I love living in a cave ! There, I’ve come out and said it, in the hope that others will come to understand why we chose a cave as our home 🙂
As with most things in life it started off quite innocently, in our case with a newspaper article on cave living in Spain.
I was initially attracted by the financial benefits of buying a cave house and the flexibility that gave us (Josie … no surprise there, and rolls her eyes !).
Natural walls and a roof means less bricks, tiles and mortar, which means you can get more for your money. (well you could before the EU referendum fiasco !). For us this meant spending less on a property and bringing forward our ‘semi-retirement’ plans by a couple of years. Oh, happy days 🙂
But it wasn’t just about the initial savings, low maintenance costs are another benefit. With no external walls and no roof to worry about, we will be able to keep our maintenance costs to a minimum.
Finally because the cave rooms are sunk into the rock they maintain roughly the same temperature summer and winter. Between 16 and 19°C. There is no need for air conditioning in the summer. In winter heating requirements are significantly lower than in traditional houses. As a result electricity costs are much lower.
But enough of this … finances may be important, but they are also dull and impersonal (Josie nods in agreement).
I love living in a cave for more than the mere financial benefits !
I love the setting and location of our new underground dwelling.
Almost all cave homes are built on the outskirts of villages or towns and ours is no exception. We have the benefit of peace and tranquility; no noise or light pollution. At the same time we are only a couple of miles from the supermarkets, bars, restaurants and hospital, which meet all our day-to-day needs.
I adore the uniqueness of our cave and in fact all the caves houses I have seen. Because almost all the modernised cave homes are made from older dwellings, each carved out by hand, no two caves are alike. So there is no danger of ending up with a dull, uniform box designed house.
I sometimes even catch myself flicking through photos of our new home !
Now I’ve lived in more than my fair share of properties over the years and don’t think I have photos of most of them, let along look those pics.
There is just something about a cave. I think that for me, looking at a photo is the equivalent to pinching yourself to make sure your not dreaming.
I love that I can make small alterations to our home with a hammer and chisel (no honestly). Want a shelf then simply cut one out ! My next project is to cut out an area in our bedroom to slide a chest of drawers into – an instant space saver !
I love walking into our underground home on a hot day and instantly feeling cooler.
I am sure that when I experience a first Winter I will welcome the warmth and coziness of being underground.
I love just sitting on the sofa in our home (it’s base has been carved out of the rock) and taking it all in. I love the shape of the cave and the texture of the walls. I love that you can see the tool marks from when the cave was cut and shaped.
I often wonder how the cave came to be built …
Was it dug out by the moors ?
How many centuries was it inhabited for and by who ?
Was it simply a large animal pen and storage area ?
Finally, I love getting into bed at night. It’s wonderful that I can sleep under a duvet year round due to the constant internal temperature. The thick walls shield us from even the slightest of noise. No windows means no early morning wake-up as the sun rises. I would go as far as to say that my deepest and soundest sleeps have been whilst living in a cave 🙂
For all these reasons and more … I love living in a cave 🙂
I am sure that fellow cave dwellers reading this can agree with many of my reasons. Maybe they can add a few more of their own ?
So … Who are one foot in the cave ?
We (Danny and Josie) have spent the last 10 years living and working in the Caribbean. In 2015 we decided we wanted to move closer to family and friends so bought a cave house in the Granada region of Andalucia, Spain. We moved there full time in January 2017. Now we write about our experiences of cave living and how we are adapting to life in Spain.
We also have a Facebook page full of pictures, experiences and information that we have found useful along the way. If its your thing, you can also follow us on Instagram 🙂
5 words related to this blog entry …
Love – El Amor
Temperature – La Temperatura
Outskirts – Las Afueras
Photo – La Foto
Duvet – El Edredón