We all want to live in the best possible home we can, and sometimes that means getting the job done ourselves. One man was intent on making a change to his property, but it wasn’t very clear what that was going to be to his neighbor. The man just started digging one day in his yard, and he ended up with a giant hole.
It was so big that the man’s neighbor couldn’t ignore it any longer. We all have a sneak peek at what the neighbors are up to when we think they aren’t looking, but this big hole was attracting attention. There was no way this guy could get away with digging so deep into the earth without someone noticing.
There was nothing scary going on but people really wanted to know why a man just decided to begin digging in his backyard. Why was there a giant pit on this man’s property? What he did with his big hole was a big surprise to his neighbors and everyone who heard the story.
Meet Wayne Martin
We’re all sold this idea that having a home is everything you could ever want, but Wayne Martin felt as though something was missing. He had a plan for his backyard, but he wasn’t going to share it with anyone until his project was completed.
Wayne began his special DIY adventure by digging a mysterious giant hole in his backyard. It looked the perfect size for a swimming pool, but that wasn’t on Wayne’s mind.
Taking things up a notch
As if creating a giant hole in his backyard wasn’t enough, Wayne had more unexpected ideas for his DIY project. Wayne bought a 20-foot shipping container and had actually owned the giant space before he put a shovel in the ground. Amazingly it wasn’t that tricky to get hold of one as they are readily available on the internet.
The prices are affordable, which was perfect because Wayne didn’t want the costs of his project spiraling out of control. This container was going to make sure Wayne’s project would be as cheap as possible, but this was just the beginning.
Wayne’s container was delivered to his property, but it wasn’t fit for the job just yet. The first thing Wayne did to his shipping container was to make sure it was sealed shut. Every inch of the shipping container was investigated to make sure there were no cracks, and if there were any, they were sealed.
The double doors that are common with shipping containers were sealed shut, and Wayne installed a swinging door at the other end. All potential leaks were sealed up, and the new door was deliberately chosen to make sure it opened inward into the container.
For what Wayne had planned, he needed to make sure it was measured out correctly. His plan was to throw the shipping container inside so he had to make sure the hole was deeper enough. In fact, Wayne made the hole two foot deeper than the container to give himself room to play with when it came to his project.
There were also two feet extra on all sides of where the container would sit. Wayne also made sure to remember to leave enough room at one end of his hole to allow him entrance and exit of the container.
Lining the hole
Wayne didn’t just dig a big hole and then thrown a shipping container inside it, he had a plan for every stage of this DIY project. If he had just thrown in the container without preparing the hole, then it might sink into the earth.
That meant Wayne needed to line the bottom of the hole with gravel, which also allowed any water that dripped from above to filter through below. This was a big project for Wayne, and he was taking every step of the way very seriously. He could be spending a lot of time in this hole.
Calling for help
Wayne might have bought a shipping container all by himself, but he was going to need some help getting it into place. To lower the shipping container into the hole, Wayne called upon the help of a septic tank installation company for the use of their crane.
They have a lot of experience when it comes to lowering giant containers into people’s backyards, so who better to call? There was still more to do though.
One of the reasons why Wayne dug his hole two foot wider on all sides than it seemingly needed to be, was to ensure that the shipping container would fit. When the septic tank company came along to his backyard, they didn’t seem to have any trouble getting the container into place.
This was an important step in Wayne’s project, but really it was just the beginning. Things were about to develop quickly for Wayne.
Don’t forget the drainage
It would have been easy for Wayne to dig his hole, throw in the shipping container and begin the rest of his DIY project, but he didn’t. There were a few more things to consider before getting stuck into the container, and Wayne had to install a pump that drains water out of small spaces.
This pump helps to keep Wayne’s container above the water level, which will help if there’s ever a huge downpour.
Making the entrance
Wayne’s shipping container was several feet below the surface of his backyard, so if he wanted to get into it, he was going to need some steps. That’s when he followed the next stage of his plan to create some steps down to the shipping container below ground.
Wayne could have saved time and money by using a ladder, but it wouldn’t have looked anywhere near as impressive, plus steps were more practical and safer.
If this underground bunker was going to be a safe place for Wayne to hang out, he was going to have to make it as secure as possible. That meant adding supportive beams to the top of the container so it could withstand some weight being placed on the top.
These beams were also being used to help lock the container into place in the event that the ground underneath it shifts in some way.
Taking care of the top
Wayne knew that if his underground shipping container was going to survive, he needed to protect it from all of the elements. That’s why he began building this roof-like structure to shield it from the weather.
Wayne was going to be able to use the ground as a support for some of the beams laid across his container. The container wasn’t going anywhere in a hurry anymore as Wayne’s project began to really take shape.
Supporting people above
When building an underground bunker, you want the ground to appear as normal as possible above. That means Wayne’s backyard needed to be able to support the weight of anyone who stepped on the roof of his shipping container.
To make it as strong as possible, Wayne laid over a metal sheet that was more than capable of withstanding the weight of a person. The outside of this underground bunker was beginning to come together.
A grand entrance
Wayne had masterfully crafted his stairs down to the shipping container already, but that didn’t mean he was done with the entrance. He wanted this thing to look like a professional had done the job, so he began to lay the foundations for some of the finishing touches.
Once his overall structure was in place, Wayne got to work in placing some concrete blocks around the edge of the hole where the steps were built.
There was another reason for adding the concrete blocks to the edge of the stairwell. This was going to provide extra safety and support to the underground building. The shelter that Wayne appeared to be building looked as though it was going to be sturdy enough to survive some kind of nuclear war.
Perhaps that’s why Wayne was so determined to get this completed before any danger came the way of him and his family.
Air to breathe
If Wayne was planning on spending a lot of time underground, he was going to need air. To make sure there was enough air inside Wayne’s shipping container, the DIY enthusiast built himself some vents.
There are two of them, at both ends of the container to make sure Wayne and whoever he’s got inside can breathe. The vents were further proof that Wayne was considering all eventualities when it came to his secret structure.
Solidifying the top
Now that Wayne was happy with the structure of the roof, and that there were enough vents in the right places, it was time for the concrete. Wayne poured the concrete over the top of his structure to help prevent it moving should the weather shift the ground underneath.
While the project was underway Wayne lost a portion of his backyard, so the sooner things were in order, the sooner he’d have his yard back.
Putting it on thick
Wayne wanted to make sure that no matter what, there would be no chance that any water or elements would get through his roof. To do this, he laid on six inches of concrete on top of the underground shipping container.
It was going to take a strong person with a lot of determination to break through that protective barrier. The outside of this bunker was almost done, so Wayne began looking to the inside.