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Ai's dome shell kit price is at least one half less in cost than the shell materials cost for a wood dome, monolithic dome or conventional house (exterior walls, roof trusses, plywood, tar paper, shingles, 3 1/2" thick insulation, siding, soffits, gutters, shell and ceiling/exterior wall - wall board, etc).  Besides saving at least half on your shell materials cost versus the materials for the shell of a conventional get more with the Ai Dome Home....greater energy efficiency (insulation comparable to 11" of fiberglass batting), greater strength (hurricane, earthquake and tornado gaurantee) and lower maintenance because the exterior of your dome home is concrete with no wood in it or on it to rot, to burn or for termites to eat.

Why is the Ai Dome Kit so reasonable in price?  Mainly it is because of the simplicity of our component panel, the panel being manufactured in a factory and the philosophy of our company where each client pays for only what they need; i.e. building plans engineer seal cost is paid by only those who need it.  To learn more about our beliefs, click on Philosophy.  To learn more about our panel composition, click on Composition.

Ai's Building Kit and Option Pricing does not include the costs for the Building Plans, Engineer Seal on the building plans (if needed), Energy Audit (if needed in Florida, New York or California), 2x4's for the temporary wooden rib system (if you build a 34' or larger dome), Semi-truck Shipping, Fork Lift rental to unload the truck at your site or the cost for a hoisting mechanism to lift the panels into place.  Please click on Kit Assembly Consultant to view charts showing estimated labor costs, hoisting mechanism costs, etc.

The money you save by purchasing Ai's Building Kit can pay for all of the above costs.  For example if you purchase a $30,000 building kit from American Ingenuity,  the shell materials for a conventional house will cost at least $15,000 more.  We ask you to make a comparison chart to see that this is true.

Remember if you do not want to asemble the dome building kit yourself with family and friends, you can hire a Kit Assembly Consultant who can supervise your laborers or your Contractor's workers and get the dome shell assembled.  Then you or your local contractor hires local subs to finish the conventional jobs of plumbing, electrical, framing, flooring, cabinetry, window and door assembly, etc.  To learn more about the Consultant, click on Consultant.

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Rib Support System

Dome Construction Overview

The following are items not provided with the Ai dome building kit that are needed on site to assemble the panels, finish the seam concrete between the panels and finish the building options concrete (entryways and dormers), etc.

  • Cement mixer (4-8 cubic foot capacity, a mortar mixer is OK to use.)
  • Cement trowels
  • Sand: You use any type of masonry sand…mortar sand is OK.
  • The following is based on the dome having two entryways, four window dormers, one door dormer and no cupola.
4 yds
2 frequency dome
5 yds
2 frequency dome
8 yds
8.7 yds
9.2 yds
10 yds
11 yds
12 yd

For each additional entryway, add these cubic yards of sand: 22' - 2.6, 27' - 0.4, 30' - 0.4, 34' - 0.4, 36' - 0.5, 40' - 0.5, 45' - 0.5, 48' - 0.6.

For a cupola, add these cubic yards of sand:  22' NA, 27' NA, 30' - 0.4, 34' - 0.5, 36' - 0.5, 40' - 0.5, 45'- 0.6, 48' - 0.6.

For additional door dormers on any size dome 0.3 cubic yards of sand.


 The cement used is Portland, type I (the most common) or type III (acquires its strength early). When cement is mixed with sand, aggregate and water, it becomes concrete. Bags of cement are typically 94 lbs.

DOME SIZE          bags of Portland cement

The following is based on each dome having two entryways, four window dormers, one door dormer and no cupola

    2 frequency dome
    2 frequency dome

For each additional entryway add these bags of cement:  22' - 2.6, 27' - 3.5, 30' - 3.7, 34' - 4, 36' - 4.1, 40' - 4.5, 45'- 4.8, 48' - 5.1 

For a cupola add these bags of cement: 22' NA, 27' NA, 30' - 3.9, 34' - 4.3, 36' - 4.4, 40' - 4.8, 45' - 5.2, 48' - 5.4.

For an additional door dormer on any size dome add 2.5 bags of cement.

  • Suspension Rods and Top and Bottom Plates (can be purchased from AI)
  • Shovels
  • 5 gallon buckets
  • Wheelbarrows
  • 3/8” polypropylene rope 50’-100’
  • 25’ Tape Measures
  • Ladders 16’ and 32’
  • 16d common nails
  • 2x4’s for the temporary support system.  The 2x4's are cut to specific lengths, holes drilled for the bolts and each end painted red, white or blue.  Ai can cut them to length, drill the holes and paint each end.  For pricing call our office:  321-639-8777.
    • The 34', 36', 40', 45' and 48' each require 135 - 2x4's.
    • The 22' and 27' each require 75 - 2x4's.
    • The 60' dome requires 200 - 2x4's.
  • Additional supports for the temporary support system and for the radial support method, around 20 - 8' 2x4's and 33 - 10' 2x4s.
  • Steel Scaffolding
  • Work Platforms:
    • For work platforms greater than 6’ long use a 2x4 under a 2x10 platform.
    • You will use scaffolding brackets, 10d duplex nails, 5/16” lag screws, 2x4’s 10’ long.
    • The work platform can be extended around the dome by overlapping another 2x10 and adding another post.
    • Nail overlapping platforms together.
    • Each platform will hold one person, plus 40 lbs.
    • Be sure to use safety rope and a harness.
  • Rental of a hoisting mechanism
  • Labor to install the cement in the seams, entryways, link, cupola, and dormers. Click on Kit Assembly Consultant to learn more about this.
  • Labor, Joint Compound and Tape to finish the interior shell wall board seams.
  • All interior items (excluding the interior shell wallboard which comes with the Building Kit):  Plumbing, Electrical, Framing, HVAC, Bathroom fixtures, Lighting Fixtures, Kitchen Cabinets, Appliances, Foundation, Flooring, Stairs, Lift or Elevator, Windows, Doors (exterior and interior).  Due to the wide assortment of these items and varying price points, we do not think you should pay shipping on items that you can purchase locally.  Click on Dome versus Stick Built to learn more.
 Hoisting Methods

The methods used for lifting the panels includes: Small cranes, Highlifts (all terrain scissors forklifts often used by roofers), and a steel scaffold rigged with wheels and winch. Other lifting devices successfully employed by our dome owners include: a boom added to a tractor, a block and tackle, and a hoist fastened to the top of the framework with wood ramps up the side of the dome.

Monthly rentals on transverse lifts also called Boom Lifts, Horizontal Boom Fork Lifts, Roofing Lifts, Shooters are available from National Rental Chains like US Rentals, Hertz Equipment Rentals, United Rentals, etc. The companies can be found in the telephone book.

The panels of our smaller domes (22', 27' and 30' ) can be placed using a steel scaffold on rollers. The panel is then held in place with a prop support until the seam concrete cures.

The panels for the larger domes (34', 36', 40', 45' 48' and 60') may be best placed using a crane that is capable of lifting 300-400 pounds, 25 feet up and 25 feet out.

With a four-person work crew, use of a temporary wooden rib system and proper bracing of the panels, a row of panels of a 40' dome can be placed in about a day of crane time.

Cranes can be rented by the day, week or month. Sometimes larger domes with three to five entryways, the rental of a crane for one month maybe most cost effective. Besides lifting the panels, the crane can be used to lift buckets of cement. Cement is used to fill the seams between the panels and to stucco the entryways, dormers, link and or cupola.


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