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Mixing Traditional And Modern Styles In Your Wine Cellar

July 15th, 2019

Who says you can’t have the best of both worlds in your wine cellar project? With the array of choices  offered here at WCI, this is 101% possible! If you’ve always wanted modern styles but still with some traditional touches, we can definitely get you that. The first thing you need to do is to get fully acquainted with the right wine racking products and accessories.

Mixing modern and traditional styles

Explore your racking options

Your wine racking assembly constitutes the largest part of your wine cellar. So this is a big point of consideration when you’re trying to mix it up for your wine cellar theme. Wooden wine racks offer that traditional feel that most people want. But in the recent years, there has been a slow but steady shift towards more contemporary themes. That’s why WCI started to introduce racking products that can reflect both styles. One of these is our Steel Rod & Wood series. This series combines wood and steel elements. The elegant stainless steel rods married to the beautiful Grand Mahogany wood exude a modern vibe with traditional touches.

Another great example is our Cable Racking System.  This racking system made out of stainless steel is perfect for high humidity environments. You don’t have to worry about the units rusting out. Strong cables are attached to wood panels above and below for strong security for your wine. The wood panels can be created in a variety of woods, stains and lacquer. You can even go with a uniquely created blended stain to go with the theme of your home. Our Vintner Series has embraced this racking system and now offers “kit” versions of the same. Check out the cable racking options at Vintner’s affordable price point here.

Explore your accents and decor options

The trimmings on your wine cellar project will also have a significant role to play in achieving a successful modern x traditional mix. You can transform a simple layout into something more edgy by adding the right accessories. Glass panels are a good example. Glass-enclosed projects are inherently elegant. But adding accents like some black metal trim will change the look considerably. Incorporating pops of color is another great concept. Nothing screams “modern” more than vibrant pops of color. A contemporary wine cellar art piece displayed in your archway is one way to do it. You can also try putting in bright lighting elements. Experiment with colored LED lighting accessories, just like what several of our clients did. ^_^

 

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Creating Eco-Friendly Wine Cellars

May 1st, 2019

Earth Day may have passed, but that doesn’t mean we should stop the “green” campaign. In fact, we should be doing it every day and in all aspects of everyday living. And yes, we definitely can do this with our wine cellars as well! WCI has been a long-standing advocate of creating eco-friendly wine cellars. That’s why we’ve been developing our products to embrace this cause. If you haven’t joined the green movement yet, it’s about time you should. WCI will help you out with these eco-friendly choices:

Cork flooring and tabletops

Cork flooring and tabletops

For those of you who are not familiar with this, cork is a natural and durable material that is highly recommended for wine cellar projects. This material is harvested with minimal impact on the environment. Cork is a rapidly renewable resource and perfect for wine cellar flooring and/or tabletops. Here at WCI we carry several cork flooring options. We have the Cork Traditional Wide Flooring in four different styles. We also have the Cork Deco Narrow Plank Flooring with six unique designs. As for the tabletops, we also carry three style choices: Cuero, Pedras, and Roca. Our Cork material in general features the JointShield moisture protection system and Microban. It is also fire resistant and thermally and acoustically insulated.

We are formaldehyde-free!

Formaldehyde-free wood products

Most of you might not be aware of this, but WCI wood products are all formaldehyde-free. Formaldehyde is quite a popular element in construction materials, including building wine cellars. But in a research conducted by the IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer) in California, formaldehyde has been found to be “carcinogenic to humans” or contains “cancer-inducing elements.”  Our cabinet-grade plywood for wine cellar and furniture purposes comes with the Timber Products CARB Certificate. This covers our wood products like Mahogany, Walnut, and Red Oak, among other varieties. This means the plywood we use in our business meets the California standards  for formaldehyde. That includes the federal standards emphasized in the “Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act.”

We are SFI-certified!

SFI-Certified Redwood products

Here at WCI, our Redwood racks and other furniture are purchased under SFI guidelines. When wood products are SFI-certified, this means they have been harvested in an environmentally sound manner. By purchasing SFI-certified Redwood, you are contributing to the protection of the environment. Plus, Redwood is one of the top wood options for custom wine cellars. It has been proven to age gracefully, just like your wine bottles. ^_^

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Casual And Cozy Feel To Your Wine Cellar

April 10th, 2019

Do you want your wine cellar to also be a spot for hanging out with family and friends? Like having a pre-dinner drink or two in an informal, low-key gathering? Or just having a place to chill and chat during a slow weekend. In that case, your wine cellar needs to have a welcoming ambiance. We’re talking about that casual and cozy feel that will really ease your guests into great convos. If that’s the atmosphere you’re aiming for, here are some concepts to try out:

Consider a wine tasting station

Consider putting a wine tasting station…

A tasting area in your wine cellar will make for a terrific spot to gather and talk. If you have a generous amount of space, also consider putting in a peninsula. You can combine this with Wine Bottle Waterfall racking units. Then, you can add some bar stools, just like in your kitchen island. But if you have a more compact space to work with, a tasting table will work. Check out our Wine Barrel Table as well as 108-Bottle Tasting Table from our Vintner Series. For medium-sized wine cellars, we recommend putting in a countertop. This can serve multiple purposes. You can use it as a prep station, a wet bar, as well as a place to serve some yummy tidbits.

Set a warm and inviting mood with lighting accents…

The right lighting accessories can really change the mood of your wine cellar. If you’re going for a warm and inviting atmosphere, low profile IC Can Downlights or recessed LED Downlights can give you that. They are eco-friendly and will help highlight your wine collection as well. If you have some stained glass or other similar decorative applications, then try some fluorescent slimlites. They will enhance the stained glass artwork and make the colors really pop. That will help set a happy and welcoming tone that your guests will love.

Set the mood with lighting accents

Choose muted and/or earthy palettes…

Since you want a casual and cozy aura, it’s best to stuck to muted or earthy shades in your wine cellar. For example, you can go for unstained wine racks or staining them with lighter colors. Our picks are our Light Danish Stain and Classic Mahogany Stain options. But we also recommend trying out the Whitewash and Opaque Stain. The “white” finish will give your wine cellar that warm, cottage-like feel. You can also go for the Gray Wash Stain which combines traditional and modern touches. ^_^

Wine Cellar Inspiration: Some Of Our Favorite Wood X Stain Combos

March 20th, 2019

We’ve always emphasized on the significant role stains and finishes play on a wine cellar project. They can certainly help you achieve the them you want. Moreover, they can help refresh the look of an existing wine cellar. You don’t even have to do a complete renovation. Naturally, they also increase the aesthetic appeal of a wine room. So today, we’re going to be sharing some of our favorite wood and stain combos. There are plenty of styles to choose from, but in our books, these stand out the most:

All-Heart Redwood x Whitewash Stain

All-Heart Redwood x Whitewash Stain

All-Heart Redwood is one of the most popular wood choices for custom wine cellar projects. Unstained, this beautiful wood ranges in color from pink to reddish-brown. However, it is usually cinnamon in color. Now the Whitewash stain is one of our newer selections and gives a whitish cast to the wood. It is a versatile stain that complements the clean, open themes of modern decor. The effect is that of the seaside appeal of old New England. This wood and stain combo adds a gorgeous definitive texture to the wood. The beautiful grain pattern of All-Heart Redwood is emphasized wonderfully.

Rustic Pine x Midnight Black Stain

Rustic Pine x Midnight Black Stain

Rustic Pine is one of our absolute favorite wood options. In its unstained state, it comes with varying degrees of small, medium, or large knots. It sports a pale yellow, varying from deep yellow to reddish-brown. One of its outstanding features is its affordability and ability to retain stains and finishes really well. But with darker stains, the wood exudes a bold and modern vibe. And Midnight Black Stain does the job with a dramatic flourish! The jet-black stain is a dramatic departure from traditional woodworking finishes. Wine racks and furniture look absolutely stunning with this combo. Now if you want to increase the elegance factor, we also recommend adding a coat of lacquer to the wood.

Grand Mahogany x Light Danish Stain

Grand Mahogany x Light Danish Stain

Grand Mahogany is a superior hardwood that is extremely attractive even when unstained. With it’s uniform color, it has a few slight variations that go from medium to pale pink. The hardwood has a moderately coarse grain pattern. We totally love dressing up Grand Mahogany racks in Light Danish Stain. In contrast with racks stained with Midnight Black Stain, this gives off a warm and soft ambiance. Light Danish Stain exudes a golden hue which accentuates the tones and grains of all woods. This combo is best for those who want a clean and uncomplicated style for their wine cellar.

Wine Cellar Inspirations: “Luxurious” Looking Wine Cellars For Less

March 13th, 2019

Can you build a luxurious looking wine cellar without having to stretch that budget thin? The answer is a definite yes! When you have enough information on your options, you can get what you want for less. Here are some very useful tips on how to narrow down those choices. Your final picks will be those that can boost your wine cellar’s aesthetic appeal at a price you can afford:

Study your wood options!

Study the various wood options for your racks

Obviously, your wine racks will take center stage in the wine cellar, next to your collection. Since they will be on of the major focal points, they have to stand out. By standing out, we do not mean that they have to be flashy. On the contrary, your racks should exude quality and style to amplify the elegance factor. That’s why it’s necessary to choose the right wood option. Just because a certain type of wood costs more doesn’t mean you have to go for it. There will be other more reasonable alternatives. In fact, wood options for your racking units are very flexible. Naturally, you’ll have to learn the features of these wood types so you can compare and contrast them. For example, Rustic Pine is a more affordable wood option than Grand Mahogany. But Rustic Pine racks can look super luxurious, especially when stained with certain stains and finishes.

Throw in some glass and metal elements!

Throw in some glass and metal elements

Nothing says classy better than glass. That’s why glass panels, windows, and doors are a very common presence in both residential and commercial construction projects. Glass is a material that accentuates the natural beauty of other materials. Metal is a prime example of this. You can never go wrong with a glass x metal combo. Incorporating this into your wine cellar will really elevate its elegant aura. You can see this in a lot of our Tech Tuesday features. Metal wine racks are usually framed by glass panels in a stunning glass-enclosed storage.

Experiment with black metal trim!

Experiment with glass and black metal trim accents

This goes to show just how versatile a material glass is. You can also try experimenting with it for your wine cellar accents. This time, mix it up with black metal trim for a modern yet sophisticated look. For example, instead of the standard French Doors, use black metal to edge out these doors into small windows. Your wine cellar entryways will look more dramatic with the black metal trim. You can do the same with a transom or with a door with sidelights. ^_^

Wine Cellar Innovations: Putting A Vintage Flair On Your Wine Cellar

March 6th, 2019

No, you don’t need to undergo an expensive reno to give your wine cellar a different theme. There are ways to achieve a whole new look without dipping into your retirement savings. We’re going to talk about that today! More specifically, we’re going to show you guys how to put a vintage flair on your wine cellar. The vintage vibe is super popular and is a great way to give a standard wine room more character.

Change up your wine cellar flooring!

Change up your wine cellar flooring…

The principle is actually a lot similar to renovating a house. If you don’t want to spend a fortune, then just change up a certain section that will have a significant style impact. The flooring is certainly one of these sections. Notice how a lot of home renos start with the flooring. It’s pretty much the same with a wine cellar. You just have to be a little more meticulous with your choice of materials. Your flooring has to help out with maintaining the ideal storage conditions of the wine cellar. That way, you get to save on overall cost, especially with your wine refrigeration system. So we recommend going for our Vintage Wine Barrel flooring for that perfect vintage touch! It’s made from reclaimed wood components from wine barrels. Your flooring will be a unique work of art, with no two planks exactly alike.

Give your racks and furniture a brand-new finish…

Never underestimate the power of newly stained and/or finished wine racks! It’s like dressing them up in brand new clothing to give your wine cellar a totally fresh look. Since we’re going the vintage route, there are specific finishes that can achieve this for us. One of our favorites is the Dusty Weathered Finish. This will make your wood achieve a timeworn look. This works particularly well with pine, redwood and oak. If you want a solid, darker color to your wood, then try the Dark Weathered Finish. Another wonderful option would be the Distressed Finish. The wood is strategically gouged, dented and scratch to give it the character of an old used pieces of furniture. The result is something very classic, very “antique” and reminiscent of “old-country.”

Add or replace tabletops/countertops!

Add or replace your wine cellar tabletops/countertops…

If you don’t have a tabletop/countertop, then it’s time to add one. You can create a nice tasting or prep station in your wine cellar. It will also be a terrific spot to showcase your beautiful stemware. WCI also carries the Vintage Wine Barrel option for our tabletops and countertops. They will make for the perfect pairing with your Vintage Wine Barrel flooring. But you can also go for full length wood tabletops. Select from our stock wood options, as well as select hardwoods from our non-stock wood inventory. ^_^

Key Points To A Successful Home Wine Cellar Transformation

March 4th, 2019

A home wine cellar project can either be a hit or a miss. It’s especially the case with a DIY one. If you’re experienced enough, then things should proceed at a smoother pace. But if you’re a total newbie, then you might want to equip yourself with the essentials before plunging in. Otherwise, you would be spending your good money without getting the results you want. But fear not! A home wine cellar transformation is not rocket science. By knowing some of the key points during the planning stages, you can definitely make it a success:

A "before" shot of the client's wine cellar project

Here we have some great before-and-after snapshots of a client’s home wine cellar project. We will use these to go over the important details that you should properly take into consideration before getting started. Let’s start with the designated space in your home. Obviously, you would have already chosen the area in your home where the wine cellar will be built. You can actually do it anywhere – the basement, the garage, the kitchen, the dining area, or even the living room. If space is tight, you also have alternatives such as a closet or under stairwell transformation. You can also make use of an unused broom or coat closet. However, there is one key point you should never forget. You should be able to create the right environment for your wine bottles in your wine cellar. That being said, a wine cellar should be placed in the coolest and most humid place in your home. This is the ideal scenario. The closer you are to the 55°-58° F temperature and 55-75% humidity that your wine will need, the smaller size cooling unit you will need. This means that the overall maintenance cost will be much lower.The completed wine cellar with double displays

Now that your space is all prepped, the next task would be to choose materials for your flooring and ceiling. Our client went for contrasting wooden elements that worked very well with the racks and furniture. A coffered style ceiling is accented by beautiful lighting fixtures. It made the cellar look a lot more open. This is another important thing to keep in mind. Your flooring and ceiling design should work to make your wine cellar look more spacious. It’s especially so if you have a compact space. Also, don’t forget that the flooring helps with maintaining ideal wine storage conditions. So choose the right type of materials such as wood, cork, or tile. Once the structure is complete, you can have fun assembling your wine racks. Check out the unique double displays that our client chose for theirs! ^_^

“My wine cellar turned out beautifully!”

~Kevin B.~

Wine Cellar Inspirations: How To Add A Twist To A Traditional Wine Cellar

February 27th, 2019

We are all for traditional wine cellars. You can’t go wrong if take the classic route with any design. But we also love mixing it up, especially when you can make a wine cellar really stand out. So adding a twist to the traditional theme is definitely the way to go. Here are some concepts to try out to add that twist to your wine cellar project:

Traditional wine storage with a twist!

Add some pops of color to your wine room…

Nothing sets a happy vibe better than some lively pops of color. A traditional wine cellar is the perfect canvass for it. For example, throw in some metal racking with bright solid colors with your wood wine racks. We recommend our STACT Aluminum Wine Racks. The panels come in ten beautiful finishes. Some examples are walnut, white oak, zebra wood, and gunmetal grey. But go for broke and try out the eccentric electric orange or bright citrus green for a totally eye-catching effect. Another terrific concept would be to add bright, colorful LED lighting accessories. This will work particularly well with glass-enclosed wine storage. Your wine cellar will have a modern feel to it, despite the traditional style.

Incorporate black metal trim!

Incorporate black metal trim accents…

In a recent blog, we talked about how black metal trim can bring a lot of character to any wine cellar design. Just imagine how those standard glass walls will look like with the added trim. It is definitely a gorgeous statement of separation and transparency. The black metal trim will bring about a slightly industrial touch to an otherwise purely traditional wine room. Plus, the durable metal framing will add more emphasis to the clearness of the glass. Peering into the cellar will be an even more exciting experience!

Gray Wash stain on racks

Try a “floating” look for your wine bottles…

Your traditional wine cellar will most likely sport the cork-forward bottle storage system. Of course, there’s certainly nothing wrong with that. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be improved on. So here’s what we suggest: create a “floating” look for some of your wine bottles. You can achieve this in a number of ways. One would be by utilizing “floating” platforms, such as the ones in our Modern Wine Cellar Series. The metal supports wood installed within platforms, ranging from the ceiling to the floor. This gives the appearance of wine bottles being suspended in air. But our favorite is the Contemporary Cable Wine Racking System. It is incredibly sophisticated and space-efficient. Try this with Acrylic Wine Racks for a transparent look that is absolutely stunning! ^_^

 

 

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Giving Your Wine Cellar A Rustic Appeal

February 20th, 2019

The old country charm is a heavy favorite with custom wine cellar projects. Lots of our clients make requests to recreate this kind of ambiance. And it’s not just for residential wine cellars. A good number of our commercial projects also seek this kind of theme. So we’ve put together some useful tips to help you guys ace this one. Here’s how you can give your wine cellar that sought-after rustic appeal:

Create a modern, rustic space

Creating your modern, rustic space…

One of favorite things to do is combining traditional and modern style concepts. You may have noticed this, particularly from our Tech Tuesdays. We’ve done several projects with a modern rustic flavor. The key to achieving this look is actually quite simple. Stick to an open floor plan, modern furniture, and preserved and exposed natural architectural elements. The color scheme should also be as basic as possible, sticking to solid hues. Modern rustic exudes informal elegance which sets the benchmark for contemporary yet comfortable style.

Seek the right mix for your wood, stains and finishes!

Seeking the right mix for wood and stain/finish combo…

With a wine cellar, the marriage between your wood and stain or finish option is essential in achieving a rustic appeal. Rustic Pine is one of the top wood choices because it can bring about that natural, rustic architectural appearance. Even unstained, this wood will deliver that countryside look you’re going for. But it is particularly suited for weather finishes. Here, the intergrain matter is stripped down to approximate the appearance of wood that has been aged outside for decades. Also, when lacquer is added, the grain patterns become even more enhanced. But that’s not to say that you should limit yourself to this wood option. There are others that can also bring about that old country atmosphere. Redwood is definitely one of them. Knotty Alder is another. Our Swatch Simulator is a very handy tool on our website to help clients find the right match. Check it out and see how different woods work with our selection of stains and finishes.

Select the right wine cellar decor

Adding your wine cellar decor…

Naturally, you’ll have to complete your wine cellar design with some decorative accents. If you’re going that rustic vibe, emphasis should be made on nature-inspired textures. One good example would be to incorporate stone elements into your wine cellar. Warm and earthy colors should also be utilized, especially if you’re planning to pain your walls or ceilings. Re-purposed materials are also encouraged. An example of this would be re-purposing vintage wine barrels or crates. Not only will the decor look attractive, but they are also eco-friendly. ^_^

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Fancy But Affordable Add-Ons To Your Wine Cellar

February 6th, 2019

Feel like it’s time to refresh the look of your wine cellar? Well, you don’t need to spend a fortune on an all-out reno – especially if you don’t really need one. If you have a functional wine cellar, all it needs are some fancy but affordable add-ons. These will give more character and a fresh vibe to your wine cellar:

Tabletop or floor fountain

Invest in a tabletop or floor fountain

This is probably one of our favorite add-ons. Tabletop or floor fountains are quite underrated. They are absolutely attractive and reasonably priced. They can spice up the look of your wine cellar and are terrific conversation pieces. But that’s not all! A tabletop or floor fountain is also very functional. It helps maintain ideal wine storage conditions, particularly the humidity levels in your wine cellar. WCI has an assortment of these beautifully designed fountains. You can even upgrade some of them with an upgraded humidistat package at a packaged price.

108 Bottle Wine Tasting Table

Splurge on a wine tasting table

A wine tasting table doesn’t take up much space but has a lot to offer. For one, it can serve both as a tasting and prep area. For another, it can be a nice place to sit down and chill in your wine room. Throw in two or more chairs and you can carry on wine conversations with close friends all night long. There are lots of different tasting table designs to choose from. You can even have yours customized to your liking. One of our personal favorites is the 108 Bottle Tasting Table available with our Designer Series. It even allows for additional bottle storage below the table. You can customize the wood, stain and finish options to match the existing theme of your wine cellar. But if you prefer something more decorative, check out our Wine Barrel Table. These aged wine barrels have been used many times by wine makers. You can even have the glass tabletop etched for an upcharge!

Custom cabinetry

Change up or throw in some custom wood cabinetry

Custom wood cabinetry is wonderful both for storage and decoration. It’s the perfect spot for storing glassware, corkscrews, decanters, and other accessories. There are so many creative ways you can do this. For example, you can choose cabinets with a clear glass panel, hard carved doors, or mesh panels. If the budget will allow, you can also opt for 3-dimensional, architectural hand-carved wood panels. ^_^

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Designing A Minimalist Wine Cellar

January 30th, 2019

We’ve been witnessing a notable increase in minimalist wine cellar designs over the last few years. That only goes to show that more people are preferring a contemporary design. So if you’re also a fan of this style, we’ve got some great tips for you. Here’s how you go about designing a minimalist wine cellar:

Steel and Rod Series

Stick to clean, simple and solid lines…

One of the biggest appeals of a minimalist style is that it’s simple but can put out a statement. When you translate it to a wine cellar project, it boils down to the racking assembly. Think of wine racks with clean and solid lines that can neatly wrap around stubborn corners. They should not appear cramped or cluttered. This is why metal wine racks are more preferable. But you can also do a wood and metal combo, like with WCI’s Steel and Rod Wine Cellar Series. The trick here is to make your wine cellar appear spacious – regardless of the size. Sharp but seamless transitions between racks is key.

Minimalist design for racking assembly

Focus on structure and color in your design…

The structure of your racking assembly will define whether or not it exudes a minimalist appeal. A racking arrangement that is busy with lots of accents here and there won’t cut it. For example, if you’re using wood moldings or panels, stick to a plain and solid design. Decorative applications should be avoided or used sparsely. Also, it’s recommended to utilize more glass elements. You can mix it up with the wooden materials to create structure with more character. As for colors, subtle shades are best. You can combine them with bold pops of color, like deep reds, oranges, blues, and so on. But be careful that the colorful elements do not overpower your wine racking design. Most of the time, these pops of color are incorporated into the lighting accessories. This makes it easier to make them just accentuate your wine racks.

Whitewashed racks

Carefully consider your racking styles…

As this is a minimalist wine cellar, you have to carefully consider your racking styles. It is recommended not to have too much variety to maintain simple and clean lines. A good example wood be a cable wine racking system. All the bottles are stored individually in a cork-forward manner. Concave and convex racking systems are also a unique way to accomplish this. While the racking flow sports a curvy silhouette, the straightforward design spells “minimalist.” We recommend acrylic material for this, such as with our popular Acrylic Cube Series.

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Designing A Contemporary Wine Cellar

January 16th, 2019

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again (and again!) – contemporary wine cellars are the way to go. Last year was a particularly eventful one. We’ve featured a good number of wine cellar projects embracing a modern theme. Plus, we also launched several racking products geared towards creating modern, high-end looks. It will be no surprise that the trend will continue to rise from here. So if you’re one of those planning your wine cellar construction this year, read on! We put together some concepts on designing your contemporary wine cellar.

Wine racks in a unique layout

Choose wine racks with unique finishes…

Obviously, one of the focal points of your wine cellar will be your wine racks. In order to bring out an authentic modern vibe, the kind of finish for your racks will seal the deal. Wood wine racks are pretty much the standard fare. Some woods look lovely even when unstained. But they do not exude a contemporary appeal. With the help of stains and finishes, you can make this happen. Deep and dark shades, such as Midnight Black Stain, are a popular option. One example is black and granite with glass walls. This spells sleek and is the very definition of modern.  Also consider a clean, Whitewash stain option. Whitewash is a versatile finish that works well with open themes of modern decor.

Whitewash Stain on racks

Consider materials other than just wood…

Most people gravitate towards wood racking units. But for a contemporary wine cellar, other materials should be considered. Metal is definitely among them. We recommend trying out aluminum for this purpose. WCI carries  Aluminum Bottle Supports with Finished Panels that are perfect for the job. The finished panels give the supports a nice, sleek, and definitely modern touch. Glass is another material that should be on the list. Glass can give off both traditional and contemporary vibes, depending on how you use it. Pairing it with metal wine racks is one of the top choices. However, you can combine it with other elements, like acrylic, stone, and mirrors. And speaking of acrylic, this is another material worth trying out. It has the transparency of glass and the modern appeal of metal.

Cable racking system spells "modern"

Go for a minimalist design and layout…

A contemporary style is often characterized by stark lines, neutral elements, and bold colors. It focuses mostly on the basics of line, shape and form. Each element should work together and create balance. Nothing should stand out too much or overpower other elements. In a wine cellar, this translates to straightforward racking arrangements. Seamless transitions from the racks to the floor and/or ceiling are in order. The space should be utilized in such a way that it doesn’t appear cramped or busy. ^_^

Custom Wine Cellar With All The Bells And Whistles

January 7th, 2019

It’s a brand new year and definitely the best time for a fresh start. With us, that translates to staring your wine cellar projects from scratch. If you’re determined to achieve your wine cellar goals for 2019, then we’re sure that today’s blog will help you lots. This custom wine cellar has all the bells and whistles and should be the perfect inspiration:

Vintage Wine Barrel tabletops

The snaps of this completed wine room really dazzled us. From the racking assembly down to the accents and other details, it was just a dream. The usual two or three photos were not enough to do the project justice. So we decided to capture all the beautiful features of the wine room to share with you wine cellar fans. Let’s take the visual tour, starting with the luxuriously designed racking units. This is obviously a custom project, designed to accommodate all the whims of the client. So apart from bottle storage, custom cabinets were also created to host glassware and other accessories. These were further augmented by a Vintage Wine Barrel tabletop with adjustable shelves at the bottom. The shelves allowed for convenient case storage. You will notice from the first photo above that a half-height Quarter Round Shelf capped off the tabletop nicely. This gave the client even more room to display other knick-knacks:

Custom glass storage

Now check out the wine cellar door below. It’s just our standard full glass door, but accentuated with delicate glass etchings. Note that here at WCI, we offer a bevy of decorative applications for wine cellar entryways. We have lots of pre-made designs to choose from. But if you want something totally custom, we can definitely do that for you as well. Here you can see that apart from the cellar door, the accent wall mirror was also customized with painted grape clusters:

Etched glass door and painted glass mirror

Below are gorgeous shots of the racking assembly. This wine cellar also features a built-in Cigar Humidor. It’s a great addition to have, especially if you’re into collecting cigars or tobacco. WCI usually makes the humidor to the client’s specifications. The cabinet is kept to a certain degree of humidity, keeping your cigars in peak condition. Keep in mind that your wine cellar is already kept at a certain temperature and humidity level. The addition of a custom cigar humidor will help keep all of your investments safe and sound. Also, take a closer look at what’s above the humidor, slightly obscured by the intricate chandelier. It’s actually a WineZone Ductless Split wine refrigeration system! The Wood Grille Covers were also crafted from unstained All-Heart Redwood to match the racks:

Custom Cigar Humidor

Here are some more snaps of the other angles of this wine room. That wine cellar art in the archway is definitely a statement piece, don’t you think? The racking assembly also sports a full height Quarter Round Shelf, Open Diamond Bins with Solid Face Trim, and a metal bar up top for the Red Oak Rolling ladder. This wine cellar certainly set the bar high and we’ve barely begun our 2019 journey. So don’t forget to bookmark our blog and expect more amazing things to come! *Cheers*

Wine cellar artwork

Archway with Open Diamond Cubes below

 

Wine Cellar Inspirations: “Must-Haves” For Your Custom Wine Cellar

January 2nd, 2019

Happy 2019, wine cellar fans! We have this super good feeling that this year will be very memorable for wine cellar projects. So if you’re planning to embark on one this year, we say go for it. And if you’re taking the custom route, here are some of the must-haves you should be eyeing:

Custom wine cellar art

A standout piece of wine cellar art…

If you must invest in something “extra” for your wine cellar, a choice piece of wine cellar art is the way to go. Even just one artwork can make a lasting impression. Our favorite are custom hand-painted paintings and murals. They can make your wine cellar look picture-perfect and bring gorgeous pops of color. But there are other materials you can try out, too. Mosaic Art is one very unique medium often used in archways or glass rack openings. Tumbled Stone is another beautiful material worth trying out. And one of our favorites is Stained Glass which can really enhance the ambiance of any wine cellar.

Custom cigar humidor

A custom crafted built-in Cigar Humidor…

It’s not much of a surprise that a lot of wine collectors are cigar collectors as well. If you’re on of them, then a built-in cigar humidor is a must-have addition to your wine cellar project. This customized cabinet is especially for holding your cigars, cigarettes, or pipe tobacco. Note that unlike standard cabinets, this one needs to maintain a certain degree of humidity to keep cigars in perfect condition. A custom wine cellar is usually built to maintain a certain temperature and humidity level. Pairing it with the cigar humidor is a smart way of ensuring your investments are kept safe.

Custom wine cellar door

A stunning, customized wine cellar door…

We’ve always maintained that wine cellar entryways should be carefully considered in a wine cellar project. It’s should even be more so with a custom construction. A beautifully designed door can do wonders, both in terms of function and aesthetic. This is why here at WCI, we have such a wide range of wine cellar door styles to choose from. From wood to glass to metal – we try our best to work with materials that will make your wine cellar door stand out. There are plenty of customization options to boot. These include wood, stain and finish options for wood doors; etched and painted glass for glass doors; and intricate designs for wrought iron gates. ^_^

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Our Best Wine Cellar Designs For 2018 (Part 3)

December 26th, 2018

We’re down to our last installment for our best wine cellar designs for 2018! If you missed the first two parts, check them out here and here and let us know what you think. Now moving on, let’s begin the countdown for our last batch of wine cellar projects. These are the designs that round off our list:

Clear Alder Racks with Dark Weathered Stain

This was a custom project completed for a client in Powell’s Point NC. It’s a fairly large wine room, with a bottle capacity of over 2300. That alone is impressive, don’t you think? But the way the racking styles were mixed and matched is pretty amazing as well. These are all custom wine racks, carefully planned to accommodate the sharp and irregular corners of the designated space. See how the units fit perfectly. This built-in look for irregular spaces is always best achieved with custom racking products. Our favorite feature though, is the timeworn appearance of the wine racks. To achieve this aged look, a Dark Weathered finish was chosen. And instead of the standard wood options such as Redwood or Pine, the client chose Clear Alder.

Glenville Wine Cellars Debuts Steel & Wood Series

We launched our newest addition to the modern wine cellar series late this year: the Steel & Wood Series. We were fortunate enough to have our client Glenville Wine Cellars send us photos of their completed project. They wanted a clean and minimalist design for their wine storage. But they also wanted the wine cellar to retain some traditional touches. The Steel Rod and Wood Wine Cellar Series provided for the perfect solution to this design request. The racking units in this series combine wood and steel elements. The stainless steel rods are the epitome of understated elegance. Paired with the wood frames, the racking assembly still exudes a traditional appeal.

Modern Melange of Space and Style

This modern melange of space and style was designed for a client in Panama. The clean layout features our Modern Wine Cellar series, as well as our Vino Pins. As you can see from the photos, the Modern Wine Cellar racks were installed at the very center. This makes them a focal point of this wine cellar. The wooden platforms are done in Midnight Black Stain, complementing the Anodized Black finish on the Vino Pins. It’s definitely one of the best features of these modern racking units. They are fully customizable to suit your style or existing decor. With the flexible configurations of the racks, you also have options in storing your bottles. You can store them in the standard cork-forward manner. You can also opt for a label-forward storage. Whatever you choose, your bottles will look like they’re floating on air!

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Our Best Wine Cellar Designs For 2018 (Part 2)

December 19th, 2018

It’s Wine Wednesday, wine cellar fans! But for us, it’s also Wine Cellar Wednesday. We’re back with part 2 of our best wine cellar designs countdown for 2018. These beautiful creations were real standouts this year. That’s why they deserve a second shot at the spotlight. Check them out and let us know which one gets your vote:

Dusty Weathered Finish Racks

The Charm of Dusty Weathered Finish Racks

This project is certainly eye-catching. The racking arrangement was tastefully designed to be both space-efficient and stylish. The wine cellar can host just under a thousand bottles in a variety of storage options. We especially liked the use of the custom island with the Mini Quarter Round Shelf Cabinet in the center of the room. Moreover, so as not to waste the bottle storage potential of the room, wine rack pegs were utilized. These are our Vino Pins from our Vintage View Series. But the outstanding element in this project is the stain and finish option used on the racks. Notice that wooden racks exude a rustic appeal laced with a contemporary charm. This is all thanks to the Dusty Weathered Finish applied on the racks. This finish option will give your wood a classic timeworn appearance that is very attractive.

Bold statements with Dark Walnut

Clean Lines & Bold Statements with Dark Walnut

This racking assembly with its clean lines and bold statements is an attention-grabber. The attractive features of this project rest on its racking arrangement and style. We love how the simple and clean lines of the racks make them come together in a seamless layout. Plus, thanks to the custom crown and base moldings, there are no awkward gaps between the racks and the flooring and ceiling. The racks are done up in Dark Walnut Stain to compensate for the pretty straightforward layout. The golden-brown stain option increases the natural colors of the wood. The end result is usually darker and bolder shades on the wood which is just stunning.

The Modern Wine Cellar Series

Our Modern Wine Cellar Series Take The Stage

2018 is definitely the year for modern-themed wine cellars. This project is one our best ones showcasing that contemporary charm. The unique racking style and vibrant lighting accessories really give it that modern vibe. When wine bottles are stored in these racks, they will give those bottles an ethereal, “floating” appearance. Notice how the units are installed within platforms in a floor-to-ceiling layout. The metal supports the wood components which is responsible for bringing a beautiful “floating” illusion.

We have one more batch to go before we end 2018 with a big bang – so don’t miss out! ^_^

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Our Best Wine Cellar Designs For 2018 (Part I)

December 12th, 2018

Alright, wine cellar buddies! We have barely a little over two weeks before we say adieu to 2018. It has been a truly fantastic year, especially for wine cellar projects. So before the year officially comes to a close, we’re doing one more fun thing. We’re going to be counting down our best wine cellar designs for the year! Since there are so many, we’re going to be delivering them in three parts. Let’s check out the first batch and see which is your fave:

The perfect compact glass-enclosed cellar

The Perfect Compact Glass-Enclosed Cellar

First up is this entry from our February Tech Tuesday archives. 2018 was a year for a fairly good amount of compact wine cellar projects. We loved how even smaller residences have taken to creating proper wine storage for their collection. This project, in particular, was a standout. It’s a glass-enclosed cellar in Naples, Florida. Naples is one of the wealthiest cities in the country. Obviously, real estate is pricey as well. This is a custom-built project utilizing unstained Premium Redwood wine racking units. You can see from the photos how it looks wonderfully built-in. It’s tucked perfectly into that lone corner by the wall, making it a focal point of the home. It certainly is one of the major selling points of this property.

Premium Redwood with Blended Stain option

Premium Redwood Racks With Blended Stain Option

Next up is this magnificent wine room from our March archives. It features our blended stain option – a product that deserves more love. We’re pretty happy that our stains and options have risen in popularity this year. In this project, almost everything is a custom job. The wine racks were fully customized to accommodate the circular layout of the room. Instead of the usual flowing assembly, you’ll notice that this one has the units spread out in a detached fashion. The racks are then dressed up with blended stain to achieve the desired shade. With the Blended Stain option, WCI is able to offer clients a a 90/10, 80/20, 70/30, 60/40 or 50/50 ratio of our stock stains.

Exploring the beauty of unstained Premium Redwood

Exposing The Beauty Of Unstained Premium Redwood

Of course, while stains and finishes can make your racks gorgeous, there’s nothing wrong with unstained ones. In fact, this project exposed the true beauty of Premium Redwood in its unstained state. This beautiful, medium-sized wine cellar was completed for a client in Carmel, IN. It can house approximately just under 1600 bottles in a variety of storage options. It has everything: Individual Bottle Columns, Open Diamond Cubes, and Quarter Round Shelves. To add more character, the Wine Bottle Waterfall racks were also incorporated.

And Part I ends here! Which is your top pick from this batch? Let us know in the comments below and stay tuned next week for Part 2. ^_^

The Top WCI Manufacturing Details To Be Acquainted With

November 26th, 2018

How well do you know WCI’s wine cellar products? What are the attributes of our racks and other accessories that make us unique? Whether you’re a long-time patron or first-time client, there are manufacturing details you must get acquainted with. Some of these details are usually overlooked. But they are some of the major reasons that set WCI part from the rest:

Top quality wine racks

Of rails, eased edges, and front posts…

Firstly, let’s talk about the WCI racking units. In general, the wine racks we manufacture are equipped with beveled rails with eased edges. Before, this feature could only be seen with our custom units. But through the years, we have also gradually incorporated them into our “kits.” Our Vintner and Designer Series are examples of these. The beveled front edge provides an aesthetic benefit. It helps create that seamless appearance to any racking assembly. On the other hand, the rails with eased edges have a functional benefit. The eased edge is to ensure that when you are inserting a bottle into the rack that the label does not tear. To date, only our WineMaker and Traditional Series from our kits lack this feature. Nonetheless, they sport smooth, square-cut rails and eased edge front posts.

Of CNC machined spacer bars…

Secondly, let’s talk about the spacer bars. If you’re not an old hand in the wine cellar construction scene, it’s quite easy to miss out on this. The spacer bar is the piece that runs across the entire width of your rack. This piece is dadoed (notched) at various centerlines to provide the proper spacing for your racking. A well-manufactured spacer bar holds the key to a polished and professional looking wine cellar. Take note that WCI spacer bars are machined to include the radius of the post material. This ensures a seamless fit to your racking assembly.

Of water-based stains and finishes…

Thirdly, let’s also give some love to WCI’s water-based stain and finish options. Yes, we have blogged about this particular feature quite a number of times. But this is a manufacturing detail really worth emphasizing. Water-based stains and finishes are beneficial both for the people and the environment. They have little to almost no VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) which can be very toxic. Oil-based stains and finishes contain six times the amount of VOCs. Moreover, they are fire hazards and difficult to clean up. In contrast, the water-based products present no such dangers and can be cleaned with just soap and water. You don’t need to use paint thinner or other solvents.

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Accessories To Help Organize Your Wine Cellar

October 31st, 2018

Happy Hallo-wine! That’s the way the pumpkin rolls for us wine lovers, don’t you agree? That’s why we prefer the treats instead of the tricks. But today, we’re going to show you a few simple tricks to help organize your wine cellar. These accessories are easy on the budget but can really do a lot for your collection – especially for commercial wine establishments. Check them out:

Commercial Display Rack Price Tags

Commercial Display Rack Price Tags

This accessory was created to work with commercial wine displays, particularly the Island Display Racks and Wine Merchandisers. The Commercial Display Rack Price Tags are largely requested by many retailers. That’s why we now have specially designed rack labels that fit perfectly in our commercial display price tracks. A great feature of the price tags is that each label has three sections. These three sections hold essential information for grading, describing and pricing your wine. That makes for more convenient classification of one’s wine merchandise.
Island Sign Caddy with Cardboard Insert
Island Sign Caddy with Cardboard Insert
Wine sales and promotions are pretty much the main focus of any wine store. Any proprietor would be keen on picking up the most effective methods of selling the merchandise. This is why the Commercial Island Wine Display Sign Caddy will definitely be a useful item. The sign caddy is a quick and easy way for wine stores to keep the focus where it belongs- on special wines and promotions. The wood frame is available in two styles: glass or cardboard inserts. You will just create an 8.5″ x 11″ sign on your choice of paper and insert it into the Sign Caddy. Just take note that it is designed in landscape layout. Then you can easily switch the signs to accommodate new sales and promotions. Here’s the best part! The Sign Caddy comes in four different woods and stains are also available for certain wood types. Moreover, you can even go custom with your wood choices. Custom wood is available for those seeking a unique look or desiring a perfect match for their store’s existing wine racks.
Wine Bottle Tags
Wine Bottle Tags
Here’s an accessory that is a must for any type of wine cellar. If you have a pretty sizeable collection in your home, these Wine Bottle Tags will be a lifesaver. They provide an excellent method for organizing and identifying your fine wines. The Wine Bottle Tags are made from Mylar and include a permanent marker to label the wines. To make it even more accommodating, a set of bottle tags includes 50 Red wine markers and 50 White wine markers. ^_^

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Alternatives To A Formal Wine Cellar

October 17th, 2018

All of us love wine, but for sure, not all of us are keen on building a formal wine cellar. The reasons are also quite different. Some don’t have the budget for it. Others are not ready for  the responsibilities that come with the wine cellar construction process. There are also those who do not have the luxury of time to spend on a formal wine cellar project. These reasons shouldn’t stop one from creating the proper storage for one’s collection. There are other alternatives to a formal wine cellar – let’s explore them!

No need for formal wine rooms!

Try out a Wine Tasting Center!

One of the most practical alternatives to a formal wine room is a wine tasting center. It can be assembled anywhere in your home and won’t take up a lot of space. Since there are so many designs to choose from, you also get a good variety of bottle storage styles. Moreover, it’s a lot easier on the budget. The compact nature of a wine tasting center makes it super easy to maintain as well. And don’t forget this: you can easily expand it to a bigger racking arrangement. If you feel like switching to a formal wine room in the future, your tasting center will be a terrific starting point.

Try a wine tasting center!

Explore Modular Wine Storage packages!

Nowadays, wine racking “packages” are becoming more and more popular. They cater mostly to clients living in smaller residential units, such as apartments and condos. They are also the perfect fit for an urban lifestyle. Here at WCI, we actually launched this type of racking product a couple of years ago. It was aptly named the Urban Living Series. It consists of modular wine storage packages, with functional and elite options to boot. The packages combine WIC’s wine rack “kits” with some custom units to fit clients’ storage needs at an affordable price point.

Go for custom refrigerated wine cabinets!

Invest in Refrigerated Wine Cabinets!

Wine cabinets are not an entirely new concept. But custom refrigerated wine cabinets are a totally different thing. Instead of just a standard wine cabinet, you can now have one completely customized. That includes selecting the wine cooling unit that can properly maintain bottle storage conditions for your collection. If you’re not into overhauling or adding an entire room to store your wines, you will love this alternative. A wine cabinet is compact yet spacious and can be built to match any space in your home. It’s especially so with the updated Wine Sentinel Cabinet line here at WCI! ^_^

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Terms To Learn In Wine Cellar Construction

October 3rd, 2018

Embarking on your very first wine cellar project? Then there are terms that you will encounter that might not make a lot of sense. So it’s definitely a good idea to enrich your wine cellar construction vocabulary. Here some terms that you need to get acquainted with. They will shed a lot of light on the construction process. The added knowledge will let you arrive at the best decisions concerning your wine cellar.

Build your wine cellar the right way!

Studs and Soffits

Studs need to be installed if it is a newly built wine cellar. You will need to “stud the space” in order to frame out your wine cellar project. You usually start by sealing the concrete foundation walls prior to installing studs. Soffits are basically used to cover ducting, piping, or other obstructions. Take note that the lighting installed in the soffit should be placed far enough away. This is so that it will not interfere with the finished racking and/or ducting depth. That includes the depth of crown molding. A good rule of thumb to follow is to leave a 1-inch gap from the front of the crown molding to the closest edge of the ring on the can light. It is recommended to use IC can lights so you can insulate around them.

Make sure you pick the right kind of wood for your racks!

Plain Sawn vs Quarter Sawn Lumber

When choosing wood for your wine racks, these two terminologies can come in handy. Plain sawn lumber is one that is sawed parallel to the annual growth rings. This practice makes the wood visually appealing. Moreover, it makes it easier to produce from a log and gives it a varied grain appearance. Here at WCI, plain sawn lumber is the standard offering for our wood options. In contrast, quarter sawn lumber is one that is sawed perpendicular to the annual growth rings. In doing this, the wood really can really showcase its grain patterns. That’s why this method is sometimes requested in hardwoods. Keep in mind that material costs are higher for woods sawn in this technique. This is also part of the “customization” that WCI can do for clients upon request.

There are various rail options to choose from!

SB Rail, Beveled Rail, and Molding Rail

It is important to know how a wine racking unit is structured to ensure the safety of your bottles. Naturally, it should also be aesthetically pleasing. The various racking “series” here at WCI also have different kinds of rails to support the wine bottles. Learning more about these will aid you in selecting the most suitable one for your collection. The SB Rail is one that is used at all locations where a spacer bar will be placed. It is square-cut and recessed to create a snug fit. The Beveled Rail is tops in aesthetics and helps keep label tearing to a minimum. Our Vintner Series utilizes this type of rail. Lastly, there’s the Molding Rail. This is flush mounted to the front of a rack, leaving no gaps when molding is applied.

 

How To Utilize WCI’s Wine Cellar Design Request Services

September 17th, 2018

So you’ve most likely come across our blog posts highlighting our wine cellar design services. The big question is: have you tried them out? For potential clients, sending out a design request can present some uncertainties. What exactly do these design services cover? How much will it cost? How long does it take for the company to reply? Well, we’re here to put all those worries to rest. We’re going to give you all the necessary deets on our design services – so read on and find out!

Here’s what you can expect from WCI’s design services…

Once you’ve firmly decided to push through with your wine cellar project, the first step is to fill out WCI’s online design request form. We have three different types of request to accommodate the various needs of clients. You can choose from the Kit Racking, Custom Racking, and Retail Store Racking online forms. Kit Racking is for when the client wants to utilize products from our wine rack kits (Vintner, Designer, WineMaker, etc.). Use the Custom Racking if you wish to commission for custom units, and not the pre-designed ones from our kits. And for commercial wine establishments, we also have the Retail Store Racking form.

WCI Design Request services

The online form has three main sections: Room Specifications, Planning Your Wine Room, and Submit Form. Each section has detailed questions that will guide us in coming up with the design that will truly satisfy the client. These include specifications for the budget, wood and stain choices, and the option to submit existing floor plans/layouts.  After the form has been submitted, the client will receive a wine cellar design package that includes:

  • Unlimited fax, phone, or e-mail consultation in regards to the wine cellar design.
  • An initial design + 3 revisions (if required)
  • Quotation on all “Custom Cellar Products”
  • Wine Cellar Construction Manual & Wine Cellar Innovations Master Catalog (upon request)
  • Separate quote including cost for personalized optional cellar amenities

In addition, the client will also receive a free 2D design of the wine room. There is one hundred percent no strings attached to this! Receiving the 2D design doesn’t put one under the obligation of contracting out WCI’s professional services. You are free to decide whether you’d want to push through with the project or not. We believe in creating healthy and meaningful business relationships with potential clients. That’s why at WCI, we promote transparency in all our services. ^_^

Tips On How You Can Customize Your Wine Cellar Entryways

September 10th, 2018

A formal wine room will not be complete without an entryway. It’s not just about wine cellar doors. If you’re looking at a mid-sized to large wine cellar, your entryways should be designed with care as well. It will make such a huge difference, aesthetic-wise. It will also contribute to the preservation of ideal storage conditions in the cellar. WCI offers more than just two or three options to make your entryways look really amazing. Check these out and see which ones you’d want to go for:

Design your wine cellar doors

Design your wine cellar doors…

Let’s start with the wine cellar doors. Any formal wine room should have one that’s both functional and attractive. That’s why here at WCI, we offer quite an assortment of wine cellar door designs. But did you know that apart from the standard designs you can choose from, you still have other custom choices? For example, you can have the frame in either Arched Glass, Eyebrow Arch, or Full Arch. If you go for glass panels, you can have custom etchings on them. We have a terrific selection of gorgeous sandblasted etchings. But you can still have a customized design on your door if you desire. As for then wood, you can select not just your wood type but the stains and finishes as well. A lot of the door styles include our newest stain and finish offerings such as Graywash, Whitewash, & Opaque White. Plus, we also offer the lacquer finish on most of them.

Dreamy glass-enclosed spaces

Create dreamy glass-enclosed spaces…

This may not be something new to followers of our blog. But for new customers (and potential ones), we definitely want to pimp this out. You can create dreamy and elegant wine storage with our glass-enclosed entryways. Our glass panel doors and windows can be built to any specification and customized to suit you style preference. You will be delighted to know that this includes unique options such as etched and painted windows. As always, we have standard designs available, but you can definitely request for a custom one. Popular client requests include French Door entryways and sidelight panels.

Intricate, decorative applications

Go intricate with decorative applications…

Weave a little more intricacy into your wine cellar entryways with decorative applications. Apart from the etchings and painted glass, WCI also offers iron grills and gates. These doors made from quality material with a beautiful finish really give more character to any wine cellar project. The delicacy of the design such as flowers and grapevines make for a wonderful contrast with the solid material. ^_^

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Why A Nail Gun Is Preferred For DIY Wine Cellars

August 29th, 2018

There is more than one way to assemble and install your wine racks. In fact, we put together a learning video outlining three different methods. But using the nail gun is the highly recommended one. Why so? Let’s delve into detail as to why this method is the most hassle-free one.

Nail gun with compressor

A nail gun is easy to use…

The very first reason why a nail gun will be the preferred assembly method is because it’s easy to use. We’re not pulling your leg here! You can be a complete novice at wine cellar construction and still put together  your wine storage using a nail gun. We have a slew of Testimonial Thursday DIY features to prove that. A lot of clients have narrated their experience with the nail gun – with very satisfying results. The ease of operation and accuracy cannot be compared to the hammer-and-nail method. The latter is archaic and only professionals should dabble in the same. Save yourself from the frustration of broken or bent nails and/or broken material with a nail gun.

A nail gun is cost-effective…

This should be pretty obvious. Imagine the time, effort, and money you will save by utilizing this more efficient assembly method. You won’t spend so many hours – or days – just putting together a simple racking arrangement. You will also need less manpower for a more complicated wine cellar project, thanks to the nail gun. Moreover, think of the money you will save on material. You won’t be dealing with a mess of bent or broken nails. There’s also a very slim to zero chance of damaging the material of your wine racks. Even skilled professionals in wine cellar construction prefer a a brad nailer to make their projects go smoothly.

A nail gun can give you several options…

Nail guns nowadays come in a variety of styles that can fit well with your wine cellar construction needs. For example, there’s the compact brad nailer package that we offer here at WCI. Its features include a full sequential safety mechanism. There is also a quick-release nose piece for easy jam clearing and 360 degree rotatable exhaust. We also carry a DIY Wine Rack Assembly Kit. This one is comprised of a nail gun with air compressor and air hose. There are also others that are battery-operated or use straight electricity. The kind you choose will depend on the complexity and size of your wine cellar project. ^_^

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Exploring Other Wood Choices For Your Wine Cellar

August 1st, 2018

Hello there, August! The letter “A” for this month stands for only one thing: AWESOME. We’re ready and eager to roll out some fun and inspiring wine cellar concepts for you guys. And we’re going to get started by exploring other wood choices for your wine cellar projects:

Sapele Wood

The Supple Sapele

First on the list is Sapele. This is not a very common wood for custom wine cellar projects. However, Sapele lumber is a popular choice for furniture and cabinetry. The wood is “well-mannered” when it comes to machining and working it with hand tools. That’s why it’s quite a joy to work with it in woodworking projects. As far as appearance is concerned, it is highly attractive. The wood is generally characterized by flowing, stripey ribbons that range from golden to dark reddish brown hues. The wood also tends to take on a deeper color as it ages. Sapele finishes and glues very well.  The heartwood ranges from moderately durable to very durable in terms of resistance to decay. The only drawback is that machining the wood has a blunting effect on blades and drill bits.

Black Walnut Wood

The Bold Black Walnut

True to its namesake, Black Walnut is a wood that sports rich and bold colors. As far as appearance is concerned, it is a very elegant wood. That’s why it also comes highly recommended for custom wine cellar projects. This is especially so for those who do not want to stain their racks to achieve a darker color.  Even when unstained, Black Walnut takes on rich chocolate brown tones. These vary slightly vary from a “nutty” to a “dark brown” hue. In addition, if left unstained, the wood will develop a natural sheen over time. There is hardly any need for stains or finishes, including lacquer, to enhance the wood visually.

Knotty Adler Wood

The Unique Knotty Alder

Because of its appearance, Knotty Alder will be able to provide a really unique look for one’s wine cellar. The wood usually features a variety of different-sized knots. But there will also be some pieces with no knots at all. So basically, you’ll be getting a truly interesting grain pattern for your wine racks. When unstained, this wood is primarily light brown in color. However, the tones may also vary from a pale yellow to reddish-brown. It’s also wise to note that Knotty Alder takes to stains and finishes very well. You can add lacquer option as well, for a glossy and sophisticated finish. Knotty alder is a very unique wood, and adds a rustic feel to any application. ^_^