Creating the ideal home, which will protect family and valuables, requires utilizing basic principles that date back hundreds or even thousands of years - to the Castles of Old!
"A Man's home is his Castle!" I was told as a child and I didn't realize how true this was until I had worked in the Home Building Industry for over a decade.

The Castles of Old were built to last - by Craftsmen! And this is the main reason that many still stand today. Overall, they were designed to Protect, Provide for and Nurture their inhabitants.

Protect: The Castle protected the inhabitants in that it was a secure building with a layered defense. The mote, draw bridge, archers, murder holes and other measures were necessities (function) employed to deny attackers unauthorized entry. And as a last resort, some castle inhabitants had hidden safe rooms to retreat to in case the defense was breached! Also see Fortified Manor House and Château.

Provide: The Castle provided for the inhabitants by supplying fresh water usually in the form of a spring or well, food - grown on the grounds and a system to dispose of hazardous human waste with-out contaminating the drinking water. Contaminated drinking water has and does kill even today.
Nurture: The Castle nurtured the inhabitants by providing a lavish sanctuary that not only insulated the inhabitants from the outside chaos but created an environment that was peaceful, relaxing and in some cases - entertaining. One of the best examples of this may be the extravagant Royal gardens and mazes with water and vegetation.

The new Castles, or homes of today, can utilize the same principles to Protect, Provide and Nurture with much more effectiveness by employing the latest advancements in hi-technologies.

For example, the Home can be designed and built to last by utilizing the latest advanced materials available on the market today! Exterior materials can now be used on the exterior of homes in order to prevent rot damage and insect infestations.
Unfortunately, one of the Secrets in New Home Construction today is that exterior materials are considered to be more expensive -so they aren't used in many cases in order to maximize profits - at the expense of the unaware or "unarmed" home buyer!

There are homes being built today that, even if kept painted, will quickly start experiencing rot damage and possibly become insect infested because interior materials were utilized externally.

So, is your Home your Castle?
Every Man's Home is said to be his Castle.
But in reality, it only fits that description if it protects the residents just as the Castle's of Old were designed to do.
Today, our homes can be designed (or improved) using modern advancements in technology to protect us.
How to Protect your Family and Valuables by Hiding them out of sight!

Every family needs a place in the home to retreat to in an emergency like a home invasion or severe weather for example. A safe and secure place like a hidden panic room!

If an intruder were to invade your home for example, would you have a place to retreat to and secure yourself and your family?

What about your valuables? Do you have a place in your home to hide your valuables from criminals? "They cant steal what they cant find!"

Warning! This does not imply using the same room for family and valuables as it is a bad idea.

So, how do you hide a room from criminals in order to protect your family and valuables? You need a concealed or hidden door!

How about a Bookcase Hidden Door that is a real bookcase and functions as a door! You just push it open and disappear inside!

A hidden safe room is a great way to protect your family and valuables and right now there is a growing list of Hidden Door Manufacturers who build custom doors and links to their websites can be found in the Hidden Doors Manual.

Below are a few uses for a safe room:

- Panic Room

(a lower external slide lock can allow quick entry by children and/or as a safe place to hide until the danger passes)

- Secure Gun Closet "Gun Safe"

(a top lock for adults can prevent children from opening the gun closet and provide a safe and secure place for gun collections!

- Jewelry Storage closet

- Storm Shelter

(protection from severe weather, storm shelters above ground, below ground and do-it-yourself storm shelters.

Some uses for Hidden Doors are listed below:

- Hidden entrance into basement or attic

- Hidden Stair Passage (First floor to second floor hidden stair case)

- Secret Passage - Two bookcase hidden-doors can be installed on either side of the safe room to allow you to slip from room to room through this secret passage.

Note: Partition walls can be used to create the safe room.

For example: A false wall can be built across a room and a series of bookcases can be installed with only one bookcase serving as a hidden entrance into the hidden room or passage way.

Hidden Doors come in many forms and serve many purposes. Some examples are bookcases in walls that hide an entrance and trap doors in ceilings and floors that hide an entrance or compartments!

Trap Doors in floors can be used for utility access (plumbing/electrical, etc. access) as well as access to secret passages leading to safe rooms and even fire escapes!

In cases of fires, a trap door in the floor or a below ground Safe Room (see "The Perfect Home or Addition" in the Manaul) could serve as a Fire Escape!

In order to find the best deal when searching the Internet for a specific door (based on your requirements), one needs to consider what one wants to accomplish and how such a door is built.

For example: A bookcase hidden door that holds the weight of real books, could weigh several hundred pounds! That means that it has to be built like a door that weighs several hundred pounds! Moreover, it must be built like a several hundred pound door that will not sag with the constant pull of gravity!

If however, one doesn't need a full bookcase but merely a small case with light items, many hidden doors on the market will do as long as their "built to last". Putting more weight on the door than it is built to hold will likely result in problems with the door.

Note: One can also use a mirror rather than a bookcase to create a light-weight hidden door! See "Hidden Doors, Secret Passages and Safe Rooms" for more information.

Thank you for reading.

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