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Wine Cellar Inspirations: Should You Build Garage Wine Cellars

December 2nd, 2021

We’re told that we can build wine storage anywhere in our homes. That actually includes the garage. But there are still those who are apprehensive to do so. Is a garage wine cellar really a sound idea? Will your wines be able to properly mature in this location? Let’s tackle the details and find out:

Can you build a garage wine cellar?

What you should consider…

There are additional considerations to be taken when building in a different location than the basement. It has to be kept in mind that the basement has the closest conditions to ideal wine storage. We are referring to temperature and humidity levels here. So if you are thinking of constructing your wine cellar somewhere else, necessary adjustments should made. One of these is ensuring that you select the proper wine cellar cooling unit.

What is the best wine cellar cooling unit for a garage wine cellar? 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 storage needs. In a garage wine cellar, location is a huge factor. Size is also another. That being said, there are three main types of wine cellar cooling units: ducted, ductless, and through-the-wall units. Which one will work best when you build a garage wine room? Do you need to do a heat load calculation? If you have little to no experience with wine cellar cooling expert guidance is essential. Each unit has specifications that will work for certain types of cellars. Naturally, installation and maintenance costs will also differ.

What materials are most suitable…

When you build a garage wine cellar, you should also think about the materials you’ll use. Keep in mind that metal and glass are not recommended. Both materials are not good insulators. You will run the risk of water condensation which is detrimental to your wine bottles. We recommend going for conventional framed walls. Naturally, they have to have insulation and vapor barrier. Now say you’re using metal for your door knobs, lockset and hinges. You cannot insulate these. Plus, they are exposed inside the cellar to 55 degrees and in a garage at 100 degrees or higher. The warm side will end up having water condense on it, especially on humid months. To reduce the immense heat of the garage directly on the cellar entry door and its hardware, install a storm door. This will act as an additional barrier to protect your collection. ^_^


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