Making a basement "cold room"


Old 08-19-19, 12:54 PM
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Making a basement "cold room"

Hello everyone,

I am starting to think about renovating my basement, and I think I'd like to make a cooler storage area.

I live in Canada (Ottawa area), so it gets really cold her in the winter, so I would like to do this right.

In previous basements, I've done foam board - framing - insulation - 6 mil vapor barrier - drywall. Is this still the right way to do it?

If so, could I insulate the room like this: Foam board - framing - 6 mil vapor barrier - drywall, and then put the insulation on the outside walls of the cold room to make sure it doesn't impact the rest of the basement?

I know nothing about cold rooms, but this approach seems to make sense to me.

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Old 08-19-19, 04:24 PM
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Cold room for food storage?

The natural temp below ground is around 50 so you really want to insulate the room from the rest of the basement to keep heat out!
Old 08-20-19, 05:14 AM
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There are some pretty good cold storage designs around the net. I found a bunch years ago when I did one.
As previously mentioned, below grade will only get down so far.

I would suggest not using drywall in the room as it doesn't like moisture and will cause you some hate. Ideally puck board or another plastic would be best as it would not be as bad with moisture and easier to clean.

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