Adding wine cellar to basement

ORIGINAL BASEMENT:   This home is located in the Laurelwood subdivision on the west side of Carmel.  The current owner has lived in the home for 17 years and the house was built in 1991.  While most of the basement was already finished, there was an unfinished area that provided room for the addition of a wine cellar.

WHY BUILD A WINE CELLAR:   The owner had been storing cases of wine in the corner of the unfinished utility room.  “We have developed an interest in wine over the last 10 years.  We visit Italy a lot and have begun buying wine over there.  We had some rough racking in the basement, but it was not organized.”

WINE STORAGE VS. TASTING TABLE:   “At first we were going to have a tasting room built, but we realized that we would not be drinking wine in the basement so we made it into just a wine cellar.”

ARCHITECTURAL DETAILS:   The design called for the room to be framed out at roughly 10’ x 10’ and includes room for 1,100 bottles of wine.  The room includes mahogany wine racking and trim with mahogany wood paneling on the walls.  The door to the room includes 48” insulated mahogany double doors.  The ceiling is covered with mahogany wood panels, trim and crown molding.

LIGHTING:   The room includes new Xenon under cabinet accent lighting along with new recessed lights on dimmer switches.

DISPLAY CABINET:   The back wall includes a base cabinet with a quartz countertop and backsplash featuring stacked mosaic stone tile under an arched valance.  The floor tile is stone tile laid in a herringbone installation pattern.

FAVORITE FEATURES:   The owner commented on her favorite part.  “The wine cellar is something we really wanted – it is so nice to have everything organized now.  We can easily see what we have, and the area is much more functional and beautiful.  It is the best room in the house!”