Wine rooms—often decked-out with exotic woods, glass walls or even a tasting room—are catching up to media and bonus rooms as a “must-have” amenity for today’s buyers. The 2019 Edition of the National Association of Home Builders’ What Home Buyers Really Want survey indicates that 28 percent of home buyers with an annual household income of $150,000 or more rate wine cellars as desirable (17 percent) or essential (11 percent).
I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food.W.C. Fields
As consumption of wine grows nationally, so does the appeal of a focal, feature wine room. It is no longer relegated to the cellar or out-of-sight storage, now it’s becoming a home’s showpiece. Even non-drinkers are enticed by the look of a wine room, as it often conveys the impression of an owner with discerning, distinguished tastes. In fact, some homeowners who steer clear of drinking or collecting wine are adding wine cellars to their homes with the aim to positively affect future resale value.
Not only is there a desire to create a functional space for a wine collection to be safely stored and displayed, but today’s wine room is the jewel of the home: a work of art, the owner’s personal expression.
For home builders, incorporating a wine room or a wine feature doesn’t have to break the bank. Here are some design ideas from Kay Green Design, Inc. to help you create this ‘wow’ wine cellar, regardless of a luxury building budget or economy-minded starter plan.
Luxury: Custom built-in wine room, featuring storefront glass doors, with floor-to-ceiling suspended racking, fabulous lighting and opulent finishes.
Mid Level: Built-Into planned recess; such as space under stairs or utilizing oversize closet. Pre-fabricated wood racking & cabinets, glass or iron detail doors.
Budget: Ready-made bottle holders mounted above cabinets, furniture console or decorative piece. Your model merchandiser plays a key role in creating this allocated space, conveying the concept of a discerning homeowner, without the sizeable expense.
Post courtesy of Kay Green Design, Inc., a nationally recognized interior design and model merchandising firm located in Winter Park, Fla.
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