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He Built An Incredible Dome Teahouse For Wheelchair-Bound Brother

This is the story of a brother, Sonny, who built an incredible teahouse eco dome for his brother, Tommy, who uses a wheelchair to get around and has a passion for tea.

It’s a 113 sq. ft. structure which they designed around recycled windows that they found for the project. Sonny used a simple method of construction using dirt, bags, and barbed wire. The total cost for the project was only $3,000. His brother enjoys the dome every day and offers private tea tastings out of it.

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They call it Tommy’s Tea-Dome. 🙂

The brothers designed the dome around the recycled windows that they found online.

They used a construction method called superadobe to build the dome. It is a simple method of creating from raw materials with dirt, bags, and barbed wire.

Look how heating is built right into the design. It’s so smart and must be so cozy on a cold day.

They only spent $3,000 to build it using the superadobe method, which combines adobe with modern construction technology.

Now his brother has a sacred space that he will appreciate for years to come. And he offers private tea tastings from here. How cool is that!?

How cool is that!?

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  • Breya Warnstaff
    April 20, 2021, 12:04 pm

    Wow that’s impressive!

  • MareM
    April 20, 2021, 2:20 pm


  • Kathleen veltsos
    April 20, 2021, 7:23 pm

    I want a brother like this! Nice job

    • Natalie C. McKee
      April 21, 2021, 9:24 am

      Me too!

  • Marsha Cowan
    April 20, 2021, 8:15 pm

    Amazing! What a lovely home, and the heater is unique. I like the floors and the smooth curves in the walls. It’s just an amazing home, and what a wonderful endeavor of love. Here’s to brothers! Yeh!

  • merryl
    April 24, 2021, 11:00 am

    Awesome! Now thats love!

  • Darlene
    April 24, 2021, 2:54 pm

    Such an amazing love project for his brother. You are one super guy!! It’s so cool!!!

  • Donna Rae
    May 2, 2021, 3:13 pm

    If you live in Southern California, there is a place in Hesperia called CalEarth Institute that has built a small village with this method. Small ones, larger ones. They sell the bags, too, though it would be more appropriate to call them tubes. The design possibilities are incredible! I believe they offer training for DIYer’s.

  • A.G.
    May 4, 2021, 8:14 pm

    That man is not bound to a wheelchair. No one tied him up and is forcing him to stay in it. Saying someone is “bound” to a wheelchair is dismissive of the breadth of the human condition and places the walking, able-bodied person in the position of “normal” and everyone else outside of that.

    A wheelchair is how he gets around, it’s how he moves through the world. It’s precisely the thing that means he’s not “bound” – that chair is freedom and independence. He’s not wheelchair-bound – he’s just a wheelchair user. Please reconsider your headline and all the text.

    • James D.
      May 5, 2021, 11:50 am

      Not disagreeing, but just pointing out there’s debate about the use of that term because language can be both literal and non-literal… Like white people are not literally white, not everything in the English language is meant to be literal…

      Some people will also be offended by just the use of the word handicapped but at some point there has to be acknowledgement of limitations and/or special needs. It’s just debatable where that line gets drawn, how much should be tolerated, and some terms may continue to be widely used despite the debate…

      That said, I agree that wheel-chair user is the preferable term to use…

    • Alex
      May 6, 2021, 8:18 pm

      While I understand the sentiment that a wheelchair represents freedom and independence for those using them I think there’s a place for the distinction between wheelchair bound and wheelchair user, as many who need wheelchairs are also able to act independently of the chair in some circumstances.

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