How The Couple Built a Submarine House for $20,000

In the town where I was born,
Lived a man who sailed to sea,
And he told us of his life,
In the land of submarines,
So we sailed on to the sun,
‘Til we found a sea of ​​green,
And we lived beneath the waves,
In our yellow submarine,
We all live in a yellow submarine,
Yellow submarine, yellow submarine.

Dreamer Keith Lovelock, a former radio technician, planned to do something fun for himself and his wife.

The couple bought the wheat silo for $1, which they discovered on the online auction site. Photo Courtesy of

His wife also loved the idea and was looking for something suitable for it. While browsing Trademe (an online auction site) one day, he found a fiberglass silo for $1.

After purchasing this strange item, they had to pay $320 to have it delivered to their farm.

This submarine house is really fascinating. It looks like it would be an incredible place to live. Photo Courtesy of Airbnb

Since the structure of the silo resembles a submarine, Keith Lovelock had the idea that he could turn it into a submarine. So when you look at the books and find out that it will take many years to build a submarine, “Oh my God, what have I done?” he thought. However, he started working with his childhood dream and realized his dream in 1 year.

The gray color that emerged after the wheat silo was cleaned was not liked by the couple, and the silo was painted yellow. Photo Courtesy of

After washing the silo, Keith saw that it was gray and decided to paint it yellow, finding it cold. The reason he chose the color yellow was the submarine in the lyrics of the Beatles’ hit song “Yellow Submarine”. For this reason, the green sea mentioned in the lyrics of the song was also the sequoia trees in his property.

A lot of recycled parts were used to build the submarine house. Photo Courtesy of

Keith started to build his tiny house, starting with the façade of the silo he placed among the green sequoia trees.

In the construction, she used many materials that he had before.

You can have a great time by experiencing the submarine house with Airbnb. Photo Courtesy of Airbnb

For example, he created a submarine deck by turning a spare jacuzzi into a sweat. He used an extractor fan for the submarine propeller. He added pieces from old solar panels, television satellite dishes, and airplane floors to create an authentic look.

This yellow tiny house was planned as two floors and recycled materials were used in the decoration.

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At the entrance, a kitchen counter made of an old dresser and a Chesterfield leather sofa greet you. In the radar room next to it, there is a table converted from an oak headboard.

The submarine house has a double bed and a single bed. Photo Courtesy of Airbnb

When you go to the back of the tiny house, there is a bedroom with 2 bunk beds where four people can sleep comfortably. Toilet, sink and hot water shower are also placed in this section.

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Upstairs there is only one captain’s seat.

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Keith estimates they spent about $20,000 to build the submarine house.

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The adventurous couple spent $20,000 on their unique house. They sourced all of the items they used for construction from online auction sites and it sure paid off! Photo Courtesy of Airbnb
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