Do You Need a Humidifier in Your Residential Custom Wine Cellar?

Click on the photo for a better view of the image!Proper wine storage means that your collection is kept safe from damage by storing them in a constant climate-controlled environment. Unlike other kinds of beverages, wine easily loses its flavor and aroma when stored in a hot and dry room. Coolness and humidity are two vital elements to keeping your beloved vintages at their best quality. Invest in equipment that will keep your custom wine cellar cool, and install a system that will ensure that the space is adequately humid. 

Ideal Temperature and Humidity Levels for Proper Storage of Wines

Click on the photo for a better view of the image!In the past, winemakers built their wine cellars in caves and underground spaces. This is because these locations have a naturally cool and humid environment that are conducive for storing and aging wines. Today’s wine storage builders construct residential and commercial cellars with the goal of replicating the same levels of temperature and humidity in those caves and underground spaces.

Most, if not all, collectors understand the importance of keeping wines in a cool storage space. But, not all wine enthusiasts know that they need to make sure that the cellar is also humid. The ideal humidity level in a wine room is within 50% to 70%. Together with an ideal temperature of 45 to 55 degrees Fahrenheit, the right level of humidity will create a cool and damp atmosphere that is perfect for storing and aging wines.

Now that you know that humidity is an essential factor for proper wine storage, the next question to ask is: Why is humidity so important?

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Why is Humidity an Important Factor in Storing Wines

Click on the photo for a better view of the image!As a common practice, most wine producers seal their bottles using cork. The seal provided by a cork is necessary to manage the amount of oxygen that enters the bottles. If too much oxygen gets in contact with the wine, the vino can get spoiled. If, on the other hand, too little oxygen enters the bottle, the wine’s maturation process might be delayed or inhibited.

Many winemakers use cork to seal bottles because the material expands to effectively prevent any leak. But, in order for cork to expand, it has to be kept adequately moist. This is one of the major reasons why your residential custom wine cellar has to be kept humid. If the humidity in the wine room drops below the ideal level, the corks begin to shrink and oxygen starts to enter the bottle. After prolonged exposure to a large amount of oxygen, the wines will spoil.

If the cellar has humidity above the recommended level, mold and mildew can start forming around the corks, labels, and everywhere else in the wine room. This is not something you want to happen, if you don’t want your wine to be contaminated with mold!

Why is a Cooling Unit Not Enough? Why Do You Need a Humidifier Installed?

A dependable cooling system is an indispensable part of an ideal wine storage space. But, most HVAC units tend to remove moisture from the air. Although many refrigeration equipment builders claim that their HVAC units can manage humidity, the most that these units can actually do is reduce rather than increase the level of humidity in your home wine cellar.

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The climate in your region should be considered as well, because some places are more humid than others. Locations that have a highly humid climate can offset the drying effect of HVAC systems. But, if your residential wine cellar is located in an area that is significantly dry, you must install a humidifier.

How to Choose the Right Humidifier for Your Home Custom Wine Cellar?

Click on the photo for a better view of the image!There is a wide assortment of humidification systems on the market that range from humidifiers that you can add as an upgrade to your existing HVAC equipment, to decorative humidifying fountains.

To pick the best type of humidifier for your residential wine cellar, here are a few points to keep in mind:

1. Capacity of the Humidifier

Click on the photo for a better view of the image!Before deciding on which humidifier to purchase, you first need to measure the dimensions of your home custom wine cellar. These measurements are necessary because the humidification system you choose should be able to maintain the ideal level of humidity that is proportional to the size of your wine room. Besides the dimensions of your cellar, other factors that are considered are the materials used for the construction and bottle capacity.

2. Automatic Control System

Click on the photo for a better view of the image!Wine cellar cooling experts recommend installing a humidification system that is completely automatic. You do not want a humidifier that you need to adjust all the time. Humidifying equipment with an automatic control system will self-regulate accordingly. The amount of moisture that automatic humidifiers produce is programmed to adjust to the humidity changes in your cellar.

3. Durability

Wine cellars are refrigerated storage structures, which means that they have a high level of moisture in them. The humidifier you install should be one that is made of high-grade materials that are rust-proof and corrosion-proof.

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An ideal humidifier is one that does not need manual filling. You can purchase a humidification system that has drains installed to flush out wastes. Wine storage specialists recommend the use of humidifiers that only need an average of one or two maintenance checkups annually.

5. Safety

Many wine cellar builders recommend humidification systems that have a wetted pad design. These are humidifiers that release humidity via vapor. The benefit of this kind of humidification equipment design is that no bacteria or white dust particles are released into the air.

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Seek the Help of a Wine Storage Specialist

It is imperative that both the temperature and humidity in your residential wine storage facility is kept at the ideal levels. This is why you must seek the help of an experienced wine cellar builder. Know the requirements for  constructing a dependable home wine room! Consult an expert today by clicking here!

How a Master Builder Doubled the Size of a Custom Wine Cellar in Los Angeles

Custom Home Wine Cellar Design Los Angeles

Custom Home Wine Cellar Design Los Angeles

If your existing wine cellar cannot accommodate your growing collection, you will need the help of an experienced designer and installer. In Los Angeles, California, a homeowner contacted Vintage Cellars because they needed help with the extension of their existing wine cellar. Learn how they increased the room’s capacity without compromising its modern appeal.

Contemporary Home Wine Cellar Design Extension Project

Creating a design that will accommodate a growing collection is one of the challenges encountered by wine cellar builders. Vintage Cellars, one of our partners in custom wine cellar construction, recently completed a second installation project in Los Angeles, California.

The original wine cellar was built during the home’s construction. The first installation was in 2008, where they created additional storage space for 1,100 wine bottles.

In 2013, they were requested by the owner to expand the wine room. They incorporated different racking styles to accommodate bottles of various sizes. They also made sure that the design was impressive and maximized the storage capacity of the space.

The client usually buys wines in boxes, which include standard and large format bottles. Vintage Cellars had to double the size of the original wine cellar for his growing collection.

Ideal Choice of Wine Rack Material to Complement the Contemporary Design of the Home

Sapele Mahogany Wooden Wine Racks Los Angeles Wine Cellar Design

Sapele Mahogany Wooden Wine Racks Los Angeles Wine Cellar Design

There is a lot of wood and glass in the residential space. The cabinetry and furniture were made from Sapele Mahogany, so Vintage Cellars constructed the entire racking from the same material to match the theme of the home. The architect and contractor of the home gave them a palette so they would be able to complement all of the woodwork.

It is reddish brown in color and is a favorite wood used in wine rack construction. It has wavy patterns, interlocking grains, and a distinctive color that adds character to the storage racks.

Sapele Mahogany is known to be more stable and harder than Red Oak and African Mahogany. In addition to its visual appeal, this wood variety was the ideal choice of material because the owner wanted scent-free wine racks in his cellar.

Elegant Racking Design by Custom Wine Cellar Master Builders in Los Angeles

Los Angeles California Wine Cellar Racks

Los Angeles California Wine Cellar Racks

The wine rack design plays an important role in achieving the visual appeal desired by the homeowner. Eye-catching wine displays can bring a room to life.

Vintage Wine Cellars always ensures that every wine room they build is designed with uniqueness. After making a careful assessment of the client’s functional and aesthetic needs, they created 3-dimensional drawings for this project. These images provided a better visualization of the completed custom wine room.

After adding new sections to the original racking, the cellar can now accommodate 1,624 bottles in various orientations.

Elevation 1

Upon entering the residential wine cellar, you will be greeted by the beautiful racking on the right wall. Originally, it consisted of individual wine racks at the top section, a VC-style cover for the wine cooling unit evaporator, and a couple of drawers below the tabletop. At the bottom was an opening where the wine boxes could be stored.

What Vintage Cellars did was to add diamond bins at the middle section of this racking. This type of bottle orientation allows for a proper organization of the wines.

The collector can store the bottles in bulk according to style or varietal. Since each opening can accommodate up to nine bottles stored on top of each other, diamond bins are recommended for small wine cellars.

A wider storage area was also created for the client’s large format bottles, including his 9-liter bottles. This section contains coved trays with two cascading heights. This racking design allows for easy viewing of the labels and adds character to this custom wine cellar installed in a Los Angeles home.

Elevation 2

Custom Wine Rack Display Los Angeles Installation Project

Custom Wine Rack Display Los Angeles Installation Project

As you go to the next area of this elegant wine room, you will pass by elevation 2, which is the wall to your left. Vintage Cellars incorporated three columns of horizontal wine racks with a display area in the middle.

With a depth of 4 ¾ inches, fixed coved trays, and solid sides, these wine storage units store the bottles lying on their sides. With the labels facing out, it would be easy for the homeowner to browse a specific type of wine.

The display area, which has a depth of 8 ¼ inches, was intended for the client’s collection of mini cars and decanters. To allow for easy organization, Vintage Cellars added glass shelves.

They also made this area more appealing by adding lighting and a mirror at the back. The total capacity of the racking in the second elevation is 36 standard and 117 magnum bottles.

Elevation 3

When you move on to the next area of this home wine cellar, you will find the racking that consists of single bottle openings, coved trays, and cabinets with scalloped neck supports. To provide storage space for more bottles, Vintage Cellars added new sections of custom cabinets with scalloped neck supports for 34 bottles and standard rack openings for 384 bottles. To ensure that racking could bear the weight of the entire cabinetry, they installed large steel supports under the double-deep tabletop.

The owner loves to buy wines in bulk. When his order arrives, he does not want the boxes to occupy the front areas of the wine cellar. To solve this problem, Vintage Cellars allotted a wide area below the shelf so the client could just slide the wine boxes into it.

Elevations 4 and 5

Hook Ladder Wine Cellar Project Los Angeles CA

Hook Ladder Wine Cellar Project Los Angeles CA

The next wall in this custom wine cellar in Los Angeles (labeled as elevation 4) consists of racks that can store 98 magnum bottles. Another VC-style cover was added at the top section to conceal the refrigeration system’s evaporator.

Elevation 5, which is the last wall with wine racks, consists of custom cabinets for 26 bottles, individual storage openings for 288 standard bottles, and coved trays for 16 large format bottles.

Wine Cellar Lighting System and Rolling Ladder

When choosing a lighting system, it is important to use LED lights because they illuminate wine displays dramatically with minimal heat emission. Too much heat can damage the quality of the wine. On this project, Vintage Cellars installed an LED lighting fixture in several areas of the wine racks.

Since the ceiling height was more than 10 feet, a rolling ladder was a great addition to the wine room. It allows easy access for bottles stored in high areas of the racking.

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Los Angeles Home Wine Cellar Construction Project 

Recently, Coastal Custom Wine Cellars completed the construction of a residential storage room in Los Angeles, California. The structure had many interesting features, and among them were the wine racks and shelves that were made from Redwood. 

Lacquer Finished Redwood Used for the Wine Racking

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Beautiful storage room built by Coastal Custom Wine Cellars in a home in Los Angeles, California.

There are various kinds of wood used for building wine cellars and racks. Among the most popular choices are Mahogany, Pine, Walnut, Redwood, and Sapele. The type of wood species used in the construction of the storage room contributes not only to the durability of the structure, but also to the overall design and aesthetics of the room.


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The client in the Los Angeles residential wine cellar project decided, together with the contractor, to use Redwood for the racking and the shelves. Redwood is a high quality kind of wood that has natural oils preserved in it. These oils make the material highly resistant to moisture and mildew. A lot of people choose to use Redwood also because of its aesthetic qualities, such as its soft earth tone color distinctions that develop over time.

Some people opt to keep Redwood unfinished or unstained, which is alright because the material is gorgeous even without any finishes or stains. But the client in this project wanted the wood to have a lacquer finish. There are various types of finishes (e.g. polyurethane, varnish, shellac, and lacquer) on the market, but not all wood species are compatible with all of these finishes. It is important to consult with a wine cellar expert regarding the most appropriate kind of finish for any wooden rack.

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Redwood was used to build the wine racks and wooden storage cases. The material was then lacquer finished to enhance its colors.

The team of wine storage experts from Coastal applied lacquer on the residential cellar’s wooden racking and shelves. Lacquer is a brilliant choice of finish for Redwood, because it gives the material an intense gloss. A lot of people like using lacquer because it is very durable. The Los Angeles home wine cellar looked more vibrant after the application of lacquer because the color of the Redwood became bolder and more pronounced. The client was very happy with the effect.

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Custom-Made Wood Case Storage Shelves and Single Bottle Racks

One of the reasons why this project was successful is the open communication between the client and the contractor. It wasn’t just the team from Coastal deciding on the design and structure of the cellar. The client was contributing a lot of ideas too. For example, the client suggested that his wood case shelves should be installed on commercial rollers. The builders did as requested, which made the storage boxes easily accessible to the client because he does not need to bend down to take wine from the shelves. He simply pulls the case out by sliding them across the rollers.

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LED lights were installed across the display row, and this made the wine cellar look more extravagant.

Wood cases are sold in various sizes on the market. Depending on the requirements, there are shelves that can accommodate a number of bottles. Some boxes can store three to six bottles. In the Los Angeles home cellar, the wooden cases were custom designed so that the openings in every box were adequately large to store bottles of various sizes, including Oregon Pinots, Shiraz, Turley Zinfandels, and standard champagne bottles.

The builders added a display row in one of the shelves, and it was lined with LED lighting. Besides accentuating the overall design of the wine cellar, the display row also acts as an efficient bottle management tool. Like wines can be stored above and below the display row.

The wine room originally had a mini cellar where the client could store around fifty bottles of whites and champagnes. The mini cellar was intended for storing bottles that needed to be kept cooler than other wines. The client gave the mini cellar away as a gift, and he now has an empty space in his storage room. The team of contractors from Coastal came back to fill the vacant area by building more single bottle storage racks.

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Installation of a Ductless Split Type Wine Cellar Refrigeration System

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A louvered grill was built to conceal the mechanical-looking evaporating unit.

All wine storage structures need to have a cooling system installed. Without a dependable refrigeration unit, a cellar cannot provide the right temperature and humidity for keeping wines safe from spoilage. Wine rooms vary in storage requirements, and thus, they also differ in the cooling units that they need. The appropriate HVAC system for a cellar depends on various factors, including the number of wines stored, the size of the storage room, the climate of the area, etc. A cooling specialist has to be consulted in order to determine the most suitable refrigeration equipment for a wine cellar. For the Los Angeles residential wine cellar, a team of expert technicians from Arctic Metalworks installed a ductless split type refrigeration system.

The evaporator of the cooling system was mounted on the wall of the wine cellar, while the condensing unit was placed outdoors. The split system setup is great because no hot air is being exhausted inside the house. Moreover, the fan coil is operating quietly in the wine room, because the condenser is located away from the cellar.

To conceal the HVAC equipment from view, the builders made a grill box for it. A wooden louvered grill, made from the same material as the racking, was created to cover the refrigeration unit.

Find out which cooling system is most appropriate for your custom wine cellar! Consult an HVAC specialist today! Click here!

Coastal Custom Wine Cellars Construction and Design Project in Los Angeles, California

Wine collections should be kept in a storage structure that is not only functional and dependable, but also beautifully designed. Coastal Custom Wine Cellars, an expert builder in California, recently completed a unique home cellar project for a client in Los Angeles, California. The construction team made sure that the room was capable of providing the tightly sealed space that wines need. They also designed the residential cellar with meticulous detail, in order to meet the client’s style and preference. 

Unique Residential Wine Cellar Designed and Built by Coastal in Los Angeles, California

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Coastal Custom Wine Cellars, an expert storage builder based in California, designed and built a unique wine room in San Francisco. This home cellar can house bottles of various sizes.

Coastal Custom Wine Cellars recently completed a construction project in Los Angeles. The client wanted a home wine cellar with a unique design. He also wanted his storage room to accommodate wine bottles of various sizes.

Wine Racks for Large Format Bottles and Label-Forward Displays

The client had a one-of-a-kind concept in mind for his wine cellar’s design. Instead of keeping wine exclusively, he wanted his storage room to have a space for his Bourbon collection. Coastal Custom Wine Cellars’ builders included open bins on the cellar’s right side. This area was allocated for the client’s liquors rather than wine.

A display row was built on the left side of the residential cellar, and it was made to accommodate large format wine bottles. The contractors designed label-forward spaces, so that the bottles are safely cradled in a shelf. These racks can fit a variety of bottle sizes, anywhere from 1.5 liter to 12-liter wines. There are shelves on both the left and the right side of the storage room that are specifically created for magnum-sized bottles. The kind of racks and displays in this Los Angeles cellar are ideal for those who enjoy collecting an assortment of bottles.

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The wine room was distinct and gorgeous. Label-forward wine racks were added to the display, so that the bottles can simply be cradled on the shelves. Spaces for magnum-sized wine bottles were also included. The concealed lighting added sophistication to the Los Angeles home wine cellar’s design.

An elegant arch was added above the cellar’s tabletop area. This arch is distinct because instead of a visible stemware rack, it has an inset on both its left and right sides. The client can hang up to four wine glasses upside down, by their bases, in each of the inset spaces. Below the tabletop area are a set of drawers. It’s in these compartments that the client keeps his napkins, corkscrews, and other wine tasting basics.

One of the things that make this Los Angeles custom wine cellar stand out is its fantastic lighting. The storage room is properly lit with rich and vibrant colors all throughout. To add accent and make the displays pop out, concealed lighting was also included.

The construction of the Los Angeles home wine cellar was a success because the client and the contractor had a very healthy working relationship. The key to accomplishing a project with flying colors is proper planning and good communication. Since the client’s home was near the main office of Coastal Custom Wine Cellars, the storage experts were able to visit the site before the construction commenced. The wine cellar specialists were able to take accurate measurements of the room, discuss with the client their options, present various wood finish samples, etc. As a result, every detail of the client’s needs and preferences were perfectly met in the process, when they started to work on the cellar.

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Beautiful Arched Wrought Iron Wine Cellar Door

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A cellar door should be both functional and beautiful. The design of the Los Angeles wine cellar door adds elegance to the storage room. Coastal Custom Wine Cellar designed and built the arched wrought iron door based on the client’s style and preference.

The door of a wine storage room plays an essential role in keeping the space tightly sealed. A poor quality cellar door can adversely affect the function of the refrigeration system. But besides its function, a custom cellar door should also be beautifully designed. How a door is built can either add or reduce the aesthetic appearance of a storage structure. Coastal Custom Wine Cellar constructed the Los Angeles residential cellar door with a design that would meet the client’s preference and match the wine room’s style.

The Los Angeles home wine cellar door was made of wrought iron with details of grape clusters and vines added, and it has an elegant arch or radius top. The design on the door is called “The Huntington,” because it was originally conceptualized and drawn by a previous client from Huntington Beach. Many of Coastal’s clients love the design, and that is why it has been used a number of times in different wine storage rooms. The Los Angeles residential cellar door is approximately eighty inches in height.

Coastal Custom Wine Cellars offers a wide array of sizes, shapes, and styles of wine room doors. Their services encompass everything for these doors, including casement moldings, dual pane glass, weather stripping, jamb, and self-sealing door bottom.

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Coastal Custom Wine Cellars – Leading Storage Specialist in California

If you want to make sure that your cellar, whether for residential purposes or for business, can provide the tightly sealed space that wines require, you need to have it built by a professional. Coastal Custom Wine Cellars is a premier wine storage construction company with more than a decade of experience in building high quality wine rooms. Coastal is reputable for providing quality services and consistently meeting their client’s utmost satisfaction.

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Innovative Refrigeration System Installed in Custom Wine Cabinets in Laguna Beach

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Three Arch Bay is an oceanfront community in Laguna Beach, California. Arctic Metalworks Inc. had the opportunity to work on a challenging project in this area.

Three Arch Bay is an oceanfront community located in Laguna Beach, California. Arctic Metalworks Inc. recently had the opportunity to work on a challenging project in this area. The client needed to have a cooling unit installed with ducts that were thin enough to reach the tight spaces of a custom wine cabinet.

David Gype, the owner of Arctic Metalworks Inc., together with his team of HVAC technicians recently had the opportunity to work on a challenging project in Laguna Beach, California. Four gorgeous custom wine cabinets in a luxurious home remodel had very limited space to vent air in and out. David and his team had to determine the perfect refrigeration system that would allow them to use extra thin ducting. Find out what type of cooling equipment the team used for this project.

Determining the Appropriate Cooling System for the Custom Wine Cabinets in Laguna Beach, California

There are many types of structures that can store wines in the ideal climate-controlled environment. These storage spaces differ in requirements, which means that each one needs a different kind of refrigeration unit. An HVAC specialist can correctly determine the most appropriate cooling equipment for any wine storage room.

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David Gype is the owner of Arctic Metalworks Inc., a wine refrigeration system contracting company based in California.

David Gype is the owner of Arctic Metalworks Inc., a wine refrigeration system contracting company based in California. He and his team of HVAC specialists has over ten years of experience in wine refrigeration. Their services include manufacturing, installing, and maintenance of any kind of cooling equipment for all kinds of wine storage structures. 

Dependable Cooling Equipment for Smaller Types of Wine Storage Structures

David and his team at Arctic Metalworks Inc. recently worked with a client who owns a luxurious oceanfront home in Three Arch Bay Community, located in Laguna Beach, California. The wine room in the client’s house has four beautiful custom wine cabinets that extend from the ceiling to the floor. These storage structures needed to have a refrigeration system installed.

The reach-in style custom cabinets were sealed airtight by a glass door. There was very limited space to vent air in and out. The challenge for David and his team of HVAC technicians was to find the most appropriate wine cooling equipment that would allow them to use extra thin ducting.

These four beautiful custom wine cabinets are housed in a luxurious residence in Three Arch Bay, Laguna Beach, California. David and his team from Arctic Metalworks Inc., had to install a refrigeration system that could adequately cool these wine storage structures.

These four beautiful reach-in style custom wine cabinets are housed in a luxurious residence in Three Arch Bay, Laguna Beach, California. David and his team of cooling experts from Arctic Metalworks Inc. had to install a refrigeration system that could adequately cool these wine storage structures. Since the cabinets had very limited space to vent air in and out, the HVAC technicians had to find cooling equipment that would allow them to use extra thin ducting.

Refrigeration System of Choice: Unico High Static Pressure Forced Air Unit

Split ducted type of refrigeration systems are ideal for wine rooms with small spaces. The cooling equipment is placed in a separate room and cool air is provided to the storage space through ducts. In this setup, the wines can be cooled efficiently without any noise.

Split ducted type of refrigeration systems are ideal for wine rooms with small spaces, like the Laguna Beach custom wine cabinets. The cooling equipment is placed in a separate room and cool air is provided to the storage space through ducts. In this setup, the wines in the cabinets can be cooled efficiently and effectively without any noise.

The cooling experts recommended that the most suitable wine cooling equipment for the Laguna Beach custom cabinets was a ducted split type system. In this kind of refrigeration setup, the unit is placed in a separate room, and cool air is coursed through ducts into the storage structure.

David and his team of specialists mounted a Unico High Static Pressure Forced Air Unit (FAU), which is a type of equipment that utilizes high static pressure. This special feature means that the technicians can use smaller types of conduits, which are appropriate for small spaces.

Typically, Forced Air Units can use a minimum of six inches in duct size. Standard FAUs do not have conduits smaller than that measurement. But, with the particular Unico cooling equipment that the HVAC experts installed, two-inch ducting can be used. This is because the refrigeration unit has a built-in high static fan that can boost the supply of pressure. The team from Arctic Metalworks Inc. utilized eight pieces of two-inch ducts. Two ducts were assigned to each cabinet, and these conduits exchanged cool and warm air to and from the storage space. The conduits were small enough to reach the cabinet’s very tight areas.

The Unico High Static Pressure Forced Air Unit was installed in this Laguna Beach project. Unlike typical FAUs, this cooling equipment allows the technicians to use extra small ducting. The HVAC specialists from Arctic Metalworks Inc. utilized two-inch conduits per cabinet. There were a total of eight ducts used for the four custom wine cabinets.

The Unico High Static Pressure Forced Air Unit was installed in this Laguna Beach project. Unlike typical FAUs, this cooling equipment allows the technicians to use extra small ducting because of its built-in high static fan. Because of this unique feature, the HVAC specialists from Arctic Metalworks Inc. were able to utilize two-inch conduits per cabinet. There were a total of eight ducts used for the four custom wine cabinets.

The two-inch ducts used by the HVAC specialists are made of aluminum flex, instead of a polystyrene type of barrier. Aluminum flex is a durable material that does not easily tear or leak. The client is pleased with the outcome of the project because all of the four custom wine cabinets are being cooled efficiently, quietly, and effectively.

The small ducts used by the HVAC technicians were made of aluminum flex, which a durable type of material that prevents the conduits from tearing and leaking.

The small ducts used by the HVAC technicians were made of aluminum flex, which is a durable type of material that prevents the conduits from tearing and leaking.

Arctic Metalworks Inc. is a Trusted Cooling Expert in California

For over two decades, Arctic Metalworks Inc. has provided expert services such as manufacturing, installing, and maintaining all kinds of wine refrigeration systems in California. David Gype, the owner of this cooling unit contracting company, has a wide range of experience and understanding of the special storage needs of wine. He and his team of HVAC specialists always make sure that they provide wine storage structures with the most efficient refrigeration equipment. In all of their projects, customers are always satisfied with David and his team’s services.

Learn more about their products and services today! Call Arctic Metalworks Inc. at +1 (714) 251-6875!

Calabasas Home Wine Cellar’s Superior Refrigeration System Installed with Least Disruption by Cooling Professionals

Here’s a transcript of a video series on a project completed by our partners, M&M Cellar Systems, who completed a refrigeration cooling system project in Calabasas, California. This stunning wine room required a special method of installing split cooling system, using a line set to prevent the use of ducting. To do so would have made the project far more evasive than they would have preferred.

Part 1 – Outside the Wine Cellar System

Wine Cellar **Refrigeration** in Calabasas, Los Angeles County HOME Pt. 1
So we’re here in Calabasas where we finished a home wine cellar where we installed a wine refrigeration system.

A recent customer finished a wine cellar, and what we’ve done here is we set them up with a wine refrigeration unit that we refer to as a split system.

It consists of two components: an interior component with the evaporator coil; an exterior component—a condensing unit.

Choosing Appropriate Wine Cooling Unit

The wine cellar cooling unit that we chose here is an RM System Series 4600. This [refrigeration system], in particular; you don’t see it anywhere in sight, and the reason for that is because it is recessed into the ceiling.

You’ll notice that a grill hides the refrigeration system that goes from here to about here (Places his hands at the top of the glass spanning a couple of feet). The way it is designed, the cooling unit is recessed into the ceiling with louvered finish grills so that we get the most air being pushed into this wine cellar space.

How We Setup the Wine Refrigeration System Line Set

When the wine cellar space was completely open—in other words, no dry wall, just down to the bare framing—we were able to take our line set, and bring it into the space where the wine cooling unit was going to go (the evaporator coil) and run it across to the exterior wall.

Installing Home Wine Cellar Line Set Via Surface-Mount

There is room behind this wall here. There is crown molding like what we have here on the inside of that room.

So when we installed the cooling unit, the crown molding was removed, so that we don’t have to open up any of the wall or ceiling in the next room. Over that we have to go across outside. The crown molding was removed and the wine cooling refrigeration line set was simply surface-mounted.

Advantage of Surface-Mounting: Minimal Disruptions

(Oh, I see. That made it much less disruption.)

Correct. Less disruption to the household.

(So the line set is pretty small as compared to, say, ducting. If it was ducted like an HVAC system then you had to have a huge space.)

Choosing Right the Line Set Is the Key to an Efficient Wine Refrigeration System

Correct. Normally, typically for a wine cellar line set, you know, I want to say inch and a half to two-inch hole diameter is what’s needed, unless you want a bigger cooling system, or cover bigger distances where we have to increase the line set size.

The most for a two-inch hole typically runs it. So, behind this crown molding we have about three inches available; so it made it very, very easy to be able to hide it.

The end result—you don’t see any of the line set.

Part 2 — Outside the Home

Wine Cellar **Refrigeration** in Calabasas, Los Angeles County HOME Pt. 2

So, we’re now outside by the condenser location. And as you guys can see, we took the condensing unit and placed it outside next to the HVAC condensing unit. This is where we had to come out with our line set. So we had it come out on the side of the home. These are your refrigeration lines, what I refer to as a line set. This is just a cover to hide the refrigeration line set. So it gives you more of a better aesthetics, you know, rather than seeing a black pipe come down your wall.

The Two Copper Lines

(There are two pipes. One is copper and one is black and insulated. So, what is the difference?)

They are actually both copper lines. Your liquid line, which is the hot line, is not going to require insulation. The suction line is going to require insulation because it is so cold that it can sweat in your walls. And to prevent any moisture build up or loss of coolness, the suction line is always insulated.

(Which way round is it? One is incoming and one is outgoing. Which is which?)

The Liquid Line

So outgoing is always your liquid line, which is the non-insulate line.

(So when you say outgoing, that is the one that is going in to the wine cellar. So, it is going out of the condensing unit into the wine cellar?)

Into the evaporator coil.

(Into the evaporator coil. And then the other one?)

The Suction Line

That would be the suction line, which is the insulated line, coming back to the compressor and the condensing unit.

How Warmth is Removed from Wine Cellar

(If the black one is the one that is coming from the wine cellar, wouldn’t that be warmed because it is absorbed the warmth from the wine cellar? Or am I not thinking about it right?)

No, because what you want to do is when you feed liquid into the evaporator coil, you want to boil it off kind of like water does naturally.

(Alright, so it is going in warm.)

It is going in warm. It is being sprayed into the evaporator coil. There is a device in the expansion valve, sprays in the liquid refrigerant, so that it is able to now boil off almost instantly with the difference of the air temperature moving across the evaporator coil. So, in that instance, the refrigerant goes from a liquid to a vapor stage. So, vapor comes back on that insulator.

(It is that process of going to a vapor that causes it to get cold, which then absorbs the heat in the room?)

Correct. Once it turns to a vapor, refrigerant is now cold. So that’s not what cools your wine cellar. It is actually in that stage where it evaporates. So in other words, when it turns into a vapor that you’re picking up the heat. You’re removing. The refrigerant is absorbing the heat that is being picked up while the air is moving across the evaporator coil.

(So then when it comes out the black line, it is then cold?)

Correct. Now, after it has been through the evaporator coil, it comes back out. Now it is cold because it has lost its heat. It is picked up now. It has gone to a different stage, which is now the vapor stage, which is now where the refrigerant is really cold. So because it is cold, we have to insulate the line, so that, mainly, we don’t have any water condensing on the line and then causing all the problems. One of the problems being water in your walls. You don’t want that. So that is why the suction line is always insulated—always in any system. Even with your air conditioning system.

The Condensing Unit

(With this outside condensing unit, there is a fan on there that will come on similar to the condensing unit for the HVAC system around you, yeah?)

Right. You don’t see right now because the components are in here. Basically this unit is assigned so that it picks up air at the front of the unit and it blows out. So we’re pushing the air or the warm air out of here. And there is a fan that helps us do that.

(It’s a neat little box compared to a regular AC unit.)

The unit itself is physically in here, which is why the lines come in there. And this is just a box to protect the condensing unit from outside elements like rain, debris, what-have-you, because unlike an air conditioning unit, refrigeration and condensing units are, like in this case, designed for interior spaces. So if you’re going to place it outdoors, you want to be able to protect it. And so we added this cover because we knew it’s going to be out here.

What are the Types of Insulation Materials for Custom Wine Cellars?

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Custom-designed cellars that are built by a professional are the most ideal structures to store wines. The material used for insulating the space is vital to its functionality and effectiveness.

Custom-designed cellars in California that are built by a professional are the most ideal structures to store wines. The material used for insulating the space is vital to its functionality and effectiveness.

Unlike most beverages, wine is very sensitive, and it needs to be stored in the ideal conditions for its quality to be preserved. Wine storage experts, like US Cellar Systems, highly recommend having a custom-designed cellar built. Avid wine collectors and trusted storage builders know that for a wine room to be effective in providing the right temperature and humidity, dependable insulation must be installed during its construction. There are three popular choices of insulation materials in California

Three Popular Wine Cellar Insulation Materials (Good, Better, and Best)

Custom cellars are dependable wine storage structures if they are built properly. A vital aspect of a reliable wine room is correctly installed insulation. If a cellar is not insulated right, it cannot provide its stock with the required temperature and humidity. Professional wine storage builders in California typically use either one of these three materials to insulate cellars:

Fiberglass Batt 

Wine storage experts strongly recommend using a material that can provide your cellar with R-13 insulation, which is the minimum value required for wine rooms in California.

Wine storage experts in California strongly recommend using a material that can provide your cellar with R-13 insulation, which is the minimum value required for wine rooms in California. Fiberglass batts can provide your wine storage space with R-13 insulation at an affordable cost.

Fiberglass batts are a good choice for cellar insulation. They can provide your wine room with the minimum required insulation for cellars, which is R-13. This material is the least expensive type of the three most popular choices. However, if fiberglass batts are poorly installed, their capacity to insulate are largely reduced by 25 percent. If you want to use this option for your cellar, make sure that you hire an expert to install the material.

If you plan to have fiberglass batts installed, make sure that a 6 mil plastic vapor barrier is applied to all of the cellar’s warm side. Most wine storage contractors wrap the entire interior walls and leave the plastic sheeting loose in the stud cavities. They then place the fiberglass batts in between the studs. It is imperative to wrap all of the wine room’s walls, ceiling, and floor in plastic sheeting, which is necessary to create an effective vapor barrier.

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Rigid foam boards are an effective wine cellar insulation material. Make sure plastic sheeting is applied to the entirety of the cellar walls, floor, and ceiling before any rigid foam board is installed.

Rigid foam boards are an effective wine cellar insulation material. This is another good option for those who are on a tight budget. Make sure plastic sheeting is applied to the entirety of the cellar walls, floor, and ceiling before any rigid foam board is installed.

Polystyrene or Rigid Foam

Polystyrene, commonly called rigid foam, is the better option compared to fiberglass. Two layers of this insulation material can provide your cellar with R-19 insulation. Make sure that each layer is, at least, an inch and a half thick. Just like in the installation of fiberglass batts, plastic sheeting needs to be applied to the walls, ceiling, and floor before rigid foam can be used.

A lot of people choose rigid foam as their cellar insulation material because it is affordable and easy to install. The problem when using this option is if there are wires, conduits, and pipes that need to pass through the wine storage room’s wall. It is important for all sorts of wiring and piping to be wrapped in rigid foam. Some contractors cut pieces of polystyrene and wrap them around the wires and conduits. They then spray polyurethane foam to the gaps.

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Polyurethane spray foam is the most effective wine cellar insulation product. If this material is correctly installed, there is no potential for vapor to penetrate the room. Hire an expert spray foam technician to install the product for you.

Polyurethane spray foam is the most effective wine cellar insulation product in the country. If this material is correctly applied, there is absolutely no potential for vapor to penetrate the room. Hire an expert spray foam technician in California to install the product for you.

Polyurethane Spray Foam

Wine storage experts in California highly recommend the use of closed cell polyurethane foam for cellars. It is the best material for insulating wine rooms. If correctly installed, three inches of spray foam can provide your custom cellar with R-19 insulation. With this product, there is no need to install plastic sheeting because when the foam skims over, it forms its own vapor barrier. Polyurethane expands and fills cracks and crevices leaving no gaps. In cases where some wires and pipes need to pass through the cellar wall, spray foam efficiently creates a tight seal around them. There is no chance for vapor to penetrate this insulation product.

If you choose to use polyurethane to insulate your wine cellar, it is imperative that you have it installed correctly. It is best to hire a professional spray foam technician to apply it. US Cellar Systems has teamed up with the most trusted spray foam experts in the country that can provide you with quality installation

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US Cellar Systems – Trusted Wine Storage Specialist

US Cellar Systems is one of the leading manufacturers of wine storage refrigeration units in the country. They have also teamed up with the top wine cellar construction companies in the country. Together with their partners in the industry, they create effective and dependable wine rooms for residential and commercial purposes. If you’re planning to have a custom cellar built, you should call them for a consultation.

Although US Cellar Systems is a manufacturer of robust refrigeration units for wine storage structures, their many years of experience in creating effective and dependable wine rooms have made them experts in the requirements of a quality cellar. If you're planning to build a custom cellar in California and you want to learn the basics of wine room construction, you can get the best advice from them! Click here to watch their tutorial videos!

Although US Cellar Systems specializes in manufacturing robust refrigeration units for wine storage structures, their many years of experience in creating effective and dependable wine rooms have given them sufficient knowledge of the requirements of building a quality cellar. If you’re planning to construct a custom cellar in California and want to learn the basics of wine room construction, you should get advice from them! Click here to watch their tutorial videos!

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Small Contemporary Home Wine Cellar Built in a Los Angeles, California

Vintage Cellars recently completed a wine cellar installation project in Pacific Palisades in Los Angeles. They had to create a residential wine cellar design that would fit the client’s budget and limited space. They used Vintage View metal wine racks to create a sleek appeal. They wanted to display the bottles like they are floating in the air, so they used the floor to ceiling frames to mount the wine racks. Find out more about this project. 

Excellent Wine Cellar Design for a Modern Home in Los Angeles

A Small Space Transformed into a Contemporary Residential Wine Cellar in Los Angeles

A Small Space Transformed into a Contemporary Residential Wine Cellar in Los Angeles


Wine suits the laid back lifestyle in Los Angeles, California, and offers a unique kind of pleasure that no other beverage can. It is usually seen on a dinner table at home, in restaurants, and hotels.

Typically, homeowners who do not have a climate-controlled wine room store their wine collection in cardboard boxes, kitchen cabinets, or on shelves in their living area. Lack of knowledge about proper wine storage can result in a waste of investment.

At Vintage Cellars, one of the top-notch builders in California, they recommend investing in a wine room that is designed to create the perfect storage environment for your collection.

In Los Angeles, Palisades, an owner of a modern home wanted to transform a small space into a wine cellar that would suit their love for contemporary design. The primary goal was to stay within the owner’s budget and maximize the storage capacity of the small space.

Sealing the Room – an Important Aspect of Wine Cellar Construction

Air leakage from a wine cellar can be detrimental to wine. It can alter wine’s quality and may result in unpleasant taste and aroma.

At Vintage Cellars, they always see to it that the walls and ceiling are properly sealed before the installation of the wine racks, cooling system, door, and flooring. They also added insulation and sealing components to the entryway.

In addition to preserving the desirable characteristics of wine, sealing the wine cellar can increase the lifespan of the cooling system and reduce energy consumption. When warm air enters the wine room, it forces the refrigeration unit to work excessively, resulting in higher electric bills. It can also cause breakdowns and significant expense for the repair.

Closed Cell Polyurethane Spray Foam Insulation for an Airtight Seal

Los Angeles California Wine Cellar Project Insulation

Los Angeles California Wine Cellar Project Insulation

Building a wine cellar without insulating is like a leap in the dark. Proper insulation of the walls and ceiling will prevent the cold air from escaping the cellar and the warm air from entering the room.

Without it, there will be moisture build up. When this happens, molds and mildew can grow on the racking, corks, and other areas in your wine cellar, which will put your investment in danger.

In this installation project, Vintage Cellars used closed cell polyurethane spray foam. This type of insulation has a dual-purpose: it acts as an insulator and a vapor barrier.

With a compact cell structure, the closed cell spray foam expands to prevent unwanted air from leaking into the home wine cellar. Additionally, this spray foam cannot be easily damaged when exposed to water because it is water resistant.

Sealing the Wine Cellar Entryway

The wine cellar door must also be constructed and installed by a professional to create an airtight seal. Vintage Cellars used an exterior grade door to allow it to withstand the humid conditions. The door is a dual pane glass style and insulated. It also has weather stripping, which also plays a significant role in preventing moisture build up in the room.

A Simple, Yet Sleek Los Angeles Home Wine Cellar Design Using Metal Racking


Metal Racks in Brushed Nickel Los Angeles California Wine Cellar Installation

Metal Racks in Brushed Nickel Los Angeles California Wine Cellar Installation

The goal was to create a modern storage area for the client’s wine collection without going over the budget. Vintage Cellars used metal wine racks manufactured by Vintage View.

Advantages of Metal Wine Racks

Unlike wooden wine racks, metal racking can fit even in the tiny nook of your wine cellar. This type of racking system was a smart choice because it maximized the storage capacity of the small space.

Moreover, metal wine racks can create high-end wine displays regardless of the size of the room. In the left wall upon entering the elegant home wine cellar, Vintage Cellars installed a custom column for magnum bottles.

Floor-to-ceiling height frames were used to mount the rest of the wine racks. These achieved an illusion of bottles floating in air. The Vintage View metal wine racks used were in brushed nickel, providing elegance to the wine room.

Other advantages of a metal wine storage system include durability, a range of finish options, ability to blend with any theme or décor, and style options.

Wine Cellar Refrigeration System

Vintage Cellars offers a broad range of commercial grade cooling systems for Los Angeles home wine cellars. In this project, they installed the CellarPro 1800 XT cooling unit.

This compact refrigeration system was mounted on the ceiling, which freed up the floor area, adding a sense of spaciousness to the room.  .

A rear duct option was needed to allow the hot air to be ducted out of the room. No modifications were made because a thermostat was built onto the face of the unit.

We didn’t want the cooling system to be visible in the wine cellar, so we concealed it using a custom-built metal grill cover. Hiding the mechanical equipment helped maintain the contemporary appeal of the room, which is an important consideration, most especially in glass-enclosed wine cellars.

Features of the CellarPro 1800 XT Cooling Unit

This type of cooling equipment provides quiet operation, adjustable humidity control, and extra large coils for superior efficiency. We offer extended warranty for all our refrigeration systems to make sure that it is regularly maintained.

CellarPro is one of the most trusted manufacturers of wine cellar cooling systems. Their products are built with superior efficiency and functional features. Each unit comes with a digital display and an electronic thermostat. These features help make monitoring of temperatures convenient.

CellarPro wine cooling units also have a safety feature. They are equipped with audio and visual alarms that warn the owner when the temperature in the wine cellar exceeds the normal range. They also come with the quick-chill mode, auto-defrost cycle, and energy-saver mode.

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Basics of a Wine Cellar Cooling Unit Service Plan

This video tackles the basics of a service plan for wine cellar refrigeration systems. Arctic Metalworks follows a checklist of activities to perform when providing cooling equipment maintenance. 

Checklist of Things-to-Do in a Regular Cooling Unit Service Plan

Below is the transcript of the video:

Do we pay special attention to the fact that the wine is very corrosive and it has a great deal of acidic value that eats away the indoor unit. We like to put a activated charcoal inside the cellar if we can. That helps absorb the acidity that’s in the air and keeps it more alkaline, and extends the life of the equipment. That’s one thing we do that no one else does.

The condenser. It’s like a radiator that’s on the end outdoor unit. It has hands on them and it directs across these coils and removes the heat. As it takes it out of the cellar, those coils will get dirty. We have to clean them with CO2. If we can, we’ll use water. And occasionally if they get oxidized, we’ll use a de-oxidation chemical cleaner on them. That will strip the oxidation off and get them be better again where they can flush heat more efficiently.

Dog hair. I’ve had a bit clogged up with dog hair. That’s quite common. Can be a real issue for maintenance. If you have a couple of big dogs and they’re on the side yard with that unit a lot. That will pick up a lot of hair very quickly.

Just to make sure that there’s a certain checkpoint that is completed. It’s just a little checkpoint of what we do on each maintenance. That’s the thing that needs to be covered each time to be thorough.

Usually about a hundred and thirty dollars. It varies on what they are and what we’ve got to expel to get the maintenance done. But a minimum charge for a simple on is a hundred and thirty dollars.

Me twice a year. I usually set them up in the calendar so they reoccur maybe twice a year. Once or twice a year. Some of them up to four times a year for places that are in burrow areas and they get a lot of airborne matter, debris, and stuff lying around. A little more than some.

If any units are near a dryer vents with a dryer discharge outside, they need to have it more often, because that dryer vent will clog up the equipment. I’ve had that happen many, many, many times. And I have one that we have to go four times a year because the dryer keeps plugging up the unit. No additional maintenance needed for a directed system. You choose pretty much about the same. If they have it around a side yard and the gardeners are back there with their weed blowers and stuff, those things will get plugged up very quickly. The biggest shivers of compressors are gardeners with weed blowers. They’ll blow the leaves all over the condenser and it sticks to the condenser and chokes the air flow and the air cool. So they will just burn out. I’ve had that happen many times.



Hiring a Wine Cooling Expert for a Commercial Cellar in Los Angeles is Necessary for Profitability

Recruiting a cooling specialist to build a commercial-grade wine cellar is a growing trend among owners of restaurants and stores that sell wine in Los Angeles, California. Although this upgrade in their professional property may cause them to invest a little bit more, the assurance of producing quality wines consistently can cause an increase in their business’s profitability over time.

Wine Business Owners Need to Consistently Produce Quality Wines for their Customers

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Wine is a product that should be kept in an effective wine storage structure, in order to protect its quality. Businesses in California that sell wine should invest in a commercial wine room.

A successful business in Los Angeles is one that takes good care of its customers. This means that the owner should make sure that his or her customers are always satisfied with his or her products and services. Wine businesses, for example, should always produce good wine, in order to keep their clients happy. When clients are pleased, they come back for more. When people patronize a company’s products, the business earns.

If you are an owner of a business that sells wine, you need to invest in a structure that could keep your products at their best quality. Wine experts highly recommend building a commercial-grade custom wine cellar.

The Difference Between a Commercial and Home Wine Cellar

Wines can be stored properly in a well-built cellar. A professional cellar can provide your wines with the correct temperature and humidity that they need to age tastefully. If you sell wine for business, you need to have a commercial wine cellar built. A wine room for business establishments is designed to be more heavy-duty than home storage structures.

Commercial wine storage rooms are usually constructed with more capacity, in order to accommodate more bottles. Compared to residential wine cellars, commercial ones are opened more often, and this makes the climate inside more challenging to manage.

Owners of stores and restaurants that sell wine should have a commercial-grade wine storage system built. If you are a businessperson that sells wine, consult a wine storage professional in Los Angeles regarding the requirements of a dependable commercial cellar.

Consult an expert!

Commercial wine cellars in Los Angeles, California have certain requirements that are different from the regular residential wine room. Consult a cooling expert like M&M Cellar Systems, to know the essentials of constructing a dependable commercial wine cellar.

The Essential Elements of an Effective Commercial Wine Cellar

Owners of the most successful businesses in Los Angeles make sure that they plan their investments carefully. They want to make certain that they do not waste any money and that they earn sizeable profit. This is why owners of businesses that sell wine invest in the construction of a reliable cellar, so that the products they offer their customers are always of good quality.

What makes a dependable commercial wine cellar?

1. Properly Installed Vapor Barrier and Insulation

A good quality wine cellar can effectively keep the temperature and humidity inside within the ideal range. Wines need to be stored in a temperature within 45 to 55 degrees Fahrenheit and a humidity of 60 to 70%. There should be minimal to no fluctuations. For a cellar to provide the ideal climate conditions for wine storage, adequate insulation and proper vapor barrier should be installed.

Businesses that sell wine should hire a trusted wine cellar builder in Los Angeles to build their commercial wine storage structures. Professional wine storage contractors are the most knowledgeable about the needs of wine, and these builders are skilled at constructing cellars that meet these needs.

2. Expandable Wine Storage System

Generally, wine cellars for commercial properties need to have more storage space. In order for wine businesses to always have stock for their customers, they need to keep a substantial amount of bottles in their storage. As a business grows, the number of wine bottles stocked in their cellars must increase to  meet the rise in demand from clients. Therefore, besides constructing a spacious cellar, owners of businesses need to invest in an expandable racking system as well.

Modular wine racks are the ideal type of racking systems for commercial storage rooms. If you own a store or restaurant that sells wine, invest in modular racks. With this type of racking, you can simply stack a new module

3. Robust Wine Cellar Door

But the doors used for commercial cellars should be more robust than the doors used for home wine rooms. Unlike residential cellars, commercial wine storage spaces are opened more frequently.

If you are a wine entrepreneur, invest in a metal cellar door, because this is the ideal type for commercial cellars. You may opt to have a door that has a window, as long as the glass used is double paned. You should ask the advice of a wine cellar expert. They can advise as to the requirements of a dependable commercial cellar door. This way, you can ensure the safety of your wine investments.

4. Commercial-Grade Wine Cooling Equipment

Each wine cellar in Los Angeles needs a different kind of cooling unit. This is because each wine room has a different set of storage requirements. The appropriate refrigeration system for a commercial cellar depends on various factors, including the size of the room, the number of bottles stored, and the climate of the area. Most commercial cellars are huge and they house a substantial amount of wine bottles. This means that most commercial wine storage structures need cooling equipment that is of higher grade than those used in home cellars.

The best way to select the right refrigeration unit for your commercial wine cellar is to consult an experienced cooling specialist. M&M Cellar Systems is a trusted wine cellar refrigeration expert that offers quality services to clients in Los Angeles.

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Find an Expert Builder to Construct a Commercial Wine Cellar with Cooling Unit!

Whether you are an owner of a wine business or a builder that’s learning how to provide better services to your clients, you should know the essential factors to consider when building a professional commercial wine storage system.

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Los Angeles Commercial Wine Cellar Built by a Wine Storage Expert.

Basics of Constructing an Effective Commercial Wine Cellar

An expert builder is needed when constructing a wine cellar, because it isn’t just an average storage room being built. A wine cellar is a structure that can efficiently and effectively provide the ideal climate conditions for wine aging. Wines age well when the temperature is approximately 45 to 55 degrees Fahrenheit and the humidity is around 60% to 70%. There should be minimal to no fluctuations in these levels.

If you are an owner of a restaurant or store, or if you’re a builder that wants to provide better services to your clients, you should hire a wine storage specialist.

The following are a few of the essential variables to consider when planning for wine cellar construction:

1. Capacity of the Commercial Wine Storage Room

The size of the wine cellar will depend on the number of bottles you intend to store. Ideally, businesses that sell wine should have a substantial amount of bottles stored in their cellars, so that customers can have more options to choose from. A large capacity commercial cellar is necessary, so that you won’t have to restock every time a customer purchases a certain bottle of wine.

If you’re a builder, you can help commercial wine storage owners decide on the size of their cellars by considering the amount of bottles they intend to stock.

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Wine racks in a commercial wine cellar Los Angeles.

2. Expandability of the Storage Space

Owners of wine stores or restaurants should anticipate the increasing need for storage capacity as the number of their customers rises. As your business grows, you will have to expand your cellar to accommodate more bottles. This means that you need to have an expandable wine cellar. You need to meet the increasing demands of your customers by adding more racking, so that you can store more bottles. Modular types of wine racks are best for expandable storage structures.

Wine storage builders should consider offering various wine racking options for their clients. They should include modular wine racking systems; so that while their customers may want to store a few bottles at the beginning, they can choose to enlarge their space and grow their collection, as the demand for more wine increases.

3. Electrical Wiring and Source for Backup Power

A functional wine cellar needs to have a power source for its cooling unit and lighting fixtures. You need to hire a commercial wine cellar building team who can setup the electrical wiring properly. You should also have a power backup system installed, in case of outages. Wine can easily spoil if the temperature and humidity drastically rises or drops out of the ideal range.

If you are a commercial wine cellar owner, you need to hire a trained electrician to setup the electrical wiring for you. If you are a builder, it would be beneficial for your company to include a skilled electrician in your construction team. This way, you can provide your clients with the complete services they need.

4. Proper Estimation of Wall Thickness

Wine business owners need to hire a storage expert to determine the appropriate wall thickness for their commercial storage room, because this feature varies from one cellar to another. Generally, an average wine cellar is built with standard 2×4 walls, which usually contains R11 to R15 insulation. But if a room has outside walls or walls with one side exposed to the sun, the inner wall should be thicker with more insulation.

If you are a builder, it is your responsibility to train your team on how to properly calculate the right wall thickness for a storage space.

5. Wine Cellar Floor and Ceiling

Proper insulation is vital in keeping the temperature and humidity from constantly fluctuating inside the storage structure. Both the ceiling and floor of a commercial cellar should have adequate insulation installed. If the ceiling is directly underneath the roof of the building, the insulation should be at least 9”.

If the floor of a cellar is concrete, a false floor needs to be placed on top of it. Concrete can either pull heat from the cellar towards the outside or add heat inside. This can negatively affect the stability of the climate conditions in the room. A false floor with insulation and vapor barrier should be positioned properly to prevent this.

6. Install Effective Vapor Barrier

To effectively control the humidity in a commercial wine room, the cellar’s warm side should be completely wrapped with a vapor barrier. Ideally, a 6mm poly firm is used in most structures. Only a well-experienced cellar construction specialist is capable of installing a vapor barrier properly.

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The importance of a wine cellar door.

Beautiful wine cellar door for a commercial wine cellar.

7. Appropriate Cellar Door for the Commercial Wine Storage Structure

The ideal door for a wine cellar can keep the temperature and humidity inside from constantly fluctuating. Unlike home wine rooms, commercial wine cellar are opened more often, because of the frequent need to get wines for customers. Fluctuations in cellar climate conditions are therefore more common in commercial wine structures. The negative effects of the frequent alterations in temperature and humidity can be minimized if a high-grade wine cellar door is installed. A quality door can properly seal the room when it is closed.

Heavily insulated steel doors are the best choice for wine cellars, but a windowed door is also a good option, as long as the glass used is double-paned. Find out the requirements of an effective commercial cellar door by asking a local wine storage expert. Call US Cellar Systems today at +1 (562) 513-3017, so that you can get professional advice on the right door for a commercial wine room.

8. Commercial Wine Cellar Cooling Unit

For a wine business to be successful, all products should be of high quality, so that customers are always satisfied. There are many variables that contribute to the quality of wine, and one of them is having a dependable cooling unit installed in the commercial cellar.

Cellars differ in the cooling equipment that they need, depending on various factors, such as the size of the room, number of bottles, climate of the location, etc. To determine the appropriate refrigeration system for a commercial cellar, a cooling expert has to be consulted.

US Cellar Systems is one of the most reliable wine cooling specialists. Their licensed HVAC professionals are trained to accurately determine the appropriate cooling units for any wine storage structure. They are also well-known for manufacturing robust refrigeration equipment that can meet the needs of any commercial wine cellar. Whether you are an owner of a wine business or a cellar builder, you can depend on US Cellar Systems to help you create the ideal wine storage system for commercial use.

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Protect the Quality of Your Wines by Hiring a Wine Cellar Cooling Unit Expert!

Wines can easily get damaged if they are kept in a room where the temperature is too high or too low. To create an effective wine storage structure, you need to have a quality wine cooling unit installed. A quality piece of wine refrigeration equipment is necessary to achieve the ideal climate conditions that wines need. Invest in a good wine cellar cooling system, and have a professional install it. M&M Cellar Systems provides installation and troubleshooting services for wine cellar cooling units in California.

M&M Cellars Completes a Wine Cooling Unit Installation Project in Orange County

The Fashion Island Hotel in Orange County wanted to have a cellar that can effectively keep wines safe from damage. After a beautiful commercial wine cellar was built, a team of HVAC professionals from M&M Cellar Systems installed a wine cooling unit in the storage room.

Choosing the Appropriate Cooling Unit for a Cellar

The refrigeration needs of commercial and home wine storage rooms are the same. For both types of storage structures, HVAC specialists need to calculate the heat load in order to determine what cooling unit is most appropriate for the room. It is also imperative that the technicians find out how the wine cellar was built, because the materials used for construction, as well as their R-values, strongly affect the kind of refrigeration system that the room needs.

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Determine the Right Size of the Refrigeration Unit for the Wine Storage Room

The refrigeration unit you need should be the right size for your custom wine cellar. If a piece of cooling equipment is too small for your wine storage space, it will not be able to cool the room to the required temperature. On the other hand, if the unit is too large for the wine room, the level of humidity in the cellar can get too high.

An effective wine storage structure needs to have a unit that can cool the room gradually. To achieve the ideal temperature and humidity in a wine cellar, the cooling unit should be the appropriate size for the storage room.

The Type of Wine Cellar Affects the Size of Cooling Unit Needed

Another important factor that you need to determine when choosing a refrigeration system is the type of wine cellar that will be built. Some wine storage structures can simply be a custom wine display cabinet or closet, while others can be a spacious room that people can walk in and out of. Each type of wine storage system needs a different kind of cooling equipment.

In the Fashion Island Hotel cellar project, the team of HVAC experts from M&M Cellar Systems made sure that the appropriate refrigeration unit was installed. The client was very pleased with their service.

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M&M Cellar Systems Los Angeles – Specialist in Wine Refrigeration Equipment for Wine Cellars

What is M&M Cellar Systems?

M&M Cellar Systems is a company that manufactures and distributes wine cellar cooling units in California. They take pride in having more than 10 years of experience in handling various kinds of wine storage cooling equipment. They provide various services for wine cellar refrigeration systems, such as installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting. M&M Cellar Systems caters to clients that own residential wine cellar, as well as those who own commercial wine storage structures.

Expert Team of HVAC Professionals

It is M&M Cellar Systems’ goal to provide wine lovers with the ideal wine storage conditions. To achieve that goal, they make sure that their team of wine cooling technicians are knowledgeable and proficient about the needs of wine. All of their HVAC experts are trained to provide solutions that meet the requirements of the various types of wine cellars. All of M&M Cellar’s technicians are licensed HVAC professionals, and each one is capable of providing quality services that meet customer satisfaction.

The HVAC specialists at M&M Cellar Systems are well-experienced with the various brands of wine cellar equipment, such as CellarPro, US Cellar Systems, Wine Guardian, WhisperKool, and LRC. They are all skilled in providing installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting services for these different brands of refrigeration units.

Areas Where Their Services are Offered 

M&M Cellar Systems offers all of their services to clients in California, and their main customers are those in Los Angeles and Orange County areas. The company usually caters to homeowners and residential wine enthusiasts, but they also provide their services to owners of commercial wine storage systems, such as wine retail stores, restaurants, and hotels.

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Wine is an investment that should be protected. Make it a priority to have an effective wine storage structure built to keep your investments safe. All wine cellars need a quality refrigeration unit installed. It is imperative that you have a cellar cooling expert install your unit to make sure it functions properly. Also, have your unit regularly maintained, so that you can detect problems early, and be able to solve them promptly.

M&M Cellar Systems installs and troubleshoots wine cellar cooling equipment for a very reasonable price. They also provide maintenance service for their clients. Click here to know more about the services that they offer!

The Gorgeous San Clemente Wine Cellar Project – Making “Custom” a Beautiful Word

Custom Built Wine Cellars San Clemente California Coastal Project
Hi! What you are currently reading here is a project we recently completed at San Clemente, California. This is a project that we are particularly proud of because of the fact that we had to adhere to a set of limitations we had to contend with, yet were still able to pull off the entire project without a hitch. How were we able to do so? Well, read more of our San Clemente wine cellar project below!

The Origins of the Wine Cellar Design

The client’s house in San Clemente was a recent purchase of his, and one of the first things he did was to have his new home’s wine cellar be renovated. The room was situated on the second level of the house near the top of the stairway. It measures ten feet long and five feet wide, and our primary challenge was to maximize the space inside it so it can hold the client’s 856-strong wine bottle collection.

Final San Clemente Wine Cellar Project

This is the finished San Clemente wine cellar project

The finished design, which is pictured above, was mostly conceptualized by the client himself. The wine cellar door, in particular, was an original design of his. Of course, we also assisted him with the shop drawings by showing him the ideal spots in the room where we could install the contents of the wine cellar. Once we had been able to finalize the plans, we then started manufacturing the necessary products for the cellar.

Custom Wine Racks, and More

All of the wine racks we fashioned were made of clear Alder. As for the stain that the racks were to be painted in, our client selected chestnut as his color of choice. He then decided to top it off with a satin finish that would give the wine racks some necessary luster.

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The windows of the wine cellar were located on the right, but they were originally covered by a single-pane glass—a material that was largely ineffectual in regulating the temperature inside the wine cellar. We then decided to replace the single pane glass with a dual pane low-e glass that would provide the necessary insulation for the entire room.

Since one of the aims of the wine cellar project was to maximize the space inside the room, we used the area below the windows for installing a table countertop that contained single-bottle storage openings.

Space is the Key

For sharp-eyed observers, you may notice that there’s not much of an aesthetic display going on with the project we were carrying out. As it turns out, that was precisely what the client intended: he was aiming the cellar to be a fully functional room, and the only way he could achieve that was to conserve space.  For instance, each bottle opening measures three-and-three-quarter inches Joseph recheck the measurement it is too small for a bottle, which means it’s spacious enough to accommodate most standard-sized wine bottles offered at the marketplace. Even large-scale bottles like champagnes, Oregon pinots, and burgundy wines fit through the wine racks.

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The engraving on the arch of the San Clemente wine cellar project

The client also had this idea of putting up a hand-carved façade over the arch covering the wine racks. With the addition of a spotlight in the ceiling, the tabletop area can now be illuminated like a feature to an art exhibit. We also included a diamond bin below the tabletop, which was essentially meant for bulk storage of large-form bottles.

The Magic of the Wine Guardian Unit

San Clemente Custom Wine Cellar Wine Guardian Thermostat

The Wine Guardian thermostat for the San Clemente custom wine cellar project

You may have noticed from the image above that there’s no visible wine cellar equipment or evaporators regulating the temperature of the wine cellar. That is because we decided to use a self-contained refrigeration unit in the form of the Wine Guardian system, which allowed for more wall space. The unit transports cold air by way of a duct and it can be easily “hidden” within the confines of the wine cellar. It also contains an intuitive temperature display that tells the client the specific humidity levels of the wine cellar.

We were able to finish the San Clemente wine cellar project in three months, and the client could not have been any happier. If you have a similar project like the Santa Monica wine cellar we can help you with, we will be surely glad to hear from you. Cheers!


Custom Wine Cellars CA, Wine Rack Installation & Wine Guardian Cooling Units

Arctic Metalworks Repairs a Wine Cellar Cooling Unit Causing Water Damage in Los Angeles, California 

It’s common for us here at Los Angeles Custom Wine Cellars to receive calls from wine collectors who need help with their wine storage systems and cooling units. Usually, the problems they complain about are problems that could have been avoided if they contracted an expert to build their wine cellar, and if they hired a licensed professional to install their refrigeration unit. 

Los Angeles Wine Cooling Caused Water Damage, Requiring Repair by Arctic Metalworks 

When we receive calls from home owners, the problems they complain about are usually those that are preventable. The problems are commonly caused by wine cellar construction mistakes and errors in the installation of cooling units. These are problems that could have been avoided if they had wine storage experts help them in the first place. A recent case that we completed in Los Angeles is a perfect example of this:

We received a call from a client that needed help to repair a water damage from a wine cooling system. The client complained about water dripping from the ceiling of their wine storage system, and the problem was getting worse because it was affecting the cellar’s lighting fixture. If the issue was neglected, the damage could worsen and end up too costly to repair.

A Refrigeration Unit is a Vital Aspect of a Wine Cellar

Article Metalworks team repairing a Wine Cellar in Los Angeles, California

Article Metalworks team repairing a Wine Cellar in Los Angeles, California

Starting a wine collection is not as easy as most people think. You cannot just start one without preparing a storage place to keep them in. Wines kept outside their required conditions can easily lose their quality.

A wine collection deserves a good wine storage system. All who intend to start a collection should be willing to invest in an effective storage room. Most wine enthusiasts choose to have a wine cellar built. A wine cellar is the most ideal wine storage structure that can provide the ideal temperature and humidity that is needed for the proper maturation of wines.

A Wine Cellar Should Only be Designed and Built by an Expert

The primary factor to consider to create an ideal wine storage room is how the wine cellar is designed and built. A wise wine collector should hire an expert to plan out the design and construction of the cellar. Any error in the construction of the storage room, like in the installation of the vapor barrier and insulation, can cause major problems later on, which can end up being too costly to repair.

A Wine Cellar Needs a Cooling Unit that is Installed and Maintained by a Professional

A refrigeration unit is a vital element of a wine cellar because without it, the cellar alone cannot provide the ideal temperature and humidity that wines need to mature tastefully. You need to have a cooling expert determine the appropriate refrigeration unit for your wine room, and you need to have an HVAC professional install the unit, so that you can be sure that it will function efficiently.

It is also imperative that you have a regular maintenance plan for your refrigeration unit, so that you can always be sure that the unit is in good condition and functioning properly. Regular maintenance also allows the opportunity to discover any concealed problems in the unit and allows for a technician to deal with the problems promptly.

At Arctic Metalworks, their team of HVAC professionals are available for installation services for various types of wine cellar cooling systems. They also offer maintenance and repair services for different kinds of refrigeration units.

Step 1 of the Repair: Identify the Cause of the Problem

At the beginning, Arctic Metalworks’s team of experts first had to identify the problem, so that they could determine the appropriate solution. After thorough investigation, they found that the problem was caused by an incorrect installation of the wine cellar’s vapor barrier. The plastic or vapor barrier was installed on the cold side of the insulation, which resulted in the fiberglass getting wet. Consequently, this led to water dripping from the ceiling.

Step 2 of the Repair: Complete Tear Down of the Wine Cellar

Arctic team repaints the residential wine cellar according to the client's preference.

Arctic team repaints the residential wine cellar according to the client’s preference.

Although the problem was caused by a single mistake, the repairs that needed to be executed were massive. The team had to completely tear down the residential wine cellar. They also had to uninstall the wine cooling system, and they had to remove the wine racking system too. The team also stripped down the drywall together with the wet insulation within the walls.

The client is fortunate that the problem was discovered early, and that the repair was performed promptly; otherwise, mold formation could have started. If black mold had formed, the team would have needed to call a mold abatement company to remove all the mold first before proceeding with the repair.

It is highly recommended that a regular maintenance plan be put in place for your wine cellar refrigeration unit. A maintenance plan can help prevent the worsening of any wine storage problems. A good wine cellar owner should have his or her cooling unit regularly checked and maintained by a professional.

Step 3 of the Repair: Replacing of the Materials with Higher Quality Products

The next thing that their team did to ensure that the wine cellar be a more effective storage system was to replace the room’s substandard materials with higher quality products. For example, the existing insulation was replaced with a spray-in polyurethane product, which is a superior type of insulation. It also works as an efficient vapor barrier.

The repair team replaced the drywall too, and they repainted the home wine cellar to achieve the design that the client wanted. After which, the cooling system and the wine racks were installed.

Although the repair was successful, the client found the entire experience both traumatic and costly. A valuable lesson was learned too: have an expert design and build your wine storage room.

Avoid a Multitude of Wine Storage Problems by Hiring an Expert

Arctic Metalworks is one of the top wine refrigeration system construction companies in Los Angeles, California. They offer various kinds of quality cooling systems that can meet any wine storage needs efficiently. Find out more about their products and the services by calling them at +1 (714) 251-6875!

A valuable lesson can be learned from this recent case, and that is to only trust a wine storage expert. If you truly love your wine collection, you should invest in an effective wine storage room, and this includes hiring an expert to design and build it. You also need to have a trusted wine cellar cooling contractor to install and maintain your refrigeration system.

Los Angeles Custom Wine Cellars Finished Design

Los Angeles Custom Wine Cellars for Homes

Los Angeles Custom Wine Cellars Project – A Background Story

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Los Angeles custom wine cellar storage

Wine collecting is a serious hobby, and serious hobbies need some serious work to maintain. That is why for many wine enthusiasts, they will appreciate it very much if a business shows that it really cares for the passions of its clients. For us here, that means showing up at our clients’ homes and giving them the best kind of service we possibly can. As it turns out, this is one of the standout projects that we are particularly proud of.

A little background before we proceed: we recently visited with one of our clients in his home,  located in a suburb of Los Angeles because of a request he made. He was asking us if it was feasible to create a custom wine cellar design for a closet inside their home that was rarely used. The team agreed to make an onsite visit of the closet, and then came to the conclusion that the project the client had in mind was possible.

We measured the space of the closet in question, which was 10 feet in length, 6.5 feet in width, and 9.5 feet in height. As per the homeowner’s specification, he wanted the closet to serve as a space where he can store all 1,355 bottles of his wine collection. It was a challenge, but we met the challenge!

Laying the Groundwork Refrigeration and Closed-Cell Insulation

One of the more important things to consider when making custom wine cellars is the fact that the cellar should be able to keep the contents of each bottle chilled at a specific temperature. Because of that consideration, we had to ensure that the room would be fully insulated from any air coming in or out of the room.

To achieve the ideal temperature for the wine cellar, we had to strip the entire wall and ceiling of coverings to prepare the insulation of the area for refrigeration.

Closed Cell Foam Insulation

Closed Cell Foam Insulation for Closet

The material we used for insulating the walls and ceiling was a closed-cell foam. We covered the entirety of the room with the material, which necessitated a very thorough process. There was also an external wall on the left side of the room, where we decided to install the CellarPro 4200VSx cooling unit, which would be responsible for “refrigerating” the entire room.

Thankfully, there was no additional installation needed for the CellarPro 4200VSx, since the unit is self-contained and it can withstand high outdoor temperatures of up to 100F degrees—perfect for the Los Angeles weather, if we do say so ourselves.

Now that the conditions for refrigeration have been met, we then set about installing the cellarage inside the room.

Features of the Custom Wine Cellars in Los Angeles

The client chose Alder wood to be the prime material for the wine cellar and the cellar door that will be installed on the entrance of the room. The client also specified that he wants the materials to be un-stained and un-lacquered, so as to provide a more naturalistic look for the entire room. For this purpose, we chose the Sherwin Williams color option that made the Alder wood all the more classy in its unstained and unlacquered state.

Not only was the wine cellar customized to fit the limits of the room, even the door itself was tailored to fit the aesthetic needs of the cellar. The door measured eight feet, and it was installed with Antique German dual-paned glass that provides a classy look to the room even before one enters the wine cellar.

Los Angeles Custom Wine Cellars Finished Design

Finished Design of Los Angeles Custom Wine Cellars

All in all, the entire project was completed within three months of hard work. If anything, this should only go to show that any room can be tailored to fit a complete wine cellar, as long as proper planning and coordination between both business and client is observed.

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