Spring is usually the season where people do their yearly house cleaning from all of their junk and finish up neglected work. With the quarantine at hand, people have more than enough time to do these things.
Additionally, you’ve probably had some DIY project that you see others do or maybe you came up with it yourself but you never had the time to do it. This is the time to transform your house just like this man did with a staircase.
A 58-year-old house builder and renovator, Murray Berrill, lives in Victoria, Australia. Recently, he shared photos of his newest project – renovating a staircase which can also serve as a wine cellar.
After working on a house project which needed a wine cellar to be constructed, Murray came up with a way to do it alternately. Instead of constructing it the old-fashioned way, he tried merging it with other parts of the house.
Murray explained that the main reason and inspiration for the idea came from him hating “dead space and my clients love wine.” Murray also claimed that dead space is usually worth nothing for a house and adds no value to a home.
The renovated stairs contain 12 extended drawers with added bottle holders for each. Inside the drawers, you can fit 156 bottles of wine. The bottles don’t even have to be wine. As long as they fit in the holders, you can add any kind of bottle in them.
Aside from this concept, Murray had to work out other details about the stair/cellar design. The drawers needed to be the right width to fit the bottles in two rows side by side. Additionally, the stairs had to be strong enough to not break and damage the stored bottles in them.
Every household project has its challenges and so does this one. Maintaining structural integrity was the hardest part of constructing this project, however, it was not impossible. As Murray explained, “There is a stud wall from the concrete slab to underneath each tread that runs down the middle of the stairs. An elephant could walk on it. That’s also where the draw slides are fixed so that the draws are anchored to the slab to minimize vibrations.”
An interesting fact about the project is that the drawers were attained from Bunning Warehouse which is a chain store for hardware in Australia and other places. They were bought for $500 with the other materials that were required to build the staircase.
The staircase is very well insulated and also contains a thermometer that tracks the temperature inside. A piece of additional equipment was installed which will keep the wines cool for hotter days during the summer. Surprisingly, this entire project took only a week and a half to build.
Normally, these stairs/cellar would have cost about $5,000 to build. Building an actual wine cellar would be even more expensive to complete. Only people that are ready to create their wine cellar are either very rich people or producers of whine. However, aficionados and amateurs can now have their inexpensive wine cellar taken from this project.
Wine lovers and DIY groups on Facebook caught onto this solution after the photos were posted online. This includes a very popular Facebook group called Bunnings Mums Australia which has more than 115,000 members.
People that saw this construction thought it was a very innovative and genius idea and praised the use of dead space from the house.
Murray was asked if he had other projects stored for the future. He responded with a joke, saying that there’s no need for other projects, saying that because this idea became so popular, “I might be building these for the rest of my life.”
When he was asked if there’s other tips or tricks on how to use the empty spaces around the house, he stated that “Small is beautiful. I live in a small cottage to maximize my garden space for my Permaculture garden. So, you get real good at utilizing every bit of space. Necessity is the mother of invention. Just try to think out of the box and avoid dead space.”