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Wine Cellar Flooring Options

Wine Cellar Flooring Options

One very important feature of your wine cellar is the floor and your choice of flooring materials. With that in mind, the total weight of your wine cellar; i.e., the cellar build itself and its contents when fully stocked, must be taken into account when selecting a location. These include the base, subfloor and ultimately your selection of the flooring materials. These factors will be taken into consideration by your Luxury Elements architect when helping you select the materials and designing your cellar and its floor. First, let’s first discuss what not to use. It may be obvious but then again perhaps not, but carpeting is totally unsuitable as a covering for wine cellar floors. Carpeting can be difficult to maintain as dust and dirt can accumulated in the weave and padding, and wine stains are often difficult to remove. Carpeting can retain moisture and release toxins used in its production as well. Not a good choice! There are a myriad of suitable flooring options, many more than in years past. Let’s consider the most popular types:


There are numerous types of tiles to choose from. Porcelain is the latest “fad” which has actually been around for quite a while. This product comes is various shades and patterns that can be perfect for your cellar if you so choose. There are also slate ceramics that mimic natural slate, as well as marble, mosaics and wood grain tiles, all available in hundreds to colors, shapes, patterns and sizes. Anyone of these would make a dramatic and beautiful floor to your wine cellar.


Natural stone, such as slate, flagstone, bluestone, travertine, marble, pebbles and others will lend a rustic or natural look to a wine cellar. Patterns can be random or installed in a more orderly fashion. The range of colors and textures available can match any wine cellar design from rustic or traditional to ultramodern. Not sure? Ask your designer to show you samples.


If wood is your choice, there are many different types of wood flooring to choose from. There is, of course, traditional oak in a number of widths and colors. There is also hickory, bamboo, and many other exotic hardwoods including engineered hardwood available in a multitude of widths, grains and colors. Wood flooring can be installed in patterns (herringbone for example), or combined with other types of flooring materials to make a stunning statement in your wine cellar. Whatever flooring type you select, you need to make sure it suits your personal style and is compatible to the cellar design itself. Can’t decide? Talk with your Luxury Elements design consultant. They are experts when it comes to matching flooring to your wine cellar.
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Why You Should Consider A Wine Cellar For Your Home

Wine cellars are not just for the wealthy. Today many homeowners are choosing to have wine cellars installed in their existing homes or added to new construction. But keep in mind, a wine cellar doesn’t necessarily have to be massive holding a thousand bottles nor does it need to be located in a basement. An aesthetically-pleasing wine cellar can be designed to fit almost anywhere in a home even in an underutilized closet or bedroom or unused space under a staircase for example. Your professional Luxury Elements designer will help you decide on the most desirable location in your home. A wine cellar is not only a status symbol as most homes do not have this feature; its presence becomes an additional selling point and adds to the resale value of your home. And don’t forget the convenience factor. No longer will you have to run to the wine store when you want to enjoy a fine Chardonnay or Merlot or when dinner guests are expected or when friends drop in. Many people stock wines for their own utilization while others amass wine collections as a hobby or investment. A wine cellar is a secure, dedicated location and has an ideal environment for wine and champagne preservation, i.e., regulated temperature and humidity. And then you have the added feature of being able to display your collection in beautiful surroundings with it readily available for your enjoyment if you so choose. When many wine collectors find a new wine they admire, it will often be purchased in quantity, not only to save money but to take advantage of vintage availability. However, this would be unlikely if they did not have a safe atmospherically-suitable storage location. Some wine aficionados opt to store their collection at off-site wine warehouses which is expensive and will either require delivery or a trip to the warehouse; hardly convenient. Careful planning is necessary if you are considering a custom cellar. A wine cellar of any size involves a myriad of decisions, additions and modifications before you can place the first bottle on a rack. It also involves a significant investment therefore particular care should be involved in the choice of location, design, materials and the selection of an expert wine cellar contractor such as Luxury Elements. Call Luxury Elements today at 630-885-3866 to arrange for an in-home consultation or use the website contact form.
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Selecting Wood for a Wine Cellar

Selectin Wood for a Wine Cellar

The decision to have a wine cellar designed and built is a significant one. There are several important components in the process not the least of which is the selection of wood to be used in this endeavor. Luxury Elements suggests the client give this facet a great deal of thought and consideration.

There are literally hundreds of different wood species available from Abachi to Zigang, however we recommend the following for your project: Cherry, Hickory, Mahogany, Maple, Red Oak, Redwood, Walnut, or White Oak.

Cherry is a dense hardwood with nice graining and is an excellent choice for wine cellars. It is stiff and strong and holds up well in a controlled cellar environment.

Hickory is one of the hardest woods available and is used where strength and shock resistance is required. It comes with various grain patterns and is a furniture and cabinet maker’s favorite.

Mahogany is a very durable, stable wood and comes in a variety of colors. There are several types of mahogany, in various price ranges from the expensive Genuine Mahogany to less expensive Malaysian Mahogany.

Maple comes in a number of varieties each with unique graining. This hardwood, often used in furniture building, is very durable and stable.

Red Oak is a classic choice that is heavy with a course texture and stains beautifully. Red oak is often used for flooring and is extremely durable.

Redwood. Although a soft wood, it is widely considered one of the best for wine cellars. It is durable with natural oils that help repel moisture and will maintain its form unlike other soft woods such as pine and those from other conifers.

Walnut is an extremely hard wood and is highly resistant to shrinkage or warping and a cabinet maker’s favorite. For these reasons, it is an outstanding choice for an environmentally controlled wine cellar.

White Oak is another hardwood that is often used for wine cellars. As with red oak, it is a heavy wood with beautiful graining and stains up nicely.

All woods are not created equal so the client needs to take into consideration but is not limited to durability, affordability, and of course, aesthetic appeal. Whatever wood is selected, take heart knowing that a Luxury Elements’ built wine cellar will look beautiful for generations to come.

What is a Wine Cellar?

What is a Wine Cellar?

In simple terms, a wine cellar is a space devoted exclusively for the storage of bottled (or barreled) wine. Wine is a perishable food product and will spoil if improperly stored. A wine cellar will protect the fermented fruit product from potentially harmful external influences such as sunlight, vibration and fluctuations in temperature and humidity.

Opulent, custom-built wine cellars are one of the more recent trends in home design and construction where wine aficionados can safely store, age and display their bottled wine collections.

Wine Cellars Throughout the Ages - Luxury Elements


Wine cellars today are patterned after wine storage facilities dating back thousands of years. The world’s oldest purpose-built wine cellar dating to 1700 BCE was unearthed in 2013 in Tel Kabri, Israel. It measures approximately 4.5m x 7m (15’x 23’) and contained 40 large earthenware jars that could hold the equivalent of 3,000 bottles.

In many parts of the Roman Empire (27 BCE to 476 CE), the Romans protected and stored their wine in the cool underground catacombs in the region. In Reims, France, huge Roman-dug chalk mines dating back to the 4th century are still being used today to store champagne and wine. Another French cellar or wine cave dug by monks from the 14th-16th century holds 700,000 bottles and 2,000 wine barrels is located in Meursault, France. In France and in other parts of the world, the practice of using underground storage still continues today.

Throughout the millennia all the various methods of wine storage had common elements: cool temperatures, humidity control and protection from vibration and sunlight. Although much more technologically advanced, these are the same essential features contained in today’s custom-built wine cellars designed to your specifications by Luxury Elements.


As previously mentioned, the four common essentials to preserve wines are: cool temperatures, controlled humidity, protection from sunlight and vibration. Both passive and active wine cellars incorporate all of these requisites but using different methodology; one naturally and the other by artificial means. Depending on your storage needs, space availability and desired location, a decision will have to be made to determine which is type is correct for your particular situation, a passive wine cellar or an active one. Luxury Elements can assist you in determining what type is the best for you and your wine collection.

Passive - A passive wine cellar is usually an underground storage space that is not climate-controlled by artificial means. The underground temperature in today’s typical basement is about 50-55 degrees, making it an ideal location for wine storage. This is why so many people opt for a passive wine cellar built in their dry, unheated basement. Another advantage of a passive cellar is that it does not rely on cooling equipment to keep wine at its optimum temperature and humidity. This means those pesky power outages need not be a concern. Additionally, a passive cellar is environmentally-friendly with only an insignificant carbon footprint due to any installed luminaire. All things considered, a passive wine cellar is a practical, cost-effective solution for storing a wine collection.

Active - With an active wine cellar, the temperature and humidity levels are maintained at an ideal balance by artificial means, i.e., a climate-controlled wine cooling system. As you know, temperatures and humidity levels too high or too low can compromise the quality of wine. An active wine cellar must be properly constructed and insulated in order to maintain the proper temperature and humidity levels. An active wine cellar can be built as a stand-alone room, a converted space such as a closet or unused bedroom, or as a glassed wine wall or under-counter cooler, etc. The possibilities are only limited by your needs, imagination and budget.