Sipping on a glass of fine wine is an extremely pleasurable experience, and for that, a good number of homeowners have likely kept wine bottles stacked on the counter or a few ones stored in the fridge. Wine enthusiasts might scoff at this idea, of course—wine requires appropriate storage conditions, after all, and a simple kitchen cabinet would not do. So if you’re looking for a suitable place to store your wine collection, what do you do and where do you go?
Almost any room in the house can be turned into a wine cellar with the proper design plan, but among all of them, the basement seems to be an excellent candidate. Why? Here are a few reasons: basements have little to no contact with sunlight, hold great potential for ventilation modifications, and is spacious enough to virtually accommodate anything. Pair that with enough remodeling know-how and the expertise of a Chicago basement remodeling contractor like DAL Builders Inc., and you have a wine collector’s haven on your hands.
Before getting down to business, though, you need to do your homework. First and foremost, the budget. How much are you willing to spend on the project? Setting a budget allows you to determine how large the cellar itself will be, whether you’ll only need a particular portion or will be remodeling the entire space. In addition, it’ll also spell which types of racks you’ll be using, as well as other important features that need to be installed. You can go all out or skimp a little; everything is up to you.
Next, one of your major concerns involve the indoor climate. Wine is extremely delicate and experts recommend storing them in temperatures ranging from 45 to 65 degrees, wherein 55 degrees is the most ideal. For this, you’ll need to work on determining how two major systems—cooling and insulation—will be placed, with the latter being the most crucial in terms of preserving and aging wine. Is finding an appropriate cooling system difficult? Asking around for recommendations from your fellow wine lovers can help a lot.
Of course, you can’t forget the cellar’s overall design. You have two choices: set up everything all at once, or do things gradually. Keep in mind that wine-specific storage options are available, so you wouldn’t necessarily have to deal with the basement’s structure for storage solutions most of the time. Furthermore, design problems can be limited or avoided altogether if you work with a local basement finishing company serving Chicago and nearby communities.
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