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OK, the room has been built, the vapor barrier has been installed, and the cavities have been stuffed with insulation.  It's time for the interior surfaces to be installed.

You have a choice here.  You can install traditional drywall, wood, or a combination.  For instance, you may wish to install a standard drywall ceiling but use wood for the walls (because mounting wine racks to wood is easier than drywall, for instance).  In most cases, you will be using an existing floor, and in most cases it will be wood (at least for the subfloor), unless it's concrete.

You're on your own for installing drywall.  There are techniques documented elsewhere.  You may even wish to hire someone for this step, as there are companies that specialize in drywall installation.

You may even wish to use so-called green board, the kind used in bathrooms, resistant to moisture; but this is not really necessary, since you have installed a vapor barrier on the side where it belongs.  The thought here is that if you have a wine room with high humidity, the green board resists the humidity in the wine room better.  It's up to you.  If you choose to install cement board (because you like how it looks), be advised that it is harder to mount racks on this type of wall, because it crumbles when penetrated.  You'll most likely have to use toggle bolts.

If you choose drywall, you might want to consider installing cross supports in the studs at points you know you will be attaching a rack or something else heavy.  You will have to plan and measure carefully for this, however; but the result will be a solid foundation in wood as opposed to using drywall anchors.  (This is not really necessary for our VintageView wine racks, and it is certainly awkward to implement.)

If you choose wood, the traditional choice has been plywood.  A modern alternative to plywood is called OSB, Oriented Strand Board, which is what we used at Bracksco.  The only problem with OSB is that it tends to omit an odor for some time after installation, but it will eventually dissipate.  Plywood and OSB come in various thicknesses.  5/8" seems to be a good choice, as you would like at least 1/2" of wood to penetrate for mounting screws.  (Actual wood thicknesses are often smaller than the stated dimensions, so measure carefully or ask for advice where the wood is sold.)

OSB installed over insulation OSB installed over insulation

We like the idea of using scored plywood.  This type of wood is intended to look like individual pieces of wood pieced together (where the scoring occurs).  It is often seen in the ceilings of outdoor porches.  Make sure the wood is at least 1/2" thick.  The wood can be stained or painted.

Check with the wood manufacturer or the seller for installation specifications.  For instance, you are supposed to leave a slight gap between pieces of OSB to allow for expansion.  (You will later fill these gaps with sealant.)

NOTE:  Generally you don't install a baseboard in a wine room; so if this is the case for you, be sure to run the wall covering all the way to the floor.

And now, let's continue with Step 10:  Seal walls, ceiling, floor.

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