Richard S. wrote:I'd imagine a really good door on the bathroom with most importantly a really good locking mechanism would suffice for most people as long as your not trying to stop bullets... Maybe some plywood in the interior walls facing the hallways so they can't kick there way through the sheetrock...
I think a bathroom would make an excellent panic room provided it was easily accessible to most family members, especially at night when most home invasions/burglaries take place. Closets are good (& cheap) places too fortify also. Keep you home defense firearm in your safe room, along with a cell phone.
A couple of general observations I would make are these:
1.Pointless to try to fortify a hollow core door with fancy locks
2. Solid core doors should be hinged through the door casings into the 2x4 structural frame of the wall at every screw.
3. Best door security device I have found is a simple bar (like this http://www.amazon.com/Master-Lock-265DC ... B0002YUX8I
) that can withstand kicks, etc. (LEO's are trained to kick any door near the lock & the bad guys know that too...LEO's often use battering rams but I've never heard of a home invader using one
Even beefed up like that, all any obstruction will buy you is a limited amount of time. Don't get lulled into false security. I have kicked down almost every door type imaginable & none took more than maybe 10-15 seconds to breach.(Most much less than that)
The way I figure it, if you're going to the trouble of fortifying a location, spend the extra few dollars, take the extra 1/2 hour & give yourself peace of mind by fortifying it against the worst threat you can envision.