See This Little Patch Of Land? 6 Weeks Later Someone Turned It Into Something AWESOME!

Before this, I had imagined my dream home to be a towering, contemporary structure with minimalist features spruced up nicely in the middle of sprawling grassland.

Not anymore, I now have my eyes fixed on this unbelievably impressive dome home. So this is what jealousy feels like.
 
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Steve Areen

Traveler and photographer Steve Areen builds his own dome home in a mango farm in Thailand. Inspired by his friend Hajjar Gibran‘s design ideas, Steve was able to build himself a dome home that’s beautiful, comfortable, and structurally strong for less than $10,000.

Let’s take a look at how this was built…

“You start by putting stakes in the ground with pivoting arms.” Steve said.

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“Higher up, when the bricks start leaning in, rolling weights hold the bricks in place until a full circle is made. A completed circle cannot fall in.”

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“Working on the bedroom dome. We put thick steel wire in between the first four layers of bricks on all three domes…because of the strong outward force that will be present in that part of the domes. Also notice that the lower blocks require sticks to suport them rather than the rolling weights.”

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“Inside the main dome.”

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“Sand is sifted for the finishing cement mix.”

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“For my skylights: I put glass triangles together, flat on the table, using electric tape, leaving a gap for the silicone. The next day after the silicon dried, it was lifted into the pyramid shape and the remaining seam was taped and siliconed. I then added strong fiber tape to the bottom edge for extra strength.”

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“Looking forward to beautiful landscaping with tall bamboo for shade and flowering shrubs with amazing smells!”

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Laying down the stone work. Yeah, I’m copying that as well.

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“I ended up switching the red glass lights to baskets and the stainless steel bowl to a glass sink.”

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“Stuffing my home-made mattress with cotton from local trees. Very dusty!”

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A grass roof goes up onto the sala.

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“As much as I love bamboo, I decided to use bent steel poles for my sala (gazebo). I love the shape. And the lightness of the steel made it much easier getting the structure up, and secured to the dome.”

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“I used beautiful hardwood reclaimed from an old temple for my stairs.”

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That looks done. Let’s check out what’s inside.

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But first, how adorable is that small pond of lilies?

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Cozy space. Loving the wide arched window that opens into the pond.

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“I used baskets for my lights with coconut shell bases. Each basket projects a unique light pattern.”

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“Entering the bathroom dome”

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“Bad leak = nice pool! I now have a better drainage system, though this was quite refreshing!”

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“I use this bead necklace to hold my shower wand. I can hang it from the lower beads to point the wand at the shower bench.”

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“Steve’s jungle bathroom!! The round stone work in the center is my shower.”

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Steve’s view from the shower.

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“I used local pottery to make my bathroom sink.”

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Yes, that’s a bamboo waterfall faucet. There’s so many absolutely impressive details in this house.

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“Looking into the bedroom dome.”

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“Making shelves is a bit more challenging for dome walls, but sure looks nice!”

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Gorgeous round window seats!

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“I made this light shade from a basket used to put over food to keep bugs off. I attached paper containing leaves to a ring that fits into the bottom. I love the textured pattern the light projects onto the ceiling.”

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Look up and… viola, amazing work on the grass roof.

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Steve’s dome home looks warm and cozy especially at night.

The dome home’s basic structure costs only under $6,000. Add in $3,000 for the doors, screens, upstairs structure, landscaping, stonewoork, the pond, furnishings, and other details brought the total cost to about $9,000.

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Credit: Steve Areen

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