Many people (myself included) keep wine bottles stacked on the counter or a couple of whites chilling in the fridge. A real wine enthusiast balks at this idea — wine requires appropriate storage, and a regular kitchen cupboard does not quite cut it. If you have been contemplating building a suitable house for your own wine collection, consider having a peek at your cellar — it is probably the right spot for a wine cellar. Here, interior designer Mark Cravotta of all Cravotta Studios shares tips on creating the right space for your vino.
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1. Control the climate. If you have the budget for this, Cravotta suggests investing in a wine room–specific HVAC system. “They keep consistent and suitable balance between humidity and temperature in a way traditional systems can’t,” he states.
2. Insulate properly. If an HVAC system does not fit your financial plan, make sure the temperature is correctly controlled through insulation. This has a great deal to do with your geographic location, so consult with a professional to evaluate your situation. If you’re in the southern United States, as an example, Cravotta implies treating the shell by making a moisture barrier to the outside of every wall plus the floor and the ceiling, as well as adding closed-cell foam insulation to prevent condensation buildup and mold.
3. Make use of the space you have. You do not require an whole room for your own wine cellar. If you’re tight on cellar space, look at repurposing a cupboard or a small storage area.
4. Choose stainless steel for a modern look. “preventing airborne contamination is definitely important,” states Cravotta. “The wine racks should be a substance that will not off-gas.” Stainless steel is a quality choice that provides wine cellars a modern aesthetic.
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5. Pick wood with a natural finish for a traditional look. Cravotta recommends choosing a wood that requires only a mineral oil finish, such as mahogany, walnut or cypress.
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6. Utilize zero-VOC paints. In case you choose to paint the wine racks or other surfaces in the basement, be sure they are treated using zero-VOC paints and finishes to prevent corrupting the wine.
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7. Pay attention. Cravotta suggests using Cree LEDLRP-38 bulbs on conventional line-voltage tracks. “They’re economical, dimmable using standard dimmers, and also the quality of lighting is very much like the very best halogen offers,” he states.
8. Think about a tracking system. “For larger collections, you might want to consider a systematic means to mark the racks with a few of the many available wine room management software applications available now,” states Cravotta. “We are currently working a wine cellar where we’re utilizing French enameled alphanumeric tags that will be attached at every jar place. They’re as beautiful as they are functional.”