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Wow THAT’S a man cave! Inside the hidden $800k home buried underneath more than 100 tonnes of soil

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A mechanical engineer has pushed the idea of a man cave to a whole new level – building an $800,000 house concealed underneath 130 tonnes of soil. 

Single father Peter Bullen decided to make the move to Canberra to be closer to his daughter Belle and two granddaughters. 

He purchased a paddock in the quiet suburb of Rivett, 15km to the west of the city, and spent a year building his dream house.

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From the street the property looks like an impressive garden but three metres beneath the surface is an even more impressive - and surprisingly light filled - home

From the street the property looks like an impressive garden but three metres beneath the surface is an even more impressive – and surprisingly light filled – home 

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From the street the garage is the only part of the house visible with the garden on top of the property

From the street the garage is the only part of the house visible with the garden on top of the property 

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The construction took a team of builders nearly a year with the help of the owner and his son-in-law

The construction took a team of builders nearly a year with the help of the owner and his son-in-law 

The house features a combined bedroom and loungeroom - adjacent to the open courtyard

The house features a combined bedroom and loungeroom – adjacent to the open courtyard 

From the street the property looks like an impressive garden but three metres beneath the surface is an even more impressive – and surprisingly light filled – home. 

The only indication the house is there is the courtyard and entrance – open to the sky allowing sun to shine into the property to provide light and heat the polished concrete floor. 

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This combined with the insulation from the earth provides passive heating and cooling – cutting down power bills to almost nothing. 

The house features a combined bedroom and loungeroom – adjacent to the open courtyard, a large kitchen, guest bedroom, dining room, luxury bathroom, and personal library. Building the hidden $800k home buried beneath 100 tonnes of soilLoaded: 0%Progress: 0%0:00PreviousPlaySkipMuteCurrent Time0:00/Duration Time0:44FullscreenNeed Text

The house has a large kitchen with stainless steel appliances
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The house has a large kitchen with stainless steel appliances 

Single father Peter Bullen decided to make the move to Canberra to be closer to his daughter Belle and two granddaughters

Single father Peter Bullen decided to make the move to Canberra to be closer to his daughter Belle and two granddaughters 

The house also features a private library and home-office

The house also features a private library and home-office 

‘It’s got everything I need, I haven’t had to compromise on anything,’ Mr Bullen told Grand Designs Australia on Foxtel Lifestyle. 

‘It’s all designed the way I want it. It’s flexible. It’s my spot.’

The construction works took a team of builders 12 months to complete with the concrete precast walls being lowered into place with a crane. 

The house is designed to be environmentally conscious – with waterproofing and energy efficient features – the landscaped garden above also features 230 different plants. 

He also saved some money on the home by employing the help of his son-in-law -particularly with the heavy lifting in building a sturdy rock wall. 

'It's got everything I need, I haven't had to compromise on anything,' Mr Bullen told Grand Designs Australia on Foxtel Lifestyle

‘It’s got everything I need, I haven’t had to compromise on anything,’ Mr Bullen told Grand Designs Australia on Foxtel Lifestyle 

The impressive garage and workshop of the house has enough room for cars and a workshop to get all those man-projects done

The impressive garage and workshop of the house has enough room for cars and a workshop to get all those man-projects done 

He also saved some money on the home by employing the help of his son-in-law -particularly with the heavy lifting in building a sturdy rock wall

He also saved some money on the home by employing the help of his son-in-law -particularly with the heavy lifting in building a sturdy rock wall

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