Richmond Custom Wine Cellar Builder
At Harvest Custom Wine Cellars and Saunas, we offer the highest possible level of service, and provide onsite design consultation and CAD drawings for our clients. With over 10 years of home renovation, wine cellar design, and construction experience in Virginia and beyond, our goal is to create a beautiful wine cellar that meets your needs.
Wine Cellar Design Process
- Design Consultation First we need to know your preferences before designing the cellar. We’ll discuss the room size, style of cellar wanted (traditional, modern or otherwise), bottle capacity, estimated budget, and timeline of the project.
- Design Proposal After the consultation, our expert wine cellar designer will prepare a design concept that will include drawings of your custom cellar, with suggested racks, flooring, doors and refrigeration with consideration for your budget.
- Revisions If required, we’ll revise the cellar design according to your preference.
- Cellar Preparation If not yet prepared, insulation, vapor barrier and framing will be installed to ensure your wine is safe.
- Installation Once the design of the project is finalized, the wine cellar construction can begin.
Protecting your Wine Collection
Although a cellar is meant to be an aesthetically pleasing space, it’s main purpose is to protect your wine collection from temperature fluctuation and humidity. Protecting wine from spoilage requires expertise in wine storage guidelines. A general contractor will not have extensive knowledge in the proper techniques to keep your wine collection safe for decades to come. At Harvest Custom Wine Cellars and Saunas, we know that for long term wine storage your cellar needs insulation, a vapor barrier, refrigeration, racking, and a door to keep the temperature and humidity at acceptable levels.
Wine Cellar Refrigeration
The refrigeration system used for a wine cellar is extremely important. You may choose a self-contained cooling unit that is mounted through the wall, a ductless air conditioner, or ductless split systems. Here at Harvest, you may opt for a ducted air handler if you prefer no visible equipment in the wine cellar. If you’re unsure of which option to choose, we will talk you through the pros and cons of each one so that you choose a cooling system that is perfect for your wine space.
Some of our favorite wine cellar cooling brands are WhisperKOOL, CellarPro, and Wine Guardian.
If you want to keep your wine collection safe for years to come, you should definitely insulate your wine cellar. The ideal storage conditions for a wine room are a temperature range of around 55-58 degrees and 55-75% humidity. A vapor barrier maintains the correct environment in your cellar and prevents moisture from forming inside your custom wine cellar. Insulating the wine cellar with a vapor barrier prevents warm air from disrupting the ideal wine storage conditions created in the cellar.
Wine Cellar Styles
Traditional wine cellars
Traditional wine cellars tend to incorporate more warm and natural tones and materials including woods, stones, and cork. In a traditional wine cellar you can expect to see stained or unstained racks made of Walnut, Mahogany, Oak, Redwood, or Beech. The flooring may be stone, ceramic, tile, or cork and often exudes a warm, welcoming atmosphere.
Modern wine cellars
In recent years, modern wine cellars have become increasingly popular. These modern cellars often incorporate frameless glass doors and and shallow wine walls for a more sleek look. Modern wine racks are generally made of metal and occasionally acrylic. Given the emphasis on trim and minimalist accents, expect to see less ‘natural’ materials like wood and stone in a modern wine cellar.
Transitional wine cellars
Transitional wine cellars are a combination of traditional wood and stone and modern glass and metal.
Custom Wine Cellar Gallery
Visit our wine cellar gallery for inspiration and to see the many jobs we’ve completed around Richmond, Charlottesville, and Baltimore. Our residential wine cellar builds include wine display areas in traditional modern and transitional styles.
What to Do Next
A custom wine cellar is an exciting one of a kind investment! If you would like to build your own custom wine cellar that fits your specific design needs give us a call! Whether you are in Virginia, Washington D.C., Maryland, or North Carolina, if you are considering your own residential custom wine cellar or commercial wine storage display, we can equip you with all the information that you will need to make a decision. Click here to request a free quote for your custom wine cellar or call (804) 467- 5816
Harvest Custom Wine Cellars and Saunas Service Areas for Wine Cellar Construction include:
Richmond, Charlottesville, Northern Virginia, Washington D.C., Baltimore, Hampton, Newport News, Charlotte and more!