What is the name of those door, often metal, at the back of a house?
They lead up from the basement, are horizontal or slightly inclined
from horizontal, I think often in a concrete frame. The swing to the
side and you generally come up stairs to the backyard.
I am looking for the common name for this feature, if there is a
common name for them. If not a more professional terms would be good.
This is for a fiction work.
On 27 Jul 2007, email@example.com wrote
Not trying to be smart, but I think they're most commonly called
Some other types have other names -- "cellar flaps" or "hatches" for
those ones that lie flat in the sidewalk -- but I can't imagine
anyone mistaking what you meant if you wrote "cellar doors".
("You'll be sorry when you see me/Sliding down our cellar door...")
Architectural and topographical historian
Thanks. I have cellar doors in there now. If it wasn't so central to
the story I wouldn't care.
You can also have a staircase that goes down to vertical doors that
lead to the basement (the stairs, thus, being outside), but these
doors are not like that.
I just noticed your 'Cheers'. I should have asked what they would be
called in the USA, though I suspect your answer will still hold.
Thanks in any case.
replying to priorityman, JC wrote:
They are called Sidewalk or Bilco Doors. See story of woman who fell into open
I meant the appellation, not the thing itself. My house had such a thing
when we bought it, but no one around here calls them 'storm cellars'.
Cellars, yes. Basements, more usual, but we don't get storms of any scale
requiring a shelter.
replying to eds, Nameschange wrote:
I worked in the Boston area and have been trying to think of this term for
years. I swear there was another word, and I think it was "manwell." Bulkhead
was the other common word
This is from the Bilco web site
Bilco sells a range of hatches and other "access products".
Basement Door - Classic Series Steel Sided
Direct basement access allows homeowners to get the full use of their
home. Large furniture, game tables and bulky appliances move easily in
and out of a Bilco basement door. Garden tools, deck and patio
furniture and pool supplies go directly to and from the yard. Service
crews can go directly to the utilities, reducing traffic and potential
damage to floors, walls and property.
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