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excavation of the land, to foundation construction, to dome kit assembly, to interior finishing, please click on Ai dome construction.

An American Ingenuity geodesic dome home kit is purchased in kit form, so do-it-yourselfers without prior construction experience can assemble their dome house building kit. 

By simply placing the component panels, interconnecting the steel mesh, and concreting the seams you complete the structural framework, the exterior finish, the insulation and most of the interior shell wall board.

The American Ingenuity home kit construction process consists of placing a row of preconcreted panels, overlapping and interlocking the steel mesh from adjacent panels and filling the exterior seams with concrete. To complete the dome shell interior, use joint compound and tape to finish the wall board seams and then paint the wall board.

This advanced building system makes it easier to construct an American Ingenuity dome than a conventional house or a wooden dome.

  • No exterior walls to frame
  • No roof trusses to set
  • No sheathing, tarpaper, or shingles to apply
  • No soffits, exterior trim, insulation or siding to install.

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.  We also recommend that you visit your local library and research construction books which cover the concepts on building your own own.  A helpful web site is  It has construction manuals, construction estimating CD's, etc.  Another helpful web site to assist in your cost estimating is

If you do not have the time or do not want to perform the shell assembly, we know of a working consultant that will supervise your laborers or your contractor’s laborers and assemble the shell. Click on Kit Assembly Consultant to learn more about this service.

For those who prefer to stick with what they do best and leave the building to others, we have 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.

Once you decide on your floor plan, we can estimate the number of days needed to assemble the shell (entryways and dormers take longer to install than triangles).

You or your contractor will hire conventional subcontractors to do the normal jobs like forming and pouring the slab, plumbing, electrical, framing, drywall finishing, window and door installation, etc. We figure you should not pay some one to come in from out of state to do work that your local subs can perform. The subs follow the Dome Building Plans, Assembly Manual and call us when they have questions.

The Kit Assembly Consultant travels all around the USA and the world supervising the assembly of the dome shell kits. Because the Consultant is on a job site, he cannot be disturbed. 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 working consultants that would supervise the shell assembly, some of our dome owners had to hire contractors or individuals that had never assembled an A.I. dome shell kits. As a result the contractor had to overcharge the dome owner because they did not know what problems they would run in to. Many times the contractor would charge as much as the cost of the building kit for the labor cost to assemble the kit.



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