Every year hundreds of people find something that has been hidden in their home – something that didn’t originally belong to them. As they peeled back layers of wallpaper or old carpet they came upon treasure in their homes, the contents of which weren’t like anything they’d ever seen before. These photos remind us that you never know what might be just a few feet away from you, whenever you’re in your house. It could be an artifact, an old photo, or even something worth a fortune!
An Old Jacuzzi Under The Living Room
Whoever owned this home before these people were too lazy to get rid of the hot tub in the middle of the living room. When the new homeowners were renovating, they found that someone had put a piece of wood over it and left the original design.
The newest homeowners uncovered the hot tub and thought it was strange that someone didn’t fill it in. Luckily, it was still in tip-top shape when they discovered it. We have to wonder if the people decided to keep the jacuzzi in the middle of their living room.
Electrical Switches From The Early 1900s
When people move into older homes, they sometimes don’t fully realize just how old their home is. To give you a rough idea of how old this particular home is, it still has the original electrical switches from 1909. This technology is completely outdated, but it is an interesting antique feature to have in a home.
These people probably shouldn’t play with the switches because it is incredibly dangerous, but they are cool to look at. The homeowners might need to have them removed, but it would be a unique feature if they kept the switches as decoration.
Full-Sized Monopoly Board
Whoever lived in this home initially must have been a big fan of monopoly. This would make for an excellent game room if they restored it to its original glory. It was covered up by a layer of carpet, which was hiding this glorious piece of artwork.
The owner should consider keeping this design because it is nothing like anyone has seen before, and it is a novelty piece. Whatever plans they had for this room, they should scrap them and turn it into a monopoly themed room to preserve the original floor.
Makeshift Safe Behind The Shower Wall
When people take out old features from homes, it is like they are treasure hunters. When this person removed the old shower walls, they found a makeshift safe from the original owners. Hidden behind a loose panel, they discovered some unexpected treasure.
Although there wasn’t much in the safe, it did hide some valuable items. There was a diamond ring and a container full of rare coins. The person also left a note with the family’s name, so clearly they had planned that someone would eventually find the hidden treasure.
They Followed The Grate To Find Something Unexpected
While milk doors and outdated switches are cool, this hidden chapel under the floor is a bit creepy. When this couple decided to see where the grate on their floor leads to, they didn’t know what they would find. Below their old Victorian home was a hidden chapel with a large cross and stone pews.
The cellar once stood under an old Tudor house, but during the reign of Queen Victoria, it was torn down, and a Victorian was built on top of it. In Tudor times, the cellar was used as a secret place for Catholics to pray. The king was Protestant, so Catholicism wasn’t allowed.
Vintage Wallpaper Hidden Under Plenty Of Layers
In some homes, people have painted over the walls or put up layers of wallpaper throughout the years without removing the original designs. In an old farmhouse, the newest owners were removing the wallpaper and discovered this vintage design under numerous layers.
The vintage space theme design was probably on the walls of a child’s room who was curious about the galaxies far, far away. That child is all grown up by now, but the new owners imagined how cool this was for a young child back in the day.
The Drugstore Was Built In An Old Bank
This Walgreens drug store took over an old bank, but they kept many of the original features. The bank had a high-security vault, which the store transformed into the “Vitamin Vault.” Instead of wasting the space or removing the cool features, they repurposed it.
Some people might think it is a bit bizarre, but to others, it was a cool experience to enter the high-security vault. How often do you get to go deep inside a bank? You can shop for vitamins and see the history of the old building at the same time.
A Secret Room Full Of Old Liquor
When you buy an older home, there is usually work that goes into modernizing the interior. This family bought a home in New Jersey, and when they began re-doing the house they found a hidden room in the basement full of old liquor.
The original owners of the home created this room to store liquor during prohibition. The house once belonged to a wine collector, and he hid his collection away because alcohol was illegal. Some of the fine wines they found dated as far back as 1796.
A Beautiful Painting Covered By Wallpaper
When this man was redoing his home, he found an old painting that looks like it belongs in a moderately priced family restaurant. We hope he found a way to incorporate this Italian fresco into the design of his home because you can’t just paint over art like this.
We can’t believe someone covered this in the first place. We don’t know where this home is located, but this person should use this as an opportunity to start a family-style Italian restaurant. Maybe that was the home’s original purpose.
Paw Print On the Bricks Of The Walkway
When these people built their dream home, they made sure their dog was part of the process. On one of the original bricks, the new homeowners found a dog’s paw print, which they knew was a tribute to the previous owner’s beloved pet.
Even if the dog is no longer alive, it will always be remembered by this paw print. We hope the new owners kept the original brick so that the dog’s memory could live on. Maybe they will add their dog’s print to it as well and start a trend.
NYC History Revealed In Times Square
New York is full of incredible history, with so many unique things to discover. It was the original capital of the United States, and Manhattan has hundreds of years of history. During some construction in Times Square, workers found an advertisement hidden on the side of a hotel.
The ad was around 100-years-old, and it showed that you could stay for just $1 a night. Today that would be an incredible bargain because a decent hotel is usually upwards of $100-$200 per night. The ad was well preserved for the past century and showed how much New York has changed.
Original Wells For Fresh Water
Britain is a country with a rich history, and many of the homes still have some of their original features from centuries ago. As modern civilization developed, most of these old features became useless, but people preserved them to hold onto the historical significance.
One feature that is no longer useful is wells for fresh water. These homeowners decided to keep the well but build around it. It is like looking into a bottomless pit every time you pass by. They put stuff on top of it so people wouldn’t be confused by the glass.
A Norwegian Resistance War Room
In European countries, homes are much older, and there are unique facts about each house. When a group of college students rented a home in Norway, they never imagined that they would find a hidden room in the attic.
They noticed that the attic was much smaller than it should have been, and after searching, they found a hidden door. Behind the door was a tiny room with maps, a printing press, and copies of a resistance newspaper. It was popular during the Nazi occupation, but the room was abandoned after the war.
An Entire Underground City
When people build new developments, there is a lot of prep work that goes into the projects. A Russian developer bought the land of an old market, and he wanted to get started on his skyscraper. As the team began digging the foundation, the police were called because of their discovery.
Beneath the market was the remains of an underground city. It had workshops, a cinema, bars and restaurants, and a casino. The town was built by old migrant workers who came to the country illegally, so they lived and worked below ground to not get caught. The people only left at night to get supplies.
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This post was written by Nadia Vella