No, Really: A Cave Dwelling

No, Really: A Cave Dwelling

Grace Shu
Jun 12, 2009

Talk about unconventional! Our friend Melody sent us this link featuring the home of The Sleeper family (Curtis, Deborah, and their three kids) who live in a cave. Literally. It's a 17,000 square foot gouge in the earth that dates back to a 1930s sandstone mine in Festus, Missouri. Measuring in at 45 feet underneath a forest, this unusual home has to be seen to be believed. Check it out after the jump...

Inspired by the serenity and privacy Curtis and his wife Deborah felt when they first visited the site, they chose to create a three-bedroom home constructed from glass doors and used materials from a local store. Insulation sealant keeps the inside of the home at a cool 65 to 70 degrees year round.

The inside of the home feels very loft-like with its vast open spaces. The living and dining areas are located on the ground floor with the bedrooms on the mezzanine above the kitchen. A spring that runs underground of the forest but above the home deposits about 150 gallons of water a day into a pond filled with goldfish.

Despite their unusual home, the Sleepers decorated with antique furniture, creating an interesting juxtaposition with the modern lines and natural textures within the space.

The kitchen area. The family keeps a dehumidifier going which sometimes results in the home feeling a bit like a greenhouse. To prevent sand from falling into their food, they've constructed a ceiling over the kitchen and put an umbrella over the living, eating, and sleeping areas.

Bedroom of 15-yr-old Kian. All the bedrooms on the second floor feature high windows that allow in more natural light.

Kian cozying up to their cat Garfield on the second floor sitting area.

The living area. The cave is divided into 3 distinct areas: Family main quarters (the front, about 2000 square feet); a middle chamber (about 720 square feet with 25 ft high ceilings) that is used as storage, laundry room, and playroom; and the innermost chamber which was formerly a 1950s roller skating rink where the kids use the room to ride bikes and skateboards.

Check out more of this incredible cave home at KPLR11 St Louis.


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