Integrating Above-Grade Storm Shelter
We are working through the design of a house, and one of the things we have been toying back and forth with is the need for a basement. Space for a mechanical room is one aspect, but that can easily be fairly accommodated for above grade. The other concern is primarily tornado safety. Michigan isn’t exactly tornado alley, but we do get a yearly warning it seems. We have historically gone into the basement for this, which isn’t an ideal tornado shelter, but it’s something. One thought was to create the walk-in closet as a wood frame storm shelter. Currently our plan shows this in the corner of the house with a window, door to the bedroom and pocket door to the laundry room. Doors would need to be steel and the window would have to go or add steel roller shutters to the outside.
I am curious what other slab on grade builders have done for a storm shelter?
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