Best of Houzz 2015: Coastal Custom Wine Cellars

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Boston has long been considered as one of the artistic and cultural hubs of the United States. It should come as no surprise that the city boasts a Strong market for wine enthusiasts who are interested in properly storing their wine. Thankfully for us, one of the jobs we recently completed for a client, the Cape Cod project, allowed us to get recognized by Houzz, one of the top home remodeling websites in the world.

This year is particularly fruitful for us since Houzz decided to award Coastal Custom Wine Cellars in this year’s Best of Houzz 2015. We won Best in Design and Best in Customer Service, two categories that we believe reflect the values the Coastal brand is built on.

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Best in Design

This year saw a particular boom in the demand for residential wine cellars and specialized wine display refrigerators. This demand has been fueled not by a rise in the affluence of our clients, but by a trend in “affordability” that was previously not seen from the home wine cellar market in previous years.

Nowadays, wine cellar displays are made not just for aesthetic purposes but also for purely functional ones, as well. The home wine cellar market, although a very niche one at this point, has now come of age with the way design and practicality are now married seamlessly for every modern wine cellar created today.

This design perspective, in particular, allowed us to build projects like the Coto de Caza wine cellar conversion job which saw us creating a wine cellar room under the stairs, literally. With the limited space afforded to us for the job, we were able to pull off the whole venture simply by taking stock of the limitations of the room and respecting the boundaries imposed upon us. It is often said that creativity can only get spurred by limitations, and we believe we were able to live by this adage to the letter.

Projects like these are the reason why our loyal clients were compelled to vote us into Houzz’s Best in Design award. We believe that today’s wine cellar is not just a space for storing wine bottles, but an area where one wine enthusiast can “share” his or her passion for wine with a fellow or two. If anything, a home wine cellar should be an essential part of a house as much as the living room or the dining room.

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Best in Customer Service

Our impressive portfolio encouraged people to contact us this year; many of them had not even considered having a wine cellar built within their houses prior to seeing our Houzz profile. As much as they were impressed by the projects we have completed for our various clients, the one question they almost always ask us, “Can we afford it?”

We live in an economy that is coming to terms with the last recession, so of course we understand why some people hesitate investing on projects like wine cellars for their homes. However, one of the great things about investing in a wine cellar is that the client can set the scale and budget for the wine cellar project that he or she is trying to pull off.

Many of our past clients can attest to how we communicate with them in terms of setting the “ground rules” for their wine cellar projects. We encourage them to be completely honest with us by allowing them to verbalize their concerns about their projects and we, in turn, help them arrive at a plan which allows them to have their dream wine cellar built while taking into account important factors like budget and duration of work.

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We don’t stop when the projects are completed, though; we make it a business imperative to get looping feedbacks from our clients to confirm whether we have truly “satisfied” them on their wine cellar needs or not.

Thankfully, our dedication to making things easy for our clients allowed us to win Houzz’s Best in Customer Service award. We are also proud of the fact that we are inspiring other homeowners to make wine cellars of their own, simply because we are telling them projects like these can always be possible, no matter how limited your budget may be.

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A Good Year

Wine enthusiasts know the importance of a “good year”. As for Coastal Custom Wine Cellars, we have capped off a good year by winning Best in Design Best in Customer Service of Houzz’s ‘Best of Series’. So, for the “Houzzers” who voted us in to win the award, thank you very much!

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Green Building Concept – Building a Wine Cellar Using Green Building Materials

The use of environmentally sustainable products in various business sectors has been highly encouraged by the environmental movement for many years.  Eco-friendly products are materials that do not pose a threat to the environment in terms of their production, utilization, and disposal.  They also pertain to products that are made from recycled materials.

Building a Wine Cellar using Green Building Materials

Building a Wine Cellar using Green Building Materials

Using green building materials when building a wine cellar (or any structure, for that matter) helps minimize the need to produce new raw materials, and consequently reduces the amount of waste products thrown in landfills, or burned in incinerators.  In addition, creating new products out of recycled materials can significantly decrease the amount of waste that otherwise negatively impacts the environment.

As more people clamor for environmentally sustainable products, many companies from different business sectors have responded to their demand.  For instance, the wine cellar industry has been promoting the use of green building materials in the design and construction of custom wine rooms.

Applying a green building concept to a wine cellar design not only creates a one of a kind appearance, but also helps sustain the environment.

The two primary sources of recycled wood materials are antique nautical timbers, and retired wine barrels.  Nautical timbers are often used as flooring materials.

Nautical Timbers Flooring - Green Building Materials

Nautical Timbers Flooring – Green Building Materials

These reclaimed wood products come from the ballast and cribbage found in the hulls of ships that navigated the world during the 1940s up to the early 1970s.  Back then, the ballast and cribbage were used in sea vessels to provide stability.

However, improvements and modifications in ship ballast systems rendered these heavy timbers obsolete.  Rather than discarding them in landfills, antique nautical timbers are reprocessed into new wood products that can be used as flooring materials in custom wine cellars.

Reclaimed nautical hardwood flooring products come from over 70 different wood varieties, originating from Africa, Asia and South America.  Antique nautical timbers are carefully re-sawn, to maintain a natural patina and character.

To provide additional strength and structural integrity to the reclaimed product, a plywood backing made from Baltic Birch is attached to the re-sawn timber.

Considering that they are made from age old forest trees, antique nautical timbers possess excellent strength and an enduring quality.  Part of this wood material’s appeal comes from its worn out look, and the various marks and dents on its surface, permanently etched there by time.

Orange County Custom Wine Cellars with Wine Barrel Flooring

Orange County Custom Wine Cellars with Wine Barrel Flooring

Another popular green building concept that is being integrated into most custom wine cellars design is wood components from reclaimed wine barrels.

A typical wine barrel is used for about three to four years before being discarded in a landfill or sold as firewood.  Retired wine barrels are given another purpose in life through the recycling of old barrel components into new materials that can be used as countertops, wine racking, and flooring products.

The three primary parts of a wine barrel that are dismantled and reprocessed are the cooperage, wine infusion and stave.  Cooperage is the outside part of a barrel end that attractively displays winery logos and other cooper markings.  Infusion is the wine stained interior of the barrel.  The natural discoloration of this barrel component comes from the staining of the wine during the aging process.

The stave barrel component is the side part of the barrel that beautifully features hoop markings, from the metal bands that wrapped and held the stave planks in place.  Adding design elements made from retired wine barrels create an unparalleled look in residential or commercial custom wine cellars, considering that no two reclaimed wine barrel components are alike.

Barrel head carving is another green building concept that comes from recycling authentic wine barrels.  This wood product consists of quarter-sawn barrel end, along with four to five inches of surrounding hoops.

To ensure the dimensional integrity of the tenth barrelhead piece, polyurethane glue is injected into the joints, to prevent cracks from opening up, and the hoops from coming apart.  The piece is also attached to plywood backing, for added structural support.

There are different designs that can be carved into reclaimed barrel heads, such as winery logos, coats of arms, and even landscapes.  Wine barrel head carvings can be mounted on wine cellar walls as a decorative element, or hung outside an establishment as a signage.

Wine Barrel Carvings - A Unique Green Building Concept

Wine Barrel Carvings – A Unique Green Building Concept

When building a wine cellar, designers and installers should not only focus on creating a storage environment that will help preserve wines, but also on utilizing green building materials that will help sustain the environment in general.  The use of reclaimed wood components in designing and building a wine cellar is an eco-friendly, yet creative approach, that will help promote the importance of reducing waste and conserving resources by reducing, recycling, and reusing waste materials.


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