A teenager dug a hole in the garden for six years, which he turned into a house after an argument with his parents.
Andres Canto, 20, from La Romana, Alicante, Spain, first started his project after arguing with his parents over an outfit in 2015, when he was 14.
He took his anger out on the ground in the yard by hitting it with a pickaxe, and it soon turned into an obsession.
The actor has since created his own underground cavern, nearly ten feet into the earth, with stairs leading to a living room and bedroom.
A teen dug a hole in the yard for six years that he turned into a HOME after arguing with his parents
He plans to expand the underground house even further, but it currently has two rooms, a heating system, a music system and gets wifi from his phone.
Although his parents were okay with the construction, it was visited by the environmental protection department of the authorities to check that it was legal.
They found no problems as it could not be defined as a basement, extension or storage structure.
He said: ‘Because I am the first person in Spain to do such a thing, there was no specific report for when the Guardia Civil arrived.
Andres Canto, 20, from La Romana, Alicante, Spain, first started his project after arguing with his parents over an outfit at age 14.
“It wasn’t a basement, it wasn’t a warehouse, it was just a well-built underground hut.”
Andres said: ‘It’s great, I have everything I need. It can be exhausting working here because it’s wet and there’s not much air around, but I’ve found my own motivation to keep digging every day.
‘I’ve always liked building huts. I live in the countryside and when I found derelict wood there, I often built a nice house. I was a child with a lot of imagination.
“I didn’t want to be on the ground anymore, but in the air,” he said. “The last evolution was the underground hut.”
When he first started building, his friend Andreu brought a pneumatic drill and the couple spent up to 14 hours a week digging.
He has since created his own underground cavern, nearly ten feet into the earth, with stairs leading to a living room and bedroom
The removal of the dirt was mainly done by hand with buckets to carry the soil out of the hole.
Finally, Andres decided to study other digging techniques to help him, and he came up with the idea of using a pulley system.
To prevent collapse, he used fortified columns and vaulted entrances to the rooms, and estimates that the whole project cost him £43 (€50) because the building materials he used were cheaper than he expected.
The layout of his man cave was often determined by stones that came his way during the project.
He said, “Sometimes I would come across a big rock and after hours of digging it could be frustrating that I had done almost nothing.”
Although the cave occasionally floods after a downpour, he adds that the constant temperature of 20 degrees means it’s somewhere cool for him to spend hot summer days.
He plans to expand the underground home even further, but it currently has two rooms, a heating system, a music system and gets wifi from his phone.
He admits that insects, spiders and snails regularly visit, but he doesn’t mind.
Andres said: ‘I have no problem with them, if I destroyed their house, I let them build it in a new place in the wall, it’s no problem.’
Andres took to Twitter to share his journey and created a thread documenting the start of his dig.
In Spanish he wrote: ‘THE CAVE, the common thread of how a 14-year-old boy started a cave.
1. March 9, 2015; After a prepubescent tantrum I started going out on the terrace, I couldn’t handle emotions very well.’
Although the cave occasionally floods after a downpour, he adds that the constant temperature of 20 degrees means it is somewhere cool for him to spend hot summer days.
In the hole, Andres built a single bed and added that it really started to collapse during the lockdown.
He tweeted: “The room is taking shape as the pandemic hits. A good 4m² rests 4m underground. Worth the effort’.
After seeing his videos, his mom went to see it with her own eyes, adding, “She came down and told me it was smaller than it looked in videos.”
Andres keeps his followers updated on his progress and people are very impressed with his work.