It’s common to find surprising things when renovating an old house, perhaps mold or lost items. A 12-foot pool and hot tub below your feet, however, are a little less usual.
That’s what happened to Emily Jean Henry and her family, who recently went viral on TikTok with their discovery under their newly purchased home in Arkansas in the 1980s. The house was custom built for the owners.
“When we purchased this home, we were told that at some point in this custom built home there was an indoor pool, but the pool was gone and they had turned the pool into a gym. gigantic games,” Henry said in a TikTok video posted in August.
They had assumed the pool had been filled a long time ago, until a home inspection revealed more.
“He said the floor in this game room was wavy,” explained Henry, who posts on TikTok under funkyglassworks. But still, they thought the support beams must just be dodgy.
It wasn’t until they ripped the floors out of the room that they discovered they were standing “over a 12 foot deep hole”.
As another TikTok video shows, the room seemed completely normal beforehand. Now they are left with a huge indoor pool and matching hot tub, still with its original mosaic tiles.
Henry prompted his viewers on TikTok to “guess what we found under the floor of the house we just bought” before making the big reveal. The clip has since racked up over 7 million views.
The family currently has no specific plans for how they will use the space, but want to retain the pool and hot tub to some degree.
“Our current idea is to turn it into an indoor koi pond and an atrium with lots of plants. Maybe restore the hot tub, but for now it will be an indoor skatepark,” Henry said on TikTok. “Stay tuned.”
Henry posted an update several days later, revealing what the space was like after finding out more about the secret pool and hot tub.
“It’s going to take a lot of hard work, professional advice and $$$ to turn this into anything, but we’re excited about the possibilities,” Henry said in the video.
For now, the family is just trying to figure out how to stop the snakes from entering the empty pool and enjoying the online love it’s garnering, she said.
“It’s like when you buy food from 5 guys and they put 1.3 tons of fries in the bottom of your bag,” commented a wistful TikTok user named Carlos Santana (no, not that one) .
“WHAT IT’S LIVING MY DREAMMMMM,” wrote Raven K.
“Why can’t this happen to me,” asked another TikTok user.
Newsweek contacted Emily Jean Henry for comment.