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Hello, I’m Louis Bernard and welcome to my website, Wine Cellar Designs. I’m an architect and wine-lover. I spent the majority of my career designing buildings, when I retired 15 years ago, I bought a house in the country and built a wine cellar in my basement. A lot of my friends and family members loved my wine cellar and asked me to design wine cellars for them. Designing wine cellars has become a part-time business for me and I’d like to share some information and tips on designing wine cellars. Please do feel free to comment on my posts and send me an email if you have any questions.

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Building A Custom Wine Closet

The modern day wine closet is the answer to the medieval wine cavern, an easy and consistent way to sustain the level of temperature in any room or area of your home that is easier to get to than the deepest dungeon. As long as you have some basic tools and materials, it is possible to make an affordable and appealing way to store your collection of wine in a way that preserves and exhibits wine to best advantage. In addition to this, the wine closet can be tailored personalized in order to be as ornate and decorative as the homeowner desires by purchasing gadgets and higher quality materials. In this article, we will learn how to make a wine closet.

Set up 2 inch foam insulation boards on the ceiling of the wine closet and secure them to the drywall with the help of 3 inch drywall screws. Cut out pieces of insulation to fit into any parts of the ceilings surface that are smaller than the full board size.

Next, attach the insulation boards on the sides of the wine closet, securing the insulation to the drywall. Affix the insulation boards to the interior of the door as well, fastening the insulation directly to the door, leaving enough room at the edges of the door for the door to shut completely. Cut and fit pieces of the insulation to cover the flooring without screwing them and let gravity do the needful and hold them down firmly.

Cover the ceiling with the fabric and affix it evenly with the help of a carpentry stapler. Insert staples into the edges and spread them out in order that the fabric is not very tight but slightly billowed. Continue to affix the fabric in a similar manner along the sides of the wine closet, the door as well as the floor. It is important to ensure that the door fabric does not prevent the closing of the door but provides a tight closure.

As the number of wine lovers and wine enthusiasts are growing, many do not have the proper storage space for the extensive variety of wine available in the market today. Good wine cellars are very expensive for the average wine aficionado. But you can save money by turning a wine closet into a wine cellar. With the suitable tools, you can insulate a wine closet and give your wine collection the controlled environment it deserves.

How to Set Up Wine Cellar Kits

With the increasing appreciation and enjoyment of wine, more and more people are finding an interest in building their own in-home wine cellar. You can control the aging process of your wines so long as you have an appropriately built wine cellar. While the rich may accommodate intricate underground wine cellars, for the rest of us an in-home wine cellar can be constructed from an unused space in our home and still be effective.

Once you have chosen a suitable location for the wine cellar, you must decide how exactly you want to store your wines. One of the most popular ways to build a wine cellar is to purchase DIY wine cellar kits. These wine cellar kits comprise of everything you will need in order to build a self contained and sealed wine cellar. Even though wine cellar kits are not cheap, they can accommodate more than 500 bottles of wine and are a much easier environment to control than any other room in your house.

Two of the most crucial elements you need to control when building your DIY wine cellar using wine cellar kits are the temperature and the humidity. Both play a significant role in how well your wine is stored and how it ages. An ideal temperature for wine storage is approximately 52 degrees with a humidity level of about 70%. Basements are perfect wine storage locations, so if you have one, make sure you check the conditions there first.

Firstly, when building a wine cellar using wine cellar kits, you will need a thermometer as well as a barometer in order to monitor the wine cellar’s temperature and humidity levels. Secondly, you will need wine racks to place your wine bottles on.

If you do not have a basement available in your home, look for a small room that is unused and could provide conditions that are conducive to wine storage. Unused closets, saunas, storage areas or guest rooms are excellent locations to set up your wine cellar kits. When it come to putting together your wine cellar kits, you need to avoid areas that tend to receive a lot of vibrations, such as the area beneath a staircase or where the heat and humidity levels fluctuate constantly like in the kitchen. Always remember that direct sunlight and excessive heat are a wine’s worst enemy. Therefore, you need to make sure you assemble your wine cellar kits in an area that is relatively cool and where there are no windows for sunlight to enter into the room.