In the earliest days of mankind, caves were a necessary protection and available no matter where man was trekking across the continents, but eventually man sat still to practice agriculture and built homes from the local resources. The missing element from living in caves is the temperate climate within. Some smart builders have decided to retreat back into the protection of the cave to create homes that are missing nothing in charm or comforts from traditional homes. Let's have a look at some beauties -
Chulo Canyon Cave House
This cave home in the hills in Bisbee, Arizona is almost 3000 square feet. It comes complete with rough-hewn stone walls as would be expected. No modern amenities are spared. It is at 5300 feet elevation which creates a great climate and a constant one (low 70s) inside the home. It sits on 37 acres including springs and ponds. One could settle in here and be content year round. There are also outbuildings on the property.
Living in a 17,000 square foot cave sounds daunting, but when you see what was done to smooth out the stone walls, you can be nothing short of powerfully impressed. What once was a mine, became a bigger treasure; it became a home.
There was once a roller rink inside one carved out area, now utilized for storage. Others in the past grew mushrooms inside, as well. The home also has a natural spring pool within.
The family bought the cave on ebay and proceeded to renovate it into a home, setting up tents within to stay out of the dust as they worked.
"House of Stone"
This unusual home built between four enormous boulders in Northern Portugal is fascinating. It even has a swimming pool carved out of one of the boulders. It has been so beautifully integrated into a natural setting as to become part of it and inspiring to architecture students.
Sustainable Hobbit Cave Home