CategoriesHome Renovation

Three Reasons Why You Need A Wine Cellar Renovation

[vc_row content_placement=”middle”][vc_column][vc_column_text]When planning your home renovation, don’t forget a wine cellar renovation as well. Having your own wine room is an investment in your home’s value and your own lifestyle.

Are you giving your wine collection the appreciation it deserves? You can instantly recognise the difference between a Mornington Pinot Noir and a Beechworth Shiraz and your collection of vintages is becoming quite impressive but you still store your bottles in a boring old wine rack.

Isn’t it time to commit to being the connoisseur you really are and install your very own home wine cellar?

Having your own wine room is an investment in your home, your wine collection and your lifestyle and here’s why it should be a part of your next home renovation or extension.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row equal_height=”yes” content_placement=”middle”][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]


Wine is quite temperamental and sensitive to the conditions it’s stored in. It’s for this reason that the best wine rooms are climate controlled.

Wine needs to be stored at a cool and constant temperature to avoid them cooking or the moisture in the corks drying out. Wine is also sensitive to wild fluctuations in temperature so the cold winters and scorching summers we get here in Melbourne can really put your collection at risk.

Regulating the humidity where your collection is stored is just as important as controlling the temperature. Humidity under 50% can dry out your corks but humidity over 80% will promote the growth of mould.

UV rays can prematurely age your wines which is why cellars and windowless rooms are perfect for storing your collection. You’ll even find that the best wine rooms use incandescent bulbs to light the room as they don’t emit UV rays like regular household lights.

Wines don’t like being shaken or disturbed. The fear is that unnecessary vibrations can prematurely start the chemical reactions in the bottles before they are opened. Serious collectors make sure their cellars are solid and don’t allow for bottles to move in their racks.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”3161″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center” onclick=”custom_link” link=””][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row equal_height=”yes” content_placement=”middle” desctop_pt=”padding-lg-40t”][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”3162″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]


You’ll find the best stocked wine rooms have their bottled ordered by specific bottle size, bottle shape, varietal and year. Having a meticulously organised wine room is essential to the connoisseur’s experience. The collectors who do this properly, know exactly what’s in their cellar and even have a planned ‘drink by date’ for every bottle they own. They update every time they get a new box and they rotate the collection every year. A disorganised collection can mean that special bottles get missed and even forgotten.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row content_placement=”middle”][vc_column][vc_column_text]


Wine cellars and rooms aren’t just an extra storage place in your house. They become focal features in your home which just enhance the simple act of having a glass of wine. Even selecting a bottle to open becomes a delight in a well organised room. The best wine rooms use the space not just store wine but accentuate the have a feature wall, arch or even an art space.

Upgrading to a room or cellar also has the added advantage of being able to store bulk wine orders. Buying wine in bulk is excellent value but without ample storage space, your favourite wines just stay in a cardboard box.

In addition to aesthetics adding a wine cellar to a house immediately increases its market value. The house is now set it apart from other houses in the street and the suburb.

As a connoisseur, adding a wine cellar to your home is best decision you can make. Talk to us about installing a wine room which suits your needs, compliments your home and showcases your wine collection.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row desctop_pt=”padding-lg-40t”][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”3163″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center”][vc_empty_space height=”30px”][vc_single_image image=”3164″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center”][vc_empty_space height=”30px”][vc_single_image image=”3165″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center”][vc_empty_space height=”30px”][vc_single_image image=”3166″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center”][vc_empty_space height=”30px”][vc_single_image image=”3167″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center”][vc_empty_space height=”30px”][vc_single_image image=”3168″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center”][vc_empty_space height=”30px”][vc_single_image image=”3169″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center”][vc_empty_space height=”30px”][vc_single_image image=”3170″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center”][vc_empty_space height=”30px”][vc_single_image image=”3171″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

CategoriesInterior Design

Why You Should Add A Fireplace To Your Home

[vc_row content_placement=”middle”][vc_column][vc_column_text]The cold winter is upon us, and it is time to get cosy around a warm and welcoming fireplace with a good book and a glass of wine. So, should I add a fireplace to my renovation/extensions I hear you ask?

Here are a few ideas to ponder about.

Fireplaces have been an integral part in the design of a period home. Be it Georgian, Victorian, or Edwardian.

Even the later designs such as the Californian Bungalow, Hampton’s style and the Minimalist house designs have incorporated the humble fireplace as a feature and focal point of their designs. There are several reasons for this.


Traditionally, the purpose of the fireplace was simply to provide warmth. But with the passing of time, they soon became an architectural feature as the period houses were renovated and restored.

Architects began designing houses with fireplaces as the focal point of living and dining rooms. These fireplaces were not only large open fires but gas log fires and even electric fireplaces.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”20px”][vc_single_image image=”3147″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_empty_space height=”20px”][vc_column_text]


Most renovated period properties replace the traditional open fireplaces with electric or gas fireplaces. This is so that the home owner can enjoy the aesthetics of a fire place without the hassle of maintaining an open fire place.

Modern electric and gas fireplaces also provide interior design solutions such as being inset into the wall at any height and can mimic flames using LED flame-effect light technology. Many also come with remote controls, allowing owners to adjust temperature and light settings with the flick of a button.

There are options for those who would prefer a traditionally-styled hearth too. Modern gas and electric fireplaces can come with period features and styles, providing that all-important link to the past. Though the elements are decorative, the overall effect is the same: the fireplace helps to provide a warm and cosy atmosphere.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”20px”][vc_single_image image=”3148″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_empty_space height=”20px”][vc_column_text]


There is another reason why people are choosing to keep their homes warm this winter with modern fireplaces: they help provide a sense of nostalgia and romance by emulating many of the cues of traditional fireplaces.

Staring into golden glow of the flames, and being enveloped in the warmth, during these winter months wrap you up with the notion of nostalgia of and romance.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row desctop_pt=”padding-lg-30t”][vc_column][vc_media_grid element_width=”3″ grid_id=”vc_gid:1542162858315-67dd0dd9-14e8-2″ include=”3149,3150,3151,3152,3153,3154,3155″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

CategoriesInterior Design

Make a Statement with Your Entrance Hallway

[vc_row equal_height=”yes” content_placement=”middle”][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]First impressions count – an elegant entrance hall will set the tone to your home renovation and extension. It should exude charm and character, and most importantly reflect your personality.

The hallway is the gateway to your home and as such the way you design it will set the scene for the rest of your home. Although the humble hallway is often treated as a thoroughfare which will lead you to the different zones in your house, it should not be neglected. Instead, some simple design elements can be used to make it into a statement.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”3132″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row content_placement=”middle”][vc_column][vc_column_text]


For a period home, make sure the door incorporates some leadlight features. This will also let light in and fill the entrance with warm sunshine. Or for a more modern look, choose an oversized door or paint it with a striking colour. Make a statement![/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”20px”][vc_single_image image=”3133″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row equal_height=”yes” content_placement=”middle” desctop_pt=”padding-lg-40t”][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]


Lighting is not only essential in your home but it can be made to make a statement in your hallway as well. A beautiful pendant light will transform your hallway from a thoroughfare to a destination in itself. Or you may prefer a piece of artwork to make a statement, be it a sculpture or hanging on the wall.

There are several ways to make your hallway sing. So be creative and let your personality set the tone for the entry to your newly renovated home.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”3134″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row equal_height=”yes” content_placement=”middle” desctop_pt=”padding-lg-40t”][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”3135″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]


An empty hallway is not very welcoming, so fill it with items and furniture that suits your style and personality. Let your guests know what they can expect when they step into your home. Perhaps its family photos on the wall, or somewhere to hang your jackets and put away the shoes. Or something slightly more stylish like an antique hall stand or beautiful marble table, with a stylish vase on top with fresh flowers is simple, yet elegant. Or perhaps a bench seat or chair, or even a beautiful large mirror would add depth and brightness.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]