Last year I was visiting a friend in her new (actually old) house. She had just purchased a 100-year-old island home. Although it now has a modern kitchen, two bathrooms, central heat & A/C, and up-to-date wiring, it still maintains its original character. The ceilings are low, interior walls are paneled with bead board, and the stairs are narrow.
The new owner made a special effort to show me the trap door in her small utility room.
I am wondering how many of our readers know why this trap door was cut in the floor of this old house. Leave a comment if you think you know.