One the craziest thoughts we’re having in this renovation is putting in a wine cellar. We both love wine and so this makes some sense although the costs and usefulness are still to be determined.
In terms of Wine Cellars I’d say you have three basic options:
1. Dedicated room at house-level
There are many examples of this kind of wine cellar. Below is a typical example of a special room converted or constructed as a wine cellar. You’d see this kind of thing in many restaurants.
Often (as here) these are glass-walled rooms with shelves, a bit like a walk-in closet (in fact our current walk-in closet has been earmarked for a possible conversion).
The thing about wine cellars is that they have to be carefully temperature controlled. If you can find a naturally cool place that’s great. Otherwise you need a special cooling system which doesn’t come cheap.
2. Underground Wine Cellars (Classic)
Of course the term “cellar” puts one in mind of something you have to descend into the earth to find. With stone walls and maybe a few spiders. The nicest of these options you could actually eat in – I’ve eaten in a few before. Here is a particularly amazing example of one of these:
This is not a particularly practical option as an add-on to a house I wouldn’t think so I’m imagining this is a wine cellar for a different building project. One on a wine estate maybe.
3. Underground Wine Cellar (Modern)
Some very innovative wine cellars are now available that can be installed into a giant hole anywhere in the house. Bizarrely enough the local supplier of these is in my very road and so they are certainly the first place we will be visiting to find out more.
What is really smart about this is that it can be retro-fitted and takes a small amount of space. It’s pre-fabricated so once you have right size hole you can plop it in and off you go.
The local supplier is Urban Cellars.
As with everything on this project we are merely in the discovery phase but the idea of wine cellar, which started as a silly fantasy, is at least sounding somewhat possible now.
Check out the rest of our idea board on Pinterest.