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Converting a Closet into a Wine Cellar

October 30th, 2013 No comments

You’d love to build a wine cellar in your house to accommodate your growing collection in style. But the only place it could possibly go is a small closet. Can this tiny space be converted to a wine cellar?

If done properly, many small spaces, even closets, can be converted into wine cellars. Check out this wine cellar for proof – it started out as a closet smaller than 4×4 feet! Wine closets can be a great way to add a space for wine storage seamlessly into a house, without the need for ripping out a wall or adding on to the existing structure.

However, converting a closet to a wine cellar isn’t easy. This is because a closet and a wine cellar are built for entirely different purposes. While a closet merely has to provide storage, a wine cellar must also provide a completely climate-controlled environment separate from the rest of the house. The inner walls of a wine closet must be sealed and insulated. A wine cellar cooling system must be installed to keep your bottles at the correct temperature and humidity. The door and any windows must be perfectly sealed to keep those conditions stable. And all of the wood and other materials used must not degrade with the high humidity.

Creating a wine closet can present other problems, too. Oftentimes, the closet in question is in the center of the house. This can mean that certain types of cooling systems will not work correctly, and those that do will have to be specifically installed. And closets near the center of the house are usually also not located close to an outside door, garage or exterior wall. Removing the drywall is a must, but it’s virtually impossible to do without creating dust and debris. Construction dust can be hazardous to human health, potentially causing reactions to people with asthma or other lung conditions who are living in the house during construction.

Do all these potential problems mean you should give up on your dream of turning that hall closet into the perfect cellar? Not at all! Instead, they mean that if you’re converting a closet to a wine cellar, it’s imperative that you choose a construction company that’s highly experienced in the process. Vintage Cellars has the experience necessary to advise customers about whether a specific space can be successfully converted, and what type of cooling system and materials will be needed in order to create a cellar that will protect the customer’s wine investment.

Vintage Cellars also goes to great lengths to control construction dust by tenting the area with a construction dust barrier, protecting the floors and pulling dust through a filtered exhaust fan. We do this to protect the health of the homeowner, children and pets. We also do this to protect the customer’s furniture, floors and surrounding area from layers of construction dust. Though there is no way to remove 100 percent of construction dust, a conscientious company like Vintage Cellars can come pretty close.

Do you have questions about transforming your closet into a wine cellar? Get in touch with an expert at Vintage Cellars here.

 

Wine Cellar FAQs

October 8th, 2013 No comments
Traditional Wine Cellar in Memphis, TN

Thinking about building a wine cellar, but find yourself bogged down by questions? Never fear. Below, we’ve compiled the questions we are asked most frequently about building wine cellars. Find the answers you’ve been searching for below. Have a question that’s not on this list? Contact us and we’ll answer it for you!

Q: Do I have to have  to store wine in a wine cellar?

A: If you’re a casual wine drinker who consumes bottles soon after you buy them, you probably don’t need a wine cellar. But if you’re a collector (or aspiring collector) or wine, you should protect your investment by storing it in the correct conditions. Wine stored in too-hot or too-cold conditions, at the wrong humidity, or in an environment in which temperature and humidity fluctuate, can mold, evaporate away, turn rancid, or undergo chemical changes that can make it taste unpleasant.

Q: Does a wine cellar require special construction?

A: Yes. Wine requires a unique environment different from that of your home. Wine cellars must maintain a temperature of between 55 and 78° Fahrenheit and humidity between 55 and 75 percent. This is far colder and more humid than your average house. A wine cellar has to be specially constructed to maintain and control this unique environment. The most important part of this construction is a vapor barrier, which keeps the high humidity in your wine cellar from migrating to the low humidity environment in the rest of the house. Vapor barriers are often overlooked by inexperienced wine cellar builders, leading to ruined wine and high repair costs for the owners later on.

Q: I don’t have underground space. Can I still have a wine cellar?

A: Absolutely. Long ago, people used to store wine underground because conditions were usually more optimal there than above ground. But with today’s technologies, we can create a wine cellar with perfect conditions in many different locations in a home. However, wine does need to be protected from light, heat and vibration, so picking a cool spot away from windows and excessive noise will save you on construction and energy costs.

Q: I don’t have a lot of extra room in my house. Can I use a closet?

A: You can! Small space should never limit your wine cellar aspirations. It is possible to convert a small space like a closet into a fully-functional and beautiful wine cellar. For proof, check out this 800-bottle cellar Vintage Cellars wine cellar constructed in a San Diego home.

Q: Do the wine racks have to be custom-built for my space? That sounds expensive.

A: No. While custom racks are certainly an option, there are many other kinds of racking systems available on the market today. A modular system like Vintner wine racks can give you the gorgeous custom feel without the high price tag. Vintner offers a variety of wine rack sizes and styles, such as columns, bins, and diamond racks, that can all be fitted together to perfectly suit your space.

Q: I love wine but I don’t have an eye for design. Can you help?

We’d be honored! Most of our clients know that they want a unique and beautiful space, but they don’t know exactly how to achieve that. We specialize in listening to what our clients want, then working with them to create a beautiful design that suits them and fits seamlessly into the rest of their home’s design. Contact us today to see what kind of wine cellar we can make for you!

 

Custom Cellar: Chino Hills

September 26th, 2013 No comments

Once in a while, the team at Vintage Cellars gets to take part in a unique custom wine cellar project with one of our clients. We always enjoy getting to stretch our creative minds while solving client needs. One of the ways a client with custom cellar needs can find us is through Houzz.com. After browsing our previous work for other clients and by seeing the variety of builds we have done in the past, our Chino Hills approached us to help design a custom wine cellar for their home.

Chino Hills Vintique

One of the unique aspects of this custom cellars build was a curved wall that would feature the wine collection. The room is located on the first floor off of the client’s bar area and the walls of the room follow the curve underneath their staircase. The client wanted to make use of the space while having it be an attractive display for their wine collection. To accommodate the uniqueness of the cellar’s location and pre-existing architecture of the space, we utilized the customizable Fontenay Vintique product line in order for this project to be completed. These custom racking systems are hand-crafted from new and reclaimed materials, embedding deep history into every new cellar.

Here is a link to the Chino Hills Final CAD where you can view the plans we drew up for this challenging custom cellar project.

Chino Hills Final CAD Preview

We loved that our client requested that this project take on a more “green” and environmentally friendly approach in design. To satisfy this request, we decided to go forward with this project by using Vintique recycled wine barrels to construct the racks. Even though the materials were recycled, this had no impact on the cellar’s ability to have racking that can hold approximately 450 wine bottles in storage. By turning the horizontal barrel staves inward, we were able to create a natural curve of the wines barrel to follow the curve of the wall. Here you can see the unique design of the lower bins called “spider bins”.

Chino Hills Vintique 3

Enclosed with a beautiful glass door and a large window looking into the space, we are happy to say this custom project was completed successfully and to the clients needs. Now when friends and family walk down the stairs in this Chino Hills home, they can peer through the window to see this gorgeous custom wine cellar design storing the client’s full wine collection.

Chino Hills Vintique 2

 

Custom Wine Storage Design Ideas

September 24th, 2013 1 comment

Thinking of having custom wine storage built, but overwhelmed by design options? You’re not alone. With dozens of materials and styles available for everything from flooring to wine racks, finding a place to start can be overwhelming. To get your creativity jump-started, here are five of our favorite custom wine storage design ideas:

We’re crazy for this wine cellar’s incredible cascading shelves. As well as adding tons of storage space, the shelves give the room a focal point and an opulent feel.

 

This wine cellar is gorgeous in every way, but what inspires us most design-wise is the contrast between the floor’s chunky stone flooring and the ceilings more elegant brickwork. The unique mix brings tons of texture and interest to the space.

 

We love this super-modern take on a wine cellar. Glass doors highlight the beautiful bottles rather than hiding them away, and the clean lines of the design make the cellar fit effortlessly into the room.

 

If you have big wine cellar dreams but a small amount of space to work with, take inspiration from this photo. Builders transformed a small breakfast nook in a beach house into a spacious wine cellar. Those beautiful glass-and-wrought-iron doors add a unique touch.

 

We love the lower drawers in this cellar designed to hold wine crates. Besides adding interest by visually breaking up the rows of racks, this design idea offers a great place to store those cases you picked up from your last Napa trip, giving your wine cellar a personal touch.

Creative Wine Storage

August 13th, 2013 1 comment

A cellar customized with Vintner wine racks

Lately, your wine collection has grown too ambitious for your storage space. You have bottles in the refrigerator, in the panty, and grouped on every countertop. Clearly, you need a better system.

Your ultimate dream is to own a state-of-the-art wine cellar. It will showcase an eclectic collection from all corners of the world, and be perfectly organized so that you can always find the bottle to pair with tonight’s menu.

When creating the ideal wine cellar, one of the most important considerations is: What kind of racks will hold your precious collection? Since your cellar will be mostly made up of racks, the style you chose will make a big impact. But what options are out there, and what differentiates one from another? Here are six of the most popular types of wine cellar racks:

Vintner Series:

Many wine collectors love Vintner wine racks. Vintner wine racks are a modular system. The racks are available in a variety of heights and styles, so that you can mix and match them to get that high-end custom look at a much lower price. Crafted from premium redwood, Vintner wine racks are meant to last a lifetime. The racks can be constructed in unstained wood, which shows off the natural beauty of the material, or it can be stained in a variety of colors to perfectly match your decor.

WineMaker Series:

If you envision a cellar that is floor-to-ceiling bottles, WineMaker racks might be for you. These wine racks are available in three-foot and four-foot heights and are designed to stack on top of each other, so that you can create a seamless wall of racks, no matter the height of your ceilings.

Vintage View:

Vintage View racks are a great fit for wine collectors drawn to versatility. These metal wine racks are available in a variety of modern, innovative styles, all designed to display bottles with the labels out, making finding what you’re looking for a breeze. The new Evolution series incorporates acrylic panels and chrome-plated metal rods to give a unique, eye-catching look to your wine collection.

Designer Wine Racking:

If you crave that custom, designer look, with a variety of racks in interesting shapes and sizes that perfectly fill your space, look no further than designer wine racks. The best part? Though these racks look custom, they’re actually a modular system, with so many sizes, shapes and storage styles available that no one will ever guess they weren’t build just for your space by a master woodworker.

Rustic Pine Racking:

Crave a simple look for your racking system? Rustic pine racks are the perfect solution. Though there are many wood wine racks out there, some of them are coated in finishes and lacquers that may negatively affect the taste of your wine over time. Rustic pine racks are constructed in real, quality wood and left free of potentially-damaging finishes.

Traditional Redwood:

Redwood is one of the most beautiful unfinished wood choices out there. It’s not right for every environment, but luckily, the cool, dry conditions of a wine cellar are ideal for redwood, and will keep it looking pristine for years. Traditional redwood racks come in a kit system, so you can mix and match different rack heights and styles to give your space a custom look.

Custom Cellar: Poppa’s Wine and Spirits

August 6th, 2013 No comments

Poppa’s Wine & Spirits in Oxford, Mississippi had a business plan: to become the most high-end wine shop in the state. Poppa’s owners set off on an extensive search to find the perfect company to bring their vision to life.

Finally, Poppa’s owners found Vintage Cellars online, and saw that we offer commercial wine racking, and also free designs. They contacted us to come up with the perfect layout for their store.

When we visited, we were immediately struck by the size we were working with: the space was enormous! We immediately got down to the business of working out a design that utilized that huge space in a way that was both beautiful and functional. The room had to flow, with comfortable aisle width between the display racks, yet the wine had to be the main focus of the visit. In addition, wine is not the only thing Poppa’s offers. High end spirits is the second focus of the store. We had to make sure to work those bottles into the design in a fluid way.

Using the concepts we’d discussed and the space provided, we worked together to lay out a store that would allow for the maximum number of bottles possible to be on display, while also being comfortable and easy to navigate for the customer.The final design surpassed all of our goals. The racks hold more than 4,500 bottles. Unique circular racks catch the customers’ eyes and invite them to move farther into the store. Well-designed island racks make the wine easy to access, inviting customers to read the labels and pick up the bottles. We also designed a “high end” wine section using Vintage View racks that is temperature and humidity controlled, keeping the store’s (and customer’s) investment safe.

Not forgetting that wine wasn’t the store’s only focus, we created an area along one of the walls to showcase the store’s liquor collection. Poppa’s topped off the new space with an eclectic mix of art hung from the walls and displayed around the store. The final effect is at once both upscale and inviting. It’s a space we’d love to pop into for a few bottles and chat with the friendly staff, and we’re sure their customers feel the same way.Poppa's wine & spirits wine racking project

Wine Cellars for Small Spaces

June 14th, 2013 No comments

You’re a wine lover who’s dying to start a collection. You drool over photos of others peoples’ expansive wine cellars, with their rows upon rows of bottles just waiting for the perfect day to be opened. But you don’t have a handy underground space, or an extra room that can be converted into the wine cellar you covet. You might live in a small house or even an apartment. But just because you have a small living space doesn’t mean you have to give up your big wine cellar dreams.

 

Vintage Cellars is no stranger to the challenges of building a fully-functioning, temperature- and humidity-controlled wine cellar in a small space. For homeowners in San Diego, CA, Vintage Cellars had just 80 square feet to work with, but managed to build the perfect space to neatly house 750 bottles.

 

Of course, no space, no matter the size, can be a successful wine cellar without the proper sealing, vapor barriers, and installation. Vintage Cellars experts took the care to outfit this small space just like they would a more traditionally-sized wine cellar. And just because the cellar is small doesn’t mean it’s lacking in the looks department. Clean-lined glass doors both show off the wine and open up the relatively small space. Vintage Cellars also installed adjustable shelving to house the homeowners’ special collection of large-format bottles. The shelving allows the clients to showcase this unique aspect of their collection, giving it a personal touch.

 

But what if you don’t have the ability to knock out a wall to build the small-scale wine cellar of your dreams? Even if you’re renting a small apartment, you still have options. One great space-conscious choice is a wine refrigerator. This wine cabinet by Vinotheque holds 448 bottles, and can be housed in an out-of-the-way corner or even a garage. Still too large? This credenza-style wine cabinet holds 216 bottles, and can double as a buffet in a dining room, or even act as a console table in a hallway. Still don’t have room? This small-scale wine refrigerator from Marvel slides right underneath a kitchen counter, and takes up just 15 inches of space, while holding an impressive 23 bottles.

It may seem like you need an enormous mansion to house a wine collection. But that isn’t true. With a little imagination, you can store your bottles no matter what your living situation, whether by building a small-scale cellar into your house, or by simply sliding a tiny refrigerator underneath an existing counter.

Custom Cellar Inspiration

April 23rd, 2013 1 comment

Vintage Cellars’ specialty is custom wine cellar designs. All wine cellars have to have functionality, of course. Racking and a cooling system are the bones any wine cellar must be built on. But when building a custom wine cellar, most clients have something more in mind than just mere functionality. Beyond storing their wine in perfect conditions for aging, a wine cellar should have a special stamp that makes it unique, and says something about the collector.

But dreaming up a unique design can be easier said than done. How to put your own brand on your custom design? Sometimes, the best way to get inspired is to jump-start your imagination with some fabulous examples. Here are five of Vintage Cellars’ favorite examples of unique wine cellar style:

Rolling library-style ladder:


This wine cellar at the Mariott Marina in San Diego makes use of vertical space and adds a bit of whimsy with a rolling, library-style ladder.

Glass doors:

Glass doors modernize this wine cellar, and dramatically make the collection the focus.

Wine cellar dining room:


Forget tucking your collection away in a hidden corner. This Louisiana wine cellar makes double use of the cellar as a stunning tasting room.

A dramatic arch with wine storage:


This arch gives this 1,500-bottle San Diego cellar a focal point.

Ceiling wine racks:

This wine cellar is already dramatic, with its tasting table and custom cabinetry…but when guests look up, the ingenious ceiling storage truly takes their breaths away.

Tell us about your dream wine cellar!

Featured Project: Contemporary La Costa Wine Cellar

March 25th, 2013 No comments

Curious about the process of building a wine cellar start-to-finish? Today we’re showcasing a new 800 bottle contemporary wine cellar we built in La Costa, California. The client, Don, presented us with a challenge: convert a study in his new home into a wine cellar with a unique design. Read on to find out how we did it.

custom wine cellar with vintageview wine racks

The Client

Don started collecting wine about six years ago and developed a love for California cabs. He began taking yearly wine tasting (and buying) trips, and wanted to start coming back with more wine but had nowhere to store it. It was time to get serious about his collection. He began his search for a wine cellar builder, came across Houzz and found Jake and Vintage Cellars’ work.

The Space

Don sent Jake a look at the model for his new home and explained that he wanted to convert the study into a cellar. He also wanted to be able to easily pick out a bottle visually, so the labels had to be prominently displayed.  Jake drew up a couple of designs, and came up with one that suited Don perfectly: a contemporary space completely different from your standard wine cellar.

The Project

Since the original room was a study, it wasn’t built for the challenges of storing wine in climate-controlled conditions. Jake and his team re-insulated the walls to ensure that the new cooling system would perform at its peak. They designed a custom cabinet to seamlessly fit the study’s curved wall. They installed a Vintage View wine racking system that displayed the majority of his collection labels-out, making it easy for him to locate the perfect bottle for a dinner party or cozy night at home. Their 800-bottle racking system also left space for storing larger bottles, and shelf-style racks below for storing bottles in larger quantities.  Lastly, Jake recommended Don use a door made to face outdoors in the cellar to keep the room insulated.

Jake and his team finished off the project with a central bar area, complete with wine artwork. Though Don never imagined himself lingering in the cellar, at the behest of his friends, he now finds himself turning off the cooling system for an hour at a time so that he and his guests can relax there! What was originally intended as a study is now a beautiful space that functions not only as a place for storing Don’s growing collection, but also as a conversation-starter and gathering space.

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Vintage Cellars Wins Customer Satisfaction Award

February 6th, 2013 No comments

Every year, the design website Houzz.com selects from its long list of contractors and designers to award professionals for outstanding customer service. This year, that award went to Vintage Cellars!

Houzz selected Vintage Cellars for its “Best Of Houzz” 2013 award based on our excellent customer reviews given by their users, which number more than 11 million each month. Users rates their experience working with design professionals in 12 categories. The award is meant to honor Houzz professionals who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in customer satisfaction. Fewer than 3% of Houzz professionals received this award.

We at Vintage Cellars put customer satisfaction at the top of our priority list. We take pleasure in bringing your design ideas to life in your custom wine cellar. We believe that we should be the experts in everything from the mechanics of the cooling system to the best type of wine racks out there, so that you can concentrate on the final product. We’re proud of every wine cellar we design, and we’re glad our reviews on Houzz reflect that.

Houzz connects potential customers to designers and contractors in the home design industry. They publish “Ideabooks” that help inspire clients’ visions for great home design projects, in categories like decorating, gardening, color, bathrooms, and iconic homes. Houzz also curates lists of products chosen by experts. Perhaps most importantly, Houzz helps puts potential customers in tough with local pros, facilitating the process of choosing the right person for your project with customer reviews. Contractors and designers can show off their work, join in discussions, and connect directly with home owners.

On Houzz, homeowners can find professionals like Vintage Cellars in the top of their fields. They can choose a professional whose design aesthetic matches their own, and learn more about them by contacting them directly on Houzz to ask questions about their experiences, and evaluate their responses to other questions asked by Houzz community members.

We’re thrilled to have been selected for this honor by Houzz, and we pledge to continue to provide our clients with stellar customer service.

Check us out on Houzz!