In Anaheim Hills, California, a large basement that was primarily a playroom for children, acting as the raw canvas, was transformed into a 2,055-bottle home wine cellar, tasting, and cigar room. In this construction project, Coastal Custom Wine Cellars used both metal and wood racks. A humidor cabinet is lined with Spanish Cedar and includes a weather seal around the door to keep the temperatures in the humidor a bit higher than the 58-Fahrenheit degree temperature of the wine cellar.
Transforming a Play Area into a Home Wine Cellar and Cigar Room
Coastal Custom Wine Cellars has completed the installation of a wine room in Anaheim Hills, one of the affluent communities in the eastern portions of Anaheim City in Orange County, California.
We first met with the client on the 10th of June and the project commenced on the 23rd of July. They had a large basement that was primarily a playroom for their children. We’re not implying that the children have taken a back seat to the wine collection, but the playroom is now a 2,055-bottle wine cellar and cigar humidor.
Captivating Design for a Home Wine Cellar and Cigar Humidor
We did a careful assessment of their aesthetic, functional, and financial requirements, enabling us to create a custom design that will store the client’s collection safely and beautifully.
The complementary 3-dimensional drawings allowed the homeowners to visualize their residential wine cellar. The drawings consist of the different elevations. They also indicate the dimensions around the perimeter and the bottle capacities.
The plan view is the overhead view. It gives a good view of the glass wall, the label forward displays, the countertop space available, and the depth of each racking. Elevation A is the left wall. Elevation B is the back wall.
Custom Racking Design – Adding Character to the California Home Wine Cellar
Since every client has different aesthetics and functional goals, the Coastal Custom Wine Cellars team always dedicate quality time to create an awe-inspiring wine rack design that meets the needs of each owner. In this California home wine cellar project, the clients decided to opt for a combination of wood and metal wine racks.
The wood cellarage is made of Alder wood and our Sherwin Williams Rustic stain color was chosen. A clear satin finish was applied over the Rustic stain to give it an eggshell finish and appearance.
The brushed nickel metal wine displays by VintageView were placed in strategic areas to lend the more modern appearance the clients were looking for. Most of the metal, label forward displays, were placed in front of the glass wall to complete the design.
Left Wall Wine Storage Racks
The left sidewall (Elevation A) has custom wood wine racks. It starts with a quarter round display shelf, which provides additional space for some of the owner’s favorite bottles of wine. It can also be used to display decanters, cordials, liqueurs, and other wine cellar accessories. This storage rack has five shelves with approximately 25 inches of spacing in between each shelf.
The quarter round display rack is followed by the diamond bins, which add character to the wine room. Diamond bins are also recommended for the proper organization of wines. They allow you to group the same types of wine in individual openings, placing the bottles one on top of another. Each quadrant can accommodate 1-liter, 3-liter, or large-format bottles.
Back Wall Wine Display
The back wall (elevation B) is the wall directly across from the glass wall and consists of custom wood wine racks, refrigeration equipment, and humidor. A very wide tabletop area runs the entire length of the back wall. It serves as a decanting and wine tasting area. Above this area is the display row and single bottle racks.
At the far left and far right of the back wall, we added a single vertical column, which has slightly larger openings to accommodate 1.5-liter bottles.
The racking at the back wall has a total depth of 27 inches. At the bottom section, we utilized double-deep storage up to the height of the tabletop. Double deep racking stores two bottles one in front of the other in each opening. Most of the wine racks below the tabletop area are for 750-milliliter bottles. At the bottom left and bottom right sections, Coastal Custom Wine Cellars added wood case storage that can store up to eight cases (4 cases on each side).
The open area at the center of the back wall includes a stem rack where the owner can display the wine glasses hanging upside down. The stem rack is 42-inch wide with a lattice grill cover. The main purpose of this opening is to hide the evaporator that was used to cool the playroom.
The Cigar Humidor Cabinet
The humidor is located below the center tabletop, which consists of double-deep cabinets. The left cabinet is a humidor.
The humidor cabinet is lined with Spanish Cedar and includes a weather seal around the door to keep the temperatures in the humidor a bit higher than the 58F-degree temperature of the California home wine cellar.
The Spanish Cedar helps keep the humidity and temperature level higher inside the cabinet. The displays include an individual cigar tray and four shelves that are slightly tilted to display and store the cigar boxes.
The bottom shelf consists of individual cradles for displaying cigars individually.
The cabinet on the right of the humidor is a standard cabinet, intended for additional storage space for other items like decanters, glasses, and bottle openers.
The Glass Wall and Entryway
Coastal Custom Wine Cellars installed a half-inch thick seamless glass wall and door. Seamless or frameless glass does not offer any insulation qualities and creating a perfect seal around the glass door is impossible, however when installed correctly in low humidity regions of the country, the effect is dramatic. We used tempered glass to prevent temperature fluctuations.
We used floor-to-ceiling height metal racks from VintageView. The metal wine racks can accommodate up to 852 bottles in a label forward horizontal display orientation. The metal was applied with a Brushed Nickel finish.
Wine Cellar Cooling with CellarPro a Ductless Split System
Because the wine cellar was nearly 1,300 cubic feet and the fact that it included over 100 square feet of glass, we conducted a heat load calculation to determine the BTU requirement. A CellarPro ductless split system, Model 8000S was installed to cool the wine cellar.
Because the CellarPro condenser can deal with external temperatures up to 115F, we placed the condenser outdoors and concealed with an exterior housing to protect it from the elements. From there, refrigerant lines were run to the wall-mounted evaporator located inside the wine cellar.
Start Your Wine Room Project Today!
If you’re considering your own wine room conversion project, Coastal Custom Wine Cellars can make wine collecting more pleasurable. They design and install home wine cellars in California, New Jersey, and Maryland. Contact them at +1 (949) 355-4376.