Wine Cellar in an Existing California Basement

Project Description

I received a call from my client who after 5 years living in this La Cañada home, happened upon a removable panel in his living room floor. Upon removal we discovered a set of stairs leading to an unused California Basement. The client had two requests, make him a wine cellar and a place to smoke cigars. As the space developed his wife wanted to make it a retreat the whole family could use. It was transformed into a wine cellar and media room.

A mini split HVAC system was installed to control the room separate from the main house. A handmade grape vine railing was built with a patina finish to add to the allure of the entrance stairs made of hand cut stone. The walls were lined with European Castle Stone. A custom 300 bottle wine chiller was designed and built. The use of cobblestones and an artistic mural created the illusion of walking outdoors to the family vineyard. The old windows were replaced with newly framed stain glass. Finally, the original framing of the floor above was sand blasted to create a rustic appearance of existing materials.

Project Details

Client Dr. and Mrs. F.
Date March 2014
Location La Cañada

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