Wine Cellar Construction Basics
A wine cellar can only be the perfect environment for wine storage if it’s properly designed and built. As a complementary service, the experts at Rosehill Wine Cellars provide helpful wine cellar construction tips. All of the essential equipment is available from Rosehill, as well as cooling units and cellar wine racks. There are actually many details that go into making the right construction decisions for a particular cellar, which is why there are no guarantees with do-it-yourself advice. Factors such as the climate in which you you live, the temperature you want your cellar to be, and the wine cellar location in the house determine various details of construction. With this in mind, some helpful wine cellar construction basics are listed below.
Wine Cellar Location Guidelines
The best place for a wine cellar is below grade, in the basement. If there is at least one outside wall in the cellar, it is best that be where there is the least sunlight, which is the northeast corner. If a cellar has no external walls, it can actually be located anywhere under a roof. Unused crawl spaces are often considered, when seeking a viable location. Crawl spaces are, however, too cold in wintertime and too hot in the summer, depending on geographic location.
Cellar Design and Wine Racking
A great approach to designing your wine storage space is to determine the wine racking before construction begins. You can proportion the wine cellar walls to the precise size of your wine racking layout. This will give the finished product a custom feel. Visit our different wine racking systems at Rosehill Wine Cellars. Options include Modular, Custom, Premium, and VintageView racks. We have racking and wine storage systems to fit every style and a range of budgets.
Vapour Barrier & Insulation
Included in construction is a vapour barrier, which is very important. The vapour barrier is a thin layer of permeable material that prevents moisture from damaging the fabric of a building. The material is usually polyethylene sheeting, and it is added during construction. The sheeting must be positioned on the correct side. Construction principles for a wine cellar are different from regular home construction. The vapour barrier in a wine cellar is incorporated within the insulation, which is within the walls, ceiling, and, as needed, the floor.
Walls & Ceiling
For the walls and ceiling of a wine cellar, moisture resistant drywall can be used. Baseboards aren’t needed behind wine racking. Finish drywall to the floor, and prime and paint walls and ceiling with latex-based paint.
Wine Cellar Door
A solid exterior-grade door at least 1 ¾” thick with threshold and weather stripping is recommended for the wine cellar door. Glass doors and windows are popular for wine cellars, but they offer poor insulation. If glass doors are used, they must have at least double-paned tempered glass.
Wine Cooling Systems
You can count on the experts at Rosehill Wine Cellars providing you with the specifications for the perfect wine cooling unit for the size of your wine cellar.