Building your custom winery 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 get most involved in) should be an experience worth having rather than a troublesome and unpleasant one for you. Learn more about effective sweet spots and guidelines to follow so you can get started on your design.
Define your elements
Custom wine cellars should be as unique as each individual is, so you can take the freedom to design what works best for you. For a wine storage solution that works efficiently at its best, it is essential that you gather all your long-saved dreams and ideas and start the process of making them come true. Here are some of the essentials you need to keep in mind for 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 functional benefits, presentational beauty, or both. Decide on a space that is not directly exposed to sunlight. You definitely don’t want to damage your wines due to 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 usually 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 cool options. Choose a style that suits your taste, greatly enhances the look of your wine collection, and complements the interior of your home, business venues, or even luxury yachts.
- The type of wood species also defines the quality of your wine rack, so carefully choose types of wood that promise durability, ease of use, and exotic beauty. Wood stains also play a vital role in adding glamor to your wine display, so learn about stain products that match the properties of your chosen wood species.
- 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 moldings, hinges, auto door bottom, sill, stain, and other features you’d like to include. You can even get them hand carved or with the glass etched with your design, the possibilities are endless. Review these options with your winery specialist and always perform a quality check for longevity and maximum yield.
- Cellar flooring (use of wood, old oak barrels and other flooring materials)
- It is strongly recommended that the main 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 recycling old oak barrels for use as wood flooring material, as they represent originality and natural beauty, as well as making sure they are kept out of landfills, making your winery more truly “green”.
- Wine cellar refrigeration system (types and factors to take into account)
- First of all, you should know that home air conditioning units are totally different from wine refrigeration equipment, which is specially designed to control the temperature and humidity levels inside the 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, and their evaporator is 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 cooling unit are the size of the cellar, the noise levels of the unit, the installation and need for an authorized technician, the price and the length of the guarantee.
- Other factors to consider
- You can also specify the lighting effects and ambience you want to achieve. Do you want dimmable lights, an elegant chandelier, or your wine cellar has a contemporary flair? Are your wine racks going to have an exhibitor 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 in a custom wine cellar specialist, make sure you have a good idea of the budget you have to work with and don’t forget to have a clear idea of the timeframes involved so there are no surprises.
Let your unique ideas be heard
After making a list of 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 winery builder that has well-trained, knowledgeable, and customer-focused consultants who can guide you as you work together to form and visualize 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’s worth choosing a warehouse builder that offers this package.
Give your approval
A winery designer should contact you to find out if you have been through the design submission and to answer any questions you may have. If you are satisfied with the design, you can easily approve the proposal and let them begin the process of realizing their dream.