hallway - William Gatewood House, Charleston, SC - wall color: "Rhett Pumpkin" #DCR021 from Duron Paints' "Colors of Historic Charleston" collection - photo by Rick McKee

hallway - William Gatewood House, Charleston, SC - wall color: "Rhett Pumpkin" #DCR021 from Duron Paints' "Colors of Historic Charleston" collection - photo by Rick McKee

Common construction methods of root cellars:  Digging down into the ground and erecting a shed or house over the cellar. Digging into the side of a hill (easier to excavate and facilitates water drainage). Building a structure at ground level and piling rocks, earth, and/or sod around and over it. This may be easier to build on rocky terrain where excavation is difficult.  Most root cellars were built using stone, wood, cement, and sod. Newer ones may be made of concrete with sod on top.

Common construction methods of root cellars: Digging down into the ground and erecting a shed or house over the cellar. Digging into the side of a hill (easier to excavate and facilitates water drainage). Building a structure at ground level and piling rocks, earth, and/or sod around and over it. This may be easier to build on rocky terrain where excavation is difficult. Most root cellars were built using stone, wood, cement, and sod. Newer ones may be made of concrete with sod on top.

Upstairs hall, untouched since 1964 in leading British architect Sir Albert Richardson’s (1880-1964) perfect country home in Bedfordshire, England. Via Christies, September 2013, image by Simon Upton.

Upstairs hall, untouched since 1964 in leading British architect Sir Albert Richardson’s (1880-1964) perfect country home in Bedfordshire, England. Via Christies, September 2013, image by Simon Upton.

Lifestyle: A Rare Opportunity for a Residence by Johanna McBrien from Antiques & Fine Art magazine

Lifestyle: A Rare Opportunity for a Residence by Johanna McBrien from Antiques & Fine Art magazine

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