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.