How We Constructed a Hidden Room


Constructing a hidden library for my youngsters was a dream mission and certainly one of my favourite renovations of all time.

We labored with skilled contractors (this isn’t a DIY). Nevertheless, I assumed it might nonetheless be useful to clarify in depth the method of designing and constructing this room.

As with all mission that’s unusual, there was a superb quantity of planning and downside fixing that went into creating this magical house.

Associated: You will discover all of my room excursions right here.

Once we bought our house, it had a two-story entryway which is usually known as a “lawyer lobby.” It’s a trademark of a Nineteen Nineties McMansion.

You’ll be able to see in picture one above the way in which the entry seemed as you had been standing within the entrance door. In picture two, you’ll be able to see the way it seemed dealing with the entrance door (trying up).

The entryway was the one a part of our house with a two-story ceiling (besides the steps, I assume) and within the third photograph you’ll be able to see the way it seemed from the second ground.

If you’re taking a look at these pictures pondering, “Why would you ever change this,” I fully perceive. The primary time we seen the house I keep in mind liking these particulars—it was not one thing I anticipated altering at first.

After residing within the house for about six months and I used to be planning the renovations for the residing areas, I started to think about closing off the two-story entryway. The principle purpose was that the entryway had a bizarre vibe that didn’t attraction to me and it was troublesome to brighten.

The downstairs ceilings are actually excessive, so I used to be not involved in regards to the entry feeling low (it nonetheless feels nice). Additionally, our house will get a whole lot of pure mild from our many sliding doorways within the residing areas, so I used to be prepared to half with some pure mild.

Right here’s the way it seemed on building day. I keep in mind being so nervous and having that “no turning again” feeling. It was so surreal strolling on the brand new ground for the primary time.

After the ground was added, we drywalled the ceiling and added electrical. Then, we had wooden floors added within the new room upstairs. The brand new room upstairs didn’t hook up with some other rooms—it connects to a lobby on the prime of our stairs.

I had a whole lot of enjoyable planning what we may use the hidden room for. It’s the measurement of a walk-in closet, so I needed to discover a use for it that labored for that measurement.

We may have left it open with an arched opening or one thing, however I made a decision that hiding the door with an armoire (like Narnia) was a once-in-a-lifetime alternative that I couldn’t go up. I beloved the concept of getting a singular room that may be a full shock.

Subsequent, I went looking for an armoire. I shopped classic armoires for a number of months. I needed the most important measurement that would match nicely in our house, so I shopped primarily based on these measurements.

Most classic armoires have a whole lot of drawers and stuff inside, so I seemed for one which was a easy boring closet inside. I discovered one on Etsy.

After the armoire arrived to our house, we began the method of constructing it into the house. We determined to construct it into the wall in order that it didn’t have a lot depth and wouldn’t impede the touchdown room door.

We additionally needed to take away the legs (this was heartbreaking) due to the constrains of creating it match into this nook with a roofline that was not versatile.

Ultimately, I’m thrilled with the way it seems to be! You’ll be able to see the total hidden library tour right here. To make it look extra built-in, we added a busy floral wallpaper. Lastly, we lower a functioning door into the again of the armoire and added a deal with on the within.

Now when folks stroll into this room for the primary time, I can inform they’ve NO concept that the armoire is a doorway and it’s my youngsters’s favourite celebration trick to point out folks for the primary time.

Sources: Comparable Wallpaper / Augustine Evans Artwork Print / William Cleary Artwork Print (each artwork prints are by Janet Hill) / Arched Mirror / Rattan Lamp

Price range Sources: Wallpaper / Arched Mirror / Rattan Lamp

Please step inside!

Right here’s what the within seems to be like. We added built-in cabinets on either side after which painted your entire room the colour “Silent Movie” by Behr.

My older daughter is studying to learn, and it’s been the happiest 12 months making recollections on this house and accumulating books for them to take pleasure in now and in years to come back.

Sources: Star Chart Artwork / Harry Potter Customized Artwork / Handful of Stars PrintMoon and Stars PrintShadow Puppets Print / Chair

The rug and chandelier are each classic from Etsy.

When you have any further feedback, I’m pleased to reply them.


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