I continue to receive numerous questions from people looking for advice on building a wine cellar, and whilst I can usually help to answer most peoples’ queries, I prefer to occasionally defer to the superior knowledge of my good friend Curtis Dahl, co-owner of Joseph & Curtis. Curtis is an expert in all matters wine cellar related, since his company builds some of the finest wine cellars known to humankind!
I accumulated a few wine cellar questions, as well as a few of my own and sent off an email to Curtis. This is what he said:
“The explosion of wine enjoyment has many people installing wine rooms, cabinets, and even tasting rooms and creating everything from simple wine storage to full blown adult entertainment destinations. I cannot tell you how vital it is to have a design team which can capture the full potential of each space.”
“All the time! Several times people have called us to help build a wine cellar after they started by purchasing a flat-packed ‘wine cellar in a box’ one of the leading on-line wine rack retailers. They then tried to assemble it themselves, only to find it extremely difficult and time consuming, and even when they got the thing built, they realized the quality to be poor.
Other times its been cooling systems that were purchased, but burnt-out, with the reason being the system that was purchased was not the right size and the vapor barrier/insulation was in-adequate.”
“In a simple wine cellar there are often 6-10 different trades for a 10 x 10 wine cellar…and with that comes specific design challenges that require professionals. They can help to foresee vapor barrier issues, electrical layouts, climate control locations, materials specific to a refrigerated space, energy efficiency, types of racking and finishes, and decorative touches as well. So having a professional look over the available options will help in overall efficiency,bottle capacity, and longevity (all of which will save you money in the long term)”
“Clients should feel as comfortable with the designer’s wine cellar design vision as the designer does. This is where the importance of 3D CAD drawings come into play. Joseph & Curtis always takes specific measurements and implements them into our sketch ups so that there is nothing left to interpretation. A creative design team can turn eyesores into focal points with just a little creativity and some hard work.
An example would be an ugly beam running through the wine room which could be boxed out and veneered over with case bins (shown below). That particular application would be shown in the actual 3-d cad. So, as you plan your wine room, it’s always great to look at photos from the web, but the best bang for your dollar is a certified wine cellar designer who can bring all of your dreams to life.”
“It really comes down to the look desired and budget. Mahogany is our first choice but we have built wine cellars out of exotics such as African Wenge,Jarra,Lyptus,Brazilian Cherry,White Oak so really sky is the limit. You just have to make sure the wood will hold up to the conditions of the wine room. Pine is never an option, at least for us.”
“The wine racking normally takes 4-6 weeks. The construction phase would be 2-3 weeks.”
“Self contained cooling units do vent out the back and should vent into a room that is at least the size of the wine room, but ductless splits and ducted units do not need to vent outside or need the same venting size.”
“Sure it can be crazy specific (we had a client ask for 65 Magnums) or it can be generic with common openings like diamond bins or cubes. We build all of our racking, so anything is possible.”
“Best scenario is 2lb closed cell spray foam…it is both the vapor barrier and insulator. Rigid foam is also a good choice if used properly.”
“There is no budget too small or large – your cellar, your budget! Our inexpensive would be a passive wine cellar without cooling which was $7k. The most expensive would be 100k ++++”Facts, News and tagged How to Build a Wine Cellar, Joseph & Curtis, Wine Cellar, wine cellar design. Bookmark the permalink. ← The Age of a Grapevine. How to Do Laundry. →