Home wine cellars, whether they are big or small, should have the right insulation and cooling system. A homeowner in Newport Beach, California aimed to rebuild his custom glass wine cellar because it had a serious problem with mold.
The kitchen and dining area were frequently used in his townhouse, and having a moldy wine cellar was unpleasant and a health risk.
The homeowner contacted Coastal Custom Wine Cellars to get help in finding a solution to this problem.
Continue reading to learn about the challenges faced during the construction of this wine closet and how the team overcame each one.
At Bella Vita Wine Cellars, you can easily ask for help with your wine cooling system, too! Whether you’re located in Corona Del Mar, San Juan Capistrano, Surfside, Dana Point, San Clemente, Rossmoor, Costa Mesa, or a nearby city like Newport Beach in Orange County, our team can assist you in planning your custom wine rack ideas for your wine storage. Get in touch with any of our specialists today and let us help you turn your dream wine cellar into a reality!
Addressing the Problem of This Custom Glass Wine Cellar through Expert Renovation
During their initial assessment, the wine cellar experts were shocked by what they found. It was one of the worst cases of mold infestation they had ever encountered, despite having worked on numerous wine cellar renovation projects affected by mold in the past.
The infestation had become severe, with many of the bottles turning green. It was evident that even though the wine closet was cool, there were significant gaps allowing moisture to enter. As they inspected further, they noticed numerous cracks throughout the cellar.
The root of the problem lay in the fact that the client had initially hired a contractor in Newport Beach who had limited knowledge about wine cellars. This contractor had failed to address the issue of the hot wall and the lack of insulation.
The wine cellar was directly exposed to an exterior wall that received sunlight for most of the day, making it easier for air molecules to condense and seep through the cracks into the cellar.
Consequently, the team had two main challenges to tackle: minimizing the impact of the hot wall and effectively sealing all the air gaps in the wine cellar.
Initial Process in Repairing this Contemporary Wine Cellar
The first thing the team did was to remove everything from the bottles, racks, and even the studs. They had to rebuild the studs, install a new wine cooling system, and apply closed-cell foam to improve the insulation.
This foam not only strengthens the insulation but also acts as a vapor barrier, eliminating the need for an additional layer to prevent moisture.
After the foam had hardened, they installed a moisture-resistant green board on the main wall. Green boards are excellent for wine racks and can withstand moisture effectively.
High-Quality Glass Wine Cellar Door
To prevent moisture buildup inside the modern wine displays, similar to how it is done in refrigerators, the team made sure to seal the entire space. They had three frameless glass wine cellar doors specially designed for this closet. These oversized glass doors were weather-stripped and carefully sealed around the edges, leaving no room for air to pass through.
The glass panels were held together at the corners using brushed black pivot hinges. These hinges are specifically designed for wine cellars and are superior to regular shower hinges as they minimize the presence of any gaps that could allow air to enter.
Here’s the Proper Wine Cooling Unit For This Custom Glass Wine Cellar
After ensuring that the closet was completely airtight, the team focused on selecting a suitable cooling system for the wine cellar. The previous refrigeration unit, which was from WhisperKOOL, was too large for the space.
You will not find the cooling system visible in the closet pictures because they took great care to conceal all the coils and electrical components.
Commercial air conditioning systems prioritize functionality over aesthetics, so the challenge was to integrate the AC without disrupting the design of the wine closet.
The team opted for a ductless split system cooling unit as a solution. They positioned the condenser outside the hot wall and ran the coils along the ceiling. As a result, the register/air supply vent for the cellar was mounted on the ceiling.
The metal housings of wine cellar cooling units can be easily opened for inspection, cleaning, or repairs, such as in cases of leaks. If you’re not familiar with maintaining commercial units, it is recommended to have them inspected and cleaned at least once a year. The air inlet and outlet inside our wine closet are discreetly located on the ceiling, hidden behind a wooden grill.
Integration of Aesthetic Elements: Metal and Wooden Wine Racks
Renovations are often necessary for outdated custom wine closets, the wine displays with mold issues or displays with worn-out racking and walls. If you’re facing the same situation as the featured wine closet, it might be a good opportunity to embrace a fresh style and incorporate new functional innovations.
Although a complete makeover may seem like a lot of work, based on our experience, all of our clients have been highly satisfied with their renovated wine cellars.
If your space is similar to this compact contemporary wine cellar and you desire to enhance its design, our team will put in the effort to bring your desired wine cellar vision to life.
While we have plenty of modern design ideas, we are always excited to explore new concepts and collaborate with our clients.
This home wine cellar repair project serves as an excellent example of a fully customized wine display.
Every element, from the insulation and doors to the custom wine racks, wooden lattice X bins, multi-deep metal wine racking, and marble countertop, was chosen meticulously to perfectly reflect the client’s vision.
Take a Chance to Install Custom Glass Wine Cellar with Bella Vita Wine Cellars’ Expertise!
Are you experiencing issues the same issues with your wine cooling unit? Or you consider installing a lovely custom glass wine cellar in your residential space? Look no further! Bella Vita Wine Cellars is here to provide you with top-notch repair services for your valuable wine collection.
We understand the importance of a properly functioning wine cooling system in preserving the flavor and quality of your wines. That’s why our team of skilled technicians specializes in repairing wine cooling units and designing beautiful modern and traditional wine cellars with utmost precision and expertise.
When you choose Bella Vita Wine Cellars, your satisfaction is our priority. We strive to exceed your expectations by providing friendly, professional service and ensuring that your repaired wine cooling unit meets or even surpasses its original performance.
Contact us today at +1 (714) 798-9858 and let’s address your wine cellar concerns!