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Guy Builds Dome Home in Thailand for $6000

Building a home can be a daunting task but adventurist Steve seems to have found a cheap easy alternative, build it yourself! 2 million baht for a cheap condo or 180,000 baht for a Dome. While I don't think it's practical for everyday the concept is pretty cool and he deserves props for this creation, check out the photo gallery here.

This is what Steve says on his website

In 2011 I had a wonderful visit with my friend Hajjar Gibran. For years he has inspired me with his creative ideas. This time he was building domes at his retreat center in northeast Thailand. He and his wife offered me a spot on their mango farm to build my own dome.

With Hajjar's guidance and design ideas, along with my own, and his son-in-law Tao's masonry skills, I had my dome home up and painted in six weeks.

The cost for the basic structure was under $6000. It took a few more weeks to add the details, such as doors, screens, pond, upstairs structure, stonework and landscaping. All this, including furnishings, was under $3000. ..Bringing my total cost to about $9,000. Please keep in mind this is in cost-friendly Thailand.

As much as I love my dome home, I probably would not have built it if was a long process. The low cost and time-efficiency of using blocks is what enticed me into building. Because suitable compressed earth blocks were not available at the time, cement blocks and clay bricks were used.

Now the goal is to take this design ..which is quick, affordable, strong, beautiful and fun, ..and build with more sustainable materials that better insulate for colder climates.

At the moment I have no plans or blue prints to share, however, Hajjar and I are working on an improved building method and hope to provide helpful information soon.

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About Chris

Chris founded LivingThai.org in 2011 and has received over 3 million visitors. He has lived here for over 10 years and speaks reads and writes very good Thai.

5 Responses to Guy Builds Dome Home in Thailand for $6000

  1. Frodo Baggins June 3, 2014 at 8:23 pm #

    Bilbo Baggins would have been proud….Long live fucking Hobbiton, bitches!!!!

  2. Rocky June 10, 2014 at 5:46 am #


    At $92 a month for an apartment in CR, that’s over 5 years rent.

    And I will have 100% flexibility in moving, any time.

    Humans overestimate the lack of change in the future. Does this guy really believe his Thai situation won’t change in the next 5 years…?

    • Chris June 11, 2014 at 1:00 pm #

      Not sure your point Rocky, I think if you did the math if you rented the same place for 5 years or more it would be cheaper to buy.

    • kevin June 12, 2014 at 8:31 pm #

      That guys place is awesome. I would love to live there.

      Rocky, are you happy living in your little 3000 baht apartment? you sound like a poor traveler who can’t appreciate other peoples creations. Don’t take so much pride that you rent an apartment at a cheap price. I hate living in apartments…..

      Who cares if he moves in 5 years or next year…. he built something cool and will enjoy his time there much more than you enjoy your apartment……

      That dome is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!

      • PITBULL June 23, 2014 at 1:14 am #

        Very nice indeed…I’ve got to get me one of these 🙂

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