Dome Home in Thailand

Dome Home in Thailand

Click here to go to Steve’s Website and see a full discussion on Thailand¬†Dome Home.

Cost Effective

The main material costs are relatively inexpensive and sometimes even free when found on site. This combined with doing it yourself makes it very affordable.

Easy To Build

The techniques can be taught fairly easily to helpers. The structure goes up quickly with everyone pitching in.

Do It Yourself

You can do the work yourself with guidance from an experienced craftsman. Friends and family can pitch in to get it done quickly.

Story of Steve’s Dome Home

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 blueprints to share, however, Hajjar and I are working on an improved building method and hope to provide helpful information soon.

Click here to go to Steve’ website¬†and the full story about his Dome Home.

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