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Interested in Tiny Dome Home Kits for Special Hideaway, vacation cabin, second home, guest house, hunting cabin, glambing, tiny home, micro home, cottages for resort, mother in law home, rental units for veterans, or starter home? The Ai dome is much stronger, has noncombustible materials in its wall panels, fire resistant concrete exterior & more insulated than a log cabin, concrete block house, framed structure, tent or yurt.  Exciting News Ai has added two new tiny home sizes to its Tiny Home assortment – 15′ and 18′!  These Tiny Dome Home Kits are constructed using Ai’s superior prefabricated insulated concrete panel system. Below is single photo of 22′ dome and below that is Photo Gallery of various Tiny Home Photos.  Scroll below to see Ai’s sample stock floor plan layouts for Tiny Homes (172 sq.ft. to 1,278 sq.ft) and photos.  To view sale pricing for the kits shown in the layouts, click on Tiny Home Kit & Plans Sale Pricing.

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Photo is of Assembled 22′ Kit – 370 sq.ft.
Ai has 15′ & 18′ & other Tiny Home Kits. See Below.

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The following three floor plans are the layouts

that were built in the domes featured in the above photo gallery.

 New Mexico – Floor Plan -Three 22’ Domes

South Carolina – Floor Plan – 22’ Tiny Home

Florida – Floor Plan 22’ Workshop Dome

Within the top photo gallery there are pictures of three different 22′ domes which were built from customized 22′ plans. 

  1. The New Mexico – three 22′ domes were built for a 1,189 sq.ft. vacation home.  To view photo gallery containing other photos of the NM domes, click on three 22′ domes.
  2. The South Carolina 22′ dome was built as a one bedroom one bath tiny home of 388 sq.ft including storage area. Separate 12′ Pod has 109 sq.ft. for washer and dryer.
  3. The Florida 22′ dome was built for a 349 sq.ft. work shop.

American Ingenuity’s Tiny Dome Kit assortment consists of six kit sizes measured in diameter by feet: 15′, 18′, 22′, 27′, 30′ & 34′.  These domes have square footage from 172 to 1,278.   Below are stock plans for the 15′ – 34′ domes and pictures of a 34′ dome home with other info.  To view regular and sale pricing with specifications on the 15′, 18′, 22′, 27′, 30′ & 34 click on Tiny Dome

  1. 15′ – 172 sq.ft. – one bedroom one bath size – one floor with optional attic/loft.
  2. 18′ – 249 sq.ft. – one bedroom one bath size – one floor with optional attic/loft.
  3. 22′ – 370 sq.ft. – one bedroom one bath size – one floor with optional attic/loft.
  4. 27′ – 786 sq.ft. – two bedrooms two bath size – two floors. Two frequency geometry that allows for 2nd floor egress window.
  5. 30′ – 1,089 sq.ft. – one bedroom one bath size on first floor. No egress window on second floor (3 freq)…use second floor for storage, office, work shop, additional bathroom or craft area.
  6. 34′ – up to 1,100 – 1,278 sq.ft. – two bedroom two bath size – two floors.  Second floor window dormer panels will not accept fire egress size window. As a result  a second floor door dormer is installed above above a first floor standard entryway to frame in egress window.

As far as Tiny Homes meeting minimum size house requirements – in some areas groups are petitioning their county or their city governing bodies to allow them to have Tiny Home Communities (called pocket neighborhoods) where the minimum house size can be below state code. The City of Rockledge Florida agreed that a group whose face book page is called Rockledge Tiny House Community can purchase property and build Tiny Homes from 172 sq. ft up to 1000 sq ft. in their city.   Normally in Florida the minimum new house size requirement is 500 sq.ft. or 800 sq.ft. or 1,000 sq.ft.  So congratulations to the City of Rockledge Tiny House Group for its victory in changing minimum size house requirements in their city to 172 sq.ft.

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15′ Tiny Dome Stock Floor Plans

15′ Dome: one bedroom one bath Tiny Home with first floor of 172 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. or 1,000 sq.ft. And in some areas building code requires a garage. An attic loft can be designed.

15′ dome kit can be purchased with 3 1/2″ EPS and no 1/2″ interior drywall. Up to Ten 15′ kits with 3 1/2″ EPS & no 1/2″ drywall can fit on one 53 foot step deck semi-truck  Or up to five 15′ kits with 7″ EPS & 1 2″ Drywall can fit on one semi-truck.

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18′ Tiny Dome Stock Floor Plans

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.

22′ Tiny Dome Stock Floor Plans

22′ Dome:  one bedroom one bath size dome home with only first floor with max square feet of 370. 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 500 sq.ft. or 800 sq.ft.   And in some areas building code requires a garage. A storage loft can be designed.

27′ Tiny Dome Stock Floor Plans

27′ Dome:  two bedroom one bath size dome home for max square feet of 786 on the two floors (555 on the first floor and max 231 sq.ft. on the second floor).   Due to spherical dome shape, the 27′ dome’s second floor exterior walls slope down from 9’1″in the center to the floor.  Code allows for square footage to be calculated to five feet of height.  The 231 second floor square footage in the 27′ dome is the area that is below the 9’1″ center to where the dome walls slope down to five feet tall.  Around the second floor five foot perimeter areas the following items can be placed:  headboard for bed, night tables, desks, or dressers.  

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.

30′ Tiny Dome Stock Floor Plans

30′ Dome:  one bedroom one bath size dome house total 878 square feet on two floors.  Bedroom is designed on the first floor. The 30′ domes second floor panels are too small to accept a window dormer.  As a result a bedroom cannot be installed on the second floor because there is no fire egress window. The second floor could be used for storage or office area, craft room, etc.  (665 on the first floor and max 213 sq.ft. on the second floor).   Due to spherical dome shape, the 30′ dome’s second floor exterior walls slope down from 8’4″in the center to the floor.  Code allows for square footage to be calculated to five feet of height.  The 213 second floor square footage in the 30′ dome is the area that is below the 8’4″ center to where the dome walls slope down to five feet tall.  Around the second floor five foot perimeter areas the following items can be placed:  headboard for bed, night tables, desks, or dressers.  The 30′ dome can be built without a second floor.

34′ Tiny Dome Stock Floor Plans

34′ Dome two bedroom two bath size dome house total 1,278 max square feet on the two floors.  Bedroom & bath on first floor and bedroom & bath on the second floor.  (852 on the first floor and max 427 sq.ft. on the second floor).   Due to spherical dome shape, the 34′ dome’s second floor exterior walls slope down from 9’9″ in the center to the floor.  Code allows for square footage to be calculated to five feet of height.  The 427 second floor square footage in the 34′ dome is the area that is below the 9’9″ center to where the dome walls slope down to five feet tall.  Around the second floor five foot perimeter areas the following items can be placed:  headboard for bed, night tables, desks, or dressers.  

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.

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Have you dreamed about living in a super-Green, super strong home? Would you like good living in small spaces? American Ingenuity has the solution for you.  Choose from six sizes: 15′, 18′, 22′, 27′, 30′ or 34′ tiny domes. Or utilize the 15′-34′ domes to build a small vacation home, glambing dome, get-a-way or work shop dome. Can’t envision living in such a tiny home, view Ikea YouTube to see video filmed by an Ikea customer in Ikea store.
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 dome info.22' Exterior solar Pineapple 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.

 

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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.

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
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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.