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Home Defender - - Contents - BY FELY VALDEAVILLA

Some­times the best place to hide is right in front of you.

Panic rooms, hid­den pas­sage­ways and se­cret rooms are some of the many things we’ve ob­sessed over as kids. To be hon­est, it’s the stuff dreams are made of and, as we reach ado­les­cence, the in­trigue and mys­tery never seems to leave.

Aside from be­ing a con­ver­sa­tion piece, hid­den rooms and pas­sage­ways add to the char­ac­ter of your home. They scream cre­ativ­ity, add value to your home and, above and be­yond that, can be­come very use­ful. The bot­tom line is that these hid­den rooms add a sense of se­cu­rity to your home de­fense plan.

Now whether your plans in­clude hid­ing your wet bar from the kids or keep­ing your guns in a safe but re­mote lo­ca­tion the op­tion is yours. In light of that, we did our re­search, scoured through nu­mer­ous com­pa­nies and were able to catch up with lead­ers of that mar­ket seg­ment: Creative Home Engi­neer­ing.

“This ini­tial one-man op­er­a­tion has grown into a thriv­ing in­ter­na­tional busi­ness with over 500 se­cret pas­sage­way sys­tems in­stalled in homes and busi­nesses through­out the world.”

As the lead­ing de­signer and man­u­fac­turer of mo­tor­ized and high-se­cu­rity se­cret pas­sage­ways, Creative Home Engi­neer­ing showed us just a bit of what they have to of­fer and their work is mind blow­ing.

The ge­nius be­hind this com­pany is Steve Hum­ble. A former me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer who de­signed sur­gi­cal lasers for the med­i­cal field, he cre­ated se­cret pas­sage­ways for friends and fam­i­lies dur­ing his down time and, in turn, grew a one-man op­er­a­tion into a multi-na­tional busi­ness. Since then, the com­pany has cre­ated in ex­cess of 500 se­cret pas­sage­ways for celebri­ties, gov­ern­ment dig­ni­taries, tastemak­ers and in­flu­encers all through­out the world. In ad­di­tion, he’s set the bench­mark for in­ge­nu­ity, de­sign and func­tion­al­ity. His creative ap­proach fuses the best of tech­nol­ogy and ex­act­ing stan­dards.

While oth­ers have great ideas, Hum­ble puts science into each of his units. He treats each com­mis­sion as a work of art and, along with his team of in-house me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neers, they draft, plan and ex­e­cute the most el­e­gant and tech­no­log­i­cally so­phis­ti­cated

pieces we’ve ever seen. His crafts­man­ship is im­pec­ca­ble, and the use of his in­te­grated warp con­trol sys­tem and pa­tented five-axis pivot hinges are just a few of his keys to suc­cess.

While hid­den rooms and pas­sage­ways are his main fo­cus, he also of­fers a line of in­cred­i­ble se­cret doors, which are de­signed for vary­ing lev­els of pro­tec­tion. In short, all of his work is cus­tom made and the de­tails, in­tri­cacy and level of pro­tec­tion are all dic­tated by your needs and bud­get.

“Creative Home Engi­neer­ing even of­fers bal­lis­tic re­sis­tance doors and ar­mored multi-point lock­ing sys­tems.”

That in mind, here’s just a few sam­plings of what Creative Home Engi­neer­ing has cre­ated in years past. These rooms are sure to spark a surge of cre­ativ­ity, while re­defin­ing the way we see se­cret rooms and pas­sage­ways. HD

An or­nate book­case (above) is re­ally a set of doors that leads to a se­cret room (right).

Steve Hum­ble, the de­signer be­hind these se­cret rooms, is a former me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer who de­signed sur­gi­cal lasers for the med­i­cal field.

These hid­den doors swing on the com­pany's pa­tented five-axis pivot hinges.

Hid­den doors and pas­sage­ways aren't the only sys­tems the com­pany makes. It also cre­ates cus­tom­ized panel doors, cab­i­nets and fire­places that lead to se­cret rooms.

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