Gallery: Magical Dome House in Remote Thailand Constructed in Six Weeks...

Openings throughout provide natural light and ventilation
Openings throughout provide natural light and ventilation

Truth be told, rules are a little lax in Thailand, so Steve wasn’t required to obtain building permits for his 500 square foot home, which naturally shortened the process. Then he added his own finishing touches once the main building was complete, including doors, screens, shelves, a pond and a gazebo, stonework and landscaping – all of which he did himself using materials sourced within the direct vicinity.

Although he wasn’t able to take his tranquil abode off the grid this time, such that the water is heated and the house is illuminated with electricity powered by conventional sources, the home is naturally cooled and lit during the daytime thanks to cutouts in the roof. The bedroom dome is capped with a beautiful grass roof and the bathroom, like an atrium, is filled with plants and completed with subtle touches such as a bamboo faucet that funnels water into a beautiful bowl – like cupped Buddha hands.

The terracotta paint meshes beautifully with the lush tropical fauna, while small ponds add even greater serenity to the site and design. This is Steve’s first Dome House, but the experience has inspired him to help others achieve something similar, so he is currently scouting out property in Oregon with a group of people so that he can build another – except he hopes the next one will be constructed using more sustainable earthen bricks instead. Meanwhile, he doesn’t know it yet, but he’ll be building one for us next!

+ Steve Areen


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  1. Michael Rhoden June 2, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    I’ll buy the plans when they are available!

  2. Patricia Brown March 17, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    His first dome home, and it is magnificent!

  3. Peter Choy February 10, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    I would love to know what were the actual steps you took to build this beautiful dome home, have you written a book or made a youtube film of your process? Not many domes have round windows and doors, love the interior design too. I have wanted to build one for myself for the past 60 years!!! I have a 5 acre farm and may be tempted to build one on my farm! Please write to me to let me know your progress in Oregon!!

  4. Angelo Ricciardi January 8, 2015 at 8:25 am

    Lovely! how can I get more info to make something similar in Thai?

  5. Abood Abaad November 3, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    Inspirational, esthetically smart and a dream house for a poet or an artist, with a vision of a remote treasured nature.
    I’m a poet and a painter, I wish I could have that kind of place where I’ll have a lot to say and a lot to paint.
    Excellent work.

  6. JE RA September 21, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    Adorei, trabalho maravilhoso.

  7. Douglas Te Paa August 16, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    would love to build one on big island what would i need?

  8. Enjoybeing June 8, 2014 at 6:34 am

    Yes Steve, I’ve got about 25-30 of these i need built. In ThaiLand. :) Please send your team over here when available. Your Dome is a huge hit!!

  9. windhorse May 20, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    The house is so perfect, combines beauty and practicality and affordability. Kudos to this genus!

  10. jackypat May 16, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    I have a small lot in fla. 5 mins from the ocean and this would be perfect!

  11. Mark Styles April 29, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    Wow.. looks amazing.. I’d love a home like that.. I wonder if the various states in US, prohibit, unothordox buildings.. Although I did see a dome house in Upstate NY in the 80’s

    Where can you find building plans for it..

  12. Allan Leigh April 23, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    Hi I live in Kanchanaburi as a retired Aussie soldier.

    I have just purchased 3 Rai about 40 km from town; and request information/ideas to build my own home….???

    Or alternatively Thai building contractors who will build up to more Western standards, okay.

    Cheers Allan Leigh

  13. Jewel Shepard April 7, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    Steve… pictures of the new digs, please!!! :-)

  14. eveline March 22, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    congratulations specially for the sink of bathroom and all is beautiful in this creation :)

  15. Charlene Prosser March 21, 2014 at 1:17 am

    I love Steve’s Dome Home.

  16. Beth Abreu March 18, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    Oh, God! Bilbo Baggins went to Thailand and told us nothing????? Amazing building!

  17. Rosa M. March 11, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    Would love to make one… who I need to contact????

  18. Cellamarie March 9, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    I live in Ashland, OR and I would LOVE to be part of making this happen here! I have been dreaming of a home like this for as long as I can remember. How can I be of support?


  19. Ral West March 1, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    Gorgeous! Inspiring! Is a floor plan avaqilable anywhere? The photos are lovely…AND…it’s not easy to get a sense of the layout. What else is possible? Ps: To Ancient Flower: Check out
    They sell some small modular units

  20. Mig February 26, 2014 at 12:53 am

    I would love one of these. I live in New Zealand and we have the land to build on. Would love to contact Steve Areen and talk about getting one built.

  21. Augusto Polo February 17, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    I am moving to Costa Rica and would love to build a couple of them there. Who should I contact?


  22. Ancient Flower December 29, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    Hi there Buddy, this is an amazing and beautiful house you have constructed and wouldn’t be out of place here in England.

    I think Modular Housing would really help all those dispossessed people who are running from brutal oppressors. The cheaper the better, anyone got any ideas on that score? I’m sure you’ll find someone to pass them on to…

  23. AmberAmber716 December 9, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    What happens when it rains lol

  24. michael301 October 21, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    I\’m living in SW Oklahoma near Wichita Mtns & wondering how \”Red Earth \” /granite version would work out…(there\’s a \’secret\’ blue clay @ too.. a sprinkle of cobblestone would be way cool.. Also, i have connections w/ Willis Monuments in \”Granite Mtns\” which has \’scraps\’, some Very Large, to be had free, but won\’t deliver. (free of course)

  25. Glynn Dandan August 13, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    will the phillippiens allow you build there me and my husband will buy property there in the next two years can you build there if we asked and how much will it cost

  26. Alice Singh May 16, 2013 at 6:59 am

    I’m simply in love with this and want the same for me too.

  27. ryker April 29, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Pictures of the build process can be found at

  28. DirtQueenMagill April 24, 2013 at 10:42 am

    does anyone know what building method he used? is it cast concrete? the article does not say other than \\\’terracotta paint\\\’ which leads me to believe this is a concrete structure and not mud?

  29. babypinky80 April 20, 2013 at 4:28 am

    i like it alot~~~i wonder if it would be difficult to obtain building permit to build these dome homes in hawaii <3 i love this idea and think its darling

  30. Lorree Gardener Milne April 19, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    This is so beautiful! I have 5 acres (actually 2 – 5 acre parcels) for sale in a forest 10 miles from Olympia, WA…. close to Oregon!

  31. Amy Kins April 17, 2013 at 10:55 am

    This is the most amazing house I ever seen! I have a 5 year plan of one day opening my own surf/yoga retreat. I really hope that Steve Areen can help me build a few of these homes for my resort.

    <3 <3 <3

  32. angel333star April 17, 2013 at 6:28 am

    I am seriously interested in getting Steve to build one of these beautiful homes for me. Please contact me.

    Gratitude. Elizabeth.

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