For thousands of years many of our ancestors called caves home, but could you turn a cave into a house?
Many cultures around the world used caves to protect them from the elements, predators, and a safe place to raise families for thousands of years. In today's society we would think of living in a cave as primitive, dirty, and something only the desperate would do. With some creative thinking you could turn them into a pretty amazing place to call home.
In 1984 Cathy and Randy Clark bought a 37-acre property in the Chulo Canyon of Arizona. They soon ran into a problem because of the rocky terrain it was made up of. It held too many vertical drops to properly build a home. Lucky for them a solution came from their neighbors, a mining engineer, who were experiencing the same issue.
It took them a year and a half to blast the 2,980-square-foot cave from the rock and another 15 years to finish it. Although this short video does show off the beauty in this unique home, it doesn't even begin to scratch the surface on what the Clark's have done.
The cave home has three bedrooms (one being the loft in the video), three bathrooms, a gourmet kitchen, library, work shop, game room, and more. They even kept the tiny home they stayed in on the property while finishing their cave as a guest house.
The outside is just as impressive and is almost like owning your own mini national park. It offers beautiful views, walking trails, a spring which fills several natural pools (all of which have patios built around them for access), and a hot tub built to mimic the natural pools and surroundings.
This is a cool piece of property, to say the least. Lucky for anyone who wants this home; it's for sale. The asking price is $1.5 million, so it's a little out of my price range, but maybe one day I could have something like it.
To see more of the house and property go to www.thecavehouse.com.