Whether a wine aficionado looking to build a state of the art wine cellar, or an average home owner who happens to also be a wine enthusiast, the design and execution is only limited by your imagination and your bank account.

The very first step towards the wine cellar of your dreams is to determine exactly what it is that you wish to achieve in the end.

That single most important decision will drive all of your budget and design decisions. The building and execution of any construction or remodel project is actually the lesser concern. It is only through the due diligence, planning, design and the purchasing of the right materials that you will achieve the highest success. Those prudent steps taken will insure you the best end result.

Once you have organized your desires, then seriously think about what type of professional help you need to pull off your project.

Often, the best money spent is the consulting fee you pay to a professional designer or architect.

Hire a consult first and do not be afraid to shop around without taking advantage of mining a professional's expertise for free. Be discriminating and use caution. All too often one falls prey to the sales pitch and ends up bringing on far more 'help' than they need. Unless your cellar goes to the extreme of the design spectrum with specific structural and mechanical needs, it is likely you may be able to hire a professional designer or architect by the hour so that your perceptions can be fine tuned.

The next step, is to collaborate with the builder or trades that are going to execute the basic fundamentals such as electrical, plumbing and mechanical needs.

These licensed professional trades will also be responsible for keeping you legal and within code requirements for your city, town or county. Use caution when hiring a full general contractor as that is a step that is often not necessary. Your professional trades carry their own licenses and insurances. If you did take the step to utilize a professional designer or architect, their sketches or drawings will suffice to satisfy the building department within the municipality you are dealing with. There are also many fine trim carpenters that do freelance work who would be willing to handle woodworking and installation needs of cabinetry, racks and embellishments.

By collaborating with everyone using your well organized desires for the project and before contracts are signed and agreed upon, then your wine cellar project is off to a great start with a much higher chance of success.

Wine cellar ideas and designs

The difference between a 'wine cellar' and a 'wine room' is the structure itself. A true wine 'cellar' is a natural environment such as a 'room' dug out of the earthen wall of a basement. A wine 'room' is just as it sounds. A room that is going to be 'tricked out' into a wine cellar design by installing wine cellar components such as storage, coolers and racks.

Pulling off a true wine cellar is not as difficult as it sounds. Maybe significantly more expensive than a wine room, but the cost of the structural work can often be balanced out by leaving earthen walls and using reclaimed timbers and wood for door frames and support beams. Or using natural stone that you harvest from local quarries or favorite hiking areas and sources for your cellar floor.

One of the primary and major plus points to an earthen cellar is the temperature does not fluctuate. Ventilation and cross current air flow installation for an earthen cellar that is naturally the temperature range you are looking for, is much less expensive than the purchasing of thermostatic temperature control. Your professional mechanical, electrical and plumbing contractors can help you decide what is best for your application.

The more rustic and traditional appeal of a true wine cellar can be enhanced by wooden wine storage racks, wooden cabinetry and wine tasting table. Possibly wood countertops for the ability to display or open bottles for tasting and viewing.

Should you like the idea of an earthen cellar but wish a more contemporary or sophisticated design, then simply change the style of your wooden racks and wooden cabinetry.

Instead of wood countertops, select granite or marble. Utilizing same or similar complimenting for your tabletop in your wine tasting area.

Should your space be limited, standing bars are also popular and practical wine tasting spots.