6 SURPRISINGLY COMFORTABLE CAVE HOMES
People have been hollowing out caves to make their homes for many thousands of years. We all need shelter from the elements, and it didn't take long for our ancestors to run out of available real estate in natural caves. In certain parts of the world, it was easier for prehistoric people to carve out warm, dry spaces than to use other building methods. Houses were cut into soft sandstone cliffs in China and the Middle East, and into volcanic ash and lava flows on Pacific islands. Indigenous peoples of North America built elaborate cities under cliffs.
While many of these ancient structures are still standing, and a few are still inhabited by contemporary residents, there are also people experimenting with the benefits of modern cave living. And what may surprise you is that many of these homes are well appointed, with modern conveniences, good ventilation and even spectacular views. Most of them cost less than conventional housing.
As anyone who has ever visited a natural cave knows, underground spaces are naturally quiet and maintain a constant temperature, cool in summer and warm in winter. Plus, their primary structure is all-natural material, and it is as locally sourced as it could possibly be. Cave homes certainly aren't available everywhere and may not be for everyone, but they are a good reminder of what's possible when we think outside of the ticky-tacky box.
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