If your chosen residential wine cellar builder does not go through the planning stage carefully, you could end up with wasted quality wines, time and money. The planning stage in wine cellar construction is very crucial. This is the time when all your concepts, objectives and budget are evaluated to create the most suitable and effective wine cellar. The location, size of the room, materials and the number of bottles you want in your wine room must be assessed.
With these considerations, all the necessary components for your wine cellar will be designed and installed properly. Without proper insulation, the right kind of door, a wine cellar cooling system, wine racks and lighting system, you will not enjoy the complex flavor and aromas wine has to offer.
All the requirements in wine cellar construction must be discussed and determined at this planning stage so you won’t end up spending more later on correcting or replacing elements of your wine cellar.
At Coastal Custom Wine Cellars, they take the planning stage very seriously. With their knowledgeable and skillful team, all details are noted and integrated to the wine cellar design.
They ensure that the finished product is something that their team and their clients can be proud of. Combining their passion and experience in wine cellar design and installation enables them to create an efficient and impressive wine storage space.
How Wine Cellar Insulation and Vapor Barrier Affects Wine Storage
One of the common mistakes in wine cellar construction that results in ruined wines and wasted money, is improper insulation and vapor barrier installation for walls and ceilings. Poor wine cellar insulation will not create balance in temperature and humidity needed for wine aging. It will also cause mold growth in your wine cellar and will force the wine cellar refrigeration system to work harder than it needs to, increasing the amount of energy used.
Insulating the walls and ceilings of the room is required if a refrigeration unit is to be used. To determine the proper insulation and vapor barrier installation, your wine cellar builder must assess the location, size of your wine room and bottle capacity at the planning stage.
The grade of insulation to be used depends on the thickness of the walls and ceilings. A higher R-value (R means resistance to heat flow) is required for thicker walls and ceilings. Thicker insulation results in better cooling.
Cool air from the wine room will leak into the walls without a vapor barrier installed. The vapor barrier helps keep the ideal humidity in the wine cellar and prevent growth of mold and mildew on walls and ceilings due to condensation.
To prevent these from happening, walls and ceilings of the room intended for wine cellar conversion must be insulated and installed with a vapor barrier by a knowledgeable wine cellar specialist, such as Coastal.
How Your Wine Cellar Door Must be Constructed
One of the most common reasons for wine cellars to fail to achieve a climate-controlled environment in a wine cellar is the use of a poorly constructed or low quality wine cellar door. A wine cellar builder who lacks knowledge of proper wine storage would have no idea about the role of a wine cellar door in keeping stable conditions in a wine cellar.
If the wine cellar installed in your home has a door that has no insulating properties and is of poor quality, your wines could be in danger. The wine cellar door should provide an airtight seal to prevent cool air from escaping out of the refrigerated wine cellar. To achieve this, the right material for the door must be used and sealing aids must be added.
As an experienced wine cellar specialist, Coastal’s knowledgeable team never neglects the function of wine cellar doors in wine storage.
At the planning phase, they will discuss with you the different wine cellar door options. They will help you determine the right choice of door and make sure that it seals the room to safeguard your collection.
Coastal uses only wine cellar doors constructed of superior quality. They use a weather-stripped, 1.75” exterior grade door. Weather stripping ensures that no external elements can get into the wine cellar. In this process, a synthetic rubber material is applied to all four sides of the door jamb.
Coastal’s custom wine cellar doors are also equipped with an automatic door bottom to seal the cool air in the wine cellar. Additionally, this device prevents door dragging that can damage your floor.
Modern technology (Laminated Veneer Lumber) and traditional technique (Mortise and Tenon joints) are used by Coastal to ensure strength and appropriate insulating properties for their doors.
Why it is Important to Determine the Right Wine Cellar Cooling System Prior to Construction
Installing wine cellar refrigeration equipment without considering your wine storage requirements during the planning stage will harm your wines. Factors such as size of the room, number of bottles to be stored and location must be taken into account before purchasing and installing a wine cooling unit.
You don’t want your home wine cellar to have the wrong type of refrigeration system, not capable of providing optimal cooling to the whole room. Some builders use regular air conditioners in wine rooms.
A knowledgeable wine cellar builder would not use this type of cooling unit in wine cellars. Conventional air conditioners used for homes and offices are not designed to keep consistent temperature and humidity levels in wine storage.
By seeking help of a wine cellar refrigeration expert such as Coastal, your cooling requirements will be taken into account very carefully. This will ensure that the most suitable wine cooling system will be installed in your wine cellar. Coastal offers a wide range of commercial grade wine cellar cooling systems that will cool your wine cellar efficiently.
How to Achieve Effective Wine Racking Solutions for Your Wine Room
There are a lot of wine collectors who spend a lot on great-looking custom wine racks, but later find out that these racks are not durable and don’t suit their wine storage needs. The wine rack designs and materials must be thought of carefully prior to the construction of your wine room.
It is a good idea to ask for suggestions from an experienced wine cellar company in determining the right wine racks for your collection. Coastal always makes sure that they provide the best wine racking solutions for their clients. In doing this, they see to it that there is balance in aesthetics, space optimization, convenience and budget.
How Important is Wine Cellar Lighting in Wine Storage?
Wine cellar lighting is one of the components in wine cellar construction that is often neglected at the planning stage of the project. The wrong choice of lighting can have negative impact on the quality of wine and the ambiance of your wine cellar.
Fluorescent lighting which gives off excessive amounts of ultraviolet or UV light should not be used. UV light can ruin wine by degrading its stable organic compounds.
The flavor, aroma and structure of wine greatly depend on these organic compounds. Exposure to UV or too much sunlight will result in flat wine.
Your lighting should provide ample amount of vision. Make sure that it makes reading of wine labels and moving around the wine room convenient.
The different lighting options that you can choose from include track lighting, recessed can lights, wall sconces and chandeliers.
The knowledgeable team of designers at Coastal will see to it that the lighting system that best suits your wine cellar and style is considered at the planning stage. Not only that – they would also recommend lighting that will illuminate their clients’ wine cellar dramatically.
They recommend LED (Light Emitting Diode) lighting which provides a comforting glow and will keep your wines safe because of its low heat emission. It is also efficient, ideal for long-term use and versatile, making it a favorite option in wine cellar installation.
Contact Coastal Custom Wine Cellars – a Competent Wine Cellar Builder
The planning stage gives you the first insights into the knowledge and competence of your wine cellar builder. It’s here that you see how problems are solved and prevented. Safeguard your wines by contacting Coastal, a wine cellar company that provides only quality products and excellent service from the planning stage until the completion of your project.
Coastal will give you a free design where you can see first hand how the planning of a proper wine cellar project is to proceed, and it is though this process that you will gain the trust of your future wine cellar builder. Call them today at +1 (888) 735-8889 and speak with a design specialist about your wine room project and get all your questions answered.