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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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How a Small Staircase in a Dallas Home Turned Into a High-End Wine Cellar

Custom Wine Display Under the Stairs Dallas Installation Project

Custom Wine Display Under the Stairs Dallas Installation Project

In Dallas, Texas, an odd-shaped room under an open staircase was converted into a modern wine cellar, which was designed and installed by Wine Cellar Specialists. Find out more about the racking system and the wine cooling unit used on this project.

Contemporary Design for a Space Beneath the Staircase

When building a wine cellar, the important factors to consider are safety and aesthetic appeal. To create a wine storage space that can protect wine from external factors, the room must be well-insulated. To achieve a visually appealing wine cellar, your chosen builder must design your racking system with creativity and uniqueness.

Wine Cellar Specialists, one of our top-notch dealers in wine room construction, always want every client to have the safest area for their wine. They also see to it that every wine cellar design complements the owner’s home and exudes stunning beauty.

One of their customers in Dallas, who lives in a condo with a modern theme, sought their help for a wine room project. The client wanted to use the space under the staircase to build a functional wine display that would match the contemporary feel of the condo. The stairs, which were open in-between, have steps that were made from bamboo. Under the bamboo landing were steel beams.

3-Dimensional Drawings

3D Drawing Dallas Contemporary Wine Cellar ProjectWhen you work with Wine Cellar Specialists, they will assess all of your needs and requirements, which enables them to create the stellar wine room design. After a careful assessment, they will provide a free CAD design package, which contains black and white drawings.

The images show the different elevations and plan views to provide the owner a better visualization of the completed wine room. On this wine cellar installation project in Dallas, the owners wanted everything in glass, brushed aluminum, and gray color like the steel beams of the staircase.

Wine Cellar Specialists created 3-dimensional colored drawings, for a small fee, to provide the client clear choices. There were three options for the wall colors and backer boards. They opted with brushed aluminum pegs, Alumasteel backer boards, and gray walls.

When you look at the drawings below, you can see that the racking is only 1-bottle deep racking. Later on, the customer opted for 2-bottle deep.

Extraordinary Wine Display for a Contemporary Home

To match the glass below the stair rails, Wine Cellar Specialists used a dual pane glass with a slight tint. The clad framing was made from brushed aluminum. Frosted glass was used for the ceiling to prevent the stairs from showing through.

Metal Wine Rack System Using Pegs

Ultra Peg System on AlumaSteel Backerboards Dallas Installation

Ultra Peg System on AlumaSteel Backerboards Dallas Contemporary Wine Display

Metal wine racks have been a popular choice for both residential and commercial wine cellars because of their sleekness.

Whether you are living in a traditional or contemporary home, these wine racks can easily match any existing décor in your space.

If you want to display your collection in a metal racking system, you can go with a wall mounted or stand-alone racking.

On this project, Wine Cellar Specialists used the wall mounted Ultra Peg system, a wine storage solution that stores and displays bottles with style.

Features and Advantages of the Ultra Peg System

Front View Dallas Custom Wine Display Drawing

The pegs are made from a durable and lightweight material. They are also highly resistant to corrosion and pressure tested under actual wine cellar conditions.

For this home wine cellar in Dallas, double-deep Ultra Peg wine racks were installed to maximize the space under the stairs.

This type of racking stores the bottles horizontally with labels facing out so that the owner can find a specific type of wine quickly. The pegs were manufactured from brushed aluminum.

There is no need to worry about a bottle slipping out because each peg has rubber O-rings that keep them in place. The Alumasteel panels, which are hung on the back wall, have a color of metal somewhere between aluminum and stainless steel.

The backer boards were pre-drilled at the factory before the installation of the Ultra Peg System on site.

Wine Cellar Refrigeration System

A stable environment in a wine cellar can be achieved if an efficient wine cooling system is installed in it. Your refrigeration unit plays an important role in preventing temperature fluctuations and variable humidity levels. Without it, wine will deteriorate easily, resulting in a waste of investment.

If you are not sure what type, brand, and size of wine cooling system to use, it is best to seek the help of an expert. At Wine Cellar Specialists, they help you choose a refrigeration unit that suits your functional and financial requirements.

Installation of Cooling Equipment for a Modern Home Wine Cellar in Dallas

Split Wine Cooling System WM8600 Wall Mount

Efficient Split Wine Cooling System WM8600 Wall Mount

Wine Cellar Specialists installed a cooling system that fits between the studs on the left wall. They needed to build out the wall a bit for them to add 3”of foam behind the cooling unit. The compressor was placed opposite the wine cellar in the courtyard.

They had to run the lines down the inside of the adjoining elevator shaft. They created a soffit on the lower level to run the lines across and out to the courtyard because the client didn’t want their ceiling to be cut or patched up.

Another challenge encountered by Wine Cellar Specialists in the installation of the cooling system was the irregular height of the drain line. What they did was to install a condensate pump that was placed within the refrigeration unit.

Refrigeration System from a Trusted Manufacturer

The cooling unit was installed at the end of the left wall. The perfect choice to stabilize the wine cellar environment in this Dallas condo was the WM6600 unit from US Cellar Systems. The largest size single wall mount unit was needed because there was a large amount of glass in the cellar.

The unit, which was made of galvanized silver metal, was mounted vertically between the wall studs. Wall mounted cooling units are ideal for tiny wine rooms and are easy to install. It is equipped with a temperature sensor and digital thermostat.

Wine Cellar Specialists coated it in a powder color to complement the wall paint and the steel beams of the staircase.

A Modern Residential Wine Room can be Yours

If you are in the Dallas area and are planning to start your wine cellar conversion project, Wine Cellar Specialists can help you. Contact them today at +1 972-454-0480.

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Custom Wine Cellars in Texas & Proper Wine Storage Essentials

Wines are a few of the many beverages that require specific conditions in order to preserve their quality. Hundreds of years ago, people stored wines in caves and in underground cellars because wines need a cold, dark and humid atmosphere in which to age properly.

Today, caves and underground cellars are no longer very common. Wine collectors and wine enthusiasts have residential custom wine cellars in Houston, Texas constructed to store their wines. If you are planning to have a wine storage room built, you must learn these essentials of proper wine storage:

1. Temperature & Humidity in the Custom Wine Cellar

Wines need a cool and moist environment in order to mature properly. Heat is one of the primary enemies of wine, because it causes premature aging and thereby ruins the wine’s flavor. The ideal temperature for wine storage is approximately 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Also, adequate moisture is required for proper wine storage, in order to prevent the corks from shrinking and consequently causing oxidation, which ruins the flavor of wine. Ideally, a custom wine cellar in Houston, Texas should have a humidity level within 65% to 75%. The temperature and humidity level in a residential wine cellar in Texas should be consistent, because constant fluctuations can also damage your wines.

2. Residential Wine Cellar Lighting

Have you noticed that wine bottles are generally dark colored? This is because the glass used in most wine bottles has UV filters incorporated in it. Wine can be ruined if exposed to direct light. In relation to this, residential wine cellars in Texas should also be dark inside, away from direct sunlight. The lighting inside should also emit little heat. Carefully choose the lighting you install in your custom wine cellar. LED lights are the most ideal custom wine cellar lighting.

3. Minimal Vibration in the Custom Wine Racks

It seems very common for people to keep their wines on top of their refrigerators. Perhaps it’s because of the convenience of the location. But what people do not know is that the top of a refrigerator is one of the worst places to keep wines. Wines are not only exposed to heat and direct light in that location, but also to constant vibration from the fridge itself. Constant vibration can ruin wine, because it agitates it and prevents the sediment from settling. Have your wines stored in custom wine racks in Houston, Texas, that protect them from constant vibration.

4. Wine Racks that Keep Wines Stored Sideways

There are different kinds of wine racks in Texas. Choose wine racks that allow you to store your wines horizontally. Wine bottles need to be kept on their side so that the corks are always in contact with the wine. This prevents the corks from shrinking, which would otherwise lead to oxidation. Oxidation causes wine to taste like rust.

5. Wine Cellar Refrigeration Units Installed Properly

To achieve the ideal temperature and humidity inside your residential custom wine cellar in Houston, you need to have a wine cellar cooling system installed. There are various kinds of wine cellar refrigeration systems on the market. Make sure you choose the right kind for your home wine cellar in Houston, Texas, by having a professional HVAC installer calculate the heat load within your wine storage room.

Texas White Rock Lake Project Contemporary Wine Cellars Designs

Texas White Rock Lake Project Contemporary Wine Cellars Designs (A Processed Video Transcription)

Plan of White Rock Lake Dallas Texas Contemporary Wine Cellar

Here at Wine Cellar Specialists, not only do we do traditional wine cellars but contemporary wine cellars as well. What you’re looking at is a plan of a contemporary wine cellar that we completed recently in the White Rock Lake area of Dallas, Texas.

 

Iron Dividers Placed Inside the Wine Cellar Dallas Texas White Rock Lake

This is the drawing for the iron that we did for the 2 sidelights and the door. This is the front section of the wine cellar.

Here are some dividers that we put inside the wine cellar. You’ll see that later. We have a lip on the dividers that hides the LED ribbon lighting

 

Metal Wine Racking System Dallas Texas

(photo on the left) This is the rack system or the rack drawing. We’re showing 3 rows of racks between each of the dividers, going for the ceiling starting 6 inches from the floor and 6 in from the ceiling.

Moving on to the photos of the completed White Rock Lake Are Dallas TX custom wine cellar, you’ll see this is a beautiful cellar; all the iron work in the front, the iron dividers, showing the LED tape lighting behind and our Vintage View wall-mounted wine racks.

Beautiful White Rock Lake Are Dallas TX Contemporary Wine Cellar

This cellar has LED recessed lighting in the ceiling that is dimmable, as well as the LED lighting that is dimmable shining toward the racks.

We used an HS4600 ducted split wine cooling system which has supply and return vent in the ceiling to cool the cellar. The unit has the vents going down through the walls and underneath to the floor, under the floor, to the cross face below where the system actually sits.

WHITEROCK DOOR OPENWe used closed cell foams in the walls and ceiling, and we’re going to show you a few more pictures here of the cellar. This is when the door is open, and the vintage view racks exposed on the wall.

WHITEROCK WC2Here you can see a little better; the lighting is shining toward the bottle from the dividers. This is another view of the right side of the cellar (through the glass).

(photo below) This is the handle and lock. We chose a handle that matched all the other handles in their home. Another bottle views here and back to our main photograph of the complete wine cellar.

Dallas TX Wine Cellar Door and Lock

This is a beautiful contemporary wine cellar at White Rock Lake area of Dallas, Texas. Give us a call at Wine Cellar Specialists in order for us to design and install your own wine cellar, whether it is contemporary or traditional. We work with people all across the nation.