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Evening all,

Iíve just joined this excellent forum whilst googling for some information on greenhouse heat sinks. Anyway, Iím currently renovating my back garden and in the process came across a reinforced concrete WW2 air raid shelter. It was built completely below ground level and still has the stepped access. Itís 7íx 7í with a headroom of 6í6Ē. I want to bring it back into use and would be interested to hear some suggestions from anyone on how best to utilise this within my garden. Iíve read a bit about root cellars but open to any ideas whether it be storage of preserves, home made wine / beer.

The missus is a little concerned Iíve become distracted with the find rather than getting on with sorting the rest of the garden out so need some quality ideas that will put here mind at rest, please 😁

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Re: New member and some advice on underground storage...
« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2020, 21:27 »
Welcome to the forums and wow, what a find in your garden! I can see why you might get a little excited by it.

One of the problems with such a type of underground storage is keeping it dry and any rainwater run-off out of it.  Will that be possible with your shelter, do you think?  The amount of damp, and whether there is air circulation, might place restrictions on its usage.
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Re: New member and some advice on underground storage...
« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2020, 22:01 »
It's amazing what some people find, all |'ve ever found is an old rusty bike and some horse shoes - plus the usual pet's bones and old tools that someone lost in the past :)
If it stays dry I'd just use it as my garden shed/wine cellar  ;)
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Re: New member and some advice on underground storage...
« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2020, 23:06 »
Mushrooms and forced rhubarb comes to my mind.
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Re: New member and some advice on underground storage...
« Reply #4 on: June 30, 2020, 23:07 »
All I see is an epic man cave :)

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Re: New member and some advice on underground storage...
« Reply #5 on: July 01, 2020, 20:24 »
Welcome to the forums and wow, what a find in your garden! I can see why you might get a little excited by it.

One of the problems with such a type of underground storage is keeping it dry and any rainwater run-off out of it.  Will that be possible with your shelter, do you think?  The amount of damp, and whether there is air circulation, might place restrictions on its usage.

Thanks, Yorkie. It looks like the shelter steps were fully covered until it was reduced to ground level and Iím planning to re-cover them again but not so itís too imposing in the garden. There is a vent at the top of the shelter but not sure if that would allow sufficient air circulation depending on its eventual use.

The walls were all in good nick when I got into the main shelter after being closed up for probably 60-70 years.

Iíll be running power back in which will give me some other options.

Re: New member and some advice on underground storage...
« Reply #6 on: July 25, 2020, 10:03 »
All I see is an epic man cave :)

I concur!

I would sort out the ventilation and restore it, popping some 40's themed decor in there. Amazing piece of history, that.



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