Getting started on a home wine room is much less complicated than most people would think. This recently completed Laguna Beach residential wine cellar California project by Coastal Custom Wine Cellar Builders demonstrates how a storage room can easily be converted into a climate controlled wine storage space.
The room was originally used by the client to store several refrigerated wine cabinets, along with some boxes and wine bottles. Read on to learn the major wine cellar design features of this custom wine cellar conversion project.
Proper Wine Cellar Cooling and Insulation
An actively cooled wine room functions like a large refrigerator. Proper wine cellar cooling and insulation are necessary to achieve the best possible storage environment.
Wine cellar installers applied insulation, vapor barriers, and moisture proof drywall to the wall cavities. These construction prerequisites are essential elements in wine cellar construction, because they help maintain the optimum conditions for storing and aging wines.
For this custom wine cellar conversion project, a CellarPro Model 3200 VSi wine cellar cooling system was installed to help keep temperature and humidity at ideal levels. This self-contained wine cellar cooling system is mounted through the wall, and exhausts hot air to the garage area.
It is designed to handle temperatures ranging from -20°F to 115°F. This model features adjustable humidity controls, and variable-speed fans for efficient and ultra-quiet operation.
Barolo Style Wine Cellar Door with Weather Stripping
The residential wine cellar is located right off the garage area. The Coastal Custom Wine Cellar Builders team provided the client with a 30″ x 80″ Barolo style wine cellar door with double pane glass, which renders a full view into the wine storage space.
This Barolo wine cellar door has these following features that make it really efficient:
- weather stripping on all sides and along the jambs
- automatic door sweeps
- dual pane insulated glass
Weather stripping prevents cool air from escaping out of the climate controlled wine cellar. The automatic door bottom does the same thing, plus it prevents dragging that could otherwise damage the floor when opening and closing the door. The dual pane door feature inhibits condensation from building up on the glass and around the door itself.
The Wine Racking System
Quarter Round Display
As one enters the Laguna Beach residential wine cellar, the left side wall wine racking systems start off with a beautiful quarter round display shelf that showcases the client’s selection of double magnums (3-liter bottles).
This wine display rack can also be used to display ornamental pieces and wine accoutrements, such as decanters and wine buckets. The quarter round display shelf also provides a smooth transition to the wine racking system.
Single Bottle Wine Storage Racks with Lighted High Reveal Display Row
Next to the quarter round display shelf are single bottle wine storage racks that feature a high reveal display row. The individual slots have 3 3/4″ x 3 3/4″ openings that can fit most standard 750 ml wine bottles, including standard champagne, California Blue Chips and Oregon Pinot.
This wine racking system comes with rear stabilizer bars that provide structural integrity to the frame, and hand sanded edges that prevent tearing of wine labels.
High reveal display rows store wine bottles at a 15 degree angle, to allow continuous contact of cork with wine. This is very important in observing proper wine storage techniques that promote optimum wine aging.
A display with high reveal also promotes eye-level presentation of wine labels for better product recognition, as well as for easy perusal and selection. LED lighting is installed next to the light valance, casting a dramatic glow along the different wine selections placed on the display row.
Wine Storage Bins
Since the client loves to showcase his collection of wood cases, Coastal Custom Wine Cellar Builders California custom-designed an opening wine storage bin at the very bottom of the right side wall wine racking system to provide a space for his wood case collection.
As one comes toward the back wall of the Laguna Beach custom wine cellar conversion, the wall surface has odd corners and contours that would have made the installation of additional single bottle storage racks and high reveal display rows difficult. However, the wine cellar builders from Coastal Custom Wine Cellars CA did a wonderful job in creating a wine racking system that adjusted to the contours of the wall, for a smooth and flowing appearance.
An Arch on the Wall
Moving toward the right side of the wall, there are more single bottle storage racks that feature a high reveal display row. This particular wall features a standard arch with a stunning whittle board design and a solid tabletop, which serves as a work space for serving or decanting wines. The arch includes puck lighting, to accentuate the area.
Right above the regular arch is a horizontal opening, for storing large format bottles in a label forward orientation. Down below the solid tabletop area are additional bottle slots, to accommodate more standard 750 ml wine bottles.
Just below the high reveal display row are horizontal label forward openings that can fit just about any wine bottle size. For Bordeaux style bottles, each opening bin can store three deep, for a total of six bottles in this particular area.
Diamond bin components below the horizontal openings are included for bulk storage. These components are excellent management tools for storing 6 packs and 12 lots.
Track Lighting Fixture
A low track lighting fixture was provided by the client, and was affixed to the ceiling. The lighting system has directional features that can highlight and illuminate various areas in the residential wine cellar. In addition to the light fixture, the client also supplied the wood flooring and paint color.
The residential wine cellar was certainly an easy and fun project to work on. The Coastal team converted a small storage room into an 837-bottle capacity custom wine cellar. For wine cellar conversion projects, Coastal Custom Wine Cellar Builders would be glad to provide a free consultation and 3D design of the proposed wine storage space.
Wine Cellar Cooling Question – Can A Wine Cellar Climate Control System Be Added After Construction (A Processed Video Transcription)
Hi, Irene, this is Jerry with Coastal Custom Wine Cellar Climate Control. I wanted to share some information that pertain to your question by email on whether or not wine cellar cooling units are included in wine cellars, or if they can be added after the wine cellar construction is completed and wine racks are installed. The answer to that question is indeed both of those scenarios have taken place, but it’s very important that a wine room be prepared properly before a cooling system is added to the wine room.
There’s a PDF attachment that Tim should send you it’s titled ‘How to Construct a Wine Cellar’ and we’re actually looking at this wine cellar construction PDF now. All the walls and ceilings must be scaled with a vapor barrier on the warm side.
The warm side, if you look at this cross section here of a wall, will be the exterior wall or the hot side of the wine cellar; the wine cellar being the cold side or the interior wall here. Within the wall cavity itself, a vapor barrier must be placed on the hot side. This stops warm air and moisture from entering the wine room or the wall cavity, and then ultimately the wine room and stops the moisture.
If there’s no vapor barrier, moisture will creep through the wall cavity through the building materials and ultimately into the wine room where it will come into contact with cool air and thus condensation will form. It will form in the wall cavity itself causing some problems with mold and mildew over time.
In the wine room itself condensation could actually form on the bottles, in the corners, on the paint, on the door hardware, and on any glass structures that are in there like a window maybe. This is very, very important.
The insulation factor that you see here in the middle, which is on the cold side of the vapor barrier, helps retain or keep the cool air in the wine room, as any typical insulation to a home or a business would. I think if you read through this, you will find different ways that these wall cavities can be prepared with vapor barriers and insulations.
There’s actually two ways. There’s the old school way where a 6 mil or 8 mil plastic sheeting is used; and there’s also a more modern technology, it’s a blow in foam expanding insulation that a contractor would actually blow into the wall cavity. It’ll expand, dry, and it is a far more accurate or better way, I should say, although it is a little pricier.
People in the northeast or in any cold climate, and especially if they are in basements or below ground level, it’s typically very cool and appropriate temperatures, so wine cellar climate control units may never actually be added. This is referred to as a passive cellar or it is either naturally cooled or the collector has decided not to cool the wine room for whatever reason.
Just to summarize, it is very important that a wine room be prepared properly for refrigeration. Even if you don’t add the wine cellar cooling unit during the course of wine cellar construction, it’s very important that the wine room itself be prepped properly, so that later down the road the client decides to add a cooling unit, he doesn’t have to tear out the walls and start from square one.
Again, if you have any questions, you may call or send an email. Cheers!
Wine Cellar Cooling Units – Part One – Self Contained Systems – Processed Video Transcription
Hi and thanks for visiting Coastal Custom Wine Cellars. This is the first of a three part video series that I hope will help you better understand the topic of wine cellar refrigeration. There are three ways to cool a wine cellar.
The first which we are discussing today will cover self-contained wine cellar cooling units California. As you can see, there’s a picture of a cooling unit mounted within a framework of some wine racks here.
Self-contained wine cellar cooling systems are ideal for wine rooms up to 2,000 cubic feet. They’re easy to install, affordable, and very effective. They blend well within the framework of your wine racks as you can see here. They can be placed above the door.
This is a slim line and they are designed for smaller rooms in the neighborhood of 500 cubic feet. The
overall depth of these products is approximately 13,” so they’re going to fall well within the confines of the racking for you as well. Because warm air rises, it is necessary to place the cooling unit as high as possible on the wall, about 6” shy of the ceiling would be fine.
If we take a look at the illustration, this gray area is the wine cellar and this self-contained wine cellar cooling unit mounts high on the wall. It actually mounts through the wall, so you make an opening just slightly larger than the physical dimensions of the cooling unit, place it in the wall, seal around the perimeter, and plug it in and you’re ready to go.
The unit will exhaust the warm air it creates as well as fan noise into an adjoining room. A good rule of thumb is, these adjoining rooms need to be at least the same size and hopefully larger than the actual wine cellar itself.
If you vent the hot air into a small confined area, the cooling unit is going to heat up. It’s not going to perform effectively or efficiently for the wine room. It is very likely to blow warmer air into the wine cellar itself. Unfinished portions of the basement, mechanical rooms, furnace rooms, garages, even outdoors are great spots to send the hot air.
But if you install the cooling unit on an exterior wall, be sure the model you choose can deal with the seasonal temperatures of your area. Most manufacturers have models that will operate in temperatures ranging from 40 degrees to 105 degrees rather easily.
Thanks for taking a few minutes. We’re standing by 7 days a week to address any questions and to help you decide on the best solution for your wine cellar. Cheers!
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