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For Mortgage Financing contact:

Personal loan approval for individuals in all USA states for those with credit score of 701 or better.  If your credit score is not 701, you can be recommended for the Credit Restoration Services. Lenders use this system for a true FICO Credit Scores.

Personal Loans are available through:
Ray Vince and Staff
at Pistolatum Inc.
76 E. Merritt Island Causeway #205
Merritt Island, Fl 32952
Phone:  321-284-8116  Email: pistolatuminc@gmail.com

To get started for preapproval, please click on this link and complete the info.  When completing the form enter code AI777 (Capital A and Capital i )

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Per Jennie Lyn Steeg with Regions Mortgage is able to loan on the Aidomes through its Smart Solutions portfolio.  Jennie wrote Ai:  “We are able to provide end-loan financing to your client through our niche portfolio – Smart Solutions.   I am happy to assist any of your clients.”

Regions Mortgage has offices in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.   Below is Ms. Steeg’s info.

Jennie Lyn Steeg
Regions Mortgage – NMLS #0676223
Mortgage Loan Originator.  10245 Centurion Parkway N. Suite #300
Jacksonville Fl 32258
Phone:  904-564-3303; Cell  904-228-4004  Email: jennielyn.steeg@regions.com

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Construction Loan is given to the Builder.  Builder owns the lot, builds the dome and then sells the finished dome and the lot to the home owner.

Michael Maxwell, Head of Originations
Builder Finance
55 E 58th St. Sixth Floor
NY, NY 10022
Phone:  212-466-3753.  Mobile 646-620-4665.    Email: mmaxwell@builderfinance.com

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Oscar Sanchez 
Academy MGT Corporation
Phone: 305-603-9181.   305-325-5400    Email: Oscar.Sanchez@academymortgage.com

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David Buffington, Mortgage Loan Officer  
BB&T
605 North Orlando Avenue
Orlando Fl 32789
Office 407-691-2150. Mobile 407-256-0015    Email: dbuffington@babandt.com

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Jay Zerquera VP 
FBC Mortgage
189 South Orange Ave, Suite 970, Orlando Fl 32801
Apply online:  www.teamjandj.com
Cell: 407-509-1846.  Phone: 407-377-0286  Email: JZerquera@fbchomeloans.com

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Your local Wells Fargo Bank and explain that their Tukwila, WA  branch and their branch in  their Sioux Falls, SD have issued financing for Aidome building kits and see if they are interested in reviewing your info for a loan.

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 A Construction Loan was issued by AG South Farm Credit, ACA in Laurens, SC  for Ai dome home to be built in the area because the dome buyer had rural ag land. Their number is 864-984-3379.

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Construction/Renovation/Purchase/Refinance Options are available through:
Sovann Kang, Branch Manager  – nmls #275454
Umpqua Bank Home Lending
Mobile: 253-376-0991
Web site: umpquabank.com/skang
Email: sovannkang@umpquabank.com

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In Lake Placid Florida – Highlands County – Wauchula State Bank at (863) 773-4151 approved a construction loan and permanent financing for an Aidome customer.

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Ai has learned about LightStream’s Anything Loan, a division of SunTrust Bank.  Not sure if they can assist you or not.   LightStream’s Anything Loan is a virtually paperless loan that will let you finance or refinance almost anything.  These loans are very customer friendly with these included features:

Fixed-interest rates range from 1.99% to 9.99%* APR with AutoPay
Loan amounts range from $5,000 to $100,000
No fees, down payment requirements or prepayment penalties
Apply online and receive a response within minutes during business hours
Unsecured, with no liens or collateral requirements for AnythingLoan. (Applicants that do not qualify for the AnythingLoan may qualify for our Secured Loan products).

Financing Alternatives: 

  1. take out an equity line on property you own
  2. obtain a personal loan from family or friends (offering them a higher interest rate than banks, etc. are offering on money markets certificates, etc.)

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Q: What is the resale value of American Ingenuity domes?

A: American Ingenuity knows of only a few of our dome owners who have sold their dome; which is a compliment in itself. Therefore, we have no resale statistics on our dome, but we have heard of other domes being sold at a profit well above their initial building cost.

Ai can offer some insight that would apply:

  1. Geodesic domes being unusual, they will not appeal to everyone and it will likely take longer to find a buyer.
  2. Energy costs are certainly increasing and therefore a very energy efficient home will increase in value as energy costs increase.
  3. A conventional home will show its age as styles change while a new coat of paint on our dome will still look ahead of its time.
  4. Ai sales of dome kits has constantly increased through the years and a quality dome that is completed would have the distinct sales advantage of showing the finished product.
  5. The resale value of a dome or any other home, is improved when it:
    • matches the neighborhood in size and value
    • exhibits quality construction
    • is landscaped well
    • offers advantages over other homes.

Also, with the increasing popularity of domes and rising energy costs, the market for an exceptionally energy efficient, super strong, low maintenance home should be excellent. A large percentage of the home buyers cannot visualize a dome & do not want to be involved in the floor plan design & construction of their home. As a result a finished dome that can be touched and felt is a big plus to them. If you are thinking of resale, build at least a 40’ in diameter dome, have it built with quality workmanship & keep your utility bills.

Q: Will it be difficult to get a loan to build my dome?
A:
Conventional mortgage lenders tend to be ultra conservative when considering a dome. Mortgage brokers, small local banks, local credit unions or indirect sources for financing may be more flexible and quicker for you. Refinancing other property or acquiring loans from other sources may be easier while avoiding the restrictions and requirements of conventional construction loans. Another popular option is the pay-as-you-go method. Combined with partial financing, this can get you into your new dome.

Why are lenders conservative about loaning on domes? Very few dome owners ever sell their domes. So there is no dome resale value. Lenders determine how much they will loan based on what houses in that neighborhood sell for. The lender can usually get within three to four per cent of the value of a conventional house. But because we do not have resale statistics on domes they do not know what the resale price is. The lender has to be concerned with the worst case scenario. If the homeowner does not pay their mortgage, they will have to resale the dome. So they are reluctant to loan as much money on a dome project. Typically they want 25% to 35% down based on the finished price of the dome. However Sovann Kang can issue permanent financing with 10% or less cash down payment for those who qualify. 

The following information was written by Michael Darling.  There is good news; there are more lenders who will lend on domes than on other “unique properties. There is bad news – it is still more difficult to get a loan for a dome home than for traditional construction. And there is good reason for hope for improvement in the near future.

Four Scenarios for Financing a Dome Home

Leaving aside for the moment the differences between construction, purchase and refinance there are four scenarios to focus on when it comes to financing a dome home. Three of the four are based on an appraisal from a licensed appraiser (it can be really helpful to have a more experienced appraiser – more on appraisals below).

  • There are three or more comparable properties (comps) of similar design and construction style (dome) with recent sales history in the neighborhood.
  • There is at least one comparable property of similar design and construction style with recent sales history in the area and others in the area but without recent sales history.
  • There are zero comparable properties of similar design and construction style in the neighborhood.

1. Three or More Comps

I have never failed to find a loan for a dome with three or more comps. Many residential mortgage lenders will be able to do this loan much the same as a traditional loan on a traditional home design. There are lenders who flat out reject domes no matter what, but for the lenders who will consider domes, a property with multiple comparisons should be “lendable”. Even with multiple comps, some lenders who will accept domes may only offer a loan with constraints on the size of loan, the loan to value ratio or other underwriting restrictions. (Full doc only, owner occupied only, one unit only, etc.)

2. At Least One Comp and Other Domes in the Market Area

There are a few residential mortgage lenders who will evaluate this situation and may make a loan. Here is where it can really help to have an experienced appraiser who knows the market because the ability of the appraiser to establish a market value and address the uniqueness of the subject property will be vital to an underwriter. Most lenders who will accept domes in this situation will only offer a loan with constraints on the size of loan, the loan to value ratio or other underwriting requirements. (Full doc only, owner occupied only, one unit only, etc.)

3. No Comps and No Domes in the Market Area

I have found traditional residential mortgage lenders in a few states who will evaluate a dome home with no dome comps on a case by case basis. A lender that would accept a dome in this case will almost certainly include constraints on the size of loan, the loan to value ratio and other underwriting requirements. (Full doc only, owner occupied only, one unit only, etc.)

There are local commercial banks who may offer a residential mortgage loan on a dome home with no dome comps. And there are “hard money” lenders who will evaluate any investment opportunity and who may make loans on dome homes- but compared to a traditional mortgage the fees and rates will likely be higher, the terms shorter and the conditions less advantageous.

If the property has an established or demonstrable commercial use it is possible to do a commercial loan with terms and conditions similar to a residential mortgage. The commercial lenders I work with have no restrictions on domes specifically nor will they be concerned about comps with similar construction styles. They will be looking for an appraisal that demonstrates the commercial value of the property. Bed & Breakfast Inn, multi-family rental, retail business, and other exclusive or mixed commercial uses would all be possibilities. (A home office or a business run from home would not generally be enough to demonstrate commercial value.)

There is a fourth scenario that bears mentioning- the dome home that is appraised as a traditional frame construction home using traditional frame construction comps. Though I am certain that loans have been done this way, there are numerous problems with this scenario. First and worst is that intentionally misrepresenting information in a mortgage application is illegal. Also, many applications have gotten far along in the underwriting process before an underwriter reviews the appraisal and sees a photo of the subject property and rejects the file because that lender does not accept domes. This creates wasted expense and frustration for all parties. It is a way to attempt to get a mortgage on a dome home- it’s just not a good one.

Appraisal

Lenders should be thought of as investors who invest in a loan. And each has their own investment criteria. Most investors want to know they can sell their investment at some point in time- and in the mortgage lending world this means that most lenders underwrite with similar standards and criteria so that a loan can be sold. While the general challenge for financing domes is the shortage of lenders or loan programs, I have access to several loan programs that will accept unique properties if the appraisal includes sufficient market analysis to establish a market valuation for the property. So the specific challenge is typically the appraisal.  Great News – If your lender would like to utilize an appraiser who has appraised an Ai dome for a loan and who has visited an American Ingenuity 15 year old finished dome, please call Ai for appraiser’s info. 321-639-8777 Monday – Friday 9-5 Eastern time

In addition to the usual appraisal analysis, the dome appraisal must:

  • Establish a market value independent of construction type;
  • Demonstrate that the home’s uniqueness is accepted in the market, and;
  • Address the uniqueness of the dome in the context of local area housing types and marketability.

This means that the underwriter must be able to predict, using the appraisal, what the marketability of a house would be in the event the lender ends up having to possess and sell the property. The difficulty with most dome houses is the lack of comparable sales – “comps” – in order to demonstrate the market value. Comps need to be similar enough to the subject property that using them to establish a market valuation is reasonable. Even very similar comps will be adjusted for minor differences, but the hard part with domes is that they are typically very different in appearance and therefore the predicted marketability can vary considerably from traditional construction. In other words, it’s hard to say “a traditional frame house with 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms sold for $X in x days and so a 4/2 dome would sell for $Y in y days.”

The best comparable properties will be other domes. If there are no domes for comps, it may be possible to use other unique styles to establish the marketability of unique homes. And if there are other domes and unique houses in the immediate area even if they have not recently sold, adding information about them in the appraisal (quantity, distance from subject, specific architectural style that makes it unique, as well as basic information about the house) will help support that unique styles are acceptable in the area.

 

 


THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS ONE UNFINISHED AIDOME AND SEVERAL FINISHED AIDOMES THAT ARE FOR SALE.   PLEASE SCROLL DOWN THIS ARTICLE
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. 

$197,700 

To view info and photos click on Beautiful 34′ Aidome 

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Unfinished 45’ Aidome on Full Basement for Sale in Yancey County, North Carolina

$100,070 plus land pricing

This Aidome 45’ Dome Kit is assembled on a full basement with rough framing/electrical/plumbing.  The dome has passed a Yancey County inspection where permanent power was turned on which means per the building department the dome could be lived in and finished once a kitchen and bathroom is installed.   The basement has 1,454 sq.ft.  The dome’s first floor is 1,442 sq.ft.  The dome’s second floor has 686 sq.ft. for total square footage of 3,583.  The two floors inside the dome have 2,129 sq.ft.  The dome is located 30 minutes from Burnsville or Marion or Spruce Pine North Carolina and around one hour from Asheville North Carolina.  The address is 10407 Hwy 80 South, Burnsville NC 28714.  It is two miles from Mt. Mitchell Golf Course and four miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway.

The dome’s access is directly off Highway 80 South on a 1,500 foot long gravel road leading to the dome’s driveway which is around 188 feet long. 

If the buyer of the dome chooses to change the interior layout, American Ingenuity (Ai) can hire a local engineer to calculate the load of the dome’s first and second floor to determine what posts are needed in the basement to support the load, etc.  The engineer’s fee to review the Buyer’s desired changes and give solutions is $200.  Ai’s fee to revise the building plans to show the new layout and include details from the Engineer is $400.  The finished plan pdfs would be emailed to the dome buyer so they can have sets of building plans printed locally submitting one set to Yancey County Building Department.

Per Neil McCurry, Yancey County Building official whose work number is 828-682-7833, Cell is 828-284-5866 when the new owner wants to start finishing, a Remodel Permit can be issued by Yancey County with Mr. McCurry coming out to complete a visual inspection and determine what inspections would be needed.  If any framing changes, Mr. McCurry said a new set of building plans can be submitted showing the revisions clouded.  He said there is no need to have a North Carolina engineer seal on the revised plans – this saves $900.

The name of the realtor who can show the unfinished dome is June Jerome with June Jerome Realty at 828-675-9536 or email JuneJeromeRealty@Frontier.com   Please call or email Owner Glenda Busick for any info the realtor cannot answer – 321-693-8787 or glendab.aidomes@gmail.com 

The attached chart named 45’ Aidome Cost Chart lists the actual costs of $100,070 the owner incurred to get the dome to its current rough framing/plumbing/electrical stage.  This pricing includes electric to the dome ($1,008.31), well ($2,750), septic/drain field ($6,415) but does not include pricing for any land.  In the contour map named Piece 4 of total Acreage shows the area around the dome to the gravel roads around the dome.  That area could be 3 acres or 4 acres of 5 acres.  Or a person could purchase 1 or 2 acres of land around the dome. The land price is $7,500 an acre.  The purchaser of the dome will pay for a survey to survey off whatever number of acres they want to purchase around the dome.

The chart shows if the dome kit was purchased in 2017 and built in 2017, it would cost around $23,088 more to build to the dome’s current status.  If a builder and consultant were hired to build a new dome then the savings by purchasing the Dome As Is  is around $33,667 versus starting from scratch.   There is a Green Mountain NC Licensed Builder (Randall Ayers at 828-682-3088) who can be hired to finish the 45’ dome or there is a local Handy Man Father and Son Team in Busick who can be hired to complete the finishing – Darin Autrey  H 828-675-0629 or C 828-284-5064.   Or if you decide to purchase a new dome kit, Randall Ayers will assemble the dome kit utilizing the independent Kit Assembly Consultant and then finish the dome.   Darin and his father are the ones who remodeled the interior of the 34 finished dome dome which is for sell.

Info about the dome structure:  The Steel Reinforced Concrete Dome is built from an Aidome Building Kit which includes exterior prefabricated panels manufactured from center core of 7″ thick expanded polystyrene insulation (EPS -R28), 1/4″ Georgia Pacific DensDeck special drywall which is mold resistant and water resistant (similar to green board) with exterior of 3/4″ thick concrete reinforced with galvanized steel mesh & fibers. The seams between the panels average 2″ thick fiber & steel reinforced concrete.  Dome Panel Info is on web site Our web site is www.aidomes.com   To compare what it would cost to build the unfinished dome at current pricing, a column has been added in the Price Chart listing prices for each item based on current year 2017 costs.

The company American Ingenuity (Ai) has shipped dome kits to 47 states and 15 foreign areas.  Why did a buyer near Australia pay $18,000 in shipping costs to get one 34’ Aidome kit shipped to him in a 40’ high cube container?  And why did a buyer in Washington state pay nearly $9,000 for one truck to deliver his 40’ kit?  Simply put, the buyers could not build a home or buy any house that has the energy efficiency, strength and noncombustible concrete exterior that the American Ingenuity dome has.  

  1. Fire resistant concrete exterior
  2. The Ai dome is more energy efficient than a conventional house: Why?
    1. Because of the thick insulation which is comparable to 10” of fiberglass batting (A conventional house would need min 2×10 walls filled with 10” of fiberglass batting and still not meet the energy efficiency of the Ai dome because the 2×12 would interrupt the insulation)
    2. the reduced exterior surface area (30% less than a conventional house so less exterior walls for your AC and Heat to pass through)
    3. and because the exterior walls of Ai dome contain no wood to interrupt the insulation.
  3. There is no wood in or on the dome shell to rot or to burn or for termites to eat.
  4. There is no roof to replace every 11-12 years.  After the dome kit is assembled, the exterior concrete is primed and painted with two coats of breathable elastomeric paint.  The exterior concrete is repainted every 4-5-6 years.
  5. The dome is stronger (225 mph wind and F4 tornado)due to aerodynamic shape, continuous steel reinforced concrete exterior and triangle panel shape.

To view utility bills on Ai’s 3,700 sq.ft. office domes located in east central Florida (45’ dome linked to a 34’ dome) click on Super-Energy Efficiency.  The office domes can be cooled for less than $85 a month in the hot Florida summer months to 74 degrees Mon-Sat and 77 degrees after 7pm and on Sunday.  By the way it is even easier to heat an Aidome that it is to cool one.  To heat you do not need to overcome heat generated by sunlight, computers, clothes dryer, dish washer….that heat is used.  Where as to air condition that heat has to be overcome.

To finish the dome’s concrete exterior:

  • Grind down any high concrete areas
  • Apply concrete bonding agent on the area you want to add concrete to.  Apply a finish layer of fiber concrete to any areas that looks rough.  Seller can provide the concrete recipe.  Basically is Portland cement, masonry sand and fibers from concrete mixing plant.
  • Kill any algae with 50/50 mix of bleach water.  Pressure wash the dome.
  • Prime the exterior concrete with white primer and any cracks will appear as brown or black.  Seal any cracks with elastomeric caulk or patching compound
  • Mix perlite in the first layer of elastomeric paint and roll the paint on the dome.  This will hide any wavy seam appearance. (use a light to medium color paint).  Seller will provide exact instructions for this.
  • Apply second layer of elastomeric paint.
  • Various brands of paint can be used:
    1. Ames Research Labs: Maximum – Stretch, at participating ACE & True Value Stores (if using Ames see separate Ames doc because specific type sealants and primer need to be used….NOT TT3)
    2. Sherwin Williams: Loxon XP Paint, Loxon Primer and Conditioner
    3. Richards Paint:  Rich Flex 245; use Rich Flex Alkali Resistant 100% Acrylic Masonry Primer
    4. Behr’s Premium Elastomeric Masonry, Stucco & Brick Paint –Home Depot
    5. Seal Krete Paint (pigmented) –Home Depot

To finish the Georgia Pacific DensDeck 1/4” drywall on the interior of the dome shell panels:

  1. First complete any electrical wiring buy cutting a groove in the drywall and eps with a router or circular saw.  Insert the wiring.  Fill the groove with expanding foam, cut it back flush to the drywall and finish with fiberglass tape and joint compound.
  2. Fiberglass tape and joint compound any seam areas between the DensDeck.
  3. To blend the taped areas in the DensDeck, skip trowel joint compound over all the DensDeck.  This will result in a high low textured affect.

 

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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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PDF for Downloading & Printing

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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.
  • The garage dome has 3 ½” EPS insulation R14.
  • Semi-circular concrete driveway
  • Dome Home has beautiful full unobstructed view of the Indian River.
  • Riparian rights to Indian River
  • Accordion Shutters on four entryways
  • Vinyl Picket Fence & Privacy Fence
  • Doggy door to side fenced yard.
  • Patio slab, sidewalk, driveway and slab in the garage has textured deck finish on top of the concrete
  • Windows and glass doors are double pane, vinyl frames.
  • Two light poles in front fenced area
  • Corner lot – corner of Pineapple Avenue and Hiawatha Street. Dimensions of the four sides: 60’ Feet on Pineapple. 180 feet on Hiawatha. 151 feet on north side – 0.27 acre. Please see above survey.
  • City of Melbourne sewer & water
  • Alarm system
  • Water sprinklers
  • Conduit to install solar hot water panel to connect to water heater.
  • Not in a flood zone
  • Jeff Higgins in Melbourne Zoning said the set backs are 7 ½’ from the rear (west side) and the north side. Setbacks on Hiawatha and Pineapple are 20’ each. The setbacks allow for another 22’ or a 27′ dome to be linked to the back side of the garage dome and or another 27’ dome could be linked on the front of the 34’ dome.  The Garage dome could be converted to another bedroom and bath with a two car garage being built next to the existing 22′ dome. Above is a diagram named “Proposed 22′ Remodel & New 27′ showing how the 22′ dome could be remodeled and a 27′ dome added to it.    Also above is diagram named Three Domes Site View showing how the new 27′ dome with existing 22′ & 34′ dome would look on the lot.  Also above is a diagram named Four Domes Site View which shows a new 27′ dome added to the existing 22′ dome and a new 27′ dome added to the front of the existing 34′ dome would look on the lot.  The new 22′ or new 27′ dome building kits can be purchased from American Ingenuity and assembled on site by the property owner or their builder.

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.

Below is photo gallery. To view each photo in the gallery, click on arrow on right center of photo.

                   

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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.

What can stop me from building an American Ingenuity Dome?

Prior to purchasing property, provide Ai with the tax id for the property you are considering purchasing & the building department name. At no cost to you, Ai will call the building department, show them our web site, email them sample plans pdfs, describe the component panel, etc. and find out if the Ai dome kit can be built in your area.

Besides engineer sealed plans, an engineer sealed engineering statement can be submitted that states the Ai component panel conforms to the provisions of Florida Building Code, California Building Code and 2012 International Building Code that allows for alternative materials and methods for construction.

Q: Prior to purchasing Dome Building Plans, what do I need to consider?

A: You need to assure you have answers to the following questions:

  1. Does the deed for your land have any restrictions on domes?
  2. If there is a Home Owners Association governing your land, you will need to check with them and make sure you can build a dome.
  3. What is required from your building department to obtain a building permit?
  4. Do you have your financing secured?
  5. If the answers to the above questions are positive then you can proceed with purchasing your dome building plans.

Q: Can my zoning department stop me from building a dome?

A: No. Zoning pertains to whether a residential, commercial or industrial building can be constructed on any given piece of property. Besides zoning ordinances controlling the use of the land, they determine setbacks from property lines, size and height limits and similar things, but we have never heard of a zoning restriction on domes.  Deed restrictions and homeowner associations can limit the type structure that can be built.

Q: Where can I build a dome?

A: Almost any place. Although, there are a few exceptions, some developments or communities control the size, cost and appearance of the homes. Before you buy your land ask if there are any Deed restrictions or Homeowner Associations.

If there is a Homeowners Association, meet with the board and show them information about the dome. If they say you can build the dome, we recommend that you get a notarized statement from them stating this. Over time members of the Board can change and the by laws of the Association can change.

Building departments are basically concerned about safety and structure, not appearance.

Q: Are there any areas in the United States where an American Ingenuity Dome cannot be built?

A: Yes. For the first time in 2006 one of our California clients could not obtain a building permit, because the building officials wanted our dome building kit certified that its design complied with the State of California’s building kit regulations. However, as of 2014 Ai has since learned that the Ai dome kit can be built in San Bernardino, Riverside and San Diego Counties. If planning on building in California, Ai will be happy to contact your building department. Ai will discuss Ai’s building kit, and email generic plans. We will speak with them and find out if you submit California Engineer Sealed Plans, California engineer sealed snow, seismic, wind & bracing calculations, a passing Title 24 Energy Report along with all other required paperwork whether a building permit can be issued on the Ai dome.

Q: Are there any counties in the United States that will not allow the American Ingenuity dome to be built in their area?

A: Yes, Dade and Broward Counties in southern Florida. Even though our building complies with the new 2010 Florida Building Code and one of our domes survived Hurricane Andrew and a tornado at the same time with no structural damage, we have been informed that Dade, West Palm Beach and Broward Counties require product approval. Due to the cost and complexity of the tests, Ai has not paid for the testing.  Ai has learned that some building departments will issue a dome building permit if Florida Engineer Sealed Plans are submitted along with a Florida registered engineer’s letter stating that American Ingenuity’s buildings comply with Florida code. This sealed letter can be provided at no cost.

Our office can call your building department and inquire what is required to issue a building permit.  For us to do this we need your site location and your city or county name.  Ai will call the plans examiner and describe the dome building kit, email pdfs on the building plans if needed, and ask if the department will accept a Florida registered engineer’s letter stating that American Ingenuity’s buildings comply with Florida code.  Our office number is 321-639-8777 and is open Monday through Friday 9-5 Eastern Time.

Q: Is it difficult to obtain financing on a dome home?

A: Yes. For example, a 40’ dome can have 1,800 sq.ft. In your area if the finished price per sq.ft. for a conventional house is running $100 a square foot. Then the finished price of the 40’ dome will be around $180,000 not including the price of the land, utility hook ups, and the cost for the building plans and engineer seal.

Typically lenders want 25% to 35% down based on the finished price of the dome; which in this case would be $45,000 to $63,000. How does this fit in your budget? Consider building a smaller dome first and add on another dome later.  This way the you are living in a super-strong, super-energy efficient Ai dome saving money each month on your heating and cooling costs.

Why are lenders so conservative when it comes to domes? Lenders determine how much they will loan based on what houses in each neighborhood sell for. The lender can usually get within three to four per cent of the value of a conventional house. But because American Ingenuity does not have resale statistics on domes the lender does not know what the dome resale price is. The lender has to be concerned with the worst case sinario. If the homeowner dies, they will have to resale the dome. So the lender is reluctant to loan as much money on a dome project. Try mortgage brokers, small local banks or local credit unions for financing.

If you obtain financing through a bank, etc. they may require you to have a contractor who will sign a contract as to what he will charge to totally finish your dome. Ai knows of an independent subcontractor, who can work for the contractor and supervise the assembly of the dome shell kit. Click on Kit Assembly Consultant/Specialist to learn more about this service. The contractor can best provide local laborers to work on the dome shell. The contractor will hire local conventional subs to do the interior framing, plumbing, electrical, flooring, door and window installation, etc.

Construction Loans are difficult to acquire. An appraiser takes the Building Plans and determines a value for the finished house and will also appraise your land.

To view or print out the American Ingenuity 18 page Financing Booklet click on Financing Booklet.

American Ingenuity has compiled a document that lists the major items to be aware of before purchasing land.  Call us at 321-639-8777 and ask for this document to be emailed to you.

45' dome front entrance in spring.

45′ dome on full basement sold in Missouri.  Front entrance in spring.

American Ingenuity dome owners lover their domes, with very few domes ever going on the resale market.  As a result there is no resale value on the Ai dome.  However if our clients ever think they might sell their dome, Ai recommends they build at least a 40′ (3 bedroom, two bathroom size). Plus the resale value of a dome or any other home, is improved when it;

  • matches the neighborhood in size and value
  • exhibits quality construction
  • is landscaped well
  • energy efficiency and strength factors are advertised

When Glenda has an open house quite often she has someone who wants to buy her domes. Why we think this occurs so often is that once the dome is built the buyer can see it, touch it, feel it and look at the low energy bills. The perspective buyer does not have to select a floor plan, buy land, obtain a building permit, obtain construction financing & permanent financing, install a foundation, find and coordinate subcontractors, etc. To put it bluntly they do not have to go through all the construction phases to get a house built.

Until recently there has been little information available regarding the resale value of the American Ingenuity domes. No one wanted to sell.

In the summer of 2005, an Ai dome owner was moving out of state so he had to reluctantly sell his special dome. His 40’ geodesic dome home linked to a 27’ two car garage was sold in Upstate South Carolina, near the intersection of I-85 and I-26, within a 30 mile radius of the metropolitan Greenville/Spartanburg, SC area.

The dome had 1,382 sq.ft. of living space, while the garage and attic added 680 sq.ft of space. The sale netted $189,000, not including the value of the land.

Applying the local construction cost for typical, new residential dwellings and for garage structures, a new conventional residence with the same square footage would have cost $167,000 to build.  The dome sold for approximately 13 percent above the current conventional residential construction costs yet it was 5 years old. In addition, the dome sold in four months and there were other potential buyers disappointed that they arrived too late.

Because of no resale values, lenders require 25% to 35% cash down payment based on the finished price of the house.  Therefore before purchasing building plans, determine your budget and talk to lenders about financing down payments. Best to build the smallest size home possible because construction costs usually exceed expectations. Please click on18 page  Financing Booklet to view ins & outs of financing.

The following came from our Buying Land document. Please contact us to receive the entire document plus our Dome Too Large document prior to purchasing property or determining your dome size.

American Ingenuity (Ai) is happy that you are considering our Geodesic Dome Building Kit for your future home. You have made a big decision to build your dream home, and building with an alternative housing structure that comes with 225 mph wind and F4 tornado warranty that saves 50% to 60% on heating and cooling over conventional house is a smart decision.   Below is info on determining budget, financing and buying land document which can be emailed.

Please click on Planning Process to view planning steps.

DETERMINING NEW HOME BUDGET: Prior to purchasing your land or if you own property, first determine the overall budget you can afford for your new home, land and land development. It is sometimes best to purchase a small piece of affordable land instead of large acreage. This way you keep your land cost down so you have more cash money available for your mortgage cash down payment or more cash to build if you are an owner/builder. To keep your construction costs down, best to build as small a dome as possible; therefore you are on your property living in a super-strong, super-energy efficient dome home saving money on your heating & cooling costs to add on a second dome later. For example a 40’ dome (3 bedroom, two bath) can have 1,800 sq.ft. A 36’ dome (2 or 3 bedroom, two bath) can have 1,400 to 1,600 sq.ft. If your finished cost per square foot for your area is $105, then building the smaller 36’ dome automatically saves you $20,000 to $40,000 in construction costs. A 27’ dome (two bedroom/two bath) can have 800 sq.ft. Building a 27’ dome vs a 36’ dome automatically saves you $60,000 to $80,000 in construction costs. For an approximate cost to build in the area you are considering please contact Ai at 321-639-8777.

FINANCING GENERAL CASH DOWN PAYMENT AMOUNTS: If you will be financing, determine the amount of cash down payment needed. Loans for alternative housing such as a geodesic dome are often harder to come by, and lenders generally require between 25% and 35% cash down. On an approximate $200,000 build for the structure and land development, this could mean a cash down payment of between $50,000 and $70,000. Keep in mind lenders may or may not take under consideration your equity in your land, when lending for the structure and land development. Therefore, if needing a loan to build it is wise not to invest all your liquid assets into the purchase of the property because a large cash down payment will be required on the home loan. Feel free to call us at 321-639-8777 for a friendly chat to clarify these items.

American Ingenuity tries to look out after each perspective client to assure that they are not “blindsided” or shocked about some property issue that could stop them from building their dream dome. The following is a web site that can be used to locate property by state and region without using a real estate agent: http://www.landwatch.com/Land_For_Sale

If building site already owned, initially use the buying land doc to determine what will be needed to build on your property. If purchasing land, American Ingenuity highly recommends that prior to purchasing property obtain answers to the questions in the buying land document.  Call and have us email the buying land doc and checklist.  321-639-8777 Monday – Friday 9-5 eastern time.

 

 Fannie Mae Guidelines for

Estimating Market Value of Non-Traditional Housing

The following information came directly from the FANNIE MAE SELLING GUIDE: SECTION 404.01 – CONFORMITY TO NEIGHBORHOOD

In the appraisal and underwriting process, special consideration must be given to properties that represent special or unique housing for the subject neighborhood. Non-traditional types of housing-such as earth houses, geodesic domes, log houses, etc.-are eligible for delivery to us, provided the appraiser has adequate information to develop a reliable estimate of market value.

It is not necessary for one or more of the comparable sales to be of the same design and appeal as the property that is being appraised (although appraisal accuracy is enhanced by using comparable sales that are the most similar to the subject property). On a case-by-case basis, both the appraiser and the underwriter must independently determine whether there is sufficient information available to develop a reliable estimate of market value.

Great News – If your lender would like to utilize an appraiser who has appraised an Ai dome for a loan and who has visited an American Ingenuity 15 year old finished dome, please call Ai for appraiser’s info. 321-639-8777 Monday – Friday 9-5 Eastern time

  Answers to Our Most Frequently  
Asked Financing Questions

Q: Do you know of anyone interested in financing an American Ingenuity Dome?

For Mortgage Financing contact:

Personal loan approval for individuals in all USA states for those with credit score of 701 or better.  If your credit score is not 701, you can be recommended for the Credit Restoration Services. Lenders use this system for a true FICO Credit Scores.

Personal Loans are available through:
Ray Vince and Staff
at Pistolatum Inc.
76 E. Merritt Island Causeway #205
Merritt Island, Fl 32952
Phone:  321-284-8116  Email: pistolatuminc@gmail.com

To get started for preapproval, please click on this link and complete the info.  When completing the form enter code AI777 (Capital A and Capital i )

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Per Jennie Lyn Steeg with Regions Mortgage is able to loan on the Aidomes through its Smart Solutions portfolio.  Jennie wrote Ai:  “We are able to provide end-loan financing to your client through our niche portfolio – Smart Solutions.   I am happy to assist any of your clients.”

Regions Mortgage has offices in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.   Below is Ms. Steeg’s info.

Jennie Lyn Steeg
Regions Mortgage – NMLS #0676223
Mortgage Loan Originator.  10245 Centurion Parkway N. Suite #300
Jacksonville Fl 32258
Phone:  904-564-3303; Cell  904-228-4004  Email: jennielyn.steeg@regions.com

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Construction Loan is given to the Builder.  Builder owns the lot, builds the dome and then sells the finished dome and the lot to the home owner.

Michael Maxwell, Head of Originations
Builder Finance
55 E 58th St. Sixth Floor
NY, NY 10022
Phone:  212-466-3753.  Mobile 646-620-4665.    Email: mmaxwell@builderfinance.com

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Oscar Sanchez 
Academy MGT Corporation
Phone: 305-603-9181.   305-325-5400    Email: Oscar.Sanchez@academymortgage.com

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David Buffington, Mortgage Loan Officer  
BB&T
605 North Orlando Avenue
Orlando Fl 32789
Office 407-691-2150. Mobile 407-256-0015    Email: dbuffington@babandt.com

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Jay Zerquera VP 
FBC Mortgage
189 South Orange Ave, Suite 970, Orlando Fl 32801
Apply online:  www.teamjandj.com
Cell: 407-509-1846.  Phone: 407-377-0286  Email: JZerquera@fbchomeloans.com

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Your local Wells Fargo Bank and explain that their Tukwila, WA  branch and their branch in  their Sioux Falls, SD have issued financing for Aidome building kits and see if they are interested in reviewing your info for a loan.

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A Construction Loan was issued by AG South Farm Credit, ACA in Laurens, SC  for Ai dome home to be built in the area because the dome buyer had rural ag land. Their number is 864-984-3379.

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Construction/Renovation/Purchase/Refinance Options are available through:
Sovann Kang, Branch Manager  – nmls #275454
Umpqua Bank Home Lending
Mobile: 253-376-0991
Web site: umpquabank.com/skang
Email: sovannkang@umpquabank.com

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In Lake Placid Florida – Highlands County – Wauchula State Bank at (863) 773-4151 approved a construction loan and permanent financing for an Aidome customer.

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Ai has learned about LightStream’s Anything Loan, a division of SunTrust Bank.  Not sure if they can assist you or not.   LightStream’s Anything Loan is a virtually paperless loan that will let you finance or refinance almost anything.  These loans are very customer friendly with these included features:

Fixed-interest rates range from 1.99% to 9.99%* APR with AutoPay
Loan amounts range from $5,000 to $100,000
No fees, down payment requirements or prepayment penalties
Apply online and receive a response within minutes during business hours
Unsecured, with no liens or collateral requirements for AnythingLoan. (Applicants that do not qualify for the AnythingLoan may qualify for our Secured Loan products).

Financing Alternatives: 

  1. take out an equity line on property you own
  2. obtain a personal loan from family or friends (offering them a higher interest rate than banks, etc. are offering on money markets certificates, etc.)
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Q: What is the resale value of American Ingenuity domes?
A:
Ai knows of only a few of our dome owners who have sold their dome; which is a compliment in itself. Therefore, we have no resale statistics on our dome, but we have heard of other domes being sold at a profit well above their initial building cost. We can offer some insight that would apply.

  1. Geodesic domes being unusual, they will not appeal to everyone and it will likely take longer to find a buyer.
  2. Energy costs are certainly increasing and therefore a very energy efficient home will increase in value as energy costs increase.
  3. A conventional home will show its age as styles change while a new coat of paint on our dome will still look ahead of its time.
  4. Our sales of dome kits has constantly increased through the years and a quality dome that is completed would have the distinct sales advantage of showing the finished product.
  5. The resale value of a dome or any other home, is improved when it:  a) matches the neighborhood in size and value; b) exhibits quality construction; c) is landscaped well; d) offers advantages over other homes.

Also, with the increasing popularity of domes and rising energy costs, the market for an exceptionally energy efficient, super strong, low maintenance home should be excellent. A large percentage of the home buyers cannot visualize a dome & do not want to be involved in the floor plan design & construction of their home. As a result a finished dome that can be touched and felt is a big plus to them. If you are thinking of resale, build at least a 40’ in diameter dome, have it built with quality workmanship & keep your utility bills.

Q: Will it be difficult to get a loan to build my dome?
A:
Yes, conventional mortgage lenders tend to be ultra conservative when considering a dome. Mortgage brokers or indirect sources for financing may be more flexible and quicker for you. Refinancing other property or acquiring loans from other sources may be easier while avoiding the restrictions and requirements of conventional construction loans. Another popular option is the pay-as-you-go method. Combined with partial financing, this can get you into your new dome. For a helpful, in depth look at financing, click on this page Financing Your Dome.

Why do lenders not like domes? Lenders determine how much they will loan based on what houses in that neighborhood sell for. The lender can usually get within three to four per cent of the value of a conventional house. But because we do not have resale statistics on domes they do not know what the resale price is. The lender has to be concerned with the worst case scenario.  Typically they want 20% to 30% down based on the finished price of the dome.  However Sovann Kang can issue permanent financing with 10% or less cash down payment for those who qualify.

 Click on Lenders to find a list of lenders that will consider loaning on the Ai dome.

The following information was written by Michael Darling.  There is good news; there are more lenders who will lend on domes than on other “unique properties. There is bad news – it is still more difficult to get a loan for a dome home than for traditional construction. And there is good reason for hope for improvement in the near future.
Four Scenarios for Financing a Dome Home

Leaving aside for the moment the differences between construction, purchase and refinance there are three scenarios to focus on when it comes to financing a dome home. All three are based on an appraisal from a licensed appraiser (it can be really helpful to have a more experienced appraiser – more on appraisals below).

  • There are three or more comparable properties (comps) of similar design and construction style (dome) with recent sales history in the neighborhood.
  • There is at least one comparable property of similar design and construction style with recent sales history in the area and others in the area but without recent sales history.
  • There are zero comparable properties of similar design and construction style in the neighborhood.

1. Three or More Comps

I have never failed to find a loan for a dome with three or more comps. Many residential mortgage lenders will be able to do this loan much the same as a traditional loan on a traditional home design. There are lenders who flat out reject domes no matter what, but for the lenders who will consider domes, a property with multiple comparisons should be “lendable”. Even with multiple comps, some lenders who will accept domes may only offer a loan with constraints on the size of loan, the loan to value ratio or other underwriting restrictions. (Full doc only, owner occupied only, one unit only, etc.)

2. At Least One Comp and Other Domes in the Market Area

There are a few residential mortgage lenders who will evaluate this situation and may make a loan. Here is where it can really help to have an experienced appraiser who knows the market because the ability of the appraiser to establish a market value and address the uniqueness of the subject property will be vital to an underwriter. Most lenders who will accept domes in this situation will only offer a loan with constraints on the size of loan, the loan to value ratio or other underwriting requirements. (Full doc only, owner occupied only, one unit only, etc.)

3. No Comps and No Domes in the Market Area

I have found traditional residential mortgage lenders in a few states who will evaluate a dome home with no dome comps on a case by case basis. A lender that would accept a dome in this case will almost certainly include constraints on the size of loan, the loan to value ratio and other underwriting requirements. (Full doc only, owner occupied only, one unit only, etc.)

There are local commercial banks who may offer a residential mortgage loan on a dome home with no dome comps. And there are “hard money” lenders who will evaluate any investment opportunity and who may make loans on dome homes- but compared to a traditional mortgage the fees and rates will likely be higher, the terms shorter and the conditions less advantageous.

If the property has an established or demonstrable commercial use it is possible to do a commercial loan with terms and conditions similar to a residential mortgage. The commercial lenders I work with have no restrictions on domes specifically nor will they be concerned about comps with similar construction styles. They will be looking for an appraisal that demonstrates the commercial value of the property. Bed & Breakfast Inn, multi-family rental, retail business, and other exclusive or mixed commercial uses would all be possibilities. (A home office or a business run from home would not generally be enough to demonstrate commercial value.)

There is a fourth scenario that bears mentioning- the dome home that is appraised as a traditional frame construction home using traditional frame construction comps. Though I am certain that loans have been done this way, there are numerous problems with this scenario. First and worst is that intentionally misrepresenting information in a mortgage application is illegal. Also, many applications have gotten far along in the underwriting process before an underwriter reviews the appraisal and sees a photo of the subject property and rejects the file because that lender does not accept domes. This creates wasted expense and frustration for all parties. It is a way to attempt to get a mortgage on a dome home- it’s just not a good one.

Appraisal

Lenders should be thought of as investors who invest in a loan. And each has their own investment criteria. Most investors want to know they can sell their investment at some point in time- and in the mortgage lending world this means that most lenders underwrite with similar standards and criteria so that a loan can be sold. While the general challenge for financing domes is the shortage of lenders or loan programs, I have access to several loan programs that will accept unique properties if the appraisal includes sufficient market analysis to establish a market valuation for the property. So the specific challenge is typically the appraisal. I can help find an experienced appraiser that will be able to complete the kind of appraisal required.

In addition to the usual appraisal analysis, the dome appraisal must:

  • Establish a market value independent of construction type;
  • Demonstrate that the home’s uniqueness is accepted in the market, and;
  • Address the uniqueness of the dome in the context of local area housing types and marketability.

This means that the underwriter must be able to predict, using the appraisal, what the marketability of a house would be in the event the lender ends up having to possess and sell the property. The difficulty with most dome houses is the lack of comparable sales – “comps” – in order to demonstrate the market value. Comps need to be similar enough to the subject property that using them to establish a market valuation is reasonable. Even very similar comps will be adjusted for minor differences, but the hard part with domes is that they are typically very different in appearance and therefore the predicted marketability can vary considerably from traditional construction. In other words, it’s hard to say “a traditional frame house with 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms sold for $X in x days and so a 4/2 dome would sell for $Y in y days.”

The best comparable properties will be other domes. If there are no domes for comps, it may be possible to use other unique styles to establish the marketability of unique homes. And if there are other domes and unique houses in the immediate area even if they have not recently sold, adding information about them in the appraisal (quantity, distance from subject, specific architectural style that makes it unique, as well as basic information about the house) will help support that unique styles are acceptable in the area.

 


 

The following info covers American Ingenuity’s Garage Domes which have R28 insulation. The 27′, 34′, 36′, 40′, 45′ & 48′ domes can be designed as a garage on the first floor with a second floor studio above.  If the entire second floor is built within a 27′, 34′ or 36′ or 40′ dome, the second floor could be designed for a studio apartment with one bedroom, one bath & kitchenette.  Due to the load of the second floor there could be a post in the center of the first floor if microlam beams are not designed to carry the second floor load.  The 40′, 45′ & 48′ dome’s second floor is large enough to have two bedrooms and one full bath with kitchenette.  

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American Ingenuity’s 22’ & 27’ domes were specifically designed for garages. The 22′ is a one car garage dome with 9′ wide garage door.  The 27′ is a two medium car garage with 16′ wide garage door.  27′ dome can have a second floor for a one bedroom, one bath studio apartment. These garage domes are two-frequency icosahedron geometry whereas the domes (30′, 34′, 36′, 40′, 45′ & 48′) are three-frequency icosahedron geometry. The two frequency geometry differs from our other domes in that the 22′ & 27′ utilize fewer but larger panels.    For Ai to assure that the vehicle(s) you desire to park in your garage dome will fit, please give us your vehicle length, width, height and hood height.  At no cost to you, our design team will provide a plan proof  showing the vehicle sizes and whether they will fit or not.

Due to the size of the 22′ – 40′ domes three risers can be removed instead of two in order to have a wider entryway.  Due to the large size of the 45′ & 48′ dome only two risers can be removed for an entryway.  Because the 22′ & 27′ have fewer but larger panels than the three frequency domes, their risers are wider resulting in the 22′ dome  accepting a 9′ wide garage door. The 27′ dome can have a 16′ wide garage door.  Previously a 34’ dome was needed to pull two small to medium cars in side by side. Now there can be a two-car garage in a 27’ dome, which is more cost effective.  Either of these garage domes can be connected to another dome via a link that is one riser panel wide or the garage dome can be built independently from the house dome.

Garage Entryways take the place of three riser panels whereas standard and high profile entryways replace two risers. The 45′ & 48′ dome cannot have garage entryways due to their large size.

The 22′ and 27′ Garage Entryway panels are larger in size than the other dome entryways and are not preconcreted. The 22′ and 27′ entryway panels consist of 3 1/2″ EPS as the rigid form with no steel mesh or concrete applied.  The dome buyer can purchase galvanized steel mesh from Ai and at no cost Ai will affix the mesh to the 22′ or 27′ garage entryway panels.  On site fiber concrete is mixed and hand troweled to all sides of the entryway panels after their installation.

An Ai dome building kit includes all the panels for the dome shell and includes the panels for one entryway.  Each floor plan varies as to the number of entryways and dormers.  As a result the kit pricing only reflects the type and number of entryways and dormers that you chose to have in your floor plan.  The following Plan’s Price does not include an engineer seal, structural calculations or energy report.  If those items are required by your building department they can be purchased from Ai for a reasonable fee.

To view Discount on the building plans and the kit with one entryway, please click on Sale.  To view stock plans for these Garage Kits and stock floor plan layouts for dome homes for each of the ten dome kit sizes, click on Stock Plans. To view Sale Pricing on the Building Plans and the Dome Kit for each plan, click on Plans and Kit Sale Pricing.

Stock Dome Plan Name

Second floor can be built in 27′, 30′, 34′, 36′, 40′, 45′ & 48′

Building Options Plans Price without sale discount Kit with Option Price without sale discount R28 insulation

 

22 Gamma 1 Garage
1 Entryway, one 1st Floor Door Dormer
$1,134  $21,665
27 Gamma 1 Garage
1 Entryway, one 1st Floor Door Dormer
$1,134  $28,409
30 Gamma 1 Garage
1 Entryway, one 1st Floor Door Dormer
 $1,198  $31,739
34 Gamma 1 Garage
2 Entryways, three 2nd Floor Window Dormers
 $1,261  $38,506
36 Garage w’ studio
1 Entryway, one 1st Floor Door Dormer, 5 WD
$1,294  $41,989
40 Garage w’ 1 Bedroom
1 G type Entry, 1 Standard Entry, 1 DD, 4 WD
 $1,333  $48,471
45 Garage – approx. plan
1 G type Entry, 1 DD, 3 WD
 $1,427  $55,828
48 Garage – approx. plan
1 G type Entry, 1DD,  3WD
 $1,514  $61,556

Garage Domes w’ Second Floor Studio Apartments

Garage Dome Stock Floor Plans

GARAGE DOME, 22’: has 370 sq.ft. on the first floor and is designed for a one-car garage. A 9’ wide x 7′ tall garage door can fit in the garage entryway. There can be a loft area for storage. Due to small size of the second floor panels, the loft area cannot have any window or door dormers.  A link connected to a 22′ dome is about 5.5 feet to 6 feet wide with a standard length of five feet.

Garage Dome, 27’: has 555 sq.ft. on the first floor sq.ft. and is designed for a two medium car garage. It can have a 16’ wide garage door in the garage entryway. The second floor center height is 8′ 4″ sloping down to five feet to equal 231 sq.ft. on the second floor.  The second floor can have  window dormers but no door dormers. The second floor can have fire egress window; therefore the second floor can have a bedroom.  A link connected to a 27′ dome is about 6.75 feet wide with a standard length of five feet.

Garage Dome, 30’: has 638 sq.ft. on the first floor and is designed for two small cars with the cars pulling in one at a time and each car parking on a diagonal. The 30’ garage door is 12’ wide. The second floor center height is 7’4″ sloping down to five feet to equal 213 sq.ft. on the second floor.  Due to small size of dome’s second floor panels the second floor cannot have window or door dormers.  Therefore no bedroom can be designed on the 30′ second floor.

Garage Dome, 34’: has 846 sq.ft. on the first floor and is designed for a two-car garage with the garage door being 14’ wide. The second floor center height is 9’5″ sloping down to five feet of head room to equal 427 sq.ft. on the second floor.  The second floor can have window dormers & door dormers.  If balcony desired the door size is 2′ x 6′ tall with this door being custom cut on site.  The second floor can have a bedroom and bath.  For fire egress second floor window to fit a second floor door dormer has to be installed above a standard entryway. Instead of installing a door a fire egress size casement window is installed.

Garage Dome, 36′: has 940 sq.ft. on first floor and is designed for a two-car garage with the garage door being 14′ wide. The second floor center height is 10′ 4″ sloping down to five feet to equal 470 sq.ft. on the second floor.  The second floor can have window dormers & door dormers. If balcony desired the door size is 2’x6’8″ and is custom ordered. The second floor can have fire egress size window & is large enough to have a bedroom with bath.

Garage Dome, 40′: has 1,160 sq.ft. on the first floor and can be designed for a three to four car garage depending on the vehicle sizes. It would require two garage doors, each could be 16′ wide. Each set of two cars would share one garage door. The second floor center height is 10’4″ sloping down to five feet to equal 667 sq.ft. on the second floor.  The second floor can have fire egress windows and door dormers above standard entryways.  The second floor is large enough to contain two bedrooms and one bath.

Garage Dome, 45′: has 1,489 sq.ft. on the first floor and can be designed for a three to four car garage depending on the vehicle sizes and entryway locations.  It would require two garage doors, each 13′ wide.  The second floor center height is 13’7″ sloping down to five feet to equal 951 sq.ft. if the second floor is maxed out.  The second floor can have fire egress windows and door dormers above standard entryways.  The second floor is large enough to contain three bedrooms and one bath.

Garage Dome, 48′:   has 1,693 sq.ft. on the first floor and can be designed for a three to four car garage depending on the vehicle sizes and entryway locations.  It would require two garage doors, each 14′ wide.  The second floor center height is 14’10” sloping down to five feet to equal 1,137 sq.ft. if the second floor is maxed out.  The second floor can have fire egress windows and door dormers above standard entryways.  The second floor is large enough to contain three bedrooms and one bath.

Q: What is the tallest and widest garage door you can have and in what size dome?
A:
Current designs allow for a 16′ wide 9′ tall garage door in a 40′ dome with a 4′ risers with additional 2′ risers.  A 27′ dome because it is two frequency can have 16′ wide garage door 7′ tall with a four foot riser.

Q: Can the 45′ and 48′ domes be designed for a garage dome?
A:
Yes.The standard entryway in the 45′ with 4′ risers can have a 13′ wide x 7′ tall garage door for a two car garage. The cars would go in and out of the garage one at a time. In a 48′ dome there can be a 14′ wide garage door in a standard entryway and the cars come and go two at a time.  Due to the large size of the domes for structural integrity three risers cannot be removed ONLY two.    If the 45′ or 48′ dome are built with two foot additional risers the garage door for a 45′ can be 13′ x 9′ or 15′ x 7′.  The Garage door for the 48′ dome can be 14′ x 9′ or 16′ x 7′.

Q: What is the cost to build a garage dome?
A:
The cost to build a dome garage would be about the same as the cost of a garage for a conventional house. Whatever it costs per square foot in your neighborhood to build a conventional garage that will be the approximate cost to build the dome garage.  The construction cost will increase if a bedroom and bath is installed on the second floor above the garage.

Q: Are garage plans priced separately from the other plans?
A:
Yes since every building site is different, Garage & Basement Plans are priced separately from the dome home plans. Ai has Stock Plans for garages which may be linked to any dome where indicated or may be built separately. Or Ai can design custom garage plans.

This article contains Construction Cost Estimate Blank Form

Bob applying final layer of concrete in the seams.

Fiber concrete being applied in the seams between the prefabricated panels of a 22′ dome.

The following blank form is provided for you to fill out as you determine your material and labor costs for your dome kit assembly and finishing. Because labor costs and materials cost vary in the USA, Ai cannot estimate your costs. However the web site link below can be used to estimate finishing costs for your area.

Free Web Site To Calculate Finishing Costs For Your Area

To view information on a free web site where you can look up finishing costs for a conventional home in your state and area, click on Calculating Square Footage Costs. This article also includes  a Construction Cost Estimate Report from building-cost  for a 1200 sq.ft. home in Melbourne, Florida.

If you build an American Ingenuity dome using one of our stock plans, click on Plans & Kit Sale Prices to view regular and sale pricing on the building plans and the kit  w’ building options pricing or each stock plan.

The American Ingenuity dome kits can be assembled by owner builders.  If you choose to use the Kit Assembly Consultant to supervise the assembly of your dome kit, click on Kit Consultant/Specialist for approximately labor costs to assemble the dome shell kit. The rest of the categories are generally the same costs whether it is a dome or a conventional house. To learn about Kit Assembly & see pictures, view Assembly and Construction Overview.

The finished costs on American Ingenuity concrete domes depends so much on where you live and what labor costs are for your area. You can ask at your local hardware store or ask a local contractor what the finished price per square foot is running for a conventional house in the neighborhood you plan to build in. That is what it will cost to finish the domes (if you do no labor yourselves), because everything in the interior is the same whether it is a conventional box house or a round house: foundation, plumbing, electrical, second floor joists, framing, lighting fixtures, bath room fixtures, kitchen appliances, flooring, kitchen cabinets, windows and doors, etc. To learn more click on Finished Cost.

To View three charts listing pricing for items purchased from Ai
for three dome kits Ai recently shipped, click on Pricing Charts

Is the American Ingenuity (Ai) steel reinforced concrete geodesic dome kit  less expensive than the materials cost for the exterior walls and roof of a conventional house or wood dome or log cabin or monolithic concrete dome?   Yes.   American Ingenuity’s dome shell kit price (not the finished home cost) is about one third to one half less in cost than what the materials cost for the exterior walls and roof of a wood dome, gunited concrete dome or conventional house (exterior walls, roof trusses, plywood, tar paper, shingles, 3 1/2″ thick insulation, siding, soffits, gutters, drywall for exterior walls & the ceiling, etc.).

Ai thinks the only big bargain you will receive is its dome building kit, which costs about one third to one half less than other building kits or materials to build the exterior walls and roof of a conventional house, wooden dome or sprayed concrete dome. And with the American Ingenuity Dome you end up with more….super-energy efficiency, super-strength, noncombustible concrete exterior and  low exterior maintenance home.

To view floor plan layouts for each of American Ingenuity’s ten dome kit sizes, click on Stock Plans.   On each plan is a to-scale ruler. When you print out the plan, cut out the ruler and use it to measure length and width of rooms and compare those room dimensions to the rooms you currently live in. You know whether you want your kitchen, living room or bedroom to be larger or smaller than your current house or apartment.  This will help you figure out what size dome will fit your needs. The scale is 1/10″ equals one foot.

No question is too small,  please call our office at 321-639-8777.  Monday – Friday 9-5 eastern time. 

To view info about financing, please click on  Financing Booklet.

Domes are measured by feet in diameter. Refer to Specifications to see possible square footages by floor.

  • A 15′ and 18′ Tiny Kits are one bedroom one bath size.
  • A 22′ can be a one car garage or a one bedroom/one bath home.
  • A 27′ or 30′ can be a two car garage or a one bedroom/one bath home.
  • A 34′ is a two bedroom, two bath. (The 34′ was a little too small so Ai designed a 36′ dome.
  • A 36′ is a two bedroom, two bath.
  • A 40′ is a three bedroom, two bath.
  • A 45′ is a four bedroom, three bath.
  • A 48′ can be a four or five bedroom home with three to four baths.

Calculating Finished Cost

Please compare apples to apples when trying to calculate finished cost of an American Ingenuity dome.  A conventional house would need walls greater than 2×10 with exterior reinforced with rebar and super thick concrete and still not come close to the advantages of an American Ingenuity dome.  The Ai dome should cost about the same price per square foot to build as a conventional house but you receive more….greater energy efficiency, greater strength, noncombustible concrete exterior.  To view Ai dome advantages, click on Advantage Summary.

When you factor in the storm resistance and energy efficiency, a traditional home would need to have 11″ of insulation requiring over 10″ thick insulated walls (this is with our standard 7″ EPS R-28 value insulation) as well as additional roof strapping, rebar and concrete against storms, and still not be equal to one our structure’s insulation and strength. So please compare apples to apples! Our kit comes with all the interior shell 1/2″ gypsum drywall installed, all the R28 insulation installed and 80% of the finished roof….and no wood to interrupt the insulation to rot, burn or be eaten by termites.  No shingles to blow off in high winds. Exterior concrete is primed and painted.

Comparing Apples to Apples When Researching Types of Housing

Material cost is only half of the equation, labor costs often eat up a large chunk of a construction budget. American Ingenuity’s panelized system has proven to save our clients labor time, as well as a reduction in material waste and material costs. That is why when comparing geodesic companies, conventional construction, etc. it is important to compare apples to apples, not just kit cost. The process of stacking the American Ingenuity prefab panels, overlapping/locking the steel mesh of adjacent panels and filling the seams with special fiber concrete, produces the structural components of the home, the finished concrete surface, installs all the insulation and all the dome shell 1/2″ drywall. No need for material and labor costs to install exterior framing, plywood, tar paper, shingles or interior shell insulation and shell drywall.

Ai is committed to providing you with the best design, energy efficiency, and durability with our panelized system for geodesic concrete homes for an affordable price.

Q: What are the American Ingenuity triangular and rectangular shaped panels made from?

A: Center core of 7″ rigid, nontoxic Expanded Polystyrene R-28 Insulation (not Styrofoam), exterior is three quarter inch (¾”)  fiber concrete reinforced with galvanized steel mesh with interior of 1/2″ Georgia-Pacific DensArmor Plus High-Performance gypsum drywall (which is moisture resistant, mold resistant gypsum and noncombustible). The steel mesh extends out all sides of the prefab panels. When two panels are set side by side, the steel mesh overlaps the mesh of the adjacent panel and is locked with “C” rings. Special fiber concrete is mixed on site and hand troweled in the seam areas in two applications — bonding agent is applied between the two layers. The seam areas average 2″ thick concrete.

Ai wants the concrete that is mixed on site to have the same properties as the concrete we manufacture and apply to your prefab panels. As a result we ship the same  fibers, liquid admixtures and bonding agent with your kit and supply a concrete mix recipe in the building plans and in the Assembly Manual.

When you compare other companies dome kits, please consider the following items:

Q: Does the companies kit have a finished exterior, or do you need to finish with a vapor barrier and either shingles, siding or stucco?
A: Ai’s dome’s exterior is 3/4″ fiber concrete reinforced with galvanized steel mesh. Only the seams (about 3” deep by 5” wide) between the panels & the entryways & dormers are concreted on site. You do not concrete over the entire shell. After kit assembly the concrete gets primed and painted.

Q: Is the framing of the exterior walls wood or is the exterior of the kit wood, that eventually rots, or termites can eat, or can potentially burn?
A: Ai’s dome prefab panels contain no wood in them making the panels fire resistant. Our domes have survived forest fires. There is no wood in the dome exterior to rot or be eaten by termites. There is no roof or shingles to burn and no roofing to blow off in high winds.

Q:What maintenance is needed for the dome exterior?
A: The entire exterior of the Ai dome shell is covered with a continuous layer of concrete so there is nothing to rot, rust, shrink, warp, or be eaten by termites. Without shingles, gutters, or exterior trim to maintain. It only requires an occasional pressuring washing and painting.

Q: Does the kit contain insulation? What type, and what is the overall R-Value for energy efficiency?
A: Ai’s kit’s riser and triangle panels come with 7″ thick Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) insulation already installed producing an overall R-Value of 28. An option is available for 9″ insulation R-36 value. In addition, our exterior triangle and riser panels have no wood ribs interrupting the insulation resulting in continuous insulation. (Other companies suggest the use of spray foam insulation which is expensive to install, often covers wiring and piping making repairs difficult).

Q: Does the insulation recommended for the shell contain HBCD, TCPP, CFCs and formaldehyde?
A: The EPS insulation that Ai contains none of the above items. It is not Styrofoam. The EPS that Ai utilizes has a flame retardant added to it, therefore the EPS is noncombustible and is protected by the 1/2″ DensArmor drywall which is also non-combustible and provides the Code required 15 minute thermal barrier. EPS when exposed to flame does not produce toxic gases such as Cyanide.

Q: How is the interior of the dome shell finished? Do you have to buy, cut, nail or glue drywall that you have purchased to the interior of the dome shell? Or do you need to spray foam insulation over the entire shell? (Very labor intensive and expensive)
A: Ai’s kits triangle and riser panels come with ½” thick DensArmor (by Georgia Pacific), fiberglass mat on both sides with gypsum that is moisture resistant and mold resistant. During kit assembly rain will not harm the drywall. The drywall is adhered to the EPS with wallboard adhesive. There is no cutting and adhering of the drywall needed for the shell interior. There is no need to spray foam insulation, saving you labor costs, and less product waste. When the kit shell is assembled tape the joints and finish like traditional wallboard. (To blend the seam areas to the drywall, apply joint compound in a skip trowel effect.)

Q: Do their kits come with standard vertical riser panels before the triangle panels slope inward?
A: Ai’s kits come standard with 4′ tall prefab riser panels. This allows for first floor vertical space (8′ headroom on first floor) before the dome panels start to slope in giving you more useable headroom on the second floor. We also offer an option to increase the riser panel height giving you up to 10′ of headroom on the first floor (dependent upon dome diameter size).

Q: Do they offer in house building plan design? Are the plans fully executable, and permit worthy? Do they use a knowledgeable licensed engineer, for design calculations and engineer seal if needed? Can they produce an Energy Report if needed? Is an Assembly Manual provided?
A: Ai’s cad designer works to create a home layout that is unique, whether using existing floor plans or one that is designed to your specifications. Our plans are in full detail (13- 17 sheets), fully executable, and permit worthy. We work with engineers who are knowledgeable about geodesic structures to do specialized load bearing designs and seal our plans (if needed). Ai can provide energy reports if required for permit. Our assembly manual covers in detail the construction process of the dome (the manual is available to view once a kit deposit and order is made.)

Q: Finally, does the other companies back up their product against high winds Tornadoes and Hurricanes?
A: American Ingenuity offers a limited warranty up to a 225 mile an hour hurricane winds, or an F4 tornado, see details on our website.

I hope that when finished comparing our concrete dome home kit against other housing types, you will see that our product is superior, and more cost effective. We look forward to speaking with you, and working with you to provide you a home kit that is safe, secure and energy efficient.

 

 

Dome Size 30′ 34′ 40′ 45′ 48′
Item
Material Labor Material Labor Material Labor Material Labor Material Labor
  • Dome Kit w/ Options
  • Dome Kit Assembly
  • Concrete Slab/Foundation
  • Windows: qty. – cost
  • Exterior doors: qty. – cost
  • Insulation: already installed
  • Rough plumbing
  • Rough electrical
  • AC/Heat & Ducting
  • Interior Faming/Joists
  • Stairway
  • Drywall & finish for interior walls
  • Shell Interior finish**
  • Dome Shell Wall Board: already installed
  • Interior doors, trim, finish
  • Painting: int. & ext.
  • Cabinets & vanities
  • Plumbing fixtures
  • Electrical fixtures
  • Carpet & flooring
  • Kitchen appliances
Total
Total Material & LaborCost per sq. ft.

** Finishing seams with joint compound and tape and painting a textured paint (paint with sand or vermiculite mixed in it) onto the dome shell wallboard. Or apply joint compound in a skip trowel fashion over the drywall to blend seam areas to the drywall.

These categories do not include costs of land, engineering and permit fees, Florida impact fees, building plans, site preparation, utilities such as water, septic/sewer, electric, etc.

The following contains info about Ai Building Kit Summary

Top five Cupola Panels installed after concrete beam and concrete legs poured. (top of cupola consists of the five top dome panels lifted up to set on concrete legs.)

Fourth row of Prefab Panels being assembled on 34′ dome.  45′ dome in back ground.

To view a photo gallery of photos showing the Dome Kit Assembly Process, view Dome Kit Assembly. The dome kit can be assembled by owner builders or hire a contractor. Either the home owner or the contractor can hire the independent kit assembly consultant to supervise the kit assembly.

The view sale pricing on American Ingenuity dome kits and building plans, view Sale.

Housing technology has changed very little since framing replaced the log cabin. Modifications that were made to improve a concrete home or future home also increased its cost. We applied some American Ingenuity to the geodesic dome home, designed an all new component building system utilizing advanced kit home construction technology and developed a home plan without increasing the kit home’s prices.

American Ingenuity’s concrete dome kit includes all the triangular and riser panels needed for the dome shell and one entryway. The first floor of the 30′ thru 48′ dome homes can have up to five entryways. The second floor of the 36′ thru 48′ can have up to five single window or door dormers. As a result each floor plan varies as to the number and location of entryways and dormers. Underneath the entryway or dormer “eye brow” you or your contractor builds a conventional 2×4 framed wall and installs your locally purchased windows and doors.

Because we do not know which stock floor plan you will select, Ai does not know the type or quantity of entryways or dormers that you will need. View  Building Options to learn more about entryways, dormers, link, cupola, etc. Once you determine the floor plan, Ai can provide the Building Kit with Option Pricing.

You can view and print out Ai’s stock plans for each of the ten dome kit sizes, by clicking on Stock Plans

Houses and garages are built from the Dome Building Kits. The dome homes are available in ten sizes from one bedroom/one bath to four or five bedroom/four baths. The garage domes are typically one car or two car. In the back of the Stock Floor Plan Booklet are garage dome plans. The dome homes are built on conventional concrete slabs or raised wood floors. If needed, the dome can be built on a basement or pilings and a platform. American Ingenuity does not manufacture a basement wall kit, but does design the basement plans.  To learn about possible foundations, view Foundations.

The regular pricing for the Dome Shell Kit which includes one entryway ranges from $21,300 to $55,915 depending on your square footage needs. View Pricing for a complete listing of kit sizes and regular pricing.

Wherever an “opening” is left for doors and windows, Ai does not ship triangles or riser panels. The entryway and dormer panels “eye brows” are therefore structural and are required to maintain the dome’s integrity. The 2×4 or 2×6 wall that is build under the entryways or dormers is built to frame in your locally purchased doors and windows..

The component panel for the 15′ thru 48′ domes includes seven inch thick R-28 insulation. On the exterior of the insulation is ¾” thick fiber concrete reinforced with galvanized steel mesh and on the interior of the insulation is 1/2″ Georgia-Pacific wall board. Onsite the kit is assembled one row at a time, by concreting the entryways, dormers, cupola, link and seams between the panels. Do not concrete over the entire dome. The concrete on the panels does not need to be thick because the seam concrete averages two inches.

Once all the panel seams and entryways, dormers, etc. are concreted, the temporary wooden rib system is removed. The dome shell is self supporting. No interior walls are needed to support the shell. However, normally there is a bedroom and bathroom on the first floor. So those interior walls are used to support part of the second floor. The exact locations of the suspension rods is noted on the shell geometry sheet in the Building Plans. The suspension rods and top and bottom plates can be purchased from American Ingenuity.  We use the AutoCAD program to design and calculate the load on the second floor. So just let us know if you will have an Aquarian, water bed, library, exercise room, etc. on the second floor and Ai can calculate the load accordingly. The average load calculated is 55 lbs. per square foot.

The component panels do not come with any paint on them. Ai does not add any color to the concrete. The concrete shell is painted after the entire kit is assembled. The paint should include a concrete primer and two coats of good quality exterior concrete paint. The dome can be painted any color, tan, green, blue, etc. preferably a light to medium color to reflect the sunlight. The dome exterior is repainted every four to six years depending upon your area’s pollution and UV light. If you rub your hand over the paint and get any “chalk” on your hand, that is when the dome should be repainted. As needed remove algae with a mixture of chlorine and water or pressure washing.

Ai’s dome building kit does not include doors and windows. There is such a variety and varying price points,Ai  leaves the selection of the doors and windows up to each client to purchase locally. The floor plan you select will determine how many entryways or dormers you will have. Within the entryways and dormers {eye brows}, your framing subcontractor installs a 2×4 or 2×6 wall to frame in what ever standard doors or windows that were purchased locally.

No interior items are included in the building kit other than the shell wall drywall. Ai believes you should not pay shipping on items you can purchase locally such as plumbing, electrical, framing, flooring, kitchen cabinets, bathroom fixtures, lighting fixtures, etc. To learn about the panel composition, view Component Panel.

Dome Finished Costs: The finished costs on the domes depends so much on where you live, what the labor costs are in your area and what price points you select for your windows, doors, cabinetry, flooring, lighting fixtures, etc. You can ask at your local hardware store or ask a local contractor what the finished price per square foot is running for a conventional house in the neighborhood you plan to build in. That is approximately what it will cost to finish the domes (if you do no labor yourselves), because everything in the interior is standard whether it is a conventional house or dome home….plumbing, electrical, lighting fixtures, bathroom fixtures, flooring, kitchen cabinets, windows and doors, etc. are all the same. Basically you end up with a super-energy efficient, super-strong home for about the same price as a conventional house. To learn more, view Finished Cost.

Items in the Dome Shell Kit include: Triangular Panels, 4′ Riser Wall Panels, panels for one Entryway, Galvanized Steel Mesh, Concrete Fibers, Two Concrete Admixtures, Reinforcing galvanized cable, Concrete Bonding Agent, Connecting C-Rings, C-Ring Pliers and Assembly Manual. To learn more, view Kit Contents.  To learn what is not in the Dome Kit, view Items not included in the Kit

Depending upon your floor plan selection there will be various building options. The Options include: Additional Entryway Panels (standard, high profile, garage), Window Dormer Panels, Door Dormer Panels, Cupola Panels and Link Panels. view Building Options to learn more.