At some point in childhood, we've all dreamed of a secret space - a concealed passageway, a hidden door to an undiscovered room. More and more, we're seeing grown up versions of these secret spaces appear in homes. Some homeowners want to hide away an unsightly room in their home, like a bathroom or closet. Some want a safe place for their belongings, or even a safe room in case of an emergency. And others want a private room or office for their own entertainment.
If you're ready to custom build a home, adding a secret room is a definitely possibility. But if you're not ready to take that step, it can still become a reality in your existing home.
Be Financially Prepared
Creating a hidden room is no small cost. Prices vary, obviously, on the size of the room and complexity of the project. With secret rooms being in high demand these days, companies can command a higher price for their work. Do your homework ahead of time and be prepared to discuss a realistic budget with the company you hire. Project costs can range from $10,000 to $45,000.
This is Not DIY
While it can be tempting to use Pinterest and Houzz for great ideas - this is not something you should attempt to do on your own. From room renovations to the doorway itself, this is work for a licensed professional. When done right, hidden space can add tremendous value to your home. If done wrong, you'll spend too much time and money trying to fix the mistakes you've made.
Work With What You Have
Don't think that you have to go through a complete renovation to add a hidden space to your home. A large, under-utilized closet or a spare bedroom can be perfect for your concealed space. Don't forget about using your attic space, especially if the entrance is through the main floor and not a ceiling stairway. We love the photo below, which conceals a laundry and utility room by creating an doorway with built-in shelves.