At this point, it’s clear that it will be a while before our lives can return back to the way they were pre-COVID-19. It’s unbelievable how the ongoing pandemic has completely changed every single aspect of our social habits—from how we travel and vacation to how we shop for a new home. And since we’re spending most of our time in our homes, we are also constantly adapting them to “the new normal” (a backyard office, anyone?!) So it will probably come as no surprise that the latest trend in home improvements is... digging a spiral wine cellar under the kitchen floor.
The unusual home addition is especially popular in the United Kingdom, the Times reported, where demand has doubled during the three months of quarantine.
The company behind the latest craze is Spiral Cellars. The London-based luxury wine storage supplier has been around for almost 40 years and has created more than 4,000 wine cellars. And while the company does offer more traditionally designed wine rooms and walls, the spiral wine cellar has been a hit with homeowners who are not able to enjoy their favorite vintages in restaurants anymore.
It is basically a concrete construction, that is fitted into a 10ft high by 8ft wide hole dug into the floor. It is equipped with built-in natural ventilation to create the optimum conditions for wine storage and can fit up to 1,900 bottles of your favorite reds and whites. Of course, you can customize the design—from LED lighting to extra-wide steps and full-depth bottle bins.
“There is increasingly no such thing as the stereotypical Spiral Cellars customer—they range from older wine buffs and serious collectors whose prime concern is the peace of mind that comes with knowing their wine is being kept in optimum conditions to younger customers at the outset of their wine collecting journey looking for quirky, stylish yet often more compact ways to store wine at home,” said Lucy Hargreaves, the managing director of Spiral Cellars.” And of course, Spiral Cellars also appeal to design and interiors enthusiasts looking to add a ‘wow factor’ to their home.”
The installation of the wine-cellar takes up to nine days and pricing starts from $30,590 and can reach up to $89,000 depending on the depth and extra features of the cellar. And don’t worry, the company also distributes its spiral wine cellars on this side of the Atlantic.