Teen spends years digging underground home after fight with parents

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A teen with an axe to grind with his parents has spent more than half a decade tunnelling more than three metres under the family home.

Andres Canto, from Spain, was 14 in March 2015 when he flew into a tantrum and went into his backyard.

In a Twitter thread explaining the catalyst for came next, he said: “I did not handle emotions very well” at the time.

Instead of pulling the typical “running away from home” threat many children call on when angry with their folks, Mr Canto grabbed his grandfather’s pickaxe and began to dig underneath his, The Metro reported.

Andres Canto is pictured in a hole in the backyard of his Spain home.
The hole in its beginnings in 2015 (left) and 2018 as Andres Canto got deeper. Source: Twitter/ Andres Canto

And it didn’t stop there. What started with a few buckets and some backyard tools turned into an obsession. Mr Canto developed a pulley system to move larger loads of dirt.

In 2018, he called upon a friend named Andreu to assist with his digging endeavours which quickly escalated into serious work. Andreu brought with him a pneumatic drill and the pair spent 14 hours a week digging.

Mr Canto recalled Andreu came over “every afternoon” to dig.

A bed pictured in an underground bunker dug beneath a home in Spain.
Mr Canto can now sleep underground if he wants. Source: Twitter/ Andres Canto

Between 2018 and 2019, he tweeted that the project became “suddenly serious”.

By some point in 2019, Mr Canto developed walls and a two-metre high ceiling almost 10-feet below the surface. It meant he could now actually sleep inside the bunker and walk around freely.

In the following months Mr Canto placed a bed inside and called it his room just as the coronavirus pandemic hit.

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“The room took shape when the pandemic hit,” he tweeted.

“A good 4m² of tranquility, 4m underground. Worth it.”

He also developed a second room alongside his. In April, he tweeted the bunker is now equipped with WiFi and plans to introduce a heating system.

A video tour of the bunker shows some of the walls reinforced with rock and concrete pillars. A power outlet for lighting and a sound system are also seen.

Andres Canto pictured in a hole underneath his house.
Mr Canto is 2019 as the hole became big enough for him to fully fit in. Source: Twitter/ Andres Canto

There is also piping but it’s not clear if the pipes are in the bunker to support the walls or to supply water.

Mr Canto said it’s a cool place to relax during the summer as it often stays at about 20-21 degrees during the hottest days. It does, however, flood on occasion and can attract bugs and snails.

"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,” he told The Metro.

As for what prompted Mr Canto to dig the hole underneath the house he said he now can’t recall.

"I was a kid with a lot of imagination,” he said.

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