Almost-Older-Than-Dirt Root Cellar


| 1/20/2017 10:02:00 AM


DJA lot has happened since my last post a year or two ago. I have moved — twice — but I have not given up on my blogging or my ideals of living as close to nature as I can.

I am living in another older home, but this one was built in 1925 and is mine! The structure itself is sound, but — as is to be expected in a house that is almost 100 years old — we are going to need to do some work here and there. It is a simple miner’s house with one bedroom and an added bathroom. We recently pulled up the old, glued-down tiling in the living room and were greeted by the sight of the original wood flooring from 1925! Hooray!

In this installment, however, I am going to talk about my favorite room in the little house, one that I have told my husband will only be changed with the addition of a few more shelves, period! I call it my root cellar!

The first two photos show the main doorway and how thick it is. It is amazing how they layered all these different pieces of wood and made their own tiny door! It is only about 60” tall, 32” wide, and 3-1/2” thick. A hefty little thing that I have to duck to go through! There is a 9” step down going into a small, walk-through area, which is 24” thick. I guess they wanted to make sure this place stayed cold! The next two photos are this walk-through area. (I call it that for lack of a better way of describing it.)

Root Cellar Door



Root Cellar Door Thickness



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