From Engineering on June 08, 2009 in Light Construction
Photo credit: lauranatclemson
If you enjoy reinventing your home, then consider all the things you can do on a smaller scale. The idea is to enhance your environment with something you cant live without.
Take for instance secret rooms.
Hidden rooms and secret passages serve two purposes; theyre fun and they offer security. This article isnt about building a secret room its about concealing an existing room with a custom bookcase.
The bookcase replaces an existing door and has the look of a built-in bookcase. It goes entirely unnoticed by your friends and even building inspectors.
A hall closet would be a great place for a built-in bookshelf, dont you think? Imagine the items you could store in a small room like that jewelry, cash, guns, you name it. Just imagine all the places you could put a secret door. Personally, I would want one for my sons room because its always messy heaven forbid a guest opens his door thinking its the restroom. Scary.
Theres never enough closet space for clothes (especially her clothes), yet some family rooms have built-in closets for storing games, sound systems, or built-desks. It would make a great storage place for clothes but clothes would look a bit odd hanging in the family room, no? This scenario just happens to describe my new house and why Ill be adding a hidden bookcase to conceal all those clothes I cant live without. It will also add a touch of elegance to my family room.
Another use is to conceal an office or home gym. Lets face it, we all have a room or two wed like to conceal.
Besides the fact secret doors are fun theres also the added benefit of security; panic rooms if you will, only without all the high tech bells and whistles and bulletproof metal walls. In an emergency situation, such as a home invasion, your family would have a safe place to hide (and call 911).
Speaking of home invasions, according to the United States Department of Justice:
- 38% of assaults and 60% of rapes occur during home invasions.
- 1 out of every 5 homes will experience a break-in or home invasion.
- There are over 8,000 home invasions per day in North America.
These are some very compelling statistics and good ammunition for getting started on your secret passage doors.
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