Tuesday, March 3, 2009

A House Is A Home.

Cave House

Kitchen In The Cave House

Cave dwellers can't refinance; put home on eBay
Dig the idea of living in a cave? A Missouri family did, too — until they spelunked themselves into debt building a three-story cave dwelling during the housing downturn.
By The Wall Street Journal

December 15, 2008, 2:35 pm
‘Spaceship House’ To Be Auctioned in Tennessee

Courtesy of Crye-Leike Auction
Sushil Cheema reports:

Caren Alpert for The Wall Street Journal

The Palmazes built a huge underground complex for their winery in Napa. Wine is barreled and aged in the tunnels pictured above.

Napa, Calif.
The land just below Mount George here is covered in Cabernet grapevines and dotted with oak and olive trees. On one side of a steep slope sits an arched door -- a rabbit hole for people.
Open it, and the world falls silent. Dampness hangs in the air. A tunnel leads deep into the earth until suddenly the ceiling opens up, revealing a huge domed room, 55 feet high and 75 feet wide. This is the heart of the Palmaz Vineyards winemaking operation, and more akin to Willy Wonka's chocolate factory than a Napa Valley wine cave.


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