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Underground Homes: Atlas Survival Shelters

Atlas Survival Shelters specializes in creating galvanized corrugated pipe survival shelters for its customers.

These are designed to be built underground with 1-2 bunker entrances/exits for emergencies.

They come in diameters of 8′, 9′, 10′, 11′, and 12′ and in lengths of up to 50′.

In addition, they also offer Monolithic concrete domes and shipping container shelters.

This is less tiny house living and more of a survival shelter but I still thought you might enjoy learning about it (I thought it was interesting).

Underground Survival Shelter

See the rest and even take a video tour below:



Rest of the Kitchen and Entertainment Center w/ Storage






Master Bedroom




Bathroom Sink and Storage



Storage Under Bunks






Another Bathroom Design You Can Pick (With Washer and Dryer)corrugated-survival-shelter-underground-0026

Underground Installation


Entry Hatch


Escape Hatch


Underground Shelter Design




Backyard Bunkers






Floor Storage




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  • Rosa Erickson February 6, 2014, 11:02 am

    It seems to be all-elecctric. I hope they have a BIG generator.

  • Mike Tabony February 6, 2014, 11:27 am

    Thank you for doing an underground house but I’d be more interested if they were set into the side of a hill with some natural light. What are the price range they come in? They look very expensive.

    Finally, I think the guy with the rifle at the escape hatch send way too negative a message for anyone but the real hard-core survivalists.

    • Alex Pino February 6, 2014, 5:30 pm

      I agree Mike. I’m not a hard-core survivalist but I still think this is just pretty cool/interesting. And your idea to build it on a hill with some natural light (windows, french doors, sliding glass doors, etc) would make it really awesome. Or maybe some tubes that go up and are disguised as an oil well or something on the outside to let light (and air?) in from the ceilings!

  • jerryd February 6, 2014, 1:27 pm

    Another fabulous product brought to you by the fear industry.

    • Byron February 6, 2014, 1:42 pm

      With underfloor storage for all that gold that will come in so handy when struggling for basic survival.

    • Jason February 6, 2014, 5:36 pm

      Throughout the rest of history many people took precautions of some kind, many were happy they did, it always puzzles me why so many make this an emotional issue rather than using a little higher brain function & going with plain old calculated risk avoidance.

      Not that I personally would go for a bunker, I’d rather be able to move, they still have their place though, perhaps you should note that the government seem to think them a good idea for themselves.

  • Byron February 6, 2014, 1:39 pm

    Seems like something that would be built and not used very often, or at all. Just too cold looking on the inside and not very inviting. I would have used more natural materials, but maybe that wouldn’t work underground. If I were to do something like this, I would prefer more of an earthen berm design, with windows on one side and lots of light. You would still be protected as it could be closed up as needed.

    • Alex Pino February 6, 2014, 6:06 pm

      I agree. I’d rather build it up on stilts with lots of windows by a bunch of trees.

  • alice h February 6, 2014, 1:40 pm

    A scaled back version might be handy in tornado country but you would have to be careful about water infiltration in flood zones. It’s a bit fancy for just a survival shelter and you’d have to ensure a good supply of power, water and sewage disposal. Might be a good place for gamers and rock band practise without driving the rest of the household nuts.

  • David Ridge February 6, 2014, 2:47 pm

    With this kinda a house one could have many pipe dreams.
    Back in the 60’s we lived next door to a family that installed one of those bomb shelters in their backyard. This reminded me of that.
    At camp we ever never had anything like this.

  • Jimmy February 6, 2014, 7:36 pm

    FAIL!!!! If they think folks can survive in a bunker like this on electricity their fools. One of the first things that would be targeted during a war would be the utilities. Then we have this big freaking door that screams “HEY!!!! We’re down here like fish in pool waiting to be shot” Not to mention the fresh air in the time of a nuclear war that would be needed. Good intentions but either not very well thought out, or folks who are jumping on the prepper band wagon trying to make a quick buck on people’s fears.

  • rich February 6, 2014, 11:41 pm

    Has it come to this? UGH!

  • 2BarA February 7, 2014, 12:05 am

    Frankly, this makes me feel sick. Who needs it? I’m glad camo guy with the rifle is not my neighbour. And this is “just in case”. Most people are having
    a difficult enough time affording a modest house these days. You’d have to
    be crazy to spend money on such a thing.

    • alan spinney February 7, 2014, 9:34 am

      lots of negative comments .what would you do to survive gas or nuclear attack ?withyour point of view would your neighbour invite you in his shelter with your your scofing at him or her,I think not good luck at being prepared.one ? where does waste water go. cheers alan.

  • 2BarA February 7, 2014, 1:22 pm

    Up here in Canada we do not assume that we will need to defend ourselves against our neighbours. What good would a rifle do in case of a nuclear or gas attack? If a big disaster happens, none of us will survive and who would want to be a lone survivor in a ruined environment? I agree with jerryd that this is a product brought to you by the fear industry.

  • dcrbuchanan February 7, 2014, 9:42 pm

    If you designed one of these so that one end was glass and stuck out of a south sloping hillside you would have a very cost effective passive solar underground house.

  • Clyde Jenkins February 10, 2014, 5:05 pm

    It really needs a periscope.

    • eugene March 13, 2014, 1:48 pm

      yes a periscope would be helpful and an automated defense system for when the inlaws try and crash your safe haven.

  • Eugene March 13, 2014, 1:50 pm

    Am I the only one that sees this as an escape route for when the inlaws come for a visit? install solar panels outside and have a light source to grow plants for oxygen etc…..

  • Brazjion March 15, 2014, 8:42 am

    Just curious..love the idea…However, would the “tube” collapse under the pressure of 20 feet of dirt? Would it rust? Flood? I like the idea of extra space and grow lights to self sustain a little longer.. :)

  • tom van soelen October 11, 2014, 6:44 pm

    If there is a time when the country or world is doomed–let me be the first to die. Who wants to survive a serious “DOOMSDAY” event? If society collapses that much I certainly don’t want to be around to try and “survive” and pick up the “pieces” of what is left of the world ! I don’t want to go back and try and live like a cave man in the “stone age.” Let me RIP ! LOL

  • Comet October 11, 2014, 8:59 pm

    A very very expensive Quonset Hut; surely jacked up in price by thousand-folds to cater to fear.

    All of the stuff in this place is bog standard off the shelf–cabinets; tubs; etc etc etc—tremendous WASTE of space first off and secondly—who is really BUYING these? And seriously thinking they are going to SURVIVE in here for more than a few hours or days?

    There seems to be NO radiation shielding; NO filters for gas infiltration; NO generator–and NO you are NOT putting it UNDER that floor OR in the “escape hatch”—the FIRST thing the enemy of Camo Guy would look for is going to be a HEAT SIGNATURE. Where are the giant tanks for gasoline? How exactly ARE you going to fire up that invisible generator? And the giant TV—are you going to waste your generator–oh wait!-power on DVD watching?

    No filters for water intake; no way to re-purify and re-cycle gray and black water—where IS that going to GO to? And how is it going to be REPLENISHED?

    Well now that we have saved you all a million plus damn dollars—

    This COULD be used as actual housing if sited properly—in Hurricane Irene underground tanks were washed OUT of the ground and washed into rivers etc. Would like to see one of these properly secured and actually well designed to LIVe in–this could be low cost housing or higher end. These culverts–and that is all this is!!!!–a large road culvert—are not that spendy. And please–don’t just sheet rock screw the cheapest cabinets and plumbing to the walls!

    Let these scared preppers and the extremely wealthy–whose wealth is in –what??? Gold? Stocks? Electronic “funds”? The REAL currency of ANY time is what I can exchange for FOOD; WEAPONS; CLOTHING and MEDICINE. That could be–other food; knowledge; items that YOU want that I can afford to give UP to get what you HAVE.

    Nope—interesting but simply fear mongering as presented.

    And not even well done at that.

  • Marsha Cowan October 11, 2014, 10:17 pm

    Ok…so you can’t have widows for “natural light” in a survival shelter of any kind because that leaves you very vulnerable to break-ins by the people who do not have a shelter and want yours, and your food, and other things, etc. Secondly, in a catastrophe there won’t be any running water unless you have a really deep and hefty well, so having so many water guzzlers is out of the question. In a catastrophe, you are not thinking about washing your hair; your are thinking about staying alive and protecting your family and your food source. There would be no electricity, and it would take a lot of solar to support that amount of electrical use and where would you put it except out in the open were it would be stolen or destroyed by desperate people who again do not have a shelter. Its lovely, but there were no huge storage rooms for food and water and lots of bullets, and even if there were, there would not be enough room to store for a family of 6 that the home was built for. Sorry, but this one gets my thumbs down. In a survival situation, it is best to be armed with knowledge about how to find water where there isn’t any, and what wild edible foods are in your area on which you can survive. Know how to set traps for small animals to eat, and how to build a debree shelter for warmth and safety. You would also won’t to know how to use a homemade bow drill to start a fire, and how to get water from a grape vine. knowledge is what will get you through a survival situation because every thing you store away, and even your shelter will eventually be taken from you, possibly at the cost of your life. It is not worth it.

    • Marsha Cowan October 11, 2014, 10:21 pm

      When a catasptophe hits, I’m ditching this bus, and me and my family are heading for the woods!

  • rusty October 12, 2014, 1:43 pm

    I am way to claustrophobic to live or even sleep in one of these . I guess I’ll be one of the beheaded .I’ve seen garages and shops built with half of the culvert out of ground .I’m sure there are some houses built this way .kind of fun though .

  • Kelly Libert October 12, 2014, 8:03 pm

    It is very interesting. I guess it would work as a tornado shelter. But, other than that, I have no desire to survive a nuclear attack or zombie apocalypse.

  • Catherine Hasher October 13, 2014, 2:42 pm

    Looks like it’s up to the purchaser of the Little House in the Culvert to figure out the clean air & water supply, power generation, waste disposal, etc., as well as whether the desired location has appropriate soil, water table, & other conditions for installation and ongoing livability.
    I like this for short term use. I love the idea of using a piece of culvert, which is meant to go underground. For the last 10 years I have lived in 2 different RVs, for which I completely customized the interiors, so I would definitely make my decorating scheme more “homey” than the photos show. I’d forego the energy-consuming amenities such as the washer and entertainment center. I’d want a radio antenna out there, and it would be worth the little bit of extra resources to keep a couple of green plants on board, to make the shelter seem less like a claustrophobic underground tomb.

  • Denise October 14, 2014, 5:43 am

    How are they getting air/oxygen down there?

  • Darrold Peters February 12, 2015, 7:50 am

    Look very nice. Are they good at surviving hurricanes and tornadoes?
    How would they fair at being in the ground in south Mississppi (Near coast)?

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