Hello everyone! This is Matthew Germano, owner of GermanoWineCellars.com. I'd like to show you a project that we recently completed that we call a Wine Cellar Closet Conversion.
This particular client had an unused basement space with an unfinished closet area that they were considering turning in a custom wine cellar combination wine tasting room. They wanted this to act as a place where they could both entertain their friends and store their growing collection of wines from around the world.
The dimensions that we had to work with were just 5 foot in depth and 14' 6" inches in width. The ceiling height was about 9 feet to match the existing outside room dimensions. We created a 60-inch opening with a double iron gate going in. The center was allocated for a tasting table with a chandelier above. The back wall actually has a double hung window looking to the outside and I'll show you what we did with that, and then there are custom wine racks on both sides of the room.
Watch this Video for a Visual Tour of this Wine Cellar Project
Our bottle capacity for split bottles is 84 on either side of the room and our capacity for 750ml wine bottles was 126 in an individual storage format. In addition we had our wood case wine storage in rectangular bins at 480 bottles of 750ml, also our quarter rounds of 1 bottle per shelf for a total of 70 per unit. This put the total bottle count for the wine room to 700 of all format and wine storage styles.
As you can see from the elevation views in the video the CAD rendering, our custom wine racking for both the left and right hand sides as you enter the wine room included double deep storage units. You can see the cases depicted here and the large cubicle format storage for larger bottles. You can also see the 750ml storage slots with wine storage display reveals for featured wines, all surrounding the wood arch feature detail which had a 2-inch 'candle light' to enhance the feature display area.
Looking from above, the double deep storage kicking back to single deep wine storage is easy to see as well as the quarter round displays to either side of the window. Everything is designed to be identical on either side of the room.
The center of the room had a problematic feature, at least for a traditional wine room. Namely a large double hung window right in the middle. After some creative thinking with the client we decided to turn it into a combination window / wine mural feature.
To pull this off we selected some heavy canvas roller shades, upon which we could create a unique and original oil painting. The client gave us a photo of an old bridge in Venice Italy with beautiful details that they particularly liked and was conducive to the atmosphere they wanted to create in their custom wine cellar.
We then took the photograph to our local Artisans how then painted it on a large 60 inch x 60 inch heavy canvas roller shade. Once the window area was framed and finished with a wood trim valance in keeping with the wine cellar, the end result I think you will agree is both unique and attractive. Allowing the client to enjoy a true wine cellar look with a feature painting or alternatively allow the light from the window into the room setting the mood as they choose. The new custom painted roller shade Mural was so good it became the focal point of the wine tasting room!
We are able to take any photograph like this and recreate it in an unusual as a design feature. Let us take your negative space i.e. double hung window area, a doorway you wish to hide or just an ugly wall space and transform it into a positively wonderful work of art! If you have a room you would like to transform in this way, simply contact us at +1 (615) 586 2142 or complete a FREE 3D Wine Cellar Design Request and we would be happy to help.
The main features of the finished wine cellar and tasting room included a huge stone arch in culture stone, custom cut and installed on both insides and outside of the entry. The custom wrought iron locking doors (grandchildren proof) featured custom forged grapevine details. A chandelier over the tasting table and pine wood species racking all finished in a wheat stain and a light lacquer finish give the room its unique one-of-a-kind feel.
We hope you enjoy the images showing you the whole process from design to basic framing through to the finished product. If you are considering your own wine tasting room, custom wine cellar or closet conversion then simply contact us at +1 (615) 586 2142 or complete a FREE 3D Wine Cellar Design Request.