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How to Design the Wine Room of Your Dreams

Are you a wine connoisseur with a growing collection of bottles? You could store your vino in an ordinary wine cooler, but this doesn’t do your collection justice. At Hatfield (now Alair Homes- Plano) Builders & Remodelers in Dallas, wine rooms are one of our specialties. With our help, you can design the wine room of your dreams!

As you get excited about making this renovation, get a head start by jumping into the design process right away. Here’s what to keep in mind as you create a wine room fit for a king.

Where Will It Go?

Whether you live in a spacious North Dallas estate or a small downtown apartment, you probably have a space you can convert into a wine room. Collections of up to 250 bottles require as little as 30 square feet of storage space, plus an adjacent exhaust room where a dedicated cooling unit can exhaust heat and humidity without impacting home comfort.

One important consideration is that the room must have no direct sunlight. This makes your basement, mudroom, or any interior room in your home a possible candidate. Also, make sure you select a location where you can easily control the temperature and humidity.

How Will You Keep It Cool & Humid?

Maintaining the right ambient conditions is vital to help your wine age properly for the best taste. The ideal temperature is 55 degrees F. Any warmer than about 60 degrees and your wine will age too fast; any cooler than about 50 degrees and your wine will age too slowly.

Then, the ideal relative humidity level is 57 percent. Humidity above 70 percent could cause the cork to become moldy, while humidity below 50 percent could make the cork dry out and shrink, causing the wine to spoil as a result.

  • Insulation is the first trick to controlling temperature and humidity in your wine room. You’ll need to frame out the new space and install insulation between the studs. Spray foam is the best option because it provides superior insulation value per inch of thickness and also acts as a vapor barrier for ideal humidity control.
  • A humidifier with a built-in humidistat is next on the list. This equipment helps to keep your wine room as close to 57 percent relative humidity as possible.
  • A through-the-wall cooling unit is another essential component. It exhausts heat and any excess humidity from the wine room into the adjacent exhaust room.
  • A doorway seal is the final way to ensure effective temperature and humidity control. If you prefer a glass door to show off your collection, be sure to use exterior-grade, dual-pane glass.

What Lighting Will You Use?

LEDs are the best type of lighting to use in a wine room. Not only do they come in many unique forms – from puck lights to strip lights to track lights – but they also produce virtually no heat, which is good news for your energy bills.

How Will You Display & Enjoy Your Wine?

A wine room isn’t just about looking beautiful – it’s also about making your vino readily accessible. The way your display your bottles can accomplish both goals. An adjacent prep area with a small wine cooler also gives you an ideal way to serve drinks at a party without opening and closing the wine room door too often. A recent client of ours opted for a wine prep area in addition to a wine room for a beautiful, functional outcome.  If you need more inspiration, we love this article from Aria Stone Gallery that gives ideas for home bars for every occasion!

Start Designing Your Wine Room with Hatfield (now Alair Homes- Plano) in Dallas, TX Today!

Ready to make the wine room of your dreams a reality? Contact Hatfield (now Alair Homes- Plano) Builders & Remodelers online or call us at 214-281-8800 to get started!

Posted on: January 20, 2017
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