dome home kits | AiDomes

This page covers importing geodesic dome home kits.  The Kits can be shipped in containers to any destination in the world.  International Buyers purchase the American Ingenuity dome and pay USA inland trucking costs & ocean shipping costs, because they know they cannot build or buy any conventional home as strong or fire resistant or energy efficient as an American Ingenuity concrete dome. Below are answers to our most frequently asked importing questions and info on what size containers are needed to ship each dome kit size.   To view the dome kit sizes converted to meters, click on Sizes in Meters.

importing Faroe Island Dome

American Ingenuity Dome Being Built on Basement – North Of England

To date Ai has sold dome kits into 47 U.S.A states and fourteen foreign areas. American Ingenuity has exported domes into Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands-St. Kitts and St. Croix, the British Virgin Islands-Tortola, West Indies-Nieves, Canada, Israel, Jamaica, Trinidad, Bahrain, the Faroe Islands (between Iceland/Scotland/Norway) and Tasmania (near Australia). 

Please note the wooden 2×4 rib system is temporary, once all the panel seams/entryways/dormers receive two layers of on site fiber concrete and the entryways and dormers are framed in, the dome is self supporting and the wooden rib system is removed. Some of the wood can be used for interior framing & framing of second floor perimeter knee wall.  There is no wood in or on the American Ingenuity dome exterior walls to rot or to be eaten by termites or to burn.  There are no shingles to blow off in high winds.  No shingles to burn in a forest fire.  The exterior concrete is primed and painted.  The entryways and dormers are framed in with pressure treated wood to accept your locally purchased doors and windows.  To view our web site page that lists what comes in a kit, click on Kit Contents.  To view dome home plans for each size dome, click on Dome Home Plans.

 

Container shipping

Container With 34′ Dome Kit Inside –
ready for semi-truck to pick up and take to USA port for shipment to Tasmania

The following is a list of our most commonly asked importing questions with their answers. 

Q: Do you export the concrete dome kits?

A: Yes. Ai. domes have been exported outside the continental USA. Requests for shipment into your area are best handled by freight forwarders located at your local ports.  Call Ai and give us the receiving port name and names of freight forwarders you want Ai to call about shipping costs and Ai will call for quote.  The freight forwarder will give costs for inland trucking company to bring the container(s) to our factory to be loaded and returned to USA port and ocean shipping costs to your port.

To work with your freight forwarder and assist them with the international paperwork, there is a fee of $200.

Q: What is the most shipping cost paid by dome buyer to receive their Dome Building Kit?

A:  Ai had a buyer in Tasmania (near Australia) who paid $18,000 to ship one 34’ Dome kit with 7” EPS insulation in one 40′ high cube container.  He paid this shipping cost because he knew he could not build or buy any conventional home as strong or fire resistant or energy efficient as an American Ingenuity concrete dome.

The Ai dome is more energy efficient than a conventional house, because of the thick insulation, the reduced exterior surface area and because the exterior walls of Ai dome contain no wood to interrupt the insulation.

Q: Does American Ingenuity have an engineering statement about your dome panels?

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

Q: Please explain about the temporary wooden rib system which supports the panels during kit assembly:

A: American Ingenuity’s Dome Building Kits are erected using a wood rib system to temporarily hold the panels in place until the seam concrete, concrete on the entryways, dormers, cupola and link has cured and the entryways and dormers are framed in. The system is dismantled upon completion of the dome and the 2x4s are recycled as part of the interior framing. Shorter 2×4’s can be used to frame the second floor perimeter knee wall. Behind this knee wall, electrical, plumbing or ducting can be run or the second floor perimeter space can be used for storage.

The Rib System consists of using your own 2x4s, bolts/nuts/washers purchased from Ai and steel hubs purchased from America Ingenuity to assemble a free standing framework which matches the geometry of the dome.  Or Ai can cut, drill and paint the ribs and ship them in the container with your building kit.

Q: Due to high shipping cost to return steel hubs to American Ingenuity from out of country, can the steel hubs be purchased from American Ingenuity? 

A: Yes for three frequency domes (30′ – 48′) the 46 Hubs are purchased from Ai for approx. price of $2,070.  For two frequency domes (15′,18′, 22′ & 27′) the 26 steel hubs are purchased for approx. price of $1,170.

Q: A container has all sides enclosed except for the end versus a kit shipped within the USA is shipped on a semi- truck that has all sides open. How do you load the dome kit into the container?

A: For loading a container Ai has to rent a telescoping forklift which allows the forks to extend into the container to place stacks of panels 39 feet back into the container to load the container. As a result Ai’s forklift cannot be used to load the kit into the container. The rental cost on the telescoping fork lift is $800 for one day rental. If your order includes two or more containers, the telescoping forklift will need to be rented for two days or more. Two day rental cost is approximately $1,235.

Onsite the panels are unloaded by hand one at a time. 

Q: Besides the dome kit and the misc. parts that I can order from American Ingenuity, can I purchase cut, drilled, painted 2×4’s to erect the temporary wooden rib system?

A: Yes the 2×4’s can be purchased from Ai with Ai cutting them to specific lengths, drilling holes and painting the ends. The steel hubs have each leg painted a specific color to match the same color 2×4.  Due to fluctuating 2×4 prices we cannot list exact price. Pricing will be based on current 2×4 costs at the time of shipment.  Ai does not add overhead costs to the labor to cut the 2×4’s. Only the labor costs to cut the 2×4’s plus the actual 2×4 cost determines the pricing.

For two freq domes (15′, 18′, 22’ or 27’) there are 75 – 2×4’s for approx. price of $605. For three freq domes (30′ – 48’)  135 – 2×4’s can be purchased for approx.price of $1,088.  The temporary support system needs 2×4’s cut to a precise length, holes drilled in both ends of the 2×4’s that make the triangles and one hole drilled in the 2×4 leg for the riser wall, and ends painted red, white or blue to match the steel hub leg color. Ai can email the cutting & drilling specs for the 2×4’s to be cut, drilled & painted on site. We realize this cutting, drilling and painting is difficult and time consuming for our clients; therefore, the 2×4’s can be purchased from Ai.

Q: Isn’t shipping expensive to export your kit into my country?
A:
Yes, but if you look at the low cost of the Ai building kits….usually the kits are one third to one half less in cost than the cost for materials to build the exterior walls and roof of a conventional house in your area….that savings can typically cover your shipping costs and more…hoisting mechanism,etc.  Plus you receive more from the Ai Dome, greater strength (225 mph & F4 tornado guarantee) and greater energy efficiency (insulation comparable to 11″ of fiberglass batting) than a conventional house can offer.

American Ingenuity’s manufacturing costs in Florida are well below the national average, which offsets any long distance shipping expenses. Ai can actually manufacture a kit in Florida and ship it to countries cheaper than we could manufacture it there.

PRICING COMPARISONS: When you research other building kit pricing, generally you will find that Ai’s kit pricing is about one third to one half less than conventional building kits. The reason Ai’s kits have a better price is not magic.

  • The primary reason is the design concept. It is far more practical to build a dome with concrete than wood and applying the concrete to rigid foam insulation produces a component panel that provides structure, exterior finish, the insulation and the shell wall board.
  • Our philosophy of each person paying for only what they need; results in a lower kit price as our literature prices are based on their printing costs and only our clients who need an engineering seal, energy report, engineering calculations, etc. pay for those items.
  • Ai’s staff is not on commission.
  • Due to lower labor costs in Florida, Ai can manufacture in Florida and ship to any other location cheaper than it would cost to manufacture in that area.

Remember to compare apples to apples when pricing each company’s building kit. Ai’s panels include all the R-28 insulation already installed, 80% of the dome’s prefinished concrete exterior reinforced with fibers and galvanized steel mesh and all the interior 1/2″ DensArmor shell drywall. In conventional houses you will likely have to purchase the roof trusses, exterior walls, insulation, roofing and ceiling wall drywall and pay for the installation of the trusses, exterior walls, insulation, roofing and drywall. With Ai’s kit the assembly process is placing panels on a temporary wooden rib system, cementing entryways, dormers and the seams between the panels and filling the shell interior wall board seams with joint compound and tape.

Q: What size containers are required to ship American Ingenuity Dome Building Kits?
A:
Until we see the floor plan that you select for your dome(s) we cannot quote the exact number of 20′ high cube container or 40′ high cube container(s) or 45′ high cube container(s) that will be needed.   Your floor plan selection determines the type and number of building options (entryways, dormers, link, cupola, additional risers, etc.) that will be included with your Building Kit.  The following number of containers could increase if all the building options for that size dome are purchased.

To save space Ai usually ships most of the same size items together. So until we can add up each size panel for your floor plan, we do not know the number of containers that will be needed for your order.  Due to the large size triangles of a 40′, 45′ and 48′ domes, the triangle shaped H panels will not fit in the container.  American Ingenuity trims the EPS/wallboard tips off the H panels so that the remaining H panel will fit in the container.  On site during assembly, the tips are reattached with expanding foam supplied with the kit at no cost.

The following info about riser height is explained, because the height of the riser panels effects how many containers are needed for shipment.

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

A: American Ingenuity includes a four foot tall riser panels in the building kit at no extra cost.

The four foot tall riser panels allow for more vertical space near the perimeter of the first floor.  Because of the spherical dome shape, usually 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.  Custom Two Foot Tall Riser Panels can be  installed above standard four foot tall risers. To achieve a taller ceiling height in first floor rooms not under high vaulted ceilings purchase a 2′ tall riser to be installed above the standard 4′ riser.  This results in the first floor ceiling height of rooms not under high vaulted areas

  • 9’6″ for 27′, 30, 34, 36′ (with second floor door dormer)
  • 10′ for 36′ dome with out second floor door dormer
  • 10′ for 40′, 45′ and 48′ domes.

Possible Containers needed to ship American Ingenuity dome building kits.  Because a container has sides, Ai has to rent a telescopic forklift boom to load the container.  Call for current equipment rental costs.

The Ai dome building kits 30′ thru 48′ come with a standard 4′ tall vertical riser panels.  The 15′ & 18′ kits come with 4′ riser panels & 2′ riser panels. The 15′ & 18′ kits can be purchased with 3 1/2″ EPS instead of standard 7″ EPS.  The 22′ & 27′ kits come with either four foot riser or five foot riser panels.  Ai cannot manufacture kits larger than 18′ with 3 1/2″ because the thinner insulation makes the larger panels too flexible causing the concrete to crack.

  • One 15’ – kit with 3 ½” EPS (4’ risers plus 2’ risers) (with 2×4’s) and one 22’ with 7” EPS, ½” drywall (4’ risers) (with 2×4’s) can fit in one 40’ high cube container. H panel tips are not trimmed.
  • One 15’ kit with 3 ½” EPS (4’ risers plus 2’ risers) (with 2×4’s) (no link) (can have ½” drywall) can fit in one 20’ standard container
  • Two 15’ kits with 3 ½” EPS with one entryway on each kit (4’ risers plus 2’ risers) (can have ½” drywall) (no 2×4’s) (no link) will fit in one 20’ standard container.
  • One 15’ kit and one 18’ kit each with 3 ½” EPS with one entryway on each kit (4’ risers plus 2’ risers) (no ½” drywall) (no 2×4’s) (no link) is a real tight fit in one 20’ standard container.
  • Four 15′ kits with 7″ EPS, 1/2″ drywall, standard 4′ risers & 2′ risers & two sets of 2×4 ribs can fit in one 45′ high cube container.
  • Eight 15′ kits with 3 1/2″ EPS, no drywall, standard 4′ risers & 2′ risers & two sets of 2×4 ribs can fit in one 45′ high cube container.
  • One 18’ kit with the panels having 7” eps, ¾” concrete reinforced with galvanized steel mesh and fibers and ½” DensArmor Drywall with one entryway and one window dormer will fit in one 20’ standard container. The kit has 4’ risers and additional 2’ risers made from 7” eps/concrete/drywall.
  • Two 18′ kits with 7″ EPS, 1/2″ drywall, standard 4′ risers & 2′ risers & one set of 2×4 ribs can fit in one 45′ high cube container.
  • One 18’ kit with 3 1/2 “ EPS (4’ risers plus 2’ risers) (with 2×4’s) (no link) (can have ½” drywall) will fit in one 20’ standard container.
  • Two 18’ kits with 3 ½” EPS WITH NO DRYWALL AND NO STEEL REINFORCED CONCRETE will fit in one 20’ standard container.   The kit has 4’ risers and additional 2’ risers made from 3 ½” eps.   On site after the panels are assembled, hand tie galvanized steel mesh on the exterior and apply fiber concrete over the entire exterior.  1,000 sq.ft. of 1”x1” galvanized steel mesh is needed.
  • Four 18′ kits with 3 1/2″ EPS, no drywall, standard 4′ risers & 2′ risers & one set of 2×4 ribs can fit in one 45′ high cube container.
  • One 22′ kit w’ 7″ EPS with standard 4′ risers will fit into one 20′ high cube container.  However it is a very tight fit.  2×4’s for temporary rib system will not fit.   Link will not fit.  
  • One 22′ kit with 7″ EPS with 5′ risers, 2×4’s for temporary rib system and link panels will fit in two 20′ high cube containers.
  • Two 22′ kits w’ 7″ EPS with 4′ or 5′ risers can fit in one 40′ high cube container. 2×4’s for rib system will fit. Link will not fit.
  • One 27′ kit w’ 7″ EPS with 4′ or 5′ risers can fit in one 40′ high cube container.  Link and 2×4’s for rib system will fit.
  • One 22′ kit w’ 7″ EPS with  4′ risers and one 27′ kit with 4′ risers require one 45′ high cube container.
  • Two 27′ kits with 7″ EPS will not fit in one container or on one semi truck.
  • One 22′ kit w’ 7″ EPS with 4′ risers and one 27′ kit with 4′ risers can possibly fit in one 40′ high cube container and possibly one 20′ container.
  • One 30′ kit w’ 7″ EPS with 4′ risers requires one 40′ high cube container or two 20′ high cube containers. Link will not fit. 2×4’s for rib system will fit.
  • One 34′ kit w’ 7″EPS with 4′ risers  requires one 40′ high cube container or three 20′ high cube containers.
  • One 36′ kit w’ 7″ EPS with 4′ risers requires one 40′ high cube container.  2×4’s for rib system will fit. Link will not fit.
  • One 36′ kit w’ 9″ EPS w’ 4′ risers requires one 45′ high cube container.
  • One 40′ kit w’ 7″ EPS with 4′ risers requires  one 45′ high cube container. 2×4’s for rib system will fit. Link will not fit. H panel tips may need to be trimmed.
  • One 40′ kit w’ 9″ EPS with 4′ risers requires one 45′ high cube container. 
  • One 40′ kit w’ 7″ EPS with 4′ risers can be shipped in one 45′ high cube container or  three 20′ high cube containers. H panel tips may need to be trimmed.  2×4’s for rib system will fit.  If a link is included may need one other 20′ high cube container. (due to shape of triangles and size of 20′ container there is wasted space in the 20′ container versus shipping in 40′ high cube containers)
  • One 45’ kit W’ 7″ EPS with 4′ riser requires one 45′ high cube container and one 20′ high cube container.  H panels will need to be trimmed. A link will fit.  2×4’s for rib system will fit.
  • One 48′ kit w’ 7″ EPS with 4′ risers requires one 45′ high cube containers and one 20′ container. H panel tips will need to be trimmed to fit in the container.

Q: Do you have freight forwarder who can estimate the shipping cost on the containers?
A: Yes. 
SR International Logistics, Inc. is a full service international freight forwarder.  David Ross at SR International Logistics Inc. info is www.SRInternational.com 2525 16th Street #208 Denver CO Tel: 1-720-855-3115 Fax: 1-720-855-6464  email: dross@srinternational.com  

Q: Do you have any information on shipping one 40′ high cube container to Port of Spain, Trinidad Tobago?
A: Yes, here is container trucking info and ocean shipping quote to Port of Spain Trinidad as of October 2015.  One 40′ kit can fit in one 40′ high cube container. (H panel tips are cut off to fit in the container and reattached with Enerfoam on site.)

MSC– William Diaz 1 305-477-9277 Ext 75042 email: wdiaz@msn.us
Trucking Cost – 1,496.00 (drop container at Ai factory and pick up next day & delivery to port)
Ocean Shipping – $2,935.00 from Port Everglades, Florida to Port of Spain, Trinidad
Hazardous fee – $100.00 (cans of Enerfoam (adhesive) and cans of cleaner for enerfoam metal dispensing gun cause container to be labelled Hazardous. Results in $100 fee)
Total Trucking & shipping on one Hazardous 40’ High Cube Container  – $ 4,531.00

Q: Do you have any information on shipping to Hawaii?
A:
Yes, shipping to Hawaii involves: containers being delivered to our factory to be loaded; once loaded the containers are transported by truck to a port in California. Then the containers are loaded onto a ship. The company that delivered the containers to our factory was Falcon Transport, Inc. at POBox 411 , Bird-In-Hand, Penna 17505-0411; their phone number is 717-687-0471.

A past rate to have a 40 foot container spotted at our factory here in Rockledge, Fl 32955 and shipped through to Port Hilo, Hi was $14,618. Matson Navigation jhorbaczewski@matson.com at 415-957-4000 handled the boat shipping to Hawaii.

A 45’ kit  requires two containers. A 34’ kit requires one 40′ High Cube container for a shipping of about $14,618.

For example a 45′ kit and a 27′ kit requires two 40′ high cube containers and one 20′ high cube container.

Q: Do you have any information on shipping to Nieves in the West Indies?
A:
Yes, a past rate to have a 40 foot container spotted at our factory here in Rockledge, Fl 32955 and shipped through to Nieves was $8,812.

Q: Do you have any information on shipping to Puerto Rico?
A:
Yes, one of our clients in Puerto Rico purchased two domes, a 34′ and a 45′. Our client used two flat racks and one container that were shipped on Sea Star from the Jacksonville port to San Juan. The shipping was $2,612 for each 40′ flat rack or $5,224. The shipping on the 40′ Standard Container was $2,412, plus the following fees: delivery fee to Aguas Buenas $585, paperwork $140 for a total shipping cost of $8,361 for a 34′ and a 45′ dome.

The Sea Star contact was Jim Stoshak at 904-751-2110.

A Trucking Company that deliveries containers and flat racks to factories to be loaded for export to Puerto Rico: is Magic Transport Miami Fl 305-887-2424 or 888-693-7312, fax 305-887-0320.

Q: Have you exported into Europe?
A:
No but Ai can ship to Europe. We have exported into the Middle East but not into any European countries.

Q: Do you export to the Virgin Islands?

A: Yes. We have shipped two 40′ domes to St. Kitts. MVC Transportation Corporation brought the two 40′ Standard Containers and 40′ flat rack to our factory to be loaded. MVC’s mailing address is POBox 653808, Miami Fl 33265 phone 305-888-4MVC, fax 305-888-8011. The Consignor was Crowley Port Everglades Ft Lauderdale Fl. The Freight Forwarder was Caribbean Freight Systems, Inc. The Port of Loading was the Port Everglades. Port of unloading was St Kitts. Each container cost $5,200 for inland trucking costs and shipping from Port Everglades to Virgin Islands.

Q: Do you export to Mexico?
A:
We can.  Contact a Mexican importing person who can answer your border questions, such as “What are the duties? What paperwork is involved.” The kit is shipped on a semi truck from our Rockledge Florida factory. Your border person may know of Mexican trucking companies that carry loads into Florida. Once that truck’s Florida merchandise is unloaded, it would drive to our factory and be loaded with your kit. Brownsville Texas is about 1,200 miles from our factory. Shipping to that point would be about $2,650 US Dollars at $2.20 per mile estimated shipping costs
.

Q: Do you export to the Middle East?
A:
Yes. In 2004 we got an approximate shipping quote from Transgroup Worldwide Logistics on two 40’ containers being trucked from Miami to our factory, then delivered back to Miami and then shipped to Dubai, UAE for about $5,225. 42 days transit time. This pricing included two hours no charge for each container to be loaded and an additional loading time of two hours per container at $45 per hour ($180). Two drivers at $725 each to bring the container to our factory and take it back to Miami after loading ($1,450). Ocean freight of $1,750 per container from Miami to Dubai UAE ($3,500). And $95 for Documents and forwarding. This does not include any duties or documents for the Dubai port. This quote was from Transgroup Worldwide Logistics/Stephen Brown in Ocean Quoting at 321-868-2230.

Q: Do you export to Canada?
A: Yes. We have shipped domes into
Canada.  But none of our clients allow us to give out their name and numbers for referrals.  

The Canadian broker for L.M. Clark Broker is Steve Martonino, (905-673-8650 ext 224) who did the customs work for Donkers Harris LTD for one of our clients.

In Canada the building department will require the building plans to be engineer sealed prior to giving you a building permit. Ai knows of an engineer licensed to seal our building plans for most areas of Canada. A Canadian seal could cost from $900 to $1,500 to $3,000….depends on the size dome and the foundation type.

Dome Graph

Regular Pricing with Descriptions
To view Building Kit & Building Plans Sale Pricing, click on Sale
Basic Kit Prices Concrete Geodesic Dome Home Kits

Exterior stone front w wood deck240 ft dome on basement

To Learn How To Receive a 15% Discount*

(a savings of $2,412 to $9,017)

Off the 22′ – 48′ Kits w’ One Entryway Pricing listed below, click on Save 15%

Kit Pricing includes  Exterior 3/4″ Fiber Concrete Reinforced w’ Galvanized Steel Mesh, 

7″- R-28 Insulation & 1/2″ DensArmor Plus Gypsum Drywall

The following pricing does not include a discount.
Please click on Sale to see discount.

To view regular and sale pricing on new 15′ & 18′ Tiny Home Kits, click on Tiny Dome

The 15′ – 48′ American Ingenuity Dome Building Kit consists of all the triangular and 4′ riser component panels for the dome shell and panels for one entryway.(The 15′ & 18′ kits also come with additional 2′ risers).  On the exterior of each 15′- 48′ triangle & riser panel is 3/4″ fiber concrete reinforced with galvanized steel mesh, interior has 7″ – R28 Expanded Polystyrene Insulation with 1/2″ Georgia Pacific DensArmor Plus gypsum drywall adhered to the insulation with wallboard adhesive. On site fiber concrete is hand trowelled into the seam areas averaging two inches thick.  Engineers tell us the seam areas act like steel beams.  To view pictures of panels, click on Building Kit Contents

Due to the small size of the 15′ & 18′ tiny homes to obtain vertical space around the dome perimeter to install a shower & other items, the kits come with standard four foot risers and additional two foot risers. The 15′ and 18′ domes can be purchased with 3 1/2″ R14 EPS NOT 7″ R28 EPS and no interior 1/2″ drywall.

Your floor plan selection determines how many additional entryways, door dormers, window dormers that will be shipped with your Kit. To view floor planners, elevation views and stock plans for each size dome, please click on Dome Home Plans.  To view pics, info and Tiny Home Plans, click on Tiny Domes.

To keep building kit pricing low, it is American Ingenuity’s philosophy that each buyer 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 3 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. And some even request engineer sealed structural calculations.  As a result each buyer pays for their plans separately from the building kit and pays for a seal and energy report only if their building department requires them. This can be confusing, so please call our office at 321-639-8777 Monday thru Friday eastern time and we can clarify.  

To learn about American Ingenuity’s 15′, 18′, 22′, 27′, 30′ & 34′ domes utilized as small one bedroom/one bath domes to two bedroom/two bath homes, view Tiny Homes.   To view a page that includes pictures of Kit Assembly, view Dome Kit Assembly.

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

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

To learn about Ai’s Residential Dome Building Plans Sale, click on  Plans Discount and scroll down the page to see the Plans Chart.

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.  While you are on the phone, we will send you a test email and have you send your email to us.

An entryway is a structural item (an awning/eyebrow) that extends out from the dome.  Under this entryway your locally purchased doors and windows are installed.  Each of Ai’s stock floor plans vary in the number and location of entryways and dormers (places for single windows or single doors to be installed).   Building Options is the general term that we apply to entryways, dormers, cupola, taller risers and link.  Building Options  for the 27′ – 48′ domes can add $2,000 to $4,000 on to the price of the basic building kit.  Once your plans are finished, Ai can complete an Order Form/Parts List that lists the items that come with the kit at no additional cost and lists additional items that can be purchased from Ai. For example each customer can purchase from Ai: suspension rods/top plate/bottom plate, additional cans of expanding foam, metal foam dispensing gun, cans of cleaner, bonding agent, fibers, admixtures, Simpson hangers, 1/2″ galvanized steel mesh for exterior framed walls, 2×4’s cut/drilled/painted for your temporary wooden rib system,etc.

Please scroll down this page to see the pricing of the individual Building Options. 

Ai’s stock plans show the location of the entryways, dormers, etc.  If a stock plan does not fit your lifestyle, Ai can modify a stock plan or design a custom plan from your sketches.  Some of the stock floor plans can be viewed and printed out by going to this link Stock Floor Plans.  Please scroll down the page to find the blue hyperlinks to click on.  If you want the stock plans mailed, call for printing and mailing costs.

To view the file that lists the Stock Plans pricing and the appropriate Building Kit with Building Options pricing for some of the stock plans, click on Stock Plan and Stock Kit Prices. Please be aware the pricing does not include any current discounts.  To view the Kit Discount, click on Kit Sale.  Please scroll down the sale page to view the Plans Sale Chart.

To view a file that covers the max square footage by floor in each size dome, please click on Specifications.

Entryways are available as standard, high profile and garage.  The 30′ thru 48′ dome standard & high profile entryways consist of 3 1/2″ E.P.S. with steel mesh attached & concrete on the underside.  22′ & 27′ Garage entryways are 3 1//2″ EPS with no steel mesh. Concrete is applied on site. Second floor window dormers are not available in 15′, 18′, 22′ and 30′ domes.  Second floor door dormers are not available in the 15′, 18′, 22′, 27′, or 30′.

Two domes can be connected by a link. Link panels consist of 7″ or 3 1/2″ thick E.P.S. Steel mesh can be purchased from Ai.  On site, links are custom cut & fitted to the assembled dome kits. On site you or your builder attaches the steel mesh and applies the concrete. Wallboard can be adhered to the link EPS panels at Ai’s plant.  Call for Link pricing.

15′ & 18′ are purchased with standard 4′ riser and additional 2′ risers. 22′ & 27′ domes can be purchased with custom five foot tall risers instead of a four foot risers.   The 30′-48′ domes can have a custom 2′ riser installed above the four foot standard riser.  Call Ai to learn more.  321-639-8777.

To learn more click on:

For garage domes, Ai recommends the 22′, 27′, 30′, 34′ and 36′.   To view Ai’s file on garage domes, click on Garage Domes The dome kit’s standard insulation is noncombustible 7″ R-28 rigid expanded polystyrene (EPS).

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 using locally purchased materials. To compensate for the triangle and riser panels being left out, these “structural awnings” – entryways, dormers, cupola and link have to be installed.    * For additional light, max out the second floor window dormers & door dormers. Install a tall window instead of a door within a door dormer. Or a solar tube can be installed onsite within a panel. (Do not cut within 8” of a seam).
3domes

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

Payment for Building Kits:

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% or 40% deposit (depends on dome size), 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 the 30% or 40% deposit is nonrefundable and your rights to the kit(s) are forfeited.  The balance, in the form of a cashier’s check is due 21 days prior to shipment. Florida residents, add sales tax plus your counties’ surtax.  No Credit Card Charges. If the building kit is shipped out of Florida, no Florida sales tax or surtax is charged.

The Building Kit Order Form lists the following:

  • Building Kit regular and sale pricing
  • Building Kit Option pricing (entryways, window dormers, door dormers, and cupola, etc.)  To learn more click on Building Options.
  • Misc Parts that can be purchased from Ai. For example, Buyer can purchase: suspension rods/top plate/bottom plate, additional cans of expanding foam, metal foam dispensing gun, cans of cleaner, bonding agent, fibers, admixtures, Simpson hangers, 1/4″ or 1/2″ galvanized steel mesh for exterior framed walls, 2×4’s cut/drilled/painted for your temporary wooden rib system,etc.
  • To learn more click on Items not included in the Kit.
  • Deposit on Steel Hubs of $800 for five months rental with a rent of $20 a month thereafter.  Once hubs are shipped back, Ai refunds your deposit less any rental costs or costs for missing hubs.  To assemble the kits use a temporary wooden rib system to support the panels during assembly. Hubs/bolts/nuts/washers are assembled to your wooden ribs into a geodesic skeleton.  To learn more click on Rib. Once all the seams between the panels are concreted, the entryways and dormers are concreted, etc. the rib system comes down. There is no wood in or on the shell to rot or for termites to eat or to burn. 
  • To make assembly of the temporary wooden rib system easier, purchase the 2×4 ribs precut, holes drilled and ends painted from Ai.  Due to the fluctuation on 2×4 wood pricing, call us at 321-639-8777 for current pricing.
  • Purchase bolts, nuts/washers from Ai.
  • Purchase of Panel Lifting Spikes $100.  To learn more click on FAQ Assembly.
  • If the Building Kit will be built in Florida, a Florida sales tax and that particular counties surtax will be listed.
  • Deposit amounts placed and deposit amounts due. 
  • Discount off the kit with one entryway pricing.
  • Expiration dates on discount and pricing.
  • Shipping cost.

All payments are made in USdollars.

Delivery and Availability:

Once Ai receives your 30% or 40% deposit based on your Building Kit with option’s pricing and signed Building Kit Order Form, Conditions of Sale and Specialized Material Agreement, American Ingenuity schedules your kit for manufacturing.  Manufacturing time varies depending on the time of the year.  Can be four weeks to eight weeks or eight to sixteen weeks for manufacturing time. Please call our office at 321-639-8777 for current manufacturing lead time.

Shipping:

One 53 foot long step deck semi-truck can carry five 15′, two 18′ or one 30′, one 36′, one 40′, one 45′, one 48′ kit (with 7″ EPS), one 27′ and one 22′, or two 22′ kits. A 60′ kit requires two semi-trucks. Thicker 9″ insulation will cause the a 45′ and a 48′ kit to require two trucks each for delivery.   American Ingenuity can coordinate the USA shipping.  International clients coordinate their own shipping using a freight forwarder. To learn about importing American Ingenuity’s dome kit, please click on Importing.

The 15′ & 18′ kits can be ordered with 3 1/2″ eps instead of the standard 7″ EPS insulation and no 1/2″ drywall. With less thick insulation up to ten 15′ kits can fit on one truck and four 18′ kits can fit on one truck.

The number of kits one truck can carry can change if the building kit contains four or five entryways, a 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 we know your floor plan selection, Ai can be specific about how many truck(s) your order will take.  Due to the large size triangles of a 48′ dome, the H panels will not fit on the semi-truck.  American Ingenuity cuts the EPS/wallboard tips off the H panels so that the remaining H panel will fit on the truck.  On site during assembly, the tips are reattached with expanding foam supplied with the kit at no cost.

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.  American Ingenuity works with your selected freight forwarder to coordinate your shipment.

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 it to Washington state 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.  Shipping costs are paid to American Ingenuity 21 days prior to the scheduled shipment date with a bank check.

Per mile shipping costs can vary due to fuel costs and travel distances. Click on 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 50% of Ai’s clients do not need engineer sealed building plans or an Energy Report in order to obtain a building permit. As a result the engineer seal and the energy report are separate costs.

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 and you receive more…..greater energy efficiency and greater strength.

 Dome Building Kit:

Ai’s Dome Kit consists of all the triangular and riser component panels for the dome shell and panels for one entryway. Each component panel has 7″ thick rigid, nontoxic R-28 expanded polystyrene insulation (which is comparable to 11″ of fiberglass batting); a steel reinforced concrete exterior surface and interior shell wall board. All triangular and riser panels now include Georgia Pacific 1/2″ DensArmor High Performance gypsum drywall adhered to the interior surface of the insulation with drywall adhesive.  To learn more about what is included in the Building Kit, click on Kit Contents.  The 15′ and 18′ domes can be purchased without drywall and 3 1/2″ EPS or 7″ EPS with drywall.

Due to the thick R28 insulation, the 7″ EPS American Ingenuity Dome will save you 50% to 60% on your heating and cooling expenses versus a conventional house. To learn more about the advantages of the Ai Dome view the files listed under the menu item, Advantages, located at the top of our Home Page.  These Advantages are Energy Efficiency, Strength and Low Exterior Maintenance.

American Ingenuity’s dome building kits do not include doors and windows or any interior items except for the shell insulation and shell drywall. Ai does not believe you should pay the shipping cost for an additional truck to receive doors, windows, interior items, kitchen cabinets, bathroom fixtures, etc. because these items can be sourced and competitively priced locally. The floor plan you select will determine how many entryways or dormers your dome home will have. Within the entryways and dormers {eye brows – structural awnings}, you or your framing subcontractor installs a vertical wall to frame in your locally purchased exterior doors and windows.  To learn more about what is not included in the Building Kit click on Items Not Included.

If your Dome Building Kit is shipped outside of Florida, Florida sales tax or the Florida surtax does not apply.   
 
**The Kit and Option Pricing does not include the costs for the Building Plans, Engineer Fee to design basement/columns/stem wall, etc, Engineer Seal on the building plans (if needed), Energy Report (needed in Florida & California & other states), 2×4’s for the temporary wooden rib system (can be purchased locally and cut/drilled/painted by the buyer or purchased from Ai), Hub Deposit, Lifting Spike Purchase ($100), additional items on the Parts List, Shipping or Fork Lift rental to unload the truck at your site.
***********************************************
Residential Dome Plans
are 25% off the pricing listed below

To view Plan’s Sale Pricing, click on Plans Discount

Dome Diameter

22′ or 27′

30′

34′

36′

40′

45′

48′

Stock Plans

$1,134

$1,198

$1,261

$1,294

$1,333

$1,427

$1,514

Garage Plans From $971 $1,016 $1,062 $1,077 $1,204 $1,276 $1,343

Modified Plans From

$1,365

$1,410

$1,501

$1,544

$1,578

$1,652

$1,771

Custom Plans From

$1,510

$1,585

$1,801

$1,919

$2,033

$2,252

$2,371

Basement Plans From

$971

$1,016

$1,062

$1,077

$1,204

$1,276

$1,343

 

American Ingenuity’s Residential Dome Building Plans are new and improved. Plans include interior wall dimensions and wood joist/edge beam dimensions. To view stock floor plans for each diameter dome, please click on Dome Home Plans and scroll down the page for the pdf hyperlinks.

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

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

Some building departments require the building plans to be engineer sealed by a licensed engineer for your state and an Energy Report to issue a building permit.  If needed the seal and energy report can be purchased from Ai.  The standard foundation under the dome is a concrete slab. For Ai to design a basement or concrete columns or stem wall or pilings, etc. an engineer fee is added to the Plans Quote to cover the cost for a structural engineer to calculate the load of the dome and the load of the two floors within the dome and give joist/edge beam size/spacing and foundation design to our CAD department to incorporate within your plans.  Please call Ai office at 321-639-8777 for engineer fee.

RESIDENTIAL DOME BUILDING PLAN SETS contain all blueprints typically provided with any type of housing and include floor plans, exterior elevations, dome shell section view, top view showing panel placement, floor joist framing plans, structural details, and locations of plumbing and electrical fixtures. The Plans do not include the plumbing, electrical or HVAC diagrams because Ai has found that the subs like to draw their own diagrams. 

Stock, Modified or Custom Plans & Delivery Time: Some of  Ai’s stock plans are on this web site. To receive others via email at no cost, call us at 321-639-8777. If you want the stock plans mailed, call for printing and mailing costs.  In the Planning Kit is a 60 page Stock Floor Plan Booklet that contains some of the stock plans printed out for the 22′ thru 48′ domes. Ai does not keep stock plans printed out. So from the point Ai receives your Building Plan order to the point we mail your stock building plans (with concrete foundation) can be two to four weeks.  Allow at least five weeks for modified plans and ten – twelve weeks for custom plans. If you do not see a plan that fits your lifestyle we can modify our stock plans or Ai can design custom plans for a the same discount as stock plans. To learn more about this service, click on Stock, Modified, Custom.

How the plan design process works:

If you do not see a stock plan that fits your needs, what Ai has found works best is for you to sketch out your ideas on a stock plan, on blank floor planners that can be emailed to you or on the blue floor planner pages located in the back of the stock floor plan booklet.  Then email the sketches to us or fax them to us at 321-639-8778. After you fax, please call our office at 321-639-8777 and confirm Ai received your fax….correct number of pages, pages legible, etc. Ai does not make in-office appointments to discuss floor plans. Please include your name, address, telephone number and best time(s) to contact you. The plans supervisor will review your sketch, call you with questions and email you a price quote. Once Ai receives a signed Plans Quote and payment in full for the Building Plans, Engineer Seal/Energy Report  if required by your building department, Ai schedules your building plans for production.

Ai will fax or email you three rough drafts that you review and make changes on and email or fax back to us. After you approve the final draft, CAD designs your structural blue prints and completes your plans.

Engineer seal:

About half the states in America and all new construction in Florida and California require engineer sealed building plans and an Energy Report to obtain a building permit. The seal and the energy report can be purchased through American Ingenuity. In Florida a 36′ or smaller dome seal is $400; 40′, 45, and 48′ seal is $500. The Florida Energy Report for one dome is $190. 

If your building department requires an engineer seal and you want to build on a basement then this means your basement plans will need to be engineer sealed as well as your dome plans.  Please call us for plans and seal pricing. Ai utilizes an engineer who has seals for 47 states. His fee to seal one dome on a concrete slab is $600; two domes is $900.  If you build the dome on a basement, his fee to seal the basement plans is $200.

American Ingenuity’s dome exceeds any state’s building codes. But the building departments do not know this so they require a licensed engineer certified for your state to review our Building Plans and affix his seal and signature to the structural sheets. His seal and signature means that Ai’s Building Plans comply with your state’s building codes. To learn more click on Engineer Seal.

Dome Building Plans Payment:

Building plans may be purchased with Master Card, Visa, Discover, Check, or Money Order.   Plans pricing does not include shipping cost.   All payments are to be made in USdollars. Ai does not accept American Express cards. 

Commercial Building Plans: American Ingenuity does not have stock commercial plans.  Plans pricing quoted above and elsewhere on American Ingenuity’s web site are for residential homes.  Domes can be utilized for commercial purposes; however the plans are much more complicated to design due to commercial code. Commercial plans will cost two to three times the price of residential dome plans. Once Ai sees your floor plan layout, calls your building department to find out what design criteria they require and calls the engineer that will seal your building plans, Ai can complete a Plans Quote.

Commercial Dome Buildings: Ai’s dome building kits are ideal for a church. However obtaining a building permit on a commercial structure, especially a church where people gather is not easy. The building departments tend to be more stringent on commercial buildings. For example, they will require you to hire a licensed builder and licensed subcontractors to finish a commercial structure.  The building department will require an interior sprinkler system.  Typically commercial structures cost double the price per square foot to build than a home.

12′ UTILITY DOME or GEOPOD Info

No metal to rust, no wood to rot or be eaten by termites.  R-8 EPS insulation, 12′ diameter, 9’4″ high in the center with 110 sq.ft.  The geometry is a one half sphere of a two frequency icosahedron on a 40″ riser wall.  The web site file with photos & other info is GeoPod.

  • Utility Dome Kit with one entryway $750, with two entryways $790.
  • Uses: Great for Camping out on your property or for a permanent Hunting Shelter.    Endless storage possibilities–  take care of lawn equipment,  pool & sports gear, and  all those cumbersome items that collect & clog up your garage. Could also be used to store tools during construction of your dome home.  Make  gardening or fix-it jobs easier with a potting shed or work shop.  Build a backyard dome playhouse with your children.   Paint your outdoor camping or get-a-way dome, camouflage colors and blend right in with nature and the environment.
  • Domes may be linked by using an optional 2nd entryway.  There are no extra link panels, just the entryway panels.
  • 2″ thick EPS panels (R-8) are precut to proper computer generated angles, but are not concreted since it is more cost effective for you to concrete the entire dome at one time.
  • Kit includes:  2″ EPS insulation panels consisting of 37 precut triangular, 9 precut 40″ riser panels & precut entryway, fibers, slab plans and assembly instructions.
  • Assembly: Assemble  EPS panels by rows, propping up the panels, attaching panels to your prepared foundation & to each other panel with pins & foam adhesive.  Install your own vents to suit. Install your 6’x6’door, windows under the entryway.  Conceal any electrical wiring for outlets or lighting in the panels.  Coat the entire exterior with a thin 1/4″ layer of fiber reinforced concrete, then prime and paint the dome with two coats of good quality exterior concrete paint.
  • Finish the interior with joint compound, plaster or stucco.
  • Shipped via NIShippers on a pallet anywhere in USA for around $270 to $600.

This web site file contains YouTube Videos & Free Info on the American Ingenuity concrete dome homes.  Click on Dome Overview to view a video of Glenda explaining the American Ingenuity dome. To view an interview with an Ai Dome Owner, click on CNBC Video.  To view a small color flyer, click on flyer

To view DVD at no cost, click on DVD.  To view examples of American Ingenuity’s stock plans for each of the ten dome kit sizes we manufacture, please view Geodesic dome floor plans. Please scroll down the page to view the plan hyperlinks to click on.

To view our web site article which has a chart summarizing items which can be purchased from Ai, click on Chart.  In that article we list the sale price of the stock plans and sale pricing for the building kits for each stock plan.  This plan and building kit sale pricing does not include any unadvertised specials.  Please scroll down the page to find the Chart and then click on Continued to go to a second page which describes the contents of the building plans, engineering services, finished cost per sq.ft., temporary wooden support system, etc.

 The following are Three YouTube Videos of American Ingenuity Domes:

   Exterior & interior of two dome complex for sale in Albuquerque New Mexico.

 


(Dome in New York)


(Dome in Oregon)

 

To view video with pictures, please click on video.

To view photo galleries of domes being assembled, view Dome Kit Assembly and Construction Overview.  To view gorgeous photos of dome interiors, click on 40′ dome   NC Dome,  California DomeTo view other dome photos, on the left hand side of our Home Page look for menu item named Pictures.  Below it are 14 sub menu items to click on to view various dome photos. 

FREE INFO

To view DVD at no cost, click on DVD. 

To view examples of American Ingenuity’s stock plans for each size dome, please click on Geodesic dome floor plans. Please scroll down the page to view the hyperlinks to click on.

Because of spam filters good emails, do not get through. If you email us and do not receive a reply, please call us to see if we received your email.  Please put our email addresses in your contact list so you can receive our replies.  Our email addresses are GlendaB.Aidomes@gmail.com and DawnM.Aidomes@gmail.com   If you email and do not receive a reply please call and we will resend the email.

Prior to Purchasing Property

At No Cost To You Ai Will Call Your Building Department

To Assure the Dome Kit Can Be Built & What Is Required To Obtain a Building Permit

Prior to purchasing property, call Ai and ask for our Buying Land document that lists items to check before land purchase. If you own your property the document is an excellent checklist for what items need to be accomplished prior to home construction.

If you own your property or have narrowed your property searches down to one parcel, please provide Ai the property address or tax ID number and the name and telephone number of the building department and Ai will call the plans examiner and show him or her our web site, email drop box invitation containing set of generic dome plans, engineering statement and example of structural wind/snow/seismic calculations.

Ai will confirm the building department will accept American Ingenuity’s prefabricated panel as is, and what additional paperwork (other than Building Plans) and requirements are needed for a permit to be issued (i.e. engineer seal, energy report). Each state, county and city building departments have specific requirements and requests. Ai will recap the conversation with the building department, listing person’s name, etc and email to you…all at no cost to you and with no obligation to purchase building plans or a building kit.