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#3275737 - 06/25/13 08:53 PM Shipping container safe room
Leaping Deere
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I'm planning to install an underground safe room in my new house that will be under construction within the next two weeks. At first we planned to build a 10x10 concrete room but this would be pretty expensive. I have recently been considering buying and burying a 10x20 shipping container. Either will be accessible by a small staircase inside the house so we don't have to go outside to get in the shelter during a storm. Have any of you ever installed either and what would you do different looking back. Pros and cons?
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#3275779 - 06/25/13 09:35 PM Re: Shipping container safe room [Re: Leaping Deere]
Redwing
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Don't know how deep your going, but I would consider the weight of the soil your putting over it. They weren't made for that.
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#3275798 - 06/25/13 10:09 PM Re: Shipping container safe room [Re: Redwing]
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You need to check with your local building codes. Some places prohibit putting one of those in the ground.

Better thing is to check out those pro built storm shelter and have them put it in with the house. It's done everyday all over the country and they don't cost that much.
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#3275818 - 06/25/13 11:11 PM Re: Shipping container safe room [Re: Wildcat]
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Most of the commercial built "storm shelters" I have seen are about 3x the money for less than a 1/3 the size of a shipping container.
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#3275832 - 06/26/13 12:33 AM Re: Shipping container safe room [Re: Leaping Deere]
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I wouldn't want one under my house. Eventually it is going to rust.

Is your house going to have a basement?
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#3276446 - 06/26/13 08:10 PM Re: Shipping container safe room [Re: farmin68]
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Sorry I meant to mention the staircase will lead through the outside wall of the garage. If I go with concrete safe room it will be under the house. But if I go the shipping container route I am going to bury it on the outside of the house so I can dig it up when it rusts down the road.
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#3276452 - 06/26/13 08:14 PM Re: Shipping container safe room [Re: Leaping Deere]
trealtree
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 Originally Posted By: Leaping Deere
I'm planning to install an underground safe room in my new house that will be under construction within the next two weeks. At first we planned to build a 10x10 concrete room but this would be pretty expensive. I have recently been considering buying and burying a 10x20 shipping container. Either will be accessible by a small staircase inside the house so we don't have to go outside to get in the shelter during a storm. Have any of you ever installed either and what would you do different looking back. Pros and cons?


I would seriously consider a formworks style shelter either behind or to the side of the garage. These are relatively cheap and strong once you backfill on top of them.

Scroll through the pics to see the process

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=...&type=1&theater
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#3276502 - 06/26/13 08:58 PM Re: Shipping container safe room [Re: Leaping Deere]
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Just a word of caution. My neighbor had a very nice underground concrete room included when he had his house built. He was planning to use it for storage and a safe room. But after a hard rain it gets about three feet of water in it, making it pretty much useless.

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#3276508 - 06/26/13 09:02 PM Re: Shipping container safe room [Re: TNCharlie]
trealtree
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 Originally Posted By: TNCharlie

Just a word of caution. My neighbor had a very nice underground concrete room included when he had his house built. He was planning to use it for storage and a safe room. But after a hard rain it gets about three feet of water in it, making it pretty much useless.


That's why I suggested the formworks above. They build on top of the ground and backfill. I have heard of the same issues.
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#3277480 - 06/28/13 12:24 AM Re: Shipping container safe room [Re: trealtree]
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Thanks for the replies. Keep them coming because I am going to have to make a decision and stick with it PDQ!
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