Teen spends six years digging underground home after row with parents

A 14-year-old who had a row with his parents responded like many teenagers might – by grabbing his grandfather’s pickaxe and taking out his frustration on the ground in the garden. However, what sets Andres Canto, from La Romana, Spain, apart is that he didn’t give up and move onto the next thing after a few hours.

Instead, he continued to hack away at the earth for the next six years.

Andres became obsessed with digging an enormous hole in his garden.

After the now-22-year-old broke ground, he set about creating his own underground cave.

And six years after his row with his parents over wearing his tracksuit into town, he had done it, complete with steps leading down to a homey bedroom and living room.

Now an actor, Andres admitted he had no idea what started the idea, but used it as a way to wind down in the evenings after school, working on it several days a week.

After working by hand for a while, the operation was stepped up a notch when the teenager’s friend, Andreu, popped round equipped with a pneumatic drill.

The pair spent up to 14 hours a week digging almost 10-foot into the earth in his parents’ garden.

Sometimes, nature got in the way of Andres’ relentless drive. He said: “Sometimes I came across a big stone and it could be frustrating after hours of digging that I had done almost nothing.”

But as the excavation went deeper and deeper, he developed a pulley system to bring rubble to the surface.

He even soon began to create rooms, reinforcing the ceilings using arched entrances and vaulted ceilings, and columns to prevent a collapse.

As of 2021 the bunker featured a living room and bedroom, along with a heating system, Wi-Fi, and a music system. It is not known if he has continued digging.

Andres estimated that his new home cost him a total of £43 (€50).

He said he does occasionally play host to guests, in the form of insects, spiders and snails – but the amateur builder said he didn’t mind the company.

He told Zenger News: “I do not have problems with them, if I have destroyed their house, I let them build it in a new place in the wall. It’s no problem.”

He has since pursued his dreams of becoming an actor, and shares images of his latest performances on his Instagram.

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He previously stated his parents were fine with the build – but he did get a visit from authorities to ensure it was legal. Ultimately they found no issues as it couldn’t be defined as a basement, extension or storage structure.

Andres said: “It’s great, I have everything I need. It can be tiring to work here as it is wet and there is not much air going around, but I have found my own motivation to keep on digging every day.

“I have always liked to build little huts. I live in the countryside and often when I found abandoned wood there, I would build a nice house.

“I was a kid with a lot of imagination.”

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