Some collectors prefer the convenience of kit or modular wine racks while others choose to be totally unique and have their own wine cellar design. If you are thinking of doing the latter, here are a few points to help you understand the process and guide you in meeting the groundwork data needed by wine cellar builders to have your design started.
Have an Initial Sketch of Your Wine Cellar Design
First is to sketch the room you want for your wine cellar construction. Your sketch doesn’t have to be a work of art; straight lines with dimensions will do. Sketch it as a bird’s eye view with labels on the walls. Note the doors and which way they open.
Most importantly, measure the thickness of the wall at the base, at the center and on top and take note of the smallest value. Taking the shortest value among the measurements will ensure that the racking will fit perfectly without any adjustments during installation.
In addition, measure the ceiling height carefully on every corner of the room and at the center of every wall. Include the maximum and minimum values in your sketch. Also, note the exact locations of items such as outlets, switches, door casings or thermostat.
A wine cellar that is not properly constructed can affect the cooling and your wine, ultimately. Incorrect lighting or placement of the vapor barrier can cause grave damage not just to your cellar but also to your home in general. Aside from the floor, walls, door and ceiling, a number of factors need serious deliberation with your wine cellar builders.
Ensuring Ideal Humidity and Temperature Level
Maintain the humidity in your wine cellar at around 50 to 60 percent to prevent corks from drying and deformation, and also to prevent mold growth. The ideal wine cellar temperature for wine cellars is 55 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit. A temperature that’s too high can cause premature aging. Likewise, fluctuating temperature can lead to wine oxidation. Champagnes, red wines and white wines can actually be cellared at identical temperatures.
Maintaining ideal humidity and temperature levels inside the wine cellar is achieved by ensuring that you install a wine cellar cooling system that is efficient and durable. Other wine cellar cooling units come with a temperature probe device and a control panel, which makes temperature and humidity monitoring much easier.
Installing the Right Lighting
UV rays have an effect on your wine and can prompt chemical reactions. It is best to store your wines in a darker place. When installing lights inside the wine cellar, you must take into consideration the amount and kind of lighting that you will use.
You may choose recessed can lights, which are mounted on the ceiling and can highlight certain areas of the wine room. Another option is the halogen light, which is also a type of recessed lighting system. Choose one that has a UV protective coating to prevent damage to wines.
Proper Wine Racking
Custom wine racks play a major role not just in wine storage, but in optimum wine aging as well. Your wine racks must be sturdy enough to prevent movement and even vibrations, which can disturb the process of wine aging. Choose wine racks with toe kicks at the base. This is an additional structure that you should look for in wine racks to ensure stability.
Choose wine racks that can stack wine bottles such that there is enough space between them to allow for good air circulation. If you choose wooden wine racks, make sure that the edges are hand sanded to prevent damage on wine labels.
For your investment not to put to waste, store your valued wines in the appropriate setting. Coastal Custom Wine Cellars California can assist you in your Los Angeles wine cellar design and wine cellar construction, with the finished product beautiful to take a look at while providing a secure setting to your most valuable asset.