You don't need much to build a 500 square foot home from clay bricks and cement -especially when you live in Thailand, where building and permit laws are rather lax. In fact, it only cost Steve Areen about $9000 to build and furnish this lovely dome-shaped dweling in the country.
The orange house was completed in only about six weeks and while it's a touch small for many people's taste, the tiny place is cozy and offers everything you need to live comfortably in an exotic mango plantation, including an open room next to a pond and a gazebo.
Areen got the idea to build the house after he visited his friend Hajjar Gibran, the owner of the mango plantation. Now the home is its own private tropical paradise, complete with wired electricity, intricate stonework and heated water.
All of the materials were sourced locally, making the structure truly at home in its location. Areen now hopes to take his inspiration to his native Portland, Oregon where he wants to build another dome house with more sustainable, earthen bricks.
Via Design Taxi