Hidden Rooms

Hidden rooms – also known as panic rooms – can provide a safe retreat if your family is ever threatened by an outsider. A high security secret room locks from the inside while the secretive nature of a hidden door adds an additional level of security.

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How Much Does It Cost To Build A Secret Room?

The estimated cost is between $10,000 and $15,000 to build a hidden room. If the project is more involved it could cost $45,000 for a high-end room. 

Considering This, Does Every House Have Space For A Secret Room?

There is almost no possibility that there is already a hidden room in your building. They’re very uncommon. In general though, if your house is very large and has plenty of space to spare, your house will have the space necessary to create a hidden room.

If it is behind a bookcase, under a staircase, or even behind a blank wall, a secret space can be put anywhere in your house. Regardless of the size of your house, this is something doable for a general contractor like New Key Construction. The best thing is, you can turn it into whatever you want. 

What Is A Secret Room Called?

Hidden rooms are called “secret rooms,” “panic rooms” or “safe rooms.” Additionally, many people build hidden passages or secret tunnels, which are hidden routes used by people and goods to stealthily ride, flee, or transfer. Sometimes such passageways are within buildings that lead to hidden spaces. Others allow occupants, without being seen, to enter or exit buildings.

Why Do Houses Have Secret Rooms or Passages?

The hidden tunnels and concealed spaces were put to good use as a stop on the Underground Railroad in the 1800s. Nowadays, panic rooms protect the homeowners in the case of a break-in or home invasion.  Another use for a secret room is to protect valuables.

Are Hidden Rooms Legal?

Yes. There are no laws in the United States that limit the construction of a “hidden room.” United States Citizens are not required to “tell the US government” anything at all about their residences.  

In the United States and the United Kingdom, a limited number of contractors specialize in building concealed doors and reinforced secret rooms for private residences. These rooms, referred to as “panic rooms” or “safe rooms,” are secret, protected areas within a residence intended to protect occupants in the event of an invasion of a break-in or home.

The fortified doors and walls shield the occupants so that a cell or landline phone may be used to assist them. Steel, Kevlar, soundproof or bulletproof fiberglass panels can strengthen doors and walls. By covering it with panels that fit the existing walls or doors of the house, the door to the safe room can be covered.

Why Does a Home Need a Secret Passage?

Secret passages are hidden routes used for robbery, escape or movement of individuals and goods, often commonly referred to as hidden passages or secret tunnels. Sometimes, such passageways are within buildings that lead to secret rooms. Others allow occupants, without being seen, to enter or exit buildings. In the castles and houses owned by the heads of state, the wealthy, the criminals, and the abolitionists connected with the American Underground Railroad, hidden passages and secret rooms were constructed.

These passages helped the besieged kings, including Pope Alexander VI in 1494, Pope Clement VII in 1527, and Marie Antoinette in 1789, escape from their attackers. Criminals, armies (notably the Viet Cong in the Vietnam War) and political parties have used passages and tunnels to smuggle goods and people or to hide their activities.

Secret passages also have camouflaged concealed or secret back doors so that they appear to be part of a firewall, or so that architectural features such as a fireplace, a sliding built-in bookcase, or something else appear to be. Some of the openings are more elaborately concealed and can be unlocked only by using a hidden mechanism or locking system. Other closed doors are much simpler; a secret passage can be easily hidden by a trapdoor hidden under a rug.

Some of the houses, such as secret passages in medieval castles, have secret areas incorporated into the initial plans. The hidden passages of some of the medieval castles were built to allow the occupants to escape from an enemy siege. The hidden passages of other castles led to an underground source of water which, during a prolonged siege, provided access to the water.

There is also a ‘Bab irr’ in typical Arabic houses: a concealed door used as an emergency exit built into the walls and covered by a window sill or a bookcase. It is named after one of the six gates of the ancient wall of Aden (in modern Yemen), which was only opened in the case of a state security emergency. In modern Spain, there is Bab al-Sirr, regarded as the “Door of Treason,” in the Arab fortress of Benquerencia.

After the initial construction, other secret passages, especially secret tunnels, were often built. These tunnels, known as escape tunnels, have also been created as escape routes from prison camps or prisoner-of-war camps. Typically, these secret tunnels need a concealed opening or door, and may also include other deceptive techniques of construction, such as constructing a false wall. For a number of purposes, other tunnels have been built, such as smuggling tunnels used for smuggling weapons, illicit drugs or other contraband.

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How Common are Secret Rooms?

If you are a fan of fantasy novels, you’re probably well aware that Harry Potter is sleeping under the stairs in a hidden cubbyhole. Of course, there are plenty of hidden passages to discover there when he goes to school at Hogwarts, too.

All kinds of homes have been constructed throughout history with secret corridors, hidden offices, and out of plain sight storage spaces. The explanations for these hidden places are practical for certain individuals. Perhaps they’re afraid they’ll need a place to hide from invaders one day. Or maybe they have valuables that need a safe place for storage.

Hidden areas can be nothing more than a whimsical preference for others. After all, who would not want to be able to enter a hidden area of the house using a secret passageway? And who can resist getting a bookcase that moves to uncover a hidden room?

Here are some examples of fascinating secret passages from some fantastic homes, hidden rooms, and hidden storage spaces:

  • Commodore Frederick G. Bourne, president of the Singer Sewing Machine Company, designed a five-story castle on Dark Island in the middle of New York’s St. Lawrence River. Filled with secret passageways, Bourne used Singer Castle, as it is now called, to host lavish parties. Why the secret passageways, then? Bourne used to sneak out of his own events, according to legend, so that he could spy on his guests to find out what they would think about him when he was not around!
  • Doug Carlston, founder of Broderbund, a gaming software company, built a home that was like one of his worlds of gaming brought to life. Over 1,700 feet of secret passages and 1,100 square feet of hidden catacombs were found in the house. One will discover treasure chests, caves, and treasure chests by going through this labyrinth of hidden passages and even a “room of doom” that can only be escaped by swimming through a chute or jumping through a waterfall!
  • In 1710, a house was designed by Captain Jonathan Hunt in Northampton, Massachusetts. As a family hiding spot, he included a hidden passageway, because he feared attacks from local Native Americans. Today, the house is a residence hall on Smith College’s campus. College students enjoy looking for the secret passageway each year!
  • The Octagon House was constructed in 1856 by trader Isaac Brown in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. The 12-room house was constructed like a fort with nine secret passageways and a hidden room because, because the region was on the border at that time, Brown feared Native American attacks. The hidden tunnels and concealed space were put to good use as a stop on the Underground Railroad over time. They were an ideal place to conceal African-American runaway slaves moving north.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT Hidden Rooms

What Is A Panic Room?

If your family is ever threatened by an intruder, a high-security hiding space, often called panic rooms, offers a safe and almost impenetrable refuge. And an additional degree of protection is offered by high safety room seals from the inside and the secret existence of a hidden door.

How Do I Know If My House Has A Secret Room?

To discover secret rooms, passages and compartments, check out the layout of your home. If you find an unexpected dead zone or open space, there’s your answer!

How Do I Build A Secret Room In My Bedroom?

First step, give New Key Construction a call! A common location is to create a small extension in the space off the outer wall of the bedroom.


 

How Do You Make A Secret Compartment In Your Room?

First step, give New Key Construction a call!  We can create your own hidden chamber inside your home using reasonably simple equipment, materials and imagination.

 

Where Can I Find Secret Passages?

You can find them mostly in historic buildings.  Hidden passages, more generally referred to as hidden passages or secret tunnels, are hidden routes used by people and goods to stealthily ride, flee, or transfer. Sometimes such passageways are within buildings that lead to hidden spaces. Others allow occupants, without being seen, to enter or exit buildings.


 

How Do You Find Hidden Rooms?

If it is behind a bookcase, under a staircase or even behind a blank wall, a secret space can be put anywhere in your house. Regardless of the size of your house, this is something we can help create for you.

Why Do Houses Have Secret Rooms?

To keep the contents away from prying eyes and increase the degree of protection in your home, this room could be used to store documents and your family safely. For security purposes, in modern homes, secret rooms may include a concealed study nook or a panic spot.


Why Should I Consider a Panic Room?

If your family is ever threatened by an intruder, a high-security hiding space offers a safe and almost impenetrable refuge. And an additional degree of protection is offered by high safety room seals from the inside and the secret existence of a hidden door.



 

Are Panic Rooms Real?

Yes. In the homes of the wealthy, who fear they could be attacked by stalkers, kidnappers, home invaders, assassins or terrorists, real-life panic rooms, which security firms simply call safe rooms, are becoming increasingly popular.



 

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