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Steve Areen Builds Perfect Dream Dome Home In Thailand For Less Than $10,000

Steve Areen Builds Perfect Dream Dome Home In Thailand For Less Than $10,000
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. With a Thai friend’s guidance, his son-in-law’s masonry skills and a lot of work, the team made progress quickly. Steve was given a place on his friend Hajjar Gibran’s mango grove to build his home. The basic structure only cost about $6,000. In Thailand, materials are cheaper, but it’s still mind blowing to know just how little this cost to make. The extra details and furnishings of the home brought the cost up another $3,000. Totaling approximately $9,000 for the entire home. It took elbow grease and dedication. But it seems so worth it. Can I go here right now? Related:  MaisonOther beautiful structuresLiving Green

Sustainable Alternative Homes, Freeing Humans for further Evolution I would like to invite you to relax. I’m guessing you are doing some reading or web-surfing to free your mind after a long work day. Or maybe it’s your day off and you are entertaining yourself with Facebook and online news. For most of us, life is a constant movement from or to. Generally we base our schedules and the bulk of our lives around tasks we must do in order to sustain our lives and survive and this often leaves very limited time and energy for the things we actually desire or have passion for. But I would like to invite you for the moment to again, relax, and imagine: what would you do if you did not have to work to survive? It seems on this cusp of human transformation, nearing the end of 2013, the topics of conversation, especially in the worldwide ‘conscious’ community, are often veering in the directions of human enlightenment, breaking free of the system, and DNA reactivation- remembering and reclaiming who we are as BEINGS. About the Author:

A home on wheels: 15 converted buses we love Inside the 1978 Bluebird Bus. Photo: Ralph Barrera As property prices soar around the globe, people are being forced to think outside the square when it comes to where they live. Tiny houses are becoming increasingly popular, and a new sub-category of this movement is gaining popularity: the converted bus. Generally speaking, Australians are yet to embrace the converted bus option. But that shouldn't stop us marvelling at these wonderfully creative mobile homes. Advertisement The Thompson's Yellow School Bus It took nearly four years for Myra and Jeremy Thompson to turn this 11.3-metre school bus but into a fairy-cottage-inspired home. They used plenty of reclaimed materials in the build, with Douglas fir flooring, cedar shingles on the exterior, and wood from an old house for the ceiling. The couple scoured flea markets and garage sales for many of the decorative items, such as the boxes that double as open shelving. Images: courtesy Leah at Image:

Mark Ruffalo Darfield Earthship |  Plans The rendered perspective is an image of the earthship buried in the ground. You can see berms at the back (north end) of the roof to channel collected water from the roof into the cisterns. The ducting to accomplish this collection is not shown. The two cylinders behind the earthship are the cisterns. (I am so excited!!) I will be updating the drawings on this page as I continue to update the building plans. This is the first draft of our earthship’s plan set! This plan set is unfinished but it does give an idea of the direction the plans are heading. The drawings are incomplete and not entirely consistent. Over the coming weeks I will be updating these plans as I finalize our plans for submission to our local building authority. Revisions Feb 17, 2009 Modified floorplan and foundation pages with new bathroom layout. Feb 19, 2009 Continued to update all pages. March 4, 2009 Submitted plan set to the Thompson Nicola Regional District Building Department.

How To Build a 400 Square Foot Solar Powered Off Grid Cabin for $2,000 How to build a nice small cabin powered by solar panels. Lamar Alexander built this cute little 400 square foot cabin for approximately $2000, and powers it with a 570 watt solar and wind power system. The whole system is very inexpensive, and the best part is he is mortgage free. “This cabin is 14×14 with a full loft and approximately 400 square feet of living space. Source:

Cave man of the Blue Mountains: Lionell Buckett's ecological creation Could not load plugins: File not found Cave dweller in the mountains Stunning drone footage of Lionel Buckett's cave home at the base of Mount Tomah in the Blue Mountains. There are cave dwellers in the Blue Mountains. The oldest rocks in the range were formed from marine sediments deposited some 400 million years ago. Just visible in a cliff face a few kilometres from the botanic gardens at the base of Mt Tomah, it has world heritage views of Mount Wilson and rain forest. The cave's "passive solar design" makes it warm in winter and cool in summer. The cave well suits his sustainable approach with very little excavation required. "I came across it when I was bush walking," he said. The area is heavy with history with evidence of Aboriginal presence including a carving of a kangaroo and an etching of a woman giving birth. Lionel Buckett has designed and built a cave house on his property in Berambing in the Blue Mountains.

How To Easily Make A Beehive In A Jar DIY Project It seems everyone is interested in how to make your own beehive in a jar. Have the rows of organic honey jars at the farmers market got you thinking about starting your own backyard beehive? If you live in a suburban area, you may think that starting a beehive cannot be done. However a common suburban backyard can be a perfect place for beehives if done correctly and you do a bit of research and planning before ordering your bees and supplies. First get a piece of thick plywood and cut to 16″ x 20″. Next cut 2 – 22″ pieces from a 2″ x 12″ x 6′ board and 2 – 18″ pieces from a 2″ x 12″ x 6′ board. Get your 12 wide mouth mason 1/2 gallon size jars (or a normal quart sized jar). Here is the 12 beehive jars arranged and installed in our backyard beehive. Another view of our DIY backyard beehives in a jar project. The bees are seen here after we added them to the jars, they are now ready to make organic honey. After much time, here is what the honeycomb jars look like filled with honey.

Farmer builds a house for just £150 using materials he found in skips... and the current tenant pays their rent in MILK Michael Buck used only natural materials or unwanted items to build 'cob house' at bottom of his gardenHe said he wanted to challenge the notion that paying for a house should take a lifetimeHe is now renting out the property to a worker on a neighouring farm, who pays for her lodgings in milk By David Wilkes for the Daily Mail Published: 11:32 GMT, 25 November 2013 | Updated: 02:06 GMT, 26 November 2013 It looks like something straight out of Middle Earth – and the story behind it is almost as fantastical. This cottage cost just £150 to build, using only natural or reclaimed materials, and is now rented out for a fee of fresh milk and cream. And with no mains electricity, gas or water, the bills don’t come to much either. Scroll down for video Cob house: Michael Buck built this house at the bottom of his garden for just £150 using natural or unwanted materials he found in skips Homely: The cottage has a kitchen and dining area, along with a bunk-style bed to maximise space below Loaded: 0%

8 Lessons to Help You Prepare for Your Earthship Build Last fall we spent three months building our Earthship-inspired greenhouse. It was messy, unnecessarily long, cold, and fraught with unpredictable challenges. We thought that the integrity of our mission plus the enthusiasm of our team and our supporters would be enough to get the local municipality on our side. Now that spring is about to blossom, it is prime time to begin planning your build! 1. Our mistake Due to stringent agricultural land laws, we couldn’t build a makeshift bathroom on our land or let people camp out there. The lesson It is absolutely CRUCIAL to understand what your team needs. Residential and commercial building codes are very complex in the United States and Canada, so do plenty of research and make sure that your dream Earthship complies with both federal and state/provincial laws! Make sure you know: What kind of zoning is my land considered? Canada: The United States: 2. Some background In 1990 a repository of 3.5 million car tires had burned in St. Our solution 3.

Weaving a home.. how one woman can help millions of people globally A sustainable tent that collects rainwater, folds up for easy transport and stores solar energy? Sounds visionary, right? But this is the invention of Jordanian-Canadian architect, designer and artist Abeer Seikaly. [IMAGE: Abeer Seikaly] Abeer Seikaly designed these amazing multipurpose tents with refugees in mind, people who have been displaced by global and civil war, climate change and more. Inspired by elements of nature such as snake skin and traditional cultural aspects such as weaving, nomadic life and tent dwellings, this weather proof, strong but lightweight and mobile fabric tent gives refugees shelter but also a chance to "weave their lives back together". The flexible dual layer tent structure has the ability to close out the cold of winter and wet weather. Solar energy hits the tent fabric and is stored in a battery for use at night providing renewable electricity. For this amazing life changing structure, Seikaly has won the 2013 Lexus Design Award.