Designing For A Purpose: Security 101

by Admin on April 11, 2014

Home security is a prime concern for homeowners in many parts of the country. However, security improvements can be complicated to install after the house is already built. When designing or remodeling a home, consider incorporating some of these elements into the design.


Built-in Safe
Burglars often look for small valuables such as cash, bonds, and sensitive financial documents. Some homeowners try to hide these things around the house, but most criminals know all the typical hiding spots. This is why a built-in safe is a great idea when constructing or remodeling a house. The safe cannot only be placed in any location you choose, but it will be impossible for a burglar to carry the safe away and break into it later. Most built-in safes are placed inside of a wall and bolted to the studs. They can then be covered with a hanging picture or piece of furniture. Some may even be laid in the concrete foundation itself.

Safe Rooms
A safe room should be part of any home security plan, and incorporating it into the original house plans will make it as effective as possible. The room should ideally be located in the center of the home with no external walls. If this is not possible, install window bars or make the windows too small for a person to fit through. The safe room door should be made of solid wood or metal. Multiple locking lugs should be installed to ensure that intruders couldn’t breach the door.

Reinforced Door Jambs
Many homeowners believe that simply locking their doors will prevent any unwanted visitors. However, a criminal of average strength can easily kick most residential doors down. The problem is that the wooden door jambs provide no real security. Metal door jambs are more durable and are usually bolted into the studs, making it nearly impossible to force the door down with ordinary human strength. Much like the safe room door, multiple locking lugs are a good idea.

Security Systems
Installing a security system and burglar alarms are much more effective when a house is being built or remodeled. Cameras and motion sensors can be placed in inconspicuous places such as inside of permanent lighting fixtures or ceiling fans. Some systems even feature video screens that can be viewed from the bedroom. In addition, making these components part of your home’s original plan will give you a system tailored to your home’s layout, not just a “one size fits all” setup.

Visible Entryways
Burglars love an entryway that is in an alcove or obfuscated by tall shrubbery. Avoid these elements when designing or remodeling your home. Front, back, and side doors should all be positioned on a large, flat wall so as not to provide burglars with concealment while they attempt to gain entry. Trees and bushes will also give them a hiding spot; relegate these to other areas of the yard. Illuminating the entryways with some permanent lighting fixtures is another way to make your home an unattractive target for thieves.

Keeping your dream home safe and secure does not have to involve expensive retrofit solutions. Elements of home security such as these are easiest when they are built from the ground up. Including these features in your home’s design will keep it as secure as possible.

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