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Cristo Balete
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Location: In the woods, West Coast USA
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Has anyone put a shed in deep shade with wind to cool it, instead of an in-ground root cellar?

My original plan was to dig out the side of the hill and put about 3/4 of the root cellar into the hillside, put a roof and a front on it.  I have a lot of ground water, so this would, in some year, get wet inside.  The maintenance of the roof and cinder block walls seems vulnerable, damp interior could be moldy.  It would be under pine tries that do create a type of mold.  I don't want to sink an old van or anything like that into the ground.  The soil here is very acid.  I don't want to engineer anything.

So I was thinking of putting a shed in deep shade in a windy location and cooling it with low wall and floor vents, high exit vents on the nonwindy side.  It might only get down to about 60 F during the day, not 50F that the ground version might do.  Any ideas?

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