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Location, location, location

The first step you should undertake when designing your custom wine cellar is the location in which you plan to install it. The location of your wine room will impact many of its features and define its design in many ways. For example, a freestanding wine cellar may require the construction of four walls to enclose the space, while a wine cellar built in a corner will only need two walls. It’s important to determine how the environment in your selected space could impact the construction of the wine cellar as well. If your cellar will be in a typically humid area, such as a basement, you may require additional temperature and humidity controls when compared to a cellar installed in an area that already has ambient climate control, such as a kitchen pantry.

Size matters

Size is a key consideration when designing your wine room because it too can impact many elements of your design. For example, if you have a modest collection of fewer than 100 bottles, you could probably construct a wine wall to meet your storage needs. However, if you’re an avid collector with thousands of vintages that require a home, you’ll need to plan on building out a larger space to accommodate your collection. The size of the wine room will impact the equipment that will be used to monitor and maintain temperature and humidity, so make sure you think about that as it can affect the cost of your project.

Learn the logistics

Wine cellar storage isn’t a one-size-fits-all affair. Different types of wines have different temperature requirements. Therefore, you need to consider the wines in your collection when planning your design. For example, if you only collect red wines, you don’t need to be concerned with a design that creates optimal conditions for whites. Or, if you are a dedicated collector of all wines, you may want to build a cellar with climate control for storing a variety of vintages. Make sure you know what will best suit your collection before beginning the design process.

Know your storage options

The wines in your cellar must be properly stored, which usually means that you need to install racks. However, you should decide what types of racks you want to use before beginning your design. Simple traditional racks will keep your wines visible and at the forefront, but they may take up a great deal of space. Many collectors like the label forward storage option so they can easily see the wine’s full label. Decide what type of storage you’d like to use, as it may impact the space you need to install your cellar. A wine cellar design professional can help you with these options.

A custom wine cellar can be a tremendous addition to the home or business of any wine collector, but it’s important that the design is thoughtful and well-executed. To learn more about the steps you should follow when designing a custom wine cellar, contact Heritage Vine Custom Wine Cellars.

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