Stairway to Heaven

Case Architects & Remodelers creates a stylish wine cellar in an unexpected spot

Clients brought a love of fine wine to a home they had purchased in McLean. However, “after claiming most of the basement for a bar, piano room, exercise room and office, there was little space left for a wine cellar,” recalls Case Architects & Remodelers’ Samantha Klickna, who spearheaded updates to the couple’s new home with her colleague, designer Elena Eskandari. “The stairs down to the basement had a small closet for storage underneath. We decided to open up the entire cavity under the stairs to build a wine cellar.”

With limited space, the team maximized storage, installing eight columns of wine pins that store bottles three-deep. Framed in walnut that matches an adjacent built-in bar, the temperature-controlled area is enclosed behind frameless glass doors. The back wall is tiled in textured porcelain, and LED lights illuminate the owner’s wine  collection in style.