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#1 Post by NickC » September 29th, 2014, 5:42 pm

Glad to have something cool to share with you guys. Did a moderate reno on my new place. Master bath and converting a moderate sized utility closet into a cellar were the two big projects. Made a pickup at my friendly neighborhood UPS distro center for my first deliveries of the season.

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Thanks for all those who have given tips in the various build-a-cellar threads. The info I picked up here was pretty valuable!

Time to pop some corks! champagne.gif
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#2 Post by Pat Burton » September 29th, 2014, 5:44 pm

Nice work Nick. When's the offline?
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#3 Post by NickC » September 29th, 2014, 5:47 pm

Thanks Pat. October's pretty crazy with my travel schedule, but I should be able to get something together for November!
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#4 Post by D B i r d » September 29th, 2014, 5:47 pm

Hi Nick,

Looks great. I'm planning on updating my cellar this winter and I like the looks of the racks. Are they custom? What wood did you use?

Cheers!
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#5 Post by scamhi » September 29th, 2014, 5:48 pm

Congratulations. Great cellar and one with some empty spaces.
Mine is way overfull very little floor space left
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#6 Post by NickC » September 29th, 2014, 5:48 pm

D B i r d wrote:Hi Nick,

Looks great. I'm planning on updating my cellar this winter and I like the looks of the racks. Are they custom? What wood did you use?

Cheers!
wineracksamerica.com instacellar kit. went with unfinished redwood.
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#7 Post by NickC » September 29th, 2014, 5:49 pm

scamhi wrote:Congratulations. Great cellar and one with some empty spaces.
Mine is way overfull very little floor space left
thanks! and if i picked up everything I have at offsite, this would be full and then some! newhere
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#8 Post by D B i r d » September 29th, 2014, 6:25 pm

NickC wrote:
D B i r d wrote:Hi Nick,

Looks great. I'm planning on updating my cellar this winter and I like the looks of the racks. Are they custom? What wood did you use?

Cheers!
wineracksamerica.com instacellar kit. went with unfinished redwood.

Thanks for the info.

Enjoy your new toy!
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#9 Post by JoeD » September 29th, 2014, 6:59 pm

Nick- looks great. Do you mind sharing a few high level details on your new cellar? Looks similar to what might end up in my house some day. Thanks!
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#10 Post by NickC » September 29th, 2014, 7:26 pm

JoeD wrote:Nick- looks great. Do you mind sharing a few high level details on your new cellar? Looks similar to what might end up in my house some day. Thanks!
sure, i'd be happy to. i didn't do the construction myself (had contractors working on all the other stuff - they put it together, using a sub to install the cooling unit and humidifier.

the space was used just as storage - had some cabinets and that's basically it. no door. demo process took everything to the studs and joists, linoleum tile removed. you can get a peek into the area here (original condition) http://i.imgur.com/7YcbUrw.jpg

put an exterior grade door on the entrance, and punched holes for the through-the-wall wine guardian cooling unit right where that little bar is in the photo. slapped a little door (forget the name for them - on a little track, bend in half upon opening, has ventilation to allow for airflow to unit).

studs and joists were wrapped with the vapor barrier, largely used fiberglass batts for the insulation. three of the walls go to the foundation, so not too much exposed to the warm house. when the space was empty and before the door was even in, i started to rough out a diagram for the space and figure out how to best configure it for max denisty. used GIMP, which is basically a free version of photoshop to construct a diagram to scale. i know nothing about cad or other design stuff, but this worked for me. just used 1 inch = 10 pixels, and constructed the diagrams.

http://i.imgur.com/glXoIEO.png

one large concern was the location of the water main in this space (NW corner of the diagrams). ended up drywalling over it, and leaving an access panel that requires only a few inches to get in there. risky, but better than leaving too much space i think. shouldn't have issues (knock on wood).

once the drywall was in, i was able to finalize the layout and order the racks. big ass freight shipment, had a pallet on back of a truck. not a job for the weak.. was a whole lot of heavy lifting to get that off the truck (which only had the driver -- not too much help).

http://i.imgur.com/PbBipcg.jpg

assembly took a while - used the crown and base provided with the kits, but the crown didn't really work on the corners. just left that be.

hope that answers your questions!
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#11 Post by JoeD » September 29th, 2014, 8:20 pm

Nick- Perfect, and thanks!
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#12 Post by Rick.T » September 29th, 2014, 9:55 pm

Nice cellar Nick, what is the total # of bottles you can store? It looks to be about 1200?
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#13 Post by NickC » September 30th, 2014, 4:11 am

Rick.T wrote:Nice cellar Nick, what is the total # of bottles you can store? It looks to be about 1200?
i don't remember what the final count was.. i made some changes between the inital and final plans. but yeah it's right in that 1.1-1.2 area
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#14 Post by Chris Presutti » September 30th, 2014, 9:56 am

Well done, Nick. Congrats on the new place too.

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#15 Post by NickC » September 30th, 2014, 10:26 am

Chris Presutti wrote:Well done, Nick. Congrats on the new place too.
thanks chris. offline soon!
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#16 Post by A.Gillette » September 30th, 2014, 10:33 am

That cellar looks terrific.
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#17 Post by BrianMarshall » September 30th, 2014, 10:50 am

Nice work Nick. We moved into a new house this year and a built-in cellar is on my winter projects list.
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#18 Post by Robert Kenney » September 30th, 2014, 10:55 am

Looks tight--in a good way! Looks efficient!

Thanks for sharing the photos.

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#19 Post by NickC » September 30th, 2014, 11:19 am

Robert Kenney wrote:Looks tight--in a good way! Looks efficient!

Thanks for sharing the photos.

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can't have too much air in there, or you'll lose all your temp when you open the door!

need to buy more bottles! pileon
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#20 Post by AndrewH » September 30th, 2014, 11:42 am

NickC wrote: one large concern was the location of the water main in this space (NW corner of the diagrams). ended up drywalling over it, and leaving an access panel that requires only a few inches to get in there. risky, but better than leaving too much space i think. shouldn't have issues (knock on wood).
If your water main springs a leak in that area, you've got bigger problems than a bit of drywall. So long as you can get to the shutoff, you should be okay.
NickC wrote: a little door (forget the name for them - on a little track, bend in half upon opening, has ventilation to allow for airflow to unit)
louvered bifold door.

Nice work! I too was happy with wine racks america -- except for having to deal with the curbside pallet delivery.
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#21 Post by NickC » September 30th, 2014, 11:48 am

AndrewH wrote:
NickC wrote: one large concern was the location of the water main in this space (NW corner of the diagrams). ended up drywalling over it, and leaving an access panel that requires only a few inches to get in there. risky, but better than leaving too much space i think. shouldn't have issues (knock on wood).
If your water main springs a leak in that area, you've got bigger problems than a bit of drywall. So long as you can get to the shutoff, you should be okay.
NickC wrote: a little door (forget the name for them - on a little track, bend in half upon opening, has ventilation to allow for airflow to unit)
louvered bifold door.

Nice work! I too was happy with wine racks america -- except for having to deal with the curbside pallet delivery.
louvered that's it! was on the tip of my tongue

and yeah, if that water main fails for whatever reason, hopefully i notice it before my entire collection is destroyed along with the cellar.
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#22 Post by Tran Bronstein » September 30th, 2014, 12:14 pm

Damn that looks nice -- but why are you wasting so much space on Montrachet and Ridge Zinfadel that could be taken up my more sweet wines? [wow.gif]
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#23 Post by Howard Cooper » September 30th, 2014, 12:26 pm

Looks great. Why do I have this picture of squarrels gathering nuts for the long hard winter.
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#24 Post by NickC » September 30th, 2014, 12:28 pm

Tran Bronstein wrote:Damn that looks nice -- but why are you wasting so much space on Montrachet and Ridge Zinfadel that could be taken up my more sweet wines? [wow.gif]
right beneath the cooler and humidifier is a little bulk bin that i use for my 375s. have some sauternes and other similar sweet wines hiding down there ;)
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#25 Post by Anton D » September 30th, 2014, 12:36 pm

Awesome!

I love seeing stuff like that!

Thank you!
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