Some people feel that their love of wine warrants starting a collection. While some people are satisfied with keeping a wine rack by the kitchen or in the dinning room, there are those who have extra space in their homes and would love to use this space in order to create a wine cellar.
Having a wine cellar in one’s home allows an enthusiast to protect their wine collection in a manner that their investment deserves. One won’t have to worry about running to the store every time they have a taste for a particular bottle of wine. Enjoying their favorite wine will be as easy as walking a few feet to their wine cellar.
Here are some simple steps to take in order to create a home wine cellar.
- You’ll have to select a location that would be suitable for constructing a wine cellar.
- Make sure that the space offers a combination of being able to be climate controlled, and has enough ventilation. The space should restrict sunlight as well.
- See to it that you educate yourself and follow any construction codes that might be applicable in your state or city. Then, you will have to purchase construction frames. You might want to consult with a knowledgeable construction source that could advice you on building a wine cellar.
- Create a vapor barrier. The purpose of the vapor barrier is to keep excess humidity out of your wine cellar. You can do this by wrapping plastic sheeting outside of your cellar walls, and over the ceiling. You’ll next need to insulate the wine cellar. You can use either foam insulation, blown in insulation, or fiber glass insulation. check with a hardware store as to the grade of insulation that would be appropriate for a wine cellar.
- You’ll need to select materials to put on the walls. Many people would lean toward wooden plank panels. This is fine, but the wood needs to be rot-resistant. Great types of wood to use that are rot-resistant are red wood, or cedar planks. When you install a floor, carpet is a no-no. Carpet attracts moisture and it will get moldy. You want to go with cement or with tile, marble, slate, or vinyl laminate.
- Finally, install your door. When you purchase a door to use, get a door that is used for the exterior of a home. Make sure that you seal your door with weather stripping all around the door. As a finishing touch, you could install a temperature control system. This makes sure that your wine is always at the right storage temperature, and that the humidity is being monitored.