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May 13, 2010

Cave Home


Pictured above, it's in Festus, Missouri.

From Charles Wilson's March 21, 2010 New York Times Magazine story: "In 2003, Curt and Deborah Sleeper and their two children were living in a cramped Missouri ranch house when they saw an eBay offering for three acres with an empty sandstone cave. The family intended to build on the land until they realized the former quarry offered 15,000 feet of naturally insulated space.


"The cave’s bare walls shed sand, so the Sleepers have placed interior roofs or umbrellas over areas like the kitchen that need to stay sand-free — not least of all for the couple’s new 1-year-old son, Wes.


"The couple’s older children, Perry, 13, and Kian, 16, helped build the house.


'The inside of the house feels like you’re outdoors without the discomfort of hot or cold,' Deborah says."


Apparently the Sleepers avoided


last year's threatened foreclosure.

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Love everything about it except for the sand shedding. That must be an awful nuisance.

Posted by: Milena | May 13, 2010 10:03:34 PM

Humm, not so bad...


Posted by: JoePeach | May 13, 2010 6:34:46 PM

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