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5 Most Common Wine Cellar Construction Mistakes

June 11th, 2012

So you’re all geared up for your first ever wine cellar project! It’s bound to be pretty exciting especially if you just imagine the finished product and how gorgeous your new wine room will turn out. Nonetheless, there are some bare essentials to look into, particularly if you’re a total newbie to the wine cellar construction game. We’ve put together some pretty useful information focusing on the most common mistakes people make when it comes to wine cellar construction. Read on!

1. Forgetting to properly insulate the wine cellar.

This is probably one of the very basics you have to learn the moment you decide to take on a wine cellar project. Proper insulation is indispensable if you want to keep ideal wine storage conditions in the wine cellar. Remember, the very purpose of building a wine cellar is to create a place for your precious bottles of wine to age at a graceful pace. You certainly cannot achieve that even if you put in the most durable and beautiful wine racks. Ensuring that your wine cellar is properly insulated will help maintain the temperature and humidity levels within the ideal range and keep your bottles cool and comfy until you’re ready to pop that cork.

2. Neglecting the importance of the vapor barrier.

No matter what how big or small your wine cellar may be, it cannot be without a vapor barrier. Why is this so? Again, keep in mind that you have to maintain ideal storage conditions in your wine cellar. That means controlling fluctuating temperatures, low humidity, and even harsh lighting. All these can be accomplished by putting in a quality vapor barrier. It actually prevents the build-up of moisture and works together with the proper insulation to keep the cool air inside the wine cellar. Without these two, your wine cellar will be easily prone to mold and mildew infestation.

3. You must not forget the drain line for your wine cooling unit.

A total noob may not be able to grasp the importance of this particular mistake but it would spell the critical difference between properly cooling your wine cellar room and literally killing off your valued collection. Wine breathes through the cork and this causes it to age. With the right wine cooling system, the aging process is being helped along the proper way without subjecting it to the harsh changes of the environment outside. By connecting the drain line to your wine cooling unit, you lessen the chances of damage occurring to your wine cellar walls and from mold and mildew to invade its general structure.

4. Never get into the habit of forgetting to run the liquid and suction lines if you’re using a split-system wine cooling system BEFORE you sheet rock the walls.

Indeed, depending on the kind of wine refrigeration unit you choose for your wine cellar, you must ascertain that all the necessary and even miscellaneous parts are in the right places. Liquid and suction lines are critical to the smooth functioning of a split-type wine refrigeration system to keep it from being damaged.

5. Last but not the least, don’t forget to caulk around the door trim to keep it sealed tight and put insulation between the jamb and rough opening.

We’ve emphasized more than just a few times in blog posts how a wine cellar door, particularly a well-insulated and correctly installed one, can be critical in helping maintain the perfect storage conditions in your wine cellar. This basic principle will never change, regardless of the size, location, and composition of your wine cellar. For more detailed ideas for functional yet stylish wine cellar entryways, check out our gorgeous collection of wine cellar doors and chat with our experienced design specialists.


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