We love wine! And we know that a dream of all of the wine lovers is to have their own wine cellar. The best moment to build one is a removal. If you are wondering why and how to do it, read our article and create a place to store your favourite wines.
Building a wine cellar in your home is not an easy task. However, the rewards are undeniable. It gives you the opportunity to store your own wine for many years and increase the value of your property. Not every house owner can boast its own basement to store wines, can it? Follow our steps and create a beautiful and practical wine cellar.
Step one – the proper infrastructure for storage
A crucial to a wine cellar is the proper infrastructure to store. It’s important to prepare the right placement of vapour barriers and insulation. Building a wine cellar, if you miss a step, you can end up with a real catastrophe. Apart from the walls, insulation should cover the floor and ceiling to control environmental conditions. You must install exterior-grade doors to ensure a tight seal and keep the lighting low to reduce heat. Try also to build a room where the temperature is 55 degrees Fahrenheit and humidity from 55 to 70 per cent. Only under those conditions, bottles will be cool and corks don’t loosen and spoil the contents. Considering the above, the best place to build a wine cellar in your basement because that’s the coolest place in your apartment and most of the people have there an extra space.
Step two – dining and tasting
If you want to build a room not only for the wine storage of wines but also to taste them and eat there sometimes a dinner with your friends, you will need some more space. A classic wine cellar is a 10×10-foot room – you can store there about 1,600 bottles of wine. So, if you want to put a table and chairs there, you must have a room that is at least 20×20-foot. Think about it before you buy a new home and move there.
Step three – air conditioner
An absolutely critical step considering building a wine cellar is to equip it with the air conditioner which can properly preserve and mature your wines. A wine cellar should maintain a temperature of about 55 degrees Fahrenheit or 3 to 4 more or less. Warmer – your wine will age faster. Cooler – your wine will age slower. Because of an unusual temperature and humidity requirements, normal home air conditioning is not enough. You should buy a more professional air conditioner like a split system controlling temperature and humidity.
Step four – framing, drywall and humidity
Don’t forget to frame your space with some 2-by-4 or 2-by-6 walls. However, a thicker wall will allow for thicker insulation – you’ll have a more controlled environment. A good idea is also to use a spray-foam insulation which is an insulator and a vapour barrier at the same time. If you don’t want to try it, you should use a 6-millimetre poly moisture barrier on the outside of all the framed walls. Don’t forget also to add some humidity to your room. It can be a basic humidifier, an indoor fountain or a waterfall. What you will choose depends only on your imagination. Remember also to install the wiring while your wine cellar walls are open.
Step five – display your wine
One of the most enjoyable moments of creating a wine cellar is to decide how to store the bottles. You can use racks, bulk storage or display. Whatever method you choose, your wine cellar will look stunning and make you feel satisfied each time you enter it. If you decide to put a table there, don’t forget to organise a small opening party. What can be better than a group of friends, wine and a desk of cheeses and olive oils?
Building a wine cellar is a time-consuming process which needs proper preparations and a lot of patience. That’s why the best moment to think about constructing one is a removal. That way you can plan everything in advance and avoid mess and stress connected with reconstructing your house.
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