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Old Missile Silos as
Underground Homes

Old, decommissioned missile silos as underground homes are a great example of how something that falls into the category of no longer useful can be turned around.

Old missile silo as underground home

Before certain technological advancements, many governments built underground complexes to house their missiles during the Cold War.

The Purpose of Repurposing ...

These missile silos have largely been emptied and abandoned since potential enemies now have the ability to track one another's missile locations. All over the world, these silos have sat unused for decades. Now however there is a growing trend to turn them into something different, underground residences for everyday citizens. The main problem with this in the United States is that the number of available silos is quickly decreasing.

There are some disadvantages to taking on an underground silo. For one thing, there is only one door and it may require significant repairs if it stops working correctly. For another thing, any structure that has sat for a number of years is going to require renovations. Because the missile sites are in a class of their own, the repairs and upkeep can be unfamiliar.

Testing Positive ...

On the positive side, there are a number of advantages that favor the purchase and inhabitance of an underground abode that was built by the government to protect its missile collection. The initial investment per square feet is usually cheap. Also, the upkeep will be substantially less than that of an aboveground residence. Since the majority sits below the surface, exterior maintenance is mainly landscaping if the owners wish to make the outside more appealing.

Missile Silo Home

Of course, a house-like structure can be built as a sort of cover for the silo entrance. (Airstrips are also a popular commodity for missile silo owners.) For the creatively inclined, the interior can be a virtually blank canvas. If one does not wish to take on the project, there are silos on the market that have already been rejuvenated. The cost of a renovated site can be moderately priced, while an untouched site will have a much lower price tag.

Anyone looking for a home that is extremely weather and disaster resistant will find a winner in an underground silo. The government put some of the best possible construction work and materials into the erection of these structures. After all, the missiles needed to be protected from anything that might cause them to react to the environment in an undesirable way.

Protected by Charles Atlas ...

Each location was given a rating of Atlas A through F, with any F structure being considered the sturdiest. Another encouraging aspect of living in structures that were meant to stand against enemy attacks is that one can feel quite safe when one is at home.

Interior of a Missile Silo Home in Upstate New York

In addition to protection from the extreme elements, persons in these residences will also be protected from acts of war to a large extent. Some say that a decommissioned missile silo is the ultimate preppers paradise where with a little modification this fortress can be a home.

Conclusion ...

The United States is currently the most popular location for taking up residence in missile silo underground homes, but some of the other countries with decommissioned nukes may soon follow.


Written by Kevin Knatloa

First Published on November 05, 2012

Updated November 22, 2013