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Storm Shelter design, Thinking Out Loud

Discussion in 'Home Preparedness and Shelters' started by Curt 58, Jul 16, 2018.

  1. markshere2

    markshere2 New Member

    Aug 4, 2018
    A. "The Government" is mostly wrong on almost every single thing they do. I would no more trust FEMA to specify my storm shelter than the EPA to make smart moves on mine drainage.

    2. Underground stuff gets wet. Period. Bad.

    c. Earth berming a shelter makes a lot of sense to me. Pour a slab, Attach a shelter (metal, concrete, whatever), and cover it over with a bunch of dirt. Make your own hobbit house that will allow the wind to swirl around it. As long as you have an established layer of plants with good root systems, the dirts not going anywhere and it will be resistant to flying 2x4s, cows, and F150s.

    Pros: doubles as a root cellar
    make it big enough and you can entertain in the cool....

    Cons: Not gonna work in a suburban development with active HOA board of jerks.
    Not fast and easy to buy and install

    Just spitballin here....

  2. M2 Carbine

    M2 Carbine Active Member

    May 6, 2014
    When my Wife and I first moved here, I taught myself to lay blocks by us building a storm shelter.
    Complete with electricity, TV, cots, etc.
    For some years, while we still lived in a mobile home, we spent some stormy nights in our "cellar".

    Storm celler entrance.JPG

    Storm celler Hazel.jpg

    Storm cellar 2.JPG

    We did so good that later we built our whole house. My Wife got good at laying bricks. :)

    Hazel brick laying.jpg
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  3. ZX9RCAM

    ZX9RCAM Over the Rainbow bridge... TGT Supporter

    May 14, 2008
    The Woodlands, Tx.
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  4. thequintessentialman

    thequintessentialman Active Member

    Mar 19, 2015
    Good discussion here...

    Was in Alabama a while back, there are some builders there specializing in fortified additions to homes as storm shelters and blending them in with the house. Have also seen some concrete "dumpster" shelters. Often wondered how one of those concrete domes from that company in Italy TX would take a direct hit. There built like an inverted swimming pool...

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  5. Big Green

    Big Green Pew Pew TGT Supporter

    Mar 5, 2018
    College Station
    I really like that. I’ve thought about an earth covered building but hadn’t thought about the front you have, that’s nice and protected.
  6. Coyote9

    Coyote9 New Member

    Jan 13, 2020
    Granbury Texas
  7. Coyote9

    Coyote9 New Member

    Jan 13, 2020
    Granbury Texas
    Recommend removable from the inside bolted sections on all walls and roof as escape portals. Keep wrenches inside! Thanks for an interesting design.

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