Marr Properties Real Estate agent is Dan McAfee who can be reached at 305-451-4078 or toll free 800-277-3728.

The dome home address is:

Gulfstream Shores – CR 905

205 N. Ocean Dr. – Rt 7

Key Largo, FL 33037

The following is some general information about the home:

Location and Land Size:

  • In Gulfstream Shores which is in the Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park.
  • The dome is located in a very quiet neighborhood on a dead end street.
  • The lot is 75’X100’.
  • The Homeowner dues for the park and the Gulfstream Shores corporation are $130.00 per year
  • Within Gulfstream Shores there are 100 lots:
    • The state of Florida owns 42 lots
    • There are 32 homes with one home under construction
  • The Dome is across from the Homeowner’s park
    • The Homeowner park includes a boat ramp, Tiki hut, picnic tables and a dock for fishing

Certificate of Occupancy was received Dec. 24, 1987.

Square Footage under AC and Heat is 2,407:

Areas under AC and heat are the first and second floors and crow’s nest.

  • First floor: 1,517 sq.ft. Living, dining, kitchen, 2 BR, 1 Bath, Utility room
  • Second floor: 790 sq.ft Office, bath, bedroom with walk in closet
  • Crow’s next: 100 sq.ft. Twin bed sleeping area – great for reading
Screened Balcony
460 sq.ft.
Ground Level Storage
272 sq.ft.
Carport
1,530 sq.ft. w/ clearance of 9’3″.

HURRICANE READY:

  • This American Ingenuity super strong dome comes with a hurricane and tornado guarantee. The dome’s walls have an exterior of steel reinforced concrete with seven inch thick expanded bead polystyrene (E.P.S.) insulation (R-28). The dome shell’s interior is plastered.
  • Skylights are made of auto type glass, which will shatter, not break if hit by hurricane debris.
  • The home’s windows are wood inside and plastic outside with Plexiglas storm panels.
  • The crow’s nest windows are new, tinted and feature impact resistant glass.
  • Prior to a hurricane, the homeowner only has to shutter the sliding glass doors in the living room area.
  • The storage area under the house is constructed from concrete blocks with break-a-way wall construction.

INTERIOR FEATURES:

1. A Magnificent stained glass window is over the sliding glass doors that leads to a screened-in porch which has a beautiful unobstructed ocean view.

2. 5 triangular shaped Skylights.

3. Joan Purcell custom made reef wall decoration available to buyer.

4. Two Drawer 32″ deep locking Legal Fireproof File

5. Kitchen with built in appliance garages, built in cabinets and more than average storage.

6. Three Bedrooms:

  •   Two bedrooms are located on the first floor of the dome and each is large enough to have either a king bed or twin beds.
    • The master bedroom is on the second floor of the dome and has a built in queen size bed with drawers under the bed.
    • If you do not want to walk up the exterior stairs to access the first floor of the dome, you can use the lift from the ground level.

7. Two Baths:

  •   The bath on the first floor has a shower.
    • The bath on the second floor has an “Air Bubble” tiled tub.

Equipment and Appliances:

  • Nov 98 New A/C-Heat Compressor – 3 Ton 12 Seer – Janitrol
  • Jul. 01 – New Air handler – Lenox
  • Houston A/C maintenance contract can transfer to new owner
  • Dec. 87 -GE Washer & Dryer
  • Dec. 87 GE Side/side Frig/freezer with ice maker
  • Dec. 87 GE 4 burner electric stove with oven
  • Nov. 04 Magic Chef Microwave built in
  • Dec. 87 GE Mini Frig/freezer in 2nd floor office
  • Jul. 03 GE Dishwasher
  • Jul. 06 Garbage Disposal
  • 3 water heaters – Kitchen/Laundry Tankless – First floor bath is Tankless – Upstairs bath is regular
  • Clothes chute from 2nd floor to laundry area
  • Amway water filter to icemaker/kitchen sink/bath upstairs
  • X10 remote lighting control system installed
  • Telephone wiring to all rooms
  • Cable TV wiring to bedrooms and kitchen

UTILITIES:

  • Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority Water with Fire Plug protection
  • Florida Keys Electric Co-operative
    • Heating and Cooling Costs for 2004 were $1,408.
    • Heating and Cooling Costs for 2005 were $1,623. The increased cooling and heating costs were due to an increase in rates not an increase in usage.
  • No gas available except propane.
  • Septic tank – no central sewer available.
dome display

3domes

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Building Options – entryways, dormers.  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 structurally compensate for the triangle and riser panels being left out, these “structural awnings” – entryways, dormers or cupola have to be installed. 

Bay window off dining room over looking deck.

45′ dome utilizing standard entryway to incorporate bay window

To view the Building Option Listing and Pricing, please scroll down the page.   To view Ai’s discount on the dome kit with one entryway pricing, Please click on Save.  To view regular and sale pricing on the Tiny Dome Kits (172 sq.ft.-1,278 sq.ft.) click on Tiny Homes.

The Ai dome kit consists of all the triangular panels, four foot tall riser panels for the dome shell and panels for one entryway.  The exterior of each triangle or riser panel is 3/4″ fiber concrete reinforced with galvanized steel mesh with a center of  7″ Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) with interior 1/2″ Georgia Pacific DensArmor (moisture resistant/mold resistant gypsum wallboard) adhered to each riser and triangle panel.  Your floor plan selection determines how many more entryways (standard, garage or high profile), window dormers, door dormers, cupola, link, etc. will be ordered. The link is used to connect two domes together. The building kit does not include any doors or windows and does not contain any interior items (except for the interior shell wall board).  American Ingenuity believes that you should not pay shipping on items that can be purchased locally.

Dome Building Options

The Building Options for the American Ingenuity dome include: Entryways, Cupola, Window Dormers, Door Dormers,Garage Domes, Links, 5′ riser panels for 22′ & 27′ domes, 2′ additional riser panels for 30′-48′ domes and 9″ thick insulation. These options (except for the links and insulation) allow for openings where your locally purchased standard doors, garage doors and windows are installed within a 2×4 or 2×6 framed wall that is built on site.

To view floor planners, elevation views of each dome size and print out Ai’s stock floor plans showing the placement of entryways, window dormers, door dormers, cupola, etc., click on the following link, Stock Floor Plans, scroll down the page and click on the hyperlinks.   

The floor planners show the possible locations for first floor entryways, window dormers and door dormers and show the possible locations for second floor window dormers, door dormers or cupolas. 

Call us at 321-639-8777  Monday through Friday, 9 to 5 eastern time, and Ai staff will answer your questions as to which domes can have which building options.

Due to spam filters, sometimes emails are not received by us and vice a versa – sometimes we do not receive your emails. So if you email and do not get a reply, please call us.

To view American Ingenuity’s Stock Dome Floor Plan regular pricing for some of the stock plans & the kit regular pricing, click on this link Stock Kit and Stock Plan Regular Pricing.

The 15′, 18′, 22′ and 27′ domes are two frequency domes. The 30′, 34′, 36′, 40′, 45′ and 48′ domes are three frequency geometry.  The 60′ dome is a four frequency dome. The frequency and dome size determines the size and number of the panels.  Sometimes second floor triangle shaped panels are too small to accept window dormers or door dormers.  As a result each dome diameter has specific locations where entryways, window dormers and door dormers can be installed.  The following description of possible locations can be confusing so just call us at 321-639-8777 for clarification.  To view dome kit regular pricing and sale pricing, please click on Sale.

(15′ & 18′ Pricing)

*Because the 27′ dome is a two frequency dome, its panels are about the size of 40′ panels.  As a result the 27′ cupola pricing is the same as the 40′ cupola.

To view floor planners and elevation views for each dome size that show where entryways and dormers can be installed, please click on Planners.  Scroll down the page to find the blue hyperlinks to click on.  After the stock plans for each size dome you will find the floor planner and the elevation view.  The following is a summary of which size domes can have which building options.

    1. There can be up to five standard entryways on the first floor of Ai’s 30’, 34’, 36′, 40’, 45’, and 48’ domes.  Instead of using entryways, install first floor window dormers and door dormers in specific locations.
    2. The 30′, 34′, 36′, 40′, 45′, and 48′  domes can have standard entryways and high profile entryways. High profile entryways can be installed where there is no second floor.
    3. The 22′, 27′, 30′, 34′, 36′, and 40′ domes can have two garage entryways. When the domes are designed for a home, the entryway is called G type entryway.
    4. The 15′ & 18′ can have one or two G type entryways.  To view plans and info, click on Tiny Domes.
    5. There can be up to five window dormers on the second floor of the 27′, 34′, 36′, 40′, 45′ & 48′ domes.  A window dormer can be installed above a high profile entryway.
    6. American Ingenuity is the only geodesic dome kit manufactured that has designed second floor door dormers that utilize the top of the standard entryway as a balcony.  Railing is custom built on site.  There can be five second floor door dormers in specific locations in the 34′, 36′, 40’, 45’ and 48’ domes. Second floor door dormers have to be installed above first floor standard entryways. Door in 34′ second floor door dormer is 2’x6′ – door has to be custom cut on site.  Door in 36′ second floor door dormer is 2′ x 6’8″ – has to be custom ordered.  Door in 40′ & 45′ second floor dormer is 2’6″x6’8″.  Door in 48′ second floor door dormer is 3’x6’8″.  2nd floor bedrooms in 34′ dome require a fire egress window be installed in a second floor door dormer.
    7. The 15′, 18′, 22′ and 30’ domes can have first floor window and door dormers but cannot have second floor door dormers or second floor window dormers.  See elevation views on Tiny Kit link.
    8. Cupola can be installed on top the 22′-48′ domes.
    9. The 27’ can have first floor window and second floor window dormers but no second floor door dormers.  The second floor window dormers on the 27′ dome can accept fire egress windows.
    10. On the second floor of the 36′, 40′, 45′ and 48′ domes there can be a combination of up to five second floor door dormers and or window dormers.
    11. The 22’ and 27’ domes are typically garage domes.  On the first floor of a  22′ dome there can be one garage entryway (that can contain a 9′ wide garage door), one door dormer and up to five window dormers.  On the first floor of the 27′ dome there can be two garage entryways (which can contain a 16′ wide garage door), one door dormer and up to four window dormers.  If you connect a link to a 22′ dome, the link is about 5.5′ to 6′ wide with a standard length of 5′.  If you connect a link to a 27′ dome, the link is about 6.75′ wide and has a standard length of 5′.  

What types of windows and doors are possible? Standard windows and doors can be installed within the entryways, window dormers, door dormers and cupola of most of Ai’s domes.  However for second floor window dormers in a bedroom in specific domes, the fire egress casement window is ordered with egress hardware. If a fiberglass door is desired for second floor door of 36′ dome then a custom 2′ x 6’8″ door is ordered from Therma Tru. 

The Ai building kit contains all the panels to assemble the dome shell and the panels for one entryway. The Kit does not include doors and windows. There is such a variety and varying price points, Ai leaves the selection up to each client to purchase and order locally. The floor plan selected will determine where you or your builder will install your locally purchased doors and windows.

Where do windows and doors get installed in the Ai building kit? Under the entryways, dormers or cupola. These are structural “awnings” that extend out from the dome. Within the open area under the “awning” a vertical 2×4 or 2×6  framed wall with appropriate headers is constructed on site to fit your choice of doors or windows. Ai has designed the entryways and dormers in a manner to allow the owner to select from the wide variety of windows and doors that are locally available. Click on Window Sizes to learn more.

Entryways

Entryways in the 3-frequency domes (30′, 34′, 36′, 40′, 45′ & 48′) can be standard, high profile or garage.  A standard entryway is 8′ tall and provides an opening where standard 6′ 8″ doors can be installed.  High profile entryway allow enough height that 8′ tall doors can be installed or glass can be installed above standard 6’8″ doors.  Garage entryways are used in garage domes and are the type entryway used in the 22′ & 27′ domes.  To view the widths and heights of all the domes entryways, click on Specifications.

Only garage entryways are available in the two frequency domes (15′, 18′, 22′ and 27′). Entryway panels for the 15′, 18′, 22′ and 27′ dome consist of 3 1/2″ thick E.P.S wrapped in galvanized steel mesh.  There is no concrete on the 15′, 18′, 22′ or 27′ entryway panels.  

Entryway panels for the 30′, 34′, 36, 40′, 45′ and 48′ domes utilize 3 1/2″ thick E.P.S. wrapped in steel mesh, are preconcreted on the underside surface and have a precast trough on the outer edge. On site form up the back side of the trough, place rebar in the trough, fill the trough with concrete and concrete the outside surface per your building plans.. The openings under the entryways are framed in on the site to fit your choice of standard windows and doors that you purchase locally.

Window Dormers

Window dormer panels consist of 3 1/2″ thick E.P.S. wrapped with steel mesh ready for on site stucco. The openings under the dormers are framed in on site to fit standard windows that you purchased locally. Click on Window Sizes to learn more.

If I want to install a single window what option do I use? First Floor Window Dormers or Second Floor Window Dormers.

On the first floor of the dome, window dormers are installed above any riser panel in all of the Ai domes. Install a second floor window dormer in any of five locations in the 27′, 34′, 36′, 40′, 45′, 48′.

Second floor window dormers are not available in the 15′, 18′, 22′ or 30′ domes. To obtain additional light on the second floor of these domes, install solar tubes by cutting a hole in the preconcreted panels & installing the solar tube per the manufacturer’s directions.  In the 30′ dome use a cupola where five standard opening windows can be installed. For indirect light install solar tubes. (When installing do not cut within 8″ of the center of a seam.)

Can a window dormer  be installed above a high profile entryway? Yes.

What do the window dormers consist of? Three panels of precut 3 1/2″ E.P.S. wrapped with steel mesh. After the window dormers are installed in the dome shell and its window framing installed, concrete is applied on site.

To obtain a building permit is a certain size window required in a bedrooms to meet fire egress? Yes. Code requires first floor bedroom windows to be at least 44” from the floor. Second floor windows cannot be more than 44′ above the floor and cannot be less than 24″.  The window has to be 20″ horizontal dimension by 24″ vertical dimension. When the window is open it has to have 5.7 square feet of opening space. The spec sheets for bedroom egress windows have to state Fire Egress.

If your building department requires an Energy Report to be submitted to obtain a building permit, your building plans will include an exterior door and window chart.  During plans design, Ai emails elevation views of the entryways and dormers showing recommended window and exterior door sizes. The homeowner visits window stores (Home Depot, Lowes, etc.) and selects windows and exterior doors providing Ai specific energy info which will be included in the energy report.  In Florida and other states the building department wants spec sheets submitted on the doors and windows and doors when submitting for a building permit.  The spec sheets show the window and door manufacturer, model numbers, product approval numbers and provide the manufacturer’s spec sheet that shows the windows and doors comply with that area’s wind speed requirements. Florida and some states require impact resistant glass or shutters in certain wind speed areas.

Door Dormers

Where can door dormers be installed? On the first floor of the all the Ai domes and on the second floor of the 34′, 36′, 40′, 45′ and 48′ domes.

First Floor Door Dormers: are a way to install a single door. The first floor door dormer can replace most riser wall panels on the ground floor of all the domes. Utilize first floor door dormers for single exterior doors such as kitchen or garage exits. Like window dormers, the door dormer panels are precut from 3 1/2″ thick E.P.S., wrapped in steel mesh and are stuccoed on site during construction.

Second Floor Door Dormer: Pair a second floor door dormer with a standard entryway for an upstairs balcony in the 34′, 36′, 40′, 45′ and 48′ domes. Structural door dormers may be located in any of five locations on the second floor of the 34′, 36′ thru 48′ domes.  A second floor door dormer cannot be installed above a high profile entryway.

Door in 34′ second floor door dormer is 2’x6′ – door has to be custom cut on site.  Door in 36′ second floor door dormer is 2′ x 6’8″ – has to be custom ordered.  Door in 40′ & 45′ second floor dormer is 2’6″x6’8″.  Door in 48′ second floor door dormer is 3’x6’8″.  2nd floor bedrooms in 34′ dome require a fire egress window be installed in a second floor door dormer.

Second floor door dormers are not available in the 22′, 27 or 30′ domes.

Riser Panels
Q:  Please explain about the Riser Panels that come with each kit.

American Ingenuity includes four foot tall riser panels in the building kit at no extra cost.  The new Tiny Dome kits 15′ and 18′ come with standard four foot risers and additional two foot risers.

The four foot tall riser panels allow for more vertical space near the perimeter of the first floor and greater headroom on the second floor.  Because of the spherical dome shape, 30% to 50% of the first floor is left open so that the living room and dining room are located under high vaulted ceilings.  This allows for a partial second floor to be installed.  The first floor ceiling height in the 22′, 27′, 30′, 34′ & 36′ domes that have a second floor above them is 7 1/2 feet.  The first floor ceiling height in the 40′ and larger domes that have a second floor built above them is 8′.

Q: Can the first floor ceiling height in rooms that have a second floor built above them be taller than 7 1/2′ or 8′?

A:  Yes.  Instead of installing four foot risers in the 22′ & 27′ domes install a five foot riser resulting in 8’6″ ceiling height in rooms on the first floor that have a loft or second floor built above them.   In the 30′ – 48′ domes, purchase taller entryway base panels and custom Two Foot Tall Riser Panels that are installed above the standard four foot tall risers.  This results in the first floor ceiling height of rooms not under high vaulted areas of

  • 9’6″ for 30, 34, 36′ Ai domes
  • 10′ for 36′ dome when there is not a second floor door dormer
  • 10′ for 40′, 45′ and 48′ domes.

Q: Does installing a 5′ riser instead of 4′ risers in the 22′ & 27′ dome or adding 2′ risers above the 4′ risers affect the second floor height?

A:  No.  Taller risers only give additional height on the first floor and increase the over all height of the dome.  The second floor is not affected.  The placement of the second floor window dormers and door dormers has to remain where they are designed to meet second floor fire egress standards and correct second floor door installation.

 Cupola

Ai recommends that you build the cupola only if you want a third floor loft or to have a second floor area to install standard opening windows in the 30′ dome. The cupola is a way to add height to the top center of the dome and another way to have opening second floor windows – but adds costs to construction & increases window budget.  A different way to add light to a second floor is to max out second floor window dormers or install solar tubes.  Install an exhaust fan in top center of the cupola to exhaust hot air and water vapor.   With the installation of a cupola, there is enough headroom in the 40′ and larger domes to have a third floor loft.

Cupolas require three partial days for assembly because the concrete has to have time to cure during each process (this does not include framing  for the windows or the installation of the windows).

    1. First Partial Day of 5 hours: concrete beam around top opening is formed and poured.
    2. Second Partial Day of 5 hours: concrete corner columns are framed and poured.
    3. Third Partial Day of 5 hours: set top five panels, attach overhang panels and apply first coat of concrete in their seams.
    4. During the rest of the partial days, workers can complete window dormers and door dormer installations.

 Interior Shell Finishing

Once the Ai dome building kit is assembled, the 1/2″ Georgia Pacific DensArmor gypsum wall board on the interior of the dome shell is ready to be finished. To install wiring cut a groove in the wallboard & EPS behind where baseboard will be installed and insert wiring.  Where electrical outlets will be installed, cut groove up the wall to the outlet height, insert wiring, use expanding foam to fill the groove and then finish area that is above the baseboard with tape and joint compound. Groove behind the baseboard does not need to be filled with expanding foam.

Applying a textured paint using 50/50 mixture of paint and joint compound will likely hide the board seams.  Or you can apply joint compound to the DensArmor after the wallboard is primed in what is sometimes called a skip trowel finish, apply primer coats and paint. 

On the left hand side of our Home Page is a menu item titled FAQS.  To view files that cover areas like Electrical/Plumbing, Framing, Fireplaces, AC Heating, Kitchens, Interior Finishing, Window & Door Sizes, Update Windows and Sound Reduction, lay your cursor on FAQS, then lay your cursor on Interior Finishing and then click on the file you want to read.

9″ Thick Expanded Polystyrene  (E.P.S.) Insulation

The standard insulation in Ai’s dome building kits consists of seven inch thick, rigid, nontoxic expanded polystyrene (E.P.S.) or R-28 which is comparable to eleven inches of fiberglass batting.  Or purchase thicker 9″ E.P.S.  To learn more about E.P.S. as a vapor barrier click on Vapor Barrier.

Ai domes with 7″ E.P.S. will easily outperform conventional housing with 11″ thick fiberglass insulation.  Instead of purchasing thicker EPS, purchase triple panned windows and insulated doors.   Windows and doors are where your cooled or heated air will escape.

The cost of the 9″ E.P.S. is the cost to upgrade the 7″ E.P.S. to 9″ E.P.S. for the entire component panel kit. Dormer and Entryway panels utilize 3 1/2″ EPS as a rigid form.

 Link

Domes are connected together with a Link which consists of E.P.S. insulation with steel mesh attached on site (mesh can be purchased from Ai) and concrete applied on site.  The Link panels consist of precut 3 1/2″ or 7″ thick E.P.S.  The Link EPS panels can be purchased with wallboard adhered.  On site assemble the Link E.P.S. panels, cover them with steel mesh and coat them with the fiber concrete.

The Link connects to the adjacent domes in the same locations as an entryway or a door dormer. This connection is a custom fitting on site. The thickness of the E.P.S. in a Link is usually 7″ when it takes the place of an Entryway and 3 1/2″ when it connects at where a door dormer would have been located. The width of the links depends on the size of the domes and whether the domes are connected at an entryway or door dormer. The length of the Link is usually 5 ft.  Because the riser wall is a standard 4’ high, all domes will match each other despite a difference in diameters.

The width of the link that connects to the 22′ dome is about 5’5″ to 6′ wide.  The width of a link that connects to a 27′ dome is about 6.75′ wide.  If the link connects onto domes 30′ or larger the width of the length where it connects to the larger dome varies depending upon whether the link connects to the larger dome at a door dormer or a standard entryway. For example, if the link is connected to a 45′ dome at an entryway (taking up two risers) the width of the link where it connects to the 45′ dome might be 13′.  These are approximations, the Plan’s Supervisor will give you a more accurate number, once he sees your plans sketches.

Ai does not recommend extensions to entryways for the following reasons.  Extensions add exposed surface area faster than they add floor space therefore reducing the energy efficiency. Extensions add to the cost of construction faster than they add floor space therefore increasing the cost per square foot.  The long flat roof of the link or extension connects to the curved dome…the link/extension and the dome expand and contract at different rates…a crack will occur where they meet.  Ai recommends applying elastomeric patching compound & elastomeric paint where the link panels abutt the dome panels.

American Ingenuity’s Assembly Manual does not include extensions although they are assembled much like entryways or links.  In general, domes have inherent advantages because of their shape and deviations away form the dome shape lessons the advantages.  However if you desire, extensions Ai can design and manufacture them.

The E.P.S. link panels range in price depending on the length of the link and the size domes the link connects to.  Once your plans are finished Ai will know the length and width of your link and can calculate the link’s EPS panel’s pricing, steel mesh pricing and and wallboard pricing.

Garage Dome Kits

Do you have separate garage dome kits available? Yes.To view the garage stock plans, garage floor planners & garage elevation views for the 22′, 27′, 30′, 34′, 36′ and 40′ domes, please click on Planners and scroll down the page to find the Garage Dome heading.

Ai has developed two garage dome sizes, 22′ and 27′. These garage domes are two frequency icosahedron geometry. This geometry differs from Ai’s other domes in that it utilizes fewer but larger panels. By having larger panels Ai can create a wider opening that is needed for a garage door. You can install a 9′ wide garage door in the 22′.  The 22′ dome can have a storage loft of 148 sq.ft.  The 27′ garage dome can have a 16′ garage door and the 27′ dome can have a second floor of 231 sq.ft.

Previously a 34′ dome was needed to park two cars. Now a two car garage in a 27′ dome is available which is more cost effective. The 22′ dome provides an economical one car garage. Either of these garage domes can be connected to another dome or built independently from the house.

The 27′ or 34′ garage dome is utilized when you want more first floor perimeter room around the vehicles or when you want a second floor above the garage for an apartment or study, etc.  The second floor of the 34′ dome can have 427 sq.ft.

You can find the pricing for the garage kits on the bottom of the Stock Floor Plan Price List that is in the Stock Floor Plan Booklet. Or click on Stock Plans & Stock Kit Prices and scroll to the bottom of the chart. To view sale pricing on the larger dome kits and the dome building plans, please click on Sale.  To view regular and sale pricing on the Tiny Domes, click on Tiny Home Kits.

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