Q&A :: Building a Cooler

The Question:

I am currently in the process of renovating a new location for my business. In this new space I will be building a 8 x 10 floral cooler. Working with contractors can be scary and frustrating. I am wondering if any other business owners have already been through this process? And if so; any advice to pass along? Mistakes that your contractors or yourself made? Approximate cost for the job?


The Answers:

Because a cooler will be one of your major expenses, talk to local restaurant owners or managers about their walk-in coolers. Find out who is the most reliable, local refrigeration service company, and give them a call. Check out coolbot.com to see if this technology might be the best option for you. Personally, I love using a floor sink for floral work; it makes processing flowers soooo much easier!
Margaret, Texas


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  1. I believe our final cost was just at 2000. We built the structure ourselves (nice to have liscenced contractors in the family). Then paid a liscenced heating and cooling company to install the condensing/cooling unit. If you’re concerned about heir credentials ask for a copy of their liscensure and if it doesn’t fee light follow your gut.

  2. I have a walk in cooler and also use a cool bot in it. It is 10′ x 6′ and have had the cool bot itself for about 3 years with no problems. Eliminates the expense and maintenance of the the condenser, evaporator, fans etc. I do run 2 warm mist humidifiers in it and I always have 94%+ humidity in my cooler and it can easily be adjusted. I only do wedding work, so my cooler does not run non-stop 24/7. But, it does usually run 4 days a week.

  3. My handyman Dad renovated my 12×6 backyard shed into a floral cooler/small workshop. He completely replaced all inside walls, floor & ceiling w/insulated panels. Also installed an A/C unit & programmable thermostat which can get temp down to 45 F. I run a humidifier which keeps humidity around 90% when flowers are in there. He also installed a work sink with a water line from the outside hose bib which is nice to have. Total cost was just under $2000. It’s a pretty small space but it works for me for right now!

  4. I agree with Bree, the cool bot seems to be the way to go.. You can read about the system.( Google it). From what I understand it’s cheaper and easier to maintain… Best of luck and let us know how and what you ended up doing, Home wedding worker who freezes her family out wants to know…

  5. We installed a cool-bot in a cargo trailer to create a mobile cooler that we can pull behind our pickup truck. It has worked VERY well, with our only mistake being not using enough insulation to compensate for the times it’s in full sun. We’re primarily flower farmers, so this winter while the cooler’s not a necessity, we’re adding extra insulation. If it were a built-in cooler we might not have this luxury, so think ahead about insulation before you begin.
    Also, I feel that consulting local colleagues who’ve gone down this road before you is the BEST idea. Nothing beats getting your hands on the thing you’re considering building and asking questions from the ground. Remember, there’s plenty of flower work out there. Your local colleagues CAN be just that – they don’t have to be just competitors. 🙂