If you are thinking of buying a shelf or a type of unit to house a DVD or Apple TV, you may think of visiting B&Q or Ikea. I certainly have on many occasions.
However, when you live in a cave, as we do, there are other options. You could attack the cave wall with a hammer and chisel and carve yourself a shelf in the rock wall. I debated long and hard about this option; the thought of how deep the recess would need to be to house all the electrical devices was not that appealing to me. Chiselling out a hole in the wall is not an easy task especially as the rock can be very solid, a hammer may not crack the nut! I have also been reliably informed that a small hole creates masses of debris by our lovely neighbour Steve. He should know as he has a few recess shelves in his own cave. So, what other option do I have?
The second option is to build out into the room. It could be a shelf or a unit but no…..when you live in a cave the obvious thing to do is to build a rock to house your gadgets.
So, how to build a rock? This is something I can honestly say I have never thought of before. I have built steps, arches and fireplaces but never a rock! I came up with a plan to use breeze blocks and chicken wire.
A visit to the local builders yard and a walk around the cave grounds gave me all the material I needed. I haphazardly arranged my building material in the corner as near to the design that was in my head. Then I rearranged them and then rearranged them again. This went on for a few days. Eventually I was content with the overall shape and set to work joining the full and half bricks together with a great deal of Yeso. I wanted to leave two flat areas on the top so that I could place tiles to form a platform for the gadgets. This was to be my cave shelves.
At this point I realised I did not have a tile cutter which was to be an important piece of equipment but a trip to our local town Baza sorted that. Tiles cut and sited and the job was done. It may not be perfect but I really don’t care because……I did it!
Was it easy…no it wasn’t. It was time consuming, thought provoking and a little back breaking but I would certainly take a few short cuts next time and I have learnt a lot about building a rock. All I need to do is to finish the paint job on the wall. Job done.
Something to cross off my bucket list.