(InformingNews.com) – People are always looking for a way to hide certain items. What many of us might not realize is sometimes the best hiding spots can be in plain sight. Now, creating a hideout in plain sight might be a little more challenging, but it certainly isn’t impossible. Read on to find out how you can accomplish this task.
To get started, you first need to figure out where to place your hideout; typically a garage or large shed is ideal. Once you’ve got where your base of operations will be, it’s time to look at making some upgrades. Garages and sheds aren’t exactly what you’d consider fortified, so you’ll need to add reinforcements to the structure.
Also, understand that sheds and garages are typically not insulated very well, so you’ll need to focus on better insulating the structure as well. After all, it may be necessary to stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
Insulation is much more important to survival than most people probably realize. Without it you won’t stand a chance against the elements. The good news is that insulating your structure is a piece of cake. All you need to do is buy the proper filling and line your walls, ceilings and floors as desired. Also, be sure to seal any gaps and cracks that may let heat in or out of your structure.
An HVAC system may also be added to your bunker-in-the-making. Understandably, many building codes don’t allow for a garage to be directly connected to a house’s HVAC system if it allows air to flow freely between the house and the garage. So, if you desire to have an HVAC unit, which would be a good idea, you’ll need it to be on its own system.
The next step is to strengthen the walls of your structure, which is easier said than done. While not a difficult task, it can be time-consuming and labor-intensive. Your garage or shed is likely not the most secure structure on your property. Yet, with some elbow grease and the right materials, these structures can make effective bunkers.
Your biggest concerns should be that of rioters, looters and other forms of civil unrest. You may even need to worry about the possibility of flying projectiles, namely bullets. One of the best and most cost-effective ways to not only reinforce your walls, but make them bulletproof as well, is to use sandbags.
These bags are relatively cheap and easy to store when they’re empty, but they’re also ready to fill and use at a moment’s notice. Of course, you may need to stack quite a few of them together to get the desired height. Not only will the sandbags provide reinforcement and bulletproofing, but they will also add insulation to your structure.
Another option for bulletproofing your structure is through the use of bulletproof sheeting, which hangs on the wall just as drywall would. Unfortunately, these sheets tend to be rather expensive at $13 to $50 per square foot, and they also have very few insulating properties.
Just because you’re building a hideout doesn’t mean it has to be uncomfortable. After all, there are plenty of luxurious bunkers out there. Of course, these structures cost millions of dollars — but you don’t need that much money to create a comfy and cozy bunker to hide out in. You’re looking at possibly spending large amounts of time in this structure, so make it worth your while.
One easy way to make sure you’re comfy is to use the space you have available efficiently. You certainly don’t want to be all cramped up. When you’re comfortable, you can relax and rest better, which is important but often overlooked.
Just as important as the rest of the items on this list, security isn’t to be done half-heartedly. You put a lot of work into this project, and you don’t want anyone to threaten you, your structure or your supplies. The use of a shotgun, handgun and even possibly a rifle is recommended. Of course, you could opt to use all three, as each has its own purposes. Also, be sure to have plenty of ammo!
Shelter is important, but remember that you also need food and water. Be sure to have enough for at least 3 weeks, as recommended by experts. As you can see, you don’t need to be a millionaire to make a bunker, and you certainly don’t have to let your neighbors know what you’re up to. Actually, it’s probably best that you don’t.
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