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A no rust, insulated, low maintenance, 12' diameter 110 sq.ft. dome kit.  Use the pods to:

  • Expand storage space, store house and lawn equipment, store pool and sports gear, store all those cumbersome items that collect and clog up your garage.
  • Store tools during construction of your dome home.
  • Make your gardening or fix-it jobs easier with a potting shed or work shop.
  • Build a backyard dome playhouse with your children.
  • Build a Hunting Refuge.
  • Protect and cover your well & pump.


  • Expanded Bead Polystyrene 2" thick panels (EPS - white rigid insulation), R-8 insulation. The panels are not prefabricated with a steel reinforced concrete exterior or interior wall board as are the prefab panels for the Ai 22' thru 60' domes.  After you assemble the panels, it is most cost effective for you to concrete the exterior and interior of the EPS insulation on site.
  • Diameter 12', Center height 9’ 4”, Floor area 110 sq.ft.
  • The geometry is a one half sphere of a two frequency icosahedron on a 40" riser wall
  • Snow Load 50 lb. per sq.ft. if concreted per instructions.

PRICING does not include USA common carrier shipping costs of $270 to $600. (If shipped to Florida addresses, add applicable sales taxes.) The pod ships on one 4'x4' pallet with weight of 200 lbs from our Rockledge, Florida factory.  The truck that delivers the pod has a  lift deck and pallet jack.  So the driver unloads the pallet and moves it onto your property.  Shipping estimates: within Florida less than $200; Texas around $280; California $500.  Call us (321-639-8777) with your zip code and we can quote you shipping costs.

  • 12’ Pod with one entryway  $750.  40” risers.
  • 12’ Pod with two entryways $790.  40” risers.
  • 12' Pod with one entryway   $810.  60" or 5' risers (extra EPS is added to the 40" risers to make them 5')
  • 12’ Pod with two entryways  $850  60” risers 
  • Purchase the accessory package for $190 to strengthen your dome.  Consists of 4' tall roll of 1/4"x1/4" galvanized steel mesh (340 sq.ft.), C-rings, C-ring pliers and #8 galvanized wire.


  • 2" EPS insulation panels consisting of 37 precut triangular, 12 precut 40" high riser panels and 6 precut entryway panels. (to fit in boxes triangles and risers are cut in half and will be glued together before assembly begins)
  • 1 gallon Concrete Admixture
  • 1 bundle of 16d finishing nails
  • 1 bundle 16d nails
  • 1 large sponge
  • 2 cans spray adhesive
  • 12 ea. 24” #8 galvanized reinforcing wires
  • 1 insert about panels cut in half
  • Detailed slab plans
  • Assembly Instructions

The 2" EPS panels are not prefabricated panels as are the panels in American Ingenuity’s 22 ft. – 60 ft dome kits.  The EPS panels are not pre-concreted since it is most cost effective for you to apply the exterior ¼” concrete over the entire dome at one time. Steel mesh is not installed on the panels. However if you want a stronger dome you can purchase ¼”x ¼” galvanized steel mesh to tie wire to the EPS before you apply the thicker ½” concrete.  Accessory Package includes 340 sq.ft. of steel mesh, C’rings, C’ring pliers and #8 galvanized wire is $190.

Pods are available with 2 sets of Entryway panels with 34 precut triangular, 8 precut 40" high riser panels.  Two Pods may be linked together by joining the optional second entryway.  The two entryways are 144 degrees apart; therefore; the entryways are not opposite each other.  If the first entryway is at six o'clock, then the second entryway can be at eleven o'clock or one o'clock.

Materials and Tools Required:
To make a concrete slab you will also need about 1 & 1/3 cubic yard of concrete and 2 – 20 ft. long #3 rebars or 40’ of #8 galv. wire (used w/ fences).

  • 2 - 94 lb. Bags Portland Cement for a 3/16" thick exterior coating.
  • 3 cans spray foam
  • 45 Gallons (¼ cu. yd.) Sand
  • 5 Gallon Bucket
  • 3 Pressure Treated 2x4's x8'
  • Materials for Doors (2 sheets of plywood, hinges & hasp)
  • Hammer, Trowel, Shovel, Step Ladder
  • Areas subject to hurricane force winds may require twice the amount of Portland cement and sand.



  • First follow the insert about the panels cut in half & glue the triangles & riser pieces together.
  • Spray Foam is used as an adhesive by, applying a small bead along the edge of one of the adjoining panels.  Momentarily join the panels together to disperse the foam and hold them apart till the foam becomes tacky.  When the two panels are then rejoined they will hold together with less drying time.
  • Assemble the EPS panels by rows, attaching them to your prepared foundation and to one another with nails and adhesive.
  • Install 2X4 Pressure Treated (P.T.) doorway framing under the entryway.
  • Install your own 6'x6' (max)door, window or vents to suit within the framed wall.
  • If you purchase the window dormer (2" EPS awing panels that extend out from the dome) install 2x4 P.T. framing under the dormer & install your locally purchased window. Window can be 16" x 20" tall.
  • Coat the entire exterior with a 1/4" layer of concrete, then paint the concrete with concrete primer and Latex paint.
  • Finish the interior of the EPS with joint compound, plaster or stucco.
  • Attach electrical wiring for outlets or lighting to the panels.


The Pod foundation is a concrete slab. The footers will be 8” thick and 6” wide with 2” thick slab reinforced with #4 rebar (40’).  Foundation requires 37 cubic feet of concrete, 1 & 1/3 cubic yards of concrete.  A slab foundation design with dimensions and details is provided with the instructions.


If you want to connect two pods together, one of the pods needs to have two entryways. There are no extra link panels, just the entryway panels that connect together.  This will give you one entrance into the first dome which will be connected to the other dome with no other exit available.  If you want a second exit out of the second pod, then you will need two pods, each with two entryways.


  • The Pods can be picked up at American Ingenuity’s factory using a pickup with trailer with prior arrangements. Call our office at 321-639-8777 for details.  Office hours are Monday – Friday 9-5 eastern time.
  • Or the Pod may be shipped on the same truck as a Dome Building Kit (if there is room on the truck) at no additional charge.
  • Or the kit can be shipped on one pallet via common carrier, NIShippers, anywhere in the USA for approx. $270 to $600.  Please give American Ingenuity your zip code and we will confirm your shipping cost before you purchase the Pod.

Vehicle, Trailer and Strap Requirements for Pod pick up at American Ingenuity’s Factory in Rockledge Florida:

  • If you have a full size pickup truck the boxes will stick up above the cab by 3’ to 4’….which can be dangerous.  So it is better if you have a Pick Up with small trailer or if you pull a 10’ trailer behind a vehicle.
  • Please bring straps and rope to tie down the six or seven boxes depending on whether your Pod has one entryway or two.


The Pod with one entryway or two entryways is packaged in 6 boxes with the approximate dimensions.

  • 3 boxes: 47.5”x24”x16.5” @ 20 lbs each
  • 1 box:    48”x24”x16” @40 lbs each
  • 2 boxes: 34”x23.5”x24.5”@15 lbs each


  • The Pod’s life span is indefinite.
  • The dome’s attachment to the foundation, and the doors and/or windows purchased and installed, limit the maximum wind force that the dome will withstand. Ai had one of its pods survive Hurricane Andrew with no structural damage.  (The pod had not been reinforced with steel mesh or thicker concrete).
  • You can make the Pod stronger (it does not come with a hurricane, earthquake or tornado guarantee) by purchasing  accessory package from American Ingenuity that includes one four foot tall roll of galvanized ¼”x ¼” steel mesh, C’ rings, C’ ring pliers and #8 galvanized wire for $190.

      1.    Apply concrete to a one half inch thickness over the entire dome instead of quarter inch. The half inch layer of concrete requires ten cubic feet of concrete.

      2.    Reinforce the concrete with ¼“ x ¼” galvanized steel mesh over the entire dome and the entryway. A pod with one entryway needs 340 sq.ft.of mesh. Because Ai has surplus 4 ft. tall rolls of ¼” x ¼” galvanized steel mesh, Ai can sell a roll for $100. If Ai did not have this surplus, we would have to go out and pay current mesh pricing causing the retail price on the mesh to be $.64 a sq.ft. or $217.60.   In other words it is fantastic that Ai has surplus rolls to sell.

     3.    Cut the mesh & tie wire it to the EPS. Overlap and lock the steel mesh together before you concrete the dome.  To do this use C-rings and C-ring Pliers (two pair $30.00).  Total Cost $40.00.

     4.    Install a #8 galvanized wire up and over the dome and install a #8 wire over the lip edge of the entryway.  The ends of the wires would overlap the #8 galvanized wires coming up and out of the footers. The overlapped area would be tie wired together.  The extra #8 galvanized wire cost is $50. Ai does not have a surplus of #8 wire and has to purchase it at current market costs.


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