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This Guy Became The Envy Of His Neighborhood After Digging A Hole In His Yard

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    Most of us are always striving for a better life and higher social status. This usually means reaching to own a nice car, a big house or other worldly possesions.

    The main character in our story wanted to improve his life too, but he had a very different idea on how he could do so. 

    So different, in fact, his neighbors thought he had completely lost his mind. They weren't wrong to think this, when he randomly dug a massive hole in his yard.

    At first sight, most would think it was completely obvious what the man was doing.  He must be building a pool, of course! It's the right size and shape, and what else could he possibly be doing?

    Well, no. That's not what was going on here. Upon closer inspection you'd notice that he had filled the bottom of the gaping hole with course gravel. 

    The next step in his insane project would require a 20-foot shipping container be dropped off in his yard.

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    Before he had even started his project, he went online and purchased a 20-foot shipping container.  Most people don't know that you can  buy one of these bad boys for relatively cheap online. 

    But,  why did he need this storage container?

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    The next steps were to make sure that this container was sealed up tightly and had points of entrance. 

    After sealing the container up tightly, he added two doors on both ends -- making sure they swing inwards. 

    This will all make sense when you see the final result!

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    Any good engineer will tell you that planning ahead of time to prevent mistakes is the most important part of any project.

    The man made absolutely sure to dig two feet deeper and wider than the size of the container. This gave him extra room above the container for something very important!

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    Before he could put the container down he needed to make sure that it would stand the test of time. So, he laid down pea gravel to make sure that he had the perfect foundation. After all, he would need to be able to filter through the soil below.

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    Even though he is clearly a skilled DIY-er, he needed to call in the heavy artillery for some backup. After all, we don't all have a crane lying around. So, he called in a septic tank company to do some heavy lifting. 

    Now that the container has been dropped into the hole, we really see this plan start to come together.

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    With the container perfectly nestled into it's new home, things are really starting to take shape. The early planning paid off and everything fit exactly as expected. 

    The space he left around the container is perfect for what he has planned.

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    Sump pumps are added to below-the-ground structures like basements as a safety mechanism in case of a flood or pipe break. The pump will catch and collect any water that accumulates around the container and prevent it from entering or filling it up.

    This structure is far too valuable to lose to an accident.

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    The next step, was, well -- adding steps. Otherwise he'd have to jump into the hole like a barbarian. So, he mixed up some concrete and got to work. 

    The exterior is almost finished and what comes next will leave you in a state of envy!

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    Shipping containers are fairly sturdy, but our designer wanted to make sure that this project would stand the test of time. The Earth is always shifting and moving, so to prevent a catastrophe, he added support beams. 

    These support beams didn't only serve one purpose, though...

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    The reason for the extra 2-foot gap above the container should now be apparent. A roof needed to be added while still maintaining the same height as the surrounding landscape. 

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    The final sheets of metal were added over the top -- adding our final layer of support to the top of the structure. You can see the quality and strength of the materials he used as they support a woman AND a dog. Okay, it's a small dog, but still!

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    A hole above the stairs and in front of the door was left uncovered, creating what will be a beautiful entryway to his structure. As you can see, the external aspects of this project are almost all done. 

    If you think he's put alot of work into the outside, get ready to see the inside!

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    Our engineer took every precaution necessary to make sure that this was a safe venture. I'm not an expert, but I feel like this thing could survive a hurricane! Bricks were added to the top and filled with concrete to form the entryway.

    This story definitely does not stop here!

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    We all have to breathe -- and that can get pretty difficult when you're 12 feet underground with no access to fresh air. He added a ventiallation system system to make sure that he'd be able to breathe. 

    Clearly, he planned on spending long periods of time inside of this structure!

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    For even more safety, the entire container was encased in concrete. The Earth can easily shift and cause some major issues. 

    This laborious work will all be worth it in the end!

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    In addition to encasing the structure in concrete, he also covered the top in a very thick layer. This was necessary, as weather elements like snow and rain will try their best to foil his work. 

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    Another set of bricks were added surrounding the entryway. Rebar was run through them for extra strength and rigidity. This part of his project would be the most exposed to the weather above, so it needs to be as strong and durable as possible.

    Now, let's head down those stairs to check out the inside!

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    Now that the concrete had dried, it's time to remove the temporary support beams that are no longer needed. 

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    We can finally see the exterior of the below-the-ground container and it looks absolutely fantastic. His next move was to lay down soil so that he could replant some greenery. Once that's all grown in, this will barely even stand out.

    Next we get to see what he's keeping in his bunker!

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    The complete inside is a dream for some. A perfect place to store your liquor and wine to survive the elements. There's a reason wineries spend millions of dollars on caves to store their bottles in. It's the perfect atmosphere and extended the shelf life dramatically. 

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