The Bunker & Basement at Brick House 319

I’m sitting at the airport and taking advantage of my “sit time” by writing today’s post.

Up until the other day, I called the eyesore 18×24 addition at the back of the house as the “shoddy” addition or “shabby” addition. A commenter described it more accurately as a “bunker.” How apropos! Yes, indeed! It was more of a bunker for Bill. He hired a local quasi carpenter in the early 90’s (I believe ’92) to build the addition solely for his expanding hoard. It’s windowless, but does have skylights, and is flat-out ugly. At first, it was a complete mystery to John and I.

I  did not enter the bunker until December, about a month after we bought the house. It was almost impossible to step inside so we stayed away from it.



IMGP2809The west side door is the only exterior entrance to the bunker. From inside the house, we can access the bunker from the original back door of the house which leads inside.

BEFORE PHOTO (Taken from inside the house’s main level and looking downstairs which leads to the bunker and basement.)

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AFTER PHOTO (boxes and makeshift ceiling shelf removed)

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From the main floor of the house (split-level), looking down the five steps leading to the entrance to the garage, the basement and bunker, this is what we saw (above “before” photo) boxes stacked on the left side of the stairs and to the ceiling. The wall decor consisted of more speakers (remember there were similar speakers on the wall leading upstairs to the bedrooms). At the landing area, the path became more narrow and it was dark. Quite frankly, I didn’t even want to know how bad it was down there. It was simply overwhelming upstairs so John and I both avoided descending down into the unknown. On the day we bought the house, John called a plumber to come over and take a look at the non-working furnace and that was the very first time he followed the narrow and dark path down to the basement. When they both emerged about 10 minutes later, the plumber had a frightened expression on his face. I said, “What’s down there?” The plumber said, “Every inch of space is taken up by floor to ceiling boxes.”


The east side of the bunker with a generator that supposedly is in working order.

IMGP2681An old A/C on the east side of the bunker which has been scrapped.

IMGP2704The skylights in the bunker roof leak. During the cleanout, Bill found a letter from his insurance agent dated in ’92 stating that the insurance agency could not insure the addition due to poor workmanship;  the agent suggested it be taken down.

Phone photos 931From inside the bunker facing the door leading outside. This photo was taken after half the contents were already hauled out of the bunker. It was impossible to take photos of the bunker (and basement) when they were packed to the gills. There was barely enough room to stand amongst floor to ceiling boxes and metal cabinets as well as more makeshift shelves suspended from the ceiling.

Phone photos 903 The basement after half the contents were already removed. There was finally some space to take a photo.

Stay tuned…






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