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Old 10-20-2016, 08:58 PM
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I understand what noahma is proposing, and I have considered doing the exact same thing. As a possible option to avoid compromising the foundation of the existing structure, in my case, a 1 1/2 bedroom A-FRAME house built on a slab foundation. I wanted to add a small storeage cellar/storm shelter as close to the house as I can, but not so close that it would compromise the house. The only other structure around, is an 8' × 8' small shed that's supported by six beams each separately concreted in the ground, and not by much concrete. I don't know if there's a technical term for that, other than cheap or crappy.
Any way, I would like to know how far from the house is recommended, and how deep is necessary to go down? There is a slope about 50 feet in the opposite direction that descends at maybe a 45 degree angle, and the soil is mostly rocks and roots. The shelter I'm considering would be maybe 8 ×8 and just high enough to stand in. Thanks.
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Old 10-26-2016, 12:21 PM
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Like me you're a newcomer to the forums, but unlike me you don't have the intelligence to google a storm shelter company & ask them!!!

You're welcome!
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Old 10-29-2016, 08:08 PM
Location: Rogersville, MO
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Please forgive Ozarkite’s unnecessary sarcastic comment.

I’m not sure who noahma is but I’m guessing you are referring to this thread?

My husband is a senior structural/civil engineer. He speaks technical terms/statements so I’ll try to explain as best as I understood. He stated that it is doable to construct a concrete celler/storm shelter as close to the house as you desire. However, Greene and Christian counties may have specific and stricter regulations. It is also dependent on the soil, among other things.

Not knowing what county you reside in, he strongly suggests that you contact both the county building and an experienced (licensed) storm shelter builder.

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