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Wednesday, January 25, 2023

How We Constructed a Hidden Room


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

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

As with all challenge that’s unusual, there was quantity of planning and drawback fixing that went into creating this magical area.

Associated: You’ll find all of my room excursions right here.

Once we bought our residence, it had a two-story entryway which is typically known as a “lawyer lobby.” It’s an indicator of a Nineties McMansion.

You possibly can 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 going through the entrance door (wanting up).

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

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

After residing within the residence 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 primary motive was that the entryway had a bizarre vibe that didn’t enchantment to me and it was troublesome to embellish.

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

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

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

I had a variety of enjoyable planning what we might 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 might 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 move up. I cherished the concept of getting a novel room that may be a full shock.

Subsequent, I went purchasing for an armoire. I shopped classic armoires for a number of months. I needed the largest measurement that might match nicely in our area, so I shopped primarily based on these measurements.

Most classic armoires have a variety 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 residence, we began the method of constructing it into the area. 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 constructing it match into this nook with a roofline that was not versatile.

In the long run, I’m thrilled with the way it appears to be like! You possibly can see the total hidden library tour right here. To make it look extra built-in, we added a busy floral wallpaper. Lastly, we minimize 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 kids’s favourite get together 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

Funds Sources: Wallpaper / Arched Mirror / Rattan Lamp

Please step inside!

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

My older daughter is studying to learn, and it’s been the happiest yr making reminiscences on this area and accumulating books for them to get pleasure from now and in years to return.

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.

You probably have any extra feedback, I’m pleased to reply them.

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