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Root cellar idea

 
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Hello everyone,

I live on 1/3 acre is a normal suburban area so I cant get away with digging a root cellar. I do have a basement with a partial crawl. The crawl is not blocked off from the rest of the basement so it probably 65 degrees in there since part of the basement is heated. I was thinking if I could block the crawl off and dig down a small portion a few feet it would keep everything a lot cooler. New to all food storage so any advice will be greatly appreciated.

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The first two things to think about IMO are water and structural integrity.

If the water table is reliably below the depth you wish to excavate, and you're able to do the digging well away from the load bearing parts of the foundation, it seems pretty practical to me.

Shoring to keep the excavated area from collapsing would be needed, you don't want the material towards the foundation sliding towards the new hole..
 
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If I did it on the interior wall that touches the basement I could dig down 3 feet and there wouldn't be an issue with the structure. I could build a box so it doesnt collapse in.
 
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I took a picture last night to clarify a bit. If I dug out on the other side of the concrete wall. There are ten ft between that wall the other footing so I dont think it would cause any mess with the structural integrity. I was thinking of digging enough out only for a shelf and room in front to walk by. Thank again for the advice. I wish I lived on a farm.
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