Teenager spends six years digging underground house in backyard after fighting with parents – World News
When Andres Canto was 14, he argued with his parents when they told him he couldn’t make it to the local village in a tracksuit.
In retaliation, he stayed home and grabbed his grandfather’s pickaxe, using it to eliminate his frustration by angrily attacking the garden soil.
But Andres’s act of petulance has bizarrely become an obsession, and six years after the 20-year-old first opened his doors, he created his own underground cave, with steps leading deep into a structure comprising a living room and a bedroom.
Andres, who is now an actor, says he has no idea what initially sparked the idea of using his frustration to dig a hole in his family home in the town of La Romana, Spain, but he began to use it as a way to relax. in the evenings after school, working at her hand search several days a week.
The project took off when his friend Andreu brought in a pneumatic drill, and the couple spent up to 14 hours a week digging nearly 10 feet in the dirt in their parents’ backyard.
The arrangement of his retirement was often determined by the obstacles that hampered the project. He said: “Sometimes I would come across a big rock and it could be frustrating after hours of digging that I had hardly done anything.”
The soil was originally removed by hand using buckets, but as Andres went deeper and deeper he began to study excavation techniques and later developed a pulley system to bring rubble to the surface.
When he started creating rooms, he reinforced the ceilings using arched entryways and vaulted ceilings with reinforced columns to avoid potential collapse.
He estimates that the project cost him a total of £ 43 (€ 50).
Andres intends to expand even further, with the cave currently having two rooms, a heating system, Wi-Fi provided by his phone transmitting from the cave entrance and a music system.
The underground escape even offers a cool place to relax in the summer, with Andres explaining that it stays constant at 20 or 21 degrees during the hottest months of the year. However, he adds that it is sometimes flooded during heavy rains and often attracts insects, spiders and snails.
He says his parents were ok with the construction – but authorities went to make sure it was legal, finding no issues as it couldn’t be defined as a basement, extension or a storage structure.
Andres said: “It’s great, I have everything I need. It can be tiring to work here as it is humid and there is not a lot of air, but I found my own motivation to keep digging every day.
“I have always liked to build little huts. I live in the countryside and often when I found abandoned wood there, I built a beautiful house.
“I was a child with a lot of imagination.”
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