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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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Beautiful Transformation of an Office into a Gorgeous Texas Home Wine Cellar and Tasting Room

Are you a wine lover who has an unused space in your home? Why don’t you convert it into a storage space for your wines? Nowadays, wine cellar conversions are in demand in many parts of the world. Checkout the residential wine cellar and tasting room designed and installed by Wine Cellar Specialists in Texas.

An Office Space Transformed into a Stunning Wine Cellar with Tasting Room

Texas custom wine cellar installation

Texas Custom Wine Cellar Installation

You can build your dream wine cellar in a garage, closet, or in a space under the staircase. You must hire an experienced designer and installer of Texas wine rooms to ensure that every component suits all of your functional, aesthetic, and financial requirements.

Wine Cellar Specialists, one of our trusted wine room builders, has recently completed an installation project in Flower Mound, Texas.

The client had a room that was meant to be used as an office space. They seldom use it, so they decided to convert it to into a storage room for wine. It had green walls, built in cabinets, and large windows.

In this project, Wine Cellar Specialists incorporated custom features to give character to the cellar. To add functionality to the storage facility, they built an adjoining wine tasting room.

Let us learn more about the wine racks, cooling unit, and other features that make this wine room a unique and safe place for aging wine and entertaining friends.

Wine Rack Styles and Material

Your wine storage space must be designed creatively to add beauty to your home. The style and construction material of your wine racks are factors that affect the visual appeal of your home wine cellar. Your racking system must be made from a durable, strong, and flexible material.

Gorgeous Bottle Orientations

left  front custom wine racks Texas residential wine  cellar

Left Front Custom Wine Racks Texas Residential Wine Cellar

In this Texas custom wine cellar, Wine Cellar Specialists combined various racking styles. The left and right sidewalls consist of solid diamond bins at the bottom section and single bottle storage racks at the top.

There is a high reveal display row at the middle of the racking. This racking style highlights some of the owner’s bottles at a 15-degree angle, allowing the cork to be in contact with the wine.

It is important to keep the cork moist to prevent it from shrinking and becoming brittle. The cork should be able to maintain its elasticity to prevent an unwanted amount of oxygen to mix with the wine. Oxidation occurs when the cork dries out. Oxidized wine has an unpleasant taste and smell.

The back wall was designed with a solid arch at the center. To add more character and flair to the room, Wine Cellar Specialists installed a puck light above the arch.

Magnum size bottles can be stored in horizontal wine racks that are located above the solid arch. There are individual storage slots and high reveal display rows on both sides of the arch.

A tabletop lines the middle section of the back wall. It is made from the wine infused side  reclaimed wine barrels. Since the planks were stained by the wine that was once stored in the barrel, the tabletop shows a reddish color. The tabletop adds more space for storing a few bottles and for decanting and serving wine.

The bottom section consists of double deep X bins and six rolling case storage slots. The rolling cases allow for easy access to the cases placed at the back of the area.

Choice of Wood for the Wine Racks

Known for its many benefits, wood is a favorite wine rack material of residential owners. It is naturally beautiful and can complement the existing theme of a home.

Wine Cellar Specialists used All Heart Redwood for this lovely Texas custom wine cellar. In addition to its aesthetic appeal, this wood is popular for its durability and flexibility. Its natural wood preservatives make it highly resistant to decay, molds, and shrinkage.

View another custom wine room installed with Redwood wine racks.

Wine Tasting Room and Bar Area Added Functionality to the Texas Custom Wine Cellar

Home Bar Area Texas Custom Wine Cellar Installation

Home Bar Area Texas Custom Wine Cellar Installation

If you have a large wine storage space, adding a wine tasting room and bar area is recommended. This feature provides a nice entertainment area and wine tasting party venue.

The Home Bar

Home Bar Upper cabinets Texas Tasting Room Design

Home Bar Upper Cabinets Texas Wine Tasting Room Design

A home bar area was installed in the right wall of the room. It is made from Knotty Alder, one of the most sought-after wood varieties when building furniture.

The topmost section of the home bar consists of four solid cabinets. The middle section has a lighted cabinet with a front door made of glass.

On each side of this cabinet is a 3-level open shelf.  The bottom sections are intended for the glassware.

A 3036 model built-in refrigerator by Uline was installed at the center bottom of the home bar, with cabinets on each side. The cabinets have adjustable shelves inside.

Wine Cellar Specialists added two drawers above the built in refrigerator, and an Infusion style tabletop made from reclaimed wine barrels. They supplied all the handles and knobs for the home bar and the wine cellar.

The walls and ceiling were designed with a Stonecoat material. Stonecoat is made from crushed limestone. It is blown into the surface, hand carved, and colored to create a gorgeous stone effect. At the center of the ceiling is a Nico style chandelier, which is 30” in diameter.

Custom Entryway to the Wine Tasting Room and Cellar

Texas wine cellar door made from iron gate and glassWine Cellar Specialists offers various styles of doors for wine rooms. In choosing an entryway, they make sure that it suits the aesthetic desires of the owner. They also see to it that it is sealed properly.

The entrance to the tasting room and bar area is a double gate made from ornate wrought iron with an eyebrow arch. It has a grapevine design and oil rubbed bronze finish. Wine Cellar Specialists supplied the lock and handle set. Stonecoat material was also used on the ceiling and on all the walls around the door.

The door to the wine cellar was constructed from Knotty Alder and glass panels. On each side are windows of the same size.  It is equipped with proper sealing components such as weather stripping and an automatic door bottom. These sealing components will help regulate the conditions in the wine cellar.

Turn Your Space into an Elegant Wine Room

If you want to convert a room into a Texas custom wine cellar, contact Wine Cellar Specialists. They can create an impressive design for your wine storage display. Call them today at +1 (866 ) 646-7089 or email them at info@winecellarspec.com.

 

Wine Cellar Construction in Vancouver, Canada – Common Mistakes to Avoid

A wine cellar is one of the most ideal places to store wines because,when properly built, they are capable of providing the climate-controlled conditions that wines need to develop and age tastefully. A wine cellar can be an ineffective wine storage solution for many reasons, most entailing mistakes that were committed during the construction phase of the wine cellar. Learn about a few common mistakes in wine cellar construction, and how to avoid them.

Wine Cellar Construction by an Expert Wine Cellar Builder

When people start collecting wine, they must have a wine storage solution prepared, so that their investment can be protected and kept safe. The most popular choice of wine storage solution is a residential custom wine cellar.

Residential Wine Cellar Builder

Canada Wine Cellar Built by an Expert

Some people, in order to cut down the costs of design and construction, try to build their wine cellar themselves, or they have a carpenter built it for them. The trouble with this is that they will ultimately end up spending more and losing more, because the wine cellar that they build/have built will turn out to be an ineffective wine storage solution. The construction of a residential wine cellar in Vancouver, Canada should only be entrusted to an expert wine cellar designer and builder. Only a wine storage expert knows the construction specifications of an ideal wine storage solution. They are the only ones eligible to build an effective wine storage space.

Moreover, there are many companies in Canada that offer wine cellar design and construction services, but you shouldn’t trust them all; only those that have a sturdy reputation for producing quality wine storage solutions.

Common Wine Cellar Construction Mistakes to Avoid

The ineffectiveness of a given wine storage solution is usually due to at least one mistake that occurred during its construction. Here are some of the most common wine cellar construction mistakes in Vancouver, Canada.

1. Incorrectly Installed Vapor Barrier

This is the most common wine cellar construction-related mistake, and it is also the most costly to remedy. Without a vapor barrier, or when the vapor barrier is incorrectly installed, mold and mildew start to form. This is due to excessive humidity, as a result of the temperature difference between the outside of the wine cellar and the maintained temperature inside.

Without a correctly installed barrier, the process of wine cellar cooling can cause moisture migration. Moisture migration is the pulling in of moisture from the cellar’s surrounding environment. The extent of this moisture migration will vary from location to location and from one season to another, depending on the level of humidity. Moisture promotes the growth of mold, which can contaminate the wines. The formation of mold and mildew starts insidious and hidden. By the time that it becomes noticeable, it has already penetrated deep into the walls, and has become pervasive. In cases wherein the formation of mold is extensive, it can be necessary to remove the drywall completely from the walls and ceiling.Following this,the insulation will have to be removed and replaced.

2. Poor Quality Insulation or Partially Installed Insulation

Properly installed, high quality insulation is an essential element in creating an effective wine storage solution. For insulation to be considered good quality, it has to have a sufficient rating, or “R” factor. It also has to be applied properly, and applied to all of the walls and the ceiling. If the insulation is not of good quality and not installed properly, the temperature inside the wine cellar will constantly be fluctuating, which can damage the wines. Also, poor insulation can cause the wine cellar cooling unit to be overworked, and therefore to break down easily.

3. A Wine Cellar Door that is Inefficient in Sealing the Wine Storage Room

Some people think that custom wine cellar doors in Vancouver, Canada are mere entrance ways to their wine storage room, but the purpose of wine cellar doors goes far beyond just that. Wine cellar doors are specifically built to help insulate wine cellars. They are also necessary in creating an airtight seal inside the wine storage room. A properly built and installed wine cellar door reduces the probability of warping,which would otherwise occur due to differences in the humidity and temperature inside the wine cellar and the outside environment.

Well-made wine cellar doors are built utilizing a special method of sealing the bottom of the door: a mechanism that seals the gap between the threshold and the bottom of the door. When the door is closed, the seal is tightly closed; it retracts as the door opens. The seal is configured to retract automatically so that it does not degrade and the door is undamaged.

4. The Wrong Type of Wine Cellar Lighting

People choose wine cellar lighting fixtures based on what they think will make their wine cellar look good. Indeed, wine cellar lighting can improve the aesthetic appeal of any wine cellar, whether residential or commercial. What people forget is that, if they choose the wrong type of wine cellar lighting, the temperature and humidity inside said wine cellar can be negatively affected. For example, some wine cellar lighting produces excessive heat that can all too easily damage the wines.

Wine Cellar Designer Canada

Wine Cellar Properly Built by a Wine Cellar Builder in Canada

Ideally, wine cellars should only have LED lighting. LED lights produce very minimal heat, and they also consume minimal electricity. They may be a bit costly at purchase, but they help wine cellar owners save a lot in the long run.

5. The Wrong Type of Wine Cellar Cooling Unit

A wine cellar refrigeration unit is an integral part of any wine storage solution in Vancouver, Canada.Wine cellar cooling units are responsible for providing the ideal temperature and humidity inside wine cellars. But since each wine cellar has different dimensions, and a varying number of wines within, they vary in storage requirements. This means that different custom wine cellars need different wine cellar refrigeration systems. A wine cellar cooling expert can most accurately determine the appropriate wine cellar cooling system for your wine storage solution in Vancouver, Canada, so that your wines can really be kept in the ideal conditions.

Don’t Have a Refrigerated Room for Your Wines? Contact a Master Wine Cellar Builder in Houston, Texas.

Unpleasant flavors and aromas in wine are commonly caused by unstable storage conditions. Find out the requirements in proper wine aging and how a refrigerated residential wine cellar in Houston, Texas can protect your investment.  

An Efficient Wine Storage System is Necessary to Keep Wine Safe

wine cellarYou wanted to start collecting your favorite vintages so you bought a dozen of them for long-term storage. The problem is you don’t have a room that is cooled by a wine cellar refrigeration system. You know that storing wine in kitchen cabinets, shelves, or boxes will result in spoilage due to the absence of constant temperature and humidity.

Whether you’re a beginner or a novice wine collector, it is important that you have an efficient wine storage system for your growing collection. This will ensure that your wines are protected from external factors, and that you’ll have a wonderful drinking experience with family and friends.

With these benefits, the demand in residential wine cellars is increasing in many parts of the world, including Houston, Texas, where extreme heat is common during the summer months.

Wine Ages Well in a Stable Environment

The main reason wine loses its desirable characteristics is because of too much heat. Unstable humidity levels can also have negative effect on wine’s quality. If you are serious about wine collecting, understanding how these factors contribute to proper wine preservation will help you appreciate and enjoy your collection for years to come.

Why Wine Needs a Cool Environment

cooled wine cellarTemperature is a major factor that contributes to the development of wine. Most experts believe that the ideal temperature needed by wine to age properly is between 55-65 degrees Fahrenheit.

The correct temperature will preserve your wines properly. Storage temperatures exceeding the ideal range will cause expansion of wine.

When this happens, the cork will be pushed above the bottle’s lip and allow unwanted oxygen to mix with wine. A chemical reaction will occur and accelerate wine’s aging process, altering the varietal character of your favorite vintages. Premature aging will produce unpleasant flavors and will shorten the life of your wine.

When oxidized, wine’s color becomes deep yellow or brown. Undesirable taste and smell in wine also indicates oxidation. Another effect of long exposure of wine to high temperatures is “cooked” or “baked” flavors. Cooked wines taste like stewed or burnt fruit and have sour or musty smell.

Very low temperature slows down wine’s aging process. This will prevent wine from reaching its potential quality at the right time. Exposing wine to freezing temperatures will cause the cork to be pushed out of the bottle. Oxidation will then occur and cause wine to have off flavors.

The Importance of Humidity Control in Aging Wine

wine cellar humidityAn appropriate amount of humidity, which is 60-70%, will keep the cork in good condition. The cork protects wine by sealing the bottle from unwanted oxygen. Low humidity levels will dry out the cork and allow air to enter the bottle. Wine cellar humidity that gets higher than 70% will trigger mold growth and deteriorate the labels over time.

Temperature fluctuations and wrong humidity levels can be detrimental to your wines.It is imperative that you store your collection in a refrigerated storage room built by an expert home wine cellar builder.

Benefits of Storing Wine in Cooled Residential Wine Cellars in Houston, Texas

wine cellar in Dallas TXSome people attempt to store their collection in a room cooled by a standard air conditioner because of the absence of a climate-controlled wine cellar.

Regular conditioning systems are not capable of maintaining constant temperature and humidity essential for proper maturation of wine. Without the right wine cooling system, there will be dramatic fluctuations in temperature that can lead to wine spoilage.

Some homeowners store their collection in the garage or kitchen. Keep in mind that any area of your house, with or without a regular air conditioning system, is not ideal for wine storage.

To safeguard your collection and to prevent waste of time and money, it is best to invest in a climate-controlled wine cellar installed by a master builder, such as Wine Cellar Specialists. They have been providing efficient solutions to wine enthusiasts in Texas who dream of having their own functional residential wine cellar.

With extensive experience in wine room construction, Wine Cellar Specialists offers different brands of refrigeration systems to meet the needs of their clients.

Trusted Brands of Wine Refrigeration Systems

You can keep and enjoy your collection for many years if you choose a trusted manufacturer of wine cellar refrigeration systems. Below are some of the most reliable brands that Wine Cellar Specialists use in their wine room conversion projects:

wine cellar refrigeration systems

These brands of refrigeration units are designed for maximum performance, ideal for maintaining the ideal storage conditions in home wine cellars.

Want to Have a Safe Place for Your Collection? Contact an Expert Wine Cellar Builder.

Wine Cellar SpecialistsHaving a climate-controlled wine cellar in Houston, Texas will give you peace of mind because your collection is safe from damaging factors. Without the right wine cooling system, your investment will be wasted.

Wine Cellar Specialists ensures that your wine room will be a safe haven for your favorite vintages. Contact them now +1 (866) 646-7089 or request a 3D custom design for FREE!