WWII Bunker Used To Guard Britain's Cliffs Against The Nazis Underwent Amazing Transformation
You've probably seen a lot of amazing home transformations by now, but this one has just leveled things up. For starters, this isn't just your usual old barn turned into a rustic chic home, or a unused garage turned into a cozy apartment. This is a World War II bunker used as a listening post in St. Levan, Cornwall in 1942, transformed into a fully-functioning home.
Take a look!
Located on the cliffs of Land's End in Cornwall, this WWII bunker was used to guard Britain's cliff's against the Nazis and served as a look out. It was also used to navigate pilots, spy on enemy planes, and protect a vital cable tower stationed nearby in Porthcurno.
The secluded dugout is camouflaged under the grass and shrubs making it very difficult to spot.
It was a very dangerous place to be as the Nazis would target any 'sap-heads', as they called these dugouts, to stop them from interfering.
This room was the old air circulation unit used to ventilate the hideout, which was manned 24 hours a day.
The bunker remained untouched for years until Elizabeth Strutton saw the former WW2 bunker in a Penzance estate agent's window.
The bunker was made to stand a bomb attack but apparently not Elizabeth's will to give it one of the most incredible makeovers you'll see today!
After the war, this bunker lay derelict for decades, only used by a farmer for his potatoes. From the outside, it doesn't seem to have changed much, but the interior has undergone a complete transformation.
A former property developer, 42-year-old Strutton, bought the dugout for £143,000 in 2007. When the market crashed, she sold her more marketable home and settle in her 1942 war den. She calls it her paradise.
"It is a magical fortress. You are at the end of the world and living history. You don't know what you're letting yourself in for when you take this kind of thing on, but I know I live in the best place in the world now."
The three-bed bungalow has a 23 feet of open plan living area. It has two bathrooms, a wet room as well as a kitchen and lounge. Beyond's Srutton's private drive and vast garden, is an open countryside with a soothing view.
Despite the orange walls, modern lights, and new carpeting, a veteran recognized the layout to be exactly the same.
Men and women probably sat in this room protecting Britain's borders during the war, but today, it is an inviting kitchen complete with all the modern cooking wares.
The living room comes with cable TV!
What was once a probably dark and dingy bunker is now a modern, clean, and stylish home.
And thanks to the nearby Porthcurno BT tower, Strutton gets perfect wireless connection in her historic home.
One of the two bathrooms in the house.
Looking sleek and colorful after the makeover.
A sun vent and satellite on the roof.
The home has purpose-built sun tubes that poke through the sturdy ceiling to let in natural light.
Strutton said that the building process wasdifficult. It took the renovators more than a month to get through the concrete roof to fit an emergency fire sprinkler. And since the whole house is under a three-foot mound of soil, it had to be insulated to curb any damp.
"It hasn't been done before so the builders weren't used to this kind of space. It took much longer and much more money than expected."
It took her five years and costed around £100,000 to shape the bunker into a fully-functioning family home.