Your home should be your safe haven and your sanctuary, but it should also be something else. Home is a place where you not only feel safe but know for sure that you are because you’ve done everything in your power to make it so. We’re talking about double locks, smoke alarms, alarm systems, and sturdy fences – you know, the things that make you sleep better at night. Here are some things you can do to ensure that your house is reinforced and that you and your family are well-protected.
Dig your own basement
Basements are great because they are very versatile and can be used to build gyms, pantries, or even spare bedrooms. Of course, if you don’t have a proper basement but rather a crawl space under your house, you might want to dig out your own basement and prepare it for whatever use you planned. Crawl spaces are usually 5 feet tall, which means that you only need to dig up three more feet before you have a fully functional and habitable “room”. You should first asses the current structure of your home to make sure what you’re planning to do is doable. After that, dig out the basement and pour in some new footing that would go under the existing foundation. After that, simply excavate the rest of the floor, make it waterproof, and finish up by putting in a new floor.
Build a brick wall
Hedges are adorable and sweet, but sometimes you just want your house surrounded by a sturdy brick wall so you know that anyone who tries to trespass will have a hard time doing so. You can build a brick wall on your own very easily, and you don’t need to spend too much money either. Select your bricks first so that you know that the wall will last for a long time and rent portable scaffolding if you’re planning on building a tall one. SW (severe weathering) bricks are the best because these are made to endure direct contact with moisture as well as the ground. You can combine them with MW (medium weathering) bricks though because these can stand temperatures well below zero, so you can use them for the above-the-ground portion of your wall.
Burglar-proof your windows
Those of you who have home security systems installed might think that burglar-proofing windows is a waste of time and money, but it isn’t so. Some security systems only offer wall sensors and not window ones, so you need extra protection from those who want to break in without opening your front door. Buy and install an additional aftermarket lock on your windows even if they already have locks, and make sure you get window sensors too. Tempered glass windows are sturdier and more difficult to break, so you might want to get them instead of regular annealed glass. If you have the means, try getting plexiglass windows as these are impact-resistant as well as ten times stronger.
You can never have enough water supplies! Even if your tap water is perfectly safe to drink, it’s a good idea to install filters on kitchen and bathroom taps just in case. Digging a well in your yard is also a way to ensure that you will have access to your own water even in an emergency. Rainwater is also useful to have even if you’re only going to use it to water your garden and wash your car. You can easily collect rainwater for your garden by installing special rainwater collectors that even have debris filters and screens.
We witness the world changing for the worse every day, and with big threats for our lives and safety looming over our heads, it’s only natural that we want to do everything in our power to protect our family. Being worried about your future is perfectly understandable, especially in this day and age, and when you know you’ve done everything in your power to ensure the safety of everyone you love, you will be able to sleep peacefully.