How are Kitchen Cabinets, Pictures & TV’s Hung on Aidome shell walls?
First of all consider installing entryways and instead of installing exterior doors and windows within the vertical wall built under the entryway panels, install the wall and finish it and hang pictures or a TV or place furniture or install your kitchen cabinets with window above the sink, etc.
Or second: build a vertical wall against the dome prefab walls to hang cabinets, pictures, TV, etc. This way you have the strength, energy efficiency of the Aidome with prefab panels which contain no wood to rot, or to burn or for termites to eat. The exterior is fire resistant concrete. Below the photo galleries is a description of how to build the framed wall against the dome shell.
Below are three Photo Galleries
showing how Kitchens & various rooms are designed in the Aidome
This first photo gallery below consists of photos within Ai 40′ and 45′ Aidomes
This second photo gallery below consists of photos within Ai 40′, 45′ & 48′ domes.
This third photo gallery below consists of photos within Ai 34′ and 36′ domes.
Two ways to have vertical framed walls around the perimeter of the Aidome
Regarding the interior of an AiDome home, and how to place cabinetry, pictures, and a television on the exterior dome walls. First of all consider installing entryways and instead of installing exterior doors and windows within the vertical wall, just install the wall and finish the wall and hang pictures or a TV or place furniture or install your kitchen cabinets with window above the sink, etc.
Where there is not a vertical framed wall built under the entryway awning panels, here is a description on how to install a vertical wall with sill plate against the dome prefab panels to hang cabinets, pictures, TV, etc.
On the exterior dome wall wherever you want a vertical wall:
- Simply install a 2×4 framed wall. This is done by cutting out a horizontal 3 1/2” wide strip of drywall and eps insulation two inches deep, spray expanding foam in the cavity, and immediately insert the PT 2×4 into the cavity and support the 2×4 until the spray foam is hardened. Trim back any excess spray foam and fill any gaps or holes with spray foam. (Number of supports depends on length of horizontal wood).
- Then nail vertical 2×4’s to the horizontal 2×4 – 16” on center and secure bottom of 2×4 to a sill plate which is secured to the floor per code (which usually means sill plate is secured to the floor power studs to concrete flooring or nails to wood flooring per code. Code usually is one at each end and other nails spaced 12” minimum). Then finish the wall per your wishes (drywall, plywood, decorative wood, etc) and install cabinets, TV and pictures per manufacturer’s instructions.
If wanting to hang a flat screen TV to the exterior dome wall without installing a vertical wall, install a 2×8 or 2×12 depending on your TV mount. This is done by cutting out a horizontal 7 1/2” or 11 1/2” wide strip of drywall and eps insulation two inches deep, spray expanding foam in the cavity and immediately insert the 2×8 or 2×12 into opening and support it until the spray foam is hardened.
- The horizontal 2×8 or 2×12 is secured to the dome wall with 10” stainless steel bolt. One at each end of the horizontal board minimum 2” from each end. Max spacing between bolts of 12” which may mean more bolts may be needed depending on length of horizontal board. Bolt goes through the 2×8 or 2×12 and through the dome panel with the end of the bolt having a rubber backed washer and rubber backed nut. The bolt can be secured in the drilled hole with liquid nails. Prior to installing the washer and nut, squirt liquid nails around the bolt. After the rubber backed nut with rubber backed washer have been securely tightened any excess threads can be cut off flush to the back of the nut. The washer and nut should be covered with elastomeric patching compound or similar caulk and then painted over.
- Fill any gaps or holes around the 2×8 or 2×12 with expanding foam and finish the board and wall per your wishes.
- Use appropriate screws to attach the TV mount to the 2×8 or 2×12 per manufacturer’s instructions.
Also here is way to have a taller riser wall around the perimeter of the dome which results in 6’ perimeter wall and ten foot tall ceiling height in the first floor rooms which have a second floor installed above. At no extra cost, four foot vertical riser prefab panels are shipped with the triangle panels in the dome building kit. This allows for more vertical space around the perimeter of the dome before the dome starts to slope in. We also offer an optional two foot additional riser which is installed on top of the 4’ riser to create a 6’ vertical area around the base of the dome giving you a six foot vertical wall to place furniture against, install a TV, etc.