A number of years ago I began planning and building a root cellar/cold storage room off the back of the water tank room, behind the greenhouse. This spot gets the least amount of sun most of the cooler part of the year and so is a natural for a root cellar..even though the structure is only half in the ground. During the time of the year that it is used for storage of summer bounty, the suns low angle is glancing off the north-facing roof-line, and all the cement, stone and ceramic keep it noticeably cooler even on the warmest summer days when the solar angle is more overhead. The orchard and garden produce a large enough amount of fruit and vegetables that require a good-sized space to keep cool before and after we process by canning, juicing, drying, etc. All year ’round it will be used to keep the homemade wine, cider and beer dark and cool. The supply storage area in the adjacent water-tank room is perfect for keeping all the extra boxes, bottles, canning jars etc., and is easily accessed through the double-door hatch from inside the cave.
It feels great to be using all the cuts and waste of tile that normally would have ended up in a land fill..and creating a beautiful and functional piece of art. Walls, ceiling and floor have been creatively, and painstakingly formed into an amazing space by the different artists spending many long hours adding their own flair with pieces of broken ceramic and stone.
Now finished, with a hand-made and round-top door, it is a beautiful and important addition to the farm, and holds not only what it was planned to, but also many great memories.