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Washington Home Owner Trend: Upscale Wine Cellars

wineHere at the Rozansky Group, we are always keeping our eyes out for new homeowner trends in the Washington DC area. That’s because we want to be able to share these trends with you so that you’re as informed as possible when you make your next home purchase.

Thus, today we wanted to share with you a neat trend we’re seeing all over Washington DC: Upscale wine cellars. Continue reading to learn more!

What You Should Know About This DC Housing Trend

According to a recent article I was reading in the Post, many DC residents are opting to turn their basements into stunning wine cellars.

Many of these individuals do so by converting a storage room on the lower level to accommodate their wine.

Experts agree that the most effective place to store wine is a basement, regardless of whether you’re a bit of a wine connoisseur or just have several bottles for keeping company. That’s because the basement creates a cool, insulated place with its own cooling system and ventilation, which is what wine needs. In fact, the ideal temperature would be between 55 and 58 degrees.

They also recommend creating a wine cellar at the front of the house because it is usually the part of the basement that is the deepest underground.

Here are some other tips that experts shared about creating wine cellars:

  • It’s fairly inexpensive to purchase storage racks designed for holding wine at the proper angle for long periods of time. Although you can always have custom-designed racks, which is more expensive.
  • The amount of money you spend as well as the space you’ll need to build a wine cellar depend on whether you’re trying to store wine for long periods of times (ie, years) or whether you just need a place to keep it in between frequent entertainment parties.
  • If you consider yourself a wine connoisseur, you can always consider building a space in your cellar for tasting and entertaining. Although some just opt to make the wine cellar a place for storage.
    Residents have the option of either retrofitting their home or custom building a wine cellar. Generally speaking, cooling units for such rooms can range from $1,000 to $5,000. If you go that route, experts suggest putting the wine cellar near a mechanical closet. That way, it’s close in the event that the cooling system needs to run through the wall or needs a drainage area.

Experts have found that taste in wine cellars vary by homeowner. For instance, those who have more traditional tastes tend to want a room primarily of stone and wood. Meanwhile, those who have more contemporary tastes want more glass and metal in the space.

Typically, they said, they’re seeing home owners in properties larger than 5,000 square feet requesting these wine cellars.

We’ll Help You Find a DC Home With a Wine Cellar

If you’re a Washington DC area home buyer who would love to have a wine cellar in your next home, then please contact us at The Rozansky Group.

We will work diligently to find you homes that meet your search criteria so that you don’t have to go back in and retrofit your new home as soon as you buy it.

Contact us today to learn more about available Metro DC home listings with wine cellars – or to receive all of our FREE home buying resources!

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