A lot of times growing up, there comes a point when you want to design the house you’ll live in when you’re older. So you pull out a sheet of paper and start drawing…and drawing…and drawing.

By the time you’re done you end up with a 3 story house complete with a swimming pool, lazer fence, a guest room for each of your best friends, a movie theater, 10 car garage, helicopter pad, and war-room to keep all of your Batman gear. No matter what my dream home looked like at the time, one thing always was a requirement – a secret passageway.

You’ve seen them before in the movies, you tilt a candlestick and the fireplace spins around, taking you to a room only known to you and a select few. It could be a fireplace, or a bookcase with your favorite book as the trigger, or a rug covering a secret staircase requiring you to sing the chorus of a Rod Stewart song in order for the door to unlock.  No matter how elaborate, you have to admit, secret passages and hidden rooms in general are just plain awesome.

I was talking to one of my friends a few months ago about how realistic it would be to put one of these bad boys in a house. Is it feasible to put a secret doorway in a home that’s already built? Is it something you plan for? Luckily, there are plenty of companies to help you sort it all out and even build and install your own custom or pre-made hideout portal.  What are your wildest hidden room dreams?

Hidden Passageways

Hide A Door

Secret Doorways

Ryan Hayes

Ryan is a Microsoft MVP award winner with over eight years of software experience, working with big-name clients such as Discovery Channel, AOL, Toyota, and the National Academy of Sciences. Ryan has helped teams deliver award-winning applications that drive business processes, site traffic, and profit, putting his experience and creativity to work to build amazing solutions for the enterprise web, desktop and mobile platforms.