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DomeGaia: Building Dome Homes with AirCrete


What if there was a low-cost way to build an eco-friendly, fire-proof, water-proof and insect-proof home? That you could do all yourself with readily-available materials like water, concrete and detergent? Meet DomeGaia! A company committed to sharing their AirCrete-buildling technology with the world.

This innovative AirCrete is created using cement, water and foam (made by combining detergent with compressed air). It can be made at home using some of the tools sold by DomeGaia, and the material can be shaped into just about any design.

The home pictured below is Hajjar Gibran’s dome home which started his AirCrete journey. As you can see, you can make an amazing structure from AirCrete. What do you think?

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A Dome Home, Like This One in Thailand, Can Be Built Using AirCrete!

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The main living area looks out to a little fish pond.

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Here’s the pond view from the inside.

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I love the orange exterior they used over the AirCrete.

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Look how it glows at night time!

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Here is the view from the bedroom door.

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And here you are looking into the bedroom

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Now this is the coolest bathroom/shower I’ve ever seen!

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There is a fridge and stove under the sink.

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These stairs take you to a roof-top hammock area.

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The glass skylights let in lots of natural light.

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Here’s the platform to the hammock.

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This grass roof is amazing and fits with the area.

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Could you live here?

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Highlights:

  • Dome home in Thailand
  • Created using AirCrete
  • AirCrete is cement, water and foam
  • Foam made from detergent and air
  • DomeGaia sells compressors to create the foam
  • AirCrete is water and fire proof
  • AirCrete is inexpensive and lightweight
  • AirCrete can be shaped into all kinds of designs

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife and mama of two little kids. She and her family just purchased a small fixer-upper and are starting a self-sufficient homestead on their happy little acre.
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  • Avatar Linda Baker
    September 2, 2020, 9:21 am

    Could have done without entertainer, distracting. Home seems very labor intensive by number of people present. No opening windows for circulation? No interior doors for privacy? Tiny refrigerator means he frequent shopping not possible In many places – cute but not liveable for many people

  • Avatar D. Pedersen
    September 2, 2020, 9:35 am

    You forgot; no insulation.

  • Avatar Martin
    September 2, 2020, 12:58 pm

    Air-Crete is insulation, and quite good insulation. What it isn’t, generally, is structural. Dome shapes and appropriate stuccos can help that, but reinforcement is necessary.
    It has been sold in the U.S. for at least twenty years now. I made enquires about it a long time ago. The inventor, or maybe his successor, wanted a lot of money for the proprietary equipment, and the cost of production was high. Some studies suggested that it deteriorates with time, but I don’t know that.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee
      September 2, 2020, 1:33 pm

      Rats! It looks like the materials they’re selling at DomeGaia were at least fairly reasonable price-wise, but I confess I’m not an expert.

  • Avatar Marsha Cowan
    September 2, 2020, 1:32 pm

    Hmmm. . .I really like it. Where I come from, if you want to know something, you go straight to the horses mouth. Contacting the company would be the best way to actually know if it is labor intensive, needs reinforcements, costly, or design friendly ( can have doors). I am sure we can find all the answers to our questions on their site and/or by emailing them. If it really does only take concrete, water, and detergent (without reinforcement), and if it can have attachments like doors, and if it can be built in a short time by just a few people, then it truly is a remarkable way to have affordable housing.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee
      September 3, 2020, 1:27 pm

      There are certainly lots of questions left unanswered here, but yes their website has oodles of additional information on the structure and how to build, and they also offer workshops to learn hands-on (my favorite way!). I wish I could go more in-depth here but they are truly the experts to learn from.

  • Avatar Sheila
    September 2, 2020, 2:12 pm

    This is real cool. I like everything… They have a toilet in here? Shower is nice. 1 lady and 3 men. 😉 No didn’t say that the way you think. This is amazing and never seen anything like this before.

  • Avatar Sophia Valentina
    September 2, 2020, 4:14 pm

    It’s beautiful to look at, kind of looks like a work of art by a woman – very “female” looking. But it also looks like a big toy. I don’t think I could live there, my first thought was “mosquitos”!!

  • Avatar James D.
    September 3, 2020, 1:26 am

    There’s a youtube channel called “Honey Do Carpenter”, also has his own website… He’s developed an affordable DIY Aircrete system and is doing the R&D needed to get it accepted for construction use…

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee
      September 3, 2020, 1:22 pm

      Oh that’s so cool James! Thanks for letting me know.

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