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Wine Cellar Inspirations: Building A Garage Wine Cellar

September 30th, 2020

Can you build a wine cellar in your garage? You totally can! In fact, you can build a wine cellar anywhere in your home. There are just some additional considerations to be taken when building in a different location than the basement. The basement has the closest conditions to ideal wine storage in terms of temperature and humidity levels. So if you’re constructing the wine cellar somewhere else, you’ll have to make adjustments. For a garage wine cellar, here are our top tips:

Building a garage wine cellar

Measure your wine cellar size…

You most likely won’t need your entire garage converted into a wine room, unless you do want it that way. So the first thing you’ll need to do is measure the enclosure for your wine cellar. Take into account your current collection and how fast you’re growing it. You’d want to have enough space to accommodate future additions as well. Once you have the measurements finalized, you can now decide on the  materials for your enclosure. Glass is one of the most popular ones. But you can also do a mix of glass and wood, glass and metal, and so on.

Decide on your wine cellar cooling unit…

This one is a no-brainer. Since you won’t be building in the basement, you’ll need the most suitable wine cellar cooling unit for your garage wine cellar. That means it should be able to maintain ideal wine storage conditions 24/7. There are lots of units of varying sizes and brands available in the market. But you need to choose one that will cater to your wine cooling needs. For example, there are ducted, ductless, and through-the-wall units. Which one will work best for you? Do you need to do a heat load calculation? We highly recommend getting in touch with an experienced wine cellar construction consultant on this one. Fortunately, that’s exactly who we have on our team here at WCI. We are just an email, chat, or phone call away!

Select your wine racking style…

Now we come to the fun part – designing your racking assembly. Your first consideration should be maximizing your cellar’s bottle storage capacity. There are tons of styles to choose from and you can definitely combine them. Wood wine racks are very common and popular, but metal units are gradually gaining ground as well. Personally, we love the mix of wood and metal wine racks. Wall-mount ones are super space-efficient. But floor-to-ceiling arrangements are simply stunning. So go ahead and let your creativity take over! ^_^