Build A Wine Cellar

How to build wine cellar structures that are problem free can be tricky if you’re learning as you go, but if you keep a few key things in mind, you can have everything running without a hitch. The fact is, there are a few things to consider which can be very easily overlooked, even though they can be very simple common sense things. Without watching out for these simple mistakes however, you will be courting disaster, truly – so in understanding how to build wine cellars correctly, what are these things we need to watch out for?

First up is moisture and condensation. It isn’t as though it isn’t obvious, but you see, this holds true even whether you are using electrical refrigeration units in your cellar (the fact that these are insulated in and of themselves isn’t enough), or if you are building a wooden structure to hold and age all of your wines in your cellar, using the coldness of the cellar as passive refrigeration. Condensation can damage your walls and ceiling and flooring either way, so in understanding how to build wine cellar spaces, it’s best to use a vapor barrier using the correct type of sheet rock as well as plastic sheeting to separate what holds your wines and the surrounding area, dampness-wise.

You should also remember that to make a wine cellar with flooring left simply as sealed concrete, ceramic or tile, is best – you should never ever lay down rugs or carpeting of any kind, as this is where moisture will be attracted to, and held within. This is the perfect way to start a mold farm. Mold will damage wood, ruin walls floors and your ceiling, and poses a very serious health hazard to anyone… oh, and it will completely destroy your wine as well, corked or not – be well warned, and take heed.

Using the proper woods to make wine cellar cabinetry is also something to consider here… oak and maple are nice, but there are particularly moisture resistant woods such as teak and purpleheart as well. This can be quite expensive, but the silica content in these woods allow them to be even left outdoors in any weather without ever rotting. Redwood is another type which is popular. But you must always steer quite clear away from aromatic woods (all cedar types, for example), as the aroma from these, detectable by you or not, will taint your wines and ruin them, no matter how well corked, make no mistake.

Build a Wine Cellar

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Wine Cellar Construction Tips

Having a home wine cellar is always a great ice breaker when friends and family come to visit. Just the idea of being able to enter your own home wine cellar and host a small wine tasting party, can make you feel like you have climbed the social ladder to a quite comfortable level. However, looks can be deceiving, as the only way quite a few people can actually afford to add a wine cellar to their home, is if they use the do-it-yourself method.

Once the decision has been made to build a wine cellar of your own, a little education in wine storage, as well as wine chemistry and just wine in general is a must. Do not skip this part, it comes before anything else, and can make all the difference in the world in the functionality of the finished product.

For starters, you will need to know at what constant temperature and humidity percentage that wine can be successfully stored at. Wine is sensitive to changes in temperature, and especially abrupt or large fluctuations. The chemistry of the wine can change over time when this happens, as the expansion and contraction of the cork will ultimately lead to wine seeping out and wine killing air to seep in. Air is the number one enemy of wine. Another little know fact, is that wine should never be shaken or be exposed to a lot of movement. When this happens, make sure the wine is able to rest for at least a few hours before opening.

After you have familiarized yourself with all of the pertinent information about wine and wine storage guidelines, there are a few things to keep in mind as far as doing things in order as you begin the construction. If you are building your wine cellar in a basement and using a concrete floor, you will need to lay down a concrete sealer for insulation purposes. You will want to do this first, so any fumes that might get locked in and permeate the interior are aired out. Any above ground floors will need to be insulated with R-19 fiberglass insulation with a 6 mil. polyethylene sheet as a vapor barrier.

Just keep in mind that before any of the finish work is started, including walls, the room needs to be well insulated. A lot of the do-it-yourself books do not emphasize the importance of doing this. Interior walls should all be R-12 and exterior walls should be R-19, and either will need the poly vapor barrier. Just make sure that the room is airtight, Check around vents, outlets and pipes for leakage. A solid core door is required with weather stripping completely surrounding the jam area.

These are just a few tips that you should really concentrate on in order to have the best wine cellar experience.

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Wine Cellar Design – Where to build a wine cellar?

Wine is synonymous with sophistication. In centuries past, you needed to have a fair amount of wealth to have a wine cellar packed full of wine that is aging to perfection. These days it is more of an investment to collect high-end bottles of wine needing to age. You need a place to store and protect your investment for long periods. Here are 5 tried and true wine cellar designs.

1 Basement or Cellar – If your home has a basement or cellar currently or you decide to build them on, you are set up perfectly to build a beautiful room to store, age and show your wine collection. There are all types of shelving to add to your room from waterfall cascading racks and more. Depending on whether you want to use the whole room for wine or just part of it, you may need a cabinet that is capable of holding enough bottles for your wine. Be sure to keep the temperature at about 50 degrees Fahrenheit and the sun off your bottles. Humidity levels need checked as well. It should be at about 55 percent.

2. Garage – Utilize space in your garage to put up a cabinet that you have designed or purchased. Make sure to have the wine cabinet where it is not going to be in the way of tools, bikes and automobiles. The wine rack in your cabinet should be more than enough to keep your collection growing as long as you like it too. The double door cabinets are a favorite for this purpose. Just do not forget to leave enough space on the sides if you intend to open the doors all the way.

3. Closet or Spare Room – You can turn a room or closet in your home that is not in use into storage with a wine cellar design. You can get a climate-controlled unit that has lockable doors and keys so that you never have to worry about hindering the wines integrity.

4. Under the Stairs – This is not the largest space but a favorite for those that want to have a wine cellar without the worry of taking up usable walking space in their home. Use a cascading style rack to get the most bottles into this space.

5. Custom Designs – Many people like to have a custom wine cellar design. There are many mass production designs that are in many homes but if you want to show off your collection, this is the way to do it. This one is unique to your location. The individuality shows a style that is all yours. Get it in any size or style that suits your needs. Have the security that your investment is safe and secure. Make your vision a reality.

Wine Cellar Design

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