When He Dug This Hole His Neighbors Thought He Was Crazy, Now They’re Jealous
A big house, two cars, a yeard for kids, a white fence, and a dog running around – that’s the ultimate American dream. Still, some people want more than that and are willing to go that extra mile and do something that would spark the neighborhood’s envy.
Wayne Martin is one of those people who love the benefits of the American dream. He has a beautiful house and a spectacular yard, but he wasn’t pleased. He wanted more. He wanted to give that wow effect and set his home apart from the rest. So, he started digging a hole! From the first day, his neighbors thought he was nuts, but as soon as they realized what his plan was they knew that it would be spectacular. Read on to see how one man used a giant hole to create one of the most ambitious projects we’ve ever seen!
30. The First Day
Digging a hole can be tricky work, especially when you have neighbors watching. It’s not that strange for people to dig a giant hole in their backyard. After all, it’s their land. Still, no one can stop people from imagining various theories.
Martin knew his neighbors very well. He knew that their first assumption would be that Martin is building a swimming pool. It’s common scenery in the American suburb, to have a pool in your backyard. They were far from the truth. This is what Martin had in plan.
29. A Swimming Pool
The final conclusion from the neighborhood was that the giant hole is a future swimming pool. They had no idea that Wayne decided to that hole with something more than water.
Still, having a giant swimming pool would be nice. Wayne seemed organized and productive. From day one, he kept things in order, provided minimal noise, and kept on digging. Then, one day he brought this giant thing in.
28. Buying A 20-Foot Container
Just when neighbors concluded that Wayne is building a swimming pool, he did something unexpected. During his first working phase, Wayne layered down some gravel, and then he brought in something that doesn’t fit in any pool.
Wayne brought a 20-foot shipping container onto his lawn. You would be surprised how many of these giant containers you can find out on the internet at incredibly affordable prices. Now, Wayne had two giant things in his back yard, a giant hole, and a huge container. But what did he need the container for exactly? We’ll find out soon!
27. DIY Project Lover
True DIYers know that any project requires three things: time, motivation, and good planning. Plus, it’s more than important to keep costs low. DIY is all about cutting costs, not about creating new ones.
When it comes to DIY projects, it can be extremely easy to lose track of your spending and splurge on products you don’t actually need. So, the fact that Ways was able to this size and keep his budget low really helped make his project come together. To those prone to massive DIY projects, it was almost clear what Wayne’s attention was, while others had to watch and wait. This is what they eventually got to see.
26. White Container
Wayne brought in a simple and white container that looked in great shape. As a true DIY man, Wayne knew that his first step was to seal it shut.
Instead of using the giant double doors, Wayne instead made sure to seal them shut and instead installed a swinging door on the other side. He had a simple wish – he wanted to be sure nothing could get in or out, especially leaks.
25. Measure Twice, Dig Once
Wayne made sure that the doors are installed inward, not outward. He now had a one-way entry point to his container. Trust me — this will make a ton of sense once you see what he did next!
The biggest mistake Wayne could have made was digging a hole that was too small for his container. As expected, he took more time to measure the hole at least twice and make the hole at least two feet deeper than the container’s height. He also did this and for a good reason.
24. He Lined the Bottom With Pea Gravel
To get some extra space, Wayne left about two feet of space on all sides of the container, and extra room around where the door would swing-out.
Good that he thought of this, or he would have run into some trouble. He also lined the bottom with a layer of pea gravel. In general, the container needs a soft place to lie on. Still, his goal of this project was unknown. Plus, what was the reason that he wanted a bit of extra room above the container? We are about to discover.
23. Sometimes You Still Need To Call In A Professional
When a DIY project is so massive, it seems logical to call a professional for extra help. Not everyone has a crane that can pick up a 20-foot container and lower it into a giant hole in their lawn.
As expected, Wayne called in a septic tank company to help him with a part of the project. This is a far better, cheaper, and faster idea than calling your friends and family over to help. So, what was the next step?
22. It Fits Perfectly
Now once the container was in the hole, everyone wanted to know Wayne’s next step. In the meantime, Wayne was more than satisfied with how well he calculated the container and hole size. The hole size was a bit bigger than the container was, and the two fit perfectly.
Wayne lefter about two feet of space on each side, as well as a few feet in front of the swinging door – which was brilliant more. Now that the container is in the hole, the real project was ready to begin. What Wayne had planned might inspire your next DIY project.
21. Every Bunker Needs A Sump Pump
A sump pump is a piece of equipment used in plumbing that helps drain water out of enclosed spaces. When you want to put anything below the ground, this is one of the most important moves.
Simple said, this tiny thing will allow you to keep your bunker above the waterline, so you generally find these in basements. Plus, you really don’t want to risk having a flood and ruining anything inside the container. But what was inside that bunker anyway?
20. An Entrance Fit For A King
When you are building anything underground, you need a way to get inside it, of course. So, Wayne’s next step was pretty much obvious. He laid down a set of concrete steps and made sure the top stair was at the same level as the top of his bunker.
Some people may see a ladder or a fire pole more practical for going down, but when it comes to reaching top stairs are much more practical. Once the bunker was in the ground and the stairway complete, Wayne was ready to start working on the outside.
19. Everyone Needs A Support Beam
Wayne knows that the most important thing about projects is safety. So, he installs two I-beams to keep bunker as stable as possible. Its highly unlikely for as container to move, but the ground could quickly shift and leave his bunker unbalanced.
However, these two beams had an additional purpose. Originally, they were there to provide support, but they also acted as a frame for some of Wayne’s other plans for the exterior of his underground bunker. What else does Wayne have planned anyway? You’ll see in just a bit.
18. Maybe He Is Making A Roof?
Not many people actually know what an underground bunker looks like, or what are the phases of building one. Still, almost everyone knows that safety matters, and taking the necessary precautions to make sure the roof is stable is mandatory.
Wayne added an additional tome of a framework on top to support a roof. Now it makes sense why he added the I-beams in the first place. Digging a little extra deep really helps to blend in perfectly with the rest of his yard.
17. An Underground Roof
It may be unusual to have a roof underground, but that exactly what was Wayne’s plan. To show the stability of his underground (whatever it’s going to be eventually), he asked his wife and their dog to test the stability.
He laid down massive sheets of metal across the framework that is so stable, that it comfortably supports his wife’s weight and their dog. Now it was obvious that the exterior is getting its shape, but we still need to know what’s going on with the inside of the bunker. What was inside anyway?
16. Not A Regular Staircase
Once he had the roof all set up and secure, now it was time to deal with the staircase again. Actually, he got to work making a grand entranceway for his bunker.
He left an opening from the roof and set up some rebar to help keep everything supported. This is such an underrated aspect of his whole project. Why would he go through so much trouble for this? It seems that Wayne loves that saying – Go big or go home.
15. Piling On The Concrete Blocks
So fr, neighbors knew one thing about Wayne’s project for sure – it’s safe. Not only that, he took all of the necessary measures for the bunker to be safe in the ground, but he was only care about everything up to being in line.
Apparently, this was built to last, and it almost seems like this could work as a makeshift bomb shelter if need be. Was this shelter everything that Wayne had on the mind from day one, or he has a different plan for his underground bunker?
14. Let the Air In
It was important to install a sump pump so the water could be filtered through the soil. However, the most important addition to this unusual bunker was the air vents. No one could survive underground without fresh air.
Wayne made sure to install two 12-inch air vents in the front and back of the bunker. Well, this was a firm indicator that Wayne plans to spend a significant amount of time underground. Still, this move was an efficient one.
13. Time To Pour The Concrete
Once the base is done, placing a concrete seems like a logical step. Since the ground can move and shift, especially in winter, Wayne took some extra steps to ensure security.
He encases his bunker in concrete along the sides as well as on top of the roof. This was done perfectly, and the bunker was finally ready to fit in with the rest of the yard. Now, the time has come to start the interior work.
12. Six Inches And More Blocks
Wayne put six inches thick concrete, making it life-long durable and well-protected against anything. Now he was finally ready to step into the interior phase of the project.
Wayne placed those six extra inches of concrete, but he added a few extra blocks. Now this bunker was ready to face anything, from bad weather conditions, animals, and more. Now let’s take a trip down the stairs and see what the inside is like!
11. The Temporary Support Beams
With projects like this one and similar, safety is the key. So one the concrete was dried and 100% stable, Wayne could finally remove the support beams that helped keep the roof secured.
Every step, from day one, lead to safety and creation of a perfect bunker. The next step was to use some high-end soil to fill the space surrounding the entrance. This could mean only one thing.
10. Wine Storage
Wayne was good at planning, and he didn’t plan to leave the dirt just like that lying around. That’s why he used the high-end soil, so he could plant some plants to help his new area blend in with the rest of his lawn.
Once the plants grow enough, no one will be able to recognize where the hole was located. Eventually, this space was filled with wine and other liquor. Did you know that wine is best stored underground?
9. Bigger Plans For Celler
Once you store wine and another liquor underground, they can last for generations. Was this a one-time thing, or Wayne had bigger plans for his new underground cellar?
Although he could probably build more underground cellars, Wayne has decided to remain on this one cellar. One shelter meets his needs. If he wants, he can even make one part, to be his chill area. And the best part is that it doesn’t take up any space in his yard because it’s all underground!
8. You Can Get This Blueprint Anytime
If you are dreaming about making your own underground bunker, you should know so ar that’s really possible. Moreover, you don’t need the fortune to make one. You just need a bit of money, planning, good organization, and time.
Nowadays, people are interested in small-size projects that make their lives easier. Plus, Wayne shared some tips on how he created his underground bunker. On top of that, he even shared the specs of his container.
7. A Few Tips
To future underground bunker builders, Wayne suggested to add handrails down to the stairs for security. This is not only handy but safe, especially if you are living in areas where stairs could get icy and slippery.
Wayne also shared that it might make sense to build a small overhang over the entrance. This is a good idea if you live somewhere where the elements could leave your stairs icy or even fill the hole with rainwater. Plus, keeping critters out of your walkway is always handy.
6. Others Had Same Idea
You would be surprised to know just how many people actually have bunkers in their homes or in their yard. Underground bunkers are typical on the American soil, and for a good reason.
During the Cold War, the federal government recommended that people create fallout shelters and bunkers in their basement, or buried in their backyard. Did you know that this business is on the rise?
5. The Bunker Business is Booming
In early 2017, container and bunker building companies saw a massive jump. In 2017, Americans started preparing for the apocalypse, otherwise knowns as a war-time situation.
As foreign relations tension grew, people started panicking slowly. Their fear about the future only grew. Clyde Scott, who owns Rising Bunkers, a bunker building company based in Texas, said the business was high in 2016-2017. His sales have increased an incredible 400 percent, which means a lot of money.
4. What About The Cost?
In the end, all of Wayne’s hard work came at a price. The final sum will definitely surprise you because the final cost was far less than you might have expected.
All in all, Wayne spent $12,500 on his DIY bunker, which is reasonable, you must admit. He did most of his work by himself, so he saved a few hundreds there, at least. Wayne chooses to make an underground cellar, but others usually decide to make an emergency shelter.
3. Emergency Shelters
President and CEO of Utah Shelter Systems, Paul Seyfried, say their bunker business has been very busy in recent years. Seyfried noted that his customers are located across the country, but the majority of them come from New York, California, and Texas.
Seyfried told Fox13, “The smallest shelters start at around $50,000. The largest shelters we build, a 12 [foot] by 50 [foot] usually runs right around $100,000.” Most customers are building the bunkers for their families, and are able to deflect electromagnetic pulses and radiation. Did you know that you can buy bunkers?
2. Bunkers for Sale in South Dakota
South Dakota is home to many former army bases. War-era bunkers didn’t do much, so now they are on sale, for citizens. Just in South Dakota, you can find 575 concrete bunkers.
Bunkers here are available to lease for $25,000 for 99 years, plus $1,000 annually. They’re spacious at 1,590 or 2,120 square feet. However, there’s no plumbing, electricity, or air filtration, so they need some work.
1. Several Options to Choose From
Even now, the bunker sale is on the rise. Some companies even sell up to 30 bunkers per day. Some people claim that bunker popularity is linked to various global affairs and that they buy bunkers due to fear.
Atlas Survival Shelters creates bunkers that are specially designed to include the comforts of home. So, if you’reyou want to take shelter without feeling like you’re hiding in an unfinished basement, this is a good option.