BY; ROB HOFFMAN
Steve Areen is proud owner of one of the cheapest, and most interesting instant mini homes on the planet.
Areen was inspired by a friend named Hajjar Gibran, who in 2011, built a series of dome houses on his mango farm in northeast Thailand. One day, Gibran offered Areen a section of his land where he could develop his own tiny home. Naturally Areen ran with the opportunity.
Areen and Hajjar collaborated on the project, along with his son—who, luckily, was a proficient stonemason. Cement blocks and clay bricks were used to form the structure of the dome. It only took six weeks to construct and paint Areen’s dome house—the basic structure only running him $6,000. After furnishing the home, installing a pond, and preparing the finer details of the expertly decorated interior/exterior, the final cost for the home was still only about $9,000. Bearing in mind that Thailand is extremely inexpensive compared to the cost of Western world living, this is still a ridiculously conservative number for a home in paradise.