American lives in fantasy ‘dome home’ he built on mango farm

Up in Isarn somewhere in Nong Khai province, in the middle of a mango farm, Steve Areen built what looks like his own Hobbit hole.

With direction from a friend who specializes in building “dome homes” at a retreat center, Areen, a former Delta Airlines flight attendant, erected his 46.5 sqm home with the help of a couple friends.

The cost of his cool domey-cile? Less than THB300,000, and it only took six weeks to build.

“The cost for the basic structure was under $6,000,” Areen wrote on his blog.  “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 $3,000. ..Bringing my total cost to about $9,000.”

Areen’s home is connected to the grid, but naturally cooled and lit by skylights cut into the dome’s roof.

Here’s a gallery and video of Areen’s home:

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Photos, video Steve Areen

 

Correction: An earlier version of this article misstated the cost of construction in Thai baht. It was less than THB300,000.

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