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Fabulous Vancouver Custom Wine Cellar Design with Wood and Metal Racking

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Construction challenges did not stop a professional from building a wine cellar. Known as one of the top-notch designers and installers in Vancouver, Blue Grouse Wine Cellars was able to design and install a unique and functional wine room in a basement. Traditional and modern features were combined to meet the client’s requirements.

Conversion of a Basement Into an Impressive Custom Wine Cellar

Wooden Wine Racking with Bottles and Wood Cases -

Metal and Wooden Wine Racking Vancouver Installation Project

With extensive experience in building wine rooms, Blue Grouse Wine Cellars offers storage solutions for those who dream of having a safe and beautiful place for their collection.

Recently, they have converted a large basement into a traditional and contemporary custom wine cellar in Vancouver.

After a careful assessment of the client’s aesthetic and functional requirements, they created 3-dimensional drawings of the wine cellar. The images show the plan views, elevations, and dimensions of the room.

Wine Cellar Construction

Wine Cellar Room Before Construction Began

Wine Cellar Room Before Construction Began

The original room had a heavy pool table and a couple of wine cabinets that had to be transferred upstairs. Blue Grouse Wine Cellars had to replace the old drywall with a new type of drywall intended for a climate-controlled wine room.

They had to add insulation on the walls and ceiling. The hidden room under the stairs, which can be accessed through a tiny door, had to be insulated as well because it will be used as an additional wine storage space.

Another challenge for Blue Grouse Wine Cellars is the window, which opened to the outdoors. They had to build a wall in front of it to prevent harmful light from coming through. After sealing the room, they started to install the wine racks, cooling system, door, lighting, and flooring.

Wood and metal wine racks were used to satisfy the client’s desire for a traditional and contemporary storage area. The wine room has two doors: one enters the residential wine cellar from the basement hallway and the other from the outdoors. They are both solid, exterior grade doors.

Sapele Wood and VintageView Metal Wine Racks

The appeal and mood of a wine room are determined by the overall design of the racking system. At Blue Grouse Wine Cellars, they make sure that the material and style of wine racks exceed the owner’s standards. They use their passion and creativity to build custom wine rooms that can be the envy of every guest.

In this wine room conversion project, wood and metal wine racks were combined to create a storage display that suits the needs of a high-end wine collector.

Stylish Wine Racks Constructed from Sapele Wood

Custom wine cellar builders in Vancouver recommend the Sapele wood wine racks because of their stability and high resistance to rot. Since Sapele is a hardwood species that has interlocking grain pattern, it is known to be harder than other types of wood. It is also widely used by manufacturers of doors and windows.

With attractive grain patterns and natural luster, Sapele can add character to your wine storage room. They left the wine racks unfinished because the owner wanted a scent-free cellar.

Elevations B

Quarter Round Display Shelf and Racking with Wine Bottles Loaded in

Beautiful Wine Rack Design with Sapele Wood

Elevation B is the first racking that you’ll see when you enter the door from the basement hallway. It starts with a 5-level quarter round wine rack where the client can display a few bottles vertically.

It also provides a good storage area for wine accessories like decanters and wine glasses.

Building a Beautiful Canada Home Wine Cellar Using Cost-Effective Modular Wine Racks

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Are you facing a dilemma of choosing between a modular racking system and a custom wine cellar? If you are looking for an economical wine storage solution that can create a custom-like display for your collection, experts recommend modular wine racks. A client in Coquitlam, British Columbia, contacted Blue Grouse Wine Cellars to build a unique home wine cellar that would be as beautiful as a custom wine room.

A Home Wine Cellar Design Created to Store, Protect, and Display a Growing Collection

Metro Vancouver Canada home wine cellarEvery wine collector has different aesthetic and functional requirements. Thus, it is essential that your chosen builder make a careful assessment of the size and location of the room, financial requirements, and the number of bottles intended to be stored.

When creating a design for their clients, the Blue Grouse Wine Cellars team always does it with passion and creativity. This helpsthem achieve a turnkey solution that will make the homeowner happy for years to come.

With extensive experience in wine cellar construction, Blue Grouse Wine Cellars has built stunning wine cellars in Canada. One of their recent projects was in Coquitlam, which is a city in the lower mainland of British Columbia and a municipality that comprises metro Vancouver.

Cost-Effective Solution for the Serious Wine Collector

About 3 years ago, the owners did not have a dedicated storage space for their wines. They had a few modular wine racks, which they bought from Blue Grouse Wine Cellars to accommodate their growing collection.

They purchased additional modular wine racks to match their existing storage system. Blue Grouse Wine Cellars supplied and installed it in a utility space located in the lower level of the owner’s home. This type of service (supply and installation) is available for customers even if they already have a contractor for their home building project.

In this installation project, the wine room is 7 square feet, which was designed to accommodate 680 bottles.

Features of the Modular Racking System

Modular California Redwood Wine Cellar Racks

Modular California Redwood Wine Cellar Racks

Blue Grouse Wine Cellars consulted with the contractor to help ensure that the wine room was built according the functional requirements of the client and matched the theme of the home.

For wine collectors who want to have an elegant home wine cellar without going beyond their budget, master builders recommend modular wine racks. Modular racking is also a great option for a growing collection. Unlike custom wine racks, this storage option allows for easy expansion of one’s collection.

Combining Wine Rack Styles and Adding an Eco-Friendly Feature

Canada Wine Cellar Backsplash Made from Reclaimed Wine Barrel

Canada Wine Cellar Backsplash Made from Reclaimed Wine Barrel

In every wine cellar project, the designers of Blue Grouse Wine Cellars make sure that they create the design with passion and according to the client’s personal preferences. In this Canada home wine cellar, different racking configurations were combined to achieve a custom-like wine storage display.

The left and right walls consist of diamond storage bins at the bottom and individual slots at the top section. The diamond bins are for storing bottles in bulk.

There are high reveal display rows on both walls, which allow for highlighting some of the client’s favorite vintages. The back wall is the focal point of this wine room.

Blue Grouse Wine Cellars added a countertop area to provide an area for serving and decanting wine. Additionally, it can also serve as an additional space for displaying a few bottles, decanters, stemware, and other essential accessories. Below the countertop are the diamond wine racks and single bottle storage slots.

Vancouver Custom Wine Cellar Renovation Project

Custom Residential Wine Cellar Renovation in Vancouver (a Processed Video Transcription)

Vancouver Residential Renovation with Walnut Racking

Vancouver Beach Avenue

Beach Avenue, Vancouver

Hi. I’m Adrienne from Blue Grouse Wine Cellars. I’d like to tell you about our wine cellar project that we completed recently in the Vancouver downtown area on Beach Avenue, and here’s the picture of the area.

You will see how beautiful it is down there. We’re working in a condominium building.

Wood Racking Wine Cellar Before

The Old Wine Storage Cabinet of the Client

The client that we worked with had their existing wine cellar or wine cabinet shown in this picture here. It was built with three separate temperature-controlled wine cabinet, one behind each this door.

We’re not really quite sure why it was designed that way, because wine cooling system could definitely handle the space. In any case, they had this for a number of years, about 20 years. And we’re running to update its look, and install properly working wine cooling equipment.

They also wanted to expand the size to accommodate their ever growing collection. So we started by doing designs for them.

Custom Wine Cellar Drawing overall viewWe went through a few revisions, and eventually ended up here with this design. These were the drawings that we created so they could see in 3D exactly what they would be getting, and how it would fit the size.

You can see that there wasn’t a whole lot difference than what they started with, but the depth was greatly increased. There was some storage area behind this cellar that we stole space from that used to be a bathroom before their first home wine cellar. So they had easy water connection for the wine cooling system.

The 3D Drawings

Custom Wine Cellar Drawing elevationsLooking through the drawings here. This is the plan view, the top view, so you can see exactly all the measurements, and the various elevations, A, B, and C. Elevation A is the back wall. Behind this box of this cabinet is where the cooling unit is housed.

You can see in this further stripped down view what the cooling unit looks like. It kind of a large metal box with the wall ducting coming up the top and connect to the fitting up here where the cold air blows out into the cellar.

This grill here is where the warm air comes out to the unit. The return air is at the toe kick. It’s a pretty sophisticated design. They didn’t have to have grills. There’s a gap in the toekick at the bottom here where it opens so the air can feed back up to the cooling unit.

We got a shaker style door. They were looking for a pretty clean contemporary design, so you don’t see any fancy moldings or anything here.

The wine racking has some display shelves. These aren’t fold up because as you can see in this view, that the ducting is running up behind. So that hiding the ducting is what giving them some display space for the bottles that they wanted to stand up.

Custom Wine Cellar Features

Lighting

They got LED lighting incorporated at the top to shine down the display feature. They also have LED lighting over top of the display row for the individual bottle racking on either side of the cabinet.

Racking Components

Custom Wine Cellar Drawing elevations B and CLooking to the next elevations B and C, are mirrors of each other because these are the two sidewalls. They have some diamond bin storage here.

This is for the bulk wine, so when our client has wines that are all the same, all those bottles can fit into the bins here. It maximizes the storage capacity.

It wouldn’t be a good idea to include too many of these if you are somebody who buys 1 to 2 bottles at a time, because you wouldn’t want to mix the bottles in here because getting bottles at the bottom can be quite tricky.

This is the display row running horizontally through the middle. This carries through the perimeter of the room. It has LED lighting over top of the bottles to highlight them.

Elevation D is the front row of the cellar, which was full frameless glass. Now this isn’t the most efficient way to build a Vancouver residential wine cellar, but it can be done and we took careful attention to make sure that the doors had really good seals around them, so we don’t have air escaping or warm air coming into the wine cellar. It’s 12 mm clear tempered glass. They got some pull handles here on the front, and some top and bottom hinges.

Wine Refrigeration System

The cooling unit in here is a really powerful cooling unit. It can actually handle spaces up to 2,000 cubic feet, which is obviously a lot larger than this wine cellar was. But with this full frameless glass wall and no R-value in the front, we do have to compensate for that.

The Completed Home Wine Cellar

View Through Glass Doors into Custom Wine Cellar

Vancouver Wine Cellar Installation by Blue Grouse

So the finished project looks like this. Just as you saw on the drawings, everything matches. That was what the racking is. The installers followed the drawings assembling this wood wine racking and finishing the custom wine cellar.

All the racking was made from walnut wood, and really high quality walnut wood without any knots. And then it had an oil finish applied to it to darken the wood and give it a richer look and feel.

The shelves up here are glass shelves that were installed on brackets. This is where the liquor bottles were displayed by the client. And they’ve got some of their featured bottles highlighted in the display row here under the LED lighting.

I’ll just show you a few more pictures. This picture here shows you the full fronts glass wall. You can see they got some nice pull handles, pretty minimal in their appearance. Brushed nickel to match their brushed nickel catch hardware for the door hinges.

Worry-Free Wine Collecting with Blue Grouse Wine Cellars: Learn the Conditions Every Wine Collector Should Know When Storing Wine in Their Home.

While most of the commodities are consumed within 24 hours from the time of purchase, wines are often saved by the purchaser for long-term storage and aged. Wine is one of the things that get better with time when stored and aged properly, but it can also spoil and deteriorate rapidly if kept in inappropriate conditions. Proper storage and aging will enhance wine’s flavor, color and quality in general.

As an expert in wine storage, Blue Grouse Wine Cellars always considers the following critical factors when designing and installing Vancouver wine cellars.

Proper Wine Storage – Factors to Consider

Light

wine storageWines, especially white wines should not be subjected to excessive amounts of light. They should not be stored under direct sunlight, and fluorescent lights with ultraviolet light in the wavelength of 325 to 450 nm.

Light may adversely react with the chemical compounds in wine and create potential wine faults or defects, which often leads to wine having a light-struck aroma (or gouts de lumiere – French for tastes of light).

Wine maintains its clarity and citrus aroma if stored in a dark room. This is why most wines are packed in colored glass and stored in wine cellars with a minimal amount of lighting.

Humidity

Humidity is another critical element of wine storage that must be considered, especially if wine cork closures are used. The efficacy of the wine cork depends upon the humidity level. While the optimal humidity range is not yet established and varies from one wine expert to the next, the often-cited ideal humidity level is between 60 and 70 percent.

The ideal humidity range will keep the cork expanded and in shape, providing a good seal to the wine bottle. When wine is stored lower than the ideal humidity level, cork will dry out, shrink or crack, allowing oxygen to enter the bottle and come in contact with the wine. Oxidation then occurs resulting in degradation of wine.

Additionally, when wine is subjected to a higher humidity level, mold may occur and while this will not affect the wine itself, the bottle and wine label will deteriorate.This provides yet another reason that storing your wines in a standard kitchen refrigerator is not advisable, since it is not designed to maintain the right humidity levels.