A recent trend in residential wine cellar design is converting a small unused space or a rarely used room into a highly functional custom wine cellar. Regardless of its size, a wine storage room must be properly built out in order to achieve the ideal climate conditions for the optimum storage and aging of wines.
Just like a large custom wine cellar, a small wine storage space requires proper insulation, vapor barrier components, climate control systems, and an exterior grade wine cellar door. Combining different styles and configurations of custom wine racks should help maximize the limited space of a small wine room.
In this article, we will feature two wine room conversion projects designed and constructed by two different wine cellar companies, namely Coastal Custom Wine Cellars and Wine Cellar SPecialists. These wine cellar builders are among the most trusted ones in wine cellar design, wine cellar construction, wine racking installation, and other wine storage products and services.
Project locations are in Short Hills, New Jersey and Mansfield, Texas. Both projects involve converting a small room into a stunning climate controlled wine cellar space.
Wine Room Conversion with Wooden Wine Racks New Jersey
The wine cellar project in Short Hills, New Jersey was designed and installed by Coastal Custom Wine Cellars. The project involves a small, narrow room that measures approximately 152 inches deep and 53 inches wide.
To provide enough space to move around the wine room, the Coastal team only utilized the left side wall of the storage space for the wine racking systems.
The wooden wine racks in this New Jersey wine cellar were placed along the left side wall of the custom wine room. Open diamond bin configuration occupied the entire bottom half of the wood wine racks.
Diamond bins are ideal for storing wines in bulk and case lots. The lattice style feature of the diamond bin was chosen by the client because it promotes better air circulation in and around the bottles, and it is more affordable compared to solid wood.
The upper half of wood wine racks consists of single bottle storage with a high reveal display row. The display row with high reveal structure pitches wine bottles to a 15-degree angle, which allows the cork to remain in contact with the wine, and thereby ensures its sealing quality.
High reveal wooden wine racks also display bottles with the labels in full view, for easy perusal and selection. This is one of the wine rack features that wine cellar owners want to include in their wine cellar design.
With each slot measuring 3 3/4″ x 3 3/4″, single bottle wooden wine racks from New Jersey Coastal Custom Wine Cellars can accommodate most standard size wine bottles (750 ml).
The back wall features a small opening, with a solid wood tabletop for decanting, and stemware racking just above it for hanging wine glasses. More wooden wine racks are found below the tabletop for additional single bottle storage.
All residential wine racks for this New Jersey wine cellar project are made out of unfinished premium redwood, which lends a subtle yet elegant coloring to the Short Hills residential wine room.
To maintain the ideal temperature and humidity, the Coastal team installed a self-contained WhiseperKOOL XLT cooling system that exhausts to an adjoining room.
Under the Stairs Home Wine Room Conversion in Texas
This under the stairs home wine room Texas project in Mansfield was designed and built by Wine Cellar SPecialist (WCS). The unused circular closet under the staircase was transformed into a striking wine room equipped with wine storage racks, Venetian View wrought iron door, and reclaimed wine barrel flooring.
Like the New Jersey project, only one side of the wall was utilized for the wine racking system, to provide more room to maneuver around the wine room.
The racking systems begin with lattice style horizontal display racks, from top to bottom, that hold wine bottles in a label forward orientation for ease of bottle recognition.
The lattice style feature not only promotes better air flow around the bottles, but also adds character to the residential wine racks. The Mahogany constructed custom wine racks come with a rustic stain and lacquer finish.
The curved single bottle wine racks with high reveal was specially designed to fit into the concave shaped wall. The high reveal display row has a true radius curve that provides the residential wine racks with a smooth continuous look.
Situated between the individual bottle racking and the horizontal display racking is a stunning mini quarter round for displaying decanters or decorative items.
The wine racking solution ends with a combination of a lattice X-bin and lattice case storage at the lower end of the wine cellar space. The X-bin configuration provides additional storage for different sized wine bottles, while the case storage is designed to accommodate case lots.
The team at WCS used Cooperage flooring material made from reclaimed wine barrels. Cooperage flooring is constructed from the barrel head and features winery markings and stampings, which adds to the aesthetic quality of the wine room.
Additionally, the flooring material blended well with the orange-brick hue of the left wall, as well as the faux brick right wall and ceiling.
Optimum climate conditions are maintained by a ductless split system manufactured by US Cellar Systems.
The cooling unit was mounted onto the slanted ceiling, and concealed with a louvered grill cover that was constructed from the same wood variety and finish as the racking solutions.
A Venetian View wrought iron door serves as the entryway to the home wine room Texas project. The door comes with operable glass panels, which can be readily opened and closed for ease of cleaning.
Wine cellar companies, such as Coastal Custom Wine Cellars and Wine Cellar SPecialist are experts in wine cellar design, installation, and construction, from small wine room conversion projects to actual build outs. These wine cellar companies also manufacture and supply wine cellar products, such as wine storage racks, wine display racks, glass stemware racks, wine cellar doors, flooring products, and wine cellar accessories.