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Building a Wine Cellar in a Closet
A Paragon Builders / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 • Posted May 19, 2014 12:41 PM

It’s never too late to add a Wine Cellar to your home. We were recently at a friend’s home and they decided to turn a room into a wine bar. This included changing a closet to be the new wine cellar. We’ve built wine cellars in new homes, but just thought I would let you know you still can have one if you have room in your current home or want to convert a closet. Let’s explore converting a closet to that wine cellar.

If you are going to do this yourself there are kits to help. Figure out how you want to design your closet, and how many racks you will want. Racks come in all kinds of different patterns, materials, sizes, colors, etc. You will want to add some crown molding, insulation and vapor barriers for the walls and ceiling, cooling system, and an air tight door (preferably a designer door). Wine Closets can help if you have temperature changes in your home or constant exposure to UV lights.

Even though your closet is inside, you still need to prep and make it air tight. This means, pulling off base boards, adding vapor barriers, insulation, additional prep for the flooring, electric outlets, new doors, cooling system, and of course the racks. There are many How To’s out there for you do-it-yourselfers, or you can just call a builder to design and complete the job for you. As for the cost to convert a closet to a wine cellar, it is a “case by case” situation since you have so many variables. If you do not convert this area properly, you can damage your walls, ceiling, and your wines.

Lighting is also important in your new showcase of those precious wines. Here again, you need to make sure you are using proper lighting so that it does not work against your cooling system. If you use the wrong lighting, it could cause your cooling system to overwork itself.

There are also monitoring and security systems that you can add. Key pads to access your room are popular. It’s always recommended you keep your cellars locked. Keeping the door locked also works in making sure you shut the door. And locking the door can help prevent theft and keeping kids out. Additional monitoring can include alarms when the temperatures are not correct.

There are many bells and whistles you can add, or just go simple if this is your first conversion of a closet to a wine cellar. Cost will range on the details you select. It can be a fun project, with benefits at the end.

For ALL Your Real Estate and Building needs or questions, call Debbie at (830) 833-4249 / (713)818-6658 or debbie@vallonerealestate.net

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