Basement or root cellar? Both!

Our basement...home of bikes, boat building, ski tuning, tools, sewing station, freezer, and food storage!

Our basement…home of bikes, boat building, ski tuning, tools, sewing station, freezer, and food storage!

I saw a house for sale that featured an amazing root cellar dug into a hill.  It had a cute little door and brought up thoughts of hobbit houses.  It was…awesome.  We could certainly use one.  We are down to the last few tomatoes, but our basement is still the storage facility for potatoes, carrots in beds of maple leaves, and onions in braids.  I remember when the concrete guys came to pour the basement.  We had already put down bricks and wire and plastic sheeting, preparing for their visit.  It was one of the few things we left to the professionals – the basement floor, the roof, and a couple hours of electrical wiring.  Otherwise, D was the general contractor, plumber, construction laborer, foreman, it goes on and on and on.  One of our first dates was putting in the foam block foundation of this place – good thing I found him as I was working on dreams of a house made entirely out of items from the free section of craigslist.  That probably would not have gone well.  But, maybe one of our next projects, aside from the barn and the garage with its addition up top, will be a root cellar.  I’ve read about building your own root cellar, from officially dedicating part of your basement for such storage to burying an old refrigerator, there are multiple approaches.

Also, check out this helpful chart on storage of foods in root cellars.

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