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Custom Wine Cabinet Wraps the Fireplace

2012 January 22
by Joseph & Curtis

Custom wine cabinet wraps the fireplaceOne of the unique things about being a manufacturer AND a custom designer is the unique ability to be able to push the envelope. One such recent design-and-build started with a blank wall and fireplace which became a 500+ bottle custom wine cabinet.

The homeowner did not have enough space for a traditional walk-in wine cellar but did allow us to go through the home to see if there was any suitable site for a wine cellar or wine cabinet. We agreed that the never-used fireplace wall was the perfect fit. The idea started when we were sitting on the homeowner’s couch brainstorming about where the wine storage would go, and the idea hit us like a ton of bricks! The fireplace!

Closeup shot of unique fireplace wine cabinetWe decided to fill the entire living room wall (floor to ceiling) and frame out the entire fireplace with a large wine cabinet (approx 20′ long) The homeowner was amazed at the bottle count and the overall design. The cabinet was built and installed with a custom split refrigeration unit and UV glass to minimize the light from the living room windows during the day. The inside wine racks and the outside cabinet were constructed out of mahogany and finished with a clear coat of lacquer. The wine racks consist of case bin storage, 750 storage, magnum horizontal displays and Bordeaux bottles. The overall footprint of the wine cabinet came in just under 26″ which allowed plenty of space for access and foot traffic. The project took just over 4 weeks and was installed in 3 days. Here is what the owner had to say:

Dear Joseph and Curtis,

We are thrilled with our new wine cellar! We appreciate your creative recommendations on design, attention to detail and professionalism throughout the process. We would highly recommend your work to anyone considering developing a wine cellar. Thanks again and it was a pleasure working with you. Stay in touch.

Best Regards,

John and Akiko

One of the things at Joseph and Curtis that separates us from the competition is the fact that we are always listening to our clients, and we are never satisfied until they are. So if your not sure where your wine storage can go please give us a call and we will build an incredible home for your wine collection as well as an incredible experience along the way!


11 Responses leave one →
  1. Mariann Weihenmayer permalink
    January 23, 2012

    Wow………….anybody with only a little space can turn an uninteresting area into something beautiful and eye popping…. this is a marvelous and exquisite design.

    Mariann Weihenmayer

  2. João Morgado permalink
    January 24, 2012

    Julgo que a temperatura de conservação optima do vinho será inferior à que estará uma sala com lareira.

  3. Julie Orr permalink
    January 24, 2012

    I’m wondering about the issue of the heat that will come off of the fireplace, and the fact that wine needs to be kept in a cool dry place….tempurature control being a big concern. How are these issues handled with you fireplace encapsulated wine cellar.
    Thank you,

  4. Joseph & Curtis permalink*
    January 24, 2012


    GREAT question! First, the home owners NEVER use the fireplace as intended, so their will never be a heat concern.

    The home owners were not concerned about temperature control because they were not planning on aging their wine over the long haul – it’s more for short-term daily usage.

    They also did not have many other options as far as space, so we came to the conclusion that the fireplace area would be the perfect spot for their custom racking. It turned out to be an beautiful conversation piece 🙂

    Many thanks for your comment and concern.


  5. Joseph & Curtis permalink*
    January 24, 2012

    Thanks Mariann!

  6. Joseph & Curtis permalink*
    January 24, 2012


    Thank you for your comment.

    The fireplace is never used by the homeowner, therefore it does not pose a threat to their wine.

    If they did use the fireplace, it would surely pose a threat as you mention.


  7. Bernard Kenner permalink
    January 25, 2012

    The clients may not have much wood to burn, but sure have enough cash to do the same. Dual refridge +500 bottles, and only for “short term daily storage” seems like overkill. Better to have spent the money on wine, or some interesting art work to put on the walls.

  8. Wineguy999 permalink
    January 25, 2012

    Nice work. I only wish people would read your description before writing snarky comments.

  9. Joseph & Curtis permalink*
    January 25, 2012

    Bernard, one could argue that our custom wine cabinet is art work 😉

  10. Joseph & Curtis permalink*
    January 25, 2012

    Thanks Wineguy999…it’s very possible they didn’t read the blog thoroughly because they were mesmerized by the beautiful pictures 😉 That said, we will try to do a better job explaining our project details in future posts.

  11. gary frigo permalink
    January 29, 2012

    Hi-u may remember me-you designed(roughly) somethign like this for a wall in my library about a year ago(I live at 2 windymere lane in Mendham)? anyways-the above looks great-is very similiar to what i wanted. If you can-can u give me the rough dimensions of the above? I’m still quite interested in doing this…

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