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Komarnsky 2nd floor bedroom 0140

Colorado 34′ Dome Second Floor – bedroom & library

 

Komarnsky kit & 2nd floor 0135

Colorado 34′ Dome – second floor library w’ bedroom to right

(see picture above for the bedroom that is to the right of the library)

Library is above first floor kitchen

Typically dome building kits do not contain riser panels. American Ingenuity decided to supply four foot tall riser panels with its Building Kit. This means the first row of panels of the dome shell are rectangular shaped panels and triangle shaped panels complete the rest of the shell. This vertical wall allows for convenient placement of furniture around the perimeter of the first floor and gives more head room and useable square footage on the second floor.

What is the ceiling height under the second floor?

The four foot tall riser allows for a first floor ceiling height of 7’ 6” in the 22’ thru 34’ domes and an 8’ tall ceiling in the 36′ through 48′ domes.  To increase first floor ceiling height where a second floor is above, on site install a one foot tall or two foot tall perimeter wall to increase the height to 8’6″ or 10’.

How can I relate to the first floor and second floor square footages in your domes? 

You can relate to the room sizes within any of American Ingenuity’s stock plans by cutting out the ruler on each stock plan.  Use the to-scale ruler to measure the width and length of each room and compare those room sizes to the room sizes in your current home. You know whether you want your new home’s rooms larger or smaller than your current room sizes.

The square footage of living space shown with each stock floor plan indicates the square footage space available on the first floor, second floor and third floor loft (if available for that size dome). The square footage of each room is included along with to-scale furniture to help you visualize the size of the space, and does not include any closets or utility areas.

How much of the second floor has 6’ or taller ceilings?

The second floor square footage consists of all the usable floor space to the knee wall although part of this space will have reduced headroom, as shown by the ceiling height lines that are drawn on each plan. To determine the second floor square footage that is taller than 6′, cut out the to-scale ruler in the back of the Stock Floor Plan Booklet and measure between the 7′ and 6′ second floor height lines.

MAX SQUARE FOOTAGES:

Max refers to whether you maximize the second floor square footage by enclosing four fifths of the second floor and only having one fifth of the second floor left open; thus causing high vaulted ceilings over only one fifth of your first floor. Typically dome owners tend to leave one half of the second floor open thereby having high vaulted ceilings over half of their first floor rooms. On the Ai Stock Floor Plans, the Second Floor Square Footage includes the perimeter areas starting at five feet.

Dome Size
22′
27′
30′
34′
36′
40′
45′
48′
1st Floor
370
555
665
852
946
1,178
1,489
1,693
2nd Floor
NA
231
213
427
470
667
951
1,137
Loft
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
112
142
162
Max sq.ft.
370
786
878
1,278
1,418
1,957
2,582
2,992

How is the second floor square footage determined in the American Ingenuity domes?

  • On the Ai Building Plans, the second floor square footage includes the area starting at five feet. The Tax Assessor uses these numbers, so taxes will be less.
  • On the Ai Price List, the Second Floor Square Footage includes the area starting at five feet.
  • On the Ai Stock Floor Plans, the Second Floor Square Footage includes the areas starting at five feet.

Should I build any of the large American Ingenuity Domes and not install the second floor?  Yes, is entirely up to you whether the second floor is installed.

If I do not want to access the second floor using stairs, what do I use?  Install a chair rail on the stairs or install a winch powered lift or install an elevator. See Handicap Accessible for more info.  Click on Lifts/Chair Rails to learn more. 

Is there more usable square footage in your dome than a conventional house?

Yes, in a conventional house there is an attic which rarely gets used. To us it is just a space that holds hot or cold air which is waiting to leak into your house. In a dome you get to use the second floor space that would normally be an attic in a conventional house. So even if some square footage around the second floor perimeter cannot be used there is still more usable square footage in the American Ingenuity dome (due to the four foot tall riser panels) than a conventional house.

45' dome second floor railing.

45′ dome second floor railing and doors to second floor bedrooms. No cupola.

 

First and second floor view in 15 year old dome.

First and second floor view in 15 year old  34 foot in diameter dome. Second floor has library and bedroom with closet. Cupola with windows installed on top of dome.

Typically dome building kits do not contain riser panels. American Ingenuity decided to supply four foot tall riser panels with its Building Kit. This means the first row of panels of the dome shell are rectangular shaped panels and triangle shaped panels complete the rest of the shell. This vertical wall allows for convenient placement of furniture around the perimeter of the first floor. 

When a first floor room is designed under a second floor NOT in a high vaulted ceiling area, what is the ceiling height?  The four foot tall riser allows for a first floor ceiling height of 7’ 6” in the 22’ thru 34’ domes and an 8’ tall ceiling in the 36′ through 48′ domes. 

How to have 8’6″ or 10′ ceiling heights in first floor rooms that have second floor above them. 

  1. The 22′ & 27′ dome riser panels can be increased from four feet tall to five feet; resulting in a first floor ceiling height of 8 ‘6″. 
  2. The 30′ – 48′ domes can have an extra two foot riser installed on top of the four foot tall risers; resulting in a first floor ceiling height of ten feet in rooms that are not designed in the high vaulted ceiling area.  The taller riser walls do not affect the second floor ceiling heights.

How can I relate to the first floor and second floor square footages in your domes? 

Cut out the to-scale ruler on the stock plan and use to measure the width and length of each room. Compare the plan room sizes to the room sizes in your current home. You know whether you want your new home’s rooms larger or smaller than your current room sizes.

To view stock plans for each of the ten size kits we manufacture, click on Stock Plans.  After reviewing the stock plans, if you do not find a plan matching your families desires just make changes on one that is closest to your needs, scan and email to us along with your telephone number and notes as to what changes are wanted.  After emailing, please call to assure we received your email…..emails go into cyberspace without us receiving them.  We will review, call if questions and complete a Plans Quote showing Ai’s sale pricing to convert your ideas into custom building plans.

The square footage of living space shown with each stock floor plan indicates the total space inside the dome. The square footage of each room is included to help you visualize the size of the space, and does not include any closets or utility areas.

How much of the second floor has 6’ or 7′ taller ceilings?

The second floor square footage consists of all the usable floor space to five feet of perimeter height. Around the perimeter of the second floor 5′, 6′ & 7′ height lines are drawn on each stock plan. To determine the second floor square footage that is taller than 6 or 7′, cut out the to-scale ruler located on the plan or in the back of the Stock Floor Plan Booklet and measure the area from the 6′ or 7′ height line towards the center of the dome.  To view pictures of the interior of the dome, please click on Interiors and then view the hyperlinks.  Also on the left hand side of each of our web site pages is a menu bar.  Scroll down the bar to find the section named Pictures. Below Pictures there are twelve menu items to review that have various interior pictures.

Sphere – Frequency and 5/8 dome info:

American Ingenuity has developed a dome that is approximately a one half sphere with the four foot tall riser wall.  All our building plans and manufacturing specifications are for 3/8 domes on a four foot riser.  So sorry we do not manufacture a 5/8 dome.

Can I order a taller riser than four feet?  Yes a five foot riser can be ordered on the 22′ and 27′ domes and an additional two foot riser can be ordered for the 30′ thru 48′ dome sizes.  The two foot riser is installed on top of the four foot riser. Please call our office for pricing, 321-639-8777. Monday thru Friday 9-5 eastern time.

Ai’s  30’, 34’, 36′, 40’, 45’ & 48’ Domes are 3 frequency, 3/8 sphere on a 4’ vertical riser. We find it more practical to use a vertical 4′ riser wall on all of our domes instead of 5/8″ sphere.

  • The 22’ & 27’ Domes are 2 frequency, ½ sphere on a 4’ vertical riser wall or a five foot tall riser panel.  The 22′ & 27′ domes have fewer panels than the three frequency domes so the panels in a 27’ weight more than the 30’ panels do.
  • The 30’, 34’, 36′, 40’, 45’ & 48’ Domes are 3 frequency, 3/8 sphere on a 4’ vertical riser. We find it more practical to use a vertical 4′ riser wall on all of our domes instead of 5/8″ sphere.  Our 30′ dome it turns out to be almost the same height as a 5/8.  Also the 4′ riser wall makes for a better shaped entryway and allows the dome to link with our other size domes.

Misc Info about Domes:

The dome, or partial sphere, is a geometric form that encloses the greatest amount of volume with the least amount of surface area. Historically, massive domes constructed of stones, brick or concrete were common in ancient Greece & Rome. In modern times, Buckminster Fuller was the first to formulate geodesic principles for constructing a spherical surface by triangular subdivision.

Manufactured dome home kits are constructed using a triangular network to form a spherical shape. This method provides for a free-span, self-supporting structure requiring no internal supports such as roof load bearing partition walls. This allows for maximum flexibility of floor plan design & utilization of interior space.

As an architectural form, the dome is one of the strongest structural forms devised and built by man. Domes that were built centuries ago enclose many of the great cathedrals of Europe. Domes are structurally superior to rectilinear enclosures. The partial sphere is an aerodynamic shape that is very stable in high winds & can withstand heavy snow loads. For these reasons, residential domes greatly exceed the structural requirements of the major building codes in the United States.

One of the most exciting architectural environments ever designed, a dome brings its best attributes to your home. It delivers a rewarding living experience filled with warmth, light & open space to those who accept the challenge to build & live in their own dome

MAX SQUARE FOOTAGES:

Max refers to whether you maximize the second floor square footage by enclosing four fifths of the second floor and only having one fifth of the second floor left open; thus causing high vaulted ceilings over parts of your first floor. Typically dome owners tend to leave one half of the second floor open thereby having high vaulted ceilings over half of their first floor rooms. Half opened areas would reduce the second floor & max square footages quoted below.

Dome Size
22′
27′
30′
34′
36′
40′
45′
48′
1st Floor
373
555
665
852
946
1,178
1,489
1,693
2nd Floor
NA
225
424
614
718
886
1,127
1,278
Loft
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
112
142
170
Max sq.ft.
373
780
1,089
1,466
1,644
2,176
2,758
3,141

How is the second floor square footage determined in the American Ingenuity domes?  On the Ai Building Plans, the second floor square footage includes all the area on the second floor to the perimeter areas that are five feet tall.

Should I build any of the large American Ingenuity Domes and not install the second floor?

Not normally, but if that is what you desire Ai can design your building plans with no second floor. 

Because of the spherical shape of the geodesic dome, a second floor is a natural in domes larger than 30′ in diameter.  Consider installing a guest bedroom, guest bath and storage on the second floor.

If I do not want to access the second floor using stairs, what do I use?

Install a chair rail on the stairs or install a winch powered lift or install an elevator. See info about Chair Lift below.

Is there more useable square footage in your dome than a conventional house?

Yes, In a conventional house there is an attic which rarely gets used. To us an attic is a space that holds hot or cold air waiting to pass into your home. In a dome the second floor space that would normally be an attic can be utilized. Around the second floor where the dome slopes to the floor, a 3′ to 4′ perimeter knee wall is built to hide this short space. In the knee wall doors can be installed to access the space for storage.  Behind the perimeter knee walls, AC ducts and wiring can be run.  Or in the knee wall air return grill with filter can be installed.  Desks, bed headboards, etc. can be placed against the knee wall.  Bedroom dressers, chests are installed along the interior walls of the rooms.

Info About Chair Lift, Wheelchair Lift, Elevator, etc.

This info is in response to making American Ingenuity domes handicapped accessible and accessing a possible second floor via a chair lift or elevator.  Our plans can be modified to accommodate wider doorways and larger bathrooms.

Since most Ai stock plans contain a second floor (and even a basement), accessibility to these levels may be achieved by installing one of the following:

  1. Stairway chair lift
  2. Wheelchair lift
  3. Elevator** see end of document
  4. Incline platform lift (needs staircase 42” or more wide when 90 degree angle that is basic on our stairways.)

The most economical route is a chair lift.  If you are able to climb the three stairs to the 1st platform) the starting cost to install a straight stair chair lift is around $3,000.00.  If you need to have the lift start at the base of the staircase (not 1st platform) it becomes a curved chairlift. These lifts are custom and depending on the company start at around $8,000.00. Your dome plans will fall into the modified category.  Ameriglide also offers an incline platform lift for structures that do not have room for a standard wheelchair lift and are unable to utilize a stairway lift.

For dome owner’s requiring wheelchair access, a wheelchair lift can be incorporated into your dome plan design.  Due to the size of the wheelchair lift and accessibility requirements’ this would be a custom plan design.  The cost of a wheelchair lift starts at around $11,000.00 (this would be with basic upgrades for safety such as a battery backup). They are also making a hybrid of chairlift/ wheelchair lift.  Keep in mind these things for when you design your home.

A third option to access multiple floors would be to install an elevator, as with a wheelchair lift, elevators require custom plans design.  The average starting cost for an elevator starts at over $16,000.00. Due to the size of home elevators, they may not be able to accommodate a wheelchair, requiring a larger more expensive unit.

Once you decide on the type of mechanism that would suit your needs, we can begin to either modify or create a custom plan for you.   Below are several companies that specialize in chair lifts in homes.  Several of these companies also offer wheelchair lifts, stair lifts and elevators. There are several companies on the internet and costs vary.  Please view the companies below or do a web search to find additional companies who provide these products.

 

COMPANY PHONE # WEBSITE STAIGHT 1 LANDING
Acorn Stairlifts** 888-211-1522 http://usa.acornstairlifts.com/ 3K TO 4,500 10K TO 13k
Ameriguide 1 (800) 987-6308 http://www.ameriglide.com $1950 +shipping and install Not available
summitt 866.378.6648 http://www.summitlifts.com/Stairlifts.htm 4500-5500 10k
Stannah Stairlifts

1 800 877 8247

 

http://www.stannahstairlifts.com/ Approx 4k Custom approx 8k to 10k
Residential Elevators

(800) 832-2004

http://www.residentialelevators.com/index.htm Varies by state i.e. Florida $16K
Inclinator- Elevators

800-343-9007

http://www.inclinator.com

 

Varies by state i.e. Florida $25K

If you need additional information on how we can make your dome home handicapped accessible please contact Glenda at Glendab.aidomes@gmail.com or call us at 321-639-8777 – Mon-Fri 9-5 pm eastern time.

How much do home elevators cost?

Home Elevator Price Quotation:  This is similar to asking, “how much do cars cost?” There is a pretty wide range, depending on a number of factors. Generally speaking, in most parts of North America, two-stop home elevators start in the range of $20,000 installed. Typical installations cost between $19,000 and $39,000.

So what are the factors that affect the price of a home elevator?

  1. The cab finishes – cab walls can be made of glass, wood paneling, veneer or melamine. In many cases, builders order cabs with unfinished mdf walls and build finished cab walls themselves. The cost of the various options varies dramatically.
  2. The drive system – hydraulic drive systems are normally slightly more expensive than in-line drive systems, also called counterweight systems.
  3. The jobsite location – if your house is in a remote location, you can expect to pay more to cover the cost of travel for the installation crew.
  4. The number of floors being serviced – elevators installed in residences can go from two stops to six. Each stop requires an interlock attached to the door and adjustments for leveling. The cost for an additional floor is usually $1000 to $1500.
  5. The length of travel required . Normally, home elevators can travel up to 50 feet. The cost associated with the length of travel is usually about $200 / foot.
  6. The number of cab entrances – some elevators are configured with entrances on more than one side of the elevator cab. Additional openings will add cost.
  7. The type of cab entrance – some residential elevators are available with two-speed sliding doors, much like a commercial elevator. This style of elevator entrance adds significant cost. Several thousand dollars is typical.
  8. The level of automation – powered gate operators and power swing door operators are popular options. These will also add expense for each entrance.
  9. Customization – if your plans include customization of your elevator to match fixture finishes or special sizes, you can expect to pay a small premium. Manufacturers make home elevators to order, so it is not always costly to order custom features.

What do Stair Chair Lifts Cost?

Whenever you feel that it is necessary to look into some sort of stair chair lift for the interior or exterior of your home or office, it is very important that you look into stair lift prices.

Prices for straight stair lifts range from $1000 to $4200 installed.  A $1000 stair lift will be an older lift that is perhaps 4-5 years old.  The $4200 stair lift is usually coming from dealers that have been winning by default in their geographically areas.  The $4200 price can also come from manufacturers that are direct selling stair lifts to end users.  One would think that a manufacturer would offer a lower price.  This is not the case for two major stair lift suppliers.  Simply put, their cost of acquiring a lead is substantial, perhaps $500 per inquiry.  And, they are paying their sales reps on a commission basis which ends up increasing the price to the end user.  If you receive an initial quote for a straight stair lift over $4000 beware of the vendor.  The only exception to this would be in state that has regulated stair lifts.  The government adds fees onto stair lift registration or licensing and may require an installer to have a particular license.

 

Suffering from limited mobility can take quite a toll on your spirit as an individual. Finding out that stair lift prices may be a bit too high for you to afford the installation of one can be even more devastating. When it comes time for you to compare stair lift prices, download some information from the internet and look hard for a local company that can offer a recycled or used stair lift or low priced new stair lift with a buy back option in the future.

By looking around online, you should be able to find cheap stair lifts. Finding a reputable dealer will allow you to browse around some of the different models as well as give you an idea about the variety of stair lift prices that are out there today.

What you need to know as you start to browse around through all of the various stair lift prices is that there are a few different options that you have available to you. If you find that having a brand new stair lift installed is just a bit too pricey for your budget, you can look into cheap stair lifts or refurbished stair lifts prices that you can afford. Many people who do not have the initial funding to purchase a stair lift and then have it installed will look into beating stair lift prices by looking into financing options.

Depending on the type of stair lift that you are looking to have installed, you might find that your stair lifts price will increase if you need a custom built stair lift for a curved stair lift. Looking into cheap portable air stair lift price options in curved stair lifts will help you to cut out some of the financial burden. Your stair lift representative should be able to work with you in order to find the right stair lift prices to help you get the piece of equipment that you need without completely draining your bank account.

Cheap stair lifts are always available to consumers, however it is extremely important that you know that you are getting a quality piece of equipment. All too often, people are roped into purchasing a discount stair lift only to find that they run into issues down the road whether it comes to installation or the piece running properly. While getting a deal on stair lift prices is always nice, it is imperative that you find a quality piece of equipment that will last you for years and years into the future.

 

 

 

This page describes the American Ingenuity Prefab Dome Home Kit Contents.

  • 45' dome kit off loaded from semi-truck.

(click dots to change picture or use arrows left and right side)

What Does The American Ingenuity Prefabricated Component Panel and Dome Kit Consist Of?

The prefab component panels consist of a center core of seven inches of rigid, nontoxic R28 expanded polystyrene (EPS)  insulation NOT styrofoam. On the exterior of the EPS is 3/4 inch concrete reinforced with galvanized steel mesh and fibers. On the interior of the EPS is 1/2 inch Georgia Pacific DensArmor – mold resistant and water resistant gypsum drywall.   The 1/2 inch wallboard is moisture resistant, mold resistant gypsum drywall which contains fiberglass matting instead of paper matting. There is no food source for mold growth in any of the panel’s materials. During kit assembly it could rain.  After the drywall is allowed to dry it goes back to its original consistency.  The wallboard is not conventional sheet rock that will crumble and mold when it gets wet. The seam areas between the panels, once filled with on-site fiber concrete averages two inches thick. Engineers tell us the steel reinforced concreted seams act like steel beams.  To learn about the prefabricated panel’s composition, click on Composition.  The building plans standard foundation is monolithic slab. However Ai can design the dome to be built on basements, pilings, stem wall, etc.  To lean more, click on Foundations.

The Ai Dome Building Kit (22′-48′) consists of all the component panels for the dome’s exterior shell and panels for one entryway. Your floor plan selection determines how many more entryways or dormer panels your kit contains.  Entryways and dormers are structural awnings which extend out from the dome.  Under them a 2×4 or 2×6 framed PT wall is built on site to accept your locally purchased windows and doors.  To learn more about the entryways and dormers, click on Building Options. The kit does not include doors or windows or interior items other than the interior wallboard on each triangle and riser panel. Ai believes you should not pay shipping on another semi-truck for standard items which can purchases locally from Lowes or Home Depot or off Craig’s List, or eBay, etc..  To view items not included in the kit, click on Not Included.

The Domes first row of panels are four foot tall rectangle riser panels and entryway base panels.  The majority of the rest of the prefab panels are triangle in shape with panels to complete the entryways and dormers. The slab is poured on site.  If you desire a nine feet seven inches or ten foot ceiling height in first floor rooms that have a ceiling, then a two foot tall additional riser panel can be purchased from American Ingenuity.

To view the pricing for Ai’s basic dome building kit which includes one entryway, view Basic Kit Prices. To view  info about current discount on the dome kit with one entryway, view Discount.

Your floor plan selection determines the type and number of additional entryways, window dormers, door dormers, cupola and link.  Click on Building Options to learn more. To view the listing of our stock plans which includes the type and number of building options for each plan, click on  Stock Plans & Kit Prices.

The triangle and rectangle shaped component panels consist of:

  • A center core of seven inch rigid block of R-28 expanded polystyrene insulation (EPS)…comparable to 11″ of fiberglass batting.This insulation is not styrofoam.
  • On the exterior of the insulation is a layer of ¾” concrete reinforced with galvanized steel mesh and fibers.
  • On the interior of the insulation is 1/2″ Georgia-Pacific DensArmor Plus High Performance gypsum wallboard adhered to the EPS with wallboard adhesive.  Ai specifically utilizes DensArmor and not conventional sheet rock because during the kit assembly it can rain. Sheet rock when it gets wet crumbles and molds. The DensArmor is moisture resistant and mold resistant. The gypsum contains fiberglass matting on each side. The DensArmor contains no food source for mold growth.
  • To view our web site file that covers panel composition, please view Composition.

After the foundation is installed, the dome shell assembly consists of: 

  • Erecting a temporary wooden rib system with supports under each hub.
  • Using some type of hoisting mechanism place the component panels one row at a time upon the rib system.
  • Overlapping the steel mesh from adjacent panels. Locking the steel mesh with “C” rings and pliers. Depressing the mesh into the seams.
  • Installing rebar, cables, hardware, (headers, king studs for doors and windows)  and suspension rods in appropriate seams per the building plans.
  • Watering down prefab concrete in the areas where new concrete will be applied. Applying one layer of fiber concrete in the seams and on the entryway/dormer panels one row at a time. Depending upon the dome size, there are four to five rows of panels. 
  • Once the last row is installed then the second layer of concrete is applied in the seams between the panels and on the entryways and dormers. Bonding agent is applied between the two layers.  Cured concrete in the seams and around the area where new concrete is being applied is watered down prior to bonding agent and new concrete being installed.
  • Only the seam areas between the panels and the entryways/dormers/cupola/link are concreted. Do not concrete over the finished prefab concrete on each panel.
  • Finishing exterior framed walls and Installing your locally purchased doors and windows.
  • Removing the temporary wooden rib system. Most of the wood can be recycled into interior framing and second floor perimeter knee wall framing.
  • Watering down the concrete exterior 3-4 weeks prior to priming and painting the concrete exterior to let efflorescence escape.
  • Hiring conventional subcontractors: framer, electrician, plumber, drywall finisher, cabinet installer, HVAC, etc. to finish the interior of the dome.
  • Priming and painting the exterior of the dome.
  • Finishing the seams between the interior shell wall board with joint compound, fiberglass tape and applying joint compound in a skip trowel method over all the shell drywall.  Ask Ai for latest interior shell finishing document.
  • Priming and painting the shell wallboard.

Besides the shell component panels and one entryway, the Building Kit includes:

  • Concrete fibers which are mixed with your bags of Portland cement and masonry sand
  • Two concrete liquid admixtures which are mixed with your Portland cement and sand
  • 2 Galvanized Steel Cables which wrap around the dome
  • Concrete bonding agent which is used to bond the two layers of concrete together
  • Connecting C-rings (commonly called hog rings) to lock the galvanized steel mesh
  • C-ring pliers
  • 20 oz. Cans of Expanding Foam
  • Expanding Foam metal dispensing gun
  • Can of cleaner for gun
  • Assembly Manual

To view pictures of Kit Assembly, click on Dome Kit Assembly and  Construction Overview.

To learn what items are not included in the Building Kit, view Not Included.

The American Ingenuity Building Kit Order Form contains two pages.

Each floor plan varies as to the number of entryways, window dormers and door dormers. Once Ai’s CAD department completes the design of all the blueprints within your building plans, Ai will know the items needed for the assembly of your dome kit and can complete an official Building Kit Order Form which lists exact items and pricing.

The following description is to give you a heads up as to what is included within the two pages of the Order Form.

The first page of the Order Form lists:

  • The kit size and its regular pricing (any discount is on the kit with one entryway pricing and is not on the building options)
  • All the individual building options (entryways, window dormers, door dormers, cupola, link, etc), each are listed separately with quantities and pricing
  • Discount is listed
  • Any deposits are listed
  • If purchasing a 22’ or 27’ dome, the garage entryway is not wrapped in steel mesh.  1”x1” steel mesh can be purchased from Ai with Ai wrapping the mesh onto the garage panels at no cost to you.
  • If your floor plan contains a link:
    • a price will be listed for the Expanded Polystyrene panels based on the link size.
    • a price will be listed if wallboard is adhered to the EPS panels with wallboard adhesive.
    • on site after the link panels are custom fitted to the dome panels, rebars are installed per the building plans, 1”x1” galvanized steel mesh is affixed to the link and is locked to the dome steel mesh.  After the steel mesh is affixed to the link, the link panels are concreted on site. The steel mesh can be purchased from Ai and shipped on the truck with your kit.
  • Pricing for the items from the Parts List. See below for a description of the Parts List.
  • Order Form states “Shipping To Be Determined Four Weeks Prior to the Shipment Date”
  • If international order, client pays the freight forwarder directly for shipping.  To complete the required customs paperwork, etc. Ai charges $200.
  • Lifting Spikes: $120 for the purchase of 4 lifting spikes, (items are not returned to Ai). Set good for the assembly of one dome.
  • 255 Bolts, Nuts & Washers to bolt the steel hubs to the 2×4’s. ($128 for three frequency dome)
  • Cut, drilled and painted 2×4’s can be purchased from Ai. 
  • For USA shipments the semi-truck’s flat bed can be loaded from all sides with a fork lift.
  • For international orders, the container cannot be loaded from all sides so Ai has to rent a telescoping forklift to load the container.  A telescopic forklift has forks which extend out so stacks of panels can be placed into the container through the back door.  Approximate rental cost is $800 for one day.  The number of days rental is determined by the number of containers.
  • Date pricing is good through.
  • Place for your signature and for American Ingenuity’s signature

The second page of the Order Form is the Parts List which consists of two parts.

The first part of the Parts List is a listing of items that come with the kit at no additional cost:

  • cans of expanding foam, metal foam dispensing gun and can of cleaner
  • 2 cables that go around the dome
  • admixture A for concrete mix
  • admixture B for concrete mix
  • synthetic fibers for concrete mix
  • bonding agent applied between two layers of concrete
  • C-rings and C-ring pliers

The second part of the Parts Lists is a listing of items not included in the kit that can be purchased from Ai:

  • The second floor edge beams do not attach directly to the dome shell.  The floors are supported by load bearing first floor walls and suspension rods. The rod is installed in the dome seam per the building plans. The rods besides suspending the perimeter edge beams also support areas of the dome’s second floor wood floors where there are no load bearding walls under them. 5/8″ Suspension rods with nut and washer are purchased from Ai. If there are no second floor walls to enclose the rod, the rod is visible and covered on site with PVC or wood.
  • At the top and bottom of the suspension rod there is a top plate (Z plate, Flat plate or modified Z plate) and a bottom plate (U Channel). Ai purchases the steel, cuts the steel, drills it and bends it to specs.
  • If there is a first floor door dormer, a ¼” cable is needed around its lip edge.  Can be 23’ to 50’ depending on dormer size.
  • Concrete Accelerator (needed if mixing concrete in late fall when temperatures could be freezing at night).
  • Simpson hangers (connect the second floor edge beams to the joists). There are three to four different sizes.
  • 1/4” x 1/4” or 1/2″x1/2″ galvanized steel mesh for the entryway and dormer vertical framed walls.
  • Additional metal dispensing gun to dispense expanding foam.
  • Additional cans of cleaner to clean the metal foam dispensing gun.
  • Additional Bonding Agent.
  • Additional Admixture A & B.
  • Additional 1/4″ fibers for the second layer of concrete.
  • Additional C ring pliers.
  • Additional pounds of C rings (Hog rings) that are used to lock the steel mesh together. C rings are easily dropped so clients tend to purchase 6 – 12 additional pounds depending on the size dome.
  • Additional cans of expanding foam.  Grooves are cut in the dome shell wall board & EPS to insert the electrical wiring or conduit for wiring.  After the electrical wiring is installed, the grooves are filled with expanding foam, the expanding foam is cut flush and then the wall is finished with the fiberglass tape and joint compound. The dispensing gun allows your workers to start and stop the foam without having to use the whole can at one time.

Ai can add or remove items from the Parts List upon request.

Click Here for Foot to Meter Conversions

Dome Diameters 22′ 27′ 30′ 34′  36′ 40′ 45′ 48′
1st Floor (sq.ft.)
370
555
665
851
 948
1,178
1,489
1,693
2nd Floor (sq.ft.max) to 5′ of headroom
n/a
231
213
427
470
667
951
1,137
3rd Floor (sq.ft.max)
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
 n/a
112
142
162
Maximum Area (sq.ft.)
370
786
878
1,278
 1,418
1,957
2,582
2,992


What does sq.ft. max mean?
Max refers to whether you maximize the second floor square footage by enclosing all of the second floor and only leaving an area open above the stairs.  This results in no high vaulted ceilings in any area other than over the stairs. Typically dome owners tend to leave thirty percent to one half of the second floor open; thereby, having high vaulted ceilings over 30% to 50% of their first floor rooms. Leaving 30% to 50% of the second floor open, will lessen the amount of square footage on the second floor versus what is listed above.

How does Ai name its floor plans? Two ways. One way consists of two numbers: Diameter of the dome and a number.  The second way consists of three parts. For example the floor plan named 27 Alpha 11 means; the first two digits are the dome diameter in feet, then the Greek word Alpha and then the two numbers 11. (Call our office to receive via email new stock plans that are identified with numbers not names.)

  • the first part is the dome diameter in feet (22′, 27′, 34′, 36′, 40′, 45′, 48′, 60′)
  • the second part is a Greek word (Alpha, Beta, Delta, Epsilon, Gamma, Kappa, Omega, Omicron, Sigma, Theta, Zeta)
  • the third part is two numbers (11, 21, 22, 32, 33)

What size Ai Domes are best used for garages? The 22’ dome is a one car garage with loft storage. The 27’ dome can be a two car garage with loft storage. You can use other size domes depending upon you parking, storage and work shop needs.

Does American Ingenuity manufacture basement kits? No. But sometimes it is practical for our clients to build their domes on basements. Therefore we have basement plans available. We usually call these basement floor plans “Optional Basement Floor Plan.” It is called Optional because it is up to each client whether they want to build on a basement or not. If they do, then the client purchases the Basement Plans designed for that particular dome floor plan.  Click on Basements to learn more.

How many bedrooms and bathrooms can the different dome sizes have? The number and size of the bedrooms and bathrooms is up to each client.  Click on Stock Plans to view the stock plans for each of the ten different dome kit sizes Ai manufactures.  If you do not find a stock plan that fits your lifestyle, our design team can modify a stock plan or design a custom plan from your sketches and descriptions. The floor plan layout lists the square footage by floor.

The following bedroom and bathroom breakout is typical for each of the size domes after the kit is assembled and locally purchased materials are installed to finish the home.

  • The 15′, 18′, 22′ & 30′ domes are one bedroom, one bath size.
  • The 27’ dome is two bedroom two bath size.
  • The 34’ dome is a two bedroom, two bath size.
  • The 36′ dome is a two bedroom, two bath size (or three bedroom).
  • The 40’ dome is a three bedroom, two bath size.
  • The 45’ dome is a three or four bedroom, three bath size.
  • The 48’ dome can be a four or five bedroom size dome with either three or four bathrooms.

What are some of the ceiling heights within the Aidome?

Dome Diameters
22′ 27′ 30′ 34′  36′ 40′ 45′ 48′
D: Inside without Cupola
15’3″
17’4″
16’4″
17’11”
 18’10”
20’5″
22’6″
23’9″
E: Inside with Cupola
n/a
n/a
18’6″
20’1″
 21′
22’7″
24’8″
25’11”
F: 1st Floor Ceiling
7’6″
7’6″
7’6″
7’6″
 8′
8′
8′
8′
G: 2nd Floor Ceiling (max)
n/a
9’1″
8’4″
9’9″
 10′
11’7″
13’7″
14’10”
H: Ceiling under Loft
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
 n/a
7’6″
8′
8′
I: 2nd Floor with Cupola
n/a
n/a
10’3″
11’11”
12’6″
13’9″
15’9″
17′
K: 3rd Floor Loft Ceiling
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
 n/a
5’6″
6’10”
8’1″

Q: How do we determine what size dome is best for our family?
A:
First review the stock plans to see how the area within a dome is used. Then compare these sample floor plans with the rooms and square footages of houses you are familiar with by printing out the layout and cutting out the to-scale ruler to measure the rooms.

Compare your finances and construction costs to avoid designing a project that is beyond a realistic budget. Think about the future…will you need to increase or decrease your space? If you had to move what size home would sell best?  Click on Financing to print out a Financing Booklet.

Q: Can the dome be made handicap accessible?
A: Yes. All of the dome floor plans can be modified to be handicap accessible. Use a chair rail, lift or elevator to access the second floor. Normally the guest bedroom, guest bathroom and storage are put on the second floor.  Click on Handicap to learn more.

Q: How do I plan for expansion – the addition of another dome at a later date?
A:
When designing your first dome, you can prepare for future expansion by installing a link at the location where you will later connect another dome. If we are providing you with customized plans we can design them for the future expansion.

Q: Do you have separate garage dome kits available?
A:
Yes. We have developed two new garage dome sizes, 22′ and 27′. These garage domes are two frequency icosahedron geometry. This geometry differs from our other domes in that it utilizes fewer but larger panels. By having larger panels we can create a wider opening that is needed for a garage door. You can install a 9′ wide garage door in the 22′. The 27′ garage dome can have a 16′ garage door and it can have a second floor of 398 sq.ft. Previously a 34′ dome was needed to pull two cars in side by side. Now you can have a two car garage in a 27′ dome which is more cost effective. The 22′ dome provides an economical one car garage using 3 1/2″ E.P.S. insulation (R-14). Either of these garage domes can be connected to another dome or built independently from the house.

The 34′ garage dome is utilized when you want more first floor perimeter room around the vehicles or when you want a second floor above the garage for an apartment or study, etc.  Ai has examples of different size domes utilized as garages.  To view the garage plans, click on Stock Plans and scroll down the page to find the garage plans.

You can find the pricing for the plans and the dome kits for each stock plan by clicking on Plans and Kit Sale Pricing.

Q: Will l feel closed in, in the dome?
A:
No. In our dome you can install an abundant number of windows and doors. Your budget and your floor plan selection determines the number of doors or windows you will have. There can be up to five entryways on the first floor of the 30’, 34’, 36′, 40’, 45’, 48’ domes and up to five window dormers or door dormers on the second floor of our larger domes, 36’, 40’, 45’, 48’.

Remember on site  a 2×4 wall is constructed under the entryways and dormers to install standard doors and windows which are purchased locally. For example under a 40′ entryway you could have up to three French doors or a door and a picture window or a large picture window or 12′ of sliding glass doors, etc. In other words on the first floor of a 40′ dome you could have a maximum of five entryways with each one containing 12′ of French doors.

We have a window and door specification sheet on this web site which lists the maximum window sizes that can fit within the entryways and dormers for each size dome. Click on Window Sizes to view this info.  Also during plans design, we email elevation views showing the rough opening size in the entryway and dormers and recommend door and window sizes.

Q: What is a cupola?
A:
A Cupola is “sort of like a hat with windows that sits on top of the dome”. When a person wants to have a third floor loft in the 40′ or larger domes, the cupola adds about 2′ of headroom to the top center of the dome. The top five pentagon panels rest upon 18″ tall concrete “legs” that are built on site. Between the concrete “legs” framing is built to install rectangular windows that you purchase locally. See the floor planners in the Stock Plans for loft heights and square footages.

Cupolas are not necessary for ventilation and extra light. Domes do not need more light than conventional houses. If you build your dome without a cupola, we recommend installing a vent in an interior wall near the peak of your dome for ventilation. The electric fan vent has the added advantage of being easily controlled with a switch or timer.

The outline of the third floor loft matches that of the cupola. In wind areas you do not want the cupola windows to be more than two feet tall. Also taller cupolas just look out of proportion on the dome.

To protect the windows during high winds, the dome owner will either need to purchase windows made from impact resistant glass or have shutters installed.

Q: Why do the square footages on the Specifications Page differ from the square footages listed on the stock floor plans?
A:
On the Specifications Page the first floor and second floor square footage listed is the maximum amount of square footage possible. The first floor square footage is maxed out because only one entryway is considered. The second floor square feet (sq.ft.) listed is what is possible if you only leave open one fifth of the second floor. This means you would only have high vaulted ceilings over one fifth of your first floor rooms. The first floor ceiling height would then be 7 1/2′ in the 30’ and 34′ domes and 8′ tall in the larger domes. You can purchase a five foot riser wall and increase the ceiling height by one foot on the first floor of the 22’ through 48’ domes. This increase in height will not affect the ceiling height on the second floor.

The first floor square footages on the stock floor plans varies from the Specifications Page because more than one entryway is installed. Each time another entryway is utilized on the first floor this will reduce the amount of total first floor square footage. In the stock floor plans the second floor square footage varies from the Specifications Page because some stock plans have one third of the second floor left open while others can have up to half of the second floor not installed. The second floor square footage on stock plans consists of all the illustrated second floor space to five feet of height. On site the second floor knee wall is built along the dome perimeter out 2×4’s and covered with drywall to a height of two to three feet. AC ducting and second floor suspension rods can be hidden behind the knee wall. Electrical outlets can be placed on the knee wall.



Q: What is the dome diameter and square footages converted to meters?

Dome diameter converted from feet to Meters:

15′ = 4.60 M
18′ = 5.49 M
22’= 6.71 M
27= 8.23 M
30′ = 9.14 M
34’ = 10.36 M
36′ = 10.97 M
40’= 12.19 M
45′ = 13.72 M
48’= 14.68 M
60′ = 18.29 M

Maximum Square Footage for each Dome Diameter converted to square meters
15’ – 179 sq. ft. = 16.63 sq. meters
18’ – 272 sq. ft. = 25.27 sq. meters
22’ – 370 sq. ft. = 34.37 sq. meters
27’ – 786 sq. ft. = 73.02 sq. meters
30’ dome with 878 sq. ft. = 81.57 sq. meters
34’ dome with 1,278 sq. ft. = 118.73 sq. meters
36’ dome with 1,418 sq. ft. = 131.73 sq. meters
40’ dome with 1,845 sq. ft. = 171.41 sq. meters
45’ dome with 2,440 sq. ft. = 226.68 sq. meters
48’ dome with 2,830 sq. ft. = 262.92 sq. meters
60’ dome with 4,910 sq. ft. = 446.86 sq. meters

First Floor Square Footage converted to square meters:
15’ – 179 sq. ft. = 16.63 Sq. Meters
18’ – 272 sq. ft. = 25.27 Sq. Meters
22’ – 370 sq. ft. = 34.37 Sq. Meters
27’ 555 sq. ft. = 51.56 Sq. Meters
30’ 665 sq. ft = 61.78 Sq. Meters
34’ 852 sq. ft = 79.15 Sq. Meters
36’ 946 sq. ft. = 87.88 Sq. Meters
40’ 1,178 sq. = 109.44 Sq. Meters
45’ 1,489 sq. ft. = 138.33 Sq. Meters
48’ 1,693 sq. ft. = 157.29 Sq. Meters
60’ 2,552 sq. ft. = 237.90 Sq. Meters

Second Floor sq ft to square meters:
27′ is 231 sq ft – 21.46 sq meters
30′ is 213 sq ft – 19.70 sq meters
34′ is 427 sq ft- 39.67 sq meters
36′ is 470 sq ft- 43.66 sq meters
40′ is 667 sq ft- 61.96 sq. meters
45′ is 951 sq ft. -88.36 sq. meters
48′ is 1137 sq ft. – 105.63 sq. meters
60′ is 1850 sq ft – 171.87 sq. meters

3rd floor sq ft to sq meters
40′ 112 sq ft = 10.41 sq meters
45′ 142 sq ft = 13.19 sq meters
48′ 162 sq ft = 15.05 sq meters
60′ 135 sq ft.= 12.54 sq meters

What is the cost to convert American Ingenuity’s Building Plans to metric dimensions: if it is a stock plan the cost would be the modified price. Typically the conversion price is $200 to $350 depending upon the complexity of the plan. Once we see the plan or your sketch, Ai. will quote a price.