Family Home Built in a Cave – Cave House built by the Sleepers
Seven years ago, William and Deborah Sleeper found a choice piece of property just west of the Mississippi River. The defining element? A 17,000-square-foot sandstone mine that at one time housed a roller-skating rink and a concert hall. “We loved it,” William says, “but the property is just 3 acres and a hole. No one wanted to finance it.” The family bought the property themselves, but were cash-strapped when it came to building there. “One wall was a lot cheaper than four,” William says. So he incorporated nearly three dozen orphaned sliding-glass doors into a 45 x 45–foot outer wall at the mouth of the cave. Inside the 2000-square-foot front chamber, the Sleepers—including daughter Kian, 16, and son Perry, 14—spent four years building a sprawling kitchen, an office and three bedrooms with recycled hardwood floors. A stairwell gently spirals through the home’s three levels.
You won’t find a house like this in Calabasas or anywhere near Los Angeles but it is a marvel and an impressive feat. I’d love to visit this house and check it out. I love architecture and this one is about a unique as it gets.