#8 Secret RoomsThe idea of having secret rooms and passages has been present since the time of Ancient Egyptians (3,400 B.C.). Before, secret rooms served as a place to escape persecution, conduct secret meetings, and for shady business deals. Today, they are mainly used as a vault, a fire exit, private bathroom, play room and a place for meditation. These “secret” rooms are considered by Economic Times as a “Key Luxury Home Element”. Here are some examples of a secret room:
Mirror into a Hidden Vault
You may slide the mirror to reveal a reinforced vault. The door is bullet proofed, has 1” steel sheer pins, and can be opened using an electromagnetic lock. (Source: Creative Home Engineering)
Bookshelf into a Hidden Office
The secret door can be found in one of the bookshelves. The secret door leads into a completely different and fully furnished office.
Cabinet into (Narnia Inspired) Kid’s Play Room
It looks like a simple cabinet. But once you opened it, you see the entrance to the “secret” playroom. The cabinet is not there just for show. It is spacious and can really accommodate several garments.
#7 Balcony/Ceiling/Floating Pool
Do you want a unique pool? Then why not build a (floating) balcony pool? One factor that makes this pool “extraordinary” is its altitude. It is located ten to a hundred feet above the ground. Since it is located in a higher altitude, it provides a clearer view of the surrounding area.
Here are some extraordinary pools that we found on the internet:
Note: Some of the pictures are from luxury hotels. Their idea is so captivating that we decided to include them in our list.
Balcony Infinity Pool
This is an infinity pool that is suspended hundreds of feet above ground. The owner can enjoy swimming while enjoying the view of the great skyline.
A ceiling pool allows the swimmer to see who is coming-in or out of the property. It also adds details to the walkway of the home. Plus, the transparent glass and water combination amplifies the incoming light, making this design eco-friendly.
Rooftop Pool (with diving planks)
A rooftop pool is quite similar to the ceiling pool. However, this type of pool is designed for “minimalist/modern” homes. The home must follow the straight line architecture for this rooftop pool to be viable.
#6 Connecting/Indoor Slides
Using a connecting or indoor slide is a quick and fun way to go from Floor A to Floor B, from your bedroom to the pool area, or in any parts of the house. Here are some cool connecting/indoor slide inspirations:
Duplex Penthouse in Manhattan
The slide is made out of stainless steel. The brainchild for this slide is Phil Ganford, a professional poker player. He said the he uses the slide to go downstairs between poker breaks (in a quick and fun fashion).
Master Bedroom to the Pool
This bedroom-pool slide is a part of an underground mansion in Bowdon, England. The bedroom is located directly on top of the pool. The entrance to the slide is located beside the closet. Indeed, sliding down from your bedroom to the pool will help you save up time on preparing for a swim.
“Skyhouse” A Childlike 4-level slide
This stainless steel slide was the result of the collaboration of David Hotson and Ghislaine Vinas. The slide covers 4 levels of the house (from the attic down to the main level). This slide is designed in a way that you can get off the slide in any floor (I.E. from 4th floor to 3rd floor). You can also choose to slide all the way to the 1st floor.
#5 Aquarium FurnitureDo you love watching fishes and other marine animals swim? Why not build or add an “oversized” aquarium furniture in your home?
Oversized Aquarium Bed
This aquarium bed has LED lights that are beneficial for those who love to read books before they sleep.
This oversized aquarium can serve as a bar. The aquarium is interconnected – it allows the fish to swim from one end to another.
This allows you to be one with the fishes every time you wash your face or brush your teeth. The top cover can be lifted in case you need to feed the water creatures.
#4 Luxury Underground BunkersThese luxury underground bunkers not only provide maximum security, but also provide extreme comfort during panic hours. However, these underground bunkers have pre-requisites (I.E. the type of soil) before they can be built.
This bunker condo is buried hundreds of feet below ground. It is fully furnished, has lot of amenities, recreation rooms and is bomb-proofed. It can even withstand the force of a nuclear bomb.
#3 Extravagant FoyersA foyer sets the first impression of the home. If budget is not your problem, then feel free to make your foyer an extravagant piece-of-art. Here are some luxury foyer ideas:
Floating Foyer from Acqua Liana
This extraordinary foyer lets you walk on a glass floor which is above an indoor pond. The winding staircase also adds more details to the appearance of the foyer. Some of its distinct features include nature wallpaper, intricate suspended glass sculpture, blue LED lights and water walls. You should also take note that the fountain is entirely visible from this foyer.
#2 Private Theme/Amusement AreaAre you tired of traveling from your home to the theme park? Why not build your own park at home, just like what Michael Jackson did? You can use the following private theme parks as an inspiration in building your own amusement area.
The Neverland of Michael Jackson
Sweet Escape Candy Theme-Park
This candy inspired theme-park is part of the 10-bedroom, 6-bathroom rental home in Orlando, Florida. The park features a mini-golf, humongous chess-board, park, and an ice-cream cone shaped pool including a chocolate inspired slide.
#1 Million Dollar Boat GarageYachts and other boats are usually left in docks or marina. In this entry, a man named John Winn, has taken his enthusiasm with yachts and boats a little too much. He has built a million dollar worth “boat” garage in his own home. The boat garage holds about 30 of Winn’s favorite, antique, and unique boat collections, including a wide array of boat memorabilia. (See below)
We hope that this article has inspired you to build “extraordinary” things for your modern homes. You can build anything that you want – especially if resources aren’t a problem. Use your imagination…. The sky is the limit.