4 Ways to Use a Secret Room in Your Custom Home

September 15, 2016

As a child, a lot of us dreamed of finding a secret room in our home, much like the Chronicles of Narnia series details. Now that you’re an adult and building your custom home, you can make that dream a reality! Here are a few ways to use a secret room in your custom home:

1. Playroom

A secret room is perfect for a kids’ playroom! Not only is a playroom one of the family-friendly custom home design ideas, but making it a secret room will give them a sense of mystery and wonder.

As you plan out your building plans, consider adding the secret room in between two bedrooms. That way, your children will have a secret room close by. If that’s not possible, consider designating space under a staircase as the kids’ play area.

Bonus: This secret room is ideal for a kids’ playroom because it can easily be hidden away if the room gets too messy!

2. Reading Nook

If you’re a book lover and avid reader, what could be better than a secret book and reading room? There’s nothing quite like escaping into your own little world while you read. Even making a small closet or storage unit a book nook can be just what your family needs to understand the endless adventures of reading.

If you are building a new home, this is the perfect time to create a small reading nook away from the rest of the world. You have the freedom to decide whatever size, shape, or theme you want it to be, and there are many reading nook ideas. There are plenty of homes with secret spots and contractors are always happy to work out plans for your own little reading escape. Just be sure to be specific and communicate what you want!

3. Wine Cellar

A wine cellar is a great addition to a home if you have the space and the taste for it and is one of the most common wine storage solutions. Wine cellars have always been a beautiful and mysterious place in film, literature, and art. Why not bring a piece of that into your home?

If you want to have a wine cellar, be sure the room is temperature-controlled or that it will always be around 55 to 69 degrees Fahrenheit. This will keep the wine cool and fresh. You may also want to consider the type of wood you will use to store your bottles.

White Oak and Mahogany are often popular, or you may want to stick with traditional Redwood or Pine. They will maintain temperature as well as the other choices and can be just as beautiful.

4. Hidden Storage

Every home could use a little more storage here and there. Figuring out how to use extra space for storage is one of the ideas to eliminate wasted space in your home. A secret room for storage can be the perfect solution to a garage full of decorations or a closet jam-packed with off-season clothing. Even if you have a small family or live on your own, it is amazing how much stuff you can accumulate over the years.

Finding storage for off-season items or family mementos can be conveniently stored in a secret room. This can be a great solution for clutter or occasional but necessary items. It can also double as another pantry if it is in a temperature-controlled environment. What could be more convenient than having all the extra appliances or entertainment pieces safe and all in one place?

There are pros and cons of hidden doors in your custom home design. Whether it uses a hidden door or not, these are just a few ideas of how to use a secret room in your custom home. If the possibilities of a secret room have you thinking about your own custom home, contact Custom Home Group at 717-284-4090. We can help bring your dream home to life!