With even doctors recommending a few glasses of wine a day, more and more homeowners are choosing to embrace their love of wine by adding a wine cellar to their home. While the traditional rules of temperature, humidity and light control still apply, we have a few additional suggestions to follow when you are looking to make a modern wine cellar.
Create a cellar for you
While your wine cellar is certainly an investment in your home, it is not going to be a selling point for every buyer. Because of this, we recommend that you make the decisions on how much space it should take and how many bottles it will store based upon your own personal collection needs. Your cellar could be as small as an unused nook or as big as your entire basement—just make sure it fits what you are looking for.
Don’t hesitate to use a creative space
Although most modern wine cellars are still put in traditional spaces, we encourage you to not shy away from creative spaces. Unused “dead” space like that underneath your stairs can be the perfect place to store your wine collection. We have also seen wine collections stored on built-in shelving that the owners enclosed, in modern wine refrigerators and in other unique locations.
One of our favorite modern wine cellar ideas is the inclusion of a wine tasting area in the cellar itself. Most cellars do not include this kind of space, but it can add even more luxury and drama to your collection if you can spare it. For cellars that can’t accommodate an added seating area, we recommend having easy access to your dining room or sitting room to decrease the time your wine spends in the open air.
Match your aesthetics
When the rest of your home is perfectly designed to match your tastes, you want to be certain that your wine cellar fits in perfectly. We encourage you to speak with a designer before you begin work on your new cellar. They can help you to make an appealing cellar that looks like it has always been a part of your home.