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A Custom Wine Cellar Can Increase Your Home's Value

Jun 27, 2008
Custom wine cellars are becoming a sound and cost effective way to store your large or small assortment of wine collections. Some vintages require aging and proper storage to bring them to their full complete potential. A custom wine cellar can allow you to enjoy your treasured collection in a room built for their requirements.

A wine cellar will add value as a practical room and desirable amenity for your house. While the primary intent of building a custom wine cellar is probably for your private enjoyment while you reside in the home, it also increases the house's resale value. Custom wine cellars, wine refrigerators and wine cabinets are amongst the most trendy additions and 'must haves' for luxury homes, and they are particularly appreciated in large homes situated in upscale neighborhoods.

When you are planning to build a custom wine cellar to house your collection of wines, it is essential that you consider how much space you can allot for the project, your budget, and the overall desirability of having unrestricted access to your fine wines. A custom wine cellar can be placed almost anywhere in your home. Make use of an empty cabinet, a forgotten corner, a pantry, the unused space under the stairs, or even an attic. However, the most appropriate site for your project is a basement area.

Every custom wine cellar requires adequate room for racking and other mechanical structures. Additionally, they might include a mini counter and a small amount of crate, bulk, or tub wine storage room. The custom wine cellar should possess a vapor barrier to prevent condensation from within its walls. This barrier will maintain humidity within the cellar. The walls of the custom wine cellar may also need adequate insulation to maintain constant temperature.

Seal the cellar's entrance around its borders with climate stripping and insulation. This will help your cellar retain cold, moist air. In addition, for controlling its climate, the cellar will require refrigeration and humidity systems. You should also install electrical wiring for lighting the cellar room.

Completing the wine cellar is the next process, particularly setting up custom racking. Your racks must fit your wine cellar's dimensions and accommodate your wine collection; not every bottle is the same size and shape or can fit into a typical, off-the-shelf wine rack. Other final touches include selection of flooring, what baseboards to use, crown moldings, lighting if necessary, countertops and cabinets if needed, door, and other amenities. However you design you home wine cellar, you are sure to derive pleasure for many years to come.
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