When a cave becomes a modern home: an Australian man converted an ancient cave into a modern dwelling for himself.
While it’s true that we are all descended possibly from cave men, you don’t often meet people these days that would choose to live in a cave (except some of the people I hung out with in the panhandle of Florida as a child, but that’s another story for another time). Angelo Mastropietro however, is one of the few people on Earth choosing to live in a cave and pay handsome sums of money to do so. The Australian man gave up his career to renovate and create his dream home carved out of a 250-million-year-old cave.
Mastropietro first came across the cave located in England when he was on a rainy bike ride in 1999. Eleven years later, he came across a property listing for the cave, located in Worcestershire’s Wyre Forest, and took it as a sign that he should buy it. If you believe in signs, start searching cave listings, okay? The cave had been used as a four-bedroom house for 300 years, but was abandoned in the 1940s.
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Mastropietro spent 1,000 hours, and around $230,000 renovating the place, adding wifi, running water, and heated floors. Those walls are built to last, though, so it seems like money well spent.
The home now has a huge terrace, beautiful white-walled rooms bored out of stone, and huge glass doors with oak-framed windows for natural light. I guess you could call Mastropietro a cave man if you want, but I hardly think he would mind. His cavernous home is a one-of-a-kind work of art and nature, and is eco-friendly in the way that it retains both heat in the winter and cool air in the summer.
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