Although every cave house is unique there are basically three forms of cave houses that you can buy. These are:
Fully Renovated Cave HousesThese have been totally restored and renovated with the foreign market in mind. Generally they will have had additional rooms built onto the front of the cave for extra space and light. The old cave rooms will have been excavated to provide additional height, all rooms will have tiled floors. The cave will have been totally rewired to current standards and completely replumbed for bathrooms, ensuites and kitchens. Many decorative features such as beamed ceilings, uplighting and various nooks and crannies will have been incorporated to improve appearance. Modern wood burning fires will have been installed. All rooms will be accessible internally. In short they will have many of the features you would like to find in a modernised English country cottage. Typical prices range from 55,000 to 170,000 Euros.
Spanish Style Cave HousesMany of these continue to be lived in orhave recently been lived in by Spanish families. Very often, to bring them upto a modern comfortable style they will need some renovation work, usually non-structural. Normally they will require complete rewiring, some floors lowering to improve height, some changes in layout and general redecoration to suit British tastes. Some facilities, such as bathrooms may only be accessible bycrossing a patio. Sometimes you can pick up a bargain but many of these cave homes are not significantly cheaper than the fully modernised ones above.
Unrenovated Cave HousesThis type of cave home is the cheapest to buy initially but requires the most amount of work to bring up to a liveable condition. Typically the cost of an unreformed cave varies between 25,000 and 60,000€. The price asked is dependent primarily on location, condition, the size ofthe cave itself and the amount of land that goes with it. Most of the work required to renovate these caves can be done by a serious DIY person although advice should be sought if you are contemplating structural changes.Additionally rewiring should be done or supervised by a competent electrician.The ownership paperwork of unreformed caves is often just a "private contract" and so you will need expert advice on ensuring that you end up with an escritura.