Technical Tuesday Episode #200: Variety, Functionality, Style & More With The Designer Series

August 26th, 2014 by

Variety, functionality, style and more – all these you’ll be able to achieve in your wine cellar project when you know how to utilize the right wine racking products. Fortunately, WCI is able to provide all these essential elements with our bevy of racking models.

Just last week, we had a rundown of our top ten most popular racking collections. If you can recall, Designer has really surged on to the number 2 spot, closing in on Vintner. Well, today’s Tech Tuesday feature is just another proof of how big and popular the Designer Series has gotten just in a few months time!

What: Residential Wine Cellar
Project #: 243567
Wood: DKS/ Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 1891
Where: New York, NY

Technical Tuesday Episode #200: Variety, Functionality, Style & More With The Designer SeriesLet’s take a nice, leisurely visual stroll of this super spacious wine room with just a little under 1900-bottle storage capacity. The entire racking assembly is done up in the Designer Series, a practical conglomeration of individual and bulk bottle storage options. Essentially, our design team has incorporated a very flexible array of racks – Individual Bottle Columns, Diamond Bins,  Fixed Shelves, and Curved Corner Racks. Everything is done up in unstained Premium Redwood, showcasing the beautiful, natural pale pinkish brown hues.

Technical Tuesday Episode #200: Variety, Functionality, Style & More With The Designer SeriesTo fully maximize the storage capacity of this cellar, a 216 Bin Storage Wine Tasting Table was thrown into the arrangement. We felt that this was a clever move indeed given the additional space the table provides. This wine tasting table provides a variety of bottle storage options, including wood cases, cardboard cases, 12 standard bottles per bin, or in the alternative, ample room for extra large bottles. And of course, don’t forget that the table offers the perfect spot for decanting wine and taking inventory of your collection.  You’ll also find that the smooth, even tabletop can become a really handy area for displaying your fine wine accessories.

Technical Tuesday Episode #200: Variety, Functionality, Style & More With The Designer SeriesHere’s a closer shot illustrating just how varied this arrangement is in both individual and bulk  bottle storage options. Notice that the cellar is actually not completed yet, with the racking having been installed sans the walls and flooring. Again, this is a testament to how versatile the Designer Series is because these racks can work with any wall and flooring design the client may eventually choose. We’re pretty excited to see how things will turn out once everything has fallen into place!

So this rounds up our August Tech Tuesday episodes! Next week, we welcome the faint beginnings of the fall season and more wine cellar inspirations along with it. Stay tuned and don’t forget to subscribe to our mailing list for the latest product updates! *Cheers*

Build More Than Just Your Wine Cellar With WCI Wine Racks

August 25th, 2014 by

We build more than just wine racks with our wine racking products. Once you start using them, you’ll find the whole experience so enjoyable that you build something else as well – confidence. More than just a few clients can attest to the fact that our racks are user-friendly, especially for newbies who have never undertaken a wine cellar project (or other construction project for that matter) before. Our latest DIY feature courtesy of our client Phil shows a nice illustration of this:

Build More Than Just Your Wine Cellar With WCI Wine RacksPhil is no professional, but he wanted to create a suitable storage space for his growing collection. He had a very spacious room all laid out for his future wine racking assembly. However, financial and other considerations did not permit him to hire professionals to work on it. So Phil set about purchasing some Individual Bottle Columns from our Designer Series and came up with this simple, very functional, and space-efficient arrangement.

 “The racks arrived just fine, and the assembly was relatively easy for the most part. I completed the assembly using a standard hammer and the provided 1 inch brads in the kit. The cellar came out great, and the racking looks really good. I built the entire room myself, so it is not one of the professional installations that you often feature, but I think the room came out really nice.”

~Phil B.~

While inexperienced, Phil was able to put together this tidy row of racks thanks to the smooth configurations of the columns. He was able to create a straightforward assembly, sans the professional experience and the use of a brad nailer. However, as always, we recommend using a nail gun in the assembly and installation of our racks because not only would the right tools effectively speed things up, but the end result would wonderfully seamless. Check out our Professional DIY Assembly Kit and see how you can actually get one for free when you reach a certain amount on your purchases.

While Phil claims that his cellar is not one of the “professional installations” we often feature, we beg to disagree. Just looking at the image he sent us is proof enough that he has turned out a very neat and organized racking set-up. Best of all, we know that Phil now has that added confidence to put together more DIY projects in the future because not only has WCI products built him his wine cellar, but his confidence as well! ^_^

Designer Wine Racks: Mount Them Anywhere And Everywhere!

August 21st, 2014 by

Remember how just a couple of days ago, we rounded up our top ten most popular racking products? The Designer Series nabbed the number 2 spot almost effortlessly! Well, today, we’re going to give you one more reason why popularity-wise, this collection skyrocketed to the frontlines quite impressively. Or rather, our client Whitney will show us why this Series DOES deserve to be the main contender for the top spot.Designer Wine Racks: Mount Them Anywhere And Everywhere!Our client has this room in their home all decked out in rough, uneven stone-wall interior. We love it’s very rustic feel and we couldn’t be happier when we learned that the client sent in for our Designer 5-Column in Rustic Pine. It’s definitely the perfect racking choice to complement the room’s full stone-wall structure. The question now is how the rack was successfully mounted given the uneven stone-wall foundation. Here’s Whitney recounting their assembly and installation experience:

“The rack is working beautifully for us.  The shipping went fine, especially considering they landed during a blizzard.  Assembling them was straightforward and also went well.  I don’t own a nail gun, but pre-drilled holes to guide the nails and prevent splitting.  A horizontal or two was a bit warped, but it wasn’t a problem coaxing them into place.

I’ve attached a picture of it in our 1830′s basement.  Installation was a challenge, given the rock foundation.  I bolted sturdy verticals to the floor joists above and screwed into those.  And the floor wasn’t level enough to support the weight safely, so I shimmed with pieces of cedar.  The rack has been fully loaded ever since, without incident or complaint.  The remnants of the old, cheap rack are at bottom right, with the bowed section cut off and taken to the garden to be used as a trellis.”

~Whitney~

“Installation was a challenge, given the rock foundation.” Nonetheless, everything fell into place thanks to the ingenuity of the client and the easy configurations of the rack. Note that assembly-wise, all our wine kits have been upgraded with Spacer Bars sent with a dado that snugly fits each column of your racking. You can assemble the rack with the nails provided, or you can utilize a brad nailer for faster assembly. As mentioned, the client pre-drilled the holes in this project. We highly recommend using a nail gun for future ones, though. It will definitely make assembly and mounting the racks a less hassle-free undertaking.

In addition, all the racks in this Series have a 1 7/16″ square cut bottom rail. This allows the bottles to be securely held above the floor level so the bottle does not break accidentally by hitting a hard floor. Moreover, the base molding supplied with this Series is 1 7/16″ high and can be applied directly to the front of this rail. And of course, with the addition of our industry-exclusive Stabilizer Bracing System, racking durability and stability have been upgraded as well. So basically, you can mount your racks on just about ANY surface. Just keep in mind that when you use the right tools (like the nail gun!) things will definitely proceed at a smoother pace.

Need more DIY racking inspirations? Then bookmark the blog and tune in to more of our Testimonial Thursday features! ^_^

We Make It Happen With Our Brand-New WCI Website!

August 20th, 2014 by

Happy Monday, wine buddies! So last week, we showcased the newest changes in our website and how a lot of stuff were redesigned to make things bigger and better for everyone. But of course, that was just a simple overview. So we decided to actually give everyone a visual tour of the brand-new WCI website. Check this out: http://www.winecellarinnovations.com/

As we have mentioned in last week’s post, our main custom wine cellar landing page was completely revamped along with live changes to the rest of that section on our website. These changes include:

  • The drop down menu/navigation
  • Removing Custom Wine Racks landing page altogether
  • Bringing the Platinum Custom Wine Racks, Gold Custom Wine Racks, and Silver Custom Wine Racks out into the main navigation menu

If you hover on drop-down menu on the website, particularly the far upper left corner (Custom Wine Cellars), you can see how the Platinum, Gold, and Silver Series landing pages have all been redesigned with newly selected, hand-picked images from our custom photo libraries to represent what we feel is a more up to date, current representation of our custom product lines. It’s also way easier to access the custom lines now since you are just one click away from viewing the product pages unlike in the previous layout.

Note, too, that we have enlarged all the images as well as streamlined the overall template of these pages. It’s to emphasize our response to our clients’ need for hassle-free navigation of all the sections of our website and particularly, our product pages. You’ll also notice that the racking styles for each Series have been grouped accordingly (Individual Bottle, Diamonds, Corners & Curves etc.) as well as the accessories and molding packages. This makes for a more efficient system in helping the potential customer search for the desired items.

Last but certainly not the least, remember that we also launched the  My Projects/Bookmark It feature on our site. As mentioned in the video, we went one step further in enhancing their accessibility to all WCI products via this function. We incorporated the orange plus symbol throughout the site to indicate to customers that they can Bookmark a product. Plus, there’s the added option of customers being able to share their My Projects folder with us when submitting a Design Request Form on the site.

And yes, expect more good things to happen with your future wine cellar projects when you shop here at WCI! So share the love by sharing these fab site upgrades with fellow wine cellar fans now. ^_^