How Steve Areen Build His Dream Dome Home in 6 Weeks For 9,000$ That Would Make You Jealous

When most people think about building their dream home, they probably imagine of a large, sprawling vacation house built according to their taste that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. When Steve Areen thought about building his dream home, all he had to do was find $9,000 and a place to build. He did just that and, in six weeks, he had a vacation home in the middle of Thailand that could make anyone feel jealous.

All done!  ...Yeah, right!  HaHa!


A former flight attendant – Steve Areen has grounded himself in Thailand in a masonry dome-home he built-in just six weeks. The 500 square foot structure is simply constructed much like a tropical igloo, with cement blocks stepping in for ice bricks. The best part? It cost under $10,000!

Steve Areen hatched the hobbit-like home idea in 2011 while visiting a friend who was building dome homes for his Thailand retreat.  And what a friend!

Hajjar Gibran also offered Areen a small plot of land on his organic mango farm, and with an assist from Gibran and his son-in-law, six weeks later Areen was living in the finished building.

He took a few more weeks to install doors, window screens, and surrounding landscape – including a small pond.

Labor costs are low in Thailand, and the materials – cinder block, clay brick, and stone pavers for flooring and as decorative “tile” – were locally sourced. Plumbing is rudimentary, and the electrical system is basic. The building shell came in under $6,000; accessories and furniture increased it up another 50%.

In just 6 weeks, Steve was able to create the home of his dreams starting from this.

I built wooden forms to support the bricks around the windows.

With a Thai friend’s guidance, his son-in-law’s masonry skills and a lot of work, the team made progress quickly.



The basic structure only cost about $6,000.


In Thailand, materials are cheaper, but it’s still mind blowing to know just how little this cost to make.


The extra details and furnishings of the home brought the cost up another $3,000.

Now some good quality paint.

Totaling approximately $9,000 for the entire home.


Lookin' good, though my bed still a bit stiff!

It took hard work and dedication.

My sky lights let in light and heat out.

But it seems so worth it.


Not only does this dream home look cool, but the low-cost and quick building schedule is amazing.


Cement blocks and clay bricks were used to build the home, as well as some natural materials.

Now for my lotus pond.

Whether it’s a home away from home or your new family residence, this dome would be perfect.


Imagine spending long afternoons swinging on your rooftop hammock.

Very comfy indeed!

Or gazing into your backyard pond, filled with beautiful lilies.

All done!  ...Yeah, right!  HaHa!

The dome is full of windows and natural light, really helping the house become one with nature.

I love my round window seats!

On the outside of the house, Steve built steps up to the roof, you can climb the entire house if you’d like to.



His shower is the big stone mosaic you see here.


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

And the bathroom sink is made of natural bamboo and other materials.

I used local pottery to make my bathroom sink.

Steve's bamboo waterfall  faucet!

The kitchen looks fabulous.



The roof-top seating arrangement.

Tao did a great job getting the grass up onto my sala.  ..And without a net!


Every day would feel like a vacation here.



Entering the bathroom dome


Goodnight dome home

Check out the video tour of Steve Areen Dome Home:


Hajjar Gibran, the friend that helped Steve build his dream home, has a dome building company. Steve has traveled all over the world, collecting photos and stories to share.

Image & Video Source: Steve Areen

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