I think each of us wants to live the American dream. We want a large house, a spacious yard for our children and our furry friends to run in, and a project that will make our neighborhood jealous. Well, Wayne Martin had a house and a yard and decided to launch a large-scale project to make his home stand out from the rest. So naturally, he began by digging a hole! While his neighborhood thought he was nuts, they quickly realized he had an ambitious plan for his backyard. It was pretty crazy what Wayne did with this giant hole, but it’s definitely one of the most marvelous projects we’ve ever seen!

1. What Are You Going To Do With That Hole?

When you see a hole of this size, you might think this guy is building a swimming pool. To be honest, even if it was just a large swimming pool, I think his whole neighborhood would be jealous. However, Wayne decided to fill the big hole with something other than water. After laying down some gravels, he brought in something that definitely didn’t fit in any swimming pool. Neighbors quickly took notice when Wayne moved a 20-foot shipping container onto his lawn.

2. Buying A 20-Foot Container

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So before Wayne started digging, he had bought a 20-foot shipping container. Surprisingly, you can find many of these giant containers on the Internet at very affordable prices. As almost any DIYer knows, one of the most important things to do is keep costs as low as possible. It can be incredibly easy to lose control of your spending and splurge on products you don’t actually need. The fact that Wayne was able to find such a giant container at a low price really helped make his project succeed at last. But why did he purchase the container? We’ll find out quickly!

3. Sealing It Up

The first step after buying his container was to seal it shut. Wayne sealed its giant double doors shut and installed a swinging door on the other side. Wayne didn’t just seal those doors though. He made sure nothing could go in or come out especially leaks. The other important thing he did was to make sure that the door he installed swung inward rather than outward. He now had a one-way entry point to his large container. Trust me, you will understand that this was necessary once you see what he did next!

4. Measure Twice, Dig Once

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The biggest mistake Wayne could have made was digging a hole that was too small for his container. So he made sure to make the hole at least two feet deeper than the height of the container. He also left about two feet of space on all sides of where the container would be placed, and extra room around where the door would swing out. Wayne would have run into some trouble if he hadn’t thought of that first!

5. He Lined the Bottom With Pea Gravel

Wayne also lined the bottom with a layer of pea gravel. This was incredibly important because the container needed a soft place to lie on while also being able to filter through to the soil below. At this point, I think you know what he had planned for the container and the hole, but what was the goal of his project? Well, there’s a reason that he wanted a bit of extra room above the container.

6. Sometimes You Still Need To Call In A Pro

Even though a lot of this project is meant as a DIY project, sometimes you just have to reach out to a professional. Not everyone has a crane that can pick up a 20-foot container and lower it into a giant hole in their lawn, so Wayne called in a septic tank company to do the dirty work for him. Honestly, this was a much better idea than trying to round up some friends to try and figure out a way to get the container down there. So the container’s in the hole now, but what is Wayne’s plan? It’s a little more intricate than you might think.

7. Fits Like A Glove

So there are plenty of reasons to make the hole a little bigger than the container, and it’s more than just a little bit of wiggle room. Wayne lefter about two feet of space on each side, as well as a few feet in front of the swinging door. Now that the container is in the hole, the real project begins. It might seem pretty obvious what Wayne has planned, but I guarantee the finished product will really inspire you to up your DIY game.

8. Every Bunker Needs A Sump Pump

So a sump pump is a piece of equipment used in plumbing that helps drain water out of enclosed spaces. This is a very crucial piece to the puzzle when you’re putting anything below ground. It allows you to keep your bunker above the water line, so you generally find these in basements. The last thing you want for your underground bunker is for a flood to ruin anything you put inside it. But what was Wayne planning on putting inside his bunker exactly? The answer to that question is coming up in just a bit.

9. An Entrance Fit For A King

Naturally, when you’re making an underground bunker, you need to have a way to get inside it. Wayne did the logical thing and laid down a set of concrete steps and made sure the top stair was at the same level as the top of his bunker. I think most people would prefer a simple staircase to something like a ladder or a fire pole to slide down. Now that he had his bunker in the ground and the stairway complete, Wayne could set out on completing the exterior and get ready to outfit the inside.

10. Everyone Needs A Support Beam

Wayne was very smart to install these two I-beams to ensure his bunker was as stable as possible. You probably wouldn’t think that a giant 20-foot container could move much, but the ground could easily shift and leave his bunker unbalanced. These two beams actually served another purpose. Not only were they there to provide support for the bunker, but they also acted as a frame for some of Wayne’s other plans for the exterior of his underground bunker. What else does Wayne have planned anyway? You’ll see in just a bit.

11. Is He Making A Roof?

I guess I didn’t consider that when you’re installing an underground bunker, you need to take the necessary precautions to make sure the roof is stable too. Wayne added a tone of framework on top to support a roof, which makes a ton of sense why he added the I-beams in the first place. This also helps show just what he has in store for the rest of the bunker. I’m glad he made sure to dig that hole a little extra deep because this looks like it’s going to blend in perfectly with the rest of his yard.

12. An Underground Roof

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