Can I see a light at the end of the packing boxes? All I can say is that it’s a good job we have so many rooms in our new cave house.
The cave property has been excavated all the way through the hillside to give a front and back to the cave house. Two long corridors take you down from one side to the other.
You may also recall that it has an added bonus of being easily separated into two private dwellings or kept as one, albeit one big one. We live in the first half as there is work needed in the second half to make it fully habitable. This second half is still quite full of packing boxes which all need sorting. Some items will be used, others repacked for future use and some for a local dogs charity to be used as they see fit.
The whole cave structure looks like this;- bano = bathroom, Cocina = kitchen, domitorio = bedroom, comedor = dining room, sala = room, salon= living room, recibidor = reception room, bodega = winery!!
Back of the cave house.
As you can see it is quite a network of rooms. To make this property into two indepentant units you would need to lock/block off the middle bathroom, (third room at the front of the cave as seen on the bottom row of the diagram). Each half would have a front entrance and a rear entrance all of its own.
The number of rooms is fantastic but what we will use each one for is, and will be for a while yet, working progress. It does initially depend on whether we use this cave property as our main home or separate the cave giving us two rentals. We said we would give ourselves a couple of months to live and relax here but I can see after only a few weeks that we are here to stay. We love it. Not only do we feel relaxed and at home but the potential here is endless. The cave has so many connotations and the outside space is mind boggling. Secret gardens that lead to a quant church, the path leading down to the river and the three driveways all need careful consideration to what we do next and how we use these quite different spaces. Imaginations can run wild.
We have started work in the cave within the living room space. This room is the first room on the bottom row of the above diagram. We have so far had the walls ‘re-plastered’. It was not actually plastered but Yeso’ed but you get my drift. There was not much wrong with the old walls but they did not have a great finish to them and as Yeso is only a couple of euros a bag we thought ‘why not have the room as we would like it’.
The old large wood burner that sits majestically within the fireplace works brilliantly and throws out so much heat but it is showing its age and the door mechansism is faulty. So, in a couple of weeks we will have a lovely new estufa (fire) and the old estufa will be placed in one of our secret gardens to be used as a barbecue (your idea Chris so get your thinking cap on please).
As I write this update I am working on ideas for the lighting in the lounge. I am leaning towards replacing the old wall lights with roof tiles. Roof tiles that have been doctored. By doctored I mean drilled by yours truly. Here are a couple of ideas I would like to use.
I may get more adventurous as the time goes by but at present I am happy with drill holes that appear haphazardly to allow some light to get through. I have seen tiles with such intricate patterns in them but it may take some planning and a few trials before I can begin to get to that standard. But, if you know me, you know that I will keep trying and one day……
The ceiling light is a challenge for me. You may recall me saying that I do not like such lights and rarely use them. I think I am going to have to leave it be for a while and see how the lighting works during the winter and spring and which type of lighting I do actually use in this room. I have seen a lovely candle holder made of iron used as a ceiling light in our lovely neighbour’s cave which took my eye. Steve and Sandra, watch out, it may just go missing, you have been warned.
The tv is now fixed on the wall and the leads and plugs just need to be hidden behind tiles and rock. The only other idea we had for the lounge area was a charging station which Chris will be finishing off as soon as he returns to Spain. I wanted one place where we could recharge our electronic gadgets, iPhones, iPads, computers, kindles, apple watches etc etc etc. All the leads and plugs would be in one place and not spread around so you have to hunt for a lead or try to remember where you left you iPhone on charge. We have the ideal spot in the lounge. An area that you cannot do much else with.
The last job to do in this room will be to paint the fresh Yeso in brilliant white. We will then have one room in which we can sit back and be proud of. Onto the next room which will be ……. I am truly not sure yet as I have so many ideas I have no idea where to start next!
Some wise person (and not me!) said, ‘The way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas and throw the bad ones away’. I have made a start and have so many ideas I could fill a cave – our cave!