Our cellar is a real celler, for - you know, cellering and things. It's got thick stone walls, and trees for beams.
I love it. It's not at all practical or usable for any kind of living space and that's a bummer. But it's got character. Charm, probably not. But definetly character.
We built some shelves, and The Husbands work bench is down there. We have the cool cellar doors like I always wanted, leading to the side yard. It's perfect for storing our homemade wine, and I hope eventually to use it as a food cellar.
I was doing some yard work today, enjoying the gorgous day, and coming out by the cellar doors I saw this.
Now, it's quite possible I just haven't noticed that wood like that before, but I doubt it. The wood feels soft, almost wet. And it's, like, 200 year old wood (so totally petrified and solid).
I think we have termites. I didn't see any bugs, but what else would do that? Which kinda ticks me off. These beams have been here for ages, we've lived here less than a year and termites might have moved in? What the heck are we doing wrong?! We're renting this house until we can buy it, so I contacted the owner. Well, e-mailed him. And I'll see him at work tomorrow. My head is spinning at the thought of what the cost might be. Thank goodness for the summer raise, eh? And now I feel creepy crawly thinking there are bugs eating our basement beams. Ew.
Anyone have experience with termites, is this what it looks like? Does it cost a fortune to treat them?
UPDATE: It's not termites. The guy knew exactly what I was talking about. Apparently I'm just not very observant and never noticed it! It happened years and years ago, apparently the house was abandoned for a period of time. He already had someone come in and reinforce support beams - so we're good to go! Remember how I said I worried too much?! :)