Just 6 weeks, $9,000 and a place to build his dream home in the middle of Thailand

When most people imagine their dream home, they probably think of a large, sprawling vacation house that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. When Steve Areen thought about building his dream home, all he had to do was find $9,000 and a place to build. He did just that and, in a few weeks, he had a vacation home in the middle of Thailand that could make anyone drool.

In just 6 weeks, Steve was able to create the home of his dreams.

This Guy Started With Nothing. What He Had Just 6 Weeks Later Made Me Ridiculously Jealous.
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With a Thai friend’s guidance, his son-in-law’s masonry skills and a lot of work, the team made progress quickly.

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Steve was given a place on his friend Hajjar Gibran’s mango grove to build his home.

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The basic structure only cost about $6,000.

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In Thailand, materials are cheaper, but it’s still mind blowing to know just how little this cost to make.

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The extra details and furnishings of the home brought the cost up another $3,000.

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Totaling approximately $9,000 for the entire home.

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It took elbow grease and dedication.

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But it seems so worth it.

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Not only does this dream home look cool, but the low-cost and quick building schedule is amazing.

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Cement blocks and clay bricks were used to build the home, as well as some natural materials.


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If he had the chance to build the home again, Steve said that he would use compressed earth blocks.

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Whether it’s a home away from home or your new family residence, this dome would be perfect.

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Imagine spending long afternoons swinging on your rooftop hammock.


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Or gazing into your backyard pond, filled with beautiful lilies.

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The dome is full of windows and natural light, really helping the house become one with nature.

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On the outside of the house, Steve built steps up to the roof, you can climb the entire house if you’d like to.

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Inside, all of the accents are natural.

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His shower is the big stone mosaic you see here.

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And the bathroom sink is made of natural bamboo and other materials.

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It’s hard to believe something so cheap, relative to housing prices here, could be so gorgeous.

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Every day would feel like a vacation.

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Can I go here right now?

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Hajjar Gibran, the friend that helped Steve build his dream home, has a dome building company. If you’d like to learn more information on the processs, check out his website and sign up for a workshop. Steve has traveled all over the world, collecting photos and stories to share. See them here on his online profile. Source: Steve Areen And most importantly, share this article with others. This dome home is amazing.



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