This page contains listing of builders & assemblers by state. American Ingenuity’s concrete dome homes can be owner built or hire builder who hires the independent Kit Assembly Consultant for kit assembly.
One of the advantages of the American Ingenuity (Ai) dome building kit is that it can be owner-built. In fact about 40% of Ai’s domes are owner-built. All the component panels are marked with letters or numbers to match the Building Plans and Assembly Manual. American Ingenuity’s Building Plans are new and improved. An Expanded Assembly Manual is now available with each new dome order.
For those who prefer to stick with what they do best and leave the building to others, Ai knows can be of help. Some previous dome owners and dome builders have expressed an interest in assisting others and have authorized us to give out their names. All of these builders have succeeded in the construction of their dome home and/or have worked to build a dome for someone else.
Although we would not pass on a builder who we know to be a problem, this list does not constitute a recommendation or endorsement. These individuals are not American Ingenuity employees and therefore we can not guarantee their performance. As with any builder, acquire references and recommendations from recent customers. Before selecting a contractor read our information sheet on Choosing a Contractor and before committing to a builder, call us for our latest review/input.
If you do not have the time or do not want to assemble the dome shell kit, Ai knows of a Kit Assembly Specialist that will supervise your laborers or your contractor’s laborers to get the kit assembled with the first layer of concrete in the panel seams and on the entryways and dormers. The Specialist charges a daily rate, round trip airline ticket, car rental for time at the site and local motel accommodations . Using three to five good laborers and depending upon the size dome and type of hoisting mechanism, the shell assembly with the first layer of concrete applied in the panel seams and on the entryways and dormers (kit with two entryways and four dormers) can take from 9-16 days or more depending on the number of entryways and dormers your floor plan calls for. Click on Kit Assembly Specialist to view estimated assembly times by dome size.
Once your Building Plans have been ordered, use the information in the Consultant/Specialist web site link to estimate the number of days needed for the shell assembly (entryways and dormers take longer to install than triangles).
You or your contractor will hire local subcontractors to do the normal jobs like forming and pouring the slab, plumbing, electrical, framing, drywall finishing, the installation of your locally purchased doors and windows, etc. The subs follow the Dome Building Plans and call us when they have questions.
The Kit Assembly Specialist travels all around the USA and the world supervising your or your builder’s concrete workers or subs to get the dome shell assembled. If you are considering utilizing the Consultant, call American Ingenuity at 321-639-8777 Monday through Friday, 9 to 5 eastern time.
A few years ago prior to the Specialist, some of Ai’s dome owners had to hire contractors or individuals that had never assembled an Ai dome shell kit. As a result the contractor had to overcharge the dome owner because they did not know what problems they would run in to. Customer after customer, tells us that the Specialist saves them two to three weeks of labor costs….plus the dome kit is assembled accurately per the building plans.
Please call Ai for Kit Assembly Consultant names.
Bill Rall with Tioga County Builders in PA has installed an ICF basement under an Ai 40 dome, assembled the 40’ kit and is finishing the dome in 2014/2015. His info is: 3081 Ridge Rd, Tioga Pa 16946 Work: 570-835-0377. He will consider traveling in the northeast and southeast with his crew.
Jeremy Stewart Construction: 499 N Ferdon Blvd, Crestview Fl 32536. Work 850-682-6156. In 2014 he & his crew built a 34′ Ai dome on a poured concrete basement in northwest Florida. He is willing to travel into Alabama, Georgia and Florida with his crew to assemble an Ai dome kit.
Bob Bailey built his own 40′ dome in Rapid City South Dakota and is willing to travel to be a Kit Assembly Consultant on Aidomes. His number is 605-923-6569. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
A helpful book that gives you overall insight in building your own home is called The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Building Your Own Home by Dan Ramsey. It has construction manuals, construction estimating CD’s, etc. Another helpful web site to assist in your cost estimating is rsmeans.com
**Be Prepared to send a copy of your building plans to your prospective builder. He won’t be able to discuss working with you with out them.**
Finding a Reliable Contractor or Subcontractor
Locating a contractor in your area with the requirements you need can be time consuming. HomeAdvisor.com maintains a list of Reliable Contractors and Sub contractors and Engineers. Others have used Home Advisor (used to be named Service Magic) and found them to be very helpful. It is assuring that they follow up on each referral to assure that professional quality service was provided.
Once you are on their web site do the following. If you have any difficulty, you can contact them directly at 877-800-3177.
- Click on “Start Request”
- Then “Find Contractors”
- Follow the prompts. You’ll be asked for your specific requirements: framing, electrical, plumbing, etc.
- And your specific location and zip code is requested.