A Fine Wine Cellar
The conversion of the laundry room into this fabulous wine cellar was substantial. The owners wished to have a Napa-look that created a visual connection between the wine cellar and the dining room. This fresh, contemporary style was achieved by using rich materials of varied textures. The silky, bright finish of the Venetian plaster against the rich cabernet granite was emphasized by the rustic natural cut of the African slate wainscot and flooring. The wood used for the door and cabinet was recycled antique oak reminiscent of French wine barrels; the cabinet was crafted into a design that matches the custom iron grillework on the bottom half of the door. When you walk into this climate-controlled room, your tactile senses come alive and beg to touch the many facets of this incredible transformation.
An expanding wine collection drove this connoisseur's conversion of a laundry room into a wine cellar. A new custom glass door into the dining room created a visual connection, enhancing the dining room and inviting into the wine cave.
After much deliberation, the existing laundry room (adjacent to the kitchen and dining room) was determined to be the best location for the cellar. The laundry was relocated upstairs. The before and after floor plans show the changes made to the layout, and slight expansion into the garage space.
The storage casework in the picture was all hand-hewn of recycled antique oak, as was the entry. The honed Cabernet Antico tasting top was perfect in color (and name) for this application. The rustic stone wainscot and floor are multicolored African slate. Although modest in floor size, the space was sculpted into three grottoes with a groin-vaulted centerpiece, as if carved from a cave.
The walls were finished with burnished Venetian plaster which added yet another level of texture to this room. The cool sheen of the plaster against the rustic cut stone of the wainscot is palpable. Handmade Moravian Tile enhances the thoroughly handcrafted palette of the space.
The finished product is breathtaking --- it fulfills this client's dream and "exceeds their expection of creating a show piece of a wine cellar" for their home.