An increasingly popular trend in California are Custom Wine Cellar Garage Conversions. For this project, our senior wine room design consultant met with our clients at their home in Irvine to survey the site and explore several design options. Ultimately they made the decision to section off a full corner of their four car garage and create both a wine storage room and an additional pantry mini wine cellar.

The client’s goal was to create a functional basic storage orientated wine cellar with as much capacity as possible. In addition we created a wine storage area in the pantry in the house to include a small capacity custom wine rack and a mini cooled wine cellar to keep whites and sparkling wine chilled. The Custom Wine Cellar Irvine CA Garage Conversion project commenced in August and was completed in October 2011.

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The custom wine racking itself was built in a really good looking multi-toned premium redwood and as the goal of the room was maximum storage, we included diamond and square bins for bulk storage of wine and did not add display areas. Although the racking in the garage was left unfinished, in the pantry we stained the wood to match the existing cabinetry.

This garage based cellar is cooled to a constant 57 degrees Fahrenheit. For this purpose we installed an exterior wall mount self-contained Cellar Pro wine cellar cooling unit and vented it directly to the outdoors. The cellar design includes space for lots of standard 750 ml bottles, diamond bins and square bins for bulk case lot storage. We also included a solid panel exterior rated Barolo Style Custom Wine Cellar Door made of Alder. This door was specially made to seal and help maintain a constant climate in the wine room.

In our experience it is very important that we provide our clients with a full package of three dimensional drawings so that they can visualize what their wine cellar is going to look like before they commit to a project. We then review all the details of the design and construction including such things as the cooling system, insulation, specialist options such as custom wine cellar doors and all the finishing touches. This enables us to make sure that our clients know exactly what their cellar is going to look like when it is finished.

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Custom Wine Cellar Irvine CA – The Finished Cellar
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Totally about storage, this Garage conversion Custom Wine Cellar in Irvine makes excellent use of space, adding value and a unique feature to this beautiful Californian home.

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Jerry Wilson reviewing the plans as Mike assembles the premium redwood wine racking units. The actual walls having been completed, it’s time to install the racks. Mike makes sure everything goes in straight and true.

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This beautiful Californian home complete with palm trees and a Chinese Lantern Tree out front, is the perfect setting for this unusual wine cellar. Wine kept in cellars like this often tend to be stored for long periods, sometimes several years. In order to “age” the wine correctly we simulate the unchanging environment normally only found in underground caves. With Southern California temperatures in Irvine ranging from 22 – 110 Fahrenheit, admittedly these are the extremes, 47 – 85 Fahrenheit being the average range, given this fluctuation it’s important to stabilize the wine storage area even though it’s built into the garage.

A boring four car garage? Maybe, but one with plenty of space for a dedicated wine room. Leaving the storage area intact at the back of the garage we planned the dimensions of the conversion carefully.

The first part of the project, the framing, electrical and wall construction taking shape. Surprisingly little of the garage space is lost.

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Installing the cooling system is a simple job with this Cellar Pro Cooling unit. Mounted on an exterior wall and completely self-contained this Cellar Pro custom wine room cooling unit is a breeze to install.

The Completed Custom Wine Cellar in Irvine California

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Custom Wine Cellar Irvine CA – The Finished Wine Cellar

Here you can see the completed garage based wine cellar already starting to be stocked with its first cases of wine. Note the diamond bins incorporated into the custom wine racks allowing easy bulk storage of case lots of wine. The wine cooling unit in the top right of the image, both inexpensive and efficient, was all that was needed to keep the owners wine collection in perfect condition.


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Custom Wine Cellar Irvine CA – The Garage Before Work Began
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Custom Wine Cellar Irvine California – Wine Cellar Door Get’s Installed

As this wine cellar was to be built in a garage, first the room itself had to be built. Framing, Electrical and the Cooling system were installed. Above you can see what the garage looked like at beginning of the project and how the basic infrastructure looked before the wine racking arrived. The refrigeration system is very easy to install straight into the wall at this phase.

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Custom Wine Cellars California – Diamond Bin Wine Racking with Jerry Wilson Checking the work!

Here you can see Jerry inspecting the work and the diamond bin racks as they were delivered to the project site. The Diamond Bin wine racking comes preassembled and beautifully finished and sanded to perfection. Note the color tones of the natural redwood used in this project.

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Custom Wine Cellar California – Leveling the Base Racking

Once the base double deep wine racks are in place and leveled the installation of the balanced of the racking can commence. The quarter round racks come partially assembled so go in quite quickly, once the prep work is done.

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