Q: Tell me about the Floor Planner Kit that is included in the Stock Floor Plan Booklet. Can I modify your stock plans or have you design custom plans for us?
A: Yes Ai can modify the stock plans or design custom plans from your sketches. Included in the Planning Kit is the Stock Floor Plan Booklet. In the booklet is a Floor Planner Kit so you can experiment with different floor plans as you modify a Stock Plan or develop a Custom Plan. Sample elevations of each size dome enable you to visualize your home in three, not just two, dimensions.
Make copies of the floor planners for the size domes) you wish to build & then you can make as many variations & design changes as you wish.
Scaled furniture symbols & ruler may be used with either the Floor Planner Kit or any of the Stock Plans, since everything is the same scale. You can use the ruler to measure the width & length of each room to compare the size to the size home you currently live in. Be sure when placing tall furniture on the second floor to note the ceiling height.
VERSATILITY: American Ingenuity’s Stock Plans have been developed over many years & have proven themselves to be comfortable, economical & adaptable. Within this selection you will find plans that will accommodate almost any lifestyle, decorating taste, size of family, budget, and building site. You may find just the right floor plan for your new home in the stock plans. The building kits for Stock Plans are priced including the options as shown on the Stock Floor Plan Price List. Additional options will create a Modified Stock Plan.
SIZE & SCALE: The first two number of the floor plan name reflect the diameter of the dome For example, 45 Delta 21 is a 45′ diameter dome. All the floor plans are drawn to the same scale, 1/10 inch = 1 foot. The furniture symbols & ruler contained in the Floor Planner Kit are also drawn to this scale & may be used with any of the Stock Plans. Compare these to the measurements of your own furniture & make symbols for those pieces not represented, like your antique hutch or your son’s aquarium.
SQUARE FOOTAGE: The square footage of living space shown with each 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, & does not include any closets or utility areas. The second floor square footage is to five feet of headroom. Around the perimeter of the second floor, perimeter 5′, 6′ and 7′ height lines are drawn..
BUILDING CODES: Our blueprints have been accepted by building departments which use many different Building Codes including the Universal Building Code, International Residential Building Code 2009 & 2012, 2014 Florida Building Code 5th Edition and California Building Code. Our personal service may include communication with your area building officials to assure the acceptance of your blueprints for issuance of a permit. If required in your area, blueprints can be certified by a licensed PE Engineer.
MINOR CHANGES: Most building departments will allow you to make simple non-structural changes to Stock Plans by noting them on the blueprints. This might include such minor changes as:
- Adding, subtracting, or changing the location of a solar tube if it does not effect your energy report.
- Shifting the location of interior doors
- Altering the size of the windows or doors located in the entryways if it does not effect your energy report.
- Substituting a door for a window in an entryway
- Substituting a wall for an open rail
- Switching the placement of the kitchen sink & major appliances
MODIFIED STOCK PLANS: Modifying a Stock Plan that is close to your dream dome allows you to adapt a plan to your needs. While it does incur a charge, it is much less than the expenditure of custom design work. Any of the Stock Plans may be modified to provide for such structural changes as:
- Building a Mirror image
- Rearranging rooms, moving walls, or adding closets
- Combining the first floor from one plan with the second floor of another
- Adding or subtracting entryways, door & window dormers, or balconies
- Adding bathrooms
- Adding a full or partial basement
- Fortifying a floor structure to accommodate special furnishings such as a waterbed, hot tub, or weight room.
We will be happy to quote a price for blueprints & a building kit for your Modified Stock Plan once we review your sketches or Floor Planner
CUSTOM PLANS: If you are seeking more than what is reflected in the Stock Floor Plan Booklet, then perhaps you will want to go a step further to a Custom Plan. It will encompass all your thoughts for your dream dome & will be drawn by our technician especially for you, yet at a reasonable cost. Using our state-of-the-art computer aided drafting system, our CAD technician will translate your concept into a set of blueprints.
1. We will work form any combination of ideas as you express them:
- Completed floor planner kit
- Rough sketches
- List of items to include
- Written descriptions
2. The cost of the blueprints for your Custom Plan, as well as the cost of the building kit, can be ascertained after review of your concept. You can email your sketch, mail your sketch or fax it to 321-639-8778. Please include your complete name, phone numbers and best time to contact you. Please call our office at 321-639-8777 and assure we received your fax or email or mail. After Ai reviews your sketch, we will call you with questions and then email a Plans Quote. For Ai to schedule your plans for design, pay in full for the building plans and other services listed on the quote. During your plans design you will receive rough drafts via email or fax or mail. You review the drafts and make any changes and return them to us. Once you approve the final draft, then the computer aided drafting technician completes the design of the rest of the sheets within the blueprints.
3. Design Factors: All plans may be built on your choice of foundation including: Concrete slab, raised, stem wall or pier foundation, full or partial basement.
4. When planning the location of entryways, door dormers, balconies & window dormers please note their specific locations.
5. When planning room sizes for your second floor, remember that the headroom decreases as it approaches the knee wall. The floor planners have perimeter second floor height lines and have a to-scale ruler that can be used to calculate the area of the second floor between 7′ and greater heights.
For example our 48′ dome has an interior radius of 24′. That radius is from the center of the sphere to all of the geodesic corners measured on the inside. Ai uses the most standard geodesic dome geometry of a three frequency icosahedrons for our 30′ through 48′ size domes. The 22′ and 27′ are two frequency and the 60′ dome is four frequency.
For laying out the floor plan designs, you only need to work in two dimensional form and the pages in our floor plan booklet will give you everything you need, including ceiling heights on the second floor. Ai can provide you AutoCAD format for the floor plans, but it will not contain any three dimensional drawings. Ai emails elevation views of the entryways and dormers showing the rough opening sizes and recommendations for exterior doors and window rough opening sizes.
Q: Can you provide Dome Garage Plans?
A: Yes. Since every building site is different, Garage & Basement Plans are priced separately from Stock Plans. Ai has stock garage plans which may be linked to any dome where indicated or may be built separately. Prior to determining your garage dome size, provide the length, width and hood height of each vehicle. At no cost to you, Ai will complete a proof showing those vehicle dimensions in the appropriate dome size so you can see the layout. The garage entryway in a 22′, 27′, 34′, 36′ and 40′ domes remove three risers. The 45′ & 48′ domes do not have a garage entryway available.
- A 22′ dome is a one medium vehicle garage with 9′ garage door.
- A 27′ dome is a two medium vehicle garage with 16′ wide garage door. The 22′ & 27′ domes are two frequency domes which have large size panels than the three frequency domes. Therefore when its 3 risers are replaced with a garage entryway this allows for enough width to install 16′ wide garage door.
- A 34′ & 36′ dome can contain two medium cars with a 14′ wide garage door. The cars come and go thru the door one at a time and park on a diagonal.
A: Ai’s largest size dome is 60’ in diameter with an interior height of 26’. It has 2,552 sq.ft. on the first floor, if you max out the second floor, the second floor can have 1,910. If you purchase the cupola and install a third floor loft there can be a loft area of 620 sq.ft. for a total of 5,180 sq.ft. If you need a larger dome than this, contact Monolithic Dome in Italy Texas.
We do not have any 60′ stock plans. All the plans for the 60′ are custom. The 60′ custom plans start at $4,742. Once we see your sketch or ideas we can quote you a price to design your custom set of Building Plans.
A: Ai can design custom basements from your sketches. The walls can be designed using concrete block, Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) or poured concrete walls. Basement walls are usually 8″ thick when made of poured concrete but will likely increase depending on the height of the basement wall and the height of the backfill.
Q: What is the standard foundation included with the stock plans?
A: Concrete slab. For Ai to design a basement or concrete columns or stem wall or pilings, etc. an engineer fee of $300 is added to the Plans Quote to cover the cost for a structural engineer to calculate the load of the dome and the load of the two floors within the dome and give joist/edge beam size/spacing and foundation design to our CAD department to incorporate within the plans.
A: Remember in a conventional house you have an attic that cannot be used for useable rooms. Because of the dome shape a second floor can be installed that is useable. So even if some square footage around the second floor perimeter cannot be used there is still more useable square footage in a dome than a conventional house with an attic.
- Building Plan’s second floor square footage includes the area starting at five feet. The Tax Assessor uses these numbers, so taxes will be less.
- The Second Floor Square Footage on the Price List includes the area starting at three feet.
- The Second Floor Square Footage on the Stock Floor Plans includes the areas starting at three feet.
A: Because of the shape of the dome a second floor is a natural. To access the second and third floors instead of an elevator, install an electric winch powered lift in a 4’x4’ area or an elevator or a rail chair can be used to access the second floor. You could design all your living space and master bedroom and bath on the first floor and design a guest bedroom and bath on the second floor and use the second floor rooms for guests or for storage.
A: Yes. Depending on the size dome, the plans can be customized to make the entire downstairs area wheelchair accessible, (32″ doorways minimum, handicap accessible shower stall, etc.).
Any of the domes can be built without a second floor. Because of the natural shape of the dome, a second floor is a natural. Your contractor could install an electric winch powered lift or elevator or stair rail chair. This way the second floor can be easily accessed.
Q: How are two domes joined together and should I plan extensions onto my Entryways?
A: If you are planning a complex of domes, the domes are joined at entryways or door dormers to form a link. The link will vary in width according to the size of the domes’ entryways and can vary in length from 2 feet to 10 feet.
While many companies offer the alternatives of large links and room extensions to the dome, American Ingenuity feels they are not in your best interest.
Among the reasons:
- When floor space is increased using an extension or link, the exposed surface area is greater than for the square footage within a dome. This results in less energy efficiency & a higher cost per square foot.
- Construction is more involved & time consuming
- The overall scale, relationship between elements & proportion of the home are adversely affected.
- The visual impact of the design is lessened.
- Good chance of leaking where the extension long flat roof butts into the dome shell. The expansion & the contraction associated with temperature changes produces the flex or separation at the link. Ai has tried expansion joints but they are not trouble free either. Ai has two solutions for the area where the flat roof meets the curved dome; 1) add elastomeric patching compound covered with elastomeric paint or 2) apply Ames Research Laboratories tape and paint over the area.
Instead of adding extensions on to the entryway, Ai recommends simply moving up to the next larger size dome or arranging your space differently to increase the efficiency of your design.
A: Ai uses Greek words (Omega, Alpha, Delta) and numbers (21, 22, etc) along with the dome diameter to name our plans. Ai now has additional stock plans not on our web site and not in our Stock Floor Plan Booklet. Those plans are labelled with numbers. Please call our office at 321-639-8777 and let us know what diameter dome you are interested in, if you want you master bedroom on the first floor or second floor and we will email the new stock plans that fit that criteria.