When you start a home renovation, you never really know what to expect. Homeowners occasionally find themselves face-to-face with unsettling phenomena, like hidden rooms or concealed compartments that hint at past secrets. Moreover, the costs associated with unforeseen surprises can send a shiver down the spine (and through your bank account).
Careful planning, thorough inspections, and working with experienced professionals can help mitigate unexpected structural challenges, but what happens when the findings are spookier than electrical damage? Let’s take a look at some secrets uncovered in home renovation projects to stoke your curiosity and perhaps help you prepare for the unexpected.
Occasionally, home renovations can lead homeowners to concealed rooms or compartments unmarked on floor plans. Whether these rooms were used for clandestine or unsavory purposes or simply sealed off due to lack of use, finding one can create a fresh air of mystery for an otherwise inconspicuous home.
For example, a couple in Brighton, England, purchased a Victorian-era property in 2022. Unbeknownst to the couple, they would find a creepy room located behind a bathroom wall in their basement. A cast iron bed frame filled the room and nothing more. While they later learned the room was originally used for coal storage, the discovery of remains was chilling.