We recently completed a custom wine cellar project in Westfield, NJ for a repeat customer who moved from Hoboken (not a lot of space) to a home with much space (including a finished basement). We built a modern metal and wood custom wine cabinet (in the Hoboken home) just off of the kitchen. The owners love to entertain and it was the focus of the home. When they moved to the suburbs the owner stressed he wanted to try and incorporate the same feel in the new home.
First, we looked at space on the main floor then went into the basement. The basement had tons of space but the owner decided he would give up an above-ground family room for the wine cellar. The room had some engineering issues meaning (windows, ac/heat, wood flooring) all needed to be addressed before we could get to work on the design. The wood flooring was replaced with stone, the windows were sealed with a proper vapor barrier and insulation, and all of the ac/heat was capped off and removed from the space. Hence creating the blank canvas for our design team. The owner was hoping to keep some modern feel to the space (the new home is transitional) so we decided on wood racking for the lower wine racks, and metal and acrylic for the uppers.
We also carried the wood around the entire room with the counter tops. We then added a peninsula with a distressed wine barrel and custom tasting table with drawers and additional wine storage. The room is climate-controlled with an outdoor ductless split cooling system and is concealed with the same wood wine racking material (in this case Ash) and sits behind louvers. The room is controlled with a digital thermostat and the lighting is controlled with a switch, and the leds by remote control. The added bonus to this custom wine room is the wine barrel staves we used on the ceiling.
Overall the wine room came in on time and as always on budget. It's exciting to see these projects from start to finish and the fact that we have been building not only wine cellars but friendships as well! Take a quick video tour of our latest custom wine room.
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