Dream Room #5: The Secret Passage Dilemma

It’s time to continue the series of articles about rooms I’d like to have in my house if I ever move out of this condo and build my own home.

When I was young, I loved the idea of having a secret passage in my house, especially if it connected to a secret room. I think this stemmed from my love of medieval castles, which I assumed all had secret passages.

Also, I was scared of a lot of things, so I thought having secrets built into the house would keep me safe if there was ever a home invasion. Yes, these are the things 6-year-old Jamey was thinking about.

But then I watched an episode of a show called Mathnet–I’m pretty sure that was the source of this–where the detectives discovered a secret passage in a house. Cool, right? That is, until it was revealed that they weren’t the only people who knew about the secret passage.

That, my friends, is the secret passage dilemma. They’re great if you’re the only one who knows about them. But if anyone else discovers the secret passage, they can use it to hide and sneak up on you.

So I think my decision is that I wouldn’t mind having a secret room, but not a secret passage. One of my uncles designed and built his home, and he included a “secret” room in it. It’s a small office that opens to the living room. I could see that being helpful if you have kids under the care of someone else and you just need to get some work done.

What do you think? Would you want a secret passage and/or secret room in your house?