Wine Cellar Innovations Blog

Technical Tuesday Episode #354: Appreciating The Under Stairwell Transformation

October 17th, 2017

Even though they’ve been growing in number, we still think that an under stairwell transformation is pretty underrated. It deserves more of the spotlight and we’ll give you the reasons why. This latest Tech Tuesday project will, thankfully, help us illustrate all those points:

Project # 297197
Wood: Custom/Premium Redwood
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Gorgeous custom curved racking

Check out this very beautiful wine storage our team completed for our client. It’s a cozy creation, tucked neatly and conveniently under the stairs in the client’s home. Here we can see one of the reasons why an under stairwell wine cellar transformation comes highly recommended. Just look at how space-efficient it is! That space tucked under the stairs couldn’t be put to a better use. In a lot of homes, we see that area either gathering dust or just being used to store random things. A lot of these end up as “clutter” in the next year or so. So why not transform it into a wine storage to host your collection? You’d be surprised at just the bottle capacity that awkward little corner can hold!

Now did you also know that having this innovative concept for a wine cellar in your home can add to its marketability? Potential buyers can get persuaded by an element of surprise or two in a prospective real estate purchase. Keep in mind that there are tons of wine lovers out there. Something unique such as an under stairwell wine cellar can definitely be a game changer. Hey, we’ve watched enough HGTV shows to know this!

Eye-catching under stairwell wine cellar

Last but definitely not the least, this type of wine storage can do wonders to your home’s aesthetic appeal. In this particular project, the client chose to go with a custom Individual Bottle Columns in curved configurations to work with the irregular layout of the room. This is the beauty of custom racking because you can have it design to match any kind of space. Custom crown and base moldings also helped significantly in making the racking assembly flow seamlessly. A Quarter Round Shelf completed the set-up. You can see from the glass panels the quality of craftsmanship exuded by the racks, making it sport a built-in look. We also like that the client opted for Dark Walnut Stain to make the racks complement the flooring while standing out against the light-colored walls.

You can check out more inspiring under stairwell concepts in our photo galleries and get started on your own today! *Cheers*

Tips In Determining The Right Wine Cellar Size For You

October 16th, 2017

Getting ready to build your first ever wine cellar? It will certainly be an exciting ride! But of course, be prepared for some bumps and potholes along the way. Not to worry, though, because we’ve got you covered with every step you take. Take note that WCI offers free initial design consultation services that can help you achieve your wine cellar goals. And one of the things we would always discuss with potential clients is the size of their future wine cellar.

Not everyone is ready for a full-blown wine room. It may be that there’s not enough space to accommodate it. It may also happen that the client is working with a tight budget. It can also happen that the client doesn’t intend to host a voluminous collection. Wine cellars can come in all shapes and sizes, though, so determining the size that’s right for you is important. Here are some of our tips for the newbies:

Consider your wine needs and buying habits

This is actually one of the biggest determining factors in choosing your wine cellar size. Make a rough inventory of how many bottles you consume in a year. Also take into account your average wine purchases. How many bottles do you consume, as well as purchase, on the average? If it’s under 600 bottles, then a smaller-sized wine cellar would certainly be able to serve your storage purposes. We recommend using a wine storage or wine rack calculator to guide you.

Small-sized wine cellar

Consider your available space/floor area

It’s fine if you already have a designated space in your home for your wine cellar project. More often than not, it would either be the basement or the dining hall and/or kitchen. But what if you don’t have space to spare in these locations? Not to worry because there are other alternatives. An unused closet, pantry, or spare bedroom in your home can be transformed into an amazing wine storage for your collection. “Wasted” spaces such as under the stairwell or an empty stretch of wall can be perfect for under stairwell cellars or closet transformations. In trickier situations, you can still opt for shared space, such as a racking assembly in the library or a wine tasting station in the dining area.

Medium-sized wine cellar

Consider the possibility of future expansion

Your future wine collection goals should also be taken into account. Even if you consume an average number of bottles per year, the size of your planned wine cellar may not be able to accommodate your future acquisitions. If you are determined to collect a more substantial amount of bottles in the near future, your wine cellar must be able to host them. For example, if you consume/purchase and average of only around 500 bottles in a year, but you plan to expand your collection to over 1,000 bottles, you’ll need a medium-sized wine cellar.

Large wine cellar


Glass-Enclosed Wine Cellar Is Selling Point In Client’s Home

October 12th, 2017

Wine cellars have really secured their spot as the next home icon. Did you know that in the recent years, a home with a wine cellar can fetch a really good price in the real estate market? Not only that, there are actually more and more potential buyers requesting for this particular feature. The hit HGTV series House Hunters and Vacation Homes are great proofs of that. “Wine cellar” pops up in a potential buyer’s wishlist more often than it used to. It’s actually easy to see why, especially when the wine cellar is constructed beautifully:

Beautiful glass-enclosed wine cellar

We have here a terrific example of a home with a wine cellar that’s recently been listed. It’s not just any wine cellar, though! We’re proud to say that this elegant, glass-enclosed number is a WCI product, from the racks down to the assembly and installation. This is also the very first wine cellar we did for this client. Yup, that’s right! While they’re putting up this property for sale, they’ve also recently requested us to design another one for their new home. They definitely know the value of a quality wine cellar and we’re happy to be a part of the new build.

But right now, let’s focus on this glass-enclosed project that features WCI’s Vintage View Wine Racks. As we’ve talked in a lot of our blogs, the glass x metal combo is always a no-fail one. You just can’t go wrong with this, particularly for a compact wine cellar like the client’s. Since our Vintage View metal wine racks can be wall-mounted, they can really help maximize the limited space. Moreover, while the racking units are designed to hold standard sized wine bottles when mounted 7.5 inches apart, they can also store split-sized bottles. All that is needed is to play around with the configurations and mount that units at 5.5 inches apart.

Style-wise, the VintageView Series also provides for some pretty neat customization options. You can choose from four different finishes for your racks. The units are also available in single deep, double deep, and triple deep storage options. And here’s the fun part! You can also opt to deviate from the wall-mounting installation and choose to have your bottles displayed floor-to-ceiling. All you need to do is purchase a Floor to Ceiling Frame separately and voila! You can get that ethereal “floating” effect for your wine bottles.

No doubt about it, this wine cellar is indeed a selling point in our client’s home. Why not make it for yours as well! Chat with our experienced design consultants and find out how you can make that happen. ^_^

Wine Cellar Inspirations: What Type Of Wine Cellar Art Suits You

October 11th, 2017

You may think that choosing a wine cellar art piece is easy-peasy, but it’s not that simple. You have to consider what type of art will best suit your wine cellar. You also have to consider how much you can afford in terms of quality. After all, this is also an investment. There are a bevy of options available out there, so let’s check them out:

Wine Paintings and Murals

Wine Paintings and Murals

This is probably the most popular type of wine cellar art out there. There are so many choices when it comes to wine paintings and murals. Moreover, you can have one custom-made. While a painting or mural is certainly best displayed in an archway, you can also choose to have it in another section of the wine room. But just make sure that it will not detract from other important elements, like your wine collection, of course. There are also several options for the materials utilized in paintings and murals. Here at WCI, our artists usually use acrylics or oils on canvas.

Mosaic Art

Mosaic Art

Mosaic Art is not as common as paintings or murals, but it is equally beautiful. It’s also a unique type of wine cellar art that can really bring character to your wine room. It is also often used in archways or glass rack openings. What we love about this material is that it exudes a vintage feel, reminiscent of that old-country charm. The next type of art called Tumbled Stone is also somewhat similar to that effect. But mosaic is a bit more complicated since the bits and pieces are created entirely by hand. Here at WCI, our pieces come from a unique blend of antique fine china, stained glass, and porcelain tiles.

Tumbled Stone

Tumbled Stone

This type of wine cellar art is quite underrated. But it deserves a lot more attention because the aesthetic appeal of Tumbled Stone is on an entirely different level. Not only can you have this art on your walls, but also on your wine cellar tabletops. It’s important to remember, though, that there are so many different kinds of stone materials available. Note that variations of shade and color are inherent in natural stone products. Certain types of stone tiles have naturally occurring holes or veins running through them. This means that if you want a custom-made job, your tumbled stone mural will have surface variations throughout the design. Consulting with the artist beforehand is highly recommended so you get the image you want reproduced to your specifications.