If you enjoy browsing the pages of Houzz, you may have seen the latest in wine cellar design- the glass wine cellar. A Wine Cellar should be a focal point in a home. Adding an all Glass Wine Room Door is something to consider when building your glass wine room. Why hide your wine collection behind closed doors? With a Glass wine cellar, you can let your wine collection be the envy of your neighbors. We hope our photos will inspire your project. We are confident in our knowledge of installing an all glass door and room.
We have spent extensive time to research the optimal installation for an all Glass Wine Door or Cellar. With a Glass Enclosed wine room or cellar you can showcase your wine while also protecting your collection. We have developed an installation model where the Glass appears to be completely frameless. This installation requires the proper planning, alongside the other trades, to ensure any framing is ‘concealed.’ The fixed panels are installed in a u-channel. The recessed U-channel is buried, or recessed whenever possible. We prefer to use the deep u-channel that measures 3/4″ deep. This u-channel must be installed prior to the material you will be using on the floor, walls and ceiling to create the concealed look. We will visit the site in the planning stages and work with you each step of the way. Once the rough opening is made, we will again visit to install the u-channel framing. With the framing installed, the marble, wood or even drywall can be installed to butt up to the u-channel, making it completely concealed. This is a critical step! Once the floor and walls are installed, it will be too late to add the glass u-channel in a way that it disappears. In the case where the flooring or drywall is already in place, we have to use a surface mounted clip or a low profile u-channel system that is exposed.
The photo below includes double doors, to allow more access to this narrow wine cellar. U-channel was preinstalled at the base, while structural clamps were selected for the top. The right wall was on an angle. In this case u-channel or clips are not a possibility. The solution was to tightly measure the glass with a mitered edge to sit flush against the wall. Each wine cellar application is a little different, and requires experience and often some creative thinking to optimize, appearance, functionality, and of course structural integrity.
Large Hinges on the Glass doors and an oversized handle, add to the dramatic appeal. In the next installation below, a 24″ ladder style pull was used. Top and bottom pivot hinges are desired, and for a more contemporary look, we recommend the Senior Cardiff Hinge, with square corners. Pivot hinges are the strongest hinge to hold a heavy door. We also prefer the look. with the hinges at the top and bottom, they don’t disrupt the frameless, all glass look. The Senior Cardiff accommodates 1/2″glass and also allows for the oversized doors. We recommend keeping the height to 9′ max. This will avoid the need for a glass transom. To keep the reveal at the top and bottom to the absolute minimum, we have found installing the base plate of the hinges, at the same time as the u-channel, reduces the clearance down to as little as 1/8″.
Most wine cellars are temperature controlled and using a heavier 1/2″ glass will provide the insulation needed. We have invested a great amount of time in research into comparing 1/2″ glass to double pane or insulated glass. Previously, it was believed that insulated glass was required for temperature control. This simply isn’t true. Insulated glass requires a wide visible framing also. The metal framing required around an insulated glass door and panels is not necessary and really takes away from the look.
Also notice the heavy duty ladder pull in the photo above. When we first started installing glass wine cellars, we used the 12″ ladder pull. The additional cost of the 24″ is now become an upgrade that is always selected.
Glass choices for 1/2″– We highly recommend considering upgrading to ultra clear glass for your wine cellar. The ultra clear glass will not have the green hue that standard clear glass has. Expect this upgrade to add around 25% to the glass cost. It adds a crisp, rich look that will be noticed by all. The ultra clear stands out from the rest. The optimal clarity provided by the ultra clear is much like buying a diamond. Increased clarity and optimal clear color will be a choice you won’t regret.
Locking hardware– inquire about our options for locking hardware. Your wine cellar will likely house a collection that should be secured.
More about the 12″ glass versus Insulated or double pane–
This truly frameless look can not be obtained using insulated glass. The dramatic increased aesthetic gained from using 1/2″ frameless glass, outweighs the minimal difference in insulating properties of the 3/4″ insulated glass. Disappearing seals can be added to the frameless doors if further insulation is desired. In 90% of the glass cellars we have installed, the clients opted not to use any seals. They have bee satisfied with the temperature control and do not want to obstruct the beauty.
The Frameless Glass Enclosure can be installed using a clip installation that is shown below. Structural Clips were used at the finished floor of this Glass Wine Room. While the u-channel is exposed on the sides and top, it is minimal and still looks stunning.The wood of the wine cellar will eventually hide the exposed metal to create the desired seamless look.
Installation Techniques to Note-
- The 90 degree corner was achieved using the desired mitered glass edge, versus a ‘butt’ seam
- Structural Clips used at base
- Glass to Glass patch hinges connect door to fixed side panel, note pivot hinges are preferred. This wine cellar door was too tall to carry the weight of the door if it were to go to the ceiling using topped bottom mount pivot hinges. With a transom needed, the glass to glass hinges were the next best choice.
- Window in wine cellar must is recommended to have uv protective coating film to protect wine collection
- Oversized ladder style pull- we recommend 24″ or larger now. The above cellar has a 12″ pull, and we feel it looks lost on the large door