The homeowners told Sylvain Côté that they wanted a contemporary wine cellar. Inspired by the octagon shape of the existing concrete foundation walls, Côté created a brand-new wine cellar where there was just storage before. It holds 240 bottles on stainless-steel racks by Vin de Garde but can informally hold up to two dozen cases, bringing storage to nearly 500 bottles.
Photography by Chris Kendall; Contractors: Murphy Borothers
This space came with several challenges, as it was part of a larger basement remodel. A new turret in the front of the house was constructed with a curved staircase leading down to the wine room corridor. Once in the corridor, guests travel down three existing risers to what is now a wine-tasting room. Each shelf is an oak board with wedge-shaped spacers for wine bottles to rest on. The wine area is lined with stone or stucco and has antique brick floors. All cabinets and shelves are made from quarter-sawn white oak, and 2¼-inch-think oak doors hang by large iron strap hinges. The wine-tasting room and cellar are separate from each other, so the homeowners can entertain family and friends outside of the chilled area. Murphy Brothers was the contractor.