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Old 07-18-2008, 01:29 PM   #1
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I have a 4 level split built in 1976. On the family room level, there is a walled-off space between the laundry room and the stairs. It is about 10 feet wide and 3.5 feet deep. I was thinking that the space was taken up by the return ducts. But I found a small opening to the room from my furnace room to look in. All the ductwork is to the side and the space is usable.

What can I do with this? Make a closet?

Why did the builder enclose this? Sound insulation from the laundry room?

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Old 07-18-2008, 04:24 PM   #2
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OH NO! You disturbed that vintage 1976 air!!!

Got any pictures?

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Why did the builder enclose this? Sound insulation from the laundry room?
No Idea.....
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Paint the walls red then make your kids watch Amityville horror. If they act up send them to the new "timeout" room.
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What can I do with this? Make a closet?
Closet sounds like a good idea.Could be a good place for additional storage. Isn't there a show on either the DIY channel or HGTV called "Wasted Spaces" that deals with similar situations?
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How wonderful to find "surprise" storage space! I'd put shelves in and use it for storage, just use it for items that wouldn't be affected by possible changes in temperature. Unless you know that the ductwork in there stays pretty close to room temp.
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Could it have possibly been set aside for a chimney?
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Or a place to stash bodies?

Do the neighbors refer to the previous owner as "a very quiet boy. He always kept to himself"?
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Good spot for some storage shelves, or for hiding fugitives!

I'm voting for storage shelves. =)

It sounds like a space that's in my neighbor's house, except their space was not enclosed. They use theirs for storage. Big Rubbermaid tubs of many things that are only occasionally needed.
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Sounds like a good place for a closet. You could also make it into a small wine cellar/cave with a little work. There are some companies out there that sell wine cellar kits that wood work perfectly in this type of space.

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I worked for a builder for a time, and some of his home designs included bonus spaces like that. But he thought finishing them wouldn't add enough value to the house to justify the added cost... so he just sealed them off. Hehe I was sometimes tempted to stick a post-it note on the wall advising prospective home owners of the hidden space.
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Or a place to stash bodies?

Do the neighbors refer to the previous owner as "a very quiet boy. He always kept to himself"?
Even better, grow operation. Did it have a lot of lights in there?
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That's a getaway room from the wife. I hope you didn't tell her.
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I think a portrait on the wall with the eyes cut out, a la Scooby Doo, would be awesome.
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First check for any remains. If it is clear then congratulations you just gained some storage space!

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