In case you missed it last week, The Blockheads were hard at creating their ground floors. They were designed to consist of two car spaces, a cellar, laundry and a dunny —sorry, I mean a Water Closet (WC). It seemed like an awful lot of space to give over to fermented grape storage!
To be honest, I reckon a cellar is a status symbol rather than a practical solution. If you invest in building a wine cellar, I give it less than 6 weeks of wine occupation before you find tool kits, boxes, bikes and more bric-a-brac taking over the wine racks.
I was glad to see David Morell, Buyers Advocate, supporting my position;
While wine cellars may look smart, he says they aren’t necessarily a value-adding feature.
“Just because it’s got a wine cellar doesn’t mean [buyers] are going to pay you $50,000 more. They’re not,” he said. “They ultimately usually end up being used as storage rooms.”
It’s not just that it’s impractical – it’s unhelpful and unhealthy. As suggested, you’d be hit with the temptation of wine upon entry, and before you know it you’d be prone to open a bottle a day.
So what’s a smart, innovative home owner to do?
Turn it into a car space
If you’re living in an inner metro location, I’d turn the space over to either a high value additional car space or, better still, bike storage.
Store your family memory makers
I run a standard family of five. For me, that’s five push bikes, two prams, three scooters, two sets of golf clubs, an esky, camping gear, and a big tub of kids’ sports equipment.
Find a home for sporting equipment
I’m guessing The Blocks’ target market is not a fun-filled, active family of five. But if you’re a modern, inner city woman, a wine cellar is the perfect place to stash exercise/sporting equipment that ends up clogging passageways around the home. Isn’t it time you found a home for your road bike/expensive golf clubs/tennis rackets/trendy paddle boards?
Yes, wine cellars are visually impressive. They also infer cultural sophistication by association, so if keeping up with the Jones’ is your thing, go for gold. But I reckon you could make far better use of a wine cellar.
I recommend a panic room.
BTW – did you ever realise it was Kristen Stewart of brooding Twilight fame in that film with Jodie Foster?
Here are a few of my favourite panic room designs.