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360 Home Living: Wine'ing Allowed!

Now that entertaining plans are all set and on the works, how about “that” glass of wine to relax. Will you get the next bottle from your wine cellar or, are you still thinking about building it?

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If you are a wine lover and you are at the point of collecting, then, storing your own bottles in a more adequate way -than accommodating them in your basement- has crossed your mind. Even if you think this is just a fun recent hobby, every time you pass that empty room in your home, you dream of a wine cellar to start collecting for real. The experts say that if you really enjoy wine, it doesn’t take long until you find yourself buying cases of your favorite bottles or investing a good amount in one that you want to age.

The common thought is that for the few nice bottles purchased, a wine refrigerator could be ok. A cool place in the house has become the wine storage place for many people. But, truth be told, once you get to the point of throwing a full $400-$600 bottle of Bordeaux down the drain because of bad storage, you already know that an assigned space for your wine could be a good idea.

Not everyone needs a large wine cellar. Wine cellar Custom Wine Cellars architect Evan L. Goldenberg from Connecticut says: “you can turn a 5’x8’ room into a room for 1,250 bottles”. That is the size of a bathroom! As an interested collector, don’t drive away from the idea thinking is not worth building a cellar if you are not an expert. There is a lot of thought and technique that goes into building a wine cellar to connoisseur standards. Thinking about the amount of bottles you want to store, the kind of wine you like, temperature requirements, location and movement around the area, should get you started with the basics. Custome wine cellars

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If you are thinking on investing more in your wine than your space to store it, then that is another story. The costs of building a full wine cellar can quickly go up to $100K. But, D.C. Metro, award winner designer at The Wine Cellar Company, Lisa Weiss recognizes that there is a growing trend and "small cellars are becoming very popular". A 20 SQ FT cellar project can range between $15K-$25K. "Buyers are also looking at additions that add value to their homes and small cellars will do that".

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A wine rack incorporated in the kitchen cabinetry may do ok for a many people too. This may be a hobby, but if you think about it, wine can easily become an accessory for your home. It might also be an easier idea to sell to your family if you’re thinking of turning a linen closet or the full laundry room into a wine cellar. When you see this idea as decoration potential, or even as a work of art, it becomes smart thinking and not a crazy idea to propose. “Many of my clients these days want a functional work of art for their homes, wine cellars can be that piece of art” and “many of those clients are requesting for their storage projects to be built on the first floor” Goldenberg says.

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Just like art, wine is better appreciated when you get to share your personal choices with others with the same interests. So, you may want to think about what are the best ways to make this happen. It may be wise to have at arm’s reach some of your less expensive collections to share with friends. Drinking good wine in good company is always fun, but after a couple of glasses who knows what you’ll bring out of the cellar and how sorry you will be next day – If you wake up remembering you had a different plan for “that” particular bottle. This brings us to new concepts on how to incorporate wine grottos. Some of these ideas may be taken from Europe, where even small homes still leave space for wine storage. You can rest assured, you will not be the first to be proud to display your $20-$50 value good wine finds. And, there are very creative ways to store more versatile wines at eye sight.

People are changing the way of thinking for building and remodeling, this is what 360 Homes are about- designed for how we actually live our lives today.

There are plenty of rack design ideas to incorporate in your kitchen and dining area. In fact, you can make a combination of wood racks of all shapes and incorporate cooling devices to have a balanced combination of storage options for your collection. This contemporary wine display we found from Home and Design shows a turn in the traditional brick and stone cellar idea for storing wine. It is also a good example of wine as decoration to main areas in the house.

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here is one last option that you may want to consider. This one is often debated. Wine refrigerators. Some people think they are not worth the money. From a quick internet search, you can find them from $250 to over $5,000 depending on the size, gadgets and preferences. But if you are looking to store wine for short term, enjoying it for longer and like a fancy display, go for it! The question is where to put it? We may be back to the basement, but if you have space or you are remodeling your kitchen think about adding it to your plan. Incorporate a wine cooler under your counter or in your center island and make it part of your daily life.

I would not let you leave without giving you with some ideas to start some fun tasting. If you are in the east side of the nation, I have good news. You have almost 300 wineries to visit in Virginia and a broad option for wine festivals and events happening in October, November and December. Maybe this map of Northern Virginia wineries will help you start collecting your favorites in the region and this article from the Washington Post Magazine (2013) will get you curious about "Vineyards that are putting Virginia on the fine-wine map" - See more at: http://info.avarchitectsbuild.com/blog/bid/357031/360-Home-Living-Wine-ing-Allowed#sthash.guzsuaj4.dpuf

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