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So why all the secret rooms?  It all started a couple years ago when Mark and I got to thinking about what could be behind these stairs: secret room rooms playroom playrooms bookcase door attic room over porch under stairs Mark had heard before that sometimes when people built homes, they would attach a gold coin under the first stair for good luck.  We figured, if nothing else, that there was some unused space under those stairs so we might as well open them up to see. No coin…but we gained storage space.  That is, until our kids got a little older and we started thinking… Maybe we could sweep it out a bit.  Maybe a nice coat of paint.  Since we did that, we might as well add carpet.  Now it’s looking kind of cool….rope lights, strobe light, black light, t.v., dvd player….Okay, things got a bit out of hand.  :)To make it even cooler, we wanted to make sure that the entrance (in the dining room closet) wasn’t instantly obvious. Mark set about designing a door that looked like a regular part of the back of the closet. secret room rooms playroom playrooms bookcase door attic room over porch under stairs secret room rooms playroom playrooms bookcase door attic room over porch under stairs secret room rooms playroom playrooms bookcase door attic room over porch under stairs  

Not long after this, Mark’s wheels started turning again.  In one of the bedrooms we had a “little door”.  It looked really out of place and was basically an access to a small space under our attic stairs.  Mark became determined to disguise this door and came up with the “bookcase plan”:

 

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secret room rooms playroom playrooms bookcase door attic room over porch under stairs

 

secret room rooms playroom playrooms bookcase door attic room over porch under stairsWe threw some carpet and a light in there and called it a day.  Soon we’ll fix up the walls.  On some we’ll put chalkboard paint, and the others will have dry erase.  There’s enough space in there for Ben to set up his trains and keep the mess out of his bedroom.


So, that was it, UNTIL….

 

the-balcony-turned-into-a-bathroom remodeling project.  Mark had to tear out quite a bit of lathe and plaster only to discover an opening that was above our front porch.  We kind of shrugged it off at first figuring the shower would block that space anyway.  After observing how roomy it was, we did a little more assessment of the space and realized that part of the space went up against the back of Nathan’s closet.  Secret room #3 was born:

 

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secret room rooms playroom playrooms bookcase door attic room over porch under stairs

secret room rooms playroom playrooms bookcase door attic room over porch under stairs

 

This room will house Nathan’s lego table and will hopefully contain the Lego pieces out of sight.



By this time, we were hooked.  We had already planned a secret room for the attic specially made for Jordyn.  (Because, alas, the poor girl was the only child without a secret room attached to her bedroom.)  We had a space that was cut off from the rest of the attic by the stairs.  Since it was awkward to reach anyway, we came up with plans for secret room #4:

 

secret room rooms playroom playrooms bookcase door attic room over porch under stairs

 

secret room rooms playroom playrooms bookcase door attic room over porch under stairs

 

secret room rooms playroom playrooms bookcase door attic room over porch under stairs

 

secret room rooms playroom playrooms bookcase door attic room over porch under stairs

 

So, what do our kids think about these playrooms?  They don’t think much about it at all!  They are so used to them that it doesn’t seem like anything unusual.  In fact, with our first secret room, we forgot to tell our babysitter about it.  She went into the kitchen to fix dinner for the kids.  When she went to call them to eat, she could hear them but couldn’t find them.  Oops!  Need to add that little tidbit to the babysitter notes.  :)

 

We may be a bit quirky, but I would have thought this was the most AWESOME thing ever if I had something like this as a child.


Update:

 

I never expected this post to get the kind of attention it has.  In the process of tons of visits, we’ve received comments regarding  parenting, grammar, safety, and other less wholesome topics.

 

 

Some of these comments I’ve chosen to send to the trash bin but to avoid repeats, here goes:

 

1.  Our kids are very aware of our fire plan, and they do not sleep in the rooms.

 

2.  Our house is equipped with hardwired and interconnected smoke detectors that also have battery backup in all bedrooms, all hallways, and on every floor.

 

3.  Our fire department will be made aware of the rooms.  Thanks to those who made suggestions about that.

 

4.  My children do enjoy television (as evidenced by the T.V.’s in 2 of the photos), but I do not allow them to watch it until their brains rot.  My children spend exponentially more time outdoors and in creative play than they do in the secret rooms.

 

5.  One commenter has made some false assumptions about the community in which we live and the amount of money we have.  We are not rich; we did all the work on the rooms ourselves.  We are currently following Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University program, and are close to being debt free.

 

6.  Some other commenters seem to think this would be a great place to start an “agricultural program”…no thanks.  Not in to that kind of “agriculture”.  :)

 

We love that so many people are finding inspiration in this post.  We would like to see what other people have done to create cool spots in the house for their own kids so please share!


  • Life with Kaishon - I think this is SO incredibly creative. I would have died of happiness to have had
    a room like this when I was growing up. I just love it. I am going to put a link to this on facebook on Monday because it is so fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy - By far Jordyn’s room is the coolest – hello, pink walls!

    I’m sending you some info this week in the mail..ReplyCancel

  • Adrienne - Oh my gosh! This reminds me of one of the houses we lived in when I was a kid. There was a little door at the top of the stairs. The hallway led to my parents bedroom, but this little door led to a hardwood floored space that became our secret playroom. Of course, it wasn’t really secret, but we felt like it was. :) I love your hidden doors idea, and the babysitter story cracked me up! Who wouldn’t want to pull a trick like that on their babysitter?? :) Maybe you could secretly tell the sitter and just instruct her to pretend not to be able to find them, at least for a little bit. What fun!ReplyCancel

  • LauraLee - I had to share it on fb! Your house is sooo neat! I used to climb a tree to get away from it all – ie Pout! A nice hideaway would be great when you need to get away and regroup.ReplyCancel

  • cindy - Having seen these areas I was amazed just how mush room there was…sure turned out super!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jamie Riley - I love these rooms! How creative I would love that kind of space in our house. Great job!ReplyCancel

  • Lori - Mark gets an AWESOME DAD award!!!ReplyCancel

  • Karen - This is the coolest house ever. I would have used this for STORAGE! We had so little in our old house. Great job Andrea and Mark.ReplyCancel

  • Amy - How cool!! I love Jordyn’s secret room! We only have one place we could do something secret…. but I want it for ME… not the kids. Ha!ReplyCancel

    • Snezzle - Hahahha! Mummy’s Whine free Wine Corner!!! I hear ya!!!ReplyCancel

  • Blissful Babe - That is SO incredibly RAD! Jordyn’s room is the raddest of them all!! I *love* the idea! Now to search for a home with some quirky spaces and make a hidden room of my own! 😉ReplyCancel

    • Andrea - I think we’ve tapped into every possible space in our home. It’s funny what you can find when you’re looking for it. If you ever make one, let me know. I love seeing what creative ideas people come up with!ReplyCancel

  • caryn - we are just starting to do this w/ our house! I love the bookshelf door as that would work in my son’s room. Do you have any info on how you built it? how about getting lights into the rooms? did they already have outlets? there is not one in our secret room so that is up for debate as to how to get something in there that is safe….any insight would be great! thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

    • Andrea - Hi, Caryn! Your name is spelled exactly like my niece’s. :) My hubby is super-handy and created the bookcase to custom fit the space. I’m pretty sure he used a piano hinge on one side. The other side has a magnet plate that holds the door firmly in place. We also put a handle on the inside. I’ll try to get you some pics of the back of the door. As far as the outlets, none of the rooms had them, but my husband knows how to do all that stuff. We were updating our knob-and-tube electric, and these rooms were created in the midst of a huge remodeling project. My husband was able to get into the walls a lot easier that way. A couple of our rooms just have lighting that plugs in. We also have light fixtures in some also. I’m hoping to try to make a video of the rooms at some point. Maybe this weekend, if I’m lucky! :)ReplyCancel

  • Brooke - Love all these secret rooms! You are so creative with the space. And way to go on doing all the fun things to an older home with charm to make it that much more special!ReplyCancel

    • Andrea - Thanks! We love that we were able to make our house unique, and it really has created some great spaces for our kids. Plus it helps to hide the toy mess! :)ReplyCancel

    • Bright - I need kids room inspiration so THANKS! I’m septnaairg my toddlers into their own rooms because it is crazy of me to expect any sleep with them sharing. So I get to do a girl room and a boy room. YAY!ReplyCancel

  • Dot O - Drew, I remember you talking about the secret rooms! You guys are so creative and what fun memories your kids will be creating with these rooms.

    Now, grab your video cam so you can take us on a virtual tour!ReplyCancel

    • Andrea - But, Dot, then I would have to clean my house! :) Actually, I’m planning on trying to do a before-and-after video. Hopefully I’ll find the time soon.ReplyCancel

  • photowannabe - This is awesome. I came here from Kaishon’s blog.
    I’m really jealous. Would have loved having a secret room as a kid and I know my boys would have too.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - Totally and utterly jealous. I would want those secret rooms for me – forget the kids. I would want to hide out in there!ReplyCancel

  • Caroline (Frogmum) - Very Very cool! Of course in our house, all those spaces would be filled (I need all the storage I can get with 8 kiddos), but in the UK ~ that ‘secret’ room of J’s would be considered a bedroom ~ it’s huge! I would have loved all this SO much as a kid ~ maybe I need to get my thinking hat on ~ I’m sure there’s at least ONE space we could use…ReplyCancel

  • Nichole - Love these! We have the perfect spot for a secret room. In fact, after we discovered it I immediately wanted it to be a secret room for my son! Alas, the geeky other half had other plans and turned it server room or sorts.ReplyCancel

  • tigerGUY - Better served in this day and time by making a fully stocked “safe room”.ReplyCancel

  • Victoria White - Wow, I always wanted a house with a hidden room. I think they are so much fun!ReplyCancel

  • Steve - I made a secret room for my daughter in our attic when she was in high school. It was a big hit and very special for her. Since I am a heating contractor I put both supply and return ducts into the room so it stays fresh and heated. I also put in lights, plugs, and a phone jack. It is 12 feet long, 4 feet tall by 8 feet wide in the main part, but there are also 7 “cubby holes” made between the rafters. The room is carpeted and painted. I would recommend this to any dad out there. Your kids will remember it for life and they will have the coolest place to go with their friends.ReplyCancel

  • Hans - Am I the only one thats thingking that this is pretty cool, until you imagine yourself standing outside your house, on the road, with firetrucks all over the place. You hear yourself screaming “My babies, MY BABIES!” and realize that your house is in flames.
    The firefighters scramble into the house and reappear just as the house it totally ingulfed in flames. Their faces in despair, as they were unable to find any of your kids…

    I might be a party pooper; This might be a cool thing to do, but there is a great potential danger here, that needs to be thought about before setting this up!ReplyCancel

    • Andrea - Our kids do not sleep in these rooms. They are just playrooms. We have our house fully set up with interconnected smoke alarms (hardwired with battery backup). If our kids are playing in these rooms, we are at home and awake. My kids are all old enough and have been trained to respond to fire alarms by evacuating our house. Don’t worry about us…we are responsible parents who would give up our own lives before we would ever be found helplessly standing by the side of the road screaming “My babies!”.ReplyCancel

      • B - You should have your local fire dept come do a walk through just to make them aware of the hidden spaces. Just to be on the safe side. Nice work on this!ReplyCancel

    • Sarah - On the bright side, these rooms could also provide safety. The doors are disguised wonderfully, and in the case of an intruder in the house, they provide excellent hiding spaces for the kids until Mom and Dad can declare the coast clear.ReplyCancel

  • Derek - Wow! My kids are all grown up now so I’ve missed that opportunity. However, I’m sure there will be grand children in the future and this is certainly something to think about.

    Awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Tom - These are some pretty cool places! One thing I’d consider though. In the event of a fire ,just as the babysitter, fire fighters will no know of these rooms. Maybe make a call to your local fire station and set up a day were they can come see where these rooms are and they can include them in a pre incident survey. That way in the event of a fire they have the sheets that will alert them to the rooms whereabouts.ReplyCancel

  • John - I agree, this is very, very cool. When you’re kids, and more importantly their friends, realise how special this is, they’ll be the coolest kids on the block. (and you can be the ‘cool parents’ our friends had we were always jealous of :) )ReplyCancel

  • Party Pooper - These rooms can be very dangerous in the event of a fire.. Make sure you have all your kids before you head out of the house if there ever is one. A child might go to one of these secret rooms thinking it’s safe, and the fire fighters will have no way of finding them.

    Just something to considerReplyCancel

  • tom - big thank you for sharing your amazing house with us!
    I especially love the story of how it came about bit by bit.

    Just to quicly add (not as a downer) it is a shame that people can’t just appreciate what you have done, without being negative. As you stated, it is none of our business if you give to charity or make your children aware of fire procedures. Why can’t people just appreciate what you have done. I always think, ‘if you wouldn’t say it to their face, don’t say it online.’ And i would happily tell you what a fantastic home you have created for your family! good job 😀ReplyCancel

    • tom - and for safety…. imagine if a car hadn’t been invented and you were trying to invent one now with our health and saftey! flammable liquids? combustion chambers? exceeding 200MPH’s (i know not your average car… F1) You would get laughed at!ReplyCancel

      • Andrea - Thanks, Tom. Your comments were very encouraging. :) We wrote a post about this mainly because we think it is such a fun thing to do for your kids, especially if you have unused space in your home. (Our century home seems to have many spots like that…space efficiency didn’t seem to be the rule of the day.) I’m so glad you enjoyed the post!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - I think this is truly amazing and what creative minds you and your husband have (and kids too). My two older children saw this and immediately started telling me how we could “find secret rooms” in our home (sadly, there really is no place…..but they have pretty decent sized closets.. (ok, not exactly a secret room, but still…).
    I think its amazing!!!! and WHAT FUN.. Can you imagine the hiding spots during a game of hide and seek!!!! 😉 What fun!ReplyCancel

  • Ana - Pish ignore all those haters, no ones business but your own, the rooms look awesome! I’ve always wanted a hidden room behind a book-case full of leather-bound books, a stained glass window and a bay window seat to sit and readReplyCancel

  • Brian - I love what you did. At 50yrs old I would still love to have a secret room of my own. One thing that might be a help….and this is just a suggestion, A camera in each secret room so if you or your babysitter needs to see where the kids are they can see all 4 rooms at once and see and the kids would be non the wiser. They even have camera’s now that look like clocks or smoke detectors.
    Thank you for sharing your story and your great idea.ReplyCancel

  • JP'sMOM - Love these ideas!

    I was wondering if you could tell me the ceiling height in your pink secret room? I was curious to see if it would be feasible in our space. Wanted to compare.

    Also I love your responses to the unnecessary comments. You eplain yourself well. I look forward to being a regular reader! Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • Andrea - I just ran up there to check…this is a total guesstimate. :) I can stand up in the middle and have about 6 extra inches above my head…so it’s probably about 5’10” at its highest point. The knee walls are about 1 1/2 – 2 ft. I hope you can do something like this! I would love to see the results if you do!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - I think this is a LOVELY idea and do hope you don’t listen to the many negative people that feel they must rain on your parade to feel better about them selves. As a child, I would have LOVED to had any one of these hide out spots, and I’m sure your children enjoy them. As for the threat of hiding in one of these rooms from fear of fire, I find it completely preposterous. Children today do not grow up as we did, and are very much aware of not crawling in “holes” to hide from firemen. They grow up learning and knowing that firemen and policemen are there to help. Hardly do you ever hear of children being afraid of these things. Keep up your great parenting, and know that making something like that for children to use is something they will cherish their entire lives.ReplyCancel

  • Andrea @ Simple Organized Living - Wow… I’m a little late to the “party” but this is awesome! We live in a 120 year old farmhouse and are always in the process of some type of renovation. However, the minute we purchased our home we immediately started looking for ways to use up the extra space in between walls and funny ceiling slopes.

    Some day, our future children will have so many hiding places — and hopefully I’ll be able to make them as cute as you did! Bravo :)ReplyCancel

    • Andrea - I would love to see whatever you pull together. Whenever I see a big, old house, I want to go knock on their door and beg for a tour. There is just something special about century homes. They’re not built to use space wisely, but it sure leaves a lot of nooks and crannies to turn into fun spaces for kids! :)ReplyCancel

  • Sara - I think these rooms are wonderful. Seeing how much you care for your family there should be no question in how you can protect them in case of an emergency, such as a fire. I think in the future i might do the same for my family. It’s a great way to get the kids happy and thinking outside the box. That poor babysitter haha.ReplyCancel

  • Dylan - I just want to say one thing, This is absolutely amazing! You are both fantastic parents for doing this for your children. BUT… everyone of these people who has criticized you are mostly ignorant people who don’t have anything better to do.
    But i digress, i thank you for posting this because this has given me many ideas for places for my daughter when she gets older.ReplyCancel

  • Darcy - So cool! Your kids a freakin lucky ducks. I would have loved to have those cool little secret rooms as a kid!ReplyCancel

  • Ben - Haha, you guys are awesome. Both with the secret rooms, and the responses to the comments :)ReplyCancel

  • Nate - You’ll want to seal those back up before they’re teenagers. Kids and their hormones will find some unwholesome uses for those secret rooms.ReplyCancel

  • Gina - I don’t care what anyone says, this is freaking amazing. What blessed kids!! :) I know for a fact that my parents would have done this for my sister and I if we had the space when we were younger. Seriously guys well done.ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - The house we recently bought has a secret room under the stairs, which also happens to be in the same room we designated the “toy room”. Bonus! I was waaaaaay more excited about this than my girls were, although now that we’ve been here a few months they like showing their friends were it is. We haven’t started decorating the room yet, but I’d like to light it and make it a cozy reading nook. The rope light is a good idea! Thanks for sharing your rooms!ReplyCancel

    • Andrea - I’d love to see it! I know your girls will love it when it’s finished.ReplyCancel

  • Janice - Wow, can’t believe some people left those negative comments. These rooms are AWESOME. You guys are the best parents ever. If I had one of these when I was a kid, I would explode with happiness. This post has made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Thank you so much for sharing!!!ReplyCancel

  • JPM - When they are teens with boyfriends and girl friends you will seal the secret rooms back up. LOLReplyCancel

  • Pat - Beautiful job! Your children will remember these forever!ReplyCancel

  • Brooke - I had one of these secret rooms growing up and I loved it. We had a storage closet under our stairs and my parents let me have that as my own space. I would write on the walls and play like I was a teacher and just had so much fun. I’m 36 now and still smile thinking about my secret room. Unfortunately, some people forget what it is like to be an innocent playful child. Your children will love these secret rooms. I think all adults would enjoy having a little personal space as well. BTW- we did the Dave Ramsey program as well and are almost debt free. Our church hosts a class twice a year. Great program. Have fun with your secret rooms and let the creativity flow!ReplyCancel

  • Mara - how cute! I wish I had one of these when I was a kid, in fact I wish I had one now! how did you get electrical into the rooms? how much square footage did it add to your house?ReplyCancel

  • Erin Dashnaw - I had the exact same thing as a kid! a room through the boiler i found when I fell through the insulation having a light saber fight with my little brother (i never let him win :) We carpeted it ourselves, hung lanterns, the whole thing. It was amazing, but never as sophisticated as what they got.ReplyCancel

  • Noelle - I love this! Can we get an update on the other rooms that were unfinished?ReplyCancel

    • Andrea - So far, nothing. We’ve been busy, and the remodeling has hit a stand-still. If we finally get around to getting back to remodeling, I’ll be sure to post an update. :)ReplyCancel

  • Julie - My husband and I just bought a house that has a bedroom downstairs with a hidden door in the closet going under the steps. My daughter and the kids are moving home while dad is deployed to Afganistan. I love your ideas and am looking forward to making this room in my grandson’s special place. Thanks for the ideas!ReplyCancel

  • Nick - Wow! I used to have secret room fever myself, too, but it never got this out of hand haha. Now that I moved into an apartment, though, I kind of miss my secret room…ReplyCancel

  • Wendy - Ignore the party-poopers. This is awesome! Your kids may think it’s perfectly ordinary now, but as they get older, they’ll realize just how cool it was to grow up in a house with secret rooms. What wonderful memories you are creating for your family. I wish my husband and I were handy with building so we could do this, too.ReplyCancel

  • Megan - Great additions to a house! Sorry about having all those rude comments… some people just don’t know how to keep their mouth shut! I always wanted to live in a house with secret rooms. Maybe I can take one of my storage spaces and change it, but it’s not a secret like this. Just one more reason old houses are so much better!!ReplyCancel

  • Bookcase Door to Secret Play Room | StashVault - […] owners of this home built a small bookcase door into a secret play room for the kids. Tags: bookcase, bookshelf, […]ReplyCancel

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  • Secret Door to Attic Play Room | StashVault - […] secret door along this wall opens up into a secret attic play room. Tags: attic, door, entrance, hidden, passage, room, […]ReplyCancel

  • JAMIE MIRANDA - Your kids are sooooo lucky. Amazing idea. I want a secret room of my own.ReplyCancel

  • Taz - My favorite is the bookshelf that is really a door! I cant wait to show my husband!! in one are of our house we have two good sized closets side by side (one is a closet running under the stairs). When we first bought the house my husband said “OMgosh what if we made one a secret play room or a “Harry Potter closet”. I love the way he thinks! Since then I have been looking at different things people have done with closet space on the internet and pinterest. Thank you for sharing you ideas!

    -Alaska GrownReplyCancel

  • Braden R. - Wow, I wish I had a house like that. :(ReplyCancel

  • JoAnn - Absolutely love the bookshelf room. How does the shelf stay closed though?ReplyCancel

    • Andrea - I must have missed some comments along the way. Almost a year late on this one! There is a piano hinge along the one side that provides enough support for the bookcase. On the other side, there is a magnet that keeps the bookcase from opening up.ReplyCancel

  • Elsa - Love it!!
    I’ve been wanting to do something like this in my house for a while but I kind of want to make this place for me! :) sometimes mom’s need a place of their own too…but I’m sure I would end up giving up the room for my girls.
    I like your bookcase door where did you get the plans to make it?ReplyCancel

    • Andrea - I just saw this comment. I apologize for not getting back to you sooner. My husband came up with the plans on his own. He used a piano hinge so that the bookcase door is fully support the along the entire side. We had to custom make it mainly because a door was already in that space…so basically the bookcase replaces where the door was.ReplyCancel

  • Brianna - I absolutely loved this! It is so cute!! Don’t pay attention to the rude comments. People just want something to complain about. If you feel like you’re doing the right thing, don’t worry and don’t waste your time justifying it to other people! You’re awesome and so creative! Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Ingrid - SO COOL! your kids are so lucky!

    We are remodeling our attic this spring into a master suite, and I’m totally stealing your bookcase idea to make a secret place.ReplyCancel

    • Andrea - Ingrid – I hope you post pictures. I LOVE checking out attic remodels, and an attic remodel with a secret room is even more exciting! :)ReplyCancel

  • Lily - Secret rooms make the coolest room ideas ever! I’d have been in heaven if I had one of these growing up. Maybe I will get to design one someday!
    A family I know had a “junk room” in their attic. We used to go in there, climb over everything, and built ourselves a little fort amidst the massive pile of stuff. Then one day, they cleared it out.ReplyCancel

    • Andrea - That was pretty much what our attic was before the remodel. I kind of miss the old attic atmosphere that we had. But, being able to watch hang out with people up there in the comfort of air condition kind of makes up for it. :)ReplyCancel

  • Evan Snow - I found your photos and blog while doing a Google search for “attic playroom” and “hidden bedroom fort”.
    You’ve done a great job. I plan to use some of your ideas.
    Thank you for sharing this.

    PS for my son’s safety I will be installing a camera in my attic play room in addition to smoke detectors and two-way intercom.ReplyCancel

    • Andrea - When we finished our attic, my husband suggested adding intercoms. It seemed so “80s” to me, and I couldn’t imagine why we would need it. Now, I regret not having it. We’ve looked at some cameras at Sam’s Club but haven’t yet made the splurge. My kids are at a good age now where they don’t get into much trouble. Might have to get those cameras, though, for when they’re teenagers. :) I’d love to see what you do with your space!ReplyCancel

  • DeAnna - You are going to think I am crazy posting this 2 years after you wrote it, but we just bought a house with some little doors/attic off the kids’ rooms. Wondering, what did you have to do to finish these off? The little spaces we have are like tiny attic spaces. They are very hot, so they would be dangerous for our kids. Trying to figure out how we could finish them and make fun use of them. My husband has no idea I am thinking of this, he might not want an answer. :)ReplyCancel

    • Andrea - I’m not sure if I have the answer for you. In the pink room in the attic, there is a window. We can leave the door open to the main attic space and get plenty of air into that one. The lego room has a vent and we keep a fan in there. It still can get hot in the room, so the kids mostly just use it in the fall and spring. The bookcase one is very small and stays a decent temperature as it is under the attic stairs. The same for the one on the main floor. It is also under the stairs, so it doesn’t get too hot or cold. I hope you find something fun to do with your spaces!ReplyCancel

  • Tamaraa Turner - I found your website while on Pinterest. My baby sitter had a special door in her bedroom closet. She said it led to a special world. This door led to stairs to the attic. It was fully insulated, carpeted and the best toy room a child could ever ask for! As a child with Asperger this was the only place I felt safe. I have been striving my whole life to give my children and grand children the joy I felt in this room. Thank you for giving your children such a gift .ReplyCancel

    • Andrea - I hope my kids someday also look back fondly on these rooms and maybe even create something special for their own kids someday. Thanks for sharing your story.ReplyCancel

  • Jill - We have an older house with a few odd rooms that I’d wanted to make into secret rooms but we didn’t get on it fast enough and our kids are almost grown and gone!
    I’m so glad you guys were able to do this for your kids! You did an amazing job creating these spaces! Love them and the happy faces on those little ones enjoying them too!

    This is something those kiddos will remember for the rest of their lives! Hope you keep this house till the grandkids show up, you’ll be the coolest grandparents ever! :)ReplyCancel

  • Sheree - I SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO WISH HOUSES OVA HERE IN AUSTRALIA WERE AS COOL AS THEY R OVERSEAS (USA/UK etc) ….. WITH ALL UR AWESUMMMMMMMMM ATTICS AND BASEMENTS AND EXTRA SPACE WITHIN THE FOUNDATIONS 2 B ABLE 2 CREATE SECRET LIL EXTRA ROOMS ……..

    THESE ROOMS ARE FRIGGIN AMAZINGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG AND 4 KIDS 2 HAVE A LIL PLAYROOM/CHILLAXIN ROOM OF THEIR OWN IS AWESUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! …………

    WELL DONE GUYS U DID A MADDDDDDDDDDDDDDD JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ……………

    (screw da haters hun, theyre only jealous!!!!!!!!!!!!!……)ReplyCancel

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