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Wine Cellar Inspirations: The Rustic Wine Cellar

September 7th, 2016

For a true-blue wino, there will come a time when you’d want to really expand your collection. When the situation comes, it will definitely mean creating a wine cellar that will provide the right amount of bottle storage space. And by that, we mean one that will allow you to grow your wine racking assembly together with your collection.

This is where one should consider to graduating to a full rustic home wine cellar. But why “rustic”? It’s actually pretty simple. A rustic wine cellar design provides an abundance of storage. It allows for putting together lots of wine racking units in individual and bulk bottle storage formats. Plus, it will also offer a unique way to entertain family and friends. The question now is – how do you go about achieving that “rustic” feel to your wine cellar? We just might have the answers!

Rustic Wine Cellar

Your wood option makes the difference!

Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it – the right wood option can really bring out the rustic flavor in your wine cellar project. So our recommendation is definitely Rustic Pine. This hardwood specie sports a soft creamy color combined with subtle streaks and structurally sound knots. The knots give the wood that raw, rustic architectural appearance that does not even require a ton of work to look really authentic. Plus, Rustic Pine comes in a wide variety of beautiful grain patterns that you can easily amplify to approximate the appearance of wood that has been aged outside for decades. Weather finishes are the most effective finish option you can utilize for this purpose. Also, never forget that Rustic Pine is super affordable! It’s a grade that includes knots which give a bigger yield and lower cost compared to a clear grade of wood.

Wine Cellar Inspirations: The Rustic Wine Cellar

And so do your wine cellar accents!

You actually don’t need much to achieve that “rustic” charm to your wine cellar. Certain wine cellar accents will get the job done quite nicely. We’ve mentioned one in the preceding paragraph: your stain and finish options. Another would be in your choice of material for your flooring. Cork flooring is a good choice, but you can also go for vintage wine barrel flooring. Since the planks are made from authentic wine barrels, they will definitely give off that wine country feel. And last but definitely not the least – your wine cellar lighting. Think hand-forged metal, distressed finishes, patina finishes, or various metals combined with imaginative forms. We love those amber-toned glasses, shades crafted of translucent crumpled paper, and pierced metal or painted wood chip material.

Wine Cellar Inspirations: The Contemporary Wine Cellar

August 24th, 2016

So last week’s WCI Inspirations was all about achieving a “shabby chic” look for your wine cellar. Did you guys check that one out? If not, then you can do a quick once-over! For today’s design discussion, we’re going to go the opposite route – with the contemporary wine cellar.

If “shabby chic” is all about vintage and romantic themes, the contemporary wine cellar represents everything that is new, modern, and very much “today.” This is the kind of wine cellar design that would be perfect with 21s century-type homes or compact residential spaces such as condos and apartments.

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Achieving the contemporary look for your wine cellar

Now how do you go about achieving this contemporary look for your wine cellar? First off, you need to distinguish between and among materials that will give your wine cellar project that really “updated” feel. For example, stone and ornate wood are commonly associated with a more traditional charm, whereas metal and glass elements can give off that modern vibe. However, you can always choose to combine two or more materials in sleek lines and clean-cut corners. One of our favorites would be mixing and matching glass, metal, and wood elements, like in a glass-enclosed wine cellar project.

Next up would be choosing the shape and flow of your wine racking arrangement and other wine cellar furniture and accessories. “Contemporary” generally translates to straight-line aesthetics, sharp and/or flowing contours, and minimalist appeal. Overdecorating is definitely NOT an option. Everything has to kept simple yet exude understated elegance.  This is why metal wine racks are usually the primary choice for, although you can also go with wood wine racks and perhaps stain and lacquer them for a deep, glossy finish.

Glass and metal elements

Then you have the colors. Because the contemporary look is often synonymous with a minimalist one, bolds and neutrals should be combined to get the right balance. Black, Gunmetal, Copper, Chrome, and Off-White are just some of the more popular palettes. Then it’s all about spicing it up with bolder hues like Red, Navy, Burnt Orange, Indigo, Forest Green, and so on.

Last but the least, the fabrics. If you’re planning on building your wine cellar in an existing room in your home, like the dining area or kitchen, or you’re constructing an ample-sized wine room with some furniture, make sure that the fabrics in your couches, chairs, throw pillows, curtains, and the like, do not detract from the contemporary design. Prints and patterns are very much welcome, but stay away from florals or overly busy ones, especially if they come in pastels. Floral prints in black and white are actually in vogue these days, so long as they don’t border on vintage.

Wine Cellar Inspirations: The “Shabby Chic” Wine Cellar

August 17th, 2016

More and more homes and even commercial establishments have taken the shabby chic route and we are totally loving it. That’s because this popular design is also creeping its way into wine cellar projects! But before we go into the deets of that, let’s do a little 411 on what exactly this shabby chic craze is all about.

Per the ever reliable Wikipedia, “shabby chic” is a form of interior design where furniture and furnishings are either chosen for their appearance of age and signs of wear and tear or where new items are distressed to achieve the appearance of an antique. But it varies from genuine period decor owing to its soft, opulent, yet cottage-style decor. There is a lot of French influence in this style, particularly in the lovely muted tones of the materials.

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How to achieve “shabby chic” in your wine cellar

Now for those of you who are into the shabby chic theme, we’ve come up with some helpful tips on how to achieve this appearance for your wine cellar.  The very first step would be in your wine racks. Note that shabby chic items are often heavily painted through the years, with many layers showing through obviously time-worn areas. The style is brought about by using glaze or by painting then rubbing and sanding away the top coat to show the wood or base coats, known as “distressing” the finish of the furniture. This can be replicated in wood wine racks by choosing the right stain and finish option, like a combination between Distressed and Whitewash Finish.

Next up would be the materials for the ceiling, flooring, and walls. Since shabby chic concentrates mostly on vintage floral patterns, pastel colors, or linen in earth tones, some of the best materials to work with would be mosaic and tile. Custom hand-painted tiles or mosaic flooring would definitely bring about that quaint, cottage charm. You can also utilize the same on tabletops and countertops. As for the ceiling, etched lightbox ceilings come highly recommended.

Golden muted tones for a "shabby chic" look

Last but not the least, the wine cellar accents and accessories. This is where you can really play around with fabrics and colors to give your wine cellar that timeworn, romantic feel. Our first recommendation would be a fitting piece of wine cellar art in a Standard Archway. Murals or oil paintings of vineyards or wine countries are fantastic choices. Then you have the lighting accessories. Vintage chandeliers with intricate designs will really tie up things nicely. If you have a rather spacious wine room, some chairs or chaises upholstered in soft pastel colors like rose pink, robin’s egg blue, beige, and muted golds would certainly give it that romantic, comfortable, and inviting aura.

Wine Cellar Inspirations: More Clever Compact Wine Cellar Concepts

June 15th, 2016

During last week’s WCI Inspiration’s, we talked about some great alternatives to formal wine rooms. But of course, there are still more ways to create proper home wine storage for your bottles in other areas in your home, particularly if you just own a few dozen bottles as opposed to a hundred or so. Check out these clever compact wine cellar concepts and find out what best suits your collection’s needs:

Pantry turned wine storage

1. Repurpose your kitchen cabinets.

If you like to have a few dozen bottles handy for the usual after-dinner bottle of wine or small weekend gatherings, you’ll find that fitting several racking units in your kitchen cabinets does the job nicely. Most kitchens have way more pantry and cabinet space than necessary. Most of the time, we end up cluttering these spaces with stuff that should be chucked into the garage or better yet, the Salvation Army. So why not repurpose some of those shelves and/or cabinets and make a proper home for your bottles, like this beautiful pantry-turned wine storage:

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2. Do more than just a shared bookshelf.

Believe it or not, there’s a wine storage project waiting to be discovered in your bookshelves! If you have a library, then you can actually turn some of those bookshelves into wine storage for your collection. Otherwise, you can just convert a portion of the bookshelves in your living or dining area (or even the bedroom!) by putting in some small wine racking units. Now you can have the best of both worlds – enjoying your favorite reads with your favorite bottles!

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3.  Turn wine racks into multi-purpose home furniture.

Actually, it’s not just all about making space in your home for your wine racking units. You can also do it the other way around! Some wine racks can be transformed into multi-purpose home furniture so that you have a space for your bottles while giving your home a unique silhouette. Our favorite example is from this client who turned some wine racks into a window seat for their kitchen.

Coat closet turned wine storage

4. Make better use of your coat closets.

Let’s face it, do we really just hang coats in our coat closets? Most of them time, they end up as storage areas for J-U-N-K. But when you think long and hard about it, there’s a wine storage project waiting to be given birth inside that closet. Remember that by default, coat closets are cool and dark – the perfect environment to store your bottles in.

Follow our blog and check out our WCI Inspiration posts every Wednesday and Testimonial Thursdays for more DIY wine cellar projects to help inspire you. ^_^

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Custom Countertops And Tabletops

May 11th, 2016

Most formal wine cellars come with countertops and/or tabletops to serve as either a tasting or prep area, or to just showcase one’s best bottles. These countertops and tabletops can also serve to provide additional bottle storage which are perfect when you have smaller spaces to work with. But other than these functional roles, countertops and tabletops also play an aesthetic purpose in a wine racking assembly. When you have a healthy selection of materials to work with, they can transform into works of art!

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The Vintage Wine Barrel Tabletop/Countertop

This is one of the more popular materials you can work into your wine racking arrangement. The Vintage Wine Barrel Tabletop/Countertop is actually manufactured from authentic, reclaimed wood components from wine barrels. This is instrumental in giving your custom wine cellar the feel of being right in the heart of wine country. Note that with this custom, hand-finished product, each piece unique work of art since no two planks exactly alike.

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The Mosaic Tabletop/Countertop

Mosaic is gorgeous material to work with and these Mosaic tabletop/countertop pieces are created entirely by hand for custom wine cellars.  The tabletop/counterop is created from a unique blend of antique fine china, stained glass, and porcelain tiles. The artist breaks the materials into small pieces and artistically composes the pieces into a scene. That means you can customize any design onto your tabletop/countertop and make it one of the highlights of your wine racking assembly.

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The Cork Tabletop/Countertop

This is perhaps the most eco-friendly material you can work with – and that’s definitely a huge plus. Cork is a natural and durable material that is harvested with minimal impact on the environment. It is a rapidly renewable resource as well as a fire inhibitor that does not spread flame. Cork will not produce toxic gases on combustion. Moreover, The inherent resiliency of cork provides a comfortable cushion that is gentle on feet, back & joints. It possesses a natural beauty alongside many of its impressive features.

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The Tumbled Stone and Hand-Painted Tile Tabletop/Countertop

Tumbled Stone or Hand-Painted Tile art on your tabletop/countertop is sure to be stunning addition to your wine cellar project. You can have stunning custom murals printed on natural stone or go with eye-catching tile designs.  Conceptual ideas, favorite wine labels or pictures of vineyard scenes and wine motif are some of the more popular choices. Plus, note that these types of materials make for easy clean-up!

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The Corian Tabletop/Countertop

“Corian” is actually a material invented by Dupont over 30 years ago. It creates a very solid and durable surface for your wine cellar tabletop/countertop with uniform color and texture to boot. The biggest advantage of this material is how it can take on wine stains easily as well as scratching. Removing these stains and scratches will totally be hassle-free!

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Unique Wine Bottle Displays

April 13th, 2016

It’s time for inspiring Wednesday wine cellar ideas again, winos! Today, we’re going to be discussing some of the more attractive ways you can showcase those prized bottles. Whether you own a residential or commercial wine cellar, showcasing your collection to maximum advantage is a must. You can actually easily achieve this by choosing wine bottle displays that can add a bit of drama to the way you present your bottles. These days, there are tons of wine racking styles to choose from, so we’re going to list down a few of our personal picks and talk about why you should go for them.

Waterfall Wine Racks

Waterfall Wine Racks

This racking style can also be called a bunch of other names such as Wine Bottle Waterfall or Waterfall Racking. We find this type of racking display really advantageous when it comes to showcasing those wine bottles because the cascading configurations are both attractive and functional. So basically, this individual bottle wine storage rack imitates the “waterfall” motion by letting your bottles be arranged as if streaming down. You can also opt to have a waterfall display come out from a wall or a peninsula island to the center of a room for  really fanciful effect. You may also choose to line a waterfall wine display along a wall. To achieve this unique look, it’s suggested to utilize waterfall racks in both left and right falling options, like the ones below:

 

Quarter Round Wine Displays or Shelves

Quarter Round Shelf

Curved profiles on wine cellars come highly recommended because they smoothen out the usual stiff edges brought about by straightforward racking units. They also wrap around room corners really nicely and can help finish off the look of a racking assembly in style. Our favorite are Quarter Round Wine Displays or Shelves because they can showcase not just your bottles but other wine cellar accessories as well. Stemware, other glassware, cutlery, and other bric-a-bracs – all would be displayed to good advantage with Quarter Round Wine Displays or Shelves.

 

Rotating Wine Cradles

Rotating Wine Cradle

We’re sure you guys are pretty familiar with those rotating shelves in kitchen set-ups. They’re really convenient particularly when you want to store a variety of items in one place, like cutlery. Wine racks have also taken a leaf out of these rotating shelves in the form of Rotating Wine Cradles. Not only do they showcase your bottles beautifully, but it also makes it easy for organization purposes. Rotating Wine Cradles come very much recommended for commercial wine establishments, but using them in residential wine cellars is a definite YES as well.

 

 

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Wine Cellar Custom Cabinetry

April 6th, 2016

A wine cellar that has all the elements coming together for a truly built-in look is really a project worth undertaking. This means taking into account all the aspects of wine cellar construction, including the shelves and cabinets that will store stuff other than your wine bottles. This is where custom cabinetry and hardware can make an amazing difference, especially when it comes to tying down the final appearance of your wine cellar project.

Store your accessories in style!

Etched glass panels

Cabinets are the perfect storage spots for both delicate and bulky items in your wine cellar. Stemware and other glassware are, of course, the best examples. You definitely would want to put them somewhere safe, but at the same time, showcase your best pieces to full advantage. Glass paneled cabinet doors are highly recommended in this case. But you can also go to it one better. Instead of just the standard plain glass doors, you can go the fancier route with etched glass panels. Since you can choose practically any design you want, the etchings will make for a terrific intricate touch on the cabinets. These will help highlight your glassware and make for a more elegant appearance of your wine room as well.

If you’re not too keen on the glass panels though, you can always go for standard wooden cabinet panels. But you can still opt to spice things up a bit by going for Radiused Raised Panels or Matched Raised Panels instead. The curved silhouettes will add more depth and character to your cabinets even when you use unstained wood. Or, you can also make things more interesting design-wise with Hand-Carved Panel Cabinet Doors and Cabinet Door Wood Borders and Onlays. Again, you can choose to customize the designs to match the theme of your wine cellar decor. The wood carvings, borders and onlays will give your cabinets a three-dimensional appeal that’s both unique and classy.

Last but certainly not the least, you can also go for what’s known as a Mesh Panel Cabinet Door. It’s simple but highly functional since the mesh panels allows you to see the bottles inside for easier organization. And of course, it’s also a great safety feature since this type of cabinetry will keep your bottles secure while still being able to display your best labels acccordingly. And of course, if you’re the type who loves to light a cigar or two along with your glass of wine, adding a Cigar Humidor to your wine racking arrangement is a must. ^_^

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Custom Moldings

March 30th, 2016

Getting that flawless look to your wine racking assembly is certainly a goal worth aiming for. It’s especially the case if you’re undergoing a DIY project. And doing so doesn’t really require tons of experience. If you are sufficiently aware of what tools can get the results you want, then you’re pretty much set! More often than not, you’ll be surprised to learn that it’s the “little” details in a wine cellar project than can spell the difference between an “okay” result and a knockout one. Case in point: custom moldings.

Custom crown and base moldings

Professional silhouettes for your wine cellar

There are two main types of moldings that you’ll need to get acquainted with when you’re building your wine cellar. First is the crown molding and the second is the base molding. Crown moldings help blend in any gaps between your wine racking arrangement and the ceiling while base moldings perform the same function between your wine racks and the flooring. It is these moldings that will basically finish off a racking set-up by pulling together the racks and creating those beautiful finishing details for a custom wine room.

Now while these moldings usually come in standard designs that mesh with the wood materials of your racks, there are also those that are a bit fancier. We’re talking about Decorative Carved Moldings. This type of moldings can add detail and high relief to the interior trim of your wine cellar, thanks to the 3-dimensional architectural wood carvings. Apart from giving your racking arrangement a seamless look, it will definitely make it more eye-catching. It’s recommended to utilize crown moldings to attach decorated wood pieces to the top of wood wine racks that will meet the ceiling above it, helps to disguise any gaps between the racks and the ceiling. It also makes it look like a built-in product. The base moldings will do the opposite. They will also serve to hide base platforms that will elevate your wine racks off the floor.

Custom Moldings

So what about if you’re dealing with stubborn curves and corners in your wine room? Naturally, you’d want to go with curved corner racks to “smoothen” them out. But the racks alone won’t tie everything as flawlessly as you’d expect. This is where custom curved crown and base moldings are a must. Yup, you read right! Molding packages also come in “curved” options. They follow the profile of your racks and help your assembly span the corners of the room for a polished and professional look. Check out a few of these inspiring projects from our satisfied clients and star yours today!

Learn More About Your Wine Cellar Design Package

February 8th, 2016

Several of you may have already known (and even took advantage of!) our free wine cellar design services. But do you know exactly what’s included in our wine cellar design package? This year, we’ve taken the initiative to make our online Design Request page a lot more convenient and informative. Depending on the client’s needs, we’ve put together ALL of the design services we offer – from our Residential Kits, to our Custom Racks, and Commercial Racks.

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What you actually get!

So what do you actually get once you have submitted your initial wine cellar rack plans to our professional design consultants? Take note that in our new Design Request section, there’s also a short form that allows you to upload any files related to your project. Once that’s submitted, you’ll receive a complimentary 2-dimensional drawing of your wine cellar. And that’s not all! Your design will also feature a quoted price for the cellar, a plan view, key page, elevations of each wall, molding plan, and an optional ceiling plan if a raised panel ceiling is requested. Use the “Additional Comments” section if you’re utilizing the short form to indicate those options you want on your wine cellar project.

Now take note that this only covers the “design” aspect of the wine cellar. The package still offers more freebies which you should definitely be informed and take advantage of. These include:

  • Unlimited fax, phone, or email consultation
  • An initial design + 3 revisions (if required)
  • Quotation on all Custom Cellar Products
  • Quotation on Custom Installation
  • Wine Cellar construction guide
  • Wine Cellar Innovations Master Catalog (upon request)
  • Separate quote including cost for personalized selection of optional cellar amenities
  • All postage costs involved with the design of your custom wine cellar

But WCI’s helping hand doesn’t stop there. We’ve also put up some highly useful links on the request page to provide clients with quick details on the wine racking products they are contemplating on purchasing, as well as photo galleries and sample plans to draw inspiration from. These links will allow you to read our in-depth articles on wine racking comparison, watch the learning videos on wine rack assembly and installation, and check out past projects we’ve completed for happy and satisfied customers.

Last but certainly not the least, there’s always our online chat service if you need further assistance in filling up the forms. ^_^

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Vintage Wine Barrel Flooring

February 3rd, 2016

A wine cellar that can give you that feel of being right in the heart of wine country is definitely a goal worth working for. But if you’re worried that it’s going to cost you a small fortune in terms of outfitting your wine cellar with the most appropriate accents, we’re here to wipe those budget blues away. This week’s wine cellar inspirations is none other than WCI’s Vintage Wine Barrel Flooring – the custom hand-finished product that will give your cellar that authentic vintage charm you seek.

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Cooperage Vintage Wine Barrel Flooring – learn more about it!

So what exactly is this “vintage wine barrel flooring” we’re pitching? It’s actually “cooperage vintage wine barrel flooring.” Cooperage is the outside portion of a wine barrelhead. It bears the distinct markings of each barrel, thereby identifying the original contents. Our Cooperage flooring must be purchased in increments of  12 square feet with two (2) “Cooperage” stamps per every three (3) feet.

Going into further detail,  the flooring is made out 5/8″ thick engineered planks. This thickness includes an integrated plywood platform designed to improve dimensional stability and ease of installation. All the boards come pre-finished and sealed with a UV water base sealant. Note that each piece is very unique, with no two planks exactly alike. WCI is quite proud to reveal that each reclaimed wood component in this line is carefully inspected for quality, color, and structural integrity.

Gorgeous wine-stained colors

Now apart from the “Cooperage,” this custom flooring also features “Infusion”on material. Infusion basically refers to the inside pieces of the wine barrel material. So what you have are these aged barrels sporting the unique patina of the wine infused permanently into the wood. In the case of our tabletops which also carry the Vintage Wine Barrel option, they become dressed with a bold and beautiful burgundy color owing to the fact they have been stained by wine. It should be kept in mind, nonetheless, that these “infusion” pieces do not have the “cooperage” stamps on them.

So what about the installation aspect of the flooring? We recommend a sub-floor or a raised foundation as the best options. Essentially, the flooring may be glued, nailed, or floated over sub-floor surfaces. But if it is over concrete, you will need to install a vapor barrier and glue the flooring to the vapor barrier. We recommend Bostik’s Best Adhesive in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Chat with our design consultants and we can provide more detailed guidelines on the installation process.

All in all, the Vintage Wine Barrel flooring will surely bring about distinctive and timeless charm to your wine cellar. And take note – it’s eco-friendly, too! ^_^

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Custom Wine Cellar Art

January 27th, 2016

It actually doesn’t take much to give your wine cellars a fancier look. Oftentimes, it just takes one really unique and attractive piece of artwork to pull it all together. You can actually find such pieces in WCI’s extensive selection of wine cellar art. But what’s even better is the fact that here at WCI, practically everything you need for your wine cellar project can be customized. So while we have on-hand pieces for you to choose from, there’s no stopping you from having one fully customized to suit your artistic taste and the theme of your wine cellar.

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Artistic options to enjoy!

We have a healthy selection of wine cellar paintings and murals to make your wine cellar achieve that picture-perfect appeal. Our Classical Moments and Contemporary Moments collections are often used in archways or glass rack openings. But what a lot of potential customers (and even returning ones!) don’t know is that we also do Onsite Murals. If you want a specific piece of artwork painted directly on your wine cellar walls or ceilings, we have artists that will travel to paint murals worldwide. Naturally, there are additional costs to cover travel expenses for these jobs, but believe us when we say it’s all worth it. All you need to do is submit a design idea to receive a price quote.

But if you’re really not up to all that added expense, you can still have your custom artwork thanks to our Wallpaper Canvas option. Essentially, the wallpaper canvas can be installed by a professional wallpaper installer directly to your wine cellar wall. Check out this section of the website for more details on this feature.

Now your choices are not limited to just the appearance of the artwork. WCI also offers a variety of materials such as Mosaic Art, Tumbled Stone, Etched Mirrors, Stained Glass, and Hand-Painted Tiles. All of these can, of course, be utilized in your wine cellar archways, but there are also those that can be used on your tabletops, countertops, flooring, and windows. Take for example our exquisite Hand-Painted Tiles. These can also be used on your tables and floors to give your wine cellar a unique charm. Or you can go with our Stained Glass artworks and add a whimsical touch to your wine room.

Talk to an experienced WCI design consultant today and be artistically inspired!

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Custom Windows

January 20th, 2016

Hey there, wine cellar fans! It’s your weekly “inspiring” wine cellar blog post and guess what we’re featuring today? It’s all about custom wine cellar windows! We’ve noticed that there aren’t very many queries about our wine cellar windows compared to the other wine cellar accessories we carry. So it’s about time we showcase our selection of eye-popping custom windows that will certainly enhance the aesthetic value of any wine cellar project.

Intricate etched glass custom windows

Designs you’ll surely love…

You’d be surprised that we actually carry four major wine cellar window designs that can be further customized depending on the client’s preference.

Each style is notably distinct and can bring about a much-needed artistic touch to a standard wine cellar layout. The key features in all four styles are the high-quality lass materials utilized and the intricate etchings. As far as the glass is concerned, it’s basically the same material that our sturdy wine cellar glass doors are made of. We’re talking about etched, double-paned glass units consisting of two 3/16” thick tempered panes with a 3/16” air gap for a 9/16” total thickness. For custom glass etchings, these are usually sandblasted. The customer can request for just about any kind of etching design on the windows. The sandblasting technique allows us to reproduce practically any design on the panes, from family initials, family crests, vineyard scenes, and even original artwork.

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And that’s not all! There is also the “painted glass” option for the windows.  Here, the inner glass pane can be painted per customer specifications with artwork provided. That makes for even more customization choices. This is, again, the same method used in our custom doors. But if a door or sidelight has painted areas, it will be triple-paned with the painted piece of glass having paint on both sides and insulated between two plain pieces of glass. Of course, it should also be kept in mind that wood, stain and finish options, including lacquer, are also available for the wooden components of our wine cellar windows. That means you can even match your windows’ frames to that of your wine racks and other wine cellar furniture.

Talk with our design consultants today to know more about your custom window options and contact us for a quote as well! ^_^

 

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Custom Wine Cellar Moldings

January 6th, 2016

As promised, we’re bringing changes this 2016 to make your WCI experience a more pleasurable one. One of these changes is on our regular Wednesday blogs! Starting today, we’re going to be bringing you inspiring blogs focusing mostly on how to make your wine cellar projects achieve a more dramatic and aesthetically appealing look. WCI carries a pretty extensive selection of wine cellar decor and it’s about time you guys know more about these and what they can do for your wine cellar projects. So for our pilot Wine Cellar Inspirations episode, we’re going to be taking about custom wine cellar moldings.

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Why every wine cellar project needs them

We totally encourage (spell “insist” haha!) the use of custom moldings in any wine cellar project. These moldings finish of the racking assembly nicely by helping blend any gaps between the wine racks, the ceiling, and the flooring. It’s one of those seemingly “small” details that plays an essential role in wine cellar construction because it’s responsible for creating that seamless appearance of the racking arrangement. If you check out our custom projects, particularly our Technical Tuesday features, you’ll easily notice that occasions are quite rare wherein the wine cellars are not equipped with custom crown and base moldings.

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But what some clients, especially potential ones, may not know is that we carry an assortment of these custom moldings, including decorative pieces that can be further personalized depending on the client’s preferences. A quick look of this section of our Platinum Series collection will show you just how varied your options are. Plus, if you click on the Decorative Carved Moldings Collection, you’ll be met with even more designs that will surely give your racking assembly that welcome fancy touch.

Now if you’re looking into purchasing from our Gold or Silver Custom lines, you can still upgrade your molding packages to the Platinum one. Chat with our professional consultants who are always ready and willing to help prospective and veteran wine cellar owners with any and all wine cellar construction and design queries. We also recommend visiting our Decorative Molding Gallery where you can find 3-dimensional architectural wood carvings to help incorporate detail and high relief to the interior trim of your wine cellar, including your cabinets, shelves, and archways.

Thanks for checking out our very first Wine Cellar Inspirations feature and don’t forget that it’s going to be a date every Wednesday from now on! ^_^

Best Places To Put A Wine Glass Rack

December 7th, 2015

Your wine bottles are not the only ones that need to be properly stored. We should also take sufficient consideration as to how we keep our glassware, especially delicate wineglasses and other stemware. That’s why in most of our wine cellar projects featured on our Tech Tuesday episodes, you’ll witness that the racking arrangements come complete with glassware storage as well. And that brings us to the question: “What are the best places to put a wine glass rack in?” Let’s talk about this in detail!

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  1. Standard Archways are the “standard”

As far as glassware storage is concerned, we’d say that incorporating them in Standard Archways in one’s wine cellar is probably the most popular option. A hanging wine glass rack is pretty much the standard, not only because it showcases prized stemware to maximum advantage, but also because it’s highly convenient. A lot of our projects utilize the Standard Archway with Tabletop and Wine Glass Rack combo since it combines style and space-efficiency in one easy package.

Beautiful Peninsula Table with lots of glassware storage.

     2. Tasteful Tasting Centers

Another popular glassware storage option would be by utilizing Tasting Centers. Tasting Centers provide the perfect are to pop open your bottles, serve up your favorite taste treats, and other accessories for the night’s entertainment. That includes showcasing your best wineglasses and other stemware. The Peninsula Table is a very good example of this because it sports secure shelving below to neatly tuck away glassware while still allowing a great visual of the same.

Display shelves can store both wine bottles and glassware!

3. Dazzle up the Display Shelves

Having Display Shelves in your wine cellar such as the Quarter Round Wine Display Shelf is also another clever way to store and showcase your glassware all at the same time. Since Display Shelves are relatively spacious, your expensive stemware will be safely stored. Plus, you’ll find that they definitely amp up the aesthetic appeal of your wine cellar as well.

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   4. Wing it in Wine Lockers

If security is your top priority, nothing can do the job quite as well as Wine Lockers. Note that they’re not just a place to put your wine bottles in, but your choice glassware as well. There are different wine locker styles you can choose from as well, such as those with Glass Panel Doors, Mesh Panel Doors, or even highly customized ones such as Glass Panel Doors with Etching and Hand-Carved Panel Cabinet doors.

The bottom line in glassware storage is pretty much the same as with your wine bottles: safety first, but without compromising style. ^_^

We Make It Happen With Wine Cellar Design Ideas

November 25th, 2015

Building a wine cellar is really a creative process rather than a mere technical one. Sure, you basically put together a wine racking assembly and it’s no rocket science. However, that’s not all there is to it. With a wine cellar, no matter the size and shape of it, it’s not just all about “assembling” but also about “designing.” The aesthetic aspect of a wine cellar project matters and will always matter because your total satisfaction of the end results depends a lot on the visual outcome as well.

That being said, it’s our pleasure to share with you these wine cellar construction ideas that will make your project twice as fun to build. With the help of WCI’s varied selection of wine cellar accents, you’ll not only be putting together your wine racks but giving them the essential artistic touches as well.

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Let’s start off with some decorative wood trim. Now you’ve heard us point out more than once on this blog just how essential a role custom moldings play in a wine racking assembly. They help blend in any gaps between the wine racks, and the ceiling and flooring, giving your wine cellar a neat and finished look. But did you know that you can also play around with these moldings, design-wise? With some choice Decorative Moldings, you can actually add more detail and high relief to the interior trim of your wine cellar.  You can also do the same with other aspects of your wine cellar such as with wood paneling, wood onlays, wood grille covers, and more.

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Speaking of wood paneling, that brings us to another decorative element in your wine cellar project – your wine cellar cabinets. Spice up those standard storage cabinets with custom panel doors! A very popular choice would be the Raised Panel Cabinet Doors since they are simple and elegant. But if you want a little more flair, try a Glass Panel Cabinet Door with custom etchings. Glass etchings give off a delicate charm and will accentuate your display of glassware really well. You can also go for Hand-Carved Panel Cabinet Doors or those with Wood Borders and Onlays. Still, there are also those who’d prefer a rocking combo of form and function in which case, transforming your standard cabinets into a Cigar Humidor would certainly be a clever move.

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And now for the last designing a wine cellar tip: putting in custom wine cellar lighting! We cannot over-emphasize the importance of this design element. Custom lighting can highlight both your wine racks and bottles on display. With the right kind of wine cellar lighting, you can also create the most suitable mood for your wine room. For example, Recessed LED Downlights can spotlight your custom wine cellar ceiling while a linear LED Display lighting system will help accent your wine display racks and archways. On the other hand, if you have stained glass or other decorative applications in your wine cellar, Fluorescent Slimlites will illuminate these perfectly.

Talk to our design consultants today and let’s make these wine cellar design ideas and so much more happen to you and your wine cellar!

 

 

Most Popular Ways To Assemble Your Wine Racks

October 12th, 2015

Putting together wine racking products purchased here at WCI is not exactly rocket science. While things may indeed go a lot more smoothly if you’re an experienced builder, it doesn’t mean that a complete novice won’t be able to get the hang of things. It’s especially the case with our wine rack kits. We spent years developing wine racks that would address any and all kinds of storage needs and that includes ensuring that these racks can be assembled and installed with ease. Spell DIY!

Get acquainted with our three convenient assembly options!

Our Professional DIY Installation Kit

Newbies will be quite delighted to learn that there is actually more than just one way to put together a wine rack – in fact, there are three. Note that all these three assembly options can be utilized in all of our wine racking products, unless we indicated otherwise. We’ll take the Individual Bottle Columns from our wine rack kits as an example since they are unofficially the most in demand racking style for both residential and commercial wine cellar projects.

First off, it helps to keep in mind that our Individual Bottle Columns from all our kit series are equipped with spacer bars sent with a dado that snugly fits each column of the racking. This configuration enables faster assembly and makes for the sturdier composition of the racks.

Now the first assembly option is using a regular hammer and nails. This is probably the crudest method among the three although it can definitely be done on our wine racks. It’s highly recommended that you possess adequate experience handling a hammer with other more or less similar types of construction work before deciding on this method.

The second option is to screw the racks together. For this method, you will need to pre-drill and countersink the holes to ensure you do not split the material of your racks. You’ll also need to change your drill once you put in the screws. While this is a more advanced way of putting together your racks, there are still a few kinks that need to be ironed out. For example the pre-drilling requires you to be at least adequately experienced with similar type of construction work in your home, much like when you assemble other furniture like cabinets, cupboards, and so on.

The third and what we definitely consider as the most convenient assembly method is using a brad nailer or “nail gun.” With a brad nailer, you don’t need to do any additional prep work unlike the other two methods. The brad nailer lets you get the job done in fraction of the time nails or screws will take. More importantly, you can rest assured that your nails are attached securely which then translates to a properly built and durable wine rack. And here’s something pretty awesome: WCI actually offers a DIY Installation Kit that comes complete with a nail gun, compressor, and brad nails. Plus, if you make a wood wine racking purchase of $2000 or more, you get it 100% free!

Check out this learning video and get cracking on your DIY wine racking projects today!

We Make It Happen With Fall-Inspired Wine Cellar Decor

September 30th, 2015

Who cannot fall in love with Fall? It’s one of our favorite seasons because it is actually the symbol of “harvest” or the season of “plenty.” The arrival of autumn has been celebrated for centuries, from ancient Egyptian times, to the present, with harvest festivals. These festivals are usually held at the end of the growing season. People throughout the ages have commemorated the hard work involved and the abundance of foods available: pumpkins, corn, squash, beans, wheat, grapes, apples and nuts, during this season of plenty.  In other literary accounts, the season is also associated with the “wine harvest.” That’s why Autumn is now dubbed in modern times as the “wine season.”

Dress those wine cellars up for Fall!

So in welcoming what is perhaps the best time of the year for appreciating good wine (and food!), we bring you guys some wonderful wine cellar decor selections to dress those cellars up. With these choice accents and accessories, your wine cellars will become even more cozy and attractive.
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First up is of course, our extensive collection of custom wine cellar art. Our gorgeous wine paintings and murals with mostly wine and vineyard themes will be the perfect addition to your cellar to give it that real autumn flavor. There are several categories to choose from, depending on the kind of material you prefer so check these sections out in the website:

Next is our wood and stain finish options. With these custom stains and finishes, you can dress up your racks in the bolder, more luxurious fall colors such as Classic Mahogany, Dark Walnut, Midnight Black, and more. You’ll also be pleased to learn that the stains and finishes we provide here at WCI are all water-based. That means they contain way less toxic substances such as VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds), can dry at a faster rate, and provide low to zero risk in terms of health and fire hazards.

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We also carry a pretty healthy collection of decorative wood trimmings to add detail and high relief to the wood working in your wine cellar. With our wine and vineyard-themed 3-dimensional architectural wood carvings, your wine racking assembly will really exude that autumn flavor to match your wines. Here are some of the categories you can explore:

Welcome the Season of Plenty and whip up those wine cellars into shape by getting in touch with a WCI design consultant now! ^_^

We Make It Happen With Our Gold Series Custom Racks

August 5th, 2015

The Gold Series custom wine racks has been making the rounds in a lot of our custom wine cellar projects since last month. While it’s part of our custom line, it has become a very popular alternative to the more elite Platinum Series for a variety of reasons. Thanks to the Gold Series, creating elegant and luxurious looking wine cellars can happen at a cost that is a lot friendlier to the budget, particularly for first-time builders.

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A quick skimming of the features of the Gold Series collection will reveal to us that these are racks that offer a terrific variety of racking styles. The racks also focus on the economical use of 1×2 open construction which define just how space-efficient they are. As far as variety is concerned, this particular project we’re featuring built for a client in Fulton, GA has covered all the bases. This 1652-bottle wine room is a unique mix of Individual Bottle Columns with High Reveals, Open Diamond Bins, Rectangular Bin Bottles, Adjustable Shelf Cabinets and full pull out shelves and drawer hardware:

Adjustable Shelf CabinetsNow one of the things we really love about this wine room is the unique domed ceiling design which adds so much character to the entire racking assembly. This is yet another impressive feature of the Gold Series since it allows one’s creativity to really just come through thanks to the array of wine cellar accessories and accents. From raised panel ceilings to murals, floorings, entryways, and more, you will find yourself enjoying putting together a wine cellar that fits both your bottle storage needs and personal style.

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We’re quite aware that researching your new custom wine cellar can be overwhelming, particularly if you’re a complete newbie. So to make things easier, we have also incorporated some valuable tools in the website to help you organize all of your favorite things about our products and services. All you need to do is sign up for a My Projects Folder, then all throughout our site when you see something you like, you can bookmark it or in the alternative, save it to your My Projects folder for future reference. You can then choose to share it with us when you are ready for a design. So go ahead make those wine cellar goals happen today! ^_^

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Exploring Wine Cellar Ceiling Styles

July 13th, 2015

We’ve been focusing a lot on the significance of custom wine cellar accents and accessories on the blog in the last few weeks or so. It’s great to see more and more clients exploring the various ways these custom accents and accessories can spice up their wine racking arrangements.

In particular, we’ve been featuring more projects sporting gorgeous custom ceilings. But what a lot of you guys may still not be aware of is the fact that WCI has still so much more to offer as far as this custom element is concerned. So today, we’ll be featuring our entire ceiling gallery with all the available options clients can have for their design pleasure.

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Wine Cellar Ceilings

First up is our Etched Lightbox Ceiling. This beautiful ornate lightbox ceiling is constructed from durable All-Heart Redwood and quality glass that can be etched with our own standard design or with the image the client wishes to be reproduced. The ceiling is usually painted a plain white color to set the proper backdrop for the reflecting lights and fluorescent slimites are used to set off the detailed etchings.

Raised Panel Ceiling

Raised Panel Wine Cellar Ceiling

Raised Panel Ceilings are one of the more popular ceiling designs because they really open up a wine room and give it a more spacious and airy feel. The square or rectangular panels in the ceiling are simple enough so as not to overpower any other accents in the wine cellar but superbly crafted to exude the right amount of elegance. Check out the complete specs for this design here, particularly for those with curved corner racking. Curved raised panels can also be customized in such cases.

Tongue and Groove Paneling

Tongue and Groove Paneling for your Ceiling

You guys have probably come across this ceiling design in more than just a few of our Technical Tuesday episodes. It’s quite an in-demand style because it’s straightforward, clean, and provides the perfect covering for the ceiling of any wine cellar. The natural color variation from white to red of Premium Redwood offers a pleasant contrast to the consistent color of All-Heart Redwood wine racks. Now here’s a helpful style tip: add a twist to your paneled ceiling by using wood case ends to create a decorative and unique soffit! There’s also another version of this design -the Tongue and Groove Radius Ceiling which is perfect for curved or arched ceiling constructions.

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Coffered Wine Cellar Ceiling

Coffered Ceilings are super classy and will work well with wine cellars that love to display wine cellar art pieces, particularly stained glass elements. The ceilings are divided into “boxes” which are illuminated by strategically installed recessed lighting.

Need more information on our ceiling designs? Visit this section of the website today and don’t forget to take advantage of our free design consultation services. ^_^

We Make It Happen With Custom Cabinetry And Hardware

June 10th, 2015

“Accentuating” your wine cellars is actually one of the keys to giving it a totally unique look. Think of it along the lines of customizing a dress, a bag, or even a pair of shoes to make it truly yours. For example, you take just a basic little black dress, sew a few accents here and there like beads and voila – it becomes YOUR little black dress.

Now did you know that kind of “customizing” can be done to your wine cellars as well? By putting in some unique details, your wine cellar will gain a truly memorable appearance. And WCI can make that happen – with our custom cabinetry and hardware!

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Custom cabinetry will add that right amount of flair to your wine racking assembly while conveniently providing you with extra storage space for stuff other than your bottles. Your glassware, corkscrews, decanters, serving platters, coasters and other accessories also need to be properly stored. You wouldn’t want to place these too far away from your wine bottles or just cram them together with your regular kitchenware and utensils.

WCI offers a great selection of handsomely crafted cabinetry that can let you put away your wine accessories in a secure and convenient fashion. But even better, they add these charming decorative touches that can really make your wine racking assembly stand out. From simple raised panel designs to more intricate glass panels with etchings and hand-carved panels, WCI gives you more choices to dress up those wine cellars.

And keep in mind, there are even more options for you when you click this section of the website! We’re pretty sure you’ll also be interested in accentuating those cabinets with these custom cabinet hardware and drawer pulls. There are lots of gorgeous, intricate designs to choose from and they are all covered by our Return and Cancellation policy with the exception of the Handmade Pewter Grape Knobs and/or any knobs that were stained.

Contact us for a quote today and start “dressing up” those wine cellars in your signature style! ^_^

Work It Your Way With Winemaker Series Wine Racks

June 8th, 2015

Creativity is never hampered by mundane things such as a tight budget, lack of space, and so on. Like that very old but very true saying, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” As far as wine cellar projects are concerned, we’ve been witnesses to just how limitless a person’s creativity can be, particularly with the DIY arrangements our clients have been coming up with.

Of course, we HAVE to take credit for the fact that we do provide our clients with the right kinds of racking products and materials to work with. These elements are, needless to say, indispensable in any wine cellar project. And among our products, perhaps the ones that have really kept those creative juices freely flowing are our wine rack kits. Flexible, space-efficient, and affordable, these kits have allowed customers to explore so many different and exciting ways to put together unique racking assemblies in their homes.

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Today, we’re showcasing yet another living proof of the versatility of our wine rack kits and how they really help inspire creativity in our wine loving clientele. Check out this beautiful glass-enclosed wine closet decked out in our Individual Bottle Columns from the Winemaker Series.

Note that even at a glance, you can see that space is a bit tight for a full-blown racking assembly. But thanks to the shallow-depth racks from the Winemaker collection, that’s not even an issue at all. This elegant wine closet can store several dozen bottles quite comfortably and at the same time, display them in eye-catching fashion.

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But wine racking set-up aside, what else catches your eye in this particular project? It should be pretty obvious, don’t you agree? If you’re thinking the same thing as we do, then you’re right on the money – it’s the uber unique flooring. Our client Paul worked out the flooring all by himself using these wine bottle corks. We think it’s a totally fantastic way of adding a fancy touch to his wine closet. It just goes to show that you can come up with impressive design concepts for your wine cellar no matter its size.

Browse our extensive photo galleries today for more inspirations, including custom wine cellar creations by our talented team of wine cellar designers and builders. Work it your way with Winemaker, our other wine rack kit series, custom collections, and wine cellar accessories! ^_^

In Home Living And Your Wine Cellars

June 1st, 2015

There’s one basic truth everyone needs to know about residential wine cellar projects – they are always POSSIBLE. That’s right! No matter the size of your home, you can still create a cozy and unique storage space for your bottles. WCI has a plethora of wine racking products and accessories to help you achieve this. We’ve also compiled several “in-home living” concepts courtesy of clients who have put together some pretty awesome racking assemblies:

Small wine racks & wine rack kits are the key!

The trick to finding “enough space” in your homes for a wine racking project is to utilize racks that are flexible to work into compact and/or uneven corners. Our selection of small wine racks can definitely provide the right answers to these space issues. Take for example our Curvy Cubes. These attractive racking units are quite popular in both residential and commercial projects because of their ergonomic design that allows for easy mixing and matching.

Our Mini-Stack Series is another highly recommended option. The best part about he Mini-Stacks is that they ship fully assembled. That means all you need to do is fill the racks up with those bottles! And of course, the compact size combined with a variety of storage options, including for glassware can let you come up with really unique racking profiles for your home.

The “small wine racks” notwithstanding, you can also choose to go with our ever versatile wine rack kits. With Vintner, Designer, Winemaker, and the Traditional Series at your beck and call, we’ve got that home wine cellar project completely covered. From the sample shots sent in by clients who have finished their own DIY assemblies, you’ll notice that they’ve made good use of seemingly “useless” areas in their homes. With the addition of just one or two racking units like an Individual Bottle Column or Open Diamond Bin, you can have for yourself a pretty authentic wine storage.

Now here’s the icing on top of the cake – we’ve also got professional design consultants who can recommend the most suitable products for your in-home living projects. They’re just an e-mail or chat away and keep in mind that our initial design consultation is 100% free.  So come on and start building your wine cellars today! It doesn’t take much – effort and budget-wise. Put your trust in WCI because as always, 100% customer satisfaction is what we’re here for! ^_^

We Make It Happen With Custom Wine Cellar Design (Part II)

February 5th, 2014

It’s time for We Make It Happen Wednesday! Can you guys still recall what we shared to your in the first half of this three-part series? A professional home interior designer asked for our help with a wine cellar project he was undertaking for his client. He posed three essential questions concerning the wine cellar construction process which we tackled in loving detail. The first query focused on the basics one needed to take into account when designing a wine cellar project, especially if he’s a newbie. We’ve summed up those key points in the previous episode in case you guys missed out.

So today, we’re going to be talking about the second query: “What are the essential equipment/products that need to be purchased?” There are a few indispensable articles required to ensure that the ideal wine storage conditions are maintained in the cellar. This is particularly the case if you’re building in a spot in your home that is not humid and cool enough. That being said, the very first thing you’ll have to budget for is the right wine cellar cooling system. Keep in mind that you have to install a unit that will be able to keep the temperature range at 55-58 degrees and at 55-75% relative humidity. Otherwise, the fluctuations in these conditions will be very detrimental to the aging process of your bottles.

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There is a wide range of wine cooling systems to choose from depending on factors such as the location of your cellar, the size, and bottle capacity. Some units are ductless while others are ducted and have to be installed outside the cellar. But in order to determine what type would be most suitable for your wine cellar, heat loads have to be calculated to see if your cellar meets the desired specifications. This is where the assistance of a qualified HVAC technician is required, particularly for installation of split refrigeration systems such as Winezone units. Here at WCI, we actually offer free BTU analysis which would definitely be a HUGE factor in helping you decide on the right system to purchase.

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Now the second thing you’ll need account for would be the expenses for the insulation and vapor barrier. Never scrimp on these two because they are critical to maintaining proper storage conditions. There are two common methods for wine cellar insulation and vapor barriers: spray foam or 6 mil vapor barrier and fiberglass batts. Spray foam the more expensive option. Nonetheless, it will prevent the possibility of a puncture mark in your vapor barrier such as when someone will insert screws, run wire, install plumbing, and the like into or through the wall from outside the wine cellar.

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Last but definitely not the least, you’ll have to consider the type of materials you’ll be using for your walls, floors, and ceilings. This is the tricky aspect of construction because for sure, style and design will play a great part in your decision as well. But worry not! Our highly experienced design consultants are just a chat or an e-mail away from helping you fulfill your wine cellar construction goals. This isn’t We Make It Happen Wednesday for nothing! So get in touch with us today and don’t forget to catch the last part of this series next week. ^_^

We Make It Happen With Custom Wine Cellar Design (Part I)

January 22nd, 2014

Helping people out with their wine cellar and wine storage concerns is what we enjoy doing the most here at WCI. So imagine our delight when we got a chance to help out a professional home interior designer who encountered a few bumps with a wine cellar project for his client. And of course, it’s our job to “make it happen” for you guys, so let’s hop on to it!

There were a couple of really important questions raised by the potential client concerning the whole wine cellar construction process:

  1. What are the basics one needs to know and put in mind when designing his very first wine cellar project?
  2. What are the essential equipment/products that need to be purchased?
  3. What does WCI recommend from its product catalogue?

We’ll be tackling the first query in this three-part episode just because there is quite a number of factors that have to be carefully considered. Also, we want to provide you guys with all the necessary and helpful information possible so as to make your wine cellar projects a fun and hassle-free one.

Now as far as the basics of wine cellar construction is concerned, the first thing to consider is the location of the same. While a wine cellar can actually be constructed in almost any section of the home nowadays, selecting the best location still comes highly recommended. That’s because you won’t need to do a lot of extra work (and incur extra expenses as well!) to maintain the right storage conditions for your bottles. Here are the things to factor in when choosing your wine cellar’s location:

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  • Choose the most humid and coolest place in your home when possible.

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  • Keep in mind that the ideal temperature range is 55-58 degrees and 55-75% relative humidity.

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  • Proper insulation is indispensable – this involves installing the vapor barrier, studs, and soffits.

We actually have a special section in our website titled How To Build A Wine Cellar which can give anyone a full, step-by-step guide on how to properly insulate a new construction, construct the vapor barrier, install the flooring and ceiling, and all that. There is a downloadable PDF file as well, along with a very useful Installation Questions and Answers section. All are provided FOR FREE, together with our custom wine cellar consultation services which you can check out here.

So the next question is, what if you can’t find a humid and cool enough location in your home? We say, no problemo! Catch the next episode of We Make It Happen Wednesdays next week because here at WCI, our goal is to make all your wine cellar goals HAPPEN! ^_^

How To Decorate Your Wine Cellars For Halloween

October 16th, 2013

When October rolls around, it’s pretty easy to guess what everyone would be looking forward to this month. Halloween! Bring on the spooks because it will truly be a “spooktacular” affair. It’s also time to get those wine cellars ready with some fun and spooky décor that will surely make your tasting parties during the fright night twice as memorable. Allow us to toss a few ideas your way ^_^.

1. Miniature pumpkins and apple gourds in your glassware!

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Here’s a very cute and eye-catching décor that will definitely let everyone know that you’re into the Halloween spirit. Walmart, Costco, and other general grocery shops sell these miniature pumpkins, apple gourds, and other veggies which are all properly preserved especially for this occasion. Arrange them in glass bowls, fancy wineglasses, champagne flutes, or even your ice buckets and place them in strategic locations in your wine cellar, like your Quarter Round Display Shelves.

2. Play Dracula or Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with your empty bottles!

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Gather empty wine bottles and turn them into containers for potions, blood, and all those gory stuff that adorn your favorite horror flicks. Stick creepy labels like Toadspawn Juice or Python’s blood and set these up in your wine tasting table. Or for added fun, you can line them up with your unopened wine bottles and play Russian Roulette with your guests. Remove all labels and just put juice or soda pop in your spooky bottle. Being scared out of your wits hasn’t been this much fun!

3. Put up some witch’s accessories in your wine cellar!

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A mock cauldron is a totally awesome idea. If you have a display island or an archway with tabletop, this would be the perfect place to put it. You can use it as a container for your special Halloween punch, spiked with your favorite wine. Black and white paper doilies shaped like witch’s claws and bats can be another addition to your spooky décor. Another one would be fake cat’s eyes that are also being sold in local novelty shops. They make for very attractive décor, particularly with the lighting dimmed to suit the mood in your cellars.

Just keep in mind that the whole purpose of your décor is to create the right atmosphere for a Halloween party. In other words, keep things in moderation and don’t let the décor overwhelm other important elements, like the wine and food that you’ll be serving. We’d love to see how you guys toasted to fright night, so share with us your Halloween pics on Twitter and Facebook on the 31st. Good luck and have a “spooktacular” time! ^_^