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Safe Rooms, Secret Doors

Whether you have an elegant mansion or a countryside farm house, safe rooms have several uses today. A safe room or panic room is a fortified room which is installed in a private residence or business to provide a safe shelter, or hiding place, for the inhabitants in the event of a break-in, home invasion, tornado, or other threat. Think of a safe room as a box with only one opening. You simply fortify the six sides to the box and the single door leading into it. Safe rooms usually contain communications equipment, so that law enforcement authorities can be contacted. A safe haven, by contrast, can be any strong area of a building, such as a stairwell reinforced by the stair structure. Most security experts use the phrase Safe Room rather than Panic Room to describe the concept of having an ultra-secure location within a residence. The concept is simple. Prepare a room within the interior of the home where the family can safely retreat during a home invasion or other terrorist threat and summon help. We had a client add one into their second story closet under the stairs of the Amboise house plan. Secret doors built into bookcases, are also becoming very popular and have been installed in Archival Designs' luxury house plans such as Corrineaux Estate. Safe rooms can be added to any house plan, any size. When preparing for today's blog, I went online and found a very interesting website to share with you. Click on video tab, then check out the animations in the lower right hand portion of the screen. I don't think I can say anything other than what they demonstrate on their website. We are working on something special at Archival Designs, and hope to announce it next week. Stay tuned . . .

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  • Joanne Loftus
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