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Earth Cellars

Whats the point of them? am I missing somthing?? you can't do anthing with them, eg grow plants in them, they are dark and everything single one I have been in has been damp, so what are they for? or are they just so the builder could save costs not laying a concrete floor??
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Old 23.09.2010, 11:39
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The house I grew up in in the states had an earth cellar and it also was damp and dark all the time ( but then the house was near on 200 yrs old )
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Whats the point of them? am I missing somthing?? you can't do anthing with them, eg grow plants in them, they are dark and everything single one I have been in has been damp, so what are they for? or are they just so the builder could save costs not laying a concrete floor??

as far as I know earth cellars are ideal to store wine, apples, potatoes, onions ..veggies in general..
I use it for this purpose..
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Old 23.09.2010, 11:53
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as far as I know earth cellars are ideal to store wine, apples, potatoes, onions ..veggies in general..
I use it for this purpose..
Yes true. Many people have rebuilt older houses and concreted over the earth. But for the purposes you state it creates ideal conditions. I guess people don't store as much foodstuff as they used to.
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Whats the point of them? am I missing somthing?? you can't do anthing with them, eg grow plants in them, they are dark and everything single one I have been in has been damp, so what are they for? or are they just so the builder could save costs not laying a concrete floor??
Not sure exactly what you are referring to?

1. There are indeed mounds of earth, typcially outside or adjacent to houses that were the old style refrigerators, typically used to keep foods stored at optimal temp. and humidity for long storage, often referred to as root cellers.

2. In Swiss romade we have what is referred to in french as 'vide sanitaire', ie. a part or all of the basement that is under the foundation of the house that is 'unfinished', ie. has earth floor, no elec., no wall finishing, etc.

If referring to 2, yes, have one. They were made to make the house more 'healthy' and let it breathe. Most architects will praise their existence. However, I've heard that after a few years of building the house, the house has settled and now days there is little need to keep them in such an unfinished state. Currently at the moment contemplating changing it into a usable celler by pouring concrete and doing a few other things. If dampness or air circulation is a problem in the house or general area, better to keep the vide sanitarie.

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Yes true. Many people have rebuilt older houses and concreted over the earth. But for the purposes you state it creates ideal conditions. I guess people don't store as much foodstuff as they used to.
Yup, our chalet had one too. Great for keeping an emergency supply of root vegetables on hand in case of heavy snow, and for storing flower bulbs to plant up the garden the following year.
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