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Builder Transforms His Staircase Into a 156-Bottle “Wine Cellar”

Wine Storage Staircase

If the thought of having a wine cellar sounds like a dream, what about having a wine staircase? That’s exactly what Australian builder Murray Berrill created for himself when renovating his home. Not only do his stairs hold 156 bottles of wine, they also have a built-in thermometer to ensure that everything stays at the perfect temperature. The clever idea was created using pre-made drawers purchased from a hardware store, and it took just a week and a half to complete.

So what prompted the idea? “I hate dead space when renovating a house, as you’re essentially paying for nothing,” shares Berrill. “So we thought of putting the wine in drawers in the staircase rather than behind it.” Some innovative planning allowed the builder to bring his idea to fruition. Mainly, this required him to understand how all the bottles would fit and to ensure that the structure was strong enough.

Though Berrill had never previously built a wine storage staircase, once he worked out the details, everything fell into place. Aside from the built-in thermometer, Berrill also took care to ensure that the drawers are well insulated. Now, he’s even thinking about including a cooling unit to chill some bottles.

Once Berrill shared his project on his company’s Facebook page, it became clear that the wine staircase had a lot of fans. As one person commented, “I’ll drink to that idea! Very clever!!” while another declared, “Omg it’s the stairway to heaven!”. Given the popularity of the project, we have a feeling that this won’t be the last wine staircase we see. In case you were wondering, Berrill estimates that it cost about $5,500 Australian dollars (about $3,500 USD) to complete the entire project. 

Builder Murray Berrill created an innovative staircase that doubles as storage for 156 bottles of wine.

Staircase with Built in Wine StorageStaircase with Built in Wine StorageMurray Berrill Constructions: Facebook
h/t: [Daily Mail]

All images via Murray Berrill Constructions.

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.

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