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Ai Dome Regular Price Sheet  

GEODESIC PREFAB CONCRETE DOME BUILDING KIT: Consists of all the triangular and 4’ riser component panels for the dome shell and panels for one entryway. Each component panel has 7″ R-28 expanded polystyrene insulation (E.P.S.) and a prefinished exterior of concrete reinforced with galvanized steel mesh and fibers. All triangular and riser panels have Georgia Pacific ½” DensArmor Plus gypsum drywall on the interior surface. 15′ & 18′ kit come with 4′ risers & 2′ risers. 22’ & 27’ can have 5’ riser instead of 4’ risers.  30’- 48’ kits come with standard 4′ risers.  To increase first floor ceiling height where a second floor is above, on site install a one foot tall or two foot tall perimeter wall to increase the height to 8’6″ or 10’.

To learn about Kit Contents click on Kit Contents.

Your floor plan selection determines the type and number of entryways and dormers -structural awnings which extend out from the dome. Under the awning a framed wall is installed to frame in your locally purchased exterior doors and windows.  To view entryway and dormer descriptions, click on Building Options.   To view stock floor plan layouts for each size dome, click on Stock Plans.  To view Plans Sale Pricing and Kit Sale Pricing for each stock plan, click on Plans & Kit Sale Pricing.    To view current Plans and Kit Discount off regular pricing, click on Discount.

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American Ingenuity 2017 Dome Kit Regular Pricing – see kit w/ entryway & plans discount coupon
DOME BUILDING KIT: Consists of all the triangular and 4’ riser component panels for the dome shell and panels for one entryway. Each component panel has 7" R-28 expanded polystyrene insulation (E.P.S.) and a steel reinforced concrete exterior surface. All triangular and riser panels have Georgia Pacific ½” DensArmor Plus gypsum drywall on the interior surface. 15' & 18' kit come with 4' risers & 2' risers. 22’ & 27’ can have 5’ riser instead of 4’ risers. 30’- 48’ kits come with 4' riser. On site add one foot or two foot concrete wall above footer to build dome on.
Dome Diameter15'18'22’ 27' 30' 34' 36' 40' 45'48'
Maximum Living Area (sq. ft.)1722493707868781,2781,4181,9572,5822,992
Kit Price w' one entry - 4' risers. 7" EPS, 1/2" drywall. (15' & 18' have 4' +2' risers in kit) $16,080$17,997$21,300$28,034$31,364$36,811$39,884$45,941$54,393$60,111
Kit Price w' one entry - 4' risers. 3 1/2" EPS, and no 1/2" drywall.$15,217$16,947N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Entryway, Standard N/AN/AN/AN/A640660670685720750
Entryway, Garage$440$440440440640660670685N/AN/A
Entryway, High ProfileN/AN/AN/AN/A6206857308309401155
Window Dormer 1st Floor (WD)$345$345345345345345345345345345
Window Dormer 2nd Floor (WD)N/AN/AN/A345N/A345345345345345
1st Floor Door Dormer (DD)$345$345365375375375380385400410
2nd Floor Door Dormer (DD)N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A435445465495
Each 5’ Riser instead of 4’ RiserN/AN/A314314N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Each 2’ Riser above 4’ Riser with Kitwith KitN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A314314
2’ Taller Entryway two base panels with Kitwith Kit122122122122122122122122
2’ Taller 1 st Fl DD two base panels $61$616161616161616161
9" Insulation call for pricingcall for pricing$2,014$2,440$2,650$3,090$3,340$3,715$4,305$4,795
Where doors & windows are located in the dome, structural awnings called entryways and dormers must be installed. The type & number of Building Options are determined by your choice of floor plan & whether you desire taller risers; therefore, each option is priced separately. If your plan contains only one entryway, custom risers can add $2,320 to $4,204 to your order. Entryway and Dormer panels consist of 3½" EPS with steel mesh attached (except for 22’ & 27’) requiring on-site concreting. Standard & High Profile entryway panels for 30’ and larger domes are concreted on the interior side. Call for Link pricing. Link can be purchased with wallboard. Links consist of precut 7” EPS. Steel mesh can be purchased from Ai. The link requires on-site mesh installation and concreting. * 45’ & 48’ dome kits with 9” insulation require two trucks for transport.
American Ingenuity Domes are designed with flexibility, allowing you to create your own personal home. Exterior 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). To view stock plans for each size dome, click on Dome Home Plans.
PAYMENTBuilding Kit orders require a 30-40% deposit. The balance, in the form of a cashier's check, is due 21 days prior to shipment. Florida residents add sales tax & your counties surtax. No credit card charges.
SHIPPINGAmerican Ingenuity can arrange shipping on 53’ step deck semi-trucks. Freight varies from $2.50 to $2.90 per mile ($800 minimum) per truck, from Ai plant in Rockledge, Florida. One truck can carry one 30', 34', 36’, 40', 45', or 48' kit w’ 7” EPS, or two 22’ or two 27' kits. Link for USA shipping info. Link for International Shipping info.
AVAILIBILITYAllow 8 to 16 weeks after completing a Building Kit Order Form, Conditions of Sale with Material Order Agreement.
(2 SETS)
15'18'22’ 27'30’34’36’40’45’48'
Stock Plans$994$994$1,134$1,134$1,198$1,261$1,294$1,333$1,427$1,514
Garage Plans FromN/AN/A$971$971$1,016$1,062$1,077$1,204$1,276$1,343
Modified Stock Plans from$1,165$1,165$1,365$1,365$1,410$1,501$1,544$1,578$1,652$1,771
Custom Plans from$1,310$1,310$1,510$1,510$1,585$1,801$1,919$2,033$2,252$2,371
Basement Plans from**N/AN/A$971$971$1,016$1,062$1,077$1,204$1,276$1,343
·Plans Pricing does not include printing or shipping. To view Plans Sale Pricing, please click on Sale and scroll down the page to see the Plans Sale Chart.
**The standard foundation under Ai’s domes is a concrete slab. Other types of foundations; i.e. basements, stem wall, pilings, require the hiring of an engineer. Call for engineer pricing.
Building Plan sets contain 13 - 17 blueprints typically provided with any type of housing and include floor plans, exterior elevations, and dome shell section view, top view showing panel placement, floor joist framing plans, structural details, and locations of plumbing and electrical fixtures. Engineer Seal is not included. To view listing of plan sheets, click on Plans FAQ and scroll down the page to view the listing.
Plans may be purchased with a credit card, check or money order. Stock plans utilize a concrete slab foundation and are delivered within 2-4 weeks, Allow at least 5 modified plans and 10-12 weeks for custom plans.
Conditions and costs may change requiring our prices to increase without prior notice

Engineer Sealed Dome Building Plans can be purchased from American Ingenuity.

45' dome on full basement by pond in summer time. The pictures in this grouping are for this dome.

45′ dome on full basement by pond in summer time.

Pictured above is 40′ dome on full basement in Missouri. 

Standard entryways, second floor balcony, cupola.

It is American Ingenuity’s philosophy that each customer pay for only what they need. Ai does not burden the price of the building kit with plan’s pricing, engineer seal cost or energy report cost. Building plans are purchased three months to 1 1/2 years prior to kit shipment.  About 50% of the building departments require engineer sealed plans and an energy report to issue a permit. As a result each customer pays for their plans separately from the building kit and pays for a seal and energy report only if their building department requires them.  Commercial building plans and their engineer seal can cost 2-3 times the price of residential dome plans due to the complexity of the plan design.  To view sale pricing on the dome plans and the dome building kit, please click on Sale.  Dome Kit Assembly photos can be viewed at Kit Assembly.  Engineering statement can be viewed at Statement.  To view examples of stock floor plans for each diameter of dome, click on Tiny Domes and  Geodesic Dome Home Plans. Once on the page, scroll down to find the hyperlinks to click on.

Please ask for your buying land and zoning checklist document which can be used to determine if an Aidome can be built on the property you own or are considering purchasing: 

  1. First call the building department that governs the property who will issue the building permit, show them our web site (photos of domes) and explain you are wanting to build a round concrete dome that has no shingles.  Can you obtain a building permit if you submit Building Plans sealed by an engineer licensed for USVI or Florida (or do they require engineer licensed for your country) and their other required documents (site map, survey, electrical/plumbing/hvac diagrams, window and door specification sheets, etc.)?  Of course we understand during plans review a check list may come back of items to be revised. Ai and the engineer will make the changes at no cost with the buyer of the plans resubmitting the plans per the building department’s requests.
  2. Get all relevant questions answered that are in the buying land document
  3. Second call the zoning department and give them the property’s tax ID number you are considering buying or own and ask the questions in the zoning checklist which accompanies this buying land document.

What are building departments concerned with? They are concerned with strength and safety and domes excel in these areas. Building departments and building codes are not concerned with appearance; although a plans examiner may be unfamiliar with the aspects of dome construction.  They are also concerned with environmental issues and endangered plants and animals.  Ai can email you a document that lists the items to watch out for prior to purchasing land and the questions to ask if you already own your property.

Do some building departments require engineer sealed building plans to obtain a building permit? About 50% of Ai’s client’s building departments require engineer sealed building plans to issue a building permit.  Call your building department and find out what they require to issue a permit.  If they require engineer sealed plans, this means that a licensed engineer for your state will need to review American Ingenuity’s building plans to assure that they comply with your state’s building requirements. Ai has a list of engineers certified for all USA states who have sealed Ai plans.  Ai calls the engineer and obtains a seal cost which is included on your Plans Quote. When you agree with the Plans Quote and make payment in full for the plans and the engineer seal, Ai starts your plans design and emails the pdfs to the engineer for his review. He tells us of any changes, we make those changes, plot out your plans and mail them to the engineer for his stamp and signature.  He then mails them on to you. His signature and stamp means he takes responsibility for the dome design not your building department. 

Does all new construction in Florida and California require engineer sealed plans & energy report to obtain a building permit? Yes. 

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 the standard foundation included with the stock plans? 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 fee.

Florida Engineer Seal info:

  • A Florida engineer seal for 36′ or smaller dome built on a slab is $400. The seal cost for a 40′ – 48′ dome on a slab is $500.

Florida building departments also require a Florida Energy Report to be submitted at the same time the Florida sealed building plans are submitted.  This report is quite detailed and specific – Ai no longer completes this report but provides the dome info to the company completing the energy report for $100. Please call Ai at 321-639-8777 for specifics.

Building in California:  A California engineer seal for one dome (22′ – 48′) on a slab is $600. Plus California requires Energy Calculations. Ai. can put you in contact with a firm that performs the California Energy Calculations. 

The following building departments in California will allow the Ai dome to be built – California Counties of San Diego, San Bernardino, Trinity, Solona, Shasta and Riverside. The building department will accept CA engineer sealed plans, CA sealed structural calculations, CA sealed engineering statement that includes the following: “panel composition of the geodesic dome buildings is designed in accordance with and conforms to the intent of California Building Code that allows for alternative materials and methods of construction”.  If you are thinking of building near a large California city, the building department could require that the building kit be certified by the state of California. It is not cost effective for American Ingenuity to pay for this certification.  As a result if this is required, the Ai dome cannot be built.

At no cost to you, Ai can contact your building department –  show them our web site and email generic plans, engineering statement, sample of structural calculations.  When calling Ai will ask if California engineer sealed plans, California Energy Report, California sealed engineering statement and wind/seismic/snow/bracing calculations and all their other required paperwork and reports are submitted can a residential building permit be obtained on the Ai dome kit.  Ai is happy to talk to your building officials to answer their questions.

What does the engineer do? He reviews the American Ingenuity Dome Building Plans to assure that they comply with your state’s building codes. The engineer will let us know if anything needs to be changed. We make the changes to the plans and we send the revised plans to the engineer who then crimps them with his seal and signs his name to the structural sheets. This seal and his signature mean that he certifies that the plans comply with your state’s building codes. Either we or the engineer mails the signed plans to you. You take them along with the other required paperwork to your building department to obtain your building permit. Because each city and county within each state can have varying requirements, your city or county building department may request some changes to the sealed plans. Ai will work with your building department to make those changes at no cost to you. However if the engineer has to get reinvolved with design work, there may be an engineering fee. If your building department will not accept the changes via electronic sealed document and require the revised sheets to be printed or new sets of sealed plans submitted, the buyer will incur a plotting and shipping cost on the required blueprints.

When an engineer seals a set of plans he is taking responsibility for the structural design for a single dome in the location intended and the seal would not apply to other projects.

Can Building Departments be hard to work with? Not normally.  American Ingenuity is used to working with building departments and is happy to answer any and all of their questions. For example we had two clients in Palatka Florida who were going for building permits around the same time. Their building department approved their plans (with no changes) within a couple of weeks. Similar plans with similar information were submitted to counties south of us and the building officials wanted changes and took a couple of months to give the client a building permit. Ai never knows how each building official will interpret the Building Codes for their state.

Tell me about the strength of the Ai dome. The code design criteria requires that Ai show the American Ingenuity Dome Building can with stand wind, snow and seismic loading.  Our standard design will accommodate forces in excess of up to 225 mph winds, F4 tornado and 50 lbs. snow load.  Click on Strength to learn more.

To view pictures about the kit assembly, click on Dome Kit Assembly.

Our dome design has proved itself by withstanding hurricane Andrew’s 200 mph winds, sub-zero temperatures and heavy snow loads of Canada and the Northwest Territory, a 30″ in diameter tree impact, four Florida hurricanes in 2004 and many other conditions since 1976. Click on Hurricane Recap to learn more.  Although our Building Plans have been reviewed by over 30 different engineers, the plans do not come with an engineer’s seal for the following reasons.  About half of our dome owners needed engineer sealed Building Plans to obtain a building permit and rather than adding the engineer seal cost to all plans it is more economical to have the plans sealed as needed. As the designer and manufacturer American Ingenuity would not hesitate to guarantee the structural integrity of our dome and we do just that with our guarantee. Each state only accepts a seal from an engineer who is registered in that state which prevents us from applying any seal that would be universally accepted.

Does the Ai Dome comply with the new  Florida Building Code? Yes, although we have been informed that Dade and Broward Counties in South Florida require product approval on the wall segments. Due to the cost and complexity of the tests, Ai has concluded it is not economical for us to pursue product approval. Ai has found that most all other Florida building departments will accept Florida engineer sealed plans, Florida Engineer Sealed Structural Calculations and Florida engineer sealed engineering statement that says “panel composition of the geodesic dome buildings is designed in accordance with and conforms to the intent of 2014 Florida Building Code 5th Edition, Residential and referenced provisions of the 2014 Florida Building Code, Building that allows for alternative materials and methods of construction.”