18′ Dome: one bedroom one bath Tiny Home with first floor of 249 max square feet. The dome kit comes with standard 7″ R28 insulation, standard four foot risers and additional two foot risers.Please check your local building code requirements to see if there is a minimum size new home requirement. In Florida the minimum size new home that can be built is 170 sq.ft. or 500 sq.ft. or 800 sq.ft. And in some areas building code requires a garage. An attic loft can be designed.
18′ dome kit can be purchased with 3 1/2″ EPS and no 1/2″ interior drywall. Up to four 18′ kits with 3 1/2″ EPS & no 1/2′ drywall can fit on one semi-truck. or two 18′ kits with 7″ EPS can fit on one semi-truck.
All American Ingenuity domes can be designed without a second floor. The total amount of square footage in each plan varies depending upon how much of the second floor is designed and built. If you want to look at only plans with a bedroom on the first floor that can be utilized as master bedroom, we have added the words bedroom 1st floor with that plan name.
The 34′ dome can be designed without a second floor. The total amount of square footage in each plan varies depending upon how much of the second floor is designed and built. If you want to look at only plans with a bedroom on the first floor that can be utilized as master bedroom, we have added the words master 1st floor with that plan name.
The 22′ dome can also be a built as a one car garage dome. The 27′ dome can be built as a two small to medium car garage. This link has garage
22′ dome utilized as one car garage linked to 34′ – 1,075 sq.ft. dome home
Each prefab panel’s core is 7″ EPS (expanded polystyrene) R-28 insulation precisely angle cut to form the geodesic shape. Applied to the outside is pre-finished three quarters inch concrete, reinforced with galvanized steel mesh and fibers. Applied to the interior is half inch Georgia Pacific DensArmor gypsum wallboard….gypsum’s facing is fiberglass instead of paper. Wallboard is moisture resistant and mold resistant. No wood in or on the shell to rot or for termites to eat or to burn. No shingles to blow off in high winds. On site after the kit is assembled, the exterior concrete is primed and painted with paint. The 15′ and 18′ dome kits can be purchased with 3 1/2″ R14 EPS, no interior 1/2″ drywall & no steel reinforced concrete exterior. Larger domes cannot be purchased this way because the larger size panels cause the EPS to be flexible and break.
The kit assembly begins after the foundation and floor are completed and a temporary wooden rib system is assembled in the geodesic shape. The assembly process consists of stacking the panels on the rib system overlapping and locking the steel mesh of adjacent panels, filling the seams with special formulated concrete and concreting of the entryways and dormers. Finish the interior wall board seams with tape and joint compound. This process produces the structural components, completes the finished exterior surface, installs the insulation and all the interior shell wallboard. To view a video on the 22′ Assembly, view Special Hideaway. To view pictures showing general panel assembly, view Dome Kit Assembly.
On site, under the entryways and dormers a 2×4 or 2×6 wall is framed in to install your locally purchased doors and windows.
The concrete applied in the seams and on the entryways and dormers is sponge finished to match the pre-finished texture of the concrete panels. The dome is primed with concrete primer and then painted with two coats of exterior concrete paint to achieve the color you desire.
All panels are premarked with numbers and letters to match the building plans and the Assembly Manual. The most successful dome kit assemblies result when the home owner hires the independent Kit Assembly Consultant to supervise the temporary rib system assembly & the kit assembly. If your budget is tight consider hiring the Consultant for a minimum of three days to supervise the rib system assembly, concrete mixing and first row of panel assembly…..just to get you started. If you desire to hire a builder, he or she can hire the Assembly Specialist to supervise their workers to get the dome kit assembled with the first layer of concrete in the seams and on the entryways and dormers. To view Ai’s web site file about the independent Specialist, view Specialist.
Prior to assembly of the dome kit, a temporary wooden rib system is assembled using your own 2×4’s cut to specific lengths (or purchase the cut, drilled, painted 2×4’s from Ai), bolts/nuts/washers purchased from Ai and steel hubs borrowed from American Ingenuity by placing a $455 deposit. This deposit covers a 5 month rental period ($20 a month thereafter). Once the dome kit is assembled, the rib system is removed with the client mailing or UPSing the hubs back to Ai to receive a deposit refund. Triangle Panels weight 155 to 180 lbs. Risers weight 255 lbs. During assembly the panels are placed with some type of hoisting mechanism. Lifting spikes are purchased from Ai. To view American Ingenuity’s web site file that explains the rib system, view Support System. If importing the kit out of the USA, buyer purchases the steel hubs from Ai.
Please check with your building department, some have minimum house square footage requirements . If the 15′, or 18′ or 22′ dome may not meet their requirements. Ai manufactures a 27′ in diameter dome that can have 555 sq.ft. on the first floor and 225 sq.ft. on the second floor for a total of 780 sq.ft. To view Ai’s web page that lists the dome sizes with their square footages, view Dome Sizes.
Please contact your building department and ask:
- If there is a minimum size new house requirement?
- Do they require a garage to be built with the house? If so is there a minimum size garage requirement?
- What do they require to issue a building permit? Do they require engineer sealed plans and an Energy Report? If so, those items can be purchased through American Ingenuity. The Energy Report has evolved into a very specific and technical report that requires Ai to have specific window and exterior door info (frame type, double pane or impact resistant glass), Low E number, U factor, SHGC number to fill out the Energy Report. This means the dome buyer will shop for their exterior doors and windows and provide detailed spec sheets to Ai about each door and window, their water heater and AC/furnace.
Payments: American Ingenuity kits are not stocked and are manufactured on a custom order basis and are considered a Specialized Order, made exclusively for the customer requesting it. These Specialized Orders require a 30% to 40% deposit, signed Order Form, Conditions of Sale and Specialized Material Agreement. Once Ai receives these items, materials will be purchased and manufacturing started to meet your shipment date. If you cancel your order after signing the Specialized Agreement 30% deposit on each kit is non-refundable and your rights to the kit(s) are forfeited. The balance, in the form of a cashier’s check or bank check including USA shipping costs (made out to American Ingenuity) is due 21 days prior to shipment. Florida residents, add sales tax plus your counties’ surtax. Credit Cards are not accepted on the building kit. If the building kit is shipped out of Florida, no Florida sales tax or surtax is paid. If kits are exported, buyer pays freight forwarder directly for inland trucking costs and ocean shipping costs.
Delivery and Availability: Once Ai receives your 30% or 40% deposit (deposit amount depends on kit size) based on your Building Kit with options pricing and signed Building Kit Order Form, Conditions of Sale and Specialized Material Agreement, American Ingenuity schedules your kit for manufacturing. Depending on the time of year and size of dome, allow four to six to twelve weeks for manufacturing time.
SHIPPING: If your site is in the continental USA, American Ingenuity can arrange shipping on 53’ step deck semi-truck. Freight varies from $2.70 to $2.90 per mile ($800 minimum) per truck, from American Ingenuity plant in Rockledge, Florida. One truck can carry five 15’ kits; or two 18’ kits; or two 22’ kits; or one 22’ kit & one 27’ kit; or one 30′ kit; or one 34′ kit – each with 7” EPS insulation.
15′ & 18′ Kit: If 3 ½” EPS and no drywall one truck can carry up to ten 15’ kits; or up to four 18’ kits. 22’, 27′, 30′ and 34′ kits cannot be purchased with 3 ½” EPS. The panels are too large in these larger kits to manufacture with thinner 3 1/2″ insulation. The 7″ insulation is required so the panel is not flexible during movement.
For international shipping the following is the number of 15′ and 18′ kits that can fit in one 45′ high cube container. To learn about importing, click on importing. 2×4 ribs refers to 2×4’s that are cut, drilled & painted to specific specs for the temporary support system described above.
Four 15′ kits with 7″ EPS, 1/2″ drywall, standard 4′ risers & 2′ risers & two sets of 2×4 ribs.
Eight 15′ kits with 3 1/2″ EPS, no drywall, standard 4′ risers & 2′ risers & two sets of 2×4 ribs.
Two 18′ kits with 7″ EPS, 1/2″ drywall, standard 4′ risers & 2′ risers & one set of 2×4 ribs.
Four 18′ kits with 3 1/2″ EPS, no drywall, standard 4′ risers & 2′ risers & one set of 2×4 ribs.
The number of kits that can fit on one truck or in one container can change if the building kit contains maxed out entryways, dormers, link and thicker insulation. For example, a 48′ kit with 9″ EPS cannot fit on one semi-truck. Entryways and a link take up more space than triangular and riser panels. Once you select your floor plan, Ai can be specific about how many truck(s) or containers your order will take. Each International client hires a freight forwarder to coordinate their container’s shipping and pays their shipping and custom fees directly to the freight forwarder.
Ai’s manufacturing costs in Florida are well below the national average, which offsets any long distance shipping expenses. Ai can actually manufacture a kit here in Florida and ship to western states – Washington, California, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Arizona, etc. cheaper than we could manufacture it there. Having our manufacturing plant located in Florida is advantageous for shipping since more is shipped in than out of the state, leaving many trucks headed out empty.
Ai utilizes independent trucking agencies. American Ingenuity contracts to have these trucks carry your building kit outside Florida for approximately $2.50 to $2.90 per mile per truck from Ai’s plant in Rockledge, Florida. Shipping within Florida is a minimum of $800. If your Florida building site is south of our factory, the truckers charge more because they have to drive south before they can drive north to leave Florida. These trucking costs are less than Ai could do with our own trucks because if we used our own trucks, they would have to deliver the kit and return to our factory empty.
Per mile shipping costs can vary due to fuel costs and travel distances. View Shipping to learn more.
American Ingenuity’s Philosophy:
One of the main reasons American Ingenuity is very reputable is that we really try to treat all our customers the same. Our business philosophy and product is unique to the housing industry. Ai believes that each client should pay for only what they need.
- Each person who wants to research our building kit further can do so by purchasing the Planning Kit with DVD or purchase the DVD separately.
- None of Ai’s staff is on commission.
- About 40% of Ai’s clients do not need engineer sealed building plans, or Energy Report or Structural Calculations in order to obtain a building permit. As a result the seal, energy report and calculations are separate costs and paid only by those whose building departments require them.
As a result of the above philosophy, the American Ingenuity dome shell kit costs about one third to one half less than the shell materials cost for a conventional house or wooden dome or sprayed concrete dome.
Due to spam filters your email requests may not make it to American Ingenuity and our email replies may not make it back to you. If you email Ai and do not receive a reply in one to two days, please call us – 321-639-8777. While you are on the phone, we will send you a test email and have you send your email to us.
The information below is in reference to a specific 22′ floor plan named Eco Custom Cottage.
This is a 22 foot in diameter dome kit, which Ai has customized. Please call for pricing. This custom 22’ in diameter dome when finished has a first floor living space of 371 sq. ft. with an optional attic of 127 sq. ft. Ai has raised the riser wall height from four feet to five feet. The additional one foot in height increases the attic square footage to 127 sq. ft., which is an additional 46 sq. ft. over the basic 22’ dome building kit. The exterior of each triangle & riser panel is steel reinforced concrete. The middle of the panel is 7″ EPS insulation (R-28) with 1/2″ Georgia Pacific DensArmor Gypsum drywall adhered to the underside of the EPS with wallboard adhesive. Ai has based the pricing for this kit upon Ai selecting the week/day of shipment during the month agreed upon by Buyer & Ai.
22′ Eco Custom Cottage Floor Plan PDF Picture
This Eco Custom Cottage Kit consists of all the component prefab panels to assemble the dome shell, one entryway, two window dormers, one door dormer and misc items. No windows or exterior doors are included. No interior items are included other than the interior 1/2″ Georgia Pacific shell drywall. Call American Ingenuity for shipping details. Does your building department require engineer sealed plans and an Energy Report to issue a building permit? If so those items can be purchased through Ai.
Approximate room sizes once the interior walls are framed in: Bedroom 10’10” x 7′; closet 2′ x 6′; living 7’5″ x 10’7″; kitchen 11′ x 10’7″; Washer Dryer area 3’5″ x 3’3″; Bath 7’3″ x 9′. Approximate attic area between five feet six inches and seven feet ten inches in height is 109 sq.ft.
22’ Eco Custom Cottage Dome Building Kit Package Includes:
- All the prefab panels to assemble the 22’ shell with 7″ EPS, five foot tall riser panels and the panels for one entryway, two window dormers, one door dormer.
- Assembly Manual
- Parts lists items to suspend the optional attic: 7suspension rods with top and bottom plates with Simpson Hangers.
- 8 cans of expanding foam. Metal Dispensing Gun, and two cans of cleaner.
- Five – 4×8 sheets of 1” EPS insulation for entryway, door dormer, window dormer framing
- 134 sq.ft. of ¼” x ¼” galvanized steel mesh as lathe for entryway, door dormer and window dormer framing
- Misc. items: C rings, two pair C ring pliers, bonding agent, synthetic fibers and liquid admixtures A & B for cement and two steel cables (wrap around dome).
The Kit does not include building plans, engineer seal on plans, energy report, shipping cost, foundation (monolithic slab), assembly costs, purchase of lifting spikes , purchase of 144 bolts/nuts/washers, deposit on 26 steel hubs, precut 2×4’ ribs for rib system, framing for doors and windows, or any interior items except for the interior shell wallboard. The deposit on the hubs is refunded once the hubs are mailed or UPSed back to Ai during the five month rental period. A rental costs for each month over five is $20. If importing kit, hubs are purchased, rental for telescoping for lift is added and $200 international paperwork fee. View Importing for complete details.