Kit vs. Custom Racks

| November 15, 2011

[caption id="attachment_1114" align="alignleft" width="338"]Vigilant Wine Cellars - Custom Wine Racks, Custom Kit Wine Racking A kit wine cellar.[/caption]

When considering a wine cellar, Vigilant offers several options, including kit wine racks, custom wine racks and modular wine cabinet kits. While options are great, some customers may wonder why they’d choose one over the other. The good news is that you really don’t have to choose one option alone, as all of our racks and modular cabinets can be integrated to create a wine cellar designed to your specifications without the fully custom price tag.

Kit Wine Racks
Vigilant’s kit wine racks come in two heights: Classic (77″ tall) and Estate (92.5″ tall). Both lines are available in pine or mahogany and lacquer finish; mahogany wine racks are available in Shaker Maple or Chestnut stain.

With a wide range of available elements, kit wine cellars mirror their custom counterparts in style and functionality. Choose from individual wine racks with display rows, bins and cases for bulk storage, decorative components, tables and half heights.

[caption id="attachment_1116" align="alignright" width="358"]Vigilant Wine Cellars, Custom Wine Racks, Design your own wine cellar Modular cabinetry integrated with Classic height wine racks.[/caption]

Modular Wine Cabinet Kits
Vigilant’s wine cabinets are furniture-quality pieces that can stand on their own or easily be integrated with our Classic and Estate wine racks. These modular pieces are easy to assemble and allow for several design possibilities. Choose from several modular cabinet packages or customize your own cabinet with drawers, doors, lighting and stemware shelves to fit your storage needs.

Modular wine cabinets are perfect for both residential and retail settings. View our modular wine cabinet kits.

Custom Wine Racks & Cellars
With custom wine racks and wine cellars, the possibilities are infinite. Many customers choose a fully custom wine cellar or some custom elements because they have space, height or other storage requirements outside of our kit wine racking and modular cabinet lines. Custom racks can be made to any height, wood type and finish. Other custom options include true radius curves, double deep wine racks, rolling ladders and floor to ceiling height racking.

View our Kit vs. Custom wine cellar comparison for more information.

Residential Project: California Wine Room

| November 1, 2011

[caption id="attachment_1021" align="alignleft" width="278"] BEFORE: the wine room space.[/caption]

Residential customers in Sherman Oaks, CA wanted to transform an unused area under their stairs into a small, yet functional wine storage area. Spaces like this one or unused closets are perfect locations for housing smaller wine collections.

The team from RWT Design & Construction of Burbank, CA first insulated the space to help regulate temperature and humidity in the space.

[caption id="attachment_1016" align="alignleft" width="281"] The wine room is insulated.[/caption]

Next, they installed the frame, glass doors and a cooling system to allow for optimum wine storage conditions.

These customers will be able to store more than 600 bottles in their wine room, including larger and smaller bottles that don’talways fit in standard wine racks. The RWT team was able to utilize niches at the tops of the racks for the larger bottles and some racking spacers to store the smaller ones. The room is approximately 8′ wide, 6′ deep and 9′ tall at one end, 5′ tall at the other (due to the stairs).

[caption id="attachment_1041" align="alignleft" width="306"] AFTER: the wine room is ready to store wine.[/caption]

Recessed lighting adds a nice touch to the wine room and highlights the creative use of space. Many customers don’t think a wine cellar is possible in their home because they don’t think they have enough space. Small wine rooms and wine closets make residential wine storage a possibility when space is limited. This is just one example of how unused space can be beautifully transformed to store your wine collection!

Kit & Custom Wine Cellar Gallery

| September 27, 2011

Vigilant has built thousands of wine cellars over the years in many different areas and climates. With a comprehensive product line, customers can utilize both kit and custom elements to design their wine cellar to meet their exact specifications. Size, materials, finish and capacity can all be tailored to meet customer needs. Kit wine racks also can be integrated with our modular cabinets, adding even more options.

Here are some great examples of both kit and custom wine cellars.

[caption id="attachment_927" align="alignleft" width="480"]Vigilant custom wine cellars and wine racks in residential, hotel and retail settings This gorgeous wine cellar in New York has Classic wine racks integrated with custom elements including stonework and granite counter tops.[/caption]










[caption id="attachment_923" align="alignnone" width="480"]Vigilant uses kit wine racks with modular wine cabinets in this Illinois wine cellar This Illinois wine cellar utilizes kit wine racks, modular wine cabinets and some custom elements for an arrangement that is both functional and attractive.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_938" align="alignnone" width="480"]Vigilant uses both custom and kit wine cellar components in this wine cellar design This wine cellar has a mix of custom and kit wine racks and a functional tasting area with seating.[/caption]

What Are The Steps In Designing My Own Wine Cellar?

| May 24, 2011

A home wine cellar can be a useful — and stylish — addition to any home.  It can also add significant value. Taking a few minutes to consider the process of a custom wine cellar construction will go a long way in insuring that you will be happy with your new room for years to come.

1. Decide on a budget. How much can you comfortably afford to spend on your new room? Consider all of the elements: wine racks, construction, cooling, build-out and any extras.2. Choose a site. Choose a place for your room that will be convenient, yet unobtrusive. Also, consider the space for the cooling system and duct work, if necessary. Don’t let space deter you from building a cellar, as closet conversions are still a great option.

3. Determine how large you’d like the wine cellar to be. How many bottles would you like your wine cellar to hold? This will be somewhat determined by your space and your budget. If possible, allow space for your collection to grow.

4. Choose a contractor. Unless you are extremely handy, you’ll also need someone to build out the wine cellar and install the cabinets and cooling system. A general contractor will work for most of the project. Some cooling systems, however, require an HVAC technician to install them.

5. Pick finishes, lighting, a cooling system and a few extras. Last is the best part: choosing the details. Decide whether you’d like natural wood in your wine cellar or perhaps a maple or cherry finish. Choose lighting (at least two types). Pick out the cooling system that best suits your needs and add artwork, decorative moldings and wine cellar furniture to put the finishing touches on your new wine cellar.

What Size Wine Cellar Will Hold My Wine Collection?

| March 9, 2011

[caption id="attachment_645" align="alignleft" width="347"] The size of your wine collection will help you determine the size of your wine cellar.[/caption]

Before you begin finalizing your wine cellar plans, it’s important to calculate the probable size of your wine collection. Figure out how large or small you would like your collection to be and the number of bottles you are currently storing. This will help you estimate the cost, size and materials needed to construct your wine cellar. A large-scale wine storage area isn’t necessary if you are planning on storing a few bottles in your home.

For smaller collections, there are a few options. Consider smaller storage options or wine racks to store your wine in an existing space in your home. Wine should be stored away from heat sources and vibration if possible. Wine cubes also work well for smaller wine collections and can easily be incorporated into the décor of any room. See our tips on storing wine for the best ways to store wine in your home.

Consider a larger wine cellar if you already have a decent amount of wine, plan to grow your collection or buy wine in bulk. Buying cases of wine is a good way to save money versus buying bottles individually and can give you access to vintages that may not be available later. Wines that age well in a wine cellar are also a wise purchase, as it can be enjoyed at a later time. For recommended aging times for common varietals, see our post on wines that age best in a wine cellar.

Use our wine cellar construction chart to help get an idea of how many bottles you can store in a certain amount of space. For example, a five foot by five foot room (with 25 square feet) will have 19 feet of usable wall space and store approximately 500 bottles. A five by ten foot room will hold about double the amount of wine bottles.

Another thing to consider is the size of the bottles you’ll be storing. Will you have all standard sized bottles or some magnum (1.5 liter) bottles? View our wine bottle sizing and storage chart to see what size bottles fit in each of our wine racks.