From wine aficionados to mere enthusiasts, many of us are guilty of haphazardly storing wine on countertops or in fridges. To best maintain your wine collection, consider transforming a portion of your basement into a wine cellar. This will not only help you put your basement to good use, but also boost your home’s value. However, it’s important to start with a clear plan and budget. Here are a few tips.
Keep It Cool
Your first step in planning a wine cellar is to determine how to best control the climate. Wines generally need consistent and well-balanced temperature and humidity, so a specialized HVAC system or insulation plan will be essential.
- For larger budgets, a specialized wine cooling system will provide the most accurate control of your cellar’s climate and the maintenance of wine quality.
- Insulation offers an alternative for preservation and aging control on smaller budgets, with various options for different protection requirements.
The system that you choose will depend on your home’s unique needs, especially as certain geographic areas will require greater protection, especially in the Southern USA.
Create a Space
The next step is to decide how to organize and design your new cellar space, starting with calculating the overall size. In particular, if you are short on space or have a tight budget, consider renovating a closet or sub-area of the basement. Next, focus on the flooring and lighting systems. For the former, the name of the game is durability; for the latter, energy efficient bulbs and dimmers will likely provide the most effective and adaptable option. The last big decision you will have to make is your storage system, namely the type of racks to be used. Wood and its natural aesthetic is the traditional choice, but stainless steel shelving will prevent airborne contamination even as it provides a more contemporary look to your space. Finally, consider other additional options, such as a tasting area or ornate cellar door, to add the finishing touches to your new wine cellar.
Although this transformation will obviously take a bit of work, the rewards are well worth it. To ensure the best results and to prevent any potential problems with the creation of your cellar, be sure to consult experts and design specialists. They can both help you accurately determine the best options for storing your wines and assist in the design of a unique and attractive wine storage space in your home.