Step-by-step photos of building a wine cellar under our house
Because our house is built on a sloping block in Sydney we had space underneath a section of the house. We cut through from the lower level of the house into this space. Fifteen tonnes of clay and rubble were removed from this area before the wine cellar construction began.
We didn’t strike rock until we were within 15cm of the floor of the lower level of the house. So that’s where we stopped excavating! The house is too old to bring in jackhammers to excavate rock so the wine cellar is just one easy step up from floor level.
I should point out that I built my wine cellar from brick and concrete because I don’t have a basement. I had to excavate under a portion of the house and that meant removing an old brick footing. The brick and concrete walls of the new wine cellar became the footings for the old part of the house above. Most people building a wine cellar in a basement or other area of a house will be able to use stud wall construction as detailed in my e-book.
The wine cellar is now complete. Our wine collection now has a home and all wines have been catalogued in a cellar management system. All the bottles carry printable cellar tags from Vinoté and I’m using cellar management software from Uncorked Cellar.
Because it is partially underground the cellar is maintaining a fairly constant temperature. It gets warmer in the summer than I like and I’ve left space to instal a cooling unit in the future.
The complete construction process for building a home wine cellar is described in full detail in my e-book available for immediate download through Amazon!Click an image to enlarge and start slideshow