Custom Design Features of a California Home Wine Cellar

California Custom Wine Cellar Installation Project

California Custom Wine Cellar Installation Project 

Since there are many considerations in building a wine cellar, you must work with an experienced builder. At Vintage Cellars, their design team can cater to all of your construction needs whatever your budget and requirements are. Learn how they completed a wine cellar extension in California.

Important Considerations in Building a Wine Cellar Extension

A homeowner wanted to double the size of their existing residential wine cellar. Vintage Cellars constructed the original wine room in 2008.

In 2013, they were asked by the client to start the extension project. There were important factors that they had to consider to meet all for the storage and aesthetics requirements.

Architectural Details of the Wine Cellar Exterior

The owner did not want to lose the view of the ocean from the different rooms. So, Vintage Cellars made sure that everything was in place and that the physical appearance of the house would not be affected by the architectural changes needed for the wine room’s extension.

The two condensers, which were placed outside this California home cellar, were unnoticeable. Vintage Cellars installed the ventilation grills for the hot air exhaust inside the condensing unit. They constructed the grills to match the existing physical structure of the home.

The French drain, which was placed in a planter on one side, allowed the condensate and line sets to be hidden inside.

Important Elements in Wine Cellar Construction

Attractive Sapele Mahogany Wooden Wine Racks

Attractive Sapele Mahogany Wooden Wine Racks

The main reason for investing in a climate-controlled wine storage area is to preserve the quality of the wine for many years to come.

As one of the most trusted builders in California, Vintage Cellars makes sure that every home wine cellar design they create will be the safest place for their client’s collection.

Proper Insulation and Installation of the Vapor Barrier

Wine can age gracefully if stored in a cellar that was built by a knowledgeable builder like Vintage Cellars.

They properly install every element in the construction of the wine cellar to ensure that it can protect wine from being damaged by external factors. Proper insulation and installation of the vapor barrier play a significant role in the proper maturation of wine.

Before the installation of the wine cooling system, the walls, ceiling, door, and flooring must be insulated correctly to prevent variable humidity levels. Poor or no insulation will deteriorate wine easily, resulting in a waste of investment.

Without proper insulation, there will be a high risk of mold and mildew growth, which can cause warping of your wall studs. It can also damage the quality of the wine and the labels.

Closed-Cell Spray Foam Insulation

On this home wine cellar installation project in California, Vintage Cellars used 5 ½ inches of closed-cell polyicynene vapor barrier to insulate the walls. Closed-cell spray foam can be used both as insulation and vapor barrier.

The R-value was 7.7 per inch, which was high enough for the thickness of the wine room. This type of insulation can save you more money than other insulation options because of its better insulating properties. It also exceeds the regulations for fire rating in California.

The wallboard material used on the walls can be textured or painted. Recessed and dense shield airtight sealed cans were placed on all of the walls.

High-Quality and Well-Sealed Wine Room Door for a Home Wine Cellar in California

Wine Cellar Door California  Installation

Wine Cellar Door California Installation

Every wine cellar door must be made from an exterior grade material and is 1 3/4” thick so that it can withstand the humid conditions in a refrigerated wine cellar. An entryway constructed from a low-grade material is more likely to warp.

Additionally, it must also be equipped with sealing components, which will keep the cool air from escaping and the warm air from entering through the gaps around the door.

Weather stripping and an automatic door bottom can help create an airtight seal in the wine room.

Thermally insulated glass panels were used for the door of this recently extended wine cellar, to prevent UV rays from damaging the wines.

New Racking Sections for Additional Storage Space and Functionality

Custom Wine Rack Display California Installation Project

Custom Wine Rack Display California Installation Project

Since the goal of Vintage Cellars was to double the size of the existing wine cellar, they opened a couple of spaces on the first wall to provide a wide storage space for more bottles. They added attractive coved trays for the client’s large format bottles.

They incorporated the label-forward wine rack display in the second wall. The labels are facing out, allowing the owner to browse specific wines with ease.

This area can accommodate both 750ml and magnum bottles at the top and bottom sections.

A space for the client’s mini car collection, decanters, and other wine accouterment was created in the middle of the racking. A back mirror and lighting fixtures were added to achieve an eye-catching display.

For the third wall, upon entering the wine cellar, Vintage Cellars added new single column wine racks and custom cabinets with scalloped neck supports. They also provided a space where the owner can stack all of his wine boxes.

The last two walls in the wine room were designed to accommodate 98 bottles in large rack openings, 26 bottles in custom cabinets with scalloped neck supports, 32 bottles in coved trays, and 288 bottles in individual wine racks.

Additional Rolling Wine Cellar Ladder

California Home Wine Cellar Extension ProjectDuring the first installation of this wine room, they added a hook ladder. It can be removed from the railing to transfer from one wall to another.

However, Vintage Cellars thought that it would be difficult to move around the different areas of the cellar because the ladder was very tall. What they did was to add another hook ladder for convenience in accessing all of the wines in the room.

Work with an Expert Designer on Your Next Project

If you are looking for a professional builder who can design and install your dream wine cellar in your California home, Vintage Cellars can help you. Their innovative solutions will provide your prized collection a safe and elegant wine storage place. Contact them today at +1-800-876-8789 or request a custom wine cellar design for FREE!

Another Small Room was Converted Into a Beautiful Home Wine Cellar in California

Custom Wine Cellar Under the Stairs California

Elegant Custom Home Wine Cellar by California Master Builders

One of the dilemmas faced by homeowners is finding a location to store their wine collection. Most of them think that a large room is required for their project. In California, a master builder created a wine cellar design that suited the shape and size of their client’s space under the stairs.

Your Wine Cellar Can be Built in a Small and Irregular Shaped Room with the Help of an Expert

Storing your wines in an area with poor conditions will harm your collection. Wine deteriorates easily when exposed to too much heat.

It requires stable temperatures and variable humidity levels to preserve its bouquet. To achieve this, investing in a climate-controlled wine cellar is recommended.

Custom Wine Cellar Under the Stairs Vancouver BCOne of the important steps to make in wine cellar construction is to identify the space where you want to store your collection.

Keep in mind that you don’t need a big room for your wine cellar. You can build it in a walk-in closet, garage, or even under your staircase.

You have to find a professional builder who is willing to assist you throughout the planning stage, construction stage, up to and after the completion of your wine room. They must be able to provide you with an innovative solution that will meet your aesthetic, functional, and financial requirements.

Wine Cellar Installation Project Under the Stairs

In California, Blue Grouse Wine Cellars was contacted by a homeowner who wanted to transform an unused space under the stairs into an elegant wine room. As one of the most trusted builders, they always make sure that all of the specific needs of their clients are met.

Designing and Building the Wine Room

California Custom Wine Cellar Under the Stairs

3D Drawing Custom Wine Cellar California

At Blue Grouse Wine Cellars, they want every wine cellar to be visually appealing and safe. After a careful assessment of the client’s needs, they created 3-dimensional drawings.

The basic design package, which is free, includes the room’s dimension, various elevations of the racking, and bottle capacities.

The space is located in the main living area. It has a depth of 4 feet, and length of 12.5 feet. The sloping ceiling of the room posed a big challenge to the builder. However, this did not stop them from building a stellar residential wine cellar under the stairs.

The client asked Blue Grouse Wine Cellars to close all sides of the room and use wood for the wine racks. The wine refrigeration system was chosen carefully to ensure that the optimum conditions were met. A safe lighting system was installed to illuminate the wine display safely and beautifully.

Room Preparation Before the Wine Cellar Construction

How the room was prepared prior to construction plays a significant role in keeping the wine safe from harmful external factors. Heat is the number one enemy of wine. Thus, a stable temperature is required in wine storage spaces.

Insulation of the Walls, Ceiling, and Door

California Wine Cellar Insulation

California Wine Cellar Insulation

The walls, ceiling, and the door of a wine cellar must be well-insulated in order to prevent extreme changes in temperatures.

Room insulation will help achieve the perfect environment needed by wine to preserve its quality. Temperature fluctuations can alter the wine’s chemical properties, resulting in off-flavors and aroma.

A wine cellar with poor insulation or no insulation at all will force your wine cooling system to work harder.

When this happens, you will have higher energy consumption. Well-insulated wine cellars can help keep your electric bills low and prevent breakdowns of your refrigeration unit.

For this custom wine cellar built under the stairs in a California home, Blue Grouse Wine Cellars had to bring down the walls of the room to install the insulation and vapor barrier. After the demolition, they installed a new type of drywall, which was intended for climate-controlled wine rooms.

Sleek Wine Rack System for a Small Space

With many materials to choose from, it can be difficult to choose one that best suits the theme of your home and your aesthetic needs. With the help of Blue Grouse Wine Cellars, an experienced builder, you can store your collection in high quality and beautiful wine racks. They always want to create stellar wine displays for their clients.

On this project, they used a combination of racking styles. They utilized the back wall for the entire racking. The room’s height was approximately 6 feet. They were able to create a wine rack design that would accommodate more or less 360 bottles.

Sophisticated Wine Rack Features

California Under Stairs Wine Cellar Showing Sloping Ceiling with Pot Lights

Under Stairs Wine Cellar Showing the Wooden Wine Racks

Blue Grouse Wine Cellars added rack openings at the top section to accommodate 750ml bottles individually. They also included a high reveal display which was divided into three sections; two of which displayed standard bottles, while the third was intended for magnum bottles.

This row displays the bottles at an angle to prevent the cork from drying out. This will prevent the cork from losing its sealing ability and elasticity.

Dry cork shrinks and becomes brittle, allowing an unwanted amount of oxygen to mix with the wine. Oxidation happens, resulting in wine spoilage.

The lower section of the racking consists of diamond bins, which maximizes the capacity of the small wine cellar. With the diamond bins, homeowners who buy wines in bulk can organize their fine wines according to variety and style. The divider in each diamond bin can be removed to provide space for wooden cases.

Racking Material for a Classic Wine Cellar in California

Custom Wine Cellar Under the Stairs California

Front View of Under Stairs Custom Wine Cellar California

Wood has always been a popular choice in wine rack construction. It exudes warmth and timeless beauty. Wooden wine racks have the ability to blend well with both traditional and contemporary spaces.

Additionally, they can be customized for a unique wine display. Knotty Alder was used in this custom wine cellar project in California.

It has tight knots, straight grain patterns, and an even texture that added character to the wine racks. An Early American stain was applied for a more polished look.

Wall, Door, and Wine Cooling System

Custom Wine Cellar Under the Stairs California Builders

Custom Wine Cellar California with Glass Door and Walls Framed in Wood

The owner wanted to see his wine collection from outside of the cellar. Blue Grouse Wine Cellars decided to use glass framed with wood.

The glass panels were insulated to prevent the UV rays from damaging the wines. The wall and door were insulated and sealed to help regulate the storage conditions in the room.

For the cooling system, a KoolR Magnum unit was installed. It was placed at the top of the racking, through the back of the cellar. KoolR Magnum units are ideal for small wine rooms.

Turn Your Space into a Functional Wine Room

Planning to build a wine cellar in your California home? Blue Grouse Wine Cellars can help you! Contact them today at +1-888-400-2675!

Coastal Builds a Unique Custom Wine Cellar in a Home in Irvine, California

Coastal Custom Wine Cellars, one of the leading storage contractors in California, successfully completed a project in Irvine, a city in Orange County. A client hired a team from Coastal to build him a uniquely designed residential wine room. The wine cellar was built using lacquered Redwood. Cooling specialists from Arctic Metalworks Inc. installed a ductless split type HVAC system in the storage structure. 

Beautiful Lacquer Finished Redwood for the Wine Racks and Wooden Storage Cases

Single Bottle Storage Racks Irvine CaliforniaWooden racks are a popular choice among wine cellar owners. There are various types of wood species on the market. The kind of wood used will determine not only the durability of the racking, but also the overall aesthetic appeal of the wine cellar. Coastal builds racks and shelves from the most popular materials, like Sapele, Mahogany, Pine, Walnut, and Redwood.

Learn more about the most common wood species used in wine cellar construction. Click here!

The team of builders from Coastal decided, together with the client, that the type of wood to use for the Irvine cellar construction project was Redwood. They chose Redwood because it is one of the most durable materials. Moreover, this kind of wood is known for its preserved natural oils that make it highly resistant to moisture and mildew. Redwood is a popular choice also because of its aesthetic value. Its soft earth tone color distinctions are known to develop exquisitely over time.

Redwood is a gorgeous material for wine cellars even without a stain or finish applied. But the client in this project wanted his racks and shelves to have a more striking gloss, and so he had the contractors lacquer finish the wood.

There are various options of finishes on the market. Shellac, lacquer, polyurethane, and varnish are among the most popular choices. It is important to consult a wine cellar expert when choosing a finish, because not all of these products are compatible with all kinds of wood.

Lacquer was a good choice for the Irvine home cellar. Not only is lacquer known to be durable, but it is also well-loved because of the elegant gloss that it provides to the wood that it is applied to. As per the request of the client, Coastal’s team of builders applied a lacquer finish on the wooden racks and shelves. The client was very happy with the result because the earth tone color distinctions of his Redwood became bolder and more enhanced.

Stains and finishes should only be applied by an experienced professional. Consult a wine storage specialist about this today by clicking here!

Coastal Designs and Builds Custom Wine Racks and Wooden Storage Cases

Wooden Storage Cases Irvine CaliforniaThe open communication and contribution of ideas between the client and the team from Coastal are the reasons why the Irvine cellar construction project was a success. It was the client who suggested to the contractors to install the wooden shelves on commercial rollers. The purpose is to make wines in these boxes more accessible to the client. Instead of bending down to get bottles from the cases, the client can conveniently pull the shelves and slide them across the rollers.

Wooden storage cases that are sold on the market come in different sizes. Some of these commercial shelves can accommodate anywhere from three to twelve bottles, depending on the design. The team of builders from Coastal custom-designed wood cases for the Irvine client. Each of the shelves’ openings was large enough to accommodate large format wines, such as standard champagne bottles, Turley Zinfandels, Oregon Pinots, and Shiraz.

The contractors built a display row in one of the shelves and lined it with LED lighting. The display row did not only accentuate the wine cellar’s overall design, but it was also a means for efficiently managing stock. The client kept his collection organized by storing similar bottles above and below the display row.

Home Custom Wine Cellar Irvine California

The Irvine wine room used to have a mini cellar on one side, which was meant for storing bottles that needed to be kept at a cooler temperature (e.g. whites and champagnes). The client gave his mini cellar away, and so the area where it used to stand is left with an empty space. The team of builders from Coastal came back to the client’s home to build single bottle wine racks that will be used to fill the area where the mini cellar used to stand.

Want to have your own residential custom wine cellar designed and built by an expert? Contact a wine storage specialist today by clicking here!

High Grade Wine Cellar Refrigeration System Installed by a Trusted Cooling Expert

An effective wine cellar should have a dependable cooling system installed. Without a high quality HVAC unit, a storage room cannot provide the required temperature and humidity to protect wines from damage. Since wine rooms vary in storage requirements, each one needs a different cooling unit. The most suitable HVAC equipment for a wine cellar depends on a variety of factors, such as the size of the structure, the amount of bottles stocked, and the climate of the region. To determine the most appropriate refrigeration system for any cellar, a cooling specialist must be consulted. For the Irvine residential wine cellar, professional HVAC technicians from Arctic Metalworks Inc. installed a ductless split type cooling unit.

Wine Cellar Cooling Unit Louvered Grill Irvine CaliforniaThe HVAC technicians installed the cooling system’s evaporating unit inside the cellar by mounting it on the wall. The condenser, on the other hand, was set up outside of the client’s house. The split type configuration of the refrigeration system is advantageous because the evaporator can function quietly inside the wine room. Also, the client was happy with the setup because there was no hot air exhausted inside his home.

The evaporating unit, if left unconcealed, was an eyesore in the cellar. To hide the equipment from view, the builders made a wooden box with a louvered grill for the evaporator. The material used for the box and its cover was made from the same wood that the racks and shelves were built from.

Determine the most appropriate cooling system for your residential wine cellar! Consult a wine refrigeration expert today! Click here!

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