Most older homes in the Greater Toronto Area have a cold room under the front porch in the basement. Although traditionally people tend to use the cold room or the “root cellar” for storing food, it is increasingly becoming popular to turn this space into additional basement storage.
Cold rooms have concrete floors and walls and are often as cold as a fridge! Humidity can be felt in a cold room which is due to moisture and air that goes through the concrete. In some cases this can cause condensation and turn into major problems.
There are two ways of dealing with the problems a cold room can cause:
- Installing an insulated door between your basement and the cold room and
- properly insulating the ceiling and the exterior walls of your cold room and turning it into additional space of your basement that is conditioned with proper air flow.