Steve Areen is not your typical builder. After a long career as a flight attendant for Delta Airlines, he had an opportunity to build his own dome home on an organic mango farm in northeastern Thailand. Taking cues from his brother-in-law’s brother, he used a pivoting arm technique to create a perfect sphere and then built his little Dome House using locally-made concrete bricks.

The cost for the basic structure was under $6000. It took a few more months to add the details, such as doors, screens, shelves, pond, sala (gazebo), stonework and landscaping. All this, including furnishings, was probably under $3000. Bringing my total cost to about $9,000. Despite having just two helpers, Steve completed construction of his tiny home in just six weeks.