When we think of wine cellars, we think of fancy old estates from other eras that have a whole underground storage area for vintage wines, or big mansions of rich and famous people who can accommodate wines in a super cool set up.
However, for those of us that can’t exactly build a huge wine cellar of our dreams, we can always go with a wine staircase. And let’s be honest, the sound of a wine staircase sounds so much cooler than a wine cellar.
Well, if you think it’s a great idea, then you’ll love what Australian builder Murray Berrill created for himself during a renovation of his home. Besides making it so that his stairs can hold 156 wine bottles, the stairs even have a built-in thermometer meant to ensure that the bottles are always kept at the perfect temperature.
Not only was the idea a very ingenious one, but it was quite a simple renovation as well. As it turned out, the idea was executed using pre-made drawers purchased from the local hardware store – and the entire renovation only took a week and a half to finish.
So, where did Berrill get the brilliant idea from? Practicality.
As he said, “I hate dead space when renovating a house, as you’re essentially paying for nothing. So we thought of putting the wine in drawers in the staircase rather than behind it.”
The builder used a little bit of forward-thinking and planning in order to bring his vision into being. Mostly, Berrill just had to understand how all the bottles could comfortably fit, as well as make sure that the structure would be able to support the weight.
Even though he’d never built a wine storage staircase before, he very quickly was able to work out the job smoothly once he did his calculations and planned all the details. Apart from the built-in thermometer, Berrill was also careful to make sure all the drawers were insulated.
After installing his wine stairs, he even considered eventually including a cooling unit for chilling bottles.
Proud of his handiwork, Berrill happily showed off his new stairs via his company’s Facebook page. As anyone can imagine, the Internet was quite impressed by the wine staircase, and he received a lot of attention and comments.
As one person wrote, “I’ll drink to that idea! Very clever!!”
Meanwhile, another commented, “Omg it’s the stairway to heaven!”
Given how popular the construction turned out to be, there is no doubt that Berrill will be quite busy building wine staircases. And, if you’re curious, Berrill has already done the estimations of cost, calculating that a completed project would cost around $5,500 Australian dollars, which, when converted, is around $3,500 USD.
What do you think of the wine staircase? Would you want one in your home?SKM: below-content placeholder