One of the things that struck us, when we were reviewing the Best in American Living Awards – this is an industry honor, presented by the National Association of Homebuyers – is how strong the interest is in wine-inspired home design.
As a custom home builder in Milton, one thing we know is that some people are truly passionate about their wine. But the tendency over the years is to have the majority of the collection stored out of sight – whether that means behind cupboard doors or in converted basement storage. What’s interesting now is the trend toward making the wine collection a focal point within the home, in beautiful spaces that double as places to entertain or relax.
Yes – these spaces can include the temperature and humidity control features that the finest wines require. One of the nice things about working with a custom home builder is you can integrate the necessary systems and appliances into the room’s desired aesthetic seamlessly. Flooring, lighting, and layout options are literally limitless – among the examples we saw: a rustic Mediterranean vibe, sleek high-tech modern, and the type of gracious understated elegance you’d expect in a classic New England home.
Should You Build A Bump Out for Your Wine Collection?
If the space you’d like to devote to your wine collection doesn’t exist within your home as it’s currently configured, one option is to have your local custom home builder design and built an addition for you. A bump out – defined as a room size or smaller addition – is often the fastest, most cost-effective way to achieve the desired space.
The question of windows for a wine room often comes up. If you’re also entertaining in this space, or you want to avoid the area feeling too dark and claustrophobic, windows are a good idea. They allow you to enjoy the view and natural daylight. Design choices can help ensure the wine collection is protected from being exposed to too much light while achieving a luxurious, comfortable space for the homeowner.