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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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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.

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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.