Building a connoisseur’s wine room

By Luster Custom Homes Posted Monday, April 8th, 2019

Wine rooms are a unique sort of bonus room: while at first glance they seem to be purely function (after all, they’re built around the purpose of storing and preserving wine!), often times they serve a highly aesthetic purpose.

Whether they’re made entirely of glass and invite guests to admire the owner’s wine collection or are crafted with cave-like, cellar vibes in mind, wine rooms frequently take on eye-catching designs that make them both stunning and practical. If you’re interested in creating your own wine room, here are a few quick tips to ensure your new space is making the most of its form and function.

Wine storage can come in a variety of different arrangements. You can store wine in floor-to-ceiling racks, opt for diamond bins that allow you to stack multiple bottles of the same wine, or even install lockers that ensure security of especially rare or unique vintages. Thanks to companies like VintageView, wine storage can be stylish and sensible simultaneously. In regard to knowing how much storage you’ll need, take inventory of your current wine collection and allot for future storage as you think is necessary for your preferences (whether you buy by the bottle, case, or vineyard!).

There are three ways you can keep your wine room at the right temperature and humidity. From least to most expensive and invasive, you can have: a contained unit, a split system, or a ducted system. A contained unit is kind of like the A/C units you see in windows: it’s installed directly onto the wine room wall and is visible in the room. A split system separates the condensing unit and the evaporator, and the condenser is typically installed in another room or outside. The evaporator can be in the wine room and is less visible than a contained unit. A ducted system is similar to a typical air conditioning system, where you only see vents inside of the wine room, and the actual refrigeration unit is in an entirely different location.

Lighting in a wine room also has a dual form/function purpose. It helps illuminate wine bottles so you can see labels for ease of selection and also sets the mood for the room. I could spend time here describing different types of lighting options, but your best bet is to check out a website like Houzz for some visual inspiration. One note I will make, however, is that you’ll want to opt for LED lighting to ensure the lights aren’t letting off any heat that could disrupt the temperature and humidity equilibrium you’ve worked so hard to maintain!

If the idea of a wine room of your very own sounds like a dream come true, give us a ring! Whether you’d like to transform an existing bonus room or find a place for a wine room in your new home, we can help turn your vino dreams into reality.