Safe Rooms

pronstar

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A lot of the homes I’ve been flipping had air handlers moved to the attic, leaving an unused, empty closet that would make a great hidden safe.

My renovation will put that square footage to use, but something to think about if you have one of these empty spaces...


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Axxe55

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Dec 15, 2019
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Why not build the house fortified in such a way as that the house is a "safe house"?

It's not really that hard, or much more expensive during the initial construction of the house. The biggest expense would be the doors and windows. Side benefit of them would be also the energy savings over the long term.

If an intruder really is determined to enter, they will gain access. But the longer that you delay them, is to your advantage.

Lots of YouTube videos on the subject.
 

lightflyer1

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May 2, 2015
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In Germany when I was stationed there back in 1979 or so, homes were all masonry and had industrial type metal roll up/down shutters on them that were closed at night or when away. Like this:

https://www.innovativeopenings.com/window-security/exterior-rolling-shutters/

I am approaching retirement and will be selling my home and building something away from here with cheaper property taxes. It will be a single story Quad lock ICF home with really thick masonry walls and these kinds of shutters all around. It will also include an interior safe and safe room as well.

https://www.quadlock.com/
 

thequintessentialman

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In Germany when I was stationed there back in 1979 or so, homes were all masonry and had industrial type metal roll up/down shutters on them that were closed at night or when away. Like this:

https://www.innovativeopenings.com/window-security/exterior-rolling-shutters/

I am approaching retirement and will be selling my home and building something away from here with cheaper property taxes. It will be a single story Quad lock ICF home with really thick masonry walls and these kinds of shutters all around. It will also include an interior safe and safe room as well.

https://www.quadlock.com/
That's basically just a standing pour but have additional advantages. Those things have interested me for years. Do some more research into energy efficient houses. I don't remember the type construction but recall one very efficient design where the walls could handle a 400 mph wind and required minimal heating/cooling.

Not very space efficient but the dome homes built by a company in Italy, TX are also interesting. No flat surface for wind to hit.

Those roladen in the German windows were great at blocking light for day sleeping when working nights. Very secure too.

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