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We Make It Happen With Wine Cellar Construction Tips

November 11th, 2015

Building your very first wine cellar should be done with the right amount of planning. You’ll come to learn that the planning stage is quite indispensable, especially when you’re seeking to construct a formal wine room. Remember that this will be the place where you will store your wine bottles – including future acquisitions. That means you’ll have to consider carefully the environment you’ll be creating for your collection so that the ideal storage conditions can be met. Here are a couple of really helpful wine cellar construction tips put together by our professional design specialists to make your wine cellar construction experience a memorable one:

Location, location, location

Choose the best location for your wine cellar.

It’s not just home buyers or business proprietors who should be concerned with this important aspect. This should actually be a foremost consideration in your wine cellar construction plans. While nowadays you can build a wine cellar practically anywhere in your home, you should still keep in mind that the location that you choose will have a future impact on the cost of maintaining your cellar. It’s best that the wine cellar should be placed in the coolest and most humid place in your home. Keep in mind the ideal storage conditions are at 55°-58° F temperature and 55-75% humidity. The closer your location is to these desired conditions, the smaller size wine cooling unit you will need and the lower the overall cost will be.

Never forget your Insulation & Vapor Barrier

Insulation and vapor barrier installation are indispensable.

Naturally, you’ll have to make sure that your wine cellar will be properly insulated and installed with a vapor barrier.There are two common methods for this: spray foam or 6 mil vapor barrier and fiberglass batts. The spray foam is normally more expensive, but it will prevent the possibility of a puncture mark in your vapor barrier caused by someone inserting screws, running wire, plumbing, and what-not into or through the wall from outside the wine cellar. Our design specialists highly recommend using Comfort Foam for this application. Make sure that there are no air gaps between the insulation and drywall for either method.

Choose the “right” wine cellar cooling unit


There are many types of wine cooling units in varying sizes and features. Again, we refer to our first tip on wine cellar location. Keep in mind that if you’re building in a less than ideal location in your home, your unit must be powerful enough to maintain the ideal storage conditions 24/7. Also, you’ll need to take into account the bottle capacity of the cellar. WCI carries three types of wine cellar cooling units: Through The Wall, Ductless, and Ducted Systems. Check out our bevy of unit styles under each type here and request a free BTU analysis for your wine cellar as well.

Don’t forget your wall, ceiling, and flooring

Dress your wine cellar up with custom floorings and ceilings!

These are the sections of your wine cellar where you can play with decorative elements as well. But of course, keep in mind that the materials you choose have to be very durable to withstand and help maintain the high humidity environment in your cellar. WCI has tons of options for your cellar walls, ceilings, and floors which you can discuss with our experienced design consultants.