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Bringing some warmth to our walk-in fridge of a kitchen

Postby bigglesworth » Mon Jan 17, 2022 2:59 pm

Hi, I'm just after some general advice regarding our kitchen, which is a single-storey extension and so has two exterior walls and a flat roof. It's basically like a walk-in fridge for much of the year and I suspect it's not caused by just one factor - there's no heating in there (we use a small electric fan heater to take the chill off), there's an extractor fan which is effectively an open window, the floor is tiled.

These are the bits I know but what I can't say is what, if any, insulation has been used. I suspect minimal or none. We will hopefully be getting a new kitchen in the next 6 months so it's an opportunity to do something to help, although we're doing it on a budget as we also want to move in the next couple of years. Would insulation and laminate make much of a difference compared to the current tiles? And is there any sense in trying to put anything in the ceiling? I daren't look what's up there yet but it looks like some form of cladding, so presumably there will be joists above. The ceiling height is decent enough so we could even lower it a bit if adding insulation will really help.

I know this is a little vague but any advice would be much appreciated. It's going to be a pain of a job as it is as we also have damp so need to treat that before the new kitchen goes in. I'm just trying to think of what else we might look at whilst we have a completely empty room. Thanks in advance!
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Postby stoneyboy » Tue Jan 18, 2022 11:19 pm

Hi bigglesworth,
Probably worth doing the floor as you suggest, lining the outside walls with breathable membrane and forming an insulated stud wall. Also insulate the ceiling.
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