Designing Your Custom Wine Cellar – The Five-Step Approach

Dreaming of an extraordinary custom wine cellar should not be confined to your thoughts.  You may just keep on dreaming because you are thinking that designing is a complicated process to undergo but in fact, it is not!  Or you may have decided to give it a go but got confused on how to start it all.  Here, we will be providing you five simple steps to fulfill your dream of a custom wine cellar.

Step 1:

Have a definite description of how you want your wine collection be stored, showcased, and handled.  This is the first step that should be accomplished for you to be able to share in-depth and clear-cut details and not miss out on anything.  You may use the guide shown below to help you organize your thoughts.

  • I want my wine cellar to be placed at (the basement, beneath the stairs, near the dining room etc).
  • I have (number of wine bottles to be stored) for my wine collection.
  • I want to choose (type of wood) for my custom wine cellar.
  • For the lighting, I want (description of the effects you want to achieve, specifically the color and feel).
  • I also want to put up (other fixtures you want to include like wine barrel flooring, mural etc).

Step 2:

Share with one of our qualified design consultants all that you want, require, or envision about your wine cellar.  Our design consultants are very well-trained in accommodating comprehensive ideas from clients.

Step 3:

The design consultants will request the CAD team to produce a 3D design of the custom wine cellar you specified.  This group of experts is highly equipped with skills in 3D imaging covering as much as possible the entire specifications given by the client and the initial draft or sketch made by the consultant.  And all you have to do while they accomplish this is to wait for about 3 days, after which you will be receiving an email of the 3D presentation of your design.  This is called the 3D Design Package which includes a pdf file of the plan view, elevations, and 3D images of your wine cellar plus a link to a five-minute video clip of the 3D design which will help you understand better the concepts contained in the pdf file.


A 3D Sketch of Your Custom Wine Cellar Design

Step 4:

Our design consultant will then call you to ascertain if you received the email, if you got exactly what you want, or if there are any clarifications that need to be addressed.

Step 5:

After everything gets a two thumbs-up, the CAD team will submit a final proposal for you to approve, and your approval will be our command.

Based on the five steps mentioned, it is so amazing to discover that you, our client, will only take the first two steps and the rest is ours.  In fact we may add another final step for you:  Get excited!

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Things to Consider in Choosing Wood Species for Custom Wine Cellars

A lot of people come to us concerned about which wood species to choose for custom wine cellars.  In fact, there are many things to think about and consider when building a custom wine cellar.  The type of wood and whether to apply a finish are fundamental parts of the design process.  The look and feel of your wine cellar will be dramatically affected by these decisions.  Here we will provide you with some insight on the things to consider when choosing wood species and finish options that cover not just the look of your wine cellar but also include such things as robustness, green issues, costs, availability and potential natural aromas that could affect your wine collection.

  • Durability – a wood property that is highly considered in building wine cellars, wine racks, wine cabinets, wine cellar doors, and other wine cellar furniture

Specific wood specie that is very much favored for its robustness is mahogany, a vastly dense wood and resists shock and weathering.  Redwood, though not as durable as mahogany, also exhibits resistance to shock and decay.

Malaysian Mahogany From Coastal Custom Wine Cellars

Malaysian Mahogany - The Best Wood Specie Used in Coastal Custom Wine Cellars

  • Sustainability – a very important aspect looked upon by those concerned with green building

No other wood specie can offer this feature but redwood, as guaranteed by leading certification programs in California.  Redwood forest in California are maintained under strict rules, thus ensures resource abundance.

Premium Redwood from Coastal

Natural Beauty of Redwood Makes it a Wonderful Choice for Coastal Custom Wine Cellars

  • Ability to withstand high levels of humidity

This is a major requirement since custom wine cellars usually utilize wine cooling systems.  There are two wood species that boast this vital characteristic and these are redwood and mahogany.

  • Cost consideration – an outlook reflected upon for economic reasons

Pine is chosen mainly for its low cost, simplicity, lighter hues, and rustic appearance.  All Heart Redwood is 5% more expensive compared to Mahogany, while Premium or Clear Redwood is 15% less expensive than Mahogany.

Northwestern Pine is a great wood to use for a cellar from Coastal Custom Wine Cellars

Northwestern Pine - Also a Great Wood to Use for a Cellar from Coastal Custom Wine Cellars

  • Exquisiteness – definitely the main interest of many wine cellar enthusiasts

No other wood specie is more worthy to be recognized for its beauty than the redwood, which displays consistent and softer earth color tones.  A more interesting characteristic is that Redwood‘s natural colors turn gradually into more attractive ones.

  • Excellent finishing effects

Final product appearance is also influenced by wood type.  Mahogany is the most flexible wood specie in terms of top coating, lacquer finish, polishing, varnishing, and many other finishing options.

Malaysian Mahogany

Malaysian Mahogany Showing Color and Grain Which Makes It Perfect for Staining

  • Non-aromatic property – another essential asset not to be missed out

It is important to note which wood species are non-aromatic since aromas contained in woods can penetrate the corks used in wines.  Redwood and mahogany are perfect choices for this matter.

Malaysian Mahogany is the best wood specie used in Coastal Custom Wine Cellars

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