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.
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?
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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...
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
Now that the concrete had dried, it's time to remove the temporary support beams that are no longer needed.
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!
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.
If you're thinking that this seems like a lot of work for a simple wine cellar, you also have to consider the utility of this subterranean space for other uses. As you can see in the photos there is plenty of space leftover for storing things that you don't want in the house.
Then there is the unlikely scenario of a natural disaster or other cataclysmic event, in which this shelter would be extremely useful.
The man in our story has released a schematic show me how much detail and attention went into building this incredible structure. along with the actual plans themself, The man released some very interesting tips people interested in undertaking their own underground structure.
The first thing that the man recommended, after having to deal with the issue himself, is to add some handrails going down the stairs into the subterranean structure. Where he lives it gets rather cold and he was having issues with slipping when descending into his masterpiece.
In addition to the handrails he later added an overhang to the entrance so that the stairs cannot get filled up with debris, dirt and other elements. It may also be useful for keeping animals out of the walkway preventing them from thinking they can make a home out of it.
During the Cold War American government actually gave out advice telling citizens that it would be a good idea for them to create bunkers and Fallout shelters in the case of nuclear war. while we are not currently in a war with Russia, or under threat of nuclear war, many Americans are actually creating bunkers today.
So, how common are bunkers in 2020?
In the past 4 years, the bunker business has appeared to greatly increase. One bunker Building Company that does business in Texas has gone on record stating that their business has increased 400% over the past few years -- growing all the way to a multimillion-dollar Puryear business.
So, how much does a bunker cost?
The cost of a bunker can obviously range greatly depending on how large and the contents that you'd like inside. if you are looking at making your own living space, one electricity and creature comforts the cost will be significantly more than a simple liquor storage space.
The bunker that we have showed you today cost only $12,500.
Expert in the bunker business says that he gets orders from all across the country, but the most common areas are New York California and Texas.
The smallest bunkers that he builds are typically around $50,000, while the largest which are about 12 by 50 ft will run you around $100,000. Most customers seem to be Doomsday rappers who also attempts to make their bunkers deflect electromagnetic pulses and radiation in the event of a coronal ejection from the Sun or an EMP blast.
Some bunker building companies actually specialize in creating underground living spaces. These underground fortresses can be extremely complex and have all of your basic comforts that you typically have in your own house like elctricity and plumbing.