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Kitchens, Cabinets, Islands, Appliance Garages

Almost any of American Ingenuity’s stock floor plans can be modified to increase the counter and cabinet space. To view sample stock plans showing kitchen arrangements for each of the ten dome kit sizes, click on Stock Plans.  If you do not see a stock plan to fit your lifestyle, Ai can modify or customize the plans from your descriptions or notes.   We would love to answer your questions about floor plan design within a dome home.  Please call us Monday – Friday 9-5 eastern time.

  1. American Ingenuity can move the bottom cabinets about 17″ away from the curved dome wall, add overhead cabinets to a 7 ft. partition wall and create appliance garages by extending the counter top to the dome shell.
  2. Kitchen cabinets can also be installed on an entryway wall. This will allow for a above counter cabinets and a window above the sink to be installed in framed entryway wall.
  3. If kitchen is designed along dome wall, a window dormer can be installed above the kitchen sink to allow for an opening window above the sink.
  4. Or kitchen cabinets can be hung on interior walls within the dome.


These two photos are of a kitchen in a 40′ dome with the sink and cabinets installed on an outside dome shell wall. A 2×4 wall is attached to the dome shell to make a vertical wall for the installation of the cabinets.






This center kitchen has a counter 





Kitchen in a 45′ Dome Kitchen in a 40′ Dome


Appliance Garages in American Ingenuity Dome Kitchens

To install kitchen cabinets along an outside dome shell, a vertical 2×4 framed wall is built. This results in a deep area behind the counter top which can be used to park appliances…keeping clutter off your counters.  Here the dome owner constructed vertical sliding doors to hide the appliances.




This dome owner built their kitchen on an interior wall. Because they wanted appliance garages, they built deeper walls. The appliance garages are hidden behind the blue glass panels.


Kitchen/dining area in a 40′ Dome
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Kitchen in a 40′ Dome

Heating System

Dan & Rebecca Willis in Oregon purchased an American Ingenuity 48′ dome in March 2004. They installed a hydronic floor and heating system.


To see photographs of this system click on Hydronic Floor Heating System

The Radial System has been used to assemble the 22′ dome.  However, American Ingenuity does not recommend this method….more time consuming than utilizing the temporary wooden rib system and greater chance of error in panel positioning. 

The Rib System method is preferred because it allows for exact panel placement onto the erected geodesic rib skeleton.  If you hire the Kit Assembly Consultant, he prefers to use the wooden rib system.

During the radial support method, as each panel is placed, a measurement is taken from the panel point to the center of the dome to assure correct positioning. The panel is then held by 2×4’s braced against the floor while the seams are concreted.

This dome being built on a radial support method. Some of the entryway panels are being supported with 2×4’s.

Some triangle panels are
being supported with 2×4’s.
The riser wall and the first row of hexagons and pentagon panels have been installed using the radial support method.

Some second row triangles are being installed next to some entryway panels using the radial support method.