Did you hear the one about the bloke who built a £700k nightclub in his basement for his daughter’s 15th birthday party? No? Don’t worry, you soon will, along with all manner of weird and wonderful jobs that hardworking (and probably perplexed!) tradesmen have been asked to work on over the years.
You see, whilst fitting a new kitchen or remodelling the bathroom might be where some homeowners draw the line when it comes to their properties, those with plenty of cash to flash often have home renovation ideas that are a little more – well, let’s just say they’re a little more out there.
Today, we turn to that veritable online treasure trove of all things weird and wonderful known as Reddit, where contractors have been sharing some of the more unique requests they’ve come across in their work.
Strike it rich
Though some of our younger readers may not believe it, there once was an age before kids had a PlayStation 4, Facebook, and a bunch of other digital distractions to keep them occupied.
Back then, spending the weekends at the local Superbowl was just about the very height of entertainment. If you weren’t pretending you were a ten-pin king because you could pull off a strike with the lane-bumpers up, you were running around a darkened Lazer Quest maze with no actual idea as to whether you were still in the game or not. When all that was over, there was always arcade games and air-hockey to keep the fun going.
Most of us eventually grew up and moved on (or just got a Playstation and stayed home), but at least one homeowner has gone all out to keep those glory days alive:
Says Redditor: DMTheTerrible:
“[The weirdest thing requested was] a bowling alley in the basement. It had quite a lot – like a table for a large train set, tile painted to look like that map carpet in every kid’s room but bigger, a wooden rotating shelving unit for full-blown laser tag equipment, secret doors, and a video game room with a projector black lights and neon.”
A dog’s life
Let’s be honest:
We all know at least one dog owner who is just a bit too excessive when it comes to pampering their pooch. Perhaps they treat it to a slap-up three-course meal (trust me, it happens) or go to a high-end dog groomers who charge more than the gross national income of a small country for a quick trim.
Either way, few probably go the lengths of the homeowner who hired a plumber to build a luxury bathtub for their canine companion.
From Redditor lenachristina:
“My dad was a building inspector in an affluent town for many years. A couple is doing a master bath renovation. My dad goes to inspect the rough-in plumbing and asks the contractor why he ran pipes for two tubs. Ends up the second tub was for the couple’s dog. And, when my dad when to do the final inspection, it was marble and had brass fixtures. Some dogs live the life…”
Living the dream
Hands up – as kids, how many of you dreamed of a home with hidden passageways and secret tunnels, the discovery of which would lead you on some crazy adventure like something out of The Goonies?
Phew, then your writer isn’t the only one. Nor is this particularly well-off homeowner, who hired electrician and Reddit user Barley_Hops_Water to work on such a thing.
Why? Just because he could.
“Electrician here. Have done a few. The coolest was a secret passage-way and attached room in a very nice house. It was hidden by a movable bookshelf on both ends. The guy said he didn’t have a specific reason for building it, he just always thought it would be cool to have a secret passage-way in his house.”
Have no fear, or hallways
Though technically not a contractor, we couldn’t resist including this gem from truss designer and Redditor Winkleberry1:
“I once received a floor plan for a new build of a 3000 sqft (give or take) 4 bedroom that just had a strange floor plan. I couldn’t put my finger on why. It was a very open floor plan but oddly done. So I’m talking to my boss and he tells me that the drafter and contractor were having a ball with this one because the customer insisted on a house design with no hallways. Apparently, she was afraid of being murdered in a hallway.”
Told you we’d get to this one eventually.
Sure, getting dressed up and hitting the town to spend the night clubbing can be a great way to blow off some steam after a hard week’s work, but let’s face it, all that messing about with booking an Uber, getting turned away by some unfriendly bouncer and having to remortgage the home for a round of drinks can be a pain, can’t it?
At least one well-off property owner certainly thought so, which is probably why he hired contractors to build his very own state-of-the-art party palace. Rather being used for endless nightly raves, however, the new club had a much less wild opening night.
This from Redditor theantnest:
“I built a nightclub in a guy’s basement that had a 250k commercial sound system and a full-blown nightclub lighting and video rig. Also, [it had] an underground waterfall flowed down behind the DJ Booth from the main entry, driveway water feature. The whole thing done in glossy black marble, with a bar kitted out with commercial appliances. Total fit-out cost would have been north of 750k. The first time it was used was for the 15-year-old daughter’s birthday party.”
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