A Dome Home In Thailand That Costs Just $8,000 To Build

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.

Via Inhabitat

Niall Burke

Structural engineer by day, tiny house designer by night. Niall has a keen interest in small spaces, green design, and sustainability. He started developing Humble Homes while studying for his masters degree in engineering. He is the founder and managing editor of Humble Homes.

  1. Steve your place is so Cool! Please tell me how you did it so cheap. I am raising my 6 yr old daughter, and she likes tiny homes, and she would really Love yours. I really look forward to hearing from you!

    Elliott Peart

    P.S. My departed mother & aunt use to be flight attendants for Delta back in the 50’s. actually my aunt flew for them till the early 80’s. you may have heard the name, Pat Guye? Thanks again

  2. I would love to come help build one in Oregon. Please contact me at Kmosenfelder@yahoo.com. I have not seen more beautiful sustainable building. I would love to be a part of it!


    Kelly mosenfelder