Hidden Safe Rooms [New Residential Construction]

Safe rooms can be hidden safe rooms? [yes, they can!]

Hidden safe rooms...or just hidden rooms in general are pretty awesome.  But a hidden safe room brings an entire new level of awesomeness!  A hidden safe room not only offers complete protection from tornadoes, hurricanes, and bad storms, but also offers a place to stash your valuables or a hiding place in case of a home invasion.  

What is a safe room?

FEMA describes a safe room as a hardened structure specifically designed to protect its occupants from extreme weather events, including tornadoes and hurricanes.  All of our safe rooms (and storm shelters) meet and exceed FEMA's requirements as laid out in article FEMA P-361.  

Meetings and installation

We were contacted by a family that was planning their new home construction.  We met with the family, discussing their needs, answering their questions, and addressing their concerns.  After a few followup meetings, they decided on a safe room that would be built and installed on the concrete slab of their new home construction.  The home would then be built around it. 

It all starts with the concrete.  Without a solid foundation, the best constructed safe room is next to worthless when it really counts.  Once our structural engineer informed us of the requirements, we instructed the concrete workers on the rebar and anchor bolt placements.  Once that was ready, we placed the safe room that we constructed to the exact size needed, in place and bolted it down.  The home was then built around the shelter.

As the title suggests and as you can see from the pictures, the new home owners opted to hide the safe room.  Not only do they have a place to ride out a tornado or storm, but also a place to secure their valuables.  

Are you planning on building?

We would love to help.  Let us know what you have in mind and we can inform you of your options.  Not sure what you want?  We can help with that also.  

In Home Safe Room

In Home Safe Room

In Home Safe Room

In Home Safe Room

In Home Safe Room

In Home Safe Room

In Home Safe Room

Storm Shelter Installation in San Antonio, Texas – Part 2

Storm Shelter Installation

Part 2 of our storm shelter installation in San Antonio, Texas.  In our first post you saw that after getting on site with the shelter, we hit bedrock when we started digging.  Not an unheard of thing in Texas...and we was not unprepared.  Break out the heavy equipment!!! We've got to have our fun right.  Now, this bedrock has been here for roughly 65 million years but with the help of a rented backhoe with a rock-buster, we was able to make quick work of getting through it.  We was then able to get the hole dug deep enough to get started with installation.  

Storm Shelter Installation

Bring on the concrete! Once the hole was the proper dimensions and depth, we pour in concrete with placed rebar, and sit the storm shelter into the wet concrete.  This insures that the storm shelter doesn't float or shift...like ever.  It's there!!! 

With the storm shelter in the hole we are able to finish up the plumbing and electrical work.  After that is complete, we cover the shelter back up with the dirt that was previously removed from the hole.  A little clean up and we are done.  The only thing above ground is the entrance and the vent pipes.  I must say, it turned out beautifully.  And most importantly, this family has a safe place to ride out any storm, tornado, or....well anything else.  

In the pictures below, you can follow along with everything we did.  Also a few pictures of the inside...including the small bathroom

Storm Shelter Installation

Storm Shelter Installation

Storm Shelter Installation

Storm Shelter Installation

Storm Shelter Installation

Storm Shelter Installation

Storm Shelter Installation

Storm Shelter Installation

San Antonio Shelter Installation – part 1

On site for install in San Antonio Texas!! Installing an underground storm shelter that measures 7’x8’x12′. After getting started we’ve hit solid bedrock…not a problem but will take a little longer. Loving Texas!


San Antonio shelter

Not new to this

We are not new to this…promise!

We are new to the world of blogs, social networks, and modern websites.  What we are not new to is building high quality storm shelters and safe rooms.

When we first started F-5 Storm Shelters & Safe Rooms in 1995, we knew we had to let people know that we existed… and let them be able to get in touch with us.  So, we jumped on the internet train.  We had a website built and maintained by a local business that did a decent job.  If something needed updating, it would take about a week for them to get it done.  Over the years we had minor changes made to the site but it was still very… very outdated.  It looked okay on a computer but if you wanted to check it out on a smartphone or tablet…. well, lets just say it wasn’t pretty.  SEO… we thought that was the head of a company.  And slowly, over time, our web traffic started drying up.  What shelters we were building, we were building for people in the know.  People that knew of our reputation, quality, and attention to detail.  Not a lot of new customers.

In recent years, many…. many new company’s have started making shelters.  The market is flooded with them.  Some decently made,  but most… not so much.  But what most of them do know how to do is market themselves.  They have pretty websites and they are on all the social networks… and have been for quite some time.  So now the front page of google, where we once were, is populated with new shelter manufacturers.  To find us on google, you have to really dig in…. or hit the magic keyword combination.

So here we are with our pretty, new website trying to get noticed again.  We have started stumbling our way through marketing ourselves on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, and Instagram.  So while we may just now starting to come across your radar… we have been here for a while, and plan on being here for awhile longer.  Let us know if there is anything we can help with.  We are here to help… like we have been for the last 21 years.

Hello world!

We have been working night and day to get our new site built and live.  We aiming for very user friendly and informative.  The new site should be much more friendly for whatever device you choose to view our site.