By Charles Richardson
Over the past few years a growing trend with homeowners has been to add luxury features to an existing home design: exotic bathroom spas, fire pits by the swimming pool, and outdoor kitchens, to name a few. One of the more popular enhancements has been the addition of a wine cellar. According to The Realty Times, the popularity of wine cellars can be traced, logically enough, to a growing connoisseur mindset among homeowners to collect and store wine. Aside from personal affinity, the appeal of adding a wine room or cellar to one’s home is two-fold: 1) it evokes an upscale, stylish ambiance that is attractive to friends and guests, and 2) it significantly increases the value of your home.
Where should I put my wine cellar?
Traditionally, wine cellars lend themselves, as the name implies, to cellars or basements. That’s primarily because the lower regions of the house are the coolest temperature-wise. However, what many people don’t realize is that wine cellars can be placed virtually anywhere. Depending upon your home design and your preference, homeowners can place a wine “cellar” in the pantry, under a staircase, in a study, in the garage, or anywhere there is sufficient space.
What is the cost of a wine cellar?
Wine cellars are like houses—the cost can vary considerably depending on multiple factors, size being chief among them. Equally significant is how prominent you want the wine room to be. If it is hidden and out of site, the cost can be nominal. If it is designed to be a focal point or centerpiece within the home, then the cost can increase of course. According to Food & Wine, “closet wine cellars, come in around $15,000 to $20,000, whereas larger rooms will typically run from $40,000 to $60,000, and upward.”
What design elements are most important?
Regardless of where you place your wine cellar, there are a few fundamental basics you want to adhere to. First and foremost, you need to ensure a climate controlled atmosphere that is consistently 55° to 60° Fahrenheit, with humidity set at 55% to 70%, so that the bottles are kept cool and the corks don’t loosen or dry out. It is critical to “prepare the room for refrigeration with the right placement of insulation and vapor barriers”(Food & Wine). Additionally, LED or soft lighting is preferable as it gives off less heat.
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