This amazing wine cellar was part of a large renovation project for a beautiful home in Santa Ana, California (Orange County).
Our portion of the overall renovation project was to take an old school wet bar area that the owners felt needed to be updated, along with the rest of the house, and turn it into a beautiful purpose built custom wine cellar. On this job we worked closely with the interior designer for the whole renovation project, Connie Robertson.
After a lot of consultation with Connie and the home owners we gutted the room down to the studs. Even the flooring was taken up in preparation for the new tile floor that will extend beyond the new wine room area. The result was a completely raw canvas to work with for the wine cellar design itself.
As is normal with our process, we created a three dimensional design package for the owners to review. This consisted of multiple views of each wall and elevation.
In the next photo you can definitely see an improvement, a fabulous up to date wine cellar. This climate controlled wine cellar has space for 585 Bottles of which over 50 bottles are displayed in a label forward, horizontal format. These display bottles are located each side of the exquisite Lattice styled Arch which is centered on the back wall. Having an area like this is great as you can have a mural painted on the wall or even a tiled mural filling the space.
Incorporated into the design is a crescent shaped table top and centered below that is a beautiful solid Diamond Bin for bulk storage and large format bottles. The owners in this case chose to have the tabletop made out of the same wood as the racks, however the possibilities are endless. We have created table tops in granite, reclaimed doors, reclaimed wine barrels, tile; we can create just about anything you can imagine.
In the image above the clear glass walls and door have yet to be installed, however, the wine cooling unit has been installed. Not that you would know by looking at the image, the cooling was purposely installed in such a way that there is no visible mechanical components of the cooling unit to be seen. The evaporator coil for instance has been placed in the soffit in the ceiling and covered by a wooden louvered grill cover custom made out of the same material as the wine racks. The refrigeration system installed was a Ductless Split Wine Cellar Refrigeration System and was supplied by US Cellar Systems, a local cooling unit manufacturer in Orange County California. We often use US Cellars as they are local, have excellent quality products and first class service.
In the next image you can clearly see some more of the features that have been included. For instance, you can see the Lattice styled Quarter Round Display shelves which are actually at the ends of both wall wine racks on the side walls.
You will notice there is also what is known as a ‘reveal row’. This is where the bottles are placed at an angle so that you can see their labels but not so upright that the wine is not in constant contact with the wine. Above these reveal rows we have installed an LED light valance to highlight the labels on the bottles as well as a light inside the top of the arch which highlights the tasting table. With symmetrical left and right walls that are, for the most part, single bottle storage except for the middle section where the horizontal and tilted display rows create an LED highlighted visual feature in the room. The LED lighting was carefully concealed behind a light valance hiding the lights themselves but allowing them to illuminate selected feature wines. Wine cellar lighting like this, which is dedicated to drawing the eye to certain sections of the wine display, really make a dramatic aesthetic impact.
The image below clearly shows that both walls have the Lattice styled wine racks that end in the Quarter Round Display shelves. These were included in the design as the entire front wall of the custom wine cellar is glass including the wine cellar door. With the new tiled floor the whole thing looks absolutely stunning.
This whole custom wine cellar was constructed of custom Malaysian Mahogany with a Rustic Stain and Clear Lacquer Top Coat Finish to give it a glossy patina.
The wine room project didn’t take long at all; the work began on the cellar in March-2012 and was completed June-2012. As you can see by the smiles on the faces of the owners, Dwight & Marianne Titus, they are pretty pleased with how the whole thing turned out.
You can also see behind the owners the Seamless Fixed Glass Wall & Entry Wine Cellar Door. Having this ‘all glass wall and door’ allows the Titus’s to see and enjoy their wine cellar without compromising the climate controlled atmosphere inside. Special thanks to Dwight & Marianne Titus for allowing us to feature their new wine room here on our website.
At Coastal Custom Wine Cellars we have installed wine rooms of all shapes and sizes for clients over the years. If your preference for a wine cellar design is something more contemporary or even more traditional styled, give us a call, we can and have created many very unique designs in rooms both very small and very large.
Also take a look at some of our coast to coast projects such as The Laguna Beach Wine Cellar and The New Jersey Wine Cellar projects. Or simply start your own project today by calling us directly at +1 (888) 735-8889