Cave Home / The Sleepers

Lars Tunbjork
In an interesting article from the New York Times this week, different families completed not so typical renovations.  A few years ago, the Sleeper family moved from their crowded ranch house when they saw an eBay offering for three acres with an empty sandstone cave in Festus, .   The initial idea to build a larger home on the land was soon abandoned as the family realized the potential the former quarry offered.  With 15,000 feet of naturally insulated space, the Sleeper family took up a new residence – inside the cave.   The older family members helped add more “home” touches to the cave and since the cave’s bare walls shed sand,  placed interior roofs or umbrellas over areas like the kitchen that need to stay sand-free.   Other than that, the family truly enjoys the natural feel of the space and have created a comfortable home.  “The inside of the house feels like you’re outdoors without the discomfort of hot or cold,” Mrs. Sleeper states.

More images after the break.

Lars Tunbjork
Lars Tunbjork
As seen in the New York Times Magazine: Really Extreme Makeover, article written by Charles Wilson.
Cite: Cilento, Karen. "Cave Home / The Sleepers" 22 Mar 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 18 Sep 2014. <>


    • Thumb up Thumb down 0

      I guess the dust falling from the ceiling is a bit of a problem. Hence the umbrella over the pool table.

    • Thumb up Thumb down 0

      @Jeremy Not to diminish anyone’s cinema experience, if interested? The book ‘The Woman in the Dunes,’ written by Kobo Abé, was the source material for film & is truly an outstanding work of fictional literature… I am grateful that Jeremy brought up the film! As to here -this topic, right now? I would indeed live in this strange cave, albeit with better ways to handle the dust than -summer canvas umbrella? Hmm.

      Regardless, same as many – were I to choose my own specific cave home off the top of my head I think of the glowing white caves of coastal Spain, Andalucian I believe. Gorgeous!

      But as an American ‘trapped’ in an Urban area- not even to mention the mad house America has become as it freaks out seeing a black family in the White House! – ANY dwelling on acreage (not to mention such a beautiful facade!) with a pre-made dwelling safe from the cold winters of Missouri -grand enough to section off within small areas for family members to create their own home! God Lord! I might simply roll in my own Tumbleweed via Jay S. for safety and private accommodation and let the rest run wild.


  1. Thumb up Thumb down 0

    A FABOLOUS CONCEPT ………but…………….
    Flintstones, meet the Flintstones, They’re a modern stoneage family.
    From the, town of Bedrock, They’re a page right out of history.
    Let’s ride, with the family down the street, Through the courtesy of Fred’s two feet.
    When you’re, with the Flintstones, Have a yabba dabba doo time, A dabba doo time, You’ll have a gay old time!

Share your thoughts