questionsdo you want/have a secret room in your home?

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I'd be happy to have ten minutes alone in my bathroom without a dog, kid or spouse pestering me.

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I don't have a secret room, especially not a Bat Cave, so don't bother lookking

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That'd be awesome. I like the swinging bookcase idea. In my parents house, the attic is hidden behind a mirror, but there's a little handle at the top so you can tell it's a door.

I'd love to have a hidden music room/ studio/ man cave or something. Not so much as a place to get away, per say, but hidden stuff is pretty much always cool.

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I had one for several years. It was mostly a wine cellar, with table, chairs, couch, tv & stereo, lots of wine & racking. Also, I had another, smaller room attached to that one, for music related stuff (instruments mainly) along with some furniture, recording equipment and a sound system.

Now, I've opened all that up to make a huge living area in the basement for us, and enjoy it so much more. The hidden rooms were cool for a year or so, but it wears off. I thought about turning the smaller of the two into a "panic room", but decided I didn't want to live my life in such a paranoid state.

edit to add: The entrance to the rooms was behind a built-in bookcase.

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shhh, that's where I keep my wife chained up.

original poster has been watching too much scooby doo.

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@kamikazeken: No Scooby-Doo ha... just really bored and wondering if anyone actually has invested their time and square footage to one of these things.

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My basement was "finished" by the previous owners (very poorly) and there is a section that is about three feet wide that sticks out 6-8 inches. There is no HVAC stuff in that area (it has a drop ceiling so I can see above the ceiling) and no other reason for it as far as I can tell. I am certainly curious to find out why they built it that way but I worry that if I take it apart, I won't be able to get it back together again. It is the ultimate secret room...

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FWIW, there are contractors out there that specialize in doing this, so if you have something intricate in mind, you may want to seek them out. If not, most general contractors can do the work. I used a speciality contractor at the time, mainly because I wanted to speak to someone about what my options were.

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When I did my kitchen cabinets, I didn't want an awkward cabinet in the corner of the room that I couldn't access without basicly crawling into it. So on the bar, the cabinet all the way against the wall faces the opposite direction. I made the cabinet door so it matches the waynescoating on the back of the bar, and you'd never know it was a cabinet if someone didn't show you. I plan on putting a safe into this cabinet eventually, as I figure the best kinds of safes are the ones that no one knows about. For now, I'll use it to store board games and such

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@capguncowboy: No one knows about it? Well, except for the zillions of people that are able to connect your username with you in real life. Not counting those, sure, no one knows about it.

I have to say that, IFF I had a room that was meant to be secret, I doubt I'd mention it here. Or anywhere. For the record, no, I don't have one, but have had one in former places.

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@shrdlu: We're all planning on making our 'secret' rooms so well that no one would be able to find them even if they knew there were there. So, no worries ha.

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I have to construct mine out of pillows, blankets, and furniture cushions.

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I used to have one, but now I can't remember how to find it.

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@capguncowboy: You should meet Susan. She's really lazy... [http://www.kitchensource.com/lazy-susan/]

Oh, and it's "wainscoting".

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@rfsmit: Those don't use then entire space. I looked at those. Also, if something happens to fall off of the lazy susan, you'll be in the same boat as before. I like the way I've chosen to do it.

@shrdlu: I guess the 26 people that read the forums here now know about it. Fortunately, I don't associate with real people. They frighten me.

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I thought a room in my grandma's house was secret. Turns out, everyone knew about it, and you didn't have to crawl in through the drainage pipe after all. There was a regular old door on it.

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My room isn't secret, but it's "my" room. I built it about 7 years ago when I had to give up a spare bedroom that I had used as my computer room. Stepkids and grandkids moved in temporarily. It's about 9' x 12'. 3 computer desks, a TV, a Wii, a portable air conditioner, a small fridge, a microwave, a ceiling fan, and lots of shelves.

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Yes, Yes, Yes. This is just a must have in any house, and by that I mean it's not and I just want one to say I have one especially to random people on forums.

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More Nancy Drew, than Scooby Doo, for me. I have designed & built several pieces of furniture with hidden compartments. A couple months ago I realized there is a walled in space the size of a decent closet in my guest bedroom. Since then I have been making sketches and figuring out how to build the bookcase to cover it. I am sure it will end up with Christmas ornaments and the like in there, but it's a great place to stash expensive electronics & private stuff when out of town.
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If I told you it wouldn't be secret...

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Funny you should mention this but I just discovered a secret room in my house last week! Apparently my wife has been keeping it from me. It's just off the kitchen and she calls it the "laundry room". I have no idea what it's for but I do know there are some heavy pieces of equipment in there she keeps messing with.

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I would love to consider this - but permtting and local inscpections before getting a certificate of occupancy could make this hard to pull off. Maybe in a small town where no plans are needed for a permit or if you grease the right palms in a larger community...