Happy Thursday to all you wine cellar fans! We hope you guys love Thursdays as much as we do and not just because it’s one step closer to the weekend (haha!). Our Thursday blogs are one of our favorites because we get to shine the spotlight on very creative DIY projects using our products as well as relatively “small-sized” custom jobs, mostly involving closet transformations. That being said, today’s feature is going to be all about appreciating the natural beauty of one of the top wood choices for custom wine cellar projects – Rustic Pine:
We’ve said it more than once that Rustic Pine is quite underrated despite being one of the four most popular wood options for custom wine cellar projects. It still needs to be discovered (or rediscovered), particularly among neophyte wine cellar enthusiasts. Today’s project involving this very attractive wine room will definitely point prospective projects in the right direction. Check out the gorgeous racking arrangement utilizing the Platinum Series racking units in unstained Rustic Pine:
These wonderful close-up shots of the wine racks really enable us to see the soft, creamy color of the wood punctuated every now and then by subtle streaks and structurally sound knots. This is the most distinct feature of Rustic Pine. It’s a knotty grade of wood that gives off a “rustic” architectural appearance to a wine racking arrangement. That’s why if you’re after that cottage-y or old-country feel for your wine cellar project, this is the wood option to go for. Also, note that while Rustic Pine in its natural state is certainly eye-catching (as can be gleaned from these photos), the wood also lends itself to a variety of stains and finishes extremely well. You can play around with these stains and finishes in order to match your home decor. As a tip, keep in mind that Rustic Pine is actually best suited for weather finishes. This is where we strip down the intergrain matter to approximate the appearance of wood that has been aged outside for decades.
The wood wine racks notwithstanding, this wine cellar is also outfitted with Vintage View wine racks, conveniently wall-mounted to maximize the available space. The combo of unstained wood and metal gives this project a warm, rustic vibe which we really love! ^_^
It’s time to get back on track and kick things off with the very first wine cellar inspirations blog for 2017. As we’ve mentioned on last Monday’s post, there’s nothing like the beginning of the year to start fresh, make plans, and bring them to fruition, slowly but surely. And as far as wine cellar projects are concerned, our job is to keep the flames of inspiration burning in order to help yield more creative and interesting results. Today, we’re going to talk about the various wood choices for wine cellar projects to see which one/s suit yours best!
The top four contenders…
One of the most frequently asked questions in any wine cellar construction activity is “What is the best wood for my wine cellar?” While it’s not rocket science, it’s also not as simple as choosing between this wood and that wood kind of thing. There are a good number of things to take into consideration when selecting the wood for your wine cellar project such as, but not limited to: durability, resiliency, resistance to rot and decay, best value by price, and availability. Keep in mind that there is a wide variation in woods and personal preferences are equally varied. The look you’d want for your wine cellar will also largely depend on the type of wood you select as there are so many variations in terms of grain patterns and how the wood can absorb different stains and finishes.
That being said, WCI has narrowed down four top contenders as far as the “best” wood choices are concerned. Over years and years of thorough study and working with these wood species, we’ve found these four to have aced the essential categories of quality, durability, affordability, and availability: All-Heart Redwood, Premium Redwood, Prime Mahogany, and Rustic Pine. A tour of our photo galleries will lead you to tons of projects utilizing these top four wood options and how they transform with different stains, finishes, and/or lacquer.
The select woods…
While we’ve narrowed down the top four most popular wood choices for wine cellar projects, that doesn’t mean that other wood species do not come up to par. Again, keep in mind that apart from the standard categories of quality, durability, and resiliency of the wood, one’s personal preferences should also be taken into account. There are certain types of hard woods that can really bring about the look one wants to achieve in one’s wine cellar project – without sacrificing the essential elements. WCI actually has a fully integrated mill which takes lumber from a rough sawn stage all the way through the finishing details. That’s why we manufacture wine cellars in any wood commercially available. Our Wood Swatch Simulator will give you guys a better visual of how some of these woods would look like unstained or with custom stains and finishes.
Tech Tuesday greetings, wine cellar buddies! Here’s a bit of Q&A for you today: How do you make the most of a not so straightforward space for a wine cellar project? Or to put it in another way, what type of wine racks would you use in order to maximize the floor area of your wine cellar? Today’s feature can certainly throw some very helpful answers your way. Let’s take a virtual tour of this amazingly spacious cellar designed for a client in Warren, OH:
Project # 278145
Wood: Gold / Vintner / Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 1532
Where: Warren, OH
First up, we’d like to focus on these great shots showcasing the racking arrangement AND rather irregular floor area. It can be clearly seen here that this is not your usual four-cornered room. Straight off the bat, one can see that it’s not exactly an easy job installing a racking assembly that will smoothly span the length and width of the entire room. That’s why our highly experienced design team decided that a wine racking combo is the best solution. By using custom wine racking units from the Gold Series in combination with racks from the Vintner Series “kits,” this wine cellar now boasts of a storage capacity of over 1500 – at an affordable price point.
Here are more snaps from different angles of the room. Apart from being able to really maximize on bottle storage capacity, this racking set-up is also very versatile. The racking styles are able to accommodate both individual and bulk bottle storage, including wine boxes and crates, courtesy of the fixed shelving. Double Magnum Racks from the Vintner Series were also incorporated for larger-format bottles.
Let’s now shift our focus on the entire wine racking assembly and take a closer and longer look at it from top to bottom. Notice how the wine racks flow really smoothly all around the room despite the sharp, uneven corners? We have the crown and base moldings to thank for that! With the Gold Series, you get custom designed base and crown moldings that can help finish off your wine cellar perfectly by blending in any gaps between the wine racks and the ceiling & flooring. That includes moldings for curved corner racks as well. Nonetheless, the Vintner Series also provides these crown and base moldings in packaged sets for a beautiful seamless look to your wine racks. They are designed to work best with your Vintner Series wine racking units at a very affordable price point. *Cheers*
Is a formal wine cellar project on your list of New Year’s resolutions? If not, then they should be! A fresh start to the year is the best way to properly think and actually put into execution wine cellar construction plans. You don’t need to rush into anything though. There’s more than enough time to bring your dream wine cellar into fruition. The important thing is that you get the initial and essential details going. This is what WCI is here for and we’re more than ready to help you guys get started:
Get us involved as early as the initial planning stages!
Whether you already have a plan in mind for your wine cellar project or not, getting us involved in the initial planning stages comes highly recommended. We have a pretty amazing team of highly experienced consultants who can guide you throughout the entire wine cellar planning and construction process. Our goal is to ensure that the end result is to our clients’ 100% satisfaction. That’s why we have evolved a very thorough wine cellar consultation process. You have the option of either submitting your own design to our consultants or have them come up with one for you. Your needs and preferences will always take top priority throughout the entire process. Should you choose to submit your own design, you can still request a complimentary 2-dimensional drawing of your wine cellar. Your design will 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.
Explore our wide range of racking products and accessories!
Take the time to really explore our product catalogue. WCI is and will always be a work in progress because we want both our products and services to be as dynamic as possible. That means we will always continue to come up with new products and features that will address any and all wine storage needs of our clients. So if you’re in the initial planning stages of your wine cellar project, we suggest browsing our healthy assortment of racking styles, both custom and “kits,” our wood, stain, and finish options, our wine cellar accents and accessories, and our extensive collection of inspiring custom and DIY projects in our photo galleries.
Take advantage of our “freebies”!
WCI offers free initial consultation services as well as a complimentary design package and quotation on custom cellar products and installation. Check out this page for full details and don’t hesitate to contact us for further clarifications. If the client is determined to reach their wine cellar goal, WCI is equally determined to help you guys achieve it. Talk to us today and let’s get started! ^_^