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Woman Buys Old World War II Bunker, Then Spends 5 Years Transforming It Into Her Home

A lot of people dream of living on the coast, with the ocean as their view. In some areas, this isn’t as easy as it sounds, whether it’s the cost of the housing, location, or history of the area. This was the case in Land’s End, United Kingdom. Elizabeth Strutton wanted to live on the coast of Land’s End but was having a hard time finding a property that fit into her wants and needs. When she came across a World War 2 bunker that had been decommissioned, she had an idea. The bunker was used during World War 2 as a secret radar and communications post. It had sat in the middle of a farm for many, many years. The farmer would actually store potatoes inside the abandoned bunker. But Elizabeth had other ideas. Just wait until you see what she ended up doing with this secret treasure.

Welcome to Land’s End, UK. This is the place where the World War 2 bunker was located.

Woman Buys Old World War II Bunker, Then Spends 5 Years Transforming It Into Her Home
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When Elizabeth Strutton saw the property, she had big ideas and not a lot to work with.

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The bunker was used as a secret radar and communication post during World War 2.

Woman Buys Old World War II Bunker, Then Spends 5 Years Transforming It Into Her Home
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After being decommissioned in 1982, the bunker which was located on a farm, was used to store potatoes.

Woman Buys Old World War II Bunker, Then Spends 5 Years Transforming It Into Her Home
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The bunker was in pretty bad shape, overall.

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It still had a lot of the original equipment left behind from the war, but none of it was functioning.

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Here are a few of the power boxes and electronics that were used during the war.

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If you saw something like this, would you be able to see the potential? I definitely would not.

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Wires were left exposed and equipment was everywhere.

Woman Buys Old World War II Bunker, Then Spends 5 Years Transforming It Into Her Home
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Elizabeth definitely had a lot of work ahead of her.

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Even the outside of the house was overgrown and seemingly unmanageable.

Woman Buys Old World War II Bunker, Then Spends 5 Years Transforming It Into Her Home
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Would you believe that there is a home under this grass hill?

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Here is the entrance to Elizabeth’s house. As you can see from the outside, she did some work.

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She trimmed up the greenery outside, and added a few personal touches with her favorite plants and some potted plants too.

Woman Buys Old World War II Bunker, Then Spends 5 Years Transforming It Into Her Home
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This is the back entrance to the bunker, which she also renovated.

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You can already tell that she put a tremendous amount of work into this home and we haven’t even seen the inside.

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This is just the entrance, but you can tell that she added a lot of bright colors to the home since there isn’t a lot of natural sunlight coming in through the hill.

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This is Elizabeth’s living room. She added a nice comfy couch, and plenty of lights so it doesn’t feel like you are in the ground.

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One of the hallways leading to the three bedrooms this house has to offer. I would never have imagined that there was so much space in this bunker.

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In the kitchen, she added lights and bright colors to liven up the room.

Woman Buys Old World War II Bunker, Then Spends 5 Years Transforming It Into Her Home
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Don’t forget the pool table! You’ll want a place to entertain guests when they visit.

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The bathroom also has brightly colored tile, but it offers plenty of space for you to get ready in the morning.

Woman Buys Old World War II Bunker, Then Spends 5 Years Transforming It Into Her Home
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As you can see, Elizabeth can’t fit a lot of items into a small space but she made it work very well.

Woman Buys Old World War II Bunker, Then Spends 5 Years Transforming It Into Her Home
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She even has her own work area where she works with antiques and collectibles.

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Men and women probably sat here frantically protecting Britain’s borders during the war, but today, it is an inviting kitchen complete with all the modern comforts.

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Her bedroom.

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One of the house’s two bathrooms.

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They are now sleek and colorful after the makeover.

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A sun vent and satellite located on the roof.

Woman Buys Old World War II Bunker, Then Spends 5 Years Transforming It Into Her Home
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And thanks to the nearby Porthcurno BT tower, Strutton gets perfect wireless connection in her historic paradise.

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The bunker was made to resist a bomb but apparently not Elizabeth’s will to give it one of the most fascinating makeovers you’ll see today!

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Get a video tour of this WWII bunker turned home below:

I had no idea that there was anything underneath the hill at a glance, but who knew there was a home that has 3 bedrooms?! She did a great job with this renovation and really turned nothing into something. She had a vision and went for it! Plus she gets to live right on the ocean, in a home she designed herself with all the amenities that she needs. I’m slightly jealous of this house.

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