Woman Built A Secret Room In House She Own For $25K (24 pics)
1They built it in their own workshop in Arizona. It's custom made to fit her apartment, and was installed by their own team.
2Her version cost $25,000. This is what it looks like in action.
3"I want to say about 99% of the people I told that I was doing this thought I was insane," Nainzadeh said. "I was like, ‘I don’t care. I’m doing to do it.'"
4She uses it for work. The inside is a pretty normal office space.
5And it's for hanging out. There's a couch, and one wall is covered in the wallpaper she grew up with.
6She keeps a portrait of her dog, Fellini.
7If she wants to get out from inside, she has to press this button on the door.
8But there's also another exit.
9It leads to a small bathroom with a washer and dryer.
10From there, she can go back to her living room.
11When the living room door is closed, it looks like just another wooden panel in the wall. Nainzadeh can't get back in that way — she has to go back to the bookshelf in her bedroom.
12To open the bookcase door, you have to tilt "A Light in the Attic" by Shel Silverstein.
13"I thought it was ironic," Nainzadeh said. "A light in the attic. It’s like a secret room. You can’t really see that there’s a secret light behind it, or a room there."
14Creative Home Engineering hid a sensor inside.
15The sensor tells a magnet behind the bookshelf to unlatch, swinging it open.
16"Sometimes I ask people to pick or guess," Nainzadeh said. “They don’t realize it’s Shel Silverstein. They think it’s a Stephen King book."
17Living with a secret door poses unique problems. Only Creative Home Engineering can do repairs. But they're very responsive.
18“When my housekeeper comes, sometimes I’ll leave one of the doors open so she knows how to get in there," Nainzadeh said.
19Because it's made of wood, the door expands and contracts depending on the temperature. It can get stuck.
20To fix that, she can take some books off. There's also a clever bolt hidden underneath the bookcase. Wrenching it pulls the door closer or farther from its hinge, which can make it unstuck.
21Nainzadeh loves showing the room off to her friends. “There’s a joke now that it’s not a secret room," she said. "Everyone knows about it. Cat’s out of the bag.”
22Because of her apartment's shape, Nainzadeh's visitors don't always realize there's a secret room just beyond the closet.
23“If I’m planning on getting a new place, I definitely would want to get another one," Nainzadeh said. "I love my secret room."