Most people have dreamt about having a secret hideaway somewhere in their home. A place where they can just relax completely and not worry about being disturbed. Maybe as a kid you hoped that you’d discover a secret room in your family home that no one else knew about. It’s an exciting idea! And now, we can help make it a reality for you.
Building mancaves (or lady caves if you like!) and hidden rooms is an interesting way to make use of otherwise unnecessary space in your home. You can use them as a place to hang out with your mates, get away from the rest of the world, or as a bit of a conversation starter.
The most important thing about mancaves and hidden rooms is finding the right space for them. With mancaves, you want to select a room that’s away from the rest of the house for a bit of privacy. Sheds, basements and garages all make suitable spaces to house a mancave, and the amount of renovation work needed to turn one into a mancave will depend on the space you select. Hidden rooms on the other hand, can really be anywhere unexpected. You could even convert part of another room if it’s not obvious that the space is smaller than it rightfully should be.
Renovating these types of rooms isn’t too far different from any other room renovation or conversion. We’d need to look at the walls, the flooring, the ceiling and lighting, and the entry. We’d also consider the special requests, like a built in bar or cavity for a bar fridge. As with any renovation, all of this is possible.
The other important thing to think about if you’re building a hidden room is the entry. You want it to be special, and inconspicuous. Hidden panels are the easiest and cheapest way to hide your room entrance but you could consider something more complex. A concealed switch or lever in a statue, or bookcase might seem obvious but they’re actually very classic.
If we’ve given you enough to think about and you want to take the next step toward your own mancave or hidden room, contact us today. We can arrange to come in and inspect your home to advise you on how we can build you the mancave or hidden room of your dreams.
Think about some of the classic hidden entries from cinema when considering your hidden room entry point. Latches in bookshelves and statues are great hidden entries, as are concealed panels and fake hooks.
Consider your under-utilised rooms, or rooms that have a bit of extra space in them. It doesn’t actually have to be an existing room; you can simply repurpose unused space and we can build a room to suit. It’s better if it’s in an inconspicuous place where people don’t expect something to be there. For example, the space under your stairs.
This is debatable and definitely specific to your home. If you have a small house without any areas that aren’t currently being utilised (ie. space under the stairs), then re-purposing a room into a hidden room is not a good idea as you’re reducing your living area and it will likely be very noticeable that an area is ‘missing’. On the other hand, if you’ve got a large house with space to spare, a hidden room might be perfect.
How much money do you have to spend on rebuilding? Honest question! It’s really not practical to do a below-ground hidden room if you don’t already have an un-utilised basement. Don’t forget about your home foundations!