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This page contains photo gallery showing American Ingenuity Geodesic Dome Home Entryways & Dormers.  The diagram below identifies structural awnings where your locally purchased doors and windows can be installed in the dome exterior walls.  At specific locations around the perimeter of the dome, triangles and riser panels can be left out to provide openings where structural awnings called entryways and dormers are installed. Under these structural awnings you or your framer builds 2×6 framed walls and installs your locally purchased doors and windows. To compensate for the triangle and riser panels being left out, these “structural awnings” – entryways and dormers have to be installed.  To view info about Entryways & Dormer Building Options, click on Options.  To view sample dome home plans showing exterior door and window locations in the living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, etc, please click on Dome Home Plans.

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Following is a thesis on geodesic domes written in 2010 by Taralyn Fender who teaches math at a University.  The title of her thesis: Are Geodesic Dome Homes More Energy Efficient and Wind Resistant Because They Resemble a Hemisphere?

The Conclusion of her thesis: Simulations and observations from hurricane disaster scenes do suggest that the geodesic dome structures suffer far less destruction than rectilinear structures. The hypothesis is that geodesic domes are more energy efficient and more wind resistant because they more closely resemble a hemisphere.

 

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forecast of atlantic seasonal hurricane activity

To view past hurricane information and to view hurricane forecasts go to the Department of Atmospheric Science’s web site at http://hurricane.atmos.colostate.edu/Forecasts/

To view the hurricane information for each year, select the year you want to see.

 

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Kaufman 45′ dome home linked to 34′ garage dome in Forest Ranch California

Utilizes Heat Recovery Ventilator & Geothermal Energy for Heating & Cooling

The following article was taken from the Summer 2009 Butte Environmental Council’s (BEC) News.   The geodesic dome home featured was built from American Ingenuity dome building kits.  BEC is a not-for-profit public benefit corporation.  Founded in 1975, BEC protects the land, air, and water of Butte County California through advocacy, environmental education, and information and referral services.

ChicoEco Highlights a Geodesic

By Nani Teves

Hidden among the trees in the mountain community of Forest Ranch is the most amazing example of living more responsibly by combining conservation and cutting edge.  Ron Kaufman and Marti Leicester spent four years planning and 14 months building their geothermally heated and cooled, concrete geodesic dome home, which, when all was said and done was approximately the same cost as building a traditional house of the same size.

A geodesic dome looks like the top half of a soccer ball, and theirs is two domes connected by a 12 ft length.  They used concrete as a building material because it is low maintenance, highly insulated, insect resistant, and most importantly for their area – fire resistant.  They built to optimize passive solar potential usinged double pane windows.

Throughout the house, renewable and reused building materials were used including the floor, which is made from Marmoleum, a durable linoleum made from linseed oil, jute and rosin.  For carpeted areas, 1ft by 2ft squares were used, making it possible to replace only damage areas.  Framing studs were reused to build the loft, the kitchen cabinets are bamboo and the stairs, window seats and baseboards are all make from a material called Evergrain, which consists of 50% HDPE (typically recycled milk bottles) and 50% wood fibers (typically old pallets).

One of the most fascinating things about this house is that it uses geothermal energy for heating and cooling.  The system was expensive but they wanted to push the technology forward by experimenting.  How the system works is heat is collected from the dome interior and then pumped into the ground during cooling, and reversed during heating.  They hired an out of state company (no one was available locally or even in California) to drill four 180ft deep holes.  Crystal Air in Weaverville installed the system by placing tubing surrounded by Bentonite in the holes.  A two-way pump is run using energy from PG&E and a back-up generator, and the extra heat from this system is used to preheat the water for their on-demand tankless water heater.

Another unique feature they included in the design is a Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV) System.  The HRV brings in fresh air and exhausts stale air, while transferring a significant portion of the heat in the stale air to the incoming fresh air.  It also maintains a slightly positive air pressure in the dome so that pollen and dust are not drawn in through open doors and windows.

From the jars reused to hold screws, to the dome itself, this house is an example of how fun it can be to research, experiment and live outside the box.

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Ai is sometimes asked – Which is more efficient a Heat Recovery Ventilator or Dehumidifiers to control moisture inside the dome?

One of American Ingenuity’s Missouri Dome Owners, Mr. Nicks, sent us the following email. “I was having trouble with winter humidity in my dome until this February 2006 when I purchased and installed a Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV). Air quality is noticeable fresher and relative humidity is under control. The HRV has eliminated the need to run dehumidifiers during the winter for me. Additionally, small dehumidifiers are electricity hogs (costing more to operate than central air in the summer).

 

My home does have high cfm fans in all bathrooms and kitchen vent fans as well. I tied my bathroom vents to the HRV which has a humidistat that kicks it into high gear when the bath humidity hits it.

 

My dome is still a work in progress, but I love being the first and only one around here to “think outside the rectangle” in home design. The spaces in a dome have amazing character….anyway just wanted to share an idea that has helped me defeat the humidity in my dome.”

 

Ai asked him where and how did he install is Heat Recovery Ventilator?

He replied, “I installed the HRV in my utility room with an insulated intake duct through a joist space. The unit I installed was manufactured by Lifebreath (model 200 max). Depending on which standard is used it may be slightly undersized, but works fine. Three of my bathroom vent fans had previously come together in the utility room to exit through a single 6” vent (I had a box with dampers to prevent backflow). I connected the HRV to those three bath vents which allowed me to pull air from three different floors of my dome.

 

The HRV I installed has a humidistat in its exhaust air stream (household intake). When someone is taking a shower that humidity causes the HRV humidistat to switch the fan to high speed. I have mine set on low speed continuous as a default.”

Are electric vents necessary at the peak of the dome as well as in the bathrooms to prevent moisture buildup?

A: Yes. The electric exhaust vents are installed in a vertical wall near the top of the dome, in top center of the dome, in bathrooms and above stove/microwave to exhaust water vapor (from laundry, cooking, showering, etc.)  In interior walls, use galvanized metal ducting that extends down the interior wall, through the floor joist and vents out under an entryway.  And in some areas install a heat recovery ventilator or energy recovery ventilator to remove moisture.

 

 

 

Dome on basement with ramp.

Dome on basement with wheel chair ramp. Three standard entryways one screened in.

Yes, most of our building plans can be made handicap accessible with either 32″ or 36″ doorways, correct wheelchair turn radius, ramps, rail chairs or interior lifts, etc. For Ai to quote a price to design the floor plan handicap accessible, give us the size dome and floor plan name you are considering. To email info, please click on Contact Us. Or fax your plan needs to us at 321-639-8778.  If you fax or email your plan changes, please call our office at 321-639-8777 and assure that we received all your email or faxed pages and that they were legible.

To clarify, if you fax or email American Ingenuity and you have not heard from us in two to three business days, please call our office at 321-639-8777 and confirm that we received your fax or email.

We handle all the floor plan designs via telephone, fax and or email.

Because of the shape of the dome, a second floor is a natural. It is most cost effective to utilize the second floor for a guest room or storage.  However, any of our domes can be built without a second floor.

 

In a conventional house there is an attic which rarely gets used. To us it is just a space that holds hot or cold air which is waiting to leak into your house. In a dome the second floor space is useable versus being an unused attic space.

 

On the second floor of our domes even though you cannot stand all the way to the perimeter, there is ample useable square footage. To visualize the second floor useable space use the to-scale ruler in the back of the Stock Floor Plan Booklet (which is in the Planning Kit). Each mark is one foot. Cut out this ruler and use it to measure the second floor square footage that is six foot or higher from the dome shell. Note on the floor plans we have drawn in five foot, six foot and seven foot height lines around the second floor perimeter.


For example if you want to see how many feet on the second floor has six foot or higher ceilings, put the end of the ruler at the six foot height line on one side of the second floor and measure across the second floor to the other six foot height line and you will see how many useable feet is between the two six foot height lines.

 

If you choose a floor plan which maxs out the second floor and only leaves one fifth of the first floor open to the dome shell, you can have the following second floor useable square footages: 27′-225 sq.ft.; 30′ – 424 sq.ft.; 34′ – 614 sq.ft.; 40′ – 886 sq.ft.; 45′ – 1,127 sq.ft.; 48′ – 1,278 sq.ft. Generally most of our clients want only one half of the second floor installed. Therefore there are high vaulted ceilings over one half of the first floor, generally over the living room and dining room.

 

If you do not want to access the second floor by walking up the stairs, you could install a rail chair or a lift instead of an elevator. Your contractor would install an electric winch powered lift versus an elevator.


This way you can easily access the second floor rooms.

 

For information on rail chairs click on http://www.4-stair-lifts.com/?source=adwords

 

For information on lifts click on www.jazzy-electric-wheelchairs.com/vertical-platform-lifts.htm

 

The following information came from Jazzy Electric’s web site.

This vertical platform Lift is an interior or exterior lift that can be used for lifting persons with physical disabilities from the ground up-to the main floor of their home or outside lifting up to the porch or the steps. Lift can also be used in commercial applications such as restaurants or office buildings. The lift is designed to meet U.S. and Canadian safety standards and can easily be adapted to various situations.

 

Versatility is a key to this lift. Can be used to stop at 3 different heights. Can lift from 14″ up to 144″. Designed for easy installation. Smaller units 52″ and down can be installed in 30 minutes.

 

The lift described sells for around $3,500.

 

This Lift is smooth and provides quiet performance. Dependable and Versatile Unit is Perfect for Residential or Commercial Application. All lifts can be configured to meet the AME A 17.1 or A 18.1 depending on the options selected. This lift also meets ADA requirements in most states.

 

Listed below are some of the features of this versatile lift:

    • Weight capacity of 550 pounds
  • Unit uses standard 110v/15a wall outlet.
  • Straight though platform is 54″ long x 34″ wide
  • Keyed call send stations available
  • Keyed Emergency stop to control use of lift
  • Soft Touch Control Pads designed for easy operation.
  • Direct Drive Worm-Gear
  • Maintenance Free Operation
  • Standard Metal Platform has a diamond grill that allows for full visibility under the platform

TV

1)    Inside Edition:  On September 11, 1998, Inside Edition, a syndicated TV show led off with a segment on our geodesic domes.  The theme of the segment revolved around the super strength of our domes and how they withstand hurricane forces.  The reporter and two man camera crew first went to Miami and interviewed the owners of a dome that survived a direct hit from hurricane Andrew.  Views of the Menendezes’ beautiful interior were shown but the inspiring stories of the horse trailer and tornado slamming the dome got edited.  They then drove up to our corporate offices.  The segment went on to show our five dome complex including the component panels being made in the factory.  The next stop was to view domes under construction in Melbourne, a 34′ home linked to a 22′ garage.  Also of interest was the interior metal framing and metal floor joists.

    The program director had previously asked us for a way to illustrate the domes ability to withstand hurricane force winds.  Short of calling up a 200 mph wind and filming the real thing, the next best option is a computer finite analysis.  The computer simulated a force equal to 230 mph winds.  Our dome stood rock solid.  In fact, to see the movement in the dome, the deflection had to be magnified 50 times.  A square structure was also modeled but it collapsed with 150 mph winds.

    A completed dome home was the next stop.  After videoing the house and the dog dome, the reporter, Stephen Gendel, asked for an egg.  While on screen he took his best shot at squeezing it to death.  They departed shortly thereafter knowing that they had a good story and I can tell you with certainty, they were impressed.

    About a week after the program aired we got a call from the New York office.  They specifically called to tell us that they had received a flood of calls from people trying to get in touch with us.  For viewers to call us directly they had to figure out the city and area code on their own.  One lady reported that the long distance information operator knew our number by heart.

2)    Film Garden Entertainment of California put together a television program for Home and Garden TV and wanted to include our geodesic dome.  A TV crew spent a day filming our office and manufacturing facility along with two local dome residences.  They also interviewed Michael and Glenda for many hours about the dome concept, manufacturing and assembly of our domes.  The program Insiders List aired in August 2004.  The theme of the program was the top 10 innovative prefab homes throughout the world.  It ranged from “Wee Houses” in the Midwest that were 18′ x 24′ x 10′ to million dollar prefab penthouse modules placed on purchased rooftop spaces in London.  American Ingenuity was privileged to be ranked number 9 on the list.

 

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American Ingenuity 40′ dome home featured on Film Garden Entertainment

Film Garden Entertainment of California put together a television program for Home and Garden TV and wanted to include our geodesic dome.  A TV crew spent a day filming our office and manufacturing facility along with two local dome residences.  They also interviewed Michael and Glenda for many hours about the dome concept, manufacturing and assembly of our domes.  The program Insiders List aired in August 2004.  The theme of the program was the top 10 innovative prefab homes throughout the world.  It ranged from “Wee Houses” in the Midwest that were 18′ x 24′ x 10′ to million dollar prefab penthouse modules placed on purchased rooftop spaces in London.  American Ingenuity was privileged to be ranked number 9 on the list.

 

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40 ‘ dome linked to 30 garage dome on Inside Edition.

 Inside Edition:  On September 11, 1998, Inside Edition, a syndicated TV show led off with a segment on our geodesic domes.  The theme of the segment revolved around the super strength of our domes and how they withstand hurricane forces.  The reporter and two man camera crew first went to Miami and interviewed the owners of a dome that survived a direct hit from hurricane Andrew.  Views of the Menendezes’ beautiful interior were shown but the inspiring stories of the horse trailer and tornado slamming the dome got edited.  They then drove up to our corporate offices.  The segment went on to show our five dome complex including the component panels being made in the factory.  The next stop was to view domes under construction in Melbourne, a 34′ home linked to a 22′ garage.  Also of interest was the interior metal framing and metal floor joists.

    The program director had previously asked us for a way to illustrate the domes ability to withstand hurricane force winds.  Short of calling up a 200 mph wind and filming the real thing, the next best option is a computer finite analysis.  The computer simulated a force equal to 230 mph winds.  Our dome stood rock solid.  In fact, to see the movement in the dome, the deflection had to be magnified 50 times.  A square structure was also modeled but it collapsed with 150 mph winds.

    A completed dome home was the next stop.  After videoing the house and the dog dome, the reporter, Stephen Gendel, asked for an egg.  While on screen he took his best shot at squeezing it to death.  They departed shortly thereafter knowing that they had a good story and I can tell you with certainty, they were impressed.

    About a week after the program aired we got a call from the New York office.  They specifically called to tell us that they had received a flood of calls from people trying to get in touch with us.  For viewers to call us directly they had to figure out the city and area code on their own.  One lady reported that the long distance information operator knew our number by heart.

The following is a listing of Insurance Companies who have insured concrete domes.

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During your research for an insurance company to insure your American Ingenuity concrete dome, feel free to have your insurance agent call us so we can answer any questions they may have.   Ai has found the following to be the best approach when talking to insurance companies:

  • When the insurance person asks “What are the exterior walls built of?” Reply, “Steel reinforced concrete.”
  • When the insurance person asks, “What is the roof made of?” Reply, “Steel reinforced concrete.”

Great news Legacy Insurance Solutions will insure domes in Florida, Georgia, Alabama and some other areas. As of October 2015, a Florida dome owner called and gave us info on this insurance company which insured their dome. Their agent is Justen Bell.  The agent  told dome owner they were excited about insuring concrete domes.  They have two offices in Florida. One in Tallahassee and one in Palm Bay. 850-728-5420.

Florida Dome Owners can purchase insurance through the Florida Residential Causality Joint Association at 1-800-524-9023 or visit Citizens Property Insurance Corporation.  Citizens Property Insurance Corporation is the State’s homeowners’ insurance safety net. It was created by the Legislature in 2002 to offer property coverage to Floridians without private insurance options. 

The State of Florida requires Insurance Companies to offer reduced rates to homes that have high wind mitigation features.  The American Ingenuity dome meets and exceeds these requirements.  One of our client’s hurricane insurance premium went from $850 to $90 after he had his concrete dome with exterior glass shuttered inspected and a Uniform Mitigation Verification Inspection Form was completed by a Qualified Inspector or Certified Builder.

The Insurance Information Institute’s web site www.iii.org has a feature where you can find the names of insurance companies in your state. Their web site tool allows consumers to select the state in which they live and the type of insurance they are looking for. It provides a random listing of insurance companies in their state.

Another helpful web site, maintained by the State of Florida, is ShopandCompareRates.  

The following are the names of insurance companies that have insured American Ingenuity Domes or concrete domes in the past or were considering insuring our domes. Bear in mind that the companies could have changed their minds or changed ownership and might no longer insure domes.  If you have any updated information about other insurance companies or these companies, please email us by clicking on Contact Us.

ALL STATE

  • Insured Ai dome in Homestead Florida that went through Hurricane Andrew with no structural damage. The agent was Richard Chorak, 954-963-2044.
  • Also All State insured an Ai dome in Ocean Springs Mississippi. The agent was Vernon McHan at 228-388-7223.

All State Subsidiary – NORTH LIGHT SPECIALTY INSURANCE

California:  In some zip codes in California which have the most risk of fires, the insurance companies are now refusing to write homeowner’s insurance.  One of American Ingenuity’s California dome customers, Mr. Kaufman, said after their insurance company would no longer insure their zip code, they purchased insurance through North Light. Here is their info.http://www.northlightspecialty.com/
2775 Sanders Road, Northbrook, IL 60062  1-866-745-6522

ALPHA INSURANCE

  • Insured Ai dome in Georgia.

BLANKENSHIP & ASSOCIATES INSURANCE SERVICESThe following quote came from Dia Blankenship in January 2011:

  • I want to confirm that I have reviewed the underwriting manual for farm owner’s policies and geodesic domes are eligible for either a farm or hobby farm policy.  (An application must be submitted prior to binding, but binding can usually be accomplished within 24 hours once all of the required documentation is submitted.)
  • My agency writes farm coverage in 11 states across the mid-Atlantic region (including Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennesee, Virginia and West Virginia), so I’d be happy to assist any of American Ingenuity’s customers who may be having difficulty finding insurance coverage in those areas.
  • We have also earned the Nationwide Agribusiness On Your Side Farm Certification, which requires extensive additional training about farm products so we can provide superior service to Ai’s clients.
  • A farm policy often provides better coverage than a homeowner’s contract because rural homeowners may need coverage for detached outbuildings, equipment such as tractors and or ATV’s, or non-building structures such as well pumps or free standing wind turbines which we can add to the policy to cover each individual’s needs.
  • For info contact Dia Blankenship, P&C Manager, Certified Farm Specialist at 866-326-1461

Citizens Property Insurance Corporation for Florida Residents

CORNER STONE INS

  • Was thinking of insuring a concrete dome. Agent is Gary Walker 804-542-4301 in Richmond, VA.

FARMERS ALLIANCE MUTUAL INS

  • Thinking of insuring a concrete dome in Kansas. The agent was Larry Gould, 1122 N. Main St, Mopherson KS 67460-2849; 816-648-1114

FEDERATED NATIONAL: www.fednat.com/home/contact/  Insured an American Ingenuity dome in Florida in 2013.  They are located in Sunrise, Florida. In August of 2014 an owner was tentatively approved, then denied. Per the customer part of the denial was due to it being a dome structure.  We are unsure of the full circumstances for the denial;  if the denial was done on an individual basis or if it is a regional/ countrywide policy practice. Please contact your local Federated National agent for additional clarification.

HANOVER INSURANCE

  • Insured Ai dome in North Carolina. Fortner Insurance Co 828-682-2147. Hanover also does Builders Risk Insurance during the construction phase.

LEGACY INSURANCE SOLUTIONS 

  • Agent is Justen Bell. As of October 2015 the agent told the dome owner they want to insure concrete domes.  They can issue policies in Florida, Georgia and Alabama and some other areas.  They have two offices in Florida. One in Tallahassee and one in Palm Bay. 850-728-5420.

PREFERRED RISK HOMEOWNERS

  • Insured Ai dome in Des Moines, Iowa 800-217-4176  

STATE FARM INS

  • Insured Ai dome in Lakeland Florida. The agent was Jan Butler 863-688-2613.  (As of 2/07, State Farm is not taking on any new Florida policies.)

UNIVERSAL PROPERTY & CASUALTY INSURANCE COMPANY

  • Insured Ai dome in Florida.   Agency is in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. 800-425-9113

USAA  (Have to be present or past member of the military before you can be a member of USAA)

  • Insured Ai dome in Melbourne Florida 800-531-8111.  Currently USAA is not issuing home insurance in Florida.  But they set up a special agency that can possibly locate a insurance company to insure the dome.

USF & G

  • Insured Ai dome in North Carolina.

ZURIC Insurance

  • Provided Builder’s Risk to one of our clients in Tennessee.

 

FORT LAUDERDALE FL

THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS  SEVERAL FINISHED AIDOMES THAT ARE FOR SALE.   

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TO FIND EACH DOME HOME FOR SALE.

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

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

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

Appraised Oct 4, 2017 for $175,000 reduced to $165,000

To view info and photos click on Beautiful 34′ Aidome 

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

Melbourne Florida Concrete AiDome Home with Attached Garage Dome

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

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

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

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

  • The exterior of the domes is concrete reinforced with galvanized steel mesh and fibers. The domes were built from building kits manufactured by American Ingenuity. To view a summary on advantages of the Aidome, click Summary. There is no wood in or on the exterior dome walls or roof. No wood to burn, no wood for termites to eat and no wood to interrupt the insulation. There is only pressure treated wood to frame in around exterior doors and windows.
  • American Ingenuity gives a warranty of 225 mph wind and F4 tornado on the exterior dome panels against structural damage due to winds for ten years. The warranty does not include the exterior framed walls, exterior doors/windows, interior items or life and limb. The warranty is not transferable.  In the above photo gallery, there is a picture of a dumpster containing roofing from a neighbor’s house when Hurricane Jeanne ripped the roof off the neighbors house. There was no damage to the concrete dome.
  • The exterior has no roof to replace every 11-12 years. The exterior concrete is painted with elastomeric paint.
  • The exterior wall has seven inch thick modified expanded polystyrene insulation (R28). This means the exterior walls and roof have the same composition. Because the dome has 30% less exterior surface area, the insulation is R28 and is not interrupted by wood, the cooling and heating bills are low. I can cool the 1,075 dome home for less than $27 a month in the hot Florida Summer Months. 76 degrees when home and 79 degrees when not home. The dome is an all-electric house. To view 3 to 4 years of utility bills for the dome, click on Melbourne Dome Electric Bills.
  • We received this Facebook question and wanted to share it and our answer:

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

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

Why Purchase a Home Built From an Aidome?

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

Why is a Geodesic Dome So Strong?

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

 

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

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Dome For Sale – $249,000

 48 ft diameter Dome Home in Edgewater, Florida 

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

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

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

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

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

Eric can be reached at 386-690-0195

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Finished 40′ Dome for Sale

14 miles from Asheville, North Carolina

In between Black Mountain and Bat Cave

Asking:  $265,999

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

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

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

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

Amenities include:

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

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

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For Sale

Dome in South Florida, Miami/Homestead

View this listing on REALTOR.com(R):

Property Address:

15261 SW 212 St

Miami, FL 33187

MLSID # D1171911

Basic Property Attributes:

$589,900

3 beds, 2.5 baths

1,532 sq. ft.

1.42 acres

The dome Owner’s name is John Menendez.

You can email him at jcmmenendez@aol.com

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34′ Dome for Sale in Putman County, Florida

$220,000 (negotiable)

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

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

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This Dome Has Sold!

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

on above ground garage

in North Port, Florida — 25 minutes from Beaches

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

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

 

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THESE DOMES SOLD

Partially Completed 48′ dome linked to a 30′ Dome

in Frostproof, Florida

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

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

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

 

48′ Dome Home with 30′ Dome Garage

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THIS DOME HAS SOLD!

Dome Home in Willow Springs, Missouri  

45’ dome on finished basement with 30’ screened dome

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

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

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

30 foot diameter screened dome.

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

Too many extras to mention.

Low taxes, country living.  

For sale By Owner, Ralph Oliver

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

1,980 sq.Ft. American Ingenuity dome 

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

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

live the dome life at a great price!

Call Hector Valle

 

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This Dome Has Sold!   Key Largo florida dome home

with unobstructed view of the atlantic ocean

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

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

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

Asking Price For the Dome: $599,000

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

The dome home address is:

Gulfstream Shores – CR 905

205 N. Ocean Dr. – Rt 7

Key Largo, FL 33037

The following is some general information about the home:

Location and Land Size:

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

Certificate of Occupancy was received Dec. 24, 1987.

Square Footage under AC and Heat is 2,407:

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

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

HURRICANE READY:

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

INTERIOR FEATURES:

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

2. 5 triangular shaped Skylights.

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

4. Two Drawer 32″ deep locking Legal Fireproof File

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

6. Three Bedrooms:

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

7. Two Baths:

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

Equipment and Appliances:

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

UTILITIES:

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

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