Category - Architecture

Man Builds Dream Dome Home With Nothing But $9000 and a Pile of Dirt

Some people only imagine their dreams, never believing they could be reality — others chase them, and Steve is one of those people. The incredible story of his dream becoming reality all started in 2011 following a conversation with his good friend Hajjar. Hajjar and his wife were building domes at a retreat in Thailand, which Steve found intriguing. The couple graciously offered him a small spot of land on their mango farm to build his own dome home and he of course jumped at the chance.

With the help of Hajjaar for design and his son-in-law Tao for masonry, he had his dome complete in a lightning quick six weeks! The dome itself was built for just approximately $6000 and about another $3000 was spent furnishing his new dream home. Not a bad price to spend to get to wake up with paradise right outside your window and good friends close by! And while we may not all be able to do something we dream about quite so quickly or for quite so cheap, it does serve as a nice reminder when you give your dreams a shot and take a chance.

Source: Steve Areen

With the site chosen, they began on the framework

dome home With the site chosen, they began on the framework With the site chosen, they began on the framework With the site chosen, they began on the framework

Everyone lent a hand to help Steve

Everyone lent a hand to help Steve Everyone lent a hand to help Steve Everyone lent a hand to help Steve

Things began to shape up in what would soon be his Thailand paradise…

Things began to shape up in what would soon be his Thailand paradise... Things began to shape up in what would soon be his Thailand paradise... Things began to shape up in what would soon be his Thailand paradise... Things began to shape up in what would soon be his Thailand paradise...

A bedroom only dreams and hard work can come up with!

A bedroom only dreams and hard work can come up with! A bedroom only dreams and hard work can come up with! A bedroom only dreams and hard work can come up with! A bedroom only dreams and hard work can come up with!

More of the beautiful dome home

More of the beautiful dome house More of the beautiful dome house More of the beautiful dome house

Imagine a relaxing shower in this beauty!

Imagine a relaxing shower in this beauty! Imagine a relaxing shower in this beauty! Imagine a relaxing shower in this beauty! Imagine a relaxing shower in this beauty!

Love the creative sink with bamboo faucet

Love the creative sink with bamboo faucet

Entryway to the dome residence

Entryway to the dome home Entryway to the dome home

Lotus pond, with plants from the lake of Hajjar’s farm

lotus pond under construction at dome house Lotus pond, with plants from the lake of Hajjar's farm

Taking in the exquisite view

Taking in the exquisite view

A look out on the landscape

A look out on the landscape

Rooftop sala (or gazebo) complete with hammock and steps for easy access

Rooftop sala (or gazebo) complete with hammock and steps for easy access Rooftop sala (or gazebo) complete with hammock and steps for easy access Rooftop sala (or gazebo) complete with hammock and steps for easy access Rooftop sala (or gazebo) complete with hammock and steps for easy access Rooftop sala (or gazebo) complete with hammock and steps for easy access Rooftop sala (or gazebo) complete with hammock and steps for easy access

A final look at Steve’s completed dome palace! Beautiful!

A final look at Steve's completed dome home! Beautiful!

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Billion Dollar House in India “Antilia” Can Make It Snow — Indoors!

The emergence of countries such as China and India in the recent decades has led to significant changes in these countries. There are massive income gaps and both the obscenely wealthy and horribly impoverished are common. While some in India have become billionaires, many more struggle to survive. The country is site some of the worst slums in all of Asia, with 42% of the entire world’s underweight children under five years old living there. Amidst all this, are many billionaires — and even a billion dollar house.

Mukesh Ambani is one such billionaire. He is the fifth richest man in the world with an estimated net worth of $43 billion dollars, making him India’s wealthiest full time resident (the world’s fourth richest man is also Indian but resides in the United Kingdom). Mukesh made his wealth as head of the Mumbai based petrochemical company Reliance Industries which was founded by his father in 1966. He has built the most expensive, and perhaps most ostentatious personal residence on the globe today, calling it Antilia.

27 story billion dollar home in India "Antilia"

27 story billion dollar home in India “Antilia”

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Antilia rises 27 stories, though it is the equivalent of a 40 story building due to many levels being double height. It replaces his family’s previous residence, which was a mere 22 story residence. Mukesh, his wife and their three children had shared the tower with his wife and mother.

The cost of Antilia is massive. Rises in the surrounding land value sent the originally estimated $700 million cost into the billions. The approximately 550 feet tower contains over 400,000 square feet of living space where each story’s cost was made higher due to the fact that no two floors are to look the same. Not even the same materials are to be used on more than one floor. They took great lengths to ensure that as much as possible of this expenditure stayed within the country. Less than 15% of materials were sourced from the United States, with the remaining 85% largely coming from around India.

The massive high rise has everything one could want and is perfect for entertaining. The six story garage has room for 168 cars, and should a guest wish to arrive by air there are three separate helipads on which to land. Obviously, the family has its sights on hosting many large, elaborate parties for the friends and business associates.

There are 9 separate elevators

There are 9 separate elevators

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With room for so many guests, of course no expense was spared for the family’s personal ballroom. The massive space for entertaining features dual staircases adorned with silver and numerous sparkling chandeliers light up the room. The vast array of LCD screens and high-end speakers are sure to keep the party going strong. There is also an indoor/outdoor bar for use during the cocktail hour. And with so many wealthy powerful partygoers in attendance security personnel and attendants will be numerous, so the Ambanis have set aside a special room adjacent to the ballroom for their relaxation while their employers socialize. As the party begins to die down, those remaining may cap the night off with a nice film in the family’s personal 50 seat theatre.

The lavish ballroom is adorned in silver

The lavish ballroom is adorned in silver

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The billion dollar home's theatre seats 50

The billion dollar home’s theatre seats 50

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The little details are prevalent everywhere. Everything has been arranged throughout using the Indian art of Vaastu which is similar to Feng Shui. There is an entire floor devoted to health, with an outdoor patio, swimming pool and yoga studio. Should the day prove too hot for the family’s guests, there is an ice room in which they can cool off under refreshing man-made snow flakes. Even the tower’s sinks have their own unique Indian touch. They are made in the shape of the native gingko leaf.

The large and incredibly expensive personal residence has of course been a source of controversy for the family. Should the pressure get to be too much, they can simply excuse themselves from the large number of staff who keep their home running and retire to their massive open-air atrium and look out for miles and miles to come at the city beneath them.

Source: Forbes, Business Insider, Antilia Wiki

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See Where Big Fat Goalie and Chanandler Bong Laid Their Heads

Only on television could a waitress, a chef, a mostly out of work actor, and a — whatever it was Chandler did — could afford large, beautiful apartments in the heart of one of the world’s most expensive cities The Big Apple. For most of the series, Chandler and Joey lived in apartment 19 across from their pals Rachel and Monica, where they regularly met along with Phoebe and Ross.

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The gang’s apartments (the girls were in number 20) were site of many of the show’s fans favorite moments. Who can forget the chick and the duck, the epic foosball matches, or the game taking the world by storm Fireball? But the boys’ apartment has its drawbacks. There was the singing neighbor (though Joey loved him, at least), the much too thin walls which left little to the imagination, Ross overstaying his welcome, and let us not forget Joey managing to lose all their things because he had to prove to a total stranger that their entertainment center was large enough to fit a person.

The main meeting area for the group outside of the coffee shop saw plenty of memorable moments as well of course. There was the closet of mystery, the downstairs cranky neighbor that the gang came to learn wasn’t quite so different, a seeming eternity spent hiding while Ross and Rachel had yet another fight, or last but not least the famed apartment switch contest. In case you’ve forgotten, Monica’s nickname when she was a field hockey goalie was none other than the ever so clever “Big Fat Goalie.” Oh, and ‘could I be wearing any more clothes?’

Others in the group, and occasionally outsiders, would fine themselves as residents from time to time in apartments 19 and 20, but to Friends fans everywhere they’ll always belong to Chandler and Joey, Monica and Rachel.

Where we found out Monica has 11 towel categories

Where we found out Monica has 11 towel categories

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You don't go commando in another man's fatigues!

“You don’t go commando in another man’s fatigues!”

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Great for napping

Great for napping

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