A Unique Dream House

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Most people want to build a house near the water or under beautiful redwood trees - In the Sleepers case, it was a huge sandstone cave that captured their hearts.

In 2004, Curt and Deborah Sleeper were scouting properties on the Internet when they came across an old mining cave in Festus, Missouri. The 17,000 sq.ft. cave, created from sandstone mining in the 1930's, had seen many incarnations. Sue Morris, a Festus resident first bought it in 1958 and converted it into a roller rink and an arena for concerts. When this shut down in 1985, it was turned into a glass-recycling center, which lasted until 1990. After that, the cave changed many owners, until a Realty Company bought it and put it up for sale.

The Sleepers, who have three children, bought the cave for $160,000 and then spent an additional $150,000 and the next four years, building their dream home with the help of some friends. Having spent their entire fortune on buying the cave, they slept in tents throughout this period, as they watched their dream house become a reality.

The resulting structure is stunning and definitely worth all the hard work. The only external structure to the house is an 11-meter gray timber frame built at the entrance of the cave. It has been sealed with over 24 windows/sliding doors that allow natural light to flow into the house.

Inside, the three-bedroom house, has no frame - all the rooms use the natural cave wall as their ceiling and walls. A huge umbrella in the living room protects the furniture (and residents) from any cave debris. The state-of-art kitchen has granite counters and three ovens. The house also has running water, electricity, a Jacuzzi and even a goldfish pond.

While it does need humidifiers to keep the air from getting too damp or musty, there is no need for air-conditioning or heating, as the cave temperature remains at comfortable 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

As far as bats, according to Mr. Sleeper, there are none, and the few bugs that crawl around, can be easily controlled by a cat (or two)!

The family recently went through a scare, when they thought they would have to sell their house as they couldn't get a bank to finance it. However, it all worked out when a bank heard about it, loved it, and gave them a loan.

Sources: thestar.com,curbly.com

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45 Comments
  • Brady YounceWednesday, April 25, 2018 at 8:55 am
    I want this house
    • sleepyMonday, December 12, 2016 at 12:44 pm
      I'm with you bibliophile
      • diamondkid
        diamondkidThursday, March 5, 2015 at 9:56 am
        It is unique.
        • Omg LOLTuesday, January 6, 2015 at 8:52 am
          OMG LOL
          • wierdoFriday, December 12, 2014 at 12:31 pm
            cool
            • nikukyu
              nikukyuWednesday, November 19, 2014 at 1:51 am
              Where do I get one? That house is so awesome, and I can brag to my friends!!
              • iloveminecraft6
                iloveminecraft6Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 5:14 am
                ;) I want to know too! (jk)
                • happypug12
                  happypug12Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 5:33 pm
                  Ha-ha, funny, nikukyu!
                • fungirl34
                  fungirl34Friday, October 17, 2014 at 12:28 pm
                  OH MY GOSH AWESOME
                  • bibliophile
                    bibliophileFriday, August 15, 2014 at 6:32 pm
                    I want to live there... or not, maybe just stay there for a day or two... :)
                  • Heatboy42765Friday, April 25, 2014 at 7:50 am
                    I need to move in that house
                    • ajim
                      ajimFriday, January 31, 2014 at 12:57 pm
                      I so want to live there