An underground submarine for a home - WTF? On another page I've
talked about abandoned nuclear
missile silo underground houses and it's also true that some
WWII submarines were also built underground.
But, some inventive people have actually
turned submarines into underground homes for themselves.
Underground Submarine Home
A submarine is a multi utility watercraft capable of performing
various operations below the water surface. The submarines were
used with devastating effect in the two World Wars.
Submarines, during the World Wars were used for attacking enemy
ships, protecting air craft carriers and many more. As far as
civilian usage is concerned submarines are used for many marine
and oceanographic purposes, under water cable repairs, tourism
and for academic research.
What About ...
But what about submarine homes for civilians? In 1973, a gentleman
named Harry Neal, bought a grain silo, used for brewing beer and
eventually made it into a house comprising circular rooms and
metal bay windows which give it a distinct "submarine-like"
look (pictured above).
The house is surrounded by a pond and a hot tub and though the
design of the house has been altered to suit the requisites of
Harry but it has retained its uniqueness. The house can be seen
from the top of Mountain Charlie Road and the people around there
have named it "submarine".
Sink or Swim ...
Submarines can be easily converted into underground homes by
burying them or partly burying beneath the earth with the help
of a practiced architect. Such houses are also termed as earth-bermed
Since underground homes in general have a natural insulation
system due to the presence of the soil around yet there are those
who believe in providing tubes in order to let in natural, fresh
air .Although one might have to pay a little bit higher for the
construction of these homes yet when we look at their low maintenance
cost and the amount of energy one can save, while inhabiting these
house, we do not think that the construction of such a house is
One can experience the tranquility and the quiet atmosphere of
a submarine - underground house with a little bit of extra care
and effort. The other advantages include less chances of a fire
break out; insulation to sound that can be achieved naturally,
less chances of being affected by winds and storms. Isn't the
idea novel and unique , making us think about our plans of building
usual houses, that is, homes above the ground.
Pictured right is a submarine house
built inside an airplane hanger Lake Lewisville, Tx. It
is a novel luxury submarine house sporting 3 Bedroom, 3
Baths and 3 Living Areas.
Wayne Eyre in Canterbury, New Zealand had a friend take part
of an old submarine and make an ultra cool den out of it. The
submarine-den also has a working periscope. It is equipped with
speakers and sound effects to make one believe they are underwater
rather than underground.
Pictured is Wayne Eyre in his submarine
This does beg the question, however, as to why there are not
more large decommission submarines burying underground for homeowners
to live in? One would think the bachelors, Hollywood types, artists
and others with a penchant for the odd would dig this sort of
Also environmentalists who believe in recycling may also be interested.
If decommissioned missile bases can be used as underground homes
why not decommissioned submarines. Not all subs were run off nuclear
power as many used diesel. Sure, some of the small submarine homes
may a bit cramped, but then again using a sub as an underground
fallout shelter or place to store supplies would be another good
use for the vessel.