3. Ceiling and Wall Treatments
Common coverings for walls are:
- redwood paneling
- or any material that can live in a humid environment and doesn't give off strong odors.
If you'll be tasting wine or exposing wine in your cellar from time to time, it's a good idea not to use
materials like cedar wood or oil-based paint that give off pungent
odors. I'm not convinced these smells can penetrate the corks, but many
wine "experts" claim otherwise.
But if you're tasting or racking wine in your cellar, then strong odors are obviously a not a good thing in there.
Most wood has an odor when wet. Yet when it dries out over time the aromatics are weakened and you can barely smell it. But in a humid cellar the odors can still be very evident because the wood stays slightly damp.
Two of the best species of wood to use are redwood and mahogany because of their low odor and excellent decay resistance. They're also available in tongue and groove paneling and other types of lumber. Some other woods with low aromatics:
- red alder
- fir (sub-alpine)
Mahogany is hard, takes stain well and is very stable. Redwood is softer but has a beautiful hue.
Other Material Options
If you're using drywall when building a wine cellar then use the green moisture-proof board. It's a little more expensive but it's used in bathrooms for a reason.
I really like the look and feel of stone or rustic brick in the cellar. It sort of imparts that "old world" feeling of time and strength. You can use any material that resists moisture and has a low odor to it:
- terra cotta
This is where your creativity really comes into play. Check out the 1000's of wine cellar designs on Houzz to give you some great ideas.
Tip: When you apply your drywall to the walls, bring it right to the floor. You won't be putting any baseboard trim around the bottom because the wine storage racks need to sit flush with the wall and the trim would prevent that.
Tip: Any paints, stains or concrete floor sealers should be exterior latex or water-based because of their low odors.