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House Tour: Basement

The final section of our new house tour! This 'floor' is beneath ground level - it's the basement! Whilst I'm calling it a basement, I think most would call it a cellar. Is there a difference? I'm not sure. Either way, it's underground, you get what I mean. At the moment it's really just there for storage. It's a little humid down there and there's little ventilation. At the moment, it's not somewhere you would want to spend a great deal of time.

We're not 100% sure on what we intend to do with it just yet. Of course, making it into a proper room would be most ideal, but I guess that really depends on cost. Time will tell - but here's the tour for now...

The stairs to the cellar are behind this door in the dining room.

stairs down to victorian cellar



Following the stairs down you come to a sort of 'foyer' area. Loving the quarry tiles and old barn-style doors down here!

Victorian cellar with quarry tiles on floor

This little area also has this beautiful original cupboard. Can't wait to strip paint and scrub this up!

victorian basement with cupboards

To the right of the stairs are two rooms with stable-like doors.

old stable doors in victorian cellar



The first door holds the electric and gas meter and also the original meat safes. These would have been used to store raw meat before the days of fridges, and presumably the netted doors would keep the flies out. I also love the floor in here!

victorian cellar with meat safe

meat safe in victorian cellar

The second room is where the coal chute comes through. Coal would be shovelled down that chute and stored in this room. Needless to say, it's a little dusty in here.

coal room with coal chute in cellar

Ahead of the stairs is a corridor that was probably used as an overflow room, when the previous room became full. Well, that's what we think anyway!

victorian cellar

And then we have one final room (I know, there's so many!) which is to the right of the stairs. We're not sure what this room would have been used for, perhaps a servant living space? Or maybe it just provided extra storage. Either way, it's pretty huuge! And probably our favourite room down here.



large room in cellar

victorian cellar basement

cellar renovation

A lot of space huh? It's probably the biggest basement I've been in and has literally SO much potential, I can't tell you how excited I am. We just need that little thing called 'money' first, eugh!

So that's it! House tour complete. Time to get renovating! Watch this space...

1 comment

  1. Hi Kezzabeth,

    I stumbled upon your blog while trying to figure out what the rooms in our Victorian basement were used for. We have the same foyer/mini rooms/arch room thing going as well. I wanted to comment in case it helped you since our big room is still complete...REALLY complete. It's the old kitchen. It likely contained the old oven/kitchener and copper. Yours might have been removed. Do one of your chimney stacks line up over one of the walls? It was probably there.

    I have photos up so you can see what I mean: http://wereallmadhere.com/blog/a-victorian-basement-kitchen/

    I look forward to commiserating with your pain...I mean, reading your updates. Keep the faith over your kitchen, it will be worth it in the end.

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