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Re: Weird features spotted while house hunting
« Reply #120 on: September 13, 2011, 03:07:15 PM »
Secret chamber?

Library & reading room

Crafts room and supply storage for those crafts

Computer room

Chocolate storage

Master bedroom

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Re: Weird features spotted while house hunting
« Reply #121 on: September 13, 2011, 03:08:00 PM »
My house has the world's weirdest bathroom doors.  They are floor to ceiling saloon-type doors.  One whole door cut down the middle and swing both ways.  With 6 panes of glass in each.  Yes, I have curtains on them.  My house was build in 1906 without plumbing and so when the bathroom was added, the door would have blocked the whole hallway. This was actually a creative solution.

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Re: Weird features spotted while house hunting
« Reply #122 on: September 13, 2011, 03:15:35 PM »
My PILs have a "staircase to nowhere". It used to be their basement stairs. When they remodeled, they had the kitchen floor placed right over top of the stairwell, leaving the staircase and doorway at the bottom. They also put in what looks like a wood box with a lid in the kitchen, but if you open it you'll see the bottom steps of the original staircase. That's their laundry chute, and the tops steps they use for storage.

And I want a secret room! :D
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Re: Weird features spotted while house hunting
« Reply #123 on: September 13, 2011, 03:16:31 PM »
Secret chamber?

Library & reading room

Crafts room and supply storage for those crafts

Computer room

Chocolate storage

Master bedroom

Playroom for the grandkids

Hide various collections in it - coins, stamps, music, books, chocolate bunnies..........

The bolded!  :-*

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Re: Weird features spotted while house hunting
« Reply #124 on: September 13, 2011, 03:46:37 PM »
A friend of mine has a house that has a really weird feature. They have a round alcove off their living room that they use a breakfast nook, which is really cool, and from the outside it looks like it's inside a turret that goes up higher than the house with a pointed roof. I assumed it was just an attractive feature and didn't think much of it, until one day I went to visit and when I made it to the living room, my friend was hanging upside down from a trap door in the ceiling of the breakfast nook. When I questioned him, he came down and gave me a tour: turns out there's a whole second floor of the turret, but it can only be accessed by climbing through the back of the upstairs linen closet and creeping down a long, low-ceiling-ed hallway. They cut the trap door in it so they could do the finish work on it to turn it into a playhouse sort of thing and it's got carpeting and drywall and wall sconces and it's furnished almost entirely with beanbags so it's a perfect reading room.

Very cool!  When I win the lottery and build my dream house, I'm determined to have a couple of secret passages (including at least one accessed by a sliding bookcase) and at least one completely secret room.  I haven't decided what I'd use it for, though. :)

The master bedroom?

The only person I know who has a secret room was a friend's uncle and his family. And the "secret room" (as in, the door was hidden by a cabnet and you had to open the cabnet and then open the door in the back of the cabnet) was the master bedroom. It was pretty cool.
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Re: Weird features spotted while house hunting
« Reply #125 on: September 13, 2011, 05:48:25 PM »
The stairs ended at a door. I mean, right at a door. If you  didn't want to go into that room, you had to shimmy through a gap in the stair railing about 8" wide to get to the rest of the upstairs.

Someone, one day, thought that was a good idea.
It must have been a real circus watching people trying to move furniture into the other rooms through an 8" gap!!

They could have lifted it over the railing...still, it must have been ridiculous. While they were building it, NO ONE thought, "Hmm, if I just move this wall and door back a foot or two, my life would be SO much easier!"?

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Re: Weird features spotted while house hunting
« Reply #126 on: September 13, 2011, 05:50:13 PM »
I heard about, but it was rented before I could look at it, a rental place that was a converted water tower. I would have taken it sight unseen.
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Re: Weird features spotted while house hunting
« Reply #127 on: September 13, 2011, 05:54:33 PM »
There's an unused church near here that I'd love to convert into a house.
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Re: Weird features spotted while house hunting
« Reply #128 on: September 13, 2011, 06:01:23 PM »
There's an unused church near here that I'd love to convert into a house.

That sounds awesome!

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Re: Weird features spotted while house hunting
« Reply #129 on: September 13, 2011, 06:34:25 PM »
I heard about, but it was rented before I could look at it, a rental place that was a converted water tower. I would have taken it sight unseen.

That sounds interesting, but what kind of entrance would it have? The only ones I've seen are accessed by a ladder!
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Re: Weird features spotted while house hunting
« Reply #130 on: September 13, 2011, 06:35:23 PM »
I heard about, but it was rented before I could look at it, a rental place that was a converted water tower. I would have taken it sight unseen.

That sounds interesting, but what kind of entrance would it have? The only ones I've seen are accessed by a ladder!

I had much younger knees then.
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Re: Weird features spotted while house hunting
« Reply #131 on: September 13, 2011, 09:54:27 PM »
Eons ago I had a boyfriend who bought a home.  The house had lots of nice kitchen cabinets.  They also lined all of the walls in each bedroom with upper kitchen cabinets.  Good for storage but very, very odd.

When DH and I were looking at houses, we saw one that had a beautiful stone fireplace in the corner of the living room.  It really was beautiful.  The other downstairs rooms were large but needed some work (okay with us).  Upstairs, we opened one of the doors to go in, and were looking at the bare pipe for the fireplace.  Yep, they had just cut a hole in the wood floor and ran it up.  We had to turn to the side to squeeze into the room (it was a larger bedroom and this was the only access).  That had to be a fire code violation.

I'd love to have secret rooms and passageways too.  Very cool.

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Re: Weird features spotted while house hunting
« Reply #132 on: September 14, 2011, 01:12:17 PM »
A friend of mine has a house that has a really weird feature. They have a round alcove off their living room that they use a breakfast nook, which is really cool, and from the outside it looks like it's inside a turret that goes up higher than the house with a pointed roof. I assumed it was just an attractive feature and didn't think much of it, until one day I went to visit and when I made it to the living room, my friend was hanging upside down from a trap door in the ceiling of the breakfast nook. When I questioned him, he came down and gave me a tour: turns out there's a whole second floor of the turret, but it can only be accessed by climbing through the back of the upstairs linen closet and creeping down a long, low-ceiling-ed hallway. They cut the trap door in it so they could do the finish work on it to turn it into a playhouse sort of thing and it's got carpeting and drywall and wall sconces and it's furnished almost entirely with beanbags so it's a perfect reading room.

I want this.  Minus the trap door.  Any windows in it?

Nope, it's excellent for napping ;)
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Re: Weird features spotted while house hunting
« Reply #133 on: September 14, 2011, 02:44:32 PM »
I looked at a rental place once that was a converted firehouse.  The truck garage (with pole) was still intact, and the bathroom hadn't been converted - it still had 3 stalls and 2 sinks.  Handy for throwing parties, I thought.

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Re: Weird features spotted while house hunting
« Reply #134 on: September 14, 2011, 02:51:03 PM »
A friend of mine has a house that has a really weird feature. They have a round alcove off their living room that they use a breakfast nook, which is really cool, and from the outside it looks like it's inside a turret that goes up higher than the house with a pointed roof. I assumed it was just an attractive feature and didn't think much of it, until one day I went to visit and when I made it to the living room, my friend was hanging upside down from a trap door in the ceiling of the breakfast nook. When I questioned him, he came down and gave me a tour: turns out there's a whole second floor of the turret, but it can only be accessed by climbing through the back of the upstairs linen closet and creeping down a long, low-ceiling-ed hallway. They cut the trap door in it so they could do the finish work on it to turn it into a playhouse sort of thing and it's got carpeting and drywall and wall sconces and it's furnished almost entirely with beanbags so it's a perfect reading room.

I want this.  Minus the trap door.  Any windows in it?

Nope, it's excellent for napping ;)
WANT!!!!  Beanbags and all!  It would make an excellent migraine room. 

I just remembered the house with the finished apertures in ALL interior doors.  I'm assuming they were for cats or small dogs, although there was no evidence in the house of either.
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