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Construction Cost Estimates

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. The following link, home-cost gives average cost per sq.ft. to build average house by state.  Just enter the zip code you will be building in to get the average cost to build a house in that area. 

If you build an American Ingenuity dome using one of our stock plans, click on  Plans & Kit Prices to view pricing.  Please scroll down the page to view the pricing chart.  To view the current discount on the dome kit, click on Savings.

If you choose to use the Kit Assembly Consultant to supervise the assembly of your dome kit, click on Kit 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.

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.

Ai thinks the only big bargain you will get is its dome building kit, which costs about 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 a super-energy efficient, super-strong, low exterior maintenance home.

Some of American Ingenuity's stock plans are included within the 60 page Stock Floor Plan Booklet in the Planning Kit.  On the plans Ai lists the square footage of each room and even draws in to-scale furniture. Because the dome shape makes designing difficult, look in the back of the booklet for the to-scale ruler (on tan paper). Cut this ruler out and use it to measure the length and width of the 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.

Or to view some of Ai's stock plans, click on Stock Plans and scroll down the page to the hyperlinks that can be clicked on to print out the plans.  On each plan is a to-scale ruler.  To learn more click on Floor Plans. To order the Planning Kit click on Online Store. 

To learn about the down payment required to obtain financing on the dome click on Financing and click on Financing Booklet.

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

  • 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 alittle too small so Ai designed a 36' dome.  Ai can email you the 34' stock plans, just call us at 321-639-8777)
  • 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.
Dome Size30'34'40'45'48'
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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 & Labor

Cost 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.

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.

 

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