Cellar Dweller



….mine is not even this nice, read on, you’ll see….






Well, I’m not a dweller but I do have a cellar, rather I have a problem with my cellar that I thought I’d share. If anyone has had a similar issue, if anyone has suggestions by all means jump in! I’ve consulted with a few pros, I’ve decided on a plan but I’m still open to input…and misery does love company so feel free to add to the story.

I moved from Toronto two years ago. My house is an early 1950s Cape Cod in Dundas, a wonderful, big, one owner house, of course one owner can be code for ‘needs some updating’ and this in fact is the case (blue and pink bathrooms and wallpapered ceiling, just the start…). But, you can tell the house was loved and that’s a good thing. The house was loved, the cold room was not and that’s the part of the basement needing more than TLC, this is a critical ICU scenario.

During our inspection we could see, after nearly busting the door prying it open, the cinder block in the long unused cold room was cracking and being pushed in by the earth. We knew we’d have to deal with it but the list of deal with was long and this was way down. **It’s important in life to acknowledge your own truth—yes we ignored it for two years, shameful! As a realtor I’d not recommend ignoring such a thing but of course at times we don’t take our own advice…** The cost of ignoring is $20,000, the first quote to fix the cold room making it usable. Because time has passed the situation has worsened, the front porch sits atop the cold room, the concrete ceiling in the cold room is collapsing, the shelving has collapsed, rebar is exposed, apparently if we wait much longer we’ll have a porch in the basement.


For $10k+ I could have it removed, filled in, entry to the basement blocked in and waterproofed and a new concrete front porch built. But my house project list is still long so I ask if we can shave further and we did…this next level will properly remove the cold room, fill, waterproof, and the concrete front porch will be replaced by a wood front porch. We’ll jazz it up using rubber rock/rubber stone, it goes by many names,  and we’re going to try to use the original wrought iron railing. While we’ve been renovating we’ve maintained elements of the original house: we love some of the features of the era like the beautiful coved ceilings, the big wood burning fireplace, and we like the fact that this was one family’s home, we don’t want to remove all traces of their stewardship…..with the stroke of a pen on a cheque we do however want to remove their cold room  🙂



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