After serving as a flight attendant for Delta Airlines, Steve Areen had the opportunity to build his own unique home on an organic mango farm in north-eastern Thailand.
Steve used a pivoting arm technique to create his dome-shaped home using locally sourced concrete bricks. With just two helpers, the entire project was completed for just $8,000.
Due to the lack of building control in Thailand, Steve was able to construct his 500-square-foot home without having to obtain a building permit. The finished home features doors, screens, shelves, a pond with a gazebo, window portals that double as relaxation spaces and an open-plan living dining area.
The home is naturally cooled and lit during the day by the large circular ‘cut outs’ in the dome structure. The bedroom dome features a grass roof, while the bathroom contains plants with natural materials being incorporated into the fixtures and fittings, such as the bamboo sink faucet.
This dome-house was Steve’s first, but he’s currently looking for property in Oregon, where he hopes to build another that will be made of more sustainable earthen bricks.