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Building a wine room in your home is a great way to utilize extra space. Not sure where to start? Let’s take a closer look.
If you thought wine rooms were reserved for swanky French restaurants, think again! As wine collecting has become a more common hobby, many people have taken to incorporating wine rooms into their homes. Unlike many other hobbies, wine collections require climate-controlled environments and are often kept under lock and key. While typically located in a basement, they can be located anywhere that is temperature-regulated.
Before you begin building your wine room, make sure you have a plan. Ask the following questions to help determine its size and design.
1. How much wine do you want to store?
If you live alone or tend to avoid company, you probably won’t require as much storage space as the social butterfly. Consider how much wine you drink in a month, and then estimate how many bottles you will need to store at one time.
2. How much space do you have at your disposal?
Of course, it doesn’t matter how much space you need if it exceeds the amount of space you have. Before making any other plans, decide where you want your wine room and how big you can afford to make it.
3. What is your budget?
Wine rooms range in price depending on the features and decor you want. Create a budget ahead of time so you don’t catch yourself off guard later.
4. Where is the wine room located?
Again, you don’t have to put your wine room in the basement, but a cool, dark area generally works best for wine storage.
1. Insulate the doors.
Not only should walls and ceilings be properly insulated, make sure the room remains airtight when you close the door. Weather-stripping or a door-sweep can help create that seal even on a door.
2. Use a moisture barrier.
A moisture barrier goes around your wine room’s insulation and ensures that the wine room stays at the proper humidity level. Additionally, the wine room must be kept at the proper temperature (usually below 70 degrees) to ensure the wine is not compromised.
3. Be organized.
Develop a system, and then stick to it. Whether you choose to organize your wine by type, brand, or size, decide what works best for you. This also helps you decide how you want your shelving and storage to look.
4. Build storage into the walls.
If you plan on your wine room being around for a long time, we recommend built-in storage. Wall shelving is sturdier than standalone shelving, and when you are dealing with rows of glass bottles, sturdiness matters.
5. Label everything.
Once everything is in place and ready to go, take the time to label everything clearly. This prevents confusion in the future when you’re searching for a specific bottle, or when you want to be sure and reserve one for a special occasion.
6. Use decorative touches.
Lighting, flooring, paint, wall decor, and shelving materials all affect the appearance of your wine room. If you want to make a bold statement, go for it! If, on the other hand, you’re going for a more understated, industrial vibe, choose metals and neutrals as your finishes.
At Sheffield Homes, we have more than 40 years of experience to help guide you through the homebuilding process, every step of the way. Call us today at 303-420-0056 to begin planning your custom home in the Denver metro area or in northern Colorado.