The construction of a proper wine cellar protects your investment and helps you enjoy your collection even more. But a wine cellar can be a more complicated room to add to your home than most other rooms. There are, in fact, five key components that must be determined before you start any work. Here's what you need to know about them.
1. Structural Changes
If converting an existing or planned room in your home, you may still need to make significant changes to its structure. In general, long-term storage of wines calls for a constant temperature of 55 to 59 degrees Fahrenheit and humidity of 55% to 75%. To achieve this — without damaging the house — you may need more insulation, a different door and seal, and moisture barriers.
2. Wine Coolers
Cooling units keep wines at their optimal temperature. These purpose-driven units come in several different varieties depending on how much space you have and where you want the generator. A cooler can create some noise, so some owners use two-part systems to keep the generator at a distance or a system of ducts to direct airflow.
The flooring in a wine cellar doesn't have much to do with protecting the wine's condition, but it's an important consideration. Not only can they affect sound absorption, but some flooring materials will hold up better if you drop a bottle than others do.
4. Wine Racks
How do you want to store and display your collection? Wine racks are designed to hold individual bottles, large bottles, cases, and collections — so you need to decide what you're storing and how it will be organized. If your focus is on long-term storage rather than appearance, you can often save money with a more utilitarian racking system. The more you want to display, the more elaborate the racks will likely be.
5. Tasting Accessories
Finally, do you want your wine cellar to be just for storage or do you want to spend time in it? The more time you plan to be here, the more you'll want to add accessories. These might include tables and seating, display and tabletop racks, smaller chilling units, a sound system, storage, a sink, and accent lighting. Even if you can't budget for everything right now, factor in usage during construction to avoid added costs later.
Where to Start
Ready to start working on the design of your own wine cellar? Begin by meeting with a remodeling contractor who specializes in custom wine cellars in your climate. With their guidance, you're sure to find the perfect balance among all these factors to create the wine cellar of your dreams. Call today for an appointment.
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