Got tired of waiting on my son-in-law's truck, so I piled seven sheets of drywall in the back of my 4Runner (barely) and then lugged it down into the basement. Was it hard? Nah, it was a breeze; after all, it was EASY-LITE lightweight drywall. And that's the biggest load of marketing crap I've ever seen in my life! Gypsum drywall? Described as lightweight? Ha! Drywall makes me happy I have a college education.
But it's done. A couple of several-hour sessions was all it took, and the room is complete. I decided against mudding, taping and painting. I was also planning to paint the floor, but then decided I wouldn't. I was cleaning up, sweeping and mopping the floor in prep for painting. 60F and I was sweating like crazy. Then it hit me, as I watched the water soak into the unsealed concrete - the floor was like a big rock sponge (you geologists will understand that). It holds moisture - why seal it up? So the floor will not be painted.
The door is the original hollow core, and is partially weatherstripped. I need to get a little thicker weatherstripping for the other side of it. I will also make a sill from hard maple, glue it to the floor and weatherstrip that. Since the temp and humidity are exactly where I want them, I don't think I need an insulated door. And it would be a pain to paint it to match the others in the house, so the original will work fine.
The room holds steady at 58F and 60% humidity - perfect for storing wine. Here's my modest little 100 bottles or so. That could easily be expanded to 300, probably up to 500 if I really jammed everything in. I will build a few more shelves, but not very many; I'm thinking bulk storage for cases rather than single bottle storage.
I celebrated by cracking open a nice bottle of '05 Bordeaux.