The Brown’s Modern Staircase Cellar – Dallas,
Texas Wine Cellar Specialists were contacted to
create a custom wine cellar under an open staircase in a very modern condo in the Dallas
area. These before photos show how the staircase was at the beginning.
The stairs were made of steel beams and bamboo wood steps that were totally open between.
The end of the space was also open under the stairs.
This shows the gray steel beams and under the bamboo landing.
Bamboo floors were throughout the area. We began the project by doing a rack design
using Alumasteel backer panels and a brushed aluminum Ultra Peg two bottle deep racking
system. The overhead view shows the panels and the two deep bottles on the back wall.
This shows how we positioned the alumasteel wall boards and the pegs to fit a total of
222 bottles. The customer wanted a lot of glass, including
glass front, glass end wall and glass ceiling. They wanted everything in brushed aluminum,
glass and the grey color of the current steel beams. In order to make their choices, for
a small fee, we provided them with 3D color drawings with 3 separate choices for backerboard
and wall colors. This is the one they chose with the gray walls, alumasteel backerboards
and the brushed aluminum pegs. A 2nd view shows the view from the right.
Here you can just barely make out the cooling unit on the left wall.
A view from inside the cellar. The stairs are showing through much more than they actually
do as we made the decision later on to use frosted glass on the ceiling. This is also
showing only one deep bottles. The decision was made later to go with two bottles deep.
Let’s take a look at the finished product. You can see the brushed aluminum clad framing
and the glass that has a slight tint to match the glass below the stair rails.
A closer view shows the two deep bottles and where the alumasteel panels are hung on the
back wall. Alumasteel a metal that looks like a cross between aluminum and stainless steel.
The holes were pre-drilled at the factory and we installed the Ultra Peg system on site.
The two bottle deep pegs we chose are also a brushed aluminum material with black rubber
rings to grab the bottles. Note the glass end wall as well.
The door pull is a very modern design with a keyed lock above.
A close up of the brushed aluminum clad framing. We chose a cooling system, which fit between
the studs on the left wall. We built the wall out slightly to allow 3” of foam behind
the cooling unit. The compressor sits outdoors in the courtyard, directly opposite the cellar.
. We originally planned to run the lines across the ceiling to the exterior. However, once
the wall was opened on the left of the cellar and we were able to see across, this was going
to be impossible because of the way the beams ran. The customer did not want us cutting
into or patching his ceiling. Therefore, we had to run our lines down the inside of the
adjoining elevator shaft and create a soffit in the lower level to run the lines across
and out to the courtyard. The drain line also followed this route and because of the up
and down path, we also installed a condensate pump. A mini pump was placed right inside
the cooling unit in the cellar. Here is a view of the end wall and cooling
unit as well as some of the Ultra peg racks. The large amount of glass made it necessary
to use the largest size single wall mount unit available, a WM6600 unit. This unit comes
in a silver metal galvanized material. We usually hide it with a wood cover when using
it in a cellar with wood racks. However, because of the modern style of this cellar, we had
the unit powder coated in a color to match the paint color that was chosen for the walls.
This color also matches closely with the steel beams that make up the staircase.
Here is a view of the Ultra Peg two deep bottle racks mounted on the alumasteel panels.
The Ultra peg two bottle deep racks have rubber O-rings to keep the bottles from slipping
on the pegs. You can see here how the client has added
many bottles but still has some open racks. Notice the glass frosted ceiling.
A close up of the bottles on the peg rack system.
Inside the cellar there is a narrow walkway to get to the bottles.
We moved the lighting to attach to the aluminum framing, just below the glass ceiling.
A final view of the Brown’s Modern Wine Cellar. The brushed aluminum clad custom framing
closely matches the railings on the stairs. The slightly tinted duel pane glass matches
the glass on the stairway. We included a modern door and straight handle with lock. What a
beauty! For your Modern, Traditional or Transitional
wine cellar, call Wine Cellar Specialists today!