Missile Silos as
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
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
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
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.
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