When Andres Canto was 14 years old, he got into a small argument with his parents when they told him he could not go into the village in a tracksuit.
In retaliation, he stayed home and reached for his grandfather’s pickaxe to remove his frustration by furiously attacking the soil in the garden.
But Andres’ act of petulance became a bizarre obsession, and six years after the groundbreaking ceremony for the now 20-year-old, he has created his own underground human cave, the steps of which lead deep into a structure of living room and bedroom.
Andres, who is now an actor, says he has no idea what originally sparked the idea of digging a hole in his family home in the Spanish town of La Romana with his frustration, but he started to relax after the evening At school he worked by hand on his excavation several days a week.
The project moved up a few gears when friend Andreu brought in a pneumatic drill, and the couple spent up to 14 hours a week digging ten feet into the ground in their parents’ garden.
The layout of his retreat was often determined by the obstacles that stood in the way of the project. He said, “Sometimes I’ve come across a large rock and after hours of digging it could be frustrating that I did almost nothing.”
The bottom was originally removed by hand with buckets, but as Andres went deeper and deeper he began to study excavation techniques and later developed a pulley system to bring debris to the surface.
When he started creating spaces, he reinforced the ceilings with arched entrances and vaulted ceilings with reinforced pillars to prevent possible collapse.
He estimates the project cost him a total of £ 43 (EUR 50).
Andres is planning further expansion. The cave currently has two rooms, a heating system, WiFi that is broadcast from his phone from the cave entrance, and a music system.
The underground escape even provides a cool place to relax in the summer. Andres explains that it stays constant at 20 or 21 degrees during the hottest months of the year. However, he adds that in heavy rain it occasionally floods and often attracts insects, spiders, and snails.
He says his parents were okay with the construction – but authorities visited him to make sure it was legal and found no issues as it couldn’t be defined as a basement, extension, or storage structure.
Andres said, “It’s great, I have everything I need. It can be exhausting to work here as it’s wet and not much air is flowing around, but I’ve found my own motivation to keep digging every day.
“I’ve always loved building small huts. I live in the country and often when I found abandoned wood there I built a nice house.
“I was a kid with a lot of imagination.”
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