steve areen builds a dome home in 6 weeks for 9,000 dollars
steve areen builds a dome home in 6 weeks for 9,000 dollars steve areen builds a dome home in 6 weeks for 9,000 dollars
apr 07, 2014

steve areen builds a dome home in 6 weeks for 9,000 dollars

‘dome home’ by steve areen, thailand
image © steve areen




photographer and musician steve areen recently finished his dome house on a gifted piece of land on his friend’s mango field. his friend hajjar gibran and his son-in-law tao, local designers and builders, develop unique homes and influenced steve’s desire to create one for himself.  without the availability of compressed earth blocks, concrete masonry units were used to build the primary structure, not unlike the construction of an igloo. circular wooden blockouts are used to frame the cantilevering windows before the first layer of plaster is applied which effectively seals the interior. a final, vibrant layer of plaster is applied to the interior and exterior, giving the house it’s bright luster in the tropical forest. six weeks and 9,000 dollars later, steve had his very own self-built home. the construction itself landed around 6,000 dollars with the finishes coming in at under 3,000, but steve also notes that the price is unique to the country. hajjar, who has now developed a method for producing compressed earth blocks, hopes to begin a new campaign to continue building more efficient homes of similar styles.



a video tour
video © steve areen



view from the roof
image © steve areen



backside of the house in front of the pool
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rooftop deck
image © steve areen



dining area
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bedroom entrance
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straw ceiling
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construction of the bedroom
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wooden blockouts used to form the windows
image © steve areen



finishing the first layer of plaster
image © steve areen



plastered walls
image © steve areen



image © steve areen

  • oh my god bilbo, so far from home!

    michael snoek says:
  • Soooo nice! But it’s really bold to build such a structure without any belt around the perimeter against the pulling forces that are induced by the weight. It’s only the shear friction an sticking between the bricks that hold it together – and this is often interrupted by windows.
    Igloos are build as half domes exactly because of that – the walls have only pressure/pushing forces to carry.
    Churches have outside columns to compensate the force vectors of the roof and bows.

    Dirk16 says:

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