Wine Delight 2

Custom-designed wine room is a connoisseur’s dream… and a safe room, too!

Danny and Jeannie Stith of Oklahoma City know wine. They love wine. With a collection just shy of 2,000 bottles, the Stiths wanted a unique space that could not only highlight their wine collection but protect it as well.


The result is an old-world space constructed beautifully to be not only a striking and elegant wine storage room but also a room that serves as a weather-safe room.


Brent Cornman of Brent Cornman Construction was originally doing a master bath remodel in the home with the Stiths approached him about the wine room. The wine room was actually part of a bigger project that included a remodeled living room space and a new backyard patio.


With thousands of dollars of wine inventory, the idea was attractive to Jeannie and Danny.


“The idea for a wine cellar started years ago,” Danny says. “My wife wanted to collect wines, and at some point, you buy so many bottles you need a proper wine cellar. Brent pushed me over the top when he said it could be a FEMA-rated storm shelter too.”


The 16-by-16-foot space included concrete walls and a 1-foot thick ceiling, but also a Whisper Cool wine cooling system that keeps the room a perfect 54.8 degrees at all times. The actual build-out of the wine storage shelves was created by Coastal Custom Wine Cellars of San Diego, but Brent’s crew assembled the shelving and matched the stain on the knotty pine back wall. The shelves crisscross to hold just under 2,000 bottles of wine in the collection.


“We had a space left over in the corner, so we designed a kitchenette with a glass door for the wine glasses and a dishwasher drawer,” Brent says,


Monte Cristo Iron Works designed the door entrance and lantern outside the door, and the Old World Iron created the grape leaf accents. Midwest Cast Stone did the stone features in the wine room while Traditions in Edmond helped design the cabinets.


“My wife loves wine, and this is her passion,” Danny says. “Now we have a proper wine cellar where she can enjoy her hobby and I can too. It was the completion of a dream.”