Wine Cellar Innovations Blog

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. ^_^

Technical Tuesday Episode #423: Unstained Racks With Wrought Iron Entryway

March 12th, 2019

Happy Tech Tuesday, wine cellar fans! We are absolutely loving this wine cellar project we’re featuring today. It’s a terrific example of how the right accents can do so much in giving your wine cellar that “wow” factor. Let’s check out this simple but stunning creation and see why it deserves this appreciation post:

Project #253489
Wood/Series: Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity:477

Beautiful Wrought Iron entryway

The very first thing you’ll encounter with this wine room is this beautiful wrought iron entryway. It instantly adds a dramatic touch to the entire layout. This project is actually just a compact-sized one, with a storage capacity of a little under 500 bottles. But the custom wine cellar door makes it feel a lot more open and spacious. Take note that here at WCI, we carry an extensive selection of wine cellar doors for any type of wine cellar project. Apart from standard wooden doors, we also have elegant glass panels, French Doors, and of course, wrought iron gates. We have great variety in our available stock doors. But you can request one made completely to your design specifications. It’s an accent worth splurging on! You can really see the difference in the aesthetic appeal of the wine cellar with these customized entryways.

Unstained Premium Redwood racks

Now let’s step inside this elegant wine room. Don’t you just love how Curved Corners were utilized in the racking arrangement? It gives the wine storage a seamless look while giving the room a softer silhouette. The racks are all crafted from unstained Premium Redwood. We felt that this was a very good choice since the wood’s natural colors went really well with the room’s interior. Premium Redwood is one of the top favorite wood options for custom projects. It’s not hard to see why. The clear grade of wood boasts of beautiful hues that range from white to pink to red and reddish brown. Moreover, it also absorbs stains and finishes extremely well. So if you’re going for another kind of look for your wine cellar, this can easily be achieved by selecting the right stain or finish.  It’s also important to note that Premium Redwood is an eco-friendly option. Here at WCI, all of our Redwood products, including Premium Redwood, are SFI-certified. SFI stands for Sustainable Forestry Initiative.  SFI Certification provides customers with assurance that the Redwood has been harvested in an environmentally sound manner. *Cheers*

Curved Corner racks and Archway

The Big Advantages Of Customizing Your Wine Storage

March 11th, 2019

Some of you might ask, “Why go custom?” Why, indeed? After all, “customizing” is normally equated with additional expenses. Of course, most of us wouldn’t want to spend more on a wine cellar project. We’d want to keep things within, or hopefully, below budget. But there are big advantages of customizing your wine storage that will make every dollar worth it. Moreover, it’s a misconception that you will have to spend a fortune to get the look you want. Let’s explore in detail these advantages so you guys don’t miss out on anything:

Creating the “perfect fit” for your wine storage…

Think of it as Cinderella’s glass slipper! Remember how it perfectly fit her tiny feet and no one else’s? Well, the same thing can be applied to your wine cellar. If you want your racking assembly to have that totally seamless appearance, going custom is the answer. It’s especially the case if you’re constructing on an uneven space. Examples would be building wine storage under the stairs, converting an empty closet, or a pantry. But that’s not all. There will also be instances when wine storage has to be built into existing structures. One good example would be converting some kitchen cabinets to store your wine bottles. This usually happens when there’s not enough room for a formal wine cellar. You’d have to improvise by being creative with other sections of the home. In order to maximize bottle storage capacity, getting a “custom fit” is the key. Check out the gorgeous wine cabinet we completed for our client. It has this built-in look that is absolutely seamless:

Fully customized wine storage

Getting the theme or style you want…

If you want your wine cellar done a certain way and to conform to a specific theme, then you have to take the custom route. Like they say, you get exactly what you want when you’re not cutting corners. Customizing your wine storage according to your specifications leads to 100% client satisfaction. There will be no need to re-do anything in the future, save for standard maintenance work. In the long run, you’re actually saving a lot of money. In this project, our client chose to go with Grand Mahogany racking in blended stain option. The colors of the wood are precisely the way the client want them. Plus, this will help boost your home’s market appeal. These days, more and more house hunters are seeking for wine cellars in potential homes. A fully customized wine cellar might be what it takes to seal the deal!  ^_^

Grand Mahogany with Blended Stain option

Designer Series Wine Cellar Is Newest Addition To Client’s Home

March 7th, 2019

Having a new addition to your home is always an exciting moment. It doesn’t have to be anything major. But when it is a project that involves time and effort, it is always worth it. Our client Jack can certainly attest to this. They embarked on a wine cellar construction journey, with very satisfying results. We’re quite proud to have been a part of that, courtesy of our Designer Series wine racks kit.

Simple and elegant Designer Series racks

The client had a really great space in their home to create proper wine storage for their collection. They wasted no time in putting that space to good use. They sent in for several racking units from our Designer Series wine racks kit. The 6-feet Individual Bottle Storage racks suited their storage needs perfectly. Note that the Designer Series offers 6-feet and 8-feet units in full depth configurations. But just recently, we’ve upgraded the kit to increase its flexibility. With new and improved add-ons, you can purchase extra individual racking to stack on top of your racks. This will provide another 20-inch height boost to your racking assembly. And that’s not all! You also have the option to add high reveal display rows. These will enable you to showcase your bottles to maximum advantage. Plus, the add-on is also available for the Curved Corner wine racks. Because of this, even wine establishments have taken a great liking to the Designer Series.

Tons of wine bottle storage!

Here you can see how the racks fit together in a seamless manner, making good use of the available space. The client chose a simple and functional layout for their racking arrangement. But if you want something with a bit more flair, you can certainly achieve that as well. The series allows for lots of “mix and match” opportunities. You will have an enjoyable time building your racking with the new extensions offered in this kit. Take for example the Diamond Bin with Front Trim and Solid Diamond Cube. These are the same width and will match up with our five-column add-on extension rack. You can also choose to go with Rectangular Bins or Waterfall Displays to create a beautiful tasting center. To top it all off, throw in a Center Seam Trim to give your assembly a really clean and professional appearance. And of course, don’t forget about your stains and finishes! The client opted for Light Stain on their Premium Redwood racks. We love how the lighter colors stand out against the much darker walls:

Premium Redwood with Light Stain

“What a wonderful addition to our home, everything worked out well.”

~Jack K. ~