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65. High End Wine Cellar with Glassed-in Wine Cellar...Read Featured Article →
Experience First-Class Accommodation in Downtown Vancouver with Karma Lounge’s High-End Wine Cellar in the Paradox Hotel
What if your luxury design was lacking the strong piece needed to bring the entire thing together? As a high-end establishment, you need to create an environment that inspires customers to stay and partake of the experience you have to offer.
In this special commercial wine wall project at Vancouver’s Karma Lounge, the stunning, high-end wine cellar in Downtown Vancouver became the backbone of the design. Not only does it bring grandeur as the focal point, but it also provides proper climate-controlled storage for many high-end wines.
Setting the Stage: About Karma Lounge in Downtown Vancouver
Karma Lounge has quickly become a go-to establishment in downtown Vancouver for businesspeople, local socialites, and visitors to the city of glass. Many of these out-of-town visitors stay at the Paradox Hotel, of which the Karma Lounge is part of on the ground floor level, with a striking entrance off West Georgia Street. They provide upscale lounge dining, daytime coffee and cocktails and a high-energy atmosphere for nighttime revelers.
A big part of Karma Lounge’s business is satisfying guests with ample opportunities to imbibe, including many high-end bottles of wine (hence the need for a high-end commercial wine cellar).
Their wine collection ranges from old to new world, with many iconic labels in the mix. Giving these labels an opportunity to be featured in a prominent display and to properly preserve and protect them with climate-control was a key consideration for this project.
Designing a Fine-Looking Commercial Wine Cellar That’s Also Functional
The management of Karma Lounge reached out to Blue Grouse Wine Cellars to help them turn their wine wall design rendering into reality. The main goal was to have a coordinated visual appeal, thus enhancing the establishment’s overall look.
As with most of the projects Blue Grouse Wine Cellars takes on where designs are already in development, a careful eye toward functionality is expressed. For example, the designer knows what they’d like the display to look like but won’t be familiar with cooling systems and how they might impact the design. There may also be some design features incorporated that require tweaking for proper bottle storage.
Sarah Prows of SP Consulting lead the design concept that worked in harmony with other design features and furnishings in the lounge. The utmost care and attention were taken with Blue Grouse’s revised plans and wine wall drawings to maintain the designer’s vision and make only the adjustments that were necessary.
We also suggested small changes to the materials based on availability and cost while presenting an identical commercial wine cellar appearance.
High-End Wine Cellar in Downtown Vancouver’s Karma Lounge – Truly A Sight to Behold
After working with the designer, Blue Grouse Wine Cellar brought some of the following additions and features to the wine cellar:
Karma Lounge’s Commercial Wine Wall Glass Rack Design & Fabrication
Nothing can be more breathtaking than a commercial wine cellar that feels like comfort. Karma Lounge’s high-end wine cellar gives you an exceptional Downtown Vancouver experience with its exhilarating and, at the same time, relaxing ambiance. All these can be owed to the elegant wine wall racking design and fabrication.
Blue Grouse Wine Cellars fabricated the custom millwork out of Maple and stain matched to a sample that the client provided. We incorporated aluminum rails in a clear anodized finish and clear glass shelving. The dark millwork provided warmth and structure to the space, with the glass and aluminum accessory components giving it more of a modern and streamlined appearance.
As the key concerns were merchandising and showing off bottles, this wine wall is very display oriented. You can see that some bottles are standing up on shelves or in feature millwork boxes.
Here, this display is less concerned with keeping the corks wet in the short term, as the bottles will be turned over regularly. All other bottles are stored either lying down or on mildly angled displays with aluminum rails so that corks are still in contact with the wine for proper longer-term wine storage.
For this client, flexibility was essential, given that their wine program will evolve over time. The wine wall can accommodate up to 426 standard 750ml wine bottles. However, the spacing of aluminum rails and wood shelving allows flexibility to accommodate magnums or champagne bottles with the capacity lowered accordingly. This commercial wine cellar also provides additional storage in the main wood display boxes and on glass shelving where bottles are standing upright.
Let There Be (LED) Light!
Accent lighting plays a significant role in the visual appeal of this custom wine wall. It evokes, inspires, and complements the wine display, making it more luxurious. Blue Grouse Wine Cellars wasted no opportunity in amping up this high-end wine cellar in Downtown Vancouver.
Not one, but two LED light strips run around the wood display boxes’ perimeter while more LED strips crawl on the front edge of all millwork gables. These LED lights are flexible and can be dimmed during nighttime for less contrast and turned up during the day.
The owners can also choose to strategically store the rose wines atop the wine wall directly beneath the LED lighting to give your wine bottles a glowing appearance (something you may want to consider in your commercial wine displays).
The King of This Distinctly Modern, High-End Wine Cellar: A Completely Glassed-in Commercial Wine Cellar Enclosure
Classy and elegant, this wine wall wouldn’t have a fraction of the impact had it not been glassed in on both sides. Fortunately for the client, the glass on the back of the cellar facing downwards into the hotel lobby was already in place. All Blue Grouse Wine Cellars needed to do was install the glass doors along the front of the wine wall and then the two side return walls.
We used all-matte black hardware for the front wall glass, which consisted of a series of 8 full-height doors, to keep up with the rich, masculine look of the space. All doors are a single pane 12mm glass with a mohair weatherstripping around all 4 sides to keep a seal as tight as possible for cooling.
The structural stability of the ceiling was important in the construction of the high-end wine cellar to support the weight of the doors and torquing on the hinges. This is because the doors open and close on top and bottom-mounted pivot hinges. Blue Grouse Wine Cellars worked closely with the site contractor to ensure this requirement was met. Each door opens with a matte black ladder pull handle and is secured closed with patch locks on the bottom corner, also in a matching matte black finish. Each lock is keyed, so only one key is required to access any part of the wine wall.
The glass on the backside of the wine cellar allows for full visibility of this beautiful installation as customers enter the Paradox Hotel lobby.
Keeping it Cool & Consistent with Custom Wine Refrigeration Systems
A commercial wine cellar would fail without a proper cooling system. Since single pane glass allows for substantial thermal loss/gain, sizing of the refrigeration equipment was crucial.
Blue Grouse worked with a commercial wine cellar cooling system manufacturer to ensure appropriate BTUs were factored into the refrigeration equipment. The cooling unit must sufficiently cool the space to a consistent 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
In choosing the equipment, the physical size and ducting capabilities were vital elements. We needed units to fit in the bulkhead space directly above the wine wall. Blue Grouse Wine Cellars installed a total of three separate, water-cooled split systems, which explains the three ducted fan coils you can find in the bulkhead leading to openings through the ceiling for supply and return air. Each of these fan coils is then connected by way of copper refrigerant piping to a water-cooled condensing unit installed in a nearby inside area.
The benefit to water-cooled condensers is that they do not vent heat into the surrounding area. Hot air can become a concern if not properly ventilated, as it can impact the temperature of the high-end wine cellar.
Also, water-cooled units can be more enclosed than air-cooled units that require sufficient ventilation for the hot air they emit. In this high-end wine cellar in Downtown Vancouver, the condensers were even connected to a closed-loop system, which means the water was recycled for an eco-friendly operation.
Give Your Downtown Vancouver Business a Boost with a High-End Wine Cellar
This high-end wine cellar in Downtown Vancouver exceeds expectations with a modern elegance to catch the customer’s eye, while keeping the prized wines properly. With high end design and functionality, more guests will be willing to spend time and money. The value given to your commercial wine cellar is a value given to your clients.
With Blue Grouse Wine Cellars, building a commercial wine cellar that draws attention is our forte. Working with the right people is key to creating a well-designed space to meet your guests’ demands and expectations.
As one of the industry’s most trusted wine cellar builders, we are committed to giving you a premier wine cellar that addresses your and your clients’ needs. We meticulously plan every wine cellar design or adhere to your concept with a touch of creativity from our team. This allows us to produce the best possible results you can enjoy for many years.
We are here to help you build a high-end wine cellar for your Downtown Vancouver establishment! Give us a call or visit our showroom.
56. Luxury Wine Storage at The Vaults in CanadaRead Featured Article →
With a Modern Wine Cellar Design, The Vaults Is Not Your Typical Storage Condominium
A modern wine cellar design can turn a simple space into a stunning work of art or a stylish venue no matter the size. Set up one in your basement and it instantly becomes a sensation; build a contemporary wine cellar design in your Canada home’s garage and you will have an upbeat workroom. If you have not yet heard of a garage with a wine cellar in it or if you think it does not make sense, this unit at The Vaults will prove otherwise.
As a premier storage facility in Canada, The Vaults offers its clients freedom to design their own units for their ultimate enjoyment. One of our clients decided to up the ante and enhance the unit’s backdrop with a modern luxury wine rack system. Not only would it bring style to the place but it would also inspire camaraderie and relaxation.
The Vaults Calgary’s Classy Modern Wine Cellar Build
“At the Vaults, your passion lives here.” And the company stays true to its principle. As Canada’s leading secured storage facility, The Vaults offers clients a personal space for their custom cars, high-end motorcycles, boats, and other recreational vehicles.
Each suite offers the ultimate convenience, entertainment, and relaxation for busy individuals looking to mellow out in style with their prized ride. One can simply chill in the provided lounges with interiors that inspire and destresses. And what would go well with a fine hang-out space? A good bottle of wine to drink alone or with company.
For this reason, our client who owns a unit at The Vaults decided to put up a wine display rack to make the most out of the occasional leisure time.
The Simply Spectacular Millesime Wine Rack System
This Astonishing Millesime Wine Rack System was built for Canada’s leading secured storage facility, The Vaults. The wine storage was encased with a frameless glass enclosure and has a lighting system installed.
Grouse Wine Cellar’s Millesime version, which can hold 168 bottles.
Blue Grouse Wine Cellars partnered with Bozena Interior Design to install the modern wine cellar design. The bottles are displayed in a double-deep Millesime wine rack that gives a floating illusion. Stored in a 14-inch structure made of black anodized aluminum, it’s a perfect match for the contemporary interior design by Bozena, including the furniture and railing.
The acrylic end blocks that connect the pegs to the upright post adds sparkle to the already sophisticated finish.
Luxury Wine Storage with Frameless Glass Enclosure
Running from floor to ceiling, The Vault’s modern wine rack system rests gracefully inside a frameless glass enclosure. The glass material is beautiful to the eye and accentuates the beauty of the bottles inside.
With this design, guests can easily view the wine display and take their pick even without opening the transparent wine ‘vault’.
Alluring Modern Lights to Complement an Exquisite Wine Storage
One might think that the lighting around the room would do but that’s not how Blue Grouse rolls. To emphasize Blue Grouse Wine Cellar’s modern wine cellar design, the lighting system must be upbeat as well.
Per the team’s instructions, overhead puck lights were installed to make wine browsing easier as it illuminates the labels. Some lighting was also installed outside of the racking system to enhance the style.
The Millesime Wine Rack System: One of the Best Modern Wine Cellar Builds in Canada
The Vault’s minimalist lounge is already a sight to behold with its industrial ambiance. The black furniture pieces, dark-shaded ceiling, and granite countertop gather a happy crowd from time to time. This whole facility in Canada can be a haven for those who need some time off their busy week, talking about their passion with like-minded people.
Handpicked by our client and installed by Bozena Interior Design, Blue Grouse Wine Cellar’s luxury Millesime wine storage certainly made this room more inviting. Ordinary and special moments are better enjoyed with fine wines in a stirring modern wine cellar design. Simple yet stunning, it’s a fine modern wine cellar build in Calgary.
The Millesime wine rack system has posts made with clear anodized aluminum. The pegs are also made with aluminum material and come in single, double, or triple-deep variations. With proper spacing and installation, anyone can have a modern wine cellar build for their Canada home or wine store.
Chill Out with a Modern Wine Cellar Design Made by the Industry’s Finest
Blue Grouse Wine Cellar’s Millesime wine rack system proves to be the best choice for a modern wine cellar design. Your guests will be surely blown away by the floating bottle effect and the sturdy wine pegs that keep them secured.
If you are looking to have one built for your home or building, work with premier designers and wine cellar builders to make sure your wine cellar turns out as stunning as you want them to be. Blue Grouse Wine Cellars promises to bring our team’s craftsmanship as we create the wine cellar of your dreams.
Working with a number of clients who want their own modern wine cellar build in Calgary has honed our skills. We have perfected the craft from the design side to the technical aspect. And you can guarantee we will do the same for your home or commercial wine cellar.
To know how we can work together, call us! Let’s discuss your wine cellar project and get started!
55. Traditional Wood Wine Racking in Basement Wine Cellar,...Read Featured Article →
How to Transform Your Basement into a Wine Cellar with Traditional Wood Wine Racks
We had a wine enthusiast consult with us on building his own home wine cellar in his newly purchased house. Our client previously lived in a condo and had his wine collection stored in a series of cabinets. Eventually, his wine collection grew, and he needed more storage space for his wine bottles. With the purchase of a new home, with more space, he elected to convert a space in his basement to a wine cellar.
Our team conducted a site visit to check the house and confirm the basement was a feasible location to have the wine room. He had a large niche-type area which we would build a wall in front of to fully enclose the space. He opted for a traditional design with wooden racks and wall paneling to achieve a rustic and contemporary concept of the basement wine cellar. Learn more as we discuss this beautiful transformation of a basic basement into one of the most beautiful home wine cellars with traditional wine racks.
Creating Traditional Pieces with Wood Wine Racks
This is the astonishing view when you enter the basement wine cellar.
Building home wine cellars today can be very convenient and accessible. With modern technology and innovative concepts and the right team to build it, you can pretty much come up with any type of wine cellar you want for your home. From traditional designs to contemporary themes, a part of your home can have a full wine nook transformation.
With our recent client, traditional patterns in the form of wood wine racks were used to achieve a rustic design for his basement.
Our designer drafted a 3D outline to give the homeowner a better visualization of the wine room. The type and layout of the wine racking were well-detailed so he could understand how he could organize his collection, where his non-standard bottles would fit, and how many bottles he would be able to store, in total.
The goal was to fit 1,200 bottles of wine and with smart wood wine racking solutions, we were able to maximize the limited space by using at least four (4) different racking solutions. From individual bottle storage, diamond bin loose bottle storage, label view shelves, and bulkhead to angle bottle display, we came up with all these wood racking patterns to effectively fit his wine bottle collection as well as create an attractive display. The peninsula wine racking display was also designed to hold the wine bottles in a waterfall or staircase-like pattern which added a more modern flair to an otherwise mostly traditional design. All in all, these wood wine racking solutions brought about an elegant and traditional design to the whole room.
Important Features to Complete Your Traditional Wine Room
Wine cellars of the past used to be located solely in rooms underground. The purpose was to exploit subterranean temperature influences for the ideal maturation of wine. With today’s innovation of new technology in refrigeration equipment, wine cellars can be built in almost any space in your home.
For our client’s basement, we installed a modern entrance door made from solid walnut wood and insulated glass. As you enter the room, you are welcomed by a beautiful display of wine bottles stored in traditional wood wine racks. The wall panels we installed were made with beeswax walnut wood, the same as the wine racks. We also needed to install a raised, insulated floor to mitigate the influence of the in-floor radiant heating. Additionally, we accented some of the wine bottles by installing warmer color temperature LED lighting in the bulkhead and angled wine racking display. These tiny features highlight the traditional wood wine racks that make up our client’s beautiful wine cellar.
How to Store Your Wine Safely with Self-Contained Cooling Solutions
The allotted basement used for the wine cellar was originally just a plain white room with carpeted flooring and a small window for ventilation. Initially, it wasn’t fit for wine storage. But our team went to work to install proper insulation, vapor barrier and then installed a through-wall, self-contained cooling unit, making use of the window opening.
We chose the Whisper Kool Extreme 5000TiR for our client’s wine room and made sure it provided tantamount cooling temperature for the wine bottles. We also made sure the cooling system didn’t ruin the ambiance provided by the traditional wood wine racks but installing a louvered grille in front of it. We then installed a hard-wired control panel beside the wine cellar door for easy viewing and management of controls.
Transform Your Basement into A Wine Room with Traditional Wood Racks!
The traditional wood wine racks look perfect inside this basement wine cellar.
Traditional wood wine racks are one of the best designs for modern wine cellars. Whether at home or in a basement, you can transform any space into a luxurious wine nook without sacrificing too much space.
Our traditional custom wood racks can be configured to fit a variety of spaces and house collections big or small. Depending on the materials chosen we can also work with a variety of budgets.
If you are looking into building a wine cellar in your basement, call us now at 1 (888) 400-2675. Our team will happily guide you through the process and provide beautiful designs for your consideration.
54. Glass Enclosed Wine Cellar in West VancouverRead Featured Article →
Seeing it Through: This Small Frameless Glass Enclosed Wine Cellar Did Not Fail to Stun
Do you have a tiny space at home that you would like to turn into something functional, say, a glass enclosed wine cellar? But just the thought of it may be intimidating considering the time, effort, and creative process. Additionally, this type of project, which you envisioned to be design-rich, is prone to error when you have a limited space to work with.
It may seem too big a concept for a tiny corner, but if you are creative enough and your builders are exceptional, anything is possible! The people you would task to do the job matter. Your chosen team of wine cellar builders is key in achieving the results that you want.
Blue Grouse Wine Cellar’s recent project is one worth following. With a very small almost unused space, the team was able to pull off a great job.
From an Unused Space to a Custom Glass Wine Cellar
This glass wine room was built in a beautiful modern home located in West Vancouver. In terms of design, it’s a place where you can find comfort and a reason to smile everywhere you turn. Down at the entertainment area, the homeowners have a small unenclosed nook with a curved wall, which was originally intended for relaxing with a glass of wine in hand. But then again, they barely got to use it despite the inviting soft couches and a minimalist centre table.
Before it became an abandoned space with too few memories to cherish, they decided to turn it into a wine cellar. Compared to an empty resting place, a wine cellar is a more exciting idea. So, the couple hired Blue Grouse Wine Cellars to make this happen.
The team met with the homeowners to discuss the details of the design that they had in mind—what they wanted it to look like, the materials they wanted to use, finishes, the number of wine bottles they want to store, and the overall feel for the space.
A Glass Enclosed Wine Cellar That’s Packed with Elegance and Power
Single-pane frameless glass design
One of the most interesting features of the wine cellar is the glass door. The original draft had a framed insulated glass enclosure which is more efficient than frameless glass. However, the thick frame did not impress the clients and they favored the 12mm single-pane frameless glass design.
The super clear frameless glass was done as a Starphire low iron glass, removing the green tinge that can sometimes be seen around the edges of the glass. It is almost invisible but there’s a thin mohair low-pile weatherstripping around the door. This fuzzy strip around the perimeter of the door seals the tiniest gaps between the edges, sidelights, floor, and ceiling that will keep the air from escaping.
The matte black hardware consists of u-channel that surrounds the fixed panels of the glass, the hinges and door handle. Without a thick frame to obstruct the vision, one can see the entire custom cellar millwork and wine collection through it.
It was indeed more welcoming even though it came with a price. It needed more cooling power to compensate for the lack of R value, but the team provided just the right cooling unit for this type of enclosure.
Cellar Pro 4200VSi: A Strong Cooling System for a Small Wine Cellar
For the cooling system, the team used the Cellar Pro 4200VSi with two ducting hoods and ducting kits. This USA-made equipment boasts of high-quality performance, the reason why Blue Grouse Wine Cellars has been using it for many of its projects.
The crew installed the four ducts of the cooling system in a storage closet located behind the wine cellar. Two of the ducts go into the wine cellar—one blows the cold air in and one directs the return air back to the cooling unit. The other two ducts run up over the top of the door—one exhausts the hot air and the other pulls in fresh air for the cooling system.
More Design Elements to Catch Your Attention
The glass enclosure and the cooling system are impressive but we haven’t yet delved into the details of the custom millwork and hardware that adorn this 400-bottle capacity wine room.
Classy Millwork and Wine Racking System That Complement the Glass Enclosed Wine Cellar
This small wine cellar owes its classy and nostalgic ambiance to the Red Oak millwork with a custom stain and lacquer finish. The client presented a sample of their desired wine cellar finish, and the Blue Grouse Wine Cellar team effectively replicated it to their satisfaction.
The wine racking system has a combination of rectangular and diamond bulk bins that are perfect for homeowners who buy wines by the case. Each bin can hold eight wine bottles and it’s recommended that they be the same bottle of wine. A case of wine can fit nicely into the rectangular bins as well.
On top of the bins is a custom, LED-lit display row. Wines can be displayed at a 15-degree angle which still keeps the corks wet.
Discreet VINdustry Peg Hardware to Create the Illusion of Floating Bottles
Just above the lit display row is a series of enclosures for label view bottle display. Here, wine bottles are held securely by sturdy three bottles-deep VINdustry wine pegs in black anodized aluminum finish. Blue Grouse Wine Cellar also used anchor bolts to mount through the face of the millwork.
A Beautiful Archway to Add Charm
This wine cellar can take your breath away looking at the entire construction, but there’s one feature that attracts the most attention: the beautiful archway in the centre of this homeowners’ wine room. With a small lit counter space, it also provides a useable counter area for sorting bottles and also for displaying decanters or other items.
On top of the archway are spaces to store label-forward magnum bottles.
LED Lighting to Enhance its Beauty
The wine collection, impressive millwork, and frameless single-pane door already make this glass-enclosed wine cellar a sight to behold. But Blue Grouse Wine Cellar was not done yet.
To complete the wine cellar, an electrician installed the LED lighting in the wine racking system, including the display rows and archway. The team also set up several pot lights in the ceiling. These LED lights have an adjustable brightness feature for the homeowners’ convenience.
For Expert Wine Cellar Specialists, Nothing’s Too Small When Creating Contemporary Wine Cellars
You too can have a glass-enclosed wine cellar, no matter the space you have available. One of the things you may be worried about is the cooling system set-up, especially if your chosen location seems awkward to hold the ducts.
Temperature control is something Blue Grouse Wine Cellars specializes in and can almost always find a solution for.
Over the years, we have completed state-of-the-art residential and commercial wine cellars for hundreds of satisfied clients. Our design and building teams will deliver results with the best quality design and installation.
Know your options, take your best pick, and let us help you build your wine cellar. Call Blue Grouse Wine Cellars today!
53. Contemporary Atlanta Wine Cellar with Floating Wall Wine...Read Featured Article →
Contemporary Wine Cellars: How Wine Cellar Experts Made this Small Wine Room Come Alive
For passionate wine lovers, contemporary wine cellars are also a thing to behold. How nice it would be to have a personal wine cellar at home where you can browse through your favorite wines. It is not only convenient but also satisfying.
Life is easier if you can quickly access your wines from your own home rather than from a liquor store, which may be a mile away from the leisure district. You can also grow your collection in an elegant storage that you would be proud of.
It’s an exciting thought for many homeowners, except for those who may think that their limited space at home is an issue. You may think that converting a small room into a wine cellar is infeasible, but this should not discourage you.
Know this: there is no space too small for a good wine cellar builder or a passionate wine lover. A small space should not stop you from pursuing your dream of having a wine cellar installed in the comforts of your own home.
Blue Grouse Wine Cellars will prove it! In collaboration with Atlanta Wine Cellar, the team has successfully completed a small wine cellar design for an Atlanta client. This project demonstrates that size is never a hindrance when building a contemporary wine cellar that’s rich in design and has a lot of room for your wine collection.
Small Space, Rich Design, Huge Storage
Wine cellars often give you a vision of a huge space with hundreds of wine bottles segregated into size, brand, and type. You may imagine a room filled with spirits from floor to ceiling with wine glasses around and a center table. Can a small room be transformed into a contemporary, style-rich wine cellar? For Atlanta Wine Cellar, it’s no walk in the park but possible.
The team got to work starting with the design and layout, moving to the installation, and then adding the design elements that turned the client’s humble room into a dazzling wine cellar with an ample wine storage space.
Set up on the left side of the dining area, the small cellar seems like a burst of spirits amid a minimalist environment that’s painted in pure white. Illuminated by an integrated LED lighting system, the wine bottles, and interior design are a definite attraction.
Blue Grouse Wine Cellar furnished the room with three types of exceptional wine racking systems: float wine racking system, VINdustry wine peg, and diamond bins.
Floating wall wine rack – a must-have in contemporary wine cellars
Clean lines, simplicity, sophistication, and subtle textures are the marks of contemporary design. A good designer can manipulate these characteristics into anything, wine racks included. Caroline of Atlanta Wine Cellar decided that Blue Grouse Wine Cellar’s float wine racking system is a perfect choice.
Set up elegantly on the right-side wall from floor to ceiling, high-tension cables support the float wine racking. It comes with an upgraded colored glass cradle that is flexible as it accommodates different wine bottle sizes, including magnums.
Standard cradles are clear but for this wine cellar, the team used dark grey in satin chrome finish.
VINdustry wine pegs – Elegantly flexible
Wine pegs are a favorite among wine cellar owners and designers alike because of their flexibility and simplicity. It’s also a smart storage solution as they come in one, two, and three-bottle deep sizes. For the client’s small space and huge wine collection, the three-bottle deep is a perfect choice.
With a milled aluminum finish, each peg has light gray rubber rings to firmly grip and secure the bottles in place. Other wine peg systems need to be screwed from the back panel of the wall making them an inconvenient choice for areas that already have a finished wall.
The wine pegs used for this wine cellar are more flexible, allowing the team to install them from the front, directly through the face of the millwork.
Diamond bins – good capacity, space-saver
Diamond bins are also a common sight in many private or commercial wine cellars. Its versatile form provides enough room for multiple bottles in one cell, a perfect choice for small contemporary wine cellars with plenty of bottles to store. Those who buy bottles in cases would find this wine racking system favorable.
Integrated LED lighting system that’s wine-cellar friendly
Using an integrated LED lighting system in contemporary wine cellars is practical. This lighting system does not emit heat, which helps regulate the temperature inside the room. Function is one thing and design is another. For this wine cellar, the team placed an oversized light bulb-style in the middle of the ceiling. It not only functions as lighting but also as modern décor.
To illuminate the wines and enhance the design elements, lighting is also installed around the VINdustry wine pegs’ millwork, floating wall wine rack frame, and diamond bins.
Harmony and symmetry
To make the bottle formation more pleasing to the eye, Caroline of Atlanta Wine Cellar had the bottles line up on the same horizontal planes. This way, the bottles flow nicely around the room, and navigating the wine racking system is hassle-free.
Glass Doors for clear view of wines
There are reasons that glass doors are favored over wooden doors for their wine cellars. One, you don’t want to keep this elegance hidden. Two, you want to have a quick view of wine bottles. The clear frameless glass doors that open from the middle, further refine the wine cellar’s modern theme. It also provides more view into the beauty and substance that are inside.
Countertop – functional, flexible, and beautiful
Bigger contemporary wine cellars have small tables inside. But for this small wine cellar design, a space-efficient countertop is the best alternative. Sitting below the VINdustry wine pegs is a decent-sized countertop for displays and wine glasses. It can also be used for wine sorting.
For Expert Wine Cellar Designers, Nothing’s Too Small When Creating Contemporary Wine Cellars
Creating spectacular contemporary wine cellars is not a problem for wine cellar specialists who have a lot of room to work with. But a small wine cellar design challenges them even more. It stirs their creative juices and inspires them to stretch their imagination.
If you want to turn your small room into a wine cellar that’s as captivating as this Atlanta home, have the experts do it for you.
Emerging as a powerhouse in the wine cellar building industry, Blue Grouse Wine Cellar together with Atlanta Wine Cellar will produce for you a work of art that wine connoisseurs and aficionados would appreciate. Blue Grouse Wine Cellar’s first-class racking system and Atlanta Wine Cellar’s remarkable design ideas will bring your dream wine room to life!
Our seasoned wine cellar builders have built many commercial and residential wine cellars, big and small. With a mastery in wine cellar building, you can be sure that we will deliver you high quality and stunning work so you can enjoy your wines in style.
Let’s talk and get started with your wine cellar project!
52. Passive Wine Cellar Design & Build in CanadaRead Featured Article →
Passive Wine Cellar Design Home in West Vancouver, Canada
In modern times, wine aficionados make sure that when they build a wine cellar, they invest in a complete refrigeration system setup as well. However, there are certain instances where a wine cellar cooling unit may be unnecessary. This is because the location of where the wine cellar is built has natural temperature and humidity ideal for wine storage. These kinds of wine storage rooms are known as passive wine cellars.
Our team recently completed a beautiful project of designing a passive wine cellar in the basement of our client’s home. This was a very unique project for us because we’ve never designed passive wine cellars before.
Passive Wine Cellars and How They Are Different
Unlike the usual wine cellars that are built in houses with cooling systems, passive wine cellars use ambient temperature from the walls and floors of the room. This means passive wine cellars should be built in locations that meet the temperature requirements for storing wine bottles or in short, be located in underground locations or subterranean basements with ground temperature.
Passive homes produce efficient energy through solar panels which reduces the building’s ecological footprint. These solar designs maximize power from the sun. In return, passive wine cellars rely on the natural room temperature from its natural location, the type of wall, flooring and ventilation. In this article, we will discuss our beautiful experience with our client’s passive wine cellar construction. Read more as we share all the details of this unique project.
Finding the Right Location for A Passive Wine Cellar
It’s been stated that passive wine cellars can only be situated in subterranean basements. Otherwise, it will not serve its temperature purpose of storing wine bottles. Passive wine cellars are mostly common for clients with existing subterranean basements.
In our case, we had our first passive wine cellar construction from one of our clients who just recently bought a house in West Vancouver, Canada. She designed her house with solar panels on top of the roof to supply power for the house. It was then called a passive home.
Furthermore, she had always been a wine enthusiast and loved collecting premium wine bottles. She made sure the house she purchased had a basement and thus, had already conceptualized the wine cellar in that space. It was the perfect location for her and the perfect opportunity for us to design something truly distinctive.
Benefits of Passive Wine Cellar
While normal wine cellars are very convenient for every location because of the cooling systems that allow it, passive wine cellars offer a lot of benefit to the environment by maximizing natural temperature from the ground. Constructing your wine cellar in a subterranean basement allows adequate cooling sufficiency to store wine bottles and let them age properly. Because of the ground and wall insulation, it offers a natural cooling temperature for the room.
Our client’s passive wine cellar provides benefits with its high insulation value, advanced window design, passive natural ventilation, and heat recovery. We also made sure the passive wine cellar design fit its natural concept. The creative lighting design illuminated most of the natural aspects of the passive wine cellar.
Sneak-Peek of The Passive Wine Cellar Construction
When you take a look at the passive wine cellar, it would look like it’s been carved right out of the earth. We wanted to make the wine cellar as natural looking as possible. The most natural element is a large natural stone popping out from the wall which isn’t purely aesthetics, but an effective tool for climate control. We also used flagstones for the flooring to keep up with the natural elements of the passive wine cellar. Even more, it provided a spectacular atmosphere and a very natural vibe.
Using Materials with High Insulation Value to Achieve Passive Wine Cellar Design
The triple-glazed door we installed had very high insulation value because it limited the absorption of heat from the passive wine cellar. By staying in touch with the natural design, we included natural wood racking and lighting infused with exposed concrete walls.
We installed a beautiful wood called African mahogany millwork and it was the perfect combination for the concrete walls. We included in our racking design a quarter round display shelf, horizontal display rows to highlight special bottles, and both individual and bulk bottle storage. The pegs are made of aluminum and mounted directly to the concrete walls. The pegs used are unique because of their square-shaped double deep pegs with a natural aluminum finish.
For the ventilation system of the room, we installed LUNOS eGo with a built-in regenerative heat recovery core for natural cooling as traditional cooling systems were not used for this project. We made sure this ventilation system was sufficient enough to store more or less (650) six hundred fifty wine bottles from our client. The tiny detail our client wanted to add was the tiny flags posted on top of the racks to indicate the countries where the wine bottles belonged to.
Build A Passive Wine Cellar Design in Your Home Now!
It’s always nice to try something new for your house. It’s even better when that unique wine cellar design is more natural and benefits the environment. By constructing passive wine cellars, you do not only create beautiful aesthetics and natural designs, but also promote good environment practices by maximizing cooling solutions from the ground and earth itself. It’s always nice to have a combined purpose in building things.
If you are thinking of having a passive wine cellar design at home, you have come to the right place. Our team designs the best wine cellars that fit your taste. Contact us now at 1-888-400-2675 and let our team talk you through the steps to create your masterpiece passive wine cellar!
51. Contemporary Wine Cellars in Terminal City Club VancouverRead Featured Article →
Have You Seen the Best Contemporary Wine Cellars in Vancouver? You’ll Love Terminal City Club’s Wine Lockers!
Contemporary wine cellars in Vancouver are becoming more and more popular, both in people’s homes and businesses. The Terminal City Club is basically a combination of home and business when you consider the number of members that get together there to socialize on a regular basis.
After a busy work week focusing on business and career, people enjoy getting together with friends and colleagues. Some just want to kick back with a friend or two, while others enjoy networking in a more relaxed environment. What better way to do either of these things than over a glass or two of fine wine?
The Terminal City Club understands that a combination of good wine and a relaxing environment is a winning combination for people who are always on the go. This inspired them to convert their pool hall into a simple, contemporary wine cellar in Vancouver.
With the help of Blue Grouse Wine Cellars and Kurtz Design’s Jennifer Kurtz, Terminal City Club’s members can now enjoy perfectly protected wine from their own collections, conveniently at the club.
From a Plain Pool Hall to a Fine Wine Room
Terminal City Club is a private members club in downtown Vancouver in Canada. It was built in 1892 as a businessmen’s club and later evolved into a prestigious and inclusive recreational place where members socialize and expand their network.
The recreational facility has various amenities such as a swimming pool, squash courts, fitness center, bars, and restaurants. The building also has a members’ lounge with several pool tables to entertain visitors. It’s a great place to mingle and pass time, but it was destined to be more than just a pool hall.
Terminal City Club thought a wine cellar would be a great addition. It would provide a convenient storage solution for members who want their favorite wines on hand to share with friends or enjoy on their own.
Wine Bottle Lockers for a Unique Contemporary Wine Cellar in Canada
Billiards are great, but better with wine! While hanging out and playing pool with friends, members can now enjoy a glass of their chosen wine. Since the members’ lounge was redesigned and repurposed, members may also relax on the comfortable furniture with their beverage of choice and never touch a pool cue!
As part of the redesign of the members’ lounge, done in conjunction with Kurtz Design, straightforward climate-controlled wine storage was installed. This attractive, functional display consists of 144 individual lockers that can store 1872 wine bottles in total. At the top center of the wine wall are 12 lockers with 24-bottle capacity, and surrounding them are 132 lockers with a 12-bottle capacity, all in a label-forward display.
Although the wine cellar’s design looks simple and straightforward at face value, there is a more complex cooling process happening behind the scenes.
Two water-cooled split systems were installed which are hooked into a closed-loop system. This satisfied the city water bylaw and is more environmentally friendly as the water is recirculated. The millwork and locker design was done in consideration of airflow and functionality for cooling the space. The complete bank of wine lockers is cooled to the same temperature, approximately 14 degrees Celsius but the staff can adjust this slightly if desired.
The supply and return air of the cooling unit is important to keep the temperature optimal. So, looking closely, there are air gaps in front and behind the wine bottles to allow for quality airflow for the cooling unit.
On the back of the lockers, which have individual locks, Blue Grouse Wine Cellars also installed a black powder coated mesh material to protect the wine bottles from getting pushed through the back of the locker into the air circulation space.
Smart and Elegant Wine Racks
With a few remaining billiard tables, furniture pieces in the foreground, and a glorious wine locker wall, the member’s lounge has become a favorite spot in Terminal City Club.
The classy wine lockers are kept behind doors made of custom stained maple with glass inserts. Each smaller locker is four-bottle tall and 3-bottles deep and each larger locker is exactly double that size. Black anodized aluminum rails support the bottles in this wine display. The doors have bubble seals to keep the lockers airtight for efficient cooling.
Elegant LED Lighting Systems Work Best with Contemporary Wine Cellars in Vancouver
To enhance the wine lockers’ magnificence, LED lights were installed on the backside of the door frames. LED lighting is a great choice for wine cellars as it doesn’t emit heat. Using this type of lighting will not affect the cooling performance. Terminal City Club’s electrician is responsible for this element, and they did a great job matching Blue Grouse Wine Cellar’s design.
Find Inspiration in This Contemporary Wine Cellar Project and Design Your Wine Room Today
Many contemporary wine cellars in Vancouver have stunning designs and it’s no wonder a lot of people would want to have their own contemporary wine cellar in Canada. Each wine cellar is unique and the secret to creating an extraordinary wine room is to know what you want and work with the best builders and designers, namely Kurtz Design and Blue Grouse Wine Cellars.
Together with Kurtz Design, Blue Grouse Wine Cellars has successfully translated the idea of leisure and relaxation into an awe-inspiring magnificence. The Terminal City Club members’ lounge is just one of our team’s exceptional projects. We have built countless contemporary wine cellars in Vancouver over the years and the numbers are growing.
Our team aims to give life to your wine cellar design ideas for commercial and residential constructions. In each project, we put out our heart, creativity, and passion in order to deliver exceptional outcomes that represent your concept.
If you are looking to build a wine cellar of your own for your home or wine store, Blue Grouse Wine Cellars is at your service. Talk to us so we can get started as soon as possible!
50. Custom Home “Snug” Wine Bar Design in CanadaRead Featured Article →
The Snug – An Extraordinary Way to Create A Fine Home Wine Bar Design in this Kamloops Home!
It’s nice to build your home wine bar design when you live in a place like Kamloops, Canada, where trees are abundant and the mountains are your backdrop. It’s the perfect place to have a ‘snug’. In Irish, a ‘snug’ means “a cozy room in a pub.” It’s not a snug if it isn’t cozy, but you don’t need a pub to have one.
With a residential place surrounded by an awe-inspiring landscape, having a snug perfectly completes the home. Although far from the business district, this home wine bar created a bit of the city in our client’s own home. Reasonably, you shouldn’t have to travel far just to have a sip of bourbon or buy a bottle of your favorite wine – place it within the reach of your home!
Would a few liquor bottles and an unused space enough to create your own snug? If you already have a wine room, what design methods would give you that ‘snug’ experience? If you have a concept and space, you should find wine cellar experts to put everything together.
Good wines blend well with lush scenery. However, drinking wine can be a choice between the beauteous outdoors or a fine wine cellar inside your home. If you have The Snug, a home wine bar design in Canada, you are blessed.
The Snug – An Exquisite Yet Modest Home Wine Bar Design in Kamloops, Canada
Working with the right people matters a lot if you want to achieve the design you want. Seasoned wine cellar builders will do a great job starting with the materials to use, the appropriate cooling equipment, suitable furnishings, and the installations.
Blue Grouse Wine Cellar is among the industry experts with mastery in small and large-sized commercial and residential wine cellars. The team has done numerous projects in Canada, where wine lovers abound.
The Snug is one of Blue Grouse Wine Cellar’s latest projects. Set in Kamloops, British Columbia, northeast of Vancouver, this residential wine cellar is a gem, truly living up to its name. Looking at this entire room, though small, will surely inspire a visitor to open a bottle and cozy up, and appreciate drinking wine the Irish way.
The owner would have Blue Grouse Wine Cellar take on the project in all respects, but the location has been a great challenge. Due to the distance, Blue Grouse Wine Cellar and the clients agreed that we would design the wine room and build the millwork, while he would have his own team install them based on the final blueprint.
Designing the Snug
Soon after the client reached out to Blue Grouse Wine Cellar, the team prepared three design layouts for the wine room.
The first design was simpler and straightforward with a capacity of 650 bottles, yet no climate control considerations. It was mostly wine storage with several individual slots, open vault bins, and an archway with a small countertop for display.
The second design has a smaller capacity – 400 bottles – but with additional cabinetry. For this version, the team retained the individual storage, diamond bins, and archway, but a dedicated space for the client’s own humidor was added.
For the third and winning design, the team created a 340-bottle capacity plan and added built-in climate control wine cabinets, a space for the humidor, and an archway with additional stemware.
Display Rows with an Attitude
The Snug has a 340-bottle capacity, some of which can be stored in the vertical display rows on the left and right side of the archway. The display rows have three layers per side and each layer can hold four wine bottles.
Fine Cabinetry with Functionality
Blue Grouse Wine Cellar’s design included a Vino Pro BU490 Designer Series all-glass door full-extension shelving model. Inside the cabinet, the wines are displayed in a label-forward position, allowing for careful wine selection without opening the cabinet doors. This type of shelving also helps prolong the wine’s shelf life as the temperature will be well-regulated.
Also, the upper and lower cabinets have adjustable shelves to accommodate different sizes of wine bottles.
Classy LED Lighting System
Adding to the contemporary classic ambiance are the LED lights installed in the display rows. The upper and lower cabinets, as well as the archway, are also equipped with LED pot lights. Meanwhile, LED strip lights with diffuser was installed in the display rows.
A Fancy Archway with Stemware
A definite show-stealer, the archway comes with a countertop, which can either hold additional liquor bottles or some art décor for attraction. Inside the archway are functional four-layer, eight-rack stemware on both sides for wine glasses. When not occupied, it can be turned into an additional storage space.
Humidor for Fine Cigars
The client not only fancies fine liquors but fine cigars, too! It turns out the client has a growing collection of both, which is why the Blue Grouse Wine Cellar team found a suitable space to incorporate the Mini Tower 1000 Humidor into the home wine bar design.
The team thought it’s best set up below the countertop, where it lines up perfectly with the lower, LED lighted cabinets. Sure, the Humidor is reserved for the cigars but its simple, yet refined finish also makes it an ornamental addition.
A James Tobacco Loveseat for a Cozy Canada Home Wine Bar Design
What more can you add to an already distinguished wine room? A James Tobacco Loveseat is the ideal furniture to go with the wines, the cigars, and the mood. With one double and two single-seaters, the sofa set screams cozy from color to quality, ideal for a wine room where relaxation seems to be the only option.
The Millwork That Stuns
It started with a small, empty room and a concept. Despite the challenges, Blue Grouse Wine Cellar was able to demonstrate its creative prowess through the interior design and millwork. Our remote collaboration with the client’s installers caused magic to happen as The Snug turned out to be a success.
The millwork was done in maple with stain and lacquer finish blending nicely with the baroque ceiling, walls, and all-glass doorway.
If Wine is Your Passion, a Cozy Wine Room is Perfect for You!
If you also have a growing collection of fine liquors and are dreaming of a cozy home wine bar design like The Snug in this Canada home, now is the time to build one! Use the extra space in your house or convert a barely used room for your wine haven.
Whether you are worried about the location or the budget, Blue Grouse Wine Cellar will make things happen for you so you can fully enjoy your wines in the most convenient way.
Our team of wine cellar specialists will assist you with planning, installation, and finishing. We will help you choose the best materials and equipment for your private or commercial wine rooms. We provide the best wine cellar solutions for all our clients in Canada and the US.
Contact us today and let’s start working on your home wine bar design!
41. MP Lighting Wine Cellar in VancouverRead Featured Article →
Wine Cellar Lighting Solutions in Vancouver – Turning a Basement Wine Cellar into a Masterpiece
Among other things, the gorgeous wine cellar lighting makes this Vancouver wine cellar truly special. The homeowners were uncompromising when it came to creating a functional cellar with a wow-factor. Blue Grouse Wine Cellars worked with them to install the stunning MP Lighting wine racks.
A contemporary wine cellar in black to complete this Vancouver home
The clients chose to configure their wine cellar in the basement of their new home in Vancouver. One of the challenges that they faced was how to light their wine cellar. This led them to team up with Blue Grouse Wine Cellars to help them create a wine showcase that will radiate their contemporary classic concept.
As a top residential wine cellar builder in Canada, Blue Grouse Wine Cellars knows exactly how to interpret the client’s vision. The team also provided the best lighting solution through MP Lighting wine racks. The result is a modern and classy space to store their favourite bottles.
The project turned out to be a stylish piece of art. It is compact with an impressive 144-bottle storage capacity that adds glamour to the bar and entertainment area. The sophisticated black finish, classy lighting, top-of-the-line climate control system, and an array of fine wines make this a dream wine cellar for any wine aficionado.
For Blue Grouse Wine Cellars, it’s a remarkable feat to add to their portfolio!
Building a Spectacular Wine Cellar – the Details
Is it the quality of wines that makes a wine cellar special? Is it the structure? Perhaps it’s the size of the collection? A wine enthusiast would say it’s all of these. But like an actor on the theatre stage without a spotlight, a wine cellar without elegant lighting to go with it, let alone a basement wine cellar, will not shine.
Wine Racking with the Best Lighting for a Wine Cellar Vancouver Residents will Love!
The tiled floor with pebble trough around surely makes a statement but the wine racking system is another feature that makes this wine cellar special. Mounted to the tiles on the wall, the racks are set up vertically one foot apart from each other. In this position, the light installed above the wine racks diffuses evenly. You will notice that the black tiles and warm white lighting make the wine bottles stand out.
The wiring for the lighting runs up the wall-mounted rail, connecting to a 1-watt LED light on each arm of the wine rack. Each column of racking is powered by a dimmable transformer.
MP Lighting is one of the leading providers of specification-grade architectural LED fixtures in Vancouver, BC. The company has also made a mark as a provider of high-quality wine cellar lighting in Vancouver. In this particular cellar, the wine is displayed label forward and two bottles deep. Their wine racking system is customizable in a number of ways: display bottles neck or label forward and vertical rails can be mounted directly to the wall (as shown in this cellar) or suspended floor-to-ceiling with the addition of top and bottom mounting brackets.
Why would you hide a fantastic view? The clients see no need for a wood door as the wine cellar is a work of art you should be able to see from afar. You will have a good view of everything from the outside as the cellar’s door is entirely made of frameless glass. The black hardware used not only matches the wine racks’ finish but also serves as accents. Although minimal, this addition makes a huge impact style-wise.
Climate Control System
With exception of the frameless glass front wall, the wine cellar walls have R20 insulation and vapor barrier on the warm side of the insulation. The ceiling is insulated to R30.
Blue Grouse chose the WhisperKOOL 8000S ceiling mounted split system to cool this wine cellar. The unit’s evaporator is installed fully recessed into the ceiling’s cavity. The condenser is located outdoors and refrigerant lines connect the two. This cooling system works efficiently with no ducting required. The grille of the unit comes with a durable black powder-coated finish, which is a perfect match to the wine cellar’s style.
How to Achieve Seductive Wine Cellar Lighting for your Vancouver Residence
Choosing the right people to complete your wine cellar project is key to achieving a cellar high on form and function. Blue Grouse Wine Cellars is a well-respected residential wine cellar builder in Canada.
A team of designers and builders will work with you from start to finish, making sure that you get what you want in your wine cellar.
40. Ultra Modern Float Wine Cellar in West VancouverRead Featured Article →
This Floating Cable Wine Rack in Canada Will Make Your Jaw Drop
It seems that these West Vancouver homeowners followed Don Draper’s advice for their contemporary wine cellar project: “Make it simple but significant.” So, they went for a wine room with floating cable wine rack in their Canada residential home, which proves that less is more. A modern wine cellar does not have to be complicated to be visually appealing.
Being the wine lovers that they are, the owners find the floating cable wine rack with a minimalist contemporary design fitting for a modern home. A huge space is not even necessary for this wine cellar to make an impact. All that was needed is an empty spot in the homeowners’ recreation room and the spirits are just within their reach.
The clients contacted Blue Grouse Wine Cellars to set it up. Working with the team, their idea of a modern but minimalist wine cellar turned out to be something more than a simple wine room.
Blue Grouse’s Ultra Modern Wine Racks in Canada Takes Wine Cellars to a New Level
Blue Grouse has been in the business of making wine cellars for years now and this floating cable wine rack in Canada is another one of their finest works. This project cements their reputation as the best among wine cellars builders in Canada.
The wine cellar has an 18’ x 3’ x 9’ dimension and it can hold at least 63 bottles of wine from top to bottom. Inside is a cascade of wine bottles, beautiful wall and flooring, sophisticated cooling system, and pure amazement from top to bottom.
Wine Rack Extraordinaire
The wine room is no doubt a gorgeous sight to behold with a series of floating racks held together by high-tension cables. The thick and durable clear glass cradles leave only a hint and give the illusion of floating bottles when viewed from afar. Come closer and the structure will still bewilder an onlooker from floor to ceiling, where brushed nickel mounting hardware serves as anchors for the cables.
Multiple columns of floating wine racks define this contemporary wine cellar. Even with a minimalist concept, it’s a wine room that’s too handsome to ignore, and one that owners of ultra-modern wine cellars in Canada will envy.
Clear Glass Door
The wine cellar door is a significant part of the design. Blue Grouse Wine Cellars and the homeowners agreed that a glass door is the best choice for a contemporary floating cable wine rack.
The three-panel glass front wall allows maximum visibility of the stunning wine racks inside. The middle section with glass door is frameless while the side panels are framed and insulated with argon gas to increase the efficiency.
A Floating Cable Wine Rack in Canada with an Attitude
The iron colored wall serves the backdrop for the chain of wine bottles. The LED lighting, which the owners and their designer, Janet Scagel, personally picked for the wine room, makes the wall shimmer. The oak flooring, on the other hand, complements the stone columns, which also make for a nice partition for the wine collections by date or region.
Climate Control System
For a contemporary wine cellar, an up-to-date climate control system will be the best match, one that is flexible, has maximum cooling power, and energy-saving features. The CellarPro 4000S Split System Cooling unit delivers these and more. It has adjustable humidity control with extra-large coils for maximum cooling. The quick-chill mode and auto-defrost functions provide convenience.
The unit is easy to install and easy to maintain. It not only protects your wine, but it also has features that protects itself, such as the audible and visual alarms and maintenance-needed indicators. Compared to other units, it also generates less noise and minimal vibrations.
This cooling unit choice was determined by running a thermal load calculation taking into consideration the frameless and insulated glass panels on the front of the wine cellar.
Blue Grouse Wine Cellars offers turn-key wine storage solutions for builders, homeowners, and commercial establishments. Please contact us to set an appointment for a showroom visit.
The unit is installed on the left side of the wine cellar and close to the ceiling. The controls are located on the front face of the unit for easy access. Connected by a copper refrigerant line set, its condenser sits outside the home on a concrete pad with a cover to protect it from the weather. Installing the condenser outdoors is the best option so that the heat generated will easily dissipate.
Meanwhile, the side and back wall of the wine cellar are insulated to R20 with a vapor barrier on the warm side, while the ceiling is insulated to R30.
If You Want Your Own Floating Cable Wine Rack in Canada, Blue Grouse Wine Cellars Can Build You One
This floating cable wine rack in Canada is truly a one-of-a-kind piece of work that Blue Grouse Wine Cellars built with pride. Its team of wine cellar specialists has a good grip of what contemporary means. These experts also know what exactly the client wants and went beyond expectations.
With Blue Grouse, every project is a different one. If you want your own ultra modern wine cellar for your home or wine store, the company’s line is open.
Call Blue Grouse Wine Cellars today and let’s turn your modern wine cellar dreams into a reality.
39. Park Royal BC Liquor StoreRead Featured Article →
Team Up with The Best Commercial Wine Cellar Designers in Canada to Boost Your Wine Business!
For a wine store, display and merchandising of fine vintages is key when it comes to sales. To achieve a beautiful and functional display, working with some of the best commercial wine cellar designers in Canada is a great first step.
Park Royal Liquor Store took the smart step and partnered with Blue Grouse Wine Cellars to create one of the finest liquor stores in West Vancouver. Its collection of fine wines has become an attraction to wine lovers what with the store’s contemporary design.
The affluence of West Vancouver proves to be a great place for Park Royal liquor store’s sophisticated structure and wide array of fine wines. Blue Grouse Wine Cellars meticulous work on the store enhanced its presence, attracting more customers.
A Welcoming Wine Cellar with Contemporary Design at Park Royal Shopping Centre – A Treat for the Neighborhood
Nestled between the mountains and the beach, Park Royal Shopping Center in West Vancouver is home to over 200+ shops and to a beautiful new BC Liquor Store, the largest signature liquor store in British Columbia. Its fine wine cellar holds 360 high end wine bottles in the most prominent area of the store.
The shopping centre is popular for its indoor and outdoor activities, special events, and restaurants.
A Combination of Contemporary and Classic Design – by Top-Notch Commercial Wine Cellar Designers in Canada
In building a commercial wine cellar that fuses classic and contemporary, attention to detail is a must. Blue Grouse Wine Cellars makes it a point to keep the client’s design intact while maintaining creativity, good craftsmanship, and trademark in every project.
Wine racks that are easy on the eyes
Being the largest liquor store in BC, Park Royal is particular with its crowd-winning wine racks. The store chose to position the fine wine cellar at the center of attention, setting it up in the middle of the store where customers from all corners can see.
In the main cellar is a stunning Millesime wine racking display. It has clear anodized aluminum vertical posts and horizontal rails with black lacquered walnut end blocks. Brushed nickel Vintage View wine racks mounted top and bottom in each of the glass display cases. The brushed nickel freestanding island display racks on either side make it easy for customers to browse through their wine collection.
Sophisticated lighting for highlighting bottles without adding heat
In consultation with Blue Grouse Wine Cellars, the store had LED ceiling pot lights installed to add character to Blue Grouses’ already sophisticated wine racking design.
Carefully designed doors for easy access and wine protection
In a modern commercial wine cellar, accuracy is paramount, and it goes all the way to the door. For this project, a full, clear, and frameless glass wall with multiple doors fronts the main display for easy access. Each door has a locking ladder pull handle. Careful installation and precise measurements are paramount to ensure these doors are sealed tight to protect the inside. Mohair weather stripping filled the tiny gaps.
A State-of-the-Art Climate Control System to Maintain the Finest Wines
What people see on the outside must be at its best, but what is on the inside must match up. Blue Grouse Wine Cellars’ priority apart from creating the finest design is to provide quality storage for the wines. For Park Royal’s wine cellar room, an R20 insulation and vapor barrier were installed.
Its climate control system has the best unit working to regulate the humidity and temperature for utmost wine preservation. The double ducted CellarPro 6200VSi Cooling Unit proves to be the ideal unit for Park Royal Liquor Store’s fine wine collection. The supply and return ducts connect to the openings in the ceiling while the cooling system sits on a platform above the wine cellar. To avoid heat buildup, the hot air exhaust and fresh air intake are also ducted from the unit.
CellarPro 6200VSi is quite a powerful choice as it compensates for the low R value of the front glass wall. It is also self-contained and does not require running a refrigerant line set. It helps that the client had room for the ducts so it can operate properly.
Blue Grouse Wine Cellars Can Create a Breathtaking Wine Cellar Design for Your Store!
When it comes to profitability, it is important to work hand-in-hand with the industry’s cream of the crop, and Blue Grouse Wine Cellars has some of the best commercial wine cellar designers in Canada. Our team of professionals always have your businesses’ best interest in mind, while integrating our creative expertise to give you the best results.
Call us today and know more about how we can help you start building a wine storage and display area in your liquor store, restaurant, or hotel. Please contact us at 1-866-646-7089.
38. Custom Millwork Wine Cellar in West VancouverRead Featured Article →
A Small Space Has Turned Into an Exceptional Traditional Home Wine Cellar in Vancouver
Blue Grouse Wine Cellars built a traditional home wine cellar in a modern-style home. The stylish features made the wine room sophisticated and functional. They made sure that all of the elements would complement the existing décor and create a focal point on the main floor of the client’s house.
Modern interior design is becoming a favorite in the construction industry. Most homeowners who have a modern home also go with modern furniture and accessories. If you want to add a twist to your space, it is best to work with an experienced contractor and builder.
For this particular project in West Vancouver, Blue Grouse Wine Cellars had to build a wine room in a modern style home. Instead of creating a contemporary home wine cellar using metal wine racks, our team installed traditional wooden wine racks. The finished product? It is an excellent wine storage place for 420 bottles!
Elegant Features of this Custom Home Wine Cellar
The room Blue Grouse Wine Cellars had to utilize is located on the main floor beside the bar area adjacent to the stairs. It has a dimension of 119” W x 43” D x 102” H. The wine racks, door, flooring, and refrigeration system were chosen very carefully to meet the aesthetic requirements of the clients.
Custom Wood Wine Racks
The racking system plays a crucial role in achieving the desired mood and appeal of your home wine cellar. As a professional builder, we used our creativity to come up with a stunning wine rack design for a small space.
Our team manufactured the custom wine racks from Oak, which is a versatile hardwood known for its durability, strength, and distinctive grain patterns. It is also easy to work with and takes in stain finishes well.
For this home wine cellar project in Vancouver, we applied the wine racks with a custom finish to make them look dark brown. Oak is also highly resistant to insect infestation and can withstand the humid conditions in a refrigerated wine cellar.
We combined different racking styles to create a unique wine cellar display that would be the focal point on the main floor of this modern home in Vancouver. The diamond bins and wood cases are ideal for bulk storage while the horizontal display sections are for storing the bottles with the labels facing out.
We also included two quarter-round shelves, which are intended for displaying a few bottles of wine, accouterments, and accessories. We added display rows on both sides of this traditional home wine cellar in Vancouver. They pitch the bottles at an angle, keeping the cork moist.
Wine Cellar Lighting, Glass Door, and Flooring
Your lighting can make or break the overall appeal of your wine cellar. Illuminating We added an LED lighting system above the display rows to add a dramatic effect. The ceiling pot lights and the single glass door were installed by another builder.
As happens quite often, Blue Grouse teamed up with other builders to complete the room. We take pride in being able to work with other contractors and teams to help our clients create the wine cellar of their dreams. Here, we teamed up with another builder for the door and the flooring. The flooring is made of light brown rectangular tiles, which matches the color of the wine racks very well.
Wine Room Preparation and Sealing
On this project, the owners had construction contractors whom we worked with closely to ensure that the structural requirements were met. The contractors prepared and finished the room based on the instructions provided by Blue Grouse.
They added the foam insulation and vapor barrier. Creating an airtight seal is a crucial step in wine cellar construction. Poor insulation can lead to faulty wines, breakdowns of your refrigeration equipment, and other costly damages in the future. They also created the ceiling cavity where we housed the cooling unit evaporator, condensate pipe, and power supply.
Wine Cellar Cooling System
With different brands, models, and sizes of wine cooling systems, it is easy to choose the wrong unit. Therefore, it is essential that you work with a refrigeration expert like Blue Grouse Wine Cellars.
We performed a heat load calculation to help us determine the correct type and size of the climate control system. We also wanted to maximize the capacity of the room.
Ceiling Mount Wine Refrigeration Unit by WhisperKool
We installed a WhisperKool Ceiling Mount 8000 model. This cooling unit was perfect for the shape and size of the home wine cellar. It is designed to pull in the warm air accumulated at the ceiling. After cooling the warm air, it disperses it throughout the wine room.
Another benefit of the Ceiling Mount split system unit is that no equipment is visible within the racking or on the wall because the evaporator unit is installed and concealed within the ceiling and condenser unit installed outdoors.
The two units are connected by a copper refrigerant line set that was installed before the installation of the drywall in the home. The remote display controller is mounted on the wall.
Other Features of the WhisperKool Ceiling Mount Split System
The CM Series wine cooling systems by Whisperkool are equipped with features that make them function more efficiently.
- No ducting required
- Visual alarm – An icon is shown when the unit encounters an issue that needs attention. This feature helps ensure that the temperature and humidity levels are at their ideal levels.
- Equipped with a condensate pump system to remove excess condensation
- Optional active humidity control integrated system – Ensures that the ideal amount of humidity is maintained. It utilizes the Intermittent Mist Technology
- Injection, which prevents mold growths by eliminating the use of filters or pads, and other ma trials that trigger bacteria.
- Durable grille in black powder-coated finish (can be painted to match your wine cellar)
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Do you have a small space that you want to convert into a unique wine cellar? At Blue Grouse Wine Cellars, we have helped many clients build their dream wine cellar in an unused space in their home. On this project, we have proven our creativity and expertise in transforming a small room into an awe-inspiring wine cellar.
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Dazzling Custom Wine Cellar Designed by an Expert Builder in Vancouver
You can prevent wine storage issues and ensure that your dream wine cellar is built according to your specifications if you work with a trusted wine cellar builder. In Vancouver, a homeowner sought the help of Blue Grouse Wine Cellars in transforming a large space into a custom wine room.
Learn about the stylish features we incorporated into the wine cellar design to make it more functional and visually appealing.
A Master Builder in Vancouver is Proud to be Part of an Elegant Wine Cellar Construction
Blue Grouse Wine Cellars is well known as a trusted wine cellar builder in Vancouver, Canada. We have been providing innovative wine storage solutions for many years both for residential and commercial applications.
A homeowner on Vancouver’s West Side contacted us to seek help for his wine room installation project. We had to transform a basement, which is located behind the bar area, into a functional wine cellar. The area has a dimension of 127 ¼” W x 161 ½” L x 92 ½” H.
The contractor prepared and finished the room as required. They installed R20 insulation, a vapor barrier, wood paneling on walls and ceiling, and framed glass on one of the walls. They supplied the electrical receptacle, water supply and drain lines for the cooling unit. He consulted closely with us for instructions on how to prepare these items properly.
Features of the Home Wine Cellar Specifically Designed for a High-End Home
Working with an experienced wine cellar builder in Vancouver will ensure that everything is in place for a successful project. You will not have to worry about wine storage problems in the future due to errors or incorrect components installed in your wine storage facility.
At Blue Grouse Wine Cellars, it is our standard procedure to make a careful assessment of our clients’ needs. We do not skip this step because it is crucial in determining the components suitable for your aesthetic and functional requirements.
Moreover, we will work according to your budget without compromising beauty and quality. For this project, we knew that the client had large-format bottles in his collection and wanted to combine the two most common materials for wine racks.
Custom Wine Rack Bottle Configurations and Material Used by Wine Cellar Builders in Vancouver
We had to create a wine storage system for standard bottles, magnums, and other large-format bottles. The client also requested a humidor cabinet for cigars. We combined traditional and contemporary wine racks to create a unique and stylish wine display and storage area.
Wooden Components We Incorporated Into the Wine Cellar Design
When you enter the custom wine cellar, built in the basement, you will see that the wine racks on the left and back walls are made of wood. We used oak, a famous wood species that offers many benefits. These include durability, high resistance to warping, and ability to withstand the humid conditions in refrigerated wine rooms. Moreover, oak takes any stain well. As you can see in this project, the custom stain finish added a richer look to the wooden wine racks.
Left and Back Walls
The top center of the left wall consists of horizontal display rows. This section includes the wine cooling unit concealed within cabinetry with louvered grills. We added individual wine racks and a single horizontal rack to both sides of the display rows. The bottom section of the left wall consists of storage bins for wooden cases and a humidor cabinet for the client’s cigar collection.
The back wall is the focal point of this custom wine cellar completed by a creative builder in Vancouver. This is the area where you can see the arch niche with island and angled display rows at the top center.
LED lights add drama to this cellar. On both sides of the arch, we added more horizontal display rows and individual wine racks on both sides of the arch. We also added wood case storage, diamond bins, and a quarter round display shelf.
The island has a marble countertop and is a great feature that provides space for decanting, serving, and tasting wines.
Contemporary Wine Racks
Nowadays, contemporary wine storage is “in” among residential and business owners. Metal wine racks are not only sleek and elegant; they are ideal in small and narrow spaces. They can easily fit in the tiny corners of a room.
For this particular project, we installed the Float Racking System by Blue Grouse Wine Cellars. As the name implies, this type of racking displays the bottles as if they are floating in the air horizontally. The bottles are cradled in glass plates. If you want to build an impressive presentation of your wines in your home, hotel, restaurant, bar, or retail store, our Float Racking System is a great choice.
Wine Cellar Cooling System
The wine cooling unit is an essential component in wine cellar construction. Using an air conditioning system for homes will strip moisture from the air to achieve a relative humidity comfortable for people. Your wine requires a higher humidity level, achievable only with a wine cellar refrigeration system.
We used the ONAM CW-30W cooling unit, which was ducted and concealed within the racking. It was a smart option to go with this powerful system considering the size of the wine cellar and the glass components installed. We placed the control panel for the unit within the cabinetry.
Doors and Flooring
The door is another crucial component in building a wine cellar. It must be chosen and manufactured by an expert so it can look beautiful and offer an air-tight, well-insulated entryway to your cellar.
For this particular project, we worked with the builder’s team to complete the wine cellar. They supplied and built the custom wood and wrought iron French door, with sidelights. This team also installed the beautiful Versace floor tiles.
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Have a hassle-free wine cellar conversion project by hiring a master builder in Vancouver. Blue Grouse Wine Cellars is proud to have helped hundreds of Vancouver-area homeowners, builders and designers build beautiful, functional wine cellars.
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Stylish Residential Wine Cellar in Canada with Wood and Metal Racking
You will envy this residential wine cellar designed by Blue Grouse Wine Cellars for a client in Canada. By combining contemporary and traditional features, we were able to transform a small basement into a “wow” worthy wine storage and display area. Learn about the features we incorporated into the design to add flair to the space.
Seeking the Help of a Master Wine Cellar Builder: a Smart Choice
You cannot avoid wine storage problems if you do not have a climate-controlled wine room for your wines. If you want to enjoy your favorite vintages for many years to come, you must work with a master builder like Blue Grouse Wine Cellars.
We have been designing and building residential wine cellars in Canada. With the goal of exceeding the expectations of their clients, we gained the trust of homeowners, contractors, and interior designers. In West Vancouver, a wine collector sought our help because they wanted to transform the basement in their home into a functional wine cellar.
Wine Cellar Construction: Assessment, Challenges, Design, and Wine Storage Solution
Building a wine cellar requires technical skills and knowledge. Hiring a professional will ensure that everything is in place as expected. At Blue Grouse Wine Cellars, we will help build your dream wine room, regardless of your room’s size and budget. Before starting the construction, we always make a careful assessment of our client’s needs and requirements.
Assessment: a Crucial Step in Wine Cellar Construction
A professional wine cellar builder must understand that the assessment of the space and storage requirements should not be skipped. This step plays a vital role in creating a wine storage facility that can preserve your wine’s desirable characteristics. It helps us choose the best wine racks, cooling system, flooring, and door for your needs. Moreover, it also helps determine the budget to complete the project.
Here are some of the factors we consider when making an assessment:
- Location, size, and shape of the room
- Number of bottles intended to be stored in the cellar
- Client’s aesthetic and functional requirements
The shape and size of the space are a common challenge in constructing wine rooms. For this particular project, the area we had to convert into a wine cellar was small and has an unusual shape.
With extensive experience and knowledge building wine cellars, our team was able to create a striking design to accommodate more or less 350 bottles in various racking configurations.
We also had to stay within the budget without compromising the aesthetics and functionality of the wine room. To help achieve our goals and exceed the client’s expectations, we made a careful assessment and chose the best components to install.
Creating the Residential Design Wine Cellar Design for a Home in Canada
After the assessment, the next step is to create 3-dimensional drawings that show the different elevations, room dimensions, racking styles, and bottle capacities. These CAD images help us visualize the completed wine room.
Our design package is free if you decide to work with us on your next project. You will be given the opportunity to make changes to the drawings that are submitted to you. After your approval, we will begin installing the components (wine racks, cooling unit, door, and lighting).
Residential Wine Cellar Rendering Canada Project
Starting the Wine Cellar Construction
After selecting the components that would suit the needs of the owner for this particular project, we started framing the room and did electrical work. We also created an airtight seal by installing a vapor barrier and correct insulation in the walls and ceiling.
Room insulation prevents the cold air from leaving and the warm air from entering the wine cellar. It helps avoid temperature fluctuations that can cause wine faults and varying humidity levels that can cause mold growth.
Features of the Custom Wine Racks
The style and material of your wine racks are essential in achieving the overall appeal that you want in your wine room. You may opt for readily built wine racks if you are on a tight budget. However, they will not be designed to fit your space perfectly. For this particular project, we customized the wine racks and installed them on the back and right walls.
Combining Modern and Traditional Wine Racks Lead to a Gorgeous Residential Wine Cellar Design
Since the owner wanted a transitional style wine cellar, we decided to incorporate wood and metal wine racks into the residential wine cellar design we created for a homeowner in Canada. The metal wine racks were manufactured by VintageView while the wooden cabinet was made by Millwork Shop, our partner for this project. The result was amazing!
Right Wall With Metal Wine Racks
The right wall consists of VintageView metal wine racks. The double-deep floor to ceiling metal racking in Satin black finish displays the bottles in a label forward orientation.
The main advantage of this type of wine rack is that it allows for ease of access to the wines. Since the labels are facing out, the owner does not have to flip the bottle to see the content’s description.
Also, metal wine racks by VintageView look elegant and add a luxurious appeal to the space. There is no doubt they are a favorite wine storage option in wine cellar construction.
Back Wall: Wooden Component
The focal point of this home wine cellar is the back wall. It catches the eye easily because the racking features are elegant.
We installed custom-built and finished cabinetry on the back wall. The top section consists of a single-column individual bottle wine rack for magnum and champagne bottles, and a quarter round shelf on the left and right sides, which provides a stylish way to store and display a few bottles and wine accessories. We also added a tabletop to provide a space for decanting and serving wine.
The center of the back wall has stonework completed after the millwork. It adds character and a luxurious appeal to the wine room.
At the bottom section, we incorporated LED-lit display rows pitched at an angle to keep the cork moist. We also installed an LED lighting system at the top of the custom cabinet. We installed diamond bins for bulk storage on both sides. We constructed the wine racks in Maple and finished them with Wild Brown custom stain finish and lacquer.
Wine Refrigeration System, Door, and Flooring
For this particular project, we utilized the KoolR refrigeration system. The unit was an ideal choice for the size of the room and the budget of the client. We mounted it through the wall off to the side of the door because of the low ceiling.
We installed an exterior grade door and made sure that there were no gaps around the edges to help create a stable environment. The door has a glass window to allow viewing from outside the cellar.
We utilized the Cooperage style wine barrel flooring, a favorite option of wine collectors in Canada who want to add a unique feature into their residential wine cellar design. You can see the cooperage stamps on some of the planks.
Hire an Expert in Designing Residential Wine Cellars in Canada
This particular project is another pride of Blue Grouse Wine Cellars. We created a residential wine cellar design for a basement in Canada with form and function in mind. We maximized the storage capacity and exceeded the expectation of the owner using unique and eco-friendly features.
Need help with your next project? Contact us today at 1-888-400-2675.
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How Modern Wine Cellar Racks Designed by North Shore Experts Spruced Up a Tiny Space
With the help of an expert, your tiny space can be transformed into an elegant wine cellar and increase the value of your residential property. Check out this particular conversion project in North Shore where we had to utilize a small room. We incorporated modern features and used a modern wine rack system provided by one of the top-notch manufacturers in the United States.
A Residential Wine Cellar Designed and Built with Form and Function in Mind
Converting a small space into a functional wine cellar was a challenge in this project. With many years of experience in wine cellar design and construction, challenges like this do not stop us from creating stellar designs for wine storage facilities. This residential custom wine cellar installation project completed by Blue Grouse Wine Cellars is another rewarding job we did. The space was small, but we were able to conquer this challenge.
Assessment of the Client’s Needs and Requirements: a Crucial Step in Designing Wine Cellars on Vancouver’s North Shore, Canada
Having keen attention to detail enables us to build impressive and functional custom wine cellars tailored to our client’s unique requirements. To avoid expensive modifications after the installation process, we always make a careful assessment of the owner’s aesthetic and functional needs.
The client wanted a contemporary style wine room, so we utilized modern wine racks for this North Shore project. The room, which is located on the main floor, measures 9’ long, 5’ wide, and 8’ high. We had to create a design that would fit the tiny space and match the existing decor of the home.
We created 3-dimensional drawings to show the client the different racking elevations, styles, and dimensions. The images also consisted of the bottle capacities. After the client had no more changes on the design we made, we started the construction process.
IMAGENorth Shore Modern Custom Wine Cellar Racks
Wine Room Preparation
At Blue Grouse Wine Cellars, we always make sure that every room is refrigeration ready before we install the components. Insulating the space will prevent air leakage to and from the cellar. This will avoid interference with the cooling system’s performance.
When the conditions in the wine cellar are not stable, the refrigeration unit installed in it will work harder to maintain the ideal environment. Moreover, the wines will be ruined. Therefore, correct insulation plays a crucial role in proper wine storage.
For this particular project, we had to enclose the wine cellar with a door and walls made of glass. Therefore, we had to install better insulation. The higher the R-value, the better the insulating properties. We insulated the side and back wall with R-20 and installed a vapor barrier on the warm side of the wine cellar. The ceiling was insulated with R-30.
Custom Wine Rack Features that Make the Wine Cellar Pop
The modern wine racks we used for this North Shore project were manufactured by VintageView, a top-notch manufacturer of contemporary wine storage solutions. Their innovative design makes them a favorite provider of wine storage systems in the US.
We installed LED pot lights to create a nice ambient lighting system. LED lights are known to be efficient and safe because they emit a low amount of heat compared to other types of bulbs.
Advantages of VintageView Modern Wine Racks
IMAGEBar, Sink and Faucet Installed to Stone Countertop North Shore Modern Wine Cellar Project
VintageView wine racks are in demand both in residential and commercial wine cellar construction. Their wine storage systems are designed with label forward bottle orientation. Their metal wine racks hold the bottles horizontally with the labels facing out.
The main advantage of the label forward racking design is that it provides convenience in locating a specific type of wine. There is no need to flip the bottle to see the information about the wine stored in it. Keep in mind that flipping the bottle will alter the chemical composition of the wines, which can result in off flavors and aromas.
Wine Racks and Cabinets Installed on the Right and Back Walls
On the right wall, we installed three sets of single deep and wall mounted wine racks installed next to each other. This type of wine racks eliminates the use of floor space.
The back wall is the focal point of this custom wine cellar designed by our North Shore specialists. The modern wine racks are triple deep arranged to form a rectangular arch. We incorporated a stemware rack at the center top of the arch, which was also provided by VintageView. It to hold our client’s wine glasses upside down.
We added a Vicostone sparkling white countertop with a stainless steel sink and chrome faucet. The countertop provides a space for decanting, serving, and tasting wines. The owner can also place a few bottles on it before they are consumed.
Functional Storage Cabinets
Below the countertop are custom cabinets with five Sequoia style doors that were constructed from maple with a custom finish. These cabinets provide the owner with a storage place for cases of wines, wine cellar accessories, and other accoutrements.
Wine Cellar Climate Control System
To achieve the optimum conditions required for aging wine gracefully, we installed an ONAM CW-30W water-cooled cooling unit. The unit itself does not generate any heat inside the cellar, so no air venting was required.
The cooling unit was determined by running a thermal load calculation based on the size of the cellar and the amount of frameless glass. The ONAM CW30W was powerful enough to achieve the ideal wine cellar environment.
The ONAM was perfect for this installation as we were using custom millwork and could conceal the unit within the millwork. The control panel where the owner could set the temperature is located within the cabinet next to the cooling unit easily.
On the far left side of the back wall, we created a tall cabinet that conceals the wine cellar cooling unit. A supply air is ducted to the top of the cabinets into a plenum near the ceiling of the wine cellar. The return air grill is located in the middle section of the cabinet.
Choose Modern Wine Cellar Racks and Work with a Master Builder in North Shore
Blue Grouse Wine Cellars completed another stellar wine room conversion project in North Shore. We used modern metal wine racks by VintageView and incorporated unique features. If you are looking for an expert in the design and installation of wine cellars, call us at 1-888-400-2675 today!
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A Knock-Out Custom Home Wine Cellar in Vancouver Installed with Metal Wine Racks
Can a custom wine cellar add value to a home? The answer is yes! Therefore, when you are planning to sell a residential property with a lovely wine room in it, selling it will be easier and profit will be higher. Potential buyers are looking for a home with unique features. In Vancouver, a spec home developer sought our help for their wine cellar project. Using metal wine racks, we were able to build a modern wine cellar.
Modern Custom Home Wine Cellar with Metal Wine Racks and Rails
Homebuyers are looking for a residential property that has unique and luxurious features. If you are planning to sell your home in the future, you can increase its value by installing a modern wine cellar in it.
In Vancouver, a spec home developer contacted Blue Grouse Wine Cellars to seek help in their wine cellar construction project. They provided us with some images they found online, and they wanted to replicate the design. We had to utilize metal wine racks to blend with the home’s contemporary look.
Astounding Wine Cellar Features
At Blue Grouse Wine Cellars, we always want to meet the aesthetic and functional requirements of our clients. To achieve this, we made a careful assessment to determine the specific needs of the developer before installing the other components.
After this step, we created 3-dimensional drawings to provide better visualization of the completed wine cellar. The CAD images included the racking styles and dimensions, room measurement, and bottle capacities. After the client approved the design, we started the construction phase.
We made sure that the type of wine racks would suit the requirements of the client. Bottle capacity was not that important, so we installed a wine rack system for a few bottles.
Metal Wine Racks on the Back Wall: the Smart Wine Storage Solution for a Modern Home
Creativity, passion, and expertise are needed to create a knock out wine cellar design using metal wine racks. At Blue Grouse Wine Cellars, we possess these characteristics that make us one of the top-notch and trusted builders in Vancouver.
Sleek wine storage facilities are getting more popular among homeowners. We have created a minimalist or contemporary design for many clients in Vancouver using metal wine racks. You can choose modular or custom wine racks, depending on your needs.
On the back wall, we installed wall-mounted metal wine racks manufactured by VintageView. We chose double-deep wine racks to maximize the capacity of the small room. We applied a polish chrome finish to match the rails on the other side of the wall.
VintageView has been providing us with contemporary racking solutions both for residential and commercial applications. They offer wall mounted and floor-to-ceiling wine racks, all of which are designed to offer many benefits.
Advantages Of VintageView Metal Wine Racks
VintageView metal wine racks add character to a space and match any existing decor. All of their products are designed to store the bottles at a label forward configuration. This type of orientation allows the owner to locate a specific type of wine with ease.
There is no need to flip the bottle to see its variety, alcohol content, and other important information about the wine. Flipping the bottle will alter the wine’s chemical properties, causing it to have an unpleasant taste and aroma.
Another advantage of VintageView metal wine storage systems is their installation flexibility. These wine racks can be installed even in the tiny corners of your wine cellar and fit narrow spaces.
Contemporary Wine Racks Made Of Aluminum Rails
For this project, we custom designed two rectangular millwork frames with aluminum rails and installed them aligned to the left of the door. The wooden frames, which have a floor-to-ceiling height, add a unique feature to the wine cellar. They were done in a clear-coated walnut, as were the wall panels so that everything would match.
Installing an Efficient Wine Cooling System
Wine requires optimum conditions to age gracefully. It is sensitive to heat, light, vibration, and odor. Therefore, it is crucial that you store it in a room capable of achieving the ideal wine storage temperatures and humidity levels.
To preserve the wine’s desirable characteristics, you must invest in a wine cellar equipped with a reliable wine cooling system. You must work with a wine refrigeration expert if you want to enjoy wine collecting to the fullest.
An Efficient Wine Cellar Refrigeration System to Create a Stable Environment
For this project, we installed the ONAM CW30-W unit in an adjacent closet with openings into the cellar for supply and return vents. Since this wine cooling unit is non-insulated and not intended for placement inside a cellar, we insulated the closet area and connected it to the cellar to be part of the conditioned environment. The grilles used to cover the openings into the cellar were painted white to blend in with the wall color.
The ONAM CW30-W wine cellar cooling unit is known for its quiet vibration-free operation. Some of its features include safety high-temperature controller, high and low-pressure safety valve, remote electronic thermostatic control, and stainless steel thermal expansion valve.
Add Value to Your Home. Let Us Build Your Modern Wine Cellar in Vancouver with Metal Wine Racks and Rails.
This project is another pride of Blue Grouse Wine Cellars. We created a modern custom wine cellar using metal wine racks for a spec home in Vancouver. We added a luxurious touch to it by installing custom millwork frames with rails.
If you are planning to start your wine room conversion project, talk to one of our specialists at 1-888-400-2675.
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You’ll Envy this Under the Stairs Space Turned into a Contemporary Wine Cellar in West Vancouver
Millesime Contemporary Wine Racks Installed in a Custom Wine Cellar in West Vancouver
Do you love collecting wine but do not have a dedicated wine storage room? Why not utilize an unused space in your home? If you are serious about your hobby, you can convert it into a stylish wine cellar with the help of a master builder on the North Shore. Find out the amazing transformation of a space under the stairs into a contemporary wine room in West Vancouver.
Exquisite Custom Wine Cellar Design for a Contemporary Home in West Vancouver
One of the most enjoyable hobbies that is increasing in demand in many parts of the world is wine collecting. Serious wine collectors would invest in a wine room to display their favorite vintages in a stunning way. Moreover, a wine cellar designed by a professional will keep the wines safe for many years to come.
In West Vancouver, a client contacted Blue Grouse Wine Cellars to seek help in transforming her space under the stairs into a wine storage and display area. To complement the theme of her high-end home, we had to build a custom wine cellar with a contemporary design.
Modern Wine Racks by Millesime Give Character to the Residential Wine Cellar
The design of the wine racks plays a vital role in achieving the ambiance that the client wants in her wine cellar. At Blue Grouse Wine Cellars, we always make sure that the type of wine racks we install in a wine cellar goes well with the existing decor of the home.
For this particular project, the owner worked with her designer in choosing the wine racks. They thought that the Millesime wine racking system was the perfect choice for the wine cellar. Millesime has been providing innovative wine storage systems to builders, contractors, and designers.
Their wine racks are widely used in building contemporary wine cellars in West Vancouver. The standard components of the racking system are posts and rails made from anodized aluminum. The posts and rails that support the wine bottles are installed upright. The end blocks, which are made of clear acrylic, fix the rails to the support posts.
Reasons Why Millesime Wine Racks are in Demand in Building Contemporary Wine Cellars in West Vancouver
Blue Grouse Wine Cellars recommends Millesime wine racks for clients who want a striking wine display and entertainment area in their home. These wine racks offer many benefits, making them a favorite choice among homeowners and builders.
STRIKING APPEAL AND CONVENIENCE IN LOCATING WINES
On this particular contemporary wine cellar conversion project, we enclosed the room in glass on the front (the door) and right sides to allow a good view of the modern wine room from the outside. For a glass wine cellar like this, a striking wine display with Millesime wine rack system was a perfect choice.
The label forward configuration of the Millesime wine racks provides convenience in finding specific types of wine. The design eliminates the need to flip a bottle of wine to see its name and description. With the labels facing out, you will not disturb the wine’s sediments, preventing the alteration of the wine’s chemical properties.
SPACE EFFICIENT AND BEAUTIFUL END RACK OPTIONS
Another advantage of the Millesime wine racks is space efficiency. They can be configured in various ways to fit any size of collection and design requirements. Depending on the size of your wine cellar, you can choose from different racking heights, widths, and depths. You also have the option for wall mounting brackets if you cannot or do not want the wine racks to mount into the ceiling.
For the end block finish, you may choose Walnut or Mahogany. These types of wood are two of the most popular materials in wine rack construction. For contemporary style wine cellars in West Vancouver, clear acrylic end blocks are recommended. We used this option for this particular project to satisfy the client’s thirst for modernism.
ADD-ONS FOR INCREASED CAPACITY
Another good thing about the Millesime wine racks is the option for additional presentation or display row for wine racks with double and triple depth. The presentation row highlights some of this client’s favorite bottles while storing them at an angle. Another optional add-on is the bulk storage bin, which is for 3-bottle deep wine racks.
For this contemporary wine cellar project, we utilized single deep Millesime wine racks. Because of the limited space, we were not able to use the add-ons for increased capacity. We installed the wine racks on the left, right, and back walls. The sloping ceiling was a challenge for us. It was necessary to use special ceiling brackets to address the problem.
Smart Choice of Cooling System and Correct Seal for a Small Contemporary Wine Cellar in West Vancouver
When building a wine cellar, one of the most crucial steps in determining the correct size and type of refrigeration system. The installation of the cooling unit requires technical skills and expertise. At Blue Grouse Wine Cellars, our knowledgeable team performs a heat load calculation to ensure that the most suitable wine cooling system is chosen for a particular project.
For this contemporary style wine cellar in West Vancouver, we used the KoolR Magnum. Given its small size, this type of climate-control system is ideal for wine cellars with limited space. It is efficient and easy to install. We had to construct a head over the door to provide a space to mount it through.
We placed a clear plastic tube at the bottom of the cooling unit, which goes into an empty wine bottle, positioned nearby at the top of the wine racking. In case of condensation, the water will not drip on the floor. The amount of condensation produced by these units is usually quite small. To prevent condensation, Blue Grouse Wine Cellars made sure that the room was sealed correctly.
We insulated the walls and ceiling. We equipped the door with pivot hinges at the top and bottom and mohair weather stripping around the edges to create a tight seal. An airtight seal will prevent the cool air from escaping the cellar and the warm air from entering. Failure to do so will result in temperature fluctuations and varying humidity levels.
Stylish Wine Cellar Lighting
The type of lighting also plays a significant role in the overall appeal and functionality of a wine cellar. Thus, you must consult with a professional. You cannot just use regular bulbs for your wine room because they emit a high amount of light that can damage your wines.
We always recommend the LED lighting system, which has been a top choice in wine cellars because of their low heat emission, and they do not release UV light. When damaged by heat, your wines will have an unpleasant taste and aroma. When this happens, you will have to throw away the wine that has gone bad. LED lights are also energy efficient, helping keep your energy bills at a level.
With different typed of LED lights, it is a smart idea to seek the help of a professional like Blue Grouse Wine Cellars. For this project, we installed LED pot lights on the ceiling to illuminate the wine cellar with ample light for browsing wines and moving around the wine room.
Let Us Help Build Your Dream Contemporary Wine Cellar in West Vancouver
Blue Grouse Wine Cellars is proud to be part of this stellar installation project in West Vancouver. We transformed an unused space under the stairs into a contemporary wine cellar. If you have a space in your home that you would like to turn into a wine storage and display area, talk to one of our specialists at +1-888-400-2675.
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Feast Your Eyes on This Gorgeous Custom Wine Cellar In Coquitlam Designed with VintageView Wine Racking
Whether you have a few, a hundred, or thousands of bottles in your wine collection, working with a professional wine cellar builder is necessary.
Blue Grouse Wine Cellars, is one of the top-notch designers and installers of residential custom wine cellars. Learn how they maximized the capacity of a wine room using VintageView wine racking to accommodate the owner’s large collection in Coquitlam, British Columbia.
Residential Custom Wine Cellar Designed and Built for a Large Collection in Coquitlam
Collecting wine is an expensive hobby. Thus, it is essential that you invest in a wine storage and display area in your home built by an expert. In addition to keeping your wines safe, you must also consider the aesthetic appeal of your wine cellar. Choosing an experienced builder will help you protect your precious wines for many years to come and enhance the beauty of your home.
At Blue Grouse Wine Cellars, we always want to exceed our client’s expectations. In this particular project, we had to create a design that would accommodate the large collection of the owner, which consisted of various bottle sizes. We also had to add an area where the client could enjoy sipping wine with his guests.
In Coquitlam, we completed another custom wine cellar project where we installed VintageView and wooden wine racking systems. In their previous home, we supplied them with built-in cabinets. Later on, they decided to invest in a much larger wine storage and display area for their growing collection.
Custom Wine Rack System: Combining Wood and Metal
One of the factors that affects the overall appeal of your wine room is the racking system. Wood is the most common material used in wine cellar construction. It is a favorite choice of homeowners who want a wine room with a classic appeal. In addition, wood’s earthy feel creates a relaxing ambiance.
On the other hand, metal is also increasing in demand as a Vintageview wine racking material because of its modern appearance. Other benefits it offers are that it saves space (metal wine racks can be mounted on a wall), is easy to maintain, and is flexible.
In this custom wine cellar project in Coquitlam, Blue Grouse Wine Cellars utilized both wood and metal VintageView wine racking, resulting in an awe-inspiring design. Combining these materials created an unusually stylish wine display area.
Using Metal Wine Racks from VintageView
Most sections of the wine cellar consist of metal wine racks manufactured by VintageView. Blue Grouse Wine Cellars has been using VintageView wine racking systems in our wine cellar installation projects for quite some time now. Their innovative wine storage solutions are helping us build magnificent wine cellars.
VintageView wine racks are designed with label forward configuration. The main advantage of this bottle orientation is that it allows the owner to locate a specific type of wine quickly. There is no need to flip a bottle of wine to read the wine description. It may seem trivial, but the action of flipping a stored wine bottle will alter the chemical properties of that wine.
Upon entering the wine room, you will see 3-deep metal wine racks on the left and right walls. On the back wall, we mounted 3-bottles deep VintageView metal wine racks at the top section. Below them is a display row that pitches the bottles at a 15-degree angle to keep the cork moist. A cork that has dried out will become brittle, shrink, and lose its elasticity. Keeping the cork moist will prevent an unwanted amount of air to enter the bottle and oxidize the wine.
On one of the walls of this home wine cellar in Coquitlam, we installed custom VintageView wine racks specifically to accommodate large format bottles up to 6 liters. We applied the metal wine racks with a satin black finish to achieve an elegant look.
Wooden Custom Wine Racks
The lower level wine racks are all custom millwork applied with a stain and lacquer. We incorporated diamond bins for bulk and case storage. The diamond bins helped increase the capacity of the wine room.
Moreover, diamond bins can make wine monitoring easier. The bottles of the same style or variety can be stored in one bin. In this type of racking style, the bottles are placed on top of each other.
Functional Center Table and Chandelier
For homeowners with a large wine cellar, we recommend a center table that functions as a wine rack. In this particular project, the center table we installed was customized. Instead of just providing a space for serving and decanting wine, the decision was made to make the table more functional. We added case storage bins and horizontal wine racks on the sides of the rectangular table.
To cap off the wine cellar, the homeowner added a chandelier. This type of lighting adds elegance to the wine room while providing enough light to read the wine bottle labels.
Small Wine Tasting Bar: a Great Feature in the Custom Wine Cellar
The client wanted a small tasting bar just outside the cellar. It would enhance the visual appeal of the wine room and provide a space for entertaining friends. It would also provide extra storage for wine cellar accessories (e.g., decanter, wine glasses, bottle openers).
Custom Features of the Tasting Bar
Anyone who sees the tasting bar will be impressed with its stylish and eco-friendly features. Installed on the back wall, the bar consists of a countertop with a sink and faucet. There are two layers of shelving above it.
Below the countertop are two drawers on the sides and a cabinet at the center. These sections were intended to provide additional space for the client’s accessories and accoutrements.
Both sides of the wall consist of tall wooden racking with shelves for wine glasses at the top, diamond bins in the middle, and two levels of case storage bins. The frameless glass door and walls provide a great visual of the lovely wine tasting bar from the outside.
To top the room off, an eco-friendly, reclaimed wine barrel table was placed in the corner of the tasting bar. The backsplash and the ceiling were designed with light-colored bricks, which also add character to the room.
Work with a Master Builder on Your Next Custom Wine Cellar Project
Whether you have a small or large collection, working with a master builder like Blue Grouse Wine Cellars will help you provide your precious wines with a safe and stunning storage and display area. In this custom wine cellar project in Coquitlam, we utilized VintageView wine racking and wooden wine racks to create a stylish wine cellar.
Are you planning to start your own project? Contact Blue Grouse Wine Cellars at 1-888-400-2675!
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Distinctive Lighting Ideas Produce a Unique Modern Wine Cellar Display
Homeowners working on a renovation project in Vancouver, B.C. wanted to convert a living room closet into a custom wine cellar. The small space required a cellar that could hold many bottles of wine efficiently.
The homeowners got a conversation piece with customized wine storage, courtesy of the creative designers at Blue Grouse Wine Cellars. The lighting in this project is extraordinarily idiosyncratic, adding a special modern case study to our list of wine display fixture ideas.
Wine Cellars Built with Each Customer in Mind
We love offering custom options to all our Vancouver clients. Each choice made by our clients produces a personalized wine storage system and display that reflects the aesthetic of their home, but also their individualized taste.
This contemporary home is an excellent example of a wine closet display that is very personalized. But for those who appreciate a fashion-forward design aesthetic, this is killer.
Custom Wine Cellar LED Panels & Lighting
There was never any doubt that the homeowners wanted their closet converted into a wine storage closet; they weren’t entirely sure, however, how they wanted it to look. A detailed design was drawn up, giving the client an idea of how the wine cellar would look and its capacity.
The designers at Blue Grouse Wine Cellars had a few ideas as to how they could make this particular project unique and exceed their client’s expectations.
Glowing Wine Display, Without Visible Lights
Installed on a standoff mount—a thermally-fused Edgewood laminate lays on top of a backer board. We installed LED tape lighting underneath the backer board. The results give a bright futuristic glow without seeing the light source itself.
One exciting feature of the installed LED lights is that they can change colours on display instantly, or they can also produce a gradual color shift.
Safe Wine Cellar Lighting
With the wine cellar door open slightly we can begin to see the peg racking and accent lights inside.
Examining a large selection of lighting ideas is a major step in the design phase of any wine cellar construction project. It’s crucial to have the right kinds of lights to illuminate your collection safely.
Light Emitting Diode or LED lights are a top choice among wine storage builders, creating a comforting glow while giving off far less heat than other types of lighting. Excess heat can lead to temperature fluctuations, which as any wine lover knows is bad news.
Lighting Ideas for Wine Cellar Displays
Because of the lower energy and longevity needs, LED lights are incredibly versatile in how and where they can be placed and used. Besides backlighting, we use LED lights to highlight display sections in racking, in the ceiling and sometimes also uplighting from the floor.
Creating an authentic one-of-a-kind wine cellar requires the use of many lighting ideas. Any combination of ceiling lights, accent lights, backlights, and chandeliers can work together, and the specialists at Blue Grouse Wine Cellars can turn your display dreams into a working reality.
Bronzed Frameless Glass Wine Cellar Doors
Two sidelights flank a bronzed frameless glass double doorway to the wine cellar. We built the doors almost touching the walls, floor, and ceiling. The gaps are filled in with mohair weather stripping.
This glass door installation process works to keep the wine cellar well-sealed, contribution toward temperature and humidity stability.
The door handles, and u-channel pieces all have a brushed nickel finish and the door handles are a popular ladder pull style.
Modern Metal Wine Cellar Pegs
Maximizing the storage capacity in such a limited space, we installed triple-deep metal wine pegs to hold the wine securely and show off the wine labels. Manufactured with a chrome finish creates a stunning wine display that is the definition of modern. These wine racks are one of the most versatile and decorative wine display and storage options.
Many Design Options for Cellar or Wall Displays with Metal Pegs
These particular metal wine pegs require a backer board for installation but the introduction of Vinopins and Vinorails allows clients to mount pegs into drywall, wood paneling or every masonry.
Many of our clients looking for great contemporary lighting ideas, as in this wine cellar project, are instantly drawn to the modern aesthetic of metal pegs. They are used in wine cellar settings, as well as kitchen wine displays and commercial use.
It’s easy for the owner to find the right bottle with forward facing labels.
We used a KoolR Magnum model cooling unit to keep the climate-controlled environment safe. A model such as this is perfect for a smaller-scale wine cellar, keeping energy consumption low and the cellar cool.
We can paint and modify the grill to the cooling unit to better blend in with a given color scheme or to stand out as an accent piece.
Wine Storage Capacity
With the triple-deep racking, the capacity for wine bottles in this cellar can be up to 324 bottles, an immense number of bottles for a closet conversion renovation project!
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Extraordinary Modern Wine Cellar Racks in Vancouver Home
Luxury homeowners desired a partially glass-enclosed room to store and display their small wine collection. Building the cellar while the new modern home was under construction, the homeowners were able to minimize the costs. Recognizing that they needed specialized advice, they wisely contacted the Vancouver wine racks experts at Blue Grouse Wine Cellars to provide modern design to their gorgeous contemporary room. We were able to work hand-in-hand with the contractor providing optimal value within our area of proficiency.
This modern wine cellar with racks project features:
- Backlit panels
- Metal wine pegs
- Streamlined Millesime wine racks.
LED Panels for Wine Rooms
While the client knew that they wanted an excellent wine cellar in their home, they weren’t sure exactly how they wanted their wine cellar to stand out. Blue Grouse Wine Cellars suggested many creative design flourishes, including backlit LED panels.
After seeing the drawings, the client fell in love with the modern design of the wine room. A clear coated walnut panel was placed on a standoff mount, laying on top of backerboard. LED tape lighting was put underneath the panel, hiding the light source, yet emitting an effervescent glow.
A walnut wood panel gives a distinct (but seemingly appropriate) look to the wine cellar, blending a more traditional look with modern minimalist features.
Metal Wine Pegs
Single deep metal wine pegs populate the walnut panels, showing bottle labels forward. The cellar features pegs with a chrome finish. Metal pegs are one of the most versatile forms of modern wine display. These type of wine racks offer much storage and display variation to a wine cellar.
The Flexibility of Metal Pegs
Metal pegs are flexible in design, accommodating both standard and some large-size bottles. These particular pegs are designed for single bottle deep storage only but a similar peg series, Vinopins, allows flexibility to increase to double or triple deep at a later stage. The peg wine racking system has been rigorously tested under realistic wine cellar conditions and will keep your collection safe. Using smooth pins protects the labels of your most-valued wines, an excellent choice for storing and displaying a high-quality wine collection.
Millesime Racks for Modern Vancouver Wine Cellars
Millesime, a trusted manufacturer, provided racks that lined the glass wall of the cellar. From small bottles to magnums, to everything in between, these metal railings store almost any type or size of wine bottle.
Both inside and outside the wine cellar the horizontal wine bottles can be viewed. They are label forward using the Millesime Wine Racks.
The posts and rails are made of anodized aluminum, helping them effectively resist corrosion. The practicality of this a wine racks material is smartly married to the modern appearance of the cellar.
The end of each rail shows clear-coated walnut caps, which match the walnut panelled walls, adding a beautiful accent.
Storage Capacity of Wine Room
The client requested the room be utilized to display a smaller wine collection. The wine cellar houses 290-bottles-of-wine. Adding more wine storage space in the future could be done by changing to double or triple deep metal wine pegs. Voluminous cellars like this, with metal pegs, can offer flexibility to the homeowners, reducing the need for more panels or racks as the wine storage needs increase.
Finished Wine Cellar
These Vancouver clients love their wine cellar—a large, modern-designed wine room with two incredibly beautiful types of contemporary racks. We were able to offer adaptable storage and display options, with room for the growth of a collection. Smart design, planned by wine display experts, provided the homeowners with a show-stopping wine room, sure to be the focal point of the home.
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Modern Floating Cable Wine Racks without Extravagant Cost to Vancouver Home
Not all wine cellars are built for avid wine collectors with vast and elaborate storage needs. Many casual wine drinkers appreciate having wine in their home, want it stored correctly and displayed attractively. We installed floating cable racks with a through-the-wall cooling unit in a Vancouver home for these type of customers.
This modern designed wine cellar displays a small wine collection, without the expense that many wine lovers incur. The racks and doors are manufactured and installed by the leading wine cellar builder in the city, giving the owners an enormous value.
Making the Magic Happen
This wine display is toying with two paradoxical intentions.
On the one hand, wine cellars are very pragmatic, stable, and functional systems that create exacting environments for one of the most delicate of substances.
At the same time, this modern design seems to be pushing those austere intentions to their very limits, with wine bottles floating in mid-air and single-pane frameless glass doors enclosing the space for temperature control.
By meeting both the engineering and ethereal objectives, this wine cellar and wine racking exemplifies what the modern design lover expects in their home—a piece of magic as the centrepiece.
Proprietary Modern Wine Racks Only Offered by Blue Grouse Wine Cellars
At Blue Grouse Wine Cellars, we’re very excited to be the owner and sole dealer of the Float Wine Display & Racking System. This high-tension cable method was developed by us with components produced by a local Vancouver manufacturer. Other products on the markets use cables to hang wine bottles, but we use a distinct glass cradle to hold the bottle, making these wine racks one-of-a-kind.
Choose from Multiple Wine Bottle Positioning Options
This system offers a unique flexibility that you don’t often see in other wine racks. Make a choice between label forward or neck forward. You can even set up your rows in creative diagonal formations.
In this project, you’ll notice that there are bottles positioned label forward in the center of the display, with a row of neck forward bottles on the ends. The bottles are spaced liberally, allowing for a small stock of wine. But there is flexibility to install a lot more bottles if needed. Weight is not an issue with these incredibly secure cables.
Add the Float Wine Display & Racking System to a Large Wine Room
In this project, we used the cable racks as the single storage system. But they can also act as a supplementary racking option for high-capacity wine cellars. Often we’ll install large wine rooms with high capacity racking for the vast majority of the clients’ storage needs. Then we’ll add these cable racks as a design feature, adding that extra contemporary touch that so many wine lovers appreciate right now.
Through-the-Wall Cooling Unit Offers Operational and Inexpensive Refrigeration Solution
We used a very popular cooling unit—the KoolR Magnum. This refrigeration system is well-liked for its relatively low-cost compared with more upscale units. It is a simple, self-contained system. It is installed through a header where it transfers air from the inside of the cellar to the dining area outside and vice versa.
You can see the vent for the cooling unit above the glass doors. This simple system is ideal for a wine cellar like this. Larger cellars or those with more glass will require a different, more powerful system.
It’s important to note that you cannot change the grill. We’ve had some clients try to design a custom grill and take off the standard grill. This will affect the airflow. A better option is to paint the grill to customize its appearance. In this case, painting the grill black allowed it to blend in with the dark wall colour and be less noticeable.
Significantly Less Expensive Refrigeration System
As it’s been said, this cooling unit is considerably less expensive than other systems that we usually recommend and install. Other systems can be ten times the cost.
You don’t need a refrigeration contractor to install it. A regular contractor can mount it. There’s a condensate tube that drops into an empty wine bottle at the top of the racking, preventing water from falling onto the floor.
Cost Savings Through the Construction Process
This project was a new residential build, giving the homeowner some significant price advantages. Wine cellars need to be developed with strict insulation requirements to maintain temperature and humidity calculations. Properly insulating can be a large part of the cost of building a wine cellar if it is done in an already finished room where drywall demolition is required.
In this case, the General Contractor added the insulation into the walls of the wine cellar along with the construction of the home. Blue Grouse consulted with the construction company to make sure all was built correctly, making the production cost of the wine cellar’s exterior negligible.
Preparing for the Installation of the Cable Wine Rack System
Because we construct these wine racks with high tension cables, they need reliable, secure backing in the floor and ceiling. We drill in at least ¾ inch. You cannot install these into a drywall ceiling. We planned for this step in the early home building process.
Modern Glass Doors
Along with the racks, we provided the magnificently modern glass doors. We produce them at a fair and competitive price. Built without frames, they tap into the contemporary zeitgeist that is buzzing in the city of Vancouver. Modern wine cellars with these types of doors are growing in popularity.
Contemporary design has always flirted with the impression of the impossible, while remaining rooted in solid mechanical principles. These doors exemplify that ethic, especially in the context of wine storage.
Maintaining Proper Wine Storage Conditions with Contemporary Doors
Wine cellars must be airtight to provide a properly climate-controlled environment. Given that the doors in this project are frameless, the glazier had his work cut out for him. He first had to form the glass to very precise measurements, only allowing for the minutest of gaps around the glass. For most glass doors allowing for a gap, where the smallest amount of air can slip through, would not be the end of the world. But for wine cellars, this is not going to be effective. After producing the glass precisely, the glazier used weather stripping, a mohair hair like material that fills in the minimal gaps.
These doors are never going to be 100% airtight but we do everything possible to minimize the air gaps. Our glazier fully understands wine cellars and the importance of a great seal and fills in any gaps with weather stripping.
Sometimes clients will ask us to use others glaziers because of discount rates that they can get, but in the end, it often doesn’t work out so well. Whoever you choose, that glazier needs to understand the importance of air seals in wine cellars.
This Type of Home Wine Cellar’s Value in Perspective
The clients wanted something that looked impressive but didn’t cost a lot of money. This modern wine display and racking sysem certainly delivered on that objective.
NOTE: This wine cellar was somewhat costly per bottle compared with other wine rooms we’ve built. So, if efficient high-grade, high volume wine storage is your primary goal, we would recommend a different wine cellar strategy.
Add the Magic to Your Modern Vancouver Home by Displaying & Storing Wine Your Way
This wine display demonstrates how a variety of types of customers can enjoy wine cellars. We often build large wine rooms for serious connoisseurs with valuable collections. But there’s also the casual wine drinker who wants to display a small amount of wine in their home in a charming way.
Whether you’re looking for a high-grade wine cellar, or a less-expensive option, working with Vancouver’s most acclaimed wine experts is always a smart decision. We’ll help you with an intelligent design, geared to your budget. In this case, the visual appeal, provided by the modern doors and floating cable wine racks, was the priority for the homeowners. We put most of their budget into those options, while also producing a cellar that supplied sufficient climate-control for their needs. The result is magic.
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Interior Designer’s West Vancouver Home Wine Cellar Dances with Style with Traditional Knotty Alder Wood Wine Racks
When you’re an interior designer, and you’re looking for the best company in your hometown of West Vancouver to help you design and build a wine room in your residence, you choose Blue Grouse Wine Cellars. We were flattered to work on a project where the design was so firmly in the client’s mind’s eye. Our major building responsibility was constructing traditional wood wine racks in the large room. The end result is a fun play on style.
A Designer’s Vision for Her Own Personal Home Wine Cellar
We at Blue Grouse Wine Cellars work with a lot of different types of clients. A lot of homeowners need guidance in helping them visualize what they want. Many first-time wine cellar builders don’t know what kind of budget to expect. Some have budgetary concerns. Some don’t. Some have ventured into extensive research on wine cellars. Some are coming to us as their first source of information.
Fortunately, we can do anything that is possible (within the confines of the laws of physics and today’s economy). So we are willing to work with all of our clients to help them find the solutions that fit them, their ideas, their desires, and their financial plan.
A Play On Traditional and Contemporary Design Conventions
This residential project is unique in that the owner of the home is an interior designer. There was a little more guidance than usual for this project from the owner, given that she is an industry professional.
This home wine cellar flirts with the conventions of traditional and modern design. It uses the established elements that have been used for centuries and then simplifies them with straighter lines and less baroque ornamentation. The result is a wine room that nods to the traditional expectations while achieving a more modern and awake atmosphere.
Luxury Features—Planned Over a Long Time
The designer planned her design ideas over a lengthy period. This house is a high-end, luxury, single-family home. She envisioned dark rich looking millwork to accompany a contemporary air. She helped design the racking layout. The owner also chose the beautiful flooring, light fixture, and ceiling detail.
Wine Cellar Cathedral
This Wine Cellar holds up to 334 bottles. It measures 102” wide x 87 ½” long x 96” high. This racking extends across each long wall of the wine room, from floor to ceiling. The ceiling elevates even more in the middle of the chamber for a cathedral-like effect.
At the top floats a magnificent metal-crafted chandelier. This simplified adornment, at the upper-most part of the church-like wine room, once again demonstrates a more contemporary approach to European imagery.
The flooring is also wood, but organized into an artful pattern, like you’d see on the floor of a great hall or basilica, yet simplified, framed with unexpectedly white lines—bringing the fashionable into what could be considered stuffy.
There is a door, chosen by the owner, on each end of the wine room, allowing the homeowner to walk straight through.
West Vancouver Home Features Pastoral/Traditional Wood Wine Racks
The racking, constructed from knotty alder wood with a deep brown stain, achieves the old-style character desired by the owner. No lacquer was applied, giving it that rustic texture.
Well lit, custom racks by wine cellar experts like Blue Grouse Wine Cellars can showcase a collection of high-quality wine. They can also efficiently facilitate bulk wine storage through rectangular bins for wood cases and diamond bins.
Well lit, custom racks by wine cellar experts like Blue Grouse Wine Cellars can showcase a collection of high-quality wine. They can also efficiently facilitate bulk wine storage through rectangular bins for wood cases and diamond bins.
When starting a project such as this, we need to know what kind of wines the owner collects.
- Do they purchase by the bottle or by the case?
- Do they have magnum bottles, which are the double size?
- Do they store half size for dessert wines?
- Do they need storage for wood cases?
Storage Features of the Wine Racks
With the information obtained from the owner, we were able to recommend specific features to the rack design. These wine racks combine a wide variety of options for the different wine storage types:
- Diamond bins for bulk storage.
- Individual bottle slots.
- Large rectangular bins to house wine in wood cases.
- A display row is running horizontally through the middle of the racking to highlight exceptional bottles.
- There are also arch niches on each side of the room to add design interest and provide a countertop area for organizing bottles.
- The client is currently storing and displaying scotch on the countertops.
Lighting That is Safe for Wine and Adds Drama to the Rack Displays
Lighting is a more important factor than a lot of homeowners typically think.
On the one hand, lighting adds an important dramatic effect to the wine cellar racking. It allows you to display your wine in spectacular fashion to your guests. In this home, to this interior designer, the lighting was clearly recognized as an important aspect of the visual strategy. There is accent lighting within the racking—a spotlight at the top of each archway, and strip lighting, behind a valance on top of the display row to help highlight prized bottles.
Heat added to a wine cellar is also a concern. So the type of lights chosen is of utmost importance. All of the lighting fixtures in this wine room are LED. This choice will prevent excess heat in the cellar.
Build Something Personal in Your Home
We were delighted to have the opportunity to partner with this design expert—to help her bring something so personal into reality. You can see it in the end results—a sophisticated home wine cellar that uses wood wine racks to communicate both traditional and modern motifs.
Whether you live in West Vancouver or surrounding towns, feel free to consult with a design expert from Blue Grouse Wine Cellars to bring about your very private vision to life as well.
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A Small Area Under the Stairs was Brought to Life by a Wine Cellar Master Builder in Vancouver BC
A space under an open staircase was converted by Blue Grouse Wine Cellars Vancouver into an enclosed custom wine storage and display area. Check out the features of this traditional wine cellar designed for a home in British Columbia.
Brilliant Wine Storage Solution for a Tiny Space
When planning to start a wine room installation project, one of the dilemmas faced by most homeowners is finding a suitable place for their wine collection. Nowadays, wine cellars can be built in almost any area of your home including a walk-in closet, garage, basement, and even beneath your stairs!
The small size and odd shape of the room should not be a concern if you work with a professional wine cellar company.
Recently, a client sought the help of Blue Grouse Wine Cellars, to create a design for his wine room that would store and display his wine safely and attractively.
Wine Cellar Construction Under the Stairs
The space was simply an open staircase with a sloping ceiling located in the main living area. It is 4 feet deep and 12.5 feet long. The client wanted to enclose the bottom of the stairs. What we did was to build a front wall to enclose the space that will store the owner’s prized wines.
We incorporated various bottle orientations in the custom racking design and installed an efficient wine cellar climate control system to stabilize the storage conditions. The door and lighting were chosen and installed carefully.
Proper Room Insulation to Prevent External Factors from Damaging Wine
Vancouver Custom Wine Cellar Insulation
One of the causes of wine damage is an unstable environment. Temperature fluctuations and variable humidity levels occur when your wine storage space is poorly insulated or not insulated at all.
Proper insulation of the walls, ceiling, and door can prevent this type of problem in climate-controlled wine rooms. It helps maintain the optimum conditions needed by wine to preserve its desirable characteristics.
On this custom wine cellar installation project in Vancouver, BC, we had to demolish the existing walls at the back and side so that we could add insulation and a vapor barrier. We then re-installed the new type of drywall.
The front wall and the door were constructed from insulated glass to help regulate the temperature and humidity in the room.
Another benefit of a well-sealed Vancouver custom wine cellar is low consumption of energy because your refrigeration system will not be forced to work harder than its normal operation. Proper room insulation will also prevent the breakdown of your cooling unit.
Custom Wine Rack Features
Before designing the racking system, we always take a careful assessment of our client’s functional, aesthetic, and financial requirements. This process is a vital part of building a wine cellar because it allows us to come up with a design that will suit the owner’s needs.
The material and the style of wine racks play an important role in achieving the desired overall appeal of a wine room. We always see to it that the wine racks suit the existing décor of the client’s home and are eye catching.
Ideal Choice Of Wood
On this custom project completed by Blue Grouse Wine Cellars in Vancouver, BC, we used the Knotty Alder wood. One of its distinctive characteristics is its reddish brown color, which creates a rustic feel in a Vancouver custom wine cellar.
Additionally, Knotty Alder has tight knots, straight grains, and an even texture that make wine racks made from this material attractive. We applied the wood with Early American stain to bring out its natural grain pattern. We lacquered the wine racks for a lustrous finish.
The entire racking was installed at the back wall. Its maximum height is approximately 6 feet. The top section consists of individual storage slots for 750 ml bottles and a few storage openings for the owner’s magnum bottles.
Below it is a high reveal display row with three sections for 750 ml bottles and one section for magnums. The display row stores the bottles at a 15-degree angle. This bottle orientation will keep the cork in contact with the wine.
A dried out cork can become brittle and allow an unwanted amount of oxygen to mix with the wine. When this happens, oxidation will occur, and the wine will easily be spoiled. An oxidized wine has an unpleasant taste and aroma.
There are diamond bins at the bottom section of the racking. This style of racking allows for bulk storage and maximizes the capacity of the room. It also provides better organization of the bottles because the client can store the same variety or the same type of wine in each section. The divider in each opening can be removed to allow for wood case storage.
The proper choice of lighting system will help illuminate the wine display area dramatically without compromising the quality of the wine. LED (light-emitting diode) lights are becoming more in-demand in the construction industry because of their low heat emission.
Regular bulbs are not recommended for installation in Vancouver custom wine cellars because they emit more heat than an LED, which can damage your collection.
Another advantage of the LED lighting system is that it can save you money in the long run because it has a longer lifespan and consumes less energy compared to other types of lighting.
On this project, we installed LED strip lighting behind the valance above the display row. It highlights the favorite bottles of the owner. We installed a recessed LED pot light in the ceiling.
Wine Cellar Refrigeration System for a Safe Vancouver Custom Wine Cellar
To achieve the ideal conditions for wine storage, we installed a KoolR Magnum cooling system through the back wall of the cellar. It was placed just above the racking so that the cold air could blow down and create proper airflow.
It vents through a wall that faces into a large open space, which allows the warm air to dissipate properly.
This self-contained wine refrigeration system is a great option for those who are on a budget because it does not need an HVAC technician for the installation.
In addition to its high-value offering, the KoolR Magnum wine cooling system is non-intrusive because of its small size. It also has a digital control panel that displays the current temperature of the cellar in Fahrenheit or Celsius.
The unit comes with a basic one-year warranty.
Door and Wall
The wine cellar door and front wall were constructed from glass framed with wood. The glass panels were laminated to protect the harmful UV rays from penetrating the glass and spoiling the client’s wines.
We also insulated and added sealing components to the door to prevent temperature fluctuations that can deteriorate wine.
The wood framing was stained and coated with clear lacquer to match the existing staircase of the home. We added a door lock for added security.
Convert Your Space into a Stunning Wine Storage Space
With our passion and extensive experience in the construction industry, Blue Grouse Wine Cellars Vancouver will create a design for your custom needs. Contact us today at 1-888-400-2675.
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The Fairmont Hotel, High Profile Wine Cellar Wall
Take a look at this commercial custom wine cellars project we recently completed for the prestigious Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. Styled as ultra-contemporary wine walls, this wine cellar is a highly visible feature in the bar and lobby area.
The Fairmont Hotel is often referred to as the ‘Castle in the City’. It reflects the timeless luxury and history of the city. Located in its prime location in downtown Vancouver, it is just a few short steps from the shopping, dining and entertainment areas of the city. Everything about this project was therefore to be extremely high profile.
This wine display was designed to be a dividing wall between the Notch 8 restaurant bar and the lobby area were the main check-in desks are located. With its location so front and center, no compromises could be made on the cellar’s looks. As the cellar was to be a fully accessible, climate controlled, wine cellar space, as well a stunning display, extra thought had to be put into the overall design of the racking and mechanical components.
Capacity, Details and Construction – Commercial Custom Wine Cellars
This custom wine cellar has a maximum capacity of 768 standard 750ml bottles and stands 189″ high and 182″ wide. The racking itself consists of floor and ceiling mounted Vintage View metal racking in a Satin Black finish consistent with the contemporary sleek design goal. Subtle LED lighting was added to make the whole wall glow.
The front side of the wine wall, facing the bar area, was created with frameless glass doors to provide access to bottles. This included a set of doors through the bottom middle of the wine wall where guests can walk through from the bar side to lobby side and vice versa. All glass doors had a bronzed tint to match with the decadent, old world style and glamour of the restaurant and lobby renovation.
A structural metal beam was installed horizontally through the middle of the wine wall. This was used to support the weight of the upper racking, doors and stationary glass panels on the backside of the wine wall. Flooring is consistent in the bar, wine cellar and lobby area so no transition was needed. A very nice marble tile was chosen by the client.
The back wall of the enclosure consists of insulated, bronzed glass panels which we installed and trimmed with metal cladding in a custom transparent bronze powder coat. All door closures, handles, hinges and cladding of the remainder of the structure was also powder coated this same colour. The client had a team on-site already looking after many renovation items so we counseled them on how to properly insulate and vapour barrier the side walls and ceiling and they also applied the plywood backing where we then affixed our metal cladding.
Wine Cellar Refrigeration and Climate Control System
This is a very large wine cellar with a large amount of glass (half of which is single pane – i.e. doors side facing the bar) so a thermal load was run to determine a unit powerful enough to properly cool the space to wine storage temperature. Based on this assessment we selected a CellarPro Air Handler 24 unit with front ducting. This refrigeration unit is controlled via a digital display/control panel mounted on the side wall of the enclosure near the return air grill.
As the cooling unit had to be a larger system to manage the thermal load, and yet should not be visible inside the wine wall, we installed it two floors down in the basement area. We selected a CellarPro Air Handler 24 unit with front ducting.
The basement area has a good open space to allow proper ventilation of the heat the cooling unit would produce. The ducting was run up through the floor and inside the void column on one side of the wine wall. This allows the cold air to blow out a grill through the side wall at the top of the wine wall. The return air was fed back to the unit through a grill in the bottom of the right side wall. This required the client to bore through concrete and was somewhat of a feat to achieve.
We provided the client with a warranty on the cooling system covering two years on the component parts and five years on the compressor.
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Custom Sapele Wood and VintageView Wine Cellar in Vancouver
Built in an elegant mix of sapele wood & VintageView contemporary metal racking, this contractor custom wine cellar project is a “must see”!
Failure to choose a knowledgeable wine cellar contractor may result in disappointments and significant expense in the future. In Vancouver, Canada, a high-end wine collector sought the help of Blue Grouse Wine Cellars to transform their basement into a refrigerated wine cellar.
We used Sapele Mahogany and VintageView metal wine racks. Learn more about the beautiful features of this wine room.
Awesome Transformation of a Large Basement Into a Residential Wine Cellar
In converting a space into a climate-controlled cellar, Blue Grouse Wine Cellars always make sure that the room has an airtight seal before installing the wine racks, flooring, and cooling system.
We are one of the most trusted wine cellar contractors in Vancouver, with passion and extensive experience in designing and building wine rooms. Recently, we have completed a basement wine cellar conversion project.
We were able to meet the requirements of our client despite encountering some structural challenges. We combined wood and metal to create beautiful and functional wine displays. The wine cellar cooling system, flooring, and lighting were chosen and installed carefully to achieve proper wine storage and the overall appeal that the client desired for their wine room.
This room was not originally built to be a wine room, so we needed to take down the drywall on the walls and ceiling. We also insulated and installed a vapor barrier and put up and finished new drywall.
Another area that we needed to seal was a hidden room under a stairway, accessed through a miniature door. This room would allow the client to have an extra “secret” wine storage area and maximize capacity.
To complete the renovations we emptied the room of its original contents, which included a very heavy pool table! The client also had a couple of wine cabinets in this room, which were moved to a room upstairs.
There was also a window in this room which opened to the outdoors, we built a wall in front of it to eliminate light. We left the door to the cellar unchanged, in order to maintain the original look of the home.
Custom Sapele Wood and VintageView Wine Cellar
The racking system plays a significant role in achieving the desired ambiance and overall appeal of the wine room. At Blue Grouse Wine Cellars, we take into consideration all of our client’s needs and requirements to be able to create an awe-inspiring wine display.
In this installation project, the homeowner, who is a very high-end collector, wanted the cellar to be as natural and scent-free as possible. All-wood racking would create a traditional look, so we incorporated metal in the racking to achieve a sleek appeal.
Sapele – Ideal Hardwood for Custom Wine Racks
Sapele, which belongs to the Mahogany family, is a hardwood species that is widely used by wine cellar contractors in Vancouver.
One of the many benefits of Sapele custom wine racks is its superior stability. It grows in an interlocking grain pattern, making it harder than other wood species. It is also highly resistant to weather and rot. These are the qualities that make Sapele a favorite material for constructing windows and doors.
The natural luster of Sapele can add drama to any living space. This type of wood also exhibits gorgeous grain patterns including wavy, quilted, fiddle back, and mottled.
Since the client wanted an odourless wine cellar, we did not apply stain or lacquer on the wine racks.
Using Various Bottle Orientations to Create a Gorgeous and Functional Wine Display
At Blue Grouse Wine Cellars, we don’t want to build mediocre wine rooms. Our creative and passionate team of designers always makes sure that every racking system will be a stunning display for our clients and their guests.
In this basement wine cellar conversion project, we installed Sapele custom wine racks, incorporated with different racking configurations, and two feature walls with VintageView metal wine racks.
On our 3-dimensional plan view below, you can see the different elevations labeled from A-F, the dimensions of the room, and the total bottle capacity of the wine cellar.
Elevations A, B, and E
As you enter the room from the basement hallway, the first wine rack that you’ll see on the right wall (Elevation B) is a 5-level quarter round display rack, followed by individual wine racks at the top section.
A display row lines the middle of the racking, allowing the client to highlight some of his favorite vintages.
Below this is the “secret” wine storage area that goes into a space beneath the stairs in the adjoining room. We covered it with a removable custom louvered grill. This room is also insulated and climate-controlled to preserve the wine’s quality.
On both sides of this hidden wine storage area are half lattice diamond bins and wooden case lattice storage racks intended for the owner’s high-end wines.
The next wall is Elevation A, which consists of a wide tabletop. This feature provides a perfect place for decanting and serving wine. We added an opening at the center and label forward display on both sides. The rest of the racking at the top section is composed of single bottle wine racks.
We installed a lattice diamond wine display below the tabletop. More half diamond bins and more wood case storage racks were installed at the bottom.
The connecting wall is labeled as Elevation E, has the same wine rack design as Elevation B, except for the quarter round racking, which serves as the end racking of the latter.
Elevations C and D
As you enter through the door from the outside of the cellar, the first racking to your right has the same style as elevation E. The wall facing the door is a wine rack that is 54 ¼ inches deep, which consists of a horizontal display for six large format bottles.
Below this is a custom cabinet where the climate-control unit is hidden. The rest of the racking are individual bottle slots.
Sleek Metal Wine Racks – A Favorite Choice Of Blue Grouse Wine Cellars Vancouver Contractors
We added VintageView metal wine racks to this Vancouver home wine cellar to satisfy our client’s desire for a contemporary design.
Upon entering the door from the hallway, the first wall you are greeted with is the left wall. Here, we added a 3-column single-deep metal wine rack.
Another set of metal racking was installed on the left wall when you enter through the door from the outside. This time, we used 4-column triple-deep wine racks. All the metal racking is in satin black finish.
Wine Cellar Cooling, Lighting System, and Flooring
At Blue Grouse Wine Cellars, we offer various brands of climate-control systems. One of these is the ONAM self-contained cooling units, which are designed for flexibility and ease of installation.
In this project, we used the ONAM CW30-W water-cooled cooling system, which is enclosed in the wine cellar in a custom cabinet.
This was a straightforward installation by our regular wine cellar technicians as it is self-contained and did not require an HVAC professional for installation.
This reliable and powerful type of refrigeration system can serve a cellar of this size. It is controlled by a wall-mounted thermostat, which is hardwired to the unit.
For the lighting, we used LED strip lighting masked behind an L-shaped valance over the high reveal display row. LED pot lights were installed in the ceiling. We pulled up the original carpet and installed beautiful slate tiles with an interesting layout and pattern surrounding the middle island.
Turn an Unused Room into a Stylish Wine Cellar
If you have an unused space in your home and want to convert it into a gorgeous wine cellar, a wine cellar contractor in Vancouver can help you. Contact Blue Grouse Wine Cellars at 1-888-400-2675.
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Vancouver Large Wine Cellar Project with Natural All-heart Redwood & VintageView Racking
We have recently completed a wine cellar project in British Columbia.
As a rule in every project, every little detail of the clients’ wine storage requirements and preferences are noted carefully to be able to get a picture of what they really want. One challenge here was that the owners and our installer (Sebastian Burzynski) spoke different languages. He communicated with the owners through the nanny, who translated.
The house to be renovated was old and the previous job of their wine cellar builder was not satisfactorily done, so we expected a lot of work. The desire of the owner was to have a simple, yet sufficient wine storage area and one that had the ideal storage conditions.
For every wine cellar we build, we ensure that functionality and aesthetics are both achieved. All our clients deserve the best from us.
Wine Cellar Construction
In a wine cellar, the right environment should be established. The ideal temperature is between 55-58 degrees Fahrenheit and the humidity level should range from 60-75%.
These conditions will prevent wine from excessive oxidation. To ensure that these conditions are met, we insulated the walls and installed a vapor barrier.
These two are important processes, especially for wine cellars that will be installed with a wine cooling system. Proper insulation and vapor barriers will protect wine from being ruined due to temperature fluctuations. Proper seal for the door is also important. This will prevent cool air from escaping out of the cellar.
In this project, we replaced the existing wine cellar door with an exterior grade glass door.
The concrete floor was not level, but we kept it that way. What we did was build level bases with scribed trim to provide a platform for the wooden wine racks.
This will allow the owner to install tiles or level the floor in the future without disturbing the wine racking. He may also opt to paint it without spending too much.
Traditional and Contemporary Wine Storage
Our installer used modular wine cellar racking (with some modification) which is a more economical solution to custom wine racking. This helped keep the cost down without compromising the appeal of our client’s wine room.
Vancouver Canada Wood and Metal Wine Cellar Racks
The wine storage racks were made of natural all heart California redwood. This wood is beautiful, with reddish brown tones and no stain at all on the racking – the natural all heart redwood has a consistent colour which added tons of character to this stylish home wine cellar in Vancouver, Canada.
Uniquely designed, this wine cellar was also built with some VintageView metal wine racks finished in satin black. These metal wine racks were attached to the supporting framed column beams. The result of combining traditional and contemporary design was excellent.
Lighting and Climate Control System
The wine cellar lighting creates the mood that the collector wants in his Canada custom wine room. Our electrician chose track lighting which is a great option for highlighting particular vintages in your wine racks. It is also flexible, so the track heads can be moved easily to areas you on which you want focus.
Vancouver Canada Wine Cellar Lighting by Blue Grouse Wine Cellars
The perfect cooling equipment for the size of our client’s room was the water cooled wine cellar cooling system from ONAM. Click here to view the different ONAM wine cooling units.
The homeowner was really impressed and satisfied with the craftsmanship and efforts of our team at Blue Grouse Wine Cellars. Whatever space, style, or budget that you have, we will create an impressive residential or commercial wine cellar for your favorite vintages. Contact us today at 1-888-400-2675.
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Vancouver has long been known for its multi-cultural and avant-garde minded inhabitants.
Nothing could say more to this culture than this amazing contemporary residential custom wine cellar we recently installed in West Vancouver.
Our client’s goal was to have a home wine cellar that would look much like an aquarium with all walls made from glass.
The intent to have it also in keeping with the iconic Vancouver skyline.
The overall design of their home is very contemporary and the wine cellar was to match it and become the prime focal point of their great room.
These particular clients are actually not huge wine drinkers themselves, they actually prefer martinis a lot of the time. They are however, very social people and like to entertain on a regular basis.
Stunning Wine Display and Storage Cellar
Their feeling was that a stunning wine cellar would look wonderful and be something their guests would enjoy, also adding a wow-factor to their home.
We think you will agree, custom wine cellars like these, designed especially to complement high-end home décor, become a central feature showpiece in the home.
Installed in the great room, it’s impossible to not be impressed with the shear decadent elegance of an all glass wine display.
With a total capacity of 315 standard 750ml wine bottles, the racks were single bottle depth to the rear of the mounting frame and double bottle depth on the front.
We do not usually install more than one bottle deep on the back side as they can be a little difficult to access for some clients.
This style of racking are both popular and a state of the art solution for clients who are looking for a very clean and contemporary styled wine storage solution.
The cost is very reasonable and it really makes the wine stand out with all the labels on display.
Wine Cellar Refrigeration by ONAM for Stable Climate Control
In order to enable the wine cellar to be climate controlled and yet maintain the clean look in this all-glass enclosure, we installed the required cooling unit beneath the floor, in the crawl space.
We used an ONAM wine cellar refrigeration system, which is a self-contained water-cooled unit. This meant that plumbing and electrical connections were required. Installation was however relatively easy with no requirement for a separate refrigeration technician.
The ONAN cooling equipment we installed was a very powerful, high-end system. We often use this type of product when there is a lot of glass involved.
The insulation or R-factor of a completely glass wine cellar is lower than regular, well insulated, walls. There were two ducts coming off the wine cellar cooling unit (one for cool air supply and one for return air to the unit) and these connected to two openings through the floor of the wine cellar.
We covered the air supply and return openings with custom-fabricated, perforated metal grills. These were specially designed to match the racking, so that they would look in keeping with the whole wine room effect.
All Tempered Glass and Efficient Lighting
The glass enclosure itself was made from 12mm single pane tempered clear glass with a ceramic frit applied to the edges which makes up the black frame you see in the photo. This gives the cellar a sort of “iPhone” look.
All the glass was sealed and the doors trimmed with a mohair weather stripping product to ensure efficiency and the integrity of the internal environment. Special LED spotlights were installed in the ceiling to shine down through the racking, highlighting for dramatic effect without contributing any heat into the cellar. Wine cellar lighting has to be chosen carefully as adding heat to a wine cellar can make it inefficient and prone to problems.
If you have a project to create a wine display or mass storage wine cellar in your home, call 1-888-400-2675 and get a no obligation design and quote. Transform your home today with a stunning custom residential wine cellar!