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Wine Cellar Inspiration: DIY Basement Wine Cellar Tips

July 15th, 2020

You can’t have a better time than now to start on that home wine cellar project. A basement wine cellar will probably be the most productive activity you can have this summer. If you’re planning to do a DIY project, it helps to gather as much knowledge as you can on how to construct your wine cellar to get the results you desire. That’s what we’re here for! We’ve put together some of these pro tips for you:

Tips for DIY basement wine cellar

Installing your studs…

The studs and soffits are instrumental to your basement wine cellar. But there are some details that you need to take into account before doing the installation. You’ll need to things a little differently with a new construction as opposed to a renovation. If it’s a new construction, you will need to stud the space to frame out your wine cellar. You usually start by sealing the concrete foundation walls prior to installing studs. Then, we recommend using either 2×4 or 2×6 construction. The 2×6 construction is used when you want to increase the insulation value in order to minimize cooling unit size and energy consumption.

Do it like a pro with our pro tips!

Installing your soffits…

Soffits are usually used to cover ducting, piping, or other obstructions. More often than not, lighting accessories are also installed in the soffit. For your DIY basement wine cellar, make sure the lighting in the soffit is placed at a good distance away. This is to ensure that it does not interfere with the finished racking and/or ducting depth, including depth of crown molding. That’s why it comes highly recommended to first ensure the final depth of your racking, including the crown molding. Also make sure to allow for the size of the ring on the light fixture as well. A rule of thumb is to leave a 1” gap from the front of the crown molding to the closest edge of the ring on the can light. We recommend using IC can lights so you can insulate around them.

Selecting your insulation & vapor barrier…

There are two common methods for wine cellar insulation and vapor barriers: spray foam or 6 mil vapor barrier and fiberglass batts. You have to choose carefully, especially since you’re doing things DIY. Spray foam is normally more expensive. However, it will prevent the possibility of a puncture mark in your vapor barrier, like when you install your wine refrigeration unit. Ensure there are no air gaps between the insulation and drywall for either method. ^_^


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