I have been kicking the idea around for awhile about taking some money and making a fortified compound on some family land I now hold the deed to. Its been sitting there for years, and other than the occasional hunting trip its completely unused. I would like to hear some ideas you may have on fortifying it?
Basic lay out is this. Its up North in the mountains. It has a small stream that flows on down the mountain, and a deep well that was drilled several years ago that still functions great. So my water is covered. It has a large flat area 3/4 of the way up that would be perfect for building a compound on, and maybe some small self sustaining farm.
I had the idea of using storage containers stacked on top of each other 4 high to make a wall around the compound. I know their sturdy, cheap, and insulated. Plus it would make a pretty decent wall for far far less than brick and concrete. I have several other ideas I'll add as the thread grows, but I want to hear your ideas too.
Containers are a great idea, if we talking large ones they are double walled so you can move around inside them, perhaps cut some peep windows into them. No Zombie would ever penetrate that, except perhaps the tank or hunter in l4d.
use two containes as a gate, don't forget guard/sentry posts/towers/sandbags, if you can drive all the way up to the property you can park the car all the way up, even possibly into the container.
Might also use a few containers and dig them down into the ground, use them as fridges/food storage and generator area.
Don't forget to invest in solar technologies and surveillance technologies, IR etc
and last note, build the house so you can look above the container wall. Look up medieval castle designs from asia and middle east. hm guess that's all for the moment
I've pics of seen storage container buildings. Some are very elaborate and if they are good enough for our troops to stay in I can't see that they are not good enough for a Bug Out Compaound. I believe I'd fence off the building area of the compound too. Keep out zeds and nosy assholes on the mountain. One suggestion. Stack your 4 or 6 containers in a wagon wheel formation and put a roof over the top of them. You'll have a central common area out of the elements. Use decking material for the common area.
I've been thinking about putting a Yurt on my retirement land until we build.
I like your idea of wagon wheeling it Prime, my thoughts were that if you kept them square you would have a stouter exterior wall. It would be a little easier to roof them that was as well. I had given some thought into using solar panels for the roof itself, it would definitely kill two birds with one stone. They obviously won't be able to generate enough power to run everything, but if they can run survaillance equipment for the day and night they've done enough. I do plan on buying a very large diesel generator that I can use in case of emergencies. I have been looking into hydropower since I have a swift moving stream running down the moutain. I could possible work the stream a little with backhoe and try to make it a little swifter. Ive looked into wind power. Small turbines can be purchased for a decent price. It would be worth investing in if your going to make a bugout compound. Between solar, wind, and water I think I could power all the needs of my compound for myself and those I would want with me.