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Old 08-02-2011, 10:13 PM   #1
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I have a corner in my basement that I want to make into a "cold room"

The basement is currently poured walls with a cement floor.

I am going to wall off/insulate from the rest of the basement, including the ceiling.

I am assuming that I do not want to insulate the outside walls/floor. As this is how it will keep cold.

But I do want to make sure I do not have mold issues. Thoughts on the floor? I was thinking stone tile.
Cement walls could be painted with epoxy?

Inside walls that I make could be lined with wood that is stained/polyurethane?

I am wondering if I am going to have high humidity issues with this?

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I have a cold room and it has a dirt or sandy floor. All the cold rooms I have seen that work really good do not have a solid concrete or tile floor so I am not sure if you will be able to achieve the proper results as humidity is very important and the dirt floors seam to control that. I know that commercial cold rooms have concrete floor but they have a very elaborate cooling and humidity system.

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I have a corner in my basement that I want to make into a "cold room"

The basement is currently poured walls with a cement floor.

I am going to wall off/insulate from the rest of the basement, including the ceiling.

I am assuming that I do not want to insulate the outside walls/floor. As this is how it will keep cold.

But I do want to make sure I do not have mold issues. Thoughts on the floor? I was thinking stone tile.
Cement walls could be painted with epoxy?

Inside walls that I make could be lined with wood that is stained/polyurethane?

I am wondering if I am going to have high humidity issues with this?
What is the use of the cold room? That information will help.
If you live ia a humid place, the room will be humid. Where I live, the dehumidifier runs from May through October.
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It will be a wine cellar

Optimum is 55 degrees F year round.
with 55-80% humidity.

So it really isn't that dry to begin with.

I would probably have more of an issue with the summer temp!
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It will be a wine cellar

Optimum is 55 degrees F year round.
with 55-80% humidity.

So it really isn't that dry to begin with.

I would probably have more of an issue with the summer temp!
You will need a cooling unit in the room to maintain the 55 degrees in the warm months. My "cold room"(crawlspace) is now 72 degrees F. During the late Fall, Winter and Spring it ranges from a low of about 50 to 60F.
It will also need to be well insulated or the unit will run constantly.
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