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3 Wine Storage Design Tips for Style & Function

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Wine Cellar designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri, owner of Cornerstone Custom Construction in modern custom home.

Wine Cellar designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri, owner of Cornerstone Custom Construction in modern custom home.

Modern-day wine storage no longer hides out in the basement. In today’s homes, wine storage commands attention as a design element and functional amenity. Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri says wine storage is on the must-have list of most of his clients. “Wine walls, glass wine rooms, walk-in wine storage under stairways and tasting bars are some of the more popular oenophile requests,” says Ulibarri, owner of Cornerstone Custom Construction in Heathrow, Florida.  “Styles of wine storage are changing from the typical time-worn, rustic and Tuscan looks to more sleek and contemporary,” adds Ulibarri.  The Orlando custom home builder has constructed dozens of stylish and functional wine rooms and storage spaces and shares his top 3 Wine Storage Design Tips.

Choose a Location with Ideal Conditions:

Traditional wine room designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri, owner of Cornerstone Custom Construction. The wine room features custom made wrought iron doors and wine refrigeration.

Traditional wine room designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri, owner of Cornerstone Custom Construction. The wine room features custom-made wrought iron doors and wine refrigeration.

The proper storage of wine requires a cool, dark place with higher levels of humidity. Ideally, wine should be stored at 55 degrees to 58 degrees. Unregulated temperature fluctuations (even as little as 5 to 10 degrees) can deteriorate wine. Why? As the temperature rises, a wine bottle and the wine itself expands, creating pressure within the bottle that forces the wine out. When wine cools, a vacuum forms that sucks oxygen rich air back in. Humidity levels should be kept at 55 to 75 percent. Humidity levels of 80 percent or higher will cause mold to form and rot the labels. Lower levels will dry out the cork and let oxygen in. Wine should also be kept away from sources of vibrations emanating from laundry rooms or mechanical rooms.

Determine Storage Capacity:

Individual storage racks in a temperature controlled wine room. For more design tips and advice on building a custom home, check out the blog by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri at www.imyourbuilder.com

Individual storage racks in a temperature controlled wine room. For more design tips and advice on building a custom home, check out the blog by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri at www.imyourbuilder.com

Room size, capacity and weight of your wine collection also factors into decisions about where to locate wine storage. As a general rule, a 750ml bottle of wine weighs approximately 3 pounds. If you are installing a wine room upstairs, make sure there are enough load bearing walls and structures to support the weight.  A 6-foot ceiling will hold 57 individually stored bottles per linear foot of wall space while an 8-foot ceiling will hold 75 individual bottles. These estimates are for single deep racking. The average capacity chosen by clients is 1,054. Custom wine cellar owners tend to build storage to hold double the capacity of their current collection.

Diamond storage racks and individual storage racks in a temperature controlled wine room. For more design tips and advice on building a custom home, check out the blog by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri at www.imyourbuilder.com

Diamond storage racks and individual storage racks in a temperature controlled wine room. For more design tips and advice on building a custom home, check out the blog by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri at www.imyourbuilder.com

When choosing a racking system, as a general guide, keep in mind a full depth racking system is 13 ½ inches and holds an entire bottle. A reduced depth racking system is 9 inches deep leaving the neck of the bottle visible. You can also choose a double depth racking system 25 ½ inches deep that holds two bottles but it will be harder to see your inventory because one bottle sits in front of the other.

Individual storage racking is the most popular type of storage because it stores the bottle horizontally in its own cradle. Individual diamond bins are another alternative where racks are in a symmetrical diamond pattern. Diamond bins generally hold 16 bordeaux, 12 champagne or 9 magnum bottles per bin.

Wine storage designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri, owner of Cornerstone Custom Construction. This wine storage uses reclaimed barrels as diamond wine racks and includes a small tasting bar and wine refrigeration. For more, go to www.ImYourBuilder.com

Wine storage designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri, owner of Cornerstone Custom Construction. This wine storage uses reclaimed barrels as diamond wine racks and includes a small tasting bar and wine refrigeration. For more, go to www.ImYourBuilder.com

A 15 degree angle displays store bottles at the 15 degree angle to keep the cork moist and wine label easily viewed.

What is the purpose of your wine storage?

Rendering of a glass wine room visible from the dining area.

Rendering of a glass wine room visible from the dining area.

Is the wine collection space simply for storage, display or both? Will it include tasting areas?  Will there be a seating area or just a standing bar? These factors will help you determine the room size and racking system as well as any decorative elements. Wine rooms and storage can add the “wow factor” to a living space as the focal point with stacked stone, painted murals, stained glass or other art. Many modern homes are opting for glass enclosed rooms visible from the main living spaces.

Wine storage designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri, owner of Cornerstone Custom Construction. This wine storage uses reclaimed barrels as diamond wine racks. For more, go to www.ImYourBuilder.com

Wine storage designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri, owner of Cornerstone Custom Construction. This wine storage uses reclaimed barrels as diamond wine racks. For more, go to www.ImYourBuilder.com

Moldings provide furniture quality detail and a tight fit for your racking system from floor to ceiling

A painted mural in this wine room adds a decorative element and a 3D effect of being part of a larger cellar.

A painted mural in this wine room adds a decorative element and a 3D effect of being part of a larger cellar.

You can also embellish with a painting or mural, mosaics, stained glass, tumbled stone, hand painted tile or wood carvings.

Clever idea for individual wine bottle storage and display.

Clever idea for individual wine bottle storage and display.

Remember flooring as to be moisture resistant and able to withstand a  high level of humidity. Ideas include flooring from reclaimed wine barrels or cork

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Ideal wood types for wine cellars: alder, birch, cherry, african mahogany, maple,pine, poplar, red oak, redwood, black walnut. California redwood is the most popular used in wine cellars because it’s naturally resistant to humidity and cool temperatures, requires no sealant or finish. California redwood also has less volumetric shrinkage than other domestic woods avoiding splitting, warping and opening of joints and it has a natural resistance to decay and insects. Flooring should be moisture resistant such as concrete, stone or hardwood. When working with hardwood, make sure to incorporate a half-inch gap to allow for expansion of wood. To keep humidity levels in check you can add a decorative humidifier such as tabletop, wall mounted or floor fountain. Again, you want to maintain humidity levels of 55 to 75 percent and temperatures at 55 to 58 degrees.

Modern wine shelves that pull out in this temperature controlled wine room.

Modern wine shelves that pull out in this temperature controlled wine room.

Insulation, vapor barriers, must be used to maintain these conditions without damaging the wine or the surrounding rooms. For more design tips and ideas for your custom home, subscribe to the blog by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri at www.imyourbuilder.com

 

10 Design Ideas for Using Cast Stone To Customize Your Home

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Cast stone accents are an affordable design details that transform a simple home into one with character and architectural appeal. “Cast stone gives a home character by using it as architectural details on the exterior and interior for an upscale, elegant look—one with natural, time-worn appeal.,” says Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

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Cast stone also known as precast concrete mimics the look of limestone by mixing cement and sand that is poured into molds to create shapes and architectural pieces. Precast concrete gets its weathered look by adding baking soda in the mixing process to create its uneven surface and rich texture.   Although cast stone looks and feels heavy, it is much lighter than natural stone making it easier to install and opening up more design possibilities.

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Foam inserts in cast stone pieces keep the material lightweight and support its structure and shape. Cast stone comes in different colors but Ulibarri cautions that it’s hard to have a consistency in color and texture because each batch has variations. Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri offers a few design ideas for using cast stone in your living space

Exterior Cast Stone Accent Ideas:

Window Sills & Surrounds:

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Columns:

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Front Door and Garage Door Frames:

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Fountain frames:

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Interior Cast Stone Accent Ideas:

Fireplace Mantles:

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Range Hoods:

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Baseboards:

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Crown Moulding:

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Niches:

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Wine Cellar Surrounds:

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For more design ideas to customize your home, go to www.imyourbuilder.com

 

Video Tour of the Modern-Mediterranean Home

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Villa Di Lusso is a Mod-Mediterranean custom home fusing contemporary and traditional styles. The exterior of the 4,800 sq. ft. home is Spanish-Mediterranean and the interior is a mix of modern, sleek and rustic, Old World elements. Built to satisfy the latest consumer preferences, the home doesn’t have a formal living room. Instead, extra space and design priority goes to the grand room. A sweeping 22-foot high Mod-Mediterranean fireplace with dark wood columns illuminated by LEDs with a niche of glass mosaics, stainless steel plates and hearth as the focal point.

The grand room seamlessly opens to a kitchen with two contrasting islands in white quartz and espresso quartz, contrasting light and dark cabinetry and contemporary fixtures in a rustic canvas of travertine floors and wood beams. Each room of the home features a designer ceiling: the formal dining room showcases a custom wood grid ceiling, the main hallway is a barrel ceiling of travertine bordered by glass tiles lit with LEDs hidden in the coves.

The tower entry is anchored with beams with a glass chandelier and the grand room features beams in a cross-cross pattern with a trio of sculptural modern hanging light fixtures. The lower level features a master bedroom and master bath with floating double vanities featuring the latest fixtures in an open channel, geometric design. The office showcases a custom-made monolithic desk seamlessly created from white quartz that contrasts with the dark porcelain wood-look-a-like floors and dark, sleek cabinets. The downstairs level also contains a formal dining room and guest bedroom and bath and a walk-in wine cellar with tasting bar tucked underneath the winding staircase to maximize space. Upstairs, a media room, and two bedrooms overlooking an outdoor retreat with glass mosaic pool, spa and firepit.

The Modern-Mediterranean Home

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Introducing my latest home, “The Modern Mediterranean Home.”  This 4,800 -sq.ft custom home is located in the gated community of Magnolia Plantation, in Lake Mary, Florida A new video series on the home is coming soon to my youtube channel at www.youtube.com/tradesecretsbyjorge so keep checking back. Meanwhile, here is a slide show tour of the home on Houzz.

The Mod-Mediterranean Home

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Tips To Blend Old World and Contemporary Styles

Mediterranean architecture endures in Florida as a style perfectly in sync with its surroundings and history, but exterior curb appeal doesn’t have to dictate interior decor. Florida Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri says most of his clients prefer some variation of Mediterranean architecture but their interior preferences often merge Old World and 21st Century styles.  “I have clients who want a home that looks from the outside like it has endured for generations, yet on the inside, the style is sleek and modern-a look commonly defined as contemporary.”

Jorge is building several homes featuring Tuscan architecture with contemporary interiors. It’s a trend that Wolfe-Rizor Interiors, based in Winter Park, Florida,  is seeing as well. Design Principals Hattie Wolfe and Abigail Rizor say clients no longer want heavy furniture, fabrics and decor. “There is a formality to that look and the younger generations are very informal. Mediterranean is here to stay but clients now want contemporary interiors,” explains Hattie, who co-founded the interior design firm with Abigail 17 years ago.   The mother-daughter design team of Wolfe-Rizor says interiors are becoming more casual in feel. “People want less fuss, a sleeker, easier look to match their lifestyle,” says Abigail.

This modern twist on the Mediterranean home eschews heavy, ornate detailing popular in the 90s and early 2000s in favor of sleeker, simple flourishes. Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri been in business for more than a decade and says the dominant style in Florida remains Mediterranean for practical reasons.  “There are many practical reasons for Mediterranean exteriors in Florida. Stucco finishes protect the walls of a home from rain, sunlight and Florida’s hot, humid climate,” explains Jorge. Many of his homes draw inspiration from the Haciendas Jorge grew up with in his native Mexico. “The tile roofs seen on many Florida homes actually help cool the home and protect it from water intrusion and fire,” says Jorge who points to the roof tile’s ancient engineering.  “Spanish and Mexican missions used tile made of out clay pots and bricks to shed water easily. The air pocket in the half tube helped to keep air cool.”

Wolfe-Rizor Interiors terms this style “Italian-Modern,” a popular twist on Old World architecture. “Americans have fallen in love with that Tuscan look, which used to mean heavy ornate detailing. But truthfully, Italians are known for great contemporary. Sleek cabinetry, terrazzo flooring, chrome state-of-the-art faucets, just to name a few elements,” says Abigail.

She cites the kitchen as an example. “Contemporary kitchens are big now and go well with Mediterranean architecture. Instead of heavy stained cabinetry with corbels and mosaics, cabinets are now flat paneled. Countertops are sleeker with contemporary hardware,” says Abigail.

Contemporary style kitchen seamlessly blends with its Old World architecture and exterior

The floor plan of today’s Mediterranean home also has evolved. Jorge says many clients are opting to forgo the formal living room.  “I’m building for two clients who both decided not to have formal living rooms to optimize their square footage. Most people today entertain in the kitchen and family room as a large open, connected social space,” says Jorge.

Contemporary kitchen with off white color palette seamlessly integrates rustic beams to blend modern and old world styles, photo courtesy of Florida Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri, imyourbuilder.com

Wolfe-Rizor is seeing the same preferences with their clients. “For a while the ceilings couldn’t get high enough and rooms couldn’t get big enough. People didn’t know what to do with all that space. The trend now is to get cozier, more realistic about space and not have all this empty volume you have to fill up,” explains Hattie.

No matter what the architectural style, a home’s interior serves as the palette for self-expression. “It should tell the homeowner’s story, personify their tastes and lifestyle,” says Jorge. Therein lies the challenge of contemporary decor: creating a home that is warm and not cold and impersonal. “Ideally, contemporary decor is counter balanced with personal touches.”

Contemporary interior designed by Wolfe-Rizor Interiors that seamlessly integrates with Old World architecture. Photo courtesy of Wolfe-Rizor Interiors

At Wolfe-Rizor Interiors, the aim is to help clients create a home that looks lived in.  “When you go into a home and everything is new and contemporary, it looks like you don’t have a connection. A lived-in home showcases items that you’ve acquired over the years,” explains Hattie.

With tastes trending towards a mixture of the Old Word and 21st Century styles, how can a homeowner successfully integrate two different looks?

Here are a few tips:

Use color to bring the outside inside even though the styles are different. Abigail cites an example: “Use a strong color accent on the exterior such as painted shutters then integrate that color indoors with decorative accents such as pillows, printed fabrics or painted cabinetry.”

Choose contemporary light fixtures for the interior to mix rustic elements with modern design.

Furnish the room with monochromatic pieces and accent with color. Elements like a traditional velvet sofa and a contemporary coffee table relate to Mediterranean architecture but are more today.

Incorporate stainless steel kitchen appliances to give the kitchen a clean, utilitarian look and instant gourmet status while complimenting more rustic accents.

Accent with personal effects such as a great piece of art, family photos or a family heirloom. Use objects that represent where you have come from, where you have been, and adventures ahead. Those things make a house a home,” explains Abigail.

Contemporary interiors designed by Wolfe-Rizor Interiors that mixes personal effects with sleek furniture and decor to create a room that can successfully compliments the home’s Old World architecture

Mediterranean architecture remains the gold standard of Florida home design. Whether it’s Spanish Mission, Tuscan, Spanish Colonial, Italian Renaissance or another variation, successfully integrating Old World architecture with 21st Century interiors can create a signature style for the homeowner.

For more design tips and ideas to add affordable luxury to your living space, check out the series Trade Secrets by Jorge available on YouTube.