By Davina Barkley. Wine Cellar Types. Published at Thursday, May 31st, 2018 - 10:29:22 AM.
A dumb waiter saves your back, and with advancing age this is solid medical advice! Industrial strength insulation is essential, even for below ground cellars. The standard material used is four to six inch thick polystyrene or polyurethane sheets, aluminum clad on both sides. Insulate all six surfaces, meaning four walls, ceiling and floor, even if your cellar rests on solid earth. The cold room contractor who advises that it is not necessary to insulate the floor because it rests on solid earth does not know what he is talking about and should be avoided. Heat absorbed by the ground during the day goes through the earth and rises through the floor.
That being said, it is crucial that you measure your desired placement site for your new wine refrigerator before you begin any construction or make any large purchases. If you do plan on installing a wine refrigerator directly into your kitchen cabinetry, make absolutely sure that your cooler isn’t too tall, too wide, or too deep for your counter top. Choosing the wrong sized wine cooler can be a costly mistake that is difficult to fix.
Things to Consider Before Building: A custom built wine cellar in the home is not as difficult an undertaking, nor as formidable an expense as you might fear initially. Ideal storage conditions for wine are simple, the bottles must be stored in a vibration free dark environment, lying horizontally and undisturbed, the temperature a constant 52 - 57 degrees Fahrenheit (10-15 degrees centigrade), and relative humidity no less than 70 percent. Where shall we put it? If one had the freedom (or luxury) of being able to carry out structural alterations (or even better, build from scratch), our personal preference would be a location with easy access from the living or dining room, preferably the former.
If you have a strong love for wine, then you might consider some additions to your home that will nurture that love. A wine collector can’t be stuck with a basic three-by-three wine rack, while the casual wine drinker wouldn’t necessarily need an entire wine cellar. It is important to assess your particular needs when it comes to your wine storage method, especially if you plan on redesigning your home or spending a significant amount of money. Below, we outline three different methods of wine storage to help you determine what organizational method is right for you.
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