How to design a wine room or wine cellar
In some homes, a wine cellar or wine room is becoming a must-have. Whether you’re embarking on a self-build project or extending your home with a wine cellar, we can help you to design a bespoke wine cellar for you. In this blog post, we are going to delve deeper into wine cellar design to help you understand the different options that are available to you, as well as the various considerations that need to be taken into account to ensure a stunning and practical wine room.
The wine you will be storing makes a difference
When you’re speaking with our experienced architects about your wine cellar, you will need to talk about the sort of collection you are going to be housing in the wine room. One of the biggest errors people make is building a wine room that houses the collection they have at the moment. You need to leave room for growth. Around 30 per cent growth room is recommended. You also need to think about the sort of bottles you collect. This will influence the racking system that you decide to have installed in the cellar.
Temperature control is one of the most vital areas to consider
When it comes to this sort of project, one area that needs a huge amount of consideration is temperature control. You cannot afford to cut corners here. You want to be able to control the humidity and temperature of the room so that you can protect your wine until the moment you open it. For long-term wine storage, the ideal temperature is between 55 and 58 degrees Fahrenheit. To ensure corks do not dry out, humidity should be between 50 and 70 per cent. This highlights why it is so important to choose an architect that has experience in wine room design, as they will understand your requirements. After all, if you do not have access to a basement room with a steady temperature, you’re going to have to take steps to make a space suitable for your needs. This will involve investing in a temperature-controlled wine cellar or fridge.
What sort of space is available to you?
No matter whether your wine room is going to be part of your self-build or you need to create space from your existing home, this is an area that must be considered carefully. A lot of people like to have the luxury of a fully dedicated custom wine room. If you’ve got the space, why not? If you don’t, though, don’t panic. You are not going to need to have 5,000 square feet of space in order to have your own wine storage area. We are able to get around a whole host of different challenges including stairways, low ceilings, angled rooms, narrow spaces, and much more. It is all about understanding the space that you have available and making it work for you, rather than trying to force something into the space that is not going to work or fit properly.
Have fun and express your style
While there are a lot of practical considerations when it comes to a wine cellar or wine room, this is also a space whereby you are able to show off your own personal style and have a lot of fun. We would definitely recommend doing a bit of digging online for inspiration. There are lots of great interior design magazines, and you always have Instagram and Pinterest too. You can take a look at some of the incredible wine room designs from across the world, and this will help you to understand what is truly possible when it comes to the style side of things. From elegant, luxurious cellars to those with more of an industrial look; the sky really is the limit, so don’t miss out on this opportunity to have fun and let your true character shine through.
Thinking about the future
When it comes to any sort of construction project, thinking about the future is imperative. We have already spoken about how it is important to make sure you consider the future in terms of the space you give yourself for wine storage. Nevertheless, you also need to think about wine cellar maintenance as well. After all, you are going to need to give your wine room a bit of TLC. You will need to make sure that you service your climate control system every six to 12 months. Not only this, but it is critical to ensure proper records are kept for all of the bottles you have in the wine cellar. If you do a bit of digging online, you will see that you can actually get specialised software for this. This is going to make your life a lot easier in terms of managing the different wine bottles you have in your wine cellar and knowing where they are placed. However, you will also need to make sure that your wine room has been designed in order to work in harmony with the software you use.
There is no denying that there is a lot that needs to be taken into account when it comes to creating the perfect wine room for your home. A lot of people dive right into this project with little thought, assuming that it is straightforward. However, there is a lot of organisation that is involved if you are to make sure that your wine room is functional and working for you. Plus, the last thing you want is to create a wine room that is not able to provide the right conditions for storage.