Maybe he was in the business for an end-of-the-world panic place, or maybe he just wants a cool room to store his wine: Either way, Wayne Martin’s DIY project serves his goal.
Martin began digging a huge hole in his backyard, much to the chagrin of his bewildered neighbors. Once construction began, though, it was obvious that Martin had a much larger idea in his mind than anyone could have thought of.
In these pictures, you see Martin’s DIY project from start to finish, and the ultimate product is completely astounding.
Martin bought a 20-foot shipping container online.
First, he sealed off the double doors and established a swinging door on the opposite side.
He dug a hole deeper than the height of the container, adding a six-inch layer of peat gravel at the base.
Then, he hired a septic tank company to raise and set the container in the hole.
As you can see, he’s left space around all sides of the container.
Next, he placed a concrete staircase leading out of the space.
Beams were also placed, level with the stairs and the top of the container.
More lumber frame was added to support the roof.
To cover the whole thing, he used heavy, corrugated metal.
He left an opening over the stairs and enclosed it with rebar.
Cinderblocks were placed on top and filled in with more concrete.
Two 12-inch air vents were attached at the front and back, along with some PVC piping for utilities.
Then, it was time to begin pouring the concrete.
Six inches of concrete, in fact — poured over the metal and rebar.
More blocks were then added to build up the entrance.
All of it was supported with temporary support.
To cover it, he used a high-quality soil.
Then came the fun part: Filling the shelter with apocalypse must-haves — including loads of wine.
All in all, not a terrible place to sit and wait for the world to end.
If you want to see more of this amazing shelter build, check out the video below.