NKBA 2004 Design competition: Category 10: other rooms

It has been said that good things come in threes. This was certainly the case for Peter Ross Salerno, CKD, CBD, of Wyckoff, NJ-based Peter Salerno, Inc., when he created this Tuscan-inspired wine cellar. "Three rooms were required to meet the client's requirements," he notes.

The first room is a small vestibule where wine glasses collected from around the world are displayed in natural cherry cabinetry with a dark brown stain from KraftMaid. Complementary natural cherry wide-planked wood floors lead through a French door into a tasting room.

"The cabinetry in this room mirrors that of the vestibule," Salerno reports. A Majestic Vermont Castings fireplace detailed with two hand-carved grape embellished corbel carvings from Enkeboll support the cherry mantle. Wrought-iron sconces that border a plaque displaying the client's reserve winery name add a personal touch, he continues.

"A thermopane picture window placed within a weather-sealed French door looks into the final room, a Mahogany wine cellar," Salerno offers. This room can hold as many as 3,000 bottles, he reports, and is insulated with temperature and humidity control supplied by Whisper Cool refrigeration. In addition, the center wall holds four halves of 55-gallon wine barrels. Bergen brick and tile brick flooring heighten the wine cellar experience.

Green marble stone surface countertops and fixtures from Capital Lighting are featured throughout the multi-room set-up.

"The end result of this space is a cozy, functional wine cellar with plenty of old-world charm," Salerno concludes.