Farmers used to store their vegetables in an underground space in the middle of a field. Come fall, potatoes, cabbage, carrots and other garden produce was stored underground. Otherwise the vegetables were found under the house in a space known as a root cellar.
It’s quite likely that root cellars and natural caves still exist in Quebec. You just have to go for a walk far out in the country to find them.
These underground spaces have a dual advantage: they stay cool in the summer despite the hot weather and they are protected from freezing in winter. If you go into one of these underground spaces, you’ll find that they’re cool and humid, and that the only light usually comes from the light of day through the open door.
We tasted food cooked in a wood oven on the roof of a hotel at the Siwa Oasis in Egypt. We didn’t see what it was made of. We did notice the exquisite taste of the lavash (Egyptian bread that we call pita bread), Clepara pizza and oum mali (oriental pudding).
More and more people are building an outdoor oven in Quebec. These ovens are taking different shapes. One thing to keep in mind is that the materials have to support high temperatures for a long time. You think that brick would be the obvious choice. But wait! The quality of the brick or its finish are not always up to par.
You just can’t combine field rocks or bricks stuck together with mortar. Our cold temperatures require a good insulation system.
Do you want to put together an original headboard? Let your imagination and creativity run wild to make this future work of art a reality! A personalized touch makes all the difference.
The project design starts with how much you’re willing to invest in terms of time and money. Is it going to be a one-day project or one week? Or is it simply the pleasure of building something with your own hands, regardless of the time it takes. How much are you willing to spend on materials?