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Astounding Design for a Custom Wine Cellar Extension Project in Houston

Wine Cellar Extension Project Houston

Wine Cellar Extension Project Houston

Challenging requirements in building a residential wine cellar will not stop an expert in creating an effective and magnificent design. A homeowner in Houston wanted to build an extension for his existing wine room because of his growing collection. Find out how he was impressed with how Vintage Cellars completed the project.

Wine Cellar Extension Project Successfully Completed

In Houston, a wine collector had an existing wine cellar in his home. Vintage Cellars, one of the most reliable builders the United States, built it in 2008. In 2013, the client sought their help again.  They had to double the size of the wine room.

The owner laid out his specific requirements for the extension project. With their creativity and passion for building wine rooms, Vintage Cellars was able to come up with an efficient wine storage solution.

Exterior View Architectural Requirements of the Wine Cellar

Exterior View of the Houston Home

The home had many rooms with ocean views. The owner did not want to lose the relaxing view from each of these rooms. Vintage Cellars made sure that everything was in their proper places so as not to affect the physical appearance of the house.  They placed the two condensers in an area where  they were hidden.

They concealed the ventilation grills for the hot air exhaust inside the condenser. To maintain a clean look, Vintage Cellars placed the French drain in a planter located on one side. This allowed line sets to be concealed inside.

Vital Elements in Building a Safe Wine Cellar

Wine will not last if stored in a poorly constructed room. To preserve the desirable characteristics of the wine, it must be kept in an area where the conditions are stable. Vintage Cellars care for their client’s wines, so they always make sure that the room’s walls, ceiling, and door have the proper amount of insulation. Additionally, they also install an efficient wine cooling system.

Proper Insulation Will Keep Wines and Cellar Safe

Wine Rack Design Houston

Sapele Mahogany Wine Rack Design

Wine rooms that are cooled by a refrigeration unit must have the correct amount of insulation to ensure that there is no air leaking to and from the cellar. Insulating the walls, ceiling, and door will help stabilize the conditions in the cellar, essential for long-term wine storage.

Without the proper seal, there will be temperature fluctuations and variable humidity levels in your wine cellar, which will have a negative effect on the wine’s flavor and aroma. Wine oxidation will occur if the cork shrinks due to too much heat in the room. An oxidized wine tastes like stewed fruit or burnt marshmallow. It also has a brownish or brick orange color.

Insulating the Walls and Ceiling

On this custom wine cellar expansion project in Houston, Vintage Cellars used closed-cell spray foam insulation (5 inches), which can act both as a vapor barrier and as an insulator.

Since the walls and the ceiling are thick, Vintage Cellars must use an insulation with higher R-value (7.7 per inch).   The higher the insulation value, the better the cooling process will be in the cellar. It will also save you money in the end because the higher insulation value will not force your cooling unit to work correctly.

Wine Cellar Door Insulation

Custom Wine Cellar Door Houston Texas Installation

Custom Wine Cellar Door Houston Texas Installation

In addition to the walls and ceiling, the door must also have the correct amount of insulation and must have sealing components to ensure that the perfect wine cellar environment is achieved.

Vintage Cellars uses only exterior grade doors, with 1 ¾” thickness, so they are less prone to warping in humid conditions, which are found in climate-controlled wine rooms.

They also equip each wine cellar door with sealing components to prevent air leakage. For doors with glass panels, they use thermally insulated glass to prevent condensation, which can damage wine.

New Wine Racks Added to Increase the Storage Capacity of the Custom Wine Cellars in Houston

Since the client’s collection was growing, he wanted to increase the storage capacity of his existing wine room.  Vintage Cellars opened up a couple of spaces to meet the owner’s requirements. The entire racking was constructed from Sapele Mahogany, a durable and scent-free wood.

Right Wall

Custom Wine Racks Right Wall

Custom Wine Racks Right Wall

On the first racking (right wall as you enter the cellar), the existing racking consists of bottle openings for individual storage (top section) and diamond bins in the bottom (middle section).

Below the diamond bins, Vintage Cellars added racking with openings intended for large format bottles (as big as 9 liters). Each opening has two coved trays arranged in cascading heights.

Vintage Cellars removed the vertical supports and placed the beam supports across so the unit can bear the weight. The whole racking in the right wall has a solid end panel for added structural stability.

Left Wall

Custom Wine Rack Display Left Wall Houston Installation Project

Custom Wine Rack Display Left Wall Houston Installation Project

Before going into the other area of the custom wine cellar built in a Houston home, you will pass by the left wall, which is considered the focal point of the wine room because of the horizontal theme of the design.

Vintage Cellars incorporated label-forward wine racks, which display the bottles with the labels facing out. These horizontal wine racks can store both standard and large formal bottles. They also provided a place for the client’s mini car collection, wine accouterments, and elegant decanters. This wine rack is 8 ¼” deep with beautiful lighting fixtures and a mirror at the back.

Third Wall

Horizontal Bottle Display and Case Storage Area Houston Wooden Wine Cellar

In the third wall, the racking already had 6 solid backs and 12 coved trays. To increase the storage capacity, Vintage Cellars added custom cabinets with scalloped neck supports. They decided to install large steel supports below the double-deep shelf so the entire racking could bear the heavy load.

The owner usually buys wines in bulk. Vintage Cellars had to find a place for the wine boxes, so they would not occupy the front area of the cellar. There was a wide space below the shelf. They utilized it for organizing the boxes. Every time the client receives wine deliveries, he simply needs to slide the boxes under the shelf.

An Expert Will Build Your Dream Wine Cellar

Challenges are common in wine room constructions. However, when you work with an expert, your dream wine cellar will become a reality. Custom Wine Cellars Houston will design and install the perfect wine display area for your collection. Contact them today at +1 (972) 454-0480.

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Don’t Go for Low-Grade Wooden Wine Racks. Let Custom Wine Cellars Houston Build an Effective and High Quality Storage System for You.

Custom Wine Cellar with Rolling Case Storage

Custom Wine Cellar with Rolling Case Storage

Choosing the wrong material and design for your wine cellar racks can cause a significant expense in the future. To avoid disappointments and a waste of money, it is recommended that you work with a reliable wine rack manufacturer.

Learn why Custom Wine Cellars Houston, a wine storage specialist, recommends wine racks made from Mahogany and Redwood.  

High-Quality Wine Cellar Rack Materials Trusted by Master Builders in Houston

If one of the essential components in wine cellar construction is made of a low-grade material or is not installed properly, the result can be disappointing. Just like the cooling system, flooring, lighting, and insulation, the racking material plays an important role in building a wine cellar.

Custom Wine Cellars Houston, one of the most trusted wine room experts, has used wood for many of the installation projects they have completed. Two wood species they recommend are Mahogany and Redwood.

Why Use Wood in Your Wine Cellar

Wood is the ideal choice for building traditional wine cellars. This material is known for its many benefits.

One of the reasons many wine collectors in Houston opt for wooden wine racks is its natural beauty. Even when unstained, most wood varieties still look very attractive. They are available in various colors and can be stained according to the owner’s preference.

Mahogany and Redwood are two of the most favorite types of wood in wine rack construction. Learn more about their benefits.


High-Quality Wooden Wine Racks by Houston Master Builders

Sapele Mahogany Wine Racking in Custom Sapele Houston Wine Cellar

Mahogany is commonly found in America and West Africa, but can also be found in other countries like the Philippines. Its color can be grayish, pinkish, reddish, orange, or brownish, depending on where it is grown. Its color gets darker over time.

Its texture is even and smooth and it displays attractive grain patterns (stripe, ripple, blister, ribbon, or mottle). When polished, it exhibits a reddish sheen that adds character to wine cellars in Houston.

Its stability depends on the grain and moisture content of the wood. The timber from Mahogany is very stable because of its close grain pattern and lack of soft grain, which is the wood between the grain lines. It will resist warping and remain stable for many years when kiln dried to reduce the woods moisture content.   

Mahogany wine racks are available in different varieties. Learning about the characteristic of each wood will help you determine the most suitable type for your wine cellar.

Prime Mahogany

Grown in the tropical southern part of Asia, Prime Mahogany is widely used in the cabinetry and furniture building industry because of its natural beauty. It is reddish brown in color, which is striking even when unstained.

It has a tight grain pattern. It is widely used in cabinetry because of its natural beauty. It absorbs finishes and stains easily to complement any home décor. Despite its being a superior dense hardwood, Prime Mahogany is more affordable compared to other Mahogany species.

Sapele and Amber Blaze Mahogany

Wine Racking in Custom Sapele Wine Cellar

Sapele Mahogany Wine Racking in Custom Sapele Houston Wine Cellar

Superior stability is one of the outstanding properties of Sapele Mahogany. It has gorgeous grain patterns that make wooden wine racks constructed from this material eye-catching.

This is the ideal option for Houston wine enthusiasts who want scent-free racking units. Some wood species have scent that can affect the quality of the wine.

Utilizing Amber Blaze Mahogany for your racking can turn a room into a stellar wine cellar. Although it is more expensive than the other Mahogany species, Amber Blaze offers maximum durability.  

Wine racks constructed from this wood exhibit a dark reddish tone when unstained. Custom Wine Cellars Houston offers custom stain options to give your wooden wine racks a vibrant and luxurious appeal.

Philippine and Honduran Mahogany

In Southeast Asia, Philippine Mahogany is a popular wood choice for building furniture. It is also known as Lauan or Meranti.

Wine racks constructed from this wood exhibit a grayish color and warm appearance. There is a variety of this Mahogany species that differs in appearance strength, and working properties.

The Honduran Mahogany (known as Genuine or Big-Leaf Mahogany) has a rippling grain pattern and exhibits a distinctive orange color. It has moderate clusters and a medium texture. Its grain patterns can be wavy, interlocked, straight, or irregular. It is softer than Mexican Mahogany but harder than Philippine Mahogany.



Houston Wine Cellar Racks All Heart Redwood

Commonly found in California and the coasts of Oregon, Redwood is the type of wood that will add aesthetic appeal to your wine racks. With a natural reddish tone, your wine cellar will have an impressive rustic appeal. Redwood has burl clusters, which are rarely found in other types of hardwood.

When it comes to durability, Redwood is a great option. Because of its natural preservatives, there is no need to apply stain on the wine racks for them to become durable. Expect your wine racks to remain standing even when your walls or ceilings were infected with mildew, insects, or decay.

Additionally, Redwood wine racks are suitable for installation in wine cellars equipped with a climate control system because it can withstand the humid conditions.

Clear All Heart and Premium Redwood


Custom Racking Design Houston Home Wine Cellar Premium Redwood

The resiliency of Clear All Heart Redwood to warping, shrinking, and rot, make it a favorite material in the building industry. Expect a more lustrous reddish tone as the wood ages. This material, which comes from the core of the redwood tree, is the finest grade of Redwood.

See one of the elegant home wine cellars built by Custom Wine Cellars Houston with All Heart Redwood custom wine racks: Flower Mound, Texas Wine Cellar and Tasting Room

If you prefer a lighter color in your wine cellar, Premium Redwood will satisfy your needs. This wood variety is characterized by purple, pink, and white swirls and streaks.

Custom Wine Cellars Houston has been using Premium Redwood for years in manufacturing custom wine racks both for residential and commercial applications.

Let an Expert Build High Quality and Attractive Wine Racks for Your Collection

Don’t settle for a low-grade wine rack material. Let Custom Wine Cellars Houston assess all of your needs and requirements to help determine the ideal wood option for your collection. Please don’t hesitate to contact them today at +1-800-876-8789.