Everyone has wild ideas for their home and projects they wish they could do, but not everyone actually follows through. When it comes to large-scale projects in your backyard, it takes a lot of time and effort to execute something well.
When Wayne Martin started digging a massive hole in his backyard, his neighbors thought he was nuts. Little did they know that what he actually had planned was one of the most ambitious backyard construction projects we’ve ever seen.
And when he was done, all of their confusion was quickly replaced by burning envy! Prepare to feel the same way when you see what he did!
It’s lucky he was able to find what he needed at such a low cost. We all know that one of the very first steps for any DIY project is to try and keep the final bill as low as you possibly can, so Wayne was already off to a great start. Even better, this shipping container would ultimately become the body of his entire construction project. Without it, he wasn’t going to get very far!
Thank goodness for cheap items available for purchase on the Internet, right? Congrats, Wayne. Now, what was he going to use that container for, exactly? Let’s find out!
So, the very first step was to make one end of the container permanently sealed, that way nothing could get in or out, such as leaks. The other end was fitted with a “front door” of sorts, and was going to be the way into the container from now on.
As you can see, the shape of this project was beginning to form. There was still a great deal to be done, but more and more, the steps that Wayne was taking were beginning to coalesce. Still, there was a whole ton of stuff to do. No time to rest!
He needed to give the shipping container a soft bed to lie on that would also filter through to the soil. Likewise, the top of the container needed some space on top, for the steps that would come later in the process. You might be starting to guess what this project is, but the best parts are yet to come.
For his part, Wayne was really off to a great (and quick!) start, and was making progress each and every day. Not much more you could ask! The next steps were going to really be tough, though. Onward and upward, as they say!
Thanks to the septic company’s nifty truck and crane, Wayne was able to make quick work of this step. Sure, it required some heavy lifting, and a little bit of cash, but that wasn’t a huge deal. Are you thinking you might be able to guess what he’s making?
Doors…shipping container…placed in a hole in the ground…It’s all going to become clear in just a few moments. And when you see what he’s created, you’ll really be stunned at how far Wayne has come. He might just be a bit of a construction genius, or at least something close to it!
There’s any number of reasons to leave that space there, from the work he still needed to do around the shipping container to being able to get inside. Still, the project had a long way to go. Every step was a move in the right direction, but there were many more left to take.
Has anyone else managed to do a build like this on their own? Maybe you’ll be extra inspired after you see the final product that Wayne has managed to construct. We promise you’ll be impressed! It’s really that awesome. You won’t believe what he did.
A sump pump is a piece of plumbing equipment that is used to drain water out of enclosed spaces. So, having this in place would allow Wayne to keep his underground structure above the water line. They’re commonly found in basements, so that probably gives you a pretty good idea of what his thinking is here.
No one wants to have a flooded basement, and a flooded shipping container might be even worse! Good thinking on Wayne’s part. He truly left no detail unplanned or spared. That is the sort of thing that is sure to save him a headache in the future.
Every secret, underground bunker needs a doorway, right? Well, it might not be as futuristic or fancy as some sort of hidden elevator (think Batman going to the Batcave), but it will get the job done. In fact, the stairs are nicer than having to climb down a rusty ladder or something like that. As with most things, if it gets the job done, why bother complaining?
At long last, the majority of the exterior work was nearing completion. Still, there were a few major details that Wayne had to address before he could move on to working on the inside of the bunker.
That’s right: there’s even more work to be done on this bad boy. The stairs were only the first things to be put in place for the entrance. Not to mention how important those beams are going to be for support. No one builds something like this without taking the necessary steps to make sure it’s safe and secure.
From here, Wayne’s masterpiece only got more and more amazing as it went along. Get ready.
Look at Wayne out there with the jackhammer! This is no simpleton’s construction project, huh? Those extra support beams are going to come into play in the near future. Can you tell what it is that he’s doing? The skeleton is all there, but the fun part came when he put in the nuts and bolts that really made this whole thing come alive.
Soon enough, his hard work was going to pay off big time.
This was the “roof” in its very early stages. Clearly, there was still some work to be done, but covering up the shipping container and the surrounding hole was a huge milestone in the project. Thinking back to how far he’d come, Wayne was surely proud of all he had accomplished.
There was a great deal more to do, however, so he went right back to work and trudged ahead. No rest for the weary, as they say!
The entryway was the next step in Wayne’s journey. With the steps already in place, and the roof covering the back end of the bunker all set, he was ready to build the structure that would house the door down into his secret lair. At long, long last, things were starting to take shape.
Can you figure out just what exactly he is doing now? The cinderblocks are a good indicator of just how sturdy and longlasting he wants this to be. The entrance itself was going to stand higher than the container, so it had to be able to withstand the elements, of course.
That’s right: the next thing Wayne did was install air vents, so that he could get some fresh air down into the container. You would think that that would indicate that people might want to stay down there for a long time. Just to give you an idea of what he was creating…
Now, with all of the bones where they should be, Wayne could begin the process of filling in the blanks, so to speak. Using a boatload of concrete, he was about to take a big step toward completion. Hopefully, everything was put in the right place and no mistakes were made.
Six inches is a lot of concrete! Wayne sure wasn’t playing around with this whole project. Clearly, the hope was that this underground structure could withstand quite the beating. Between the container, the roofing, the beams, and the concrete, he definitely accomplished that goal. Planning sure makes everything better, doesn’t it?
Once the surrounding concrete had dried, Wayne added even more cinder blocks to the entryway. No corner was going to be cut in this project, and he was determined to see it through to the very end. Finally, Wayne was getting close to that point. Well, almost to that point, anyway…
Here is a great view of the progress that Wayne had made in the entryway. The stairs, beams, and cinder blocks all made quite the team, as they all formed a seriously sturdy frame. All of the heavy lifting had been worth it in the end. Wayne sure knew what he was doing, that much is certain!
Covering it all up with dirt almost makes it look like a different piece of land entirely. Maybe he could grow a garden over top of it and really make use of all that space! Either way, Wayne was nearing the end and everything was looking great!
Wine is a great choice for any underground bunker! That is one seriously amazing wine cellar, Wayne! That, however, is not all that he expected to use the space for. He had plans beyond the spirits, and they were just as fun! Get ready to see the final product.
In the event of some sort of natural disaster, the shelter portion could come in handy. Otherwise, everyone could use some extra space to store things, and this one is underground, so Wayne won’t lose any yard space to it, really. That is a great way to utilize your property!
These sort of containers are designed to be stacked, so their support comes from the corners. If the container isn’t properly supported, it could collapse and be dangerous. So, follow the instructions this man provides, and you should be good to go!
It’s incredible to watch the whole process come together. One minute there’s an empty, old storage container, and the next, this man has a creation that is not only useful, but valuable. The possibilities are endless for how he can use his bunker, for storage to a place to escape.
It should be noted, of course, that if you really want one of these bunkers for sale in your own home, it’s probably going to set you back several thousands of dollars.
It’s no wonder, then, that so many people go far out of their way to build their own!
Frankly, this bunker here looks like a lot more comfortable, functional, and aesthetically pleasing than a lot of ordinary people’s living rooms!
It makes sense, though, considering that this particular one from Al’s Army Navy Store in Altamonte Springs, Florida would cost you about 60,000 dollars! It’s also 20 feet deep!
Much of this association is probably stemmed from the science fiction stories of the mid-20th century.
Yet it’s important to note that these stories came from a very real sense of Cold War-era paranoia. At the time, people really thought that World War III might start at any moment!
It may not beat actually being able to go outside your home whenever you want to walk around and live your life, but as long as you kept enough food, water, medical supplies, and other necessities to last you for years, you could certainly do a lot worse than this.
These bunkers are truly a testament to human ingenuity.
Even in places and situations where it would seem completely impossible to build something that would be strong, large, and durable enough to survive in for an extended period of time, smart, determined, and resourceful people will always find a way.
Out of all the backyard projects we’ve seen, this one really takes the cake. Imagine having something this awesome in your backyard!