Hamptons Wine Cellars

December 21, 2010

Joseph and Curtis Custom Wine Cellars is one of the biggest wine cellar companies doing business in the Hamptons. There is almost never a time when we do not have some project going in either East Hampton, Southampton, Sag Harbor, etc. One of our latest projects consisted of a tasting room and a truly unique wine cellar.

empty room, Joe by the window

The customer asked Joseph & Curtis to visit his East Hampton estate to discuss possible designs and ideas regarding one specific area in the home. The room was large and was already sheet-rocked, tiled, and basically finished for a normal room.After multiple discussions with the homeowner, we decided to design a wine cellar with a very small footprint to the overall space (the room is 5' deep but 17' long) so the owner could use the rest of the room for a table and tasting area.

Finished cellar with glass doors
side view of cellar

Once cooling was determined for the wine cellar, we had to demo the existing room, install a vapor barrier, re-insulate and of course re-wire and re-rock. We then  designed 2 large windows (57" x 108" each) which had to be carried in by 8 workers down 2 sets of staircases as well as a one light glass and mahogany door.We also incorporated the owner's wishes by installing a special hardware that he purchased in Italy. The tasting area highlight was a mahogany stained ceiling (which was beadboard and beams). The wine racks were made from the same material as the ceiling mahogany and stained to match.The owner had alot of stone in the home and we decided the windows should be wrapped in the same stone the owner used in other parts of the basement. The cooling system used was a ductless split with an outdoor condenser, temp alert tied into security, and t-stat for the wine room. The wine cellar capacity was well over 1,000 bottles and combines both  practicality as well as dramatic design elements for display.The wine cellar is a perfect example of why you need a true wine cellar design professional not only to make your cellar dreams come true but to make it practical as well.

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