Douglas and Kelly Brown found an inventive way to transform the swimming pool they weren’t using – they converted it into a wine cellar! This idea was inspired by a throw-away remark made by the estate agent who sold them the house nine years ago: he joked that the pool, then used to store garden tools, would be the perfect space to store wine!
In May 2016, the couple tackled the project in earnest and with some help when it came to the hard labour, they finished it within 10 months.
But what is a cellar without a house wine? When the project was completed in February 2017, the Browns bought wine-making kits and set to work on their own blends. “By December, we will be bottling our very own Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot!” a proud Douglas says.
Total: R23 950
Four 2 500L tanks Cement, sand and stone for base 850 90m PVC piping (110mm) 5 500 20m PVC piping (50mm) 430 PVC elbows, T-pieces 890 Five first-flush water diverters Five leaf traps 50m water pipe (15mm) Other accessories such as ball valves, taps, joiners Pump and pressure switch