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Technical Tuesday Episode #365: Vintner Sophistication In Dark Walnut

January 16th, 2018

How much are you willing to spend to have a sophisticated looking wine cellar? If numbers alarm you, then we’re here to assure you that it’s not that bad. On the contrary, owning a sophisticated looking wine cellar is surprisingly affordable. That’s because you can do it with wine rack “kits.” That’s right, wine cellar fans! Since here at WCI, you have both custom and kit options to choose from, you can realize your wine cellar goals within your budget. Our client from Strongsville, OH just did and check out their completed wine room:

Project # 300021
Wood: Vintner / Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 1206
Where: Strongsville, OH

Sophisticated Vintner racking

If this doesn’t classify as a sophistication for a wine cellar, we don’t know what does. The photos of this latest Tech Tuesday project have really wow’ed us. We’re quite sure you guys would agree with us when we say that the racking assembly exudes a luxurious appeal. But did you know that this entire assembly was put together just using kits? Vintner has done it again! With the help of the extensive racking styles from our Vintner Series, our design team was able to pull this beauty off:

Versatile individual and bulk storage racking styles

Here are some terrific shots of the wine racks. There is obviously so much variety in bottle storage, with the combination of individual and bulk bottle units. Our team utilized the stackable Individual Bottle Columns which are available 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, and 9-feet configurations. They mixed and matched these with some Open Diamond Bins with Face Trim and Rectangular Bins. Crown, base, and center trim moldings were incorporated to give the arrangement a clean, finished look. Last but certainly not the least, the racks were done in Dark Walnut Stain. This stain option is a fantastic choice since it brought out the golden brown colors of the wood. The racks are all crafted from Premium Redwood which is usually a shade or two lighter than All-Heart Redwood. But with the Dark Walnut Stain, the deep golden brown hues are more prominent, giving this wine room a truly sophisticated look:

Dark Walnut Stain option

Note that before you select your stain and finish option for your wine cellar project, you can actually have a visual of how it will look like. Our Interactive Wood Swatch Viewer will allow you see how different wood types will look with various stains and finishes, including Lacquer. You will also notice that some wood types retain stains and finishes better compared to others. Premium Redwood, as used in this project, is a terrific example. Chat with our design consultants today and start building your own sophisticated wine cellar within budget! *Cheers*

Technical Tuesday Episode #364: Seamless, Classy Racking In Dark Walnut

January 9th, 2018

How do you feel about darker colored wine racks? Are you a fan of those or are you the white cabinet/furniture type? We’re actually a fan of both! But for today’s Tech Tuesday showcase, we are leaning towards the “dark side” – but definitely in a good way:

Project # 301115
Wood: Custom / Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 1208
Where: Durham, NC

Beautiful Archway in Dark Walnut stain
This wonderfully spacious wine room is a sight for sore eyes. The layout is clean and elegant and the racking assembly is quite flawless. There is tons of bottle storage space for both individual and  bulk bottle storage. As far as form and function are concerned, this wine cellar gets full marks on both. This is the advantage of working with custom racking. You are able to maximize the designated space while creating the look you really want for your project.

Speaking of “looks,” this wine cellar went for the classic appeal thanks to the dark-stained racking units. In particular, these are Premium Redwood wine racks dressed up in Dark Walnut stain. Dark Walnut is one of our highly popular stain options because of its ability to give the racks a very elegant look. As you can see, the darker colored racking arrangement exudes a luxurious air and does so in an effortless manner:
Dark Walnut Stain on entire racking
As we mentioned earlier, the racks are all crafted from Premium Redwood. Premium Redwood is one of the top choices for custom wine cellar projects because of it’s versatility. Not only is the wood durable and resilient but it’s also very adaptable to stains and finishes. The grain patterns of the wood become more defined with bolder colored stains, just like the one used here. That’s why the Dark Walnut shade really brought out the beauty of the wood wine racks.

Now while were on the topic of dark-colored stains and finishes, note that here at WCI, we carry a healthy selection of them. Our Midnight Black Stain, for example, will make your racks take an even more prominent appearance.

For our finishes, you might want to check out the Dark Weathered Finish. The wood undergoes the same process as Dusty Weathered Finish  but a darker, more solid color, of topcoat is applied. This results in deeper hues as well as a more dramatic effecton your wine racks. Take a leisurely visual tour of our photo galleries and check out more of our completed projects using Dark Walnut and other dark stains and finishes. They are certainly “elegance” with a capital E. *Cheers*

Technical Tuesday Episode #363: Rustic Goodness In Midnight Black Stain

January 2nd, 2018

Happy New Year, Tech Tuesday buddies! We hope everyone had a terrific holiday season. We’ve had our share of fun and much needed R&R so now it’s time to get back into the grind – but the good kind. We’re actually pretty hyped to get this awesome year going and we’re kicking it off with this beautiful rustic-themed wine cellar project:

Project # 258204
Wood: Custom / Vintner / Rustic Pine
Bottle Capacity: 491
Where: Dublin, OH

Stunning entryway
This entryway really catches your eye, don’t you agree? It makes the wine room seem larger and more spacious than it actually is. This is one of the advantages of going for double-door entryways. They create the illusion of wide-open space and ample bottle storage capacity. You’d be surprised to learn that this is just an entry-level sized project with less than 500-bottle storage capacity.
Rustic Pine in Midnight Black stain
Let’s check out the racking arrangement. It’s a gorgeous, rustic-themed wine cellar that utilizes a lot of Individual Bottle Columns and Curved Corner units. The wood option is, of course, Rustic Pine. This is the one that’s responsible for the attractive old-country vibe this wine cellar is sporting. Rustic Pine is an inherently knotty grade of wood that gives wine racks a rustic architectural appearance. Apart from being resilient and durable, it also works well with stains and finishes. In particular, the beautiful grain patterns of the wood become more prominent with dark-colored stains and finishes. That’s why in this project, WCI’s design team opted for a bold Midnight Black Stain. The bolder hues really make those racking units stand out:
Beautiful Curved Corner Racks
Here’s a fantastic shot of the racks up-close. This assembly is actually a combination of our Vintner Series wine rack kits and some custom pieces. They certainly created a wonderful fit for the wine room. You can see that the assembly flows smoothly sans any awkward gaps and crevices. This is the benefit from working with wine racking combos. You get to produce so many unique looks for your wine cellar but at a more affordable price point. Take note that Vintner is from our “kits” series. The kits were developed specifically to provide cheaper racking options but with custom amenities such as beveled rails and eased edges:

The rustic goodness was definitely captured in this wine cellar project. It exudes class and the quality of the racks are top-notch. The design is quite simple but elegant. On a 5-star scale, how would you rate this project? Share your thoughts with us! *Cheers*

Technical Tuesday Episode #363: Elegance Remastered With Custom Wine Racking

December 19th, 2017

And we’re finally down to the last Tech Tuesday of 2017! It has been a super productive year and we can’t wait to show you guys what we have in store for the New Year. So let’s check out this last, but certainly not the least, wine cellar project:

Project # 300762
Wood: Custom/ Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 887
Where: Wyckoff, NJ

This stunning custom wine room is certainly a sight for sore eyes. The racking units were carefully crafted to create the perfect fit for the room’s layout. This is the huge advantage that you get when you are working with custom products at WCI. Just recently, we enhanced our custom wine cellar products and services by dedicating a full section in the website for them. The much simpler navigation will allow you to select all the elements for your project from scratch.

Taking this Tech Tuesday feature as an example, the first step is to locate a WCI design consultant in your area. Our design professionals will then help you bring to life your ideal wine cellar. You can either request a design or submit one to us and receive a complimentary 2-dimensional drawing of your wine cellar. Our team will then walk you through the next steps, such as choosing your racking styles, wood, stain and finish options, and other accessories. Keep in mind that the initial consultation is 100% free!

Moving on to today’s project, here you can see that our design team came up with a very versatile arrangement for the client. The focal point is the Curved Archway with fixed shelves underneath. Then you can see the rest of the assembly branching out from there in a seamless fashion. There’s tons of bottle storage space, thanks to the combination of the Individual Bottle Columns with Display Rows, Open Diamond Bins with Solid Face Trim, and capped off with beautiful Quarter Round Shelves. Apart from the racks, the crown and base moldings were also customized to help blend in whatever awkward gaps there may be between the walls, ceilings, and floors.

Unstained Premium Redwood wine racks

For this project, the client chose to go with unstained Premium Redwood wine racks. As we mentioned earlier, you can have so many stain and finish options when you’re working with custom wine racks. That includes our newest additions like the Whitewash and Opaque White finishes, as well as our Blended Stains. You can also choose to add in Lacquer for gleaming and sophisticated look to your racking. Indeed, it’s elegance remastered with custom racking and all other custom options here at WCI. *Cheers*