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House Tour: Basement

The final 'floor' to tour is beneath ground level.. Yep, the basement. So I call it a basement, 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 damp and there's no ventilation really, so not somewhere you would want to spend a great deal of time. We're not 100% what we intend to do just yet, making it into proper rooms would be ideal, but of course that comes at a cost. The cost is the hold back. Time will tell.. but here's the tour for now..

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


Following the stairs down you come to a sort of 'foyer' area.


Which has this original cupboard.


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


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



The second room is the coal chute. Coal would be shovelled down that chute and stored in this room.


Ahead of the stairs is a corridor that was probably used as an overflow room, when the previous room became full.


To the right of the stairs is an archway through to this massive room. I'm not sure what this room would have been used for. Perhaps a servants living space? Or maybe it just provided extra storage. Either way, it's pretty huuge!




This is probably one of the bigger basements I've been in and it's crazy that we own this much space! House tour complete, time to get renovating!

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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