What Do I need In A Bunker?
The answer to that question depends on how you envision the future, and your current circumstances. What are the possible reasons that you will need a bunker? How many people do you plan on protecting? What do you want your comfort level to be? And so on. All of these things effect the budget.
Some Ideas I've Had
Okay so now I'm here thinking on how to go about something that would protect me and my family and ways to keep costs down. I'm an above ground kind of guy and have designed homes for 20 plus years, but this is very different. So here are some things I have come up with.
I need the entrance accessible to me and my family and to no one else? A hidden entrance comes to mind. It must lock and be incredibly strong. But how do I hide it and keep it hidden? The old sod topped stainless steel hatch comes to mind. Or hide it in plain sight using a tree stump as a cover. Either way I'll need to be artistic in the construction. I'm open to suggestions.
The Emergency Exit:
Again, it will need to be hidden, but this seems easier as this entrance will not be used as often (I would hope). I'm thinking a long hallway with several steel doors that I can lock behind me as I head toward the surface entrance.
This may sound simple, but underground, keeping things dry is very difficult. The entire structure will need to be vented and the exterior concrete walls will need to be sealed very well to prevent moisture in the first place. I think that a double seal coat where you roll on a thick layer of block seal, then start at the bottom with 40 mil rubber and overlap it 6-8 inched all the way to the top. Then do it again. That would need to be covered with 1 inch Styrofoam board. The vents again need to be hidden from view on the surface. Nothing says "I'm here and I have food!" more than 6 inch white PVC pipes sticking out of the ground.
To Be Continued:
Here are a few ideas I have had. If any of you have thought about your own ideas I'd love to hear them. I will take these ideas and build upon them in my next post.