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How to Build a Wine Cellar in Your Basement



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By : Sonia Smith    99 or more times read
Many homeowners want to have more space in their houses. However, oftentimes they do not have an idea what to do with the additional space. For example, most homeowners do not have an idea on what to make of their basements.

Your home basement could be turned into a more useful room instead of storing your old and unused items on it. Consider turning your basement into a stylish wine cellar.

A wine cellar is a place where you store different alcoholic beverages to protect them from some factors that could affect their taste, like light, heat and temperature. When exposed, these wines could spoil; therefore, you need a proper storage area for them. Making a wine cellar in the basement is a great idea to keep your wine collections!

While building a wine cellar in your basement could be a daunting task, the rewards are immense and could surely add value to your home. This is truly beneficial especially to wine lovers and collectors.

You can choose to do it on your own or hire a contractor, depending on your willingness, your capacity and your budget. If you opt to do it on your own, below are great tips in turning your basement to a wine cellar.

  1. You should make a plan first, including evaluating and measuring the room. Check out areas that need work such as light, insulation and other factors. Create a design plan and list down all the materials you are going to use.

  2. Consider a particular area for drinks with a few friends included in your plan. While you maximize the space available, do not compromise the storage space for your collection.

  3. Take into consideration the AC unit you need that will preserve and mature your wines. Keep the room temperature at optimum level, between 55 to 59 degrees Fahrenheit and maintain the humidity level from 60 to 70 percent.

  4. Use 2 X 6 lumber to frame the walls. This size of lumber is necessary to be able to accept R19 insulation that you need to maintain the temperature in the room. However, do not fret if you use two existing walls employing 2X4 because you can make it work. If you have concrete walls, you should construct a two-sided frame attached to the existing wall.

  5. Install moisture-resistant flooring material such as hardwood or tile.

  6. Ask for advice from a wine expert in determining the type and amount of racking that could accommodate your wine selections. Keep in mind that if you are growing a hobby, you can add more racks but you should choose designs that will stay current in the future.

  7. Finish the wine cellar design and then add your wine bottles and other alcoholic beverages.

When turning your basement into a wine cellar, you need the following materials:

  1. R 19 and R30 insulation
  2. 2 X 6 studs
  3. Wine racks
  4. Wine cellar air conditioning unit
  5. Cellar door
  6. Moisture resistant paint
  7. Moisture resistant sheetrock
  8. Stone tile or hardwood flooring material
  9. Construction tools
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