Unless a wine baron has written you into their will, the chances are you don’t have a wing of wine cellars built into your home waiting to be filled with Merlot. However, what you might have is a basement, which is not only an ideal space for a personal wine cellar, but it’s also a great way to add value to your property whilst making the most out of your unused space.
So, if you’re thinking of converting your London basement into a personal wine cellar for business or pleasure, here are some of the things you’ll need to consider:
Creating a wine cellar in your London basement
Creating a wine cellar in your own basement, gives you the opportunity to tailor the space to exactly how you wish. You can also choose displays that echo your own personal taste, lighting that creates a relaxing ambiance and even a speaker system or television to watch while you enjoy your stock. Your ultimate goal in converting your basement into a wine cellar, is to create a room that isn’t just functional, but is also somewhere you will look forward to spending time in.
With that in mind, here are a few display ideas that you should consider:
• Wood: timber racking displays are popular not only because they look rustic and chic, but because they’re easily built to cater for box storage, bin storage and individual bottle storage.
• Glass: glass shelves are a striking display statement and gives you the option of creating a decorative glass viewing wall into the cellar too.
• Metal: metal racking displays are not only quick to construct and cost effective, but they’re also an excellent choice for a contemporary look.
• Stone: stone display shelves are not the cheapest or easiest option for your basement wine cellar, but they look truly magnificent and can also add thermal mass, as the stone is heavy, as well as humidity stabilising effects, as it is porous.
Converting your Basement
At Simply Basement, our expert team strives to create the perfect space for all of our clients, but there are some elements that do need to be considered when creating a wine cellar in your basement.
• Poor Insulation: Because basements generally aren’t intended to be used as living spaces, they can often be lacking in insulation. If your basement is drafty, or loses heat quickly, this may affect your wine, especially over time, so it’s important to factor insulation solutions into your build.
• Damp Air: too much moisture in the air can not only ruin labels and corks, but it will eventually affect the flavour of your wine, so it’s important to think about adequate ventilation during the renovation stage.
• Flooring – Because many basements have concrete floors, you will generally have the perfect base for a wine cellar. By adding carpet or even a wooden floor, your basement will not only become cosy, but a lot easier to clean.
If you’re interested in converting your London basement into a home wine cellar, contact the experts at Simply Basement today on 0800 917 7571 or visit our contact page.