Has anybody here added fridge and/or freezer storage to their basement? If you were doing it all over again, what advice would you have?
We’re considering getting a freezer or refrigerator that would live in our non-temperature-controlled, 1920s basement. Currently our situation is we have a refrigerator that’s smaller than normal by American standards. My main issues are that it’s difficult to stock the fridge with enough fresh vegetables when shopping for two weeks. And in the summers I can barely jam the weekly CSA vegetables in there (which means items sometimes end up damaged). Plus the freezer is too small to stock with items such as homemade soup stock and any meaningful amount of make-ahead meals. Only room for a small quantity of anything in that freezer.
We’re not going to remodel the small kitchen to accommodate a larger, more useful fridge. Basement storage seems the more realistic route.
I started with the notion of adding a small chest freezer and living with my fridge challenges—which might ease up if I can process and freeze some items. Starting to weigh the pros and cons of freezer only or a fridge with freezer.
I’m going to start by looking at garage-ready models to see how realistic this possibility is. Our basement can get chilly in winter and humid in summer. Never gets hot.