Building your custom wine cellar should go as smoothly as possible, from concept to design to full installation, whether in residential or commercial locations. The design process (the phase you are most involved in) should be an experience worth having rather than a troublesome and unpleasant one for you. Learn more about effective key points and guidelines to follow to get you started on your design.

Define your elements

Custom wine cellars should be as unique as each individual is, so you can take the liberty of designing what’s best for you. For a wine storage solution that works efficiently at its best, it is essential that you gather all your long-held dreams and ideas and begin the process of making them a reality. Here are some of the essential elements that you need to keep in mind to get a custom wine cellar design:

  • Warehouse (size, style, space)
  • The style and size of your wine room will depend on the number of bottles you need to store and also the location. It is very important to determine whether you want to focus on the functional benefits, the beauty of the presentation, or both. Decide on a space that is not directly exposed to sunlight. You definitely don’t want to damage your wines from temperature changes caused by improper wine storage. This is one of the reasons why wine bottles are colored and are ideally stored in dark places.
  • Wine racks (size, style, wood species, and wood finish)
  • Different wine cellar manufacturers offer different wine racking solutions. Wine racks come in many different sizes: six feet, seven feet, and eight feet tall. They are typically modular in nature to allow for more customization options such as adding a top shelf, bin extender, cubby extender, curved corner wine rack, display wine rack, and other interesting options. Choose a style that suits your taste, greatly enhance the appearance of your wine collection, and complement the interior of your home, commercial venues, or even luxury yachts.
  • The type of wood species also defines the quality of your wine rack, so carefully choose wood types that promise durability, ease of use, and exotic beauty. Wood stains also play a vital role in enhancing the glamor of your wine display, so learn about stain products that match the properties of the species of wood you’ve chosen.
  • Warehouse door (design, size and other specifications)
  • Captivating cellar doors add elegance to a wine room and sizes come in standard and custom dimensions. Doors can be customized in terms of width, jamb size, door swing, frame trim, hinges, power door bottom, sill, stain, and any other features you wish to include. You can even get them hand carved or have the glass etched with your design, the possibilities are endless. Review these options with your winery specialist and always perform quality control to determine longevity and maximum yield.
  • Cellar flooring (use of wood, old oak barrels and other flooring materials)
  • It is highly recommended that the primary flooring material be wood as it can tolerate the humidity levels typical of a wine storage room. Good advice, don’t use rugs as they tend to develop mold and mildew due to moisture. Surprisingly, some winery experts recommend upcycling old oak barrels for use as wood flooring material, as they represent originality and natural beauty, as well as making sure they stay out of landfills, making your winery truly “green”.
  • Warehouse refrigeration system (types and factors to consider)
  • First of all, you should know that home air conditioning units are totally different from wine chilling equipment that is specially designed to control the temperature and humidity levels within the wine cellar. It is important that a controlled environmental condition is maintained to promote proper cooling and aging of the wine, and to prevent undesirable changes in the taste, smell and general characteristics of your wines.
  • One of the popular types is the wall mounted refrigeration unit which is usually designed to vent to an adjacent air conditioned space or other units may have both interior and exterior vents. Another type is the self-contained refrigeration unit that can be placed independently within the wine storage room or in an adjacent room and is vented to the wine room through insulated ductwork.
  • Split systems, on the other hand, can handle more extreme temperature levels and are less noisy, with their evaporator being installed inside the cellar while the condenser is placed outside or in an adjacent room.
  • Some of the important aspects to consider when choosing a wine chiller unit are the size of the cellar, noise levels of the unit, installation and the need for a licensed technician, price, and length of warranty.
  • Other factors to consider
  • You can also specify the lighting effects and ambience you want to achieve. Do you want dimming lights, a sleek chandelier, or does your wine cellar have a contemporary feel? Are your wine racks going to have a display and do you want to highlight the wines that are displayed there? There are many options to consider and if you have a good custom wine cellar designer, they should be able to guide you in choosing the right accessories to complement your wine cellar.
  • And finally:
  • Before you call a custom winery specialist, make sure you have a good idea of ​​the budget you’ll be working with, and don’t forget to have a clear idea of ​​the timelines involved so there are no surprises.

Let your unique ideas be heard

After listing your ideas, wants and needs, get in touch with a design consultant and discuss every detail involved and be very careful not to miss any aspect as this is supposed to be your dream! Choose a warehouse builder that has well-trained, knowledgeable, and client-oriented consultants who can guide you as you work together to form and envision your ideas and concepts.

Request a 3D Design

An initial sketch made by the consultant can be turned into a 3D design, done by a CAD (Computer Aided Design) team. The 3D presentation enhances your understanding of the concept and lets you know what to expect, so it pays to choose a cellar builder that offers this package.

give your approval

A winery designer should contact you to find out if you have gone through the layout presentation and to answer any questions you may have. If you are happy with the design, you can easily approve the proposal and let them begin the process of realizing your dream.