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Snooth User: Degrandcru

Building my underground wine cellar

Original post by Degrandcru, Nov 18, 2009.

Well... Recently bought a house which now has to be rennovated. After a few glases of Rioja I decided that the house needs a wine cellar. Obviously the best place would be underground, only problem is the house does not have a basement. A new bottle of Rioja was opened and the decission was made, one has to dig a whole in the kitchen.

Kitchen before the rennovation started:




As the floor has to be removed anyway, one might as well dig a cellar:



A small problem is that there are no plans to the house, so one will see what one will find. Seems like a waterpipe is in the way and has to be replaced:



So far I am at about 1.90 meters. I am still not quite sure where I´ll go with this, but the cellar should hold about 1,000+ bottles. I´ll keep you updated as the project advances. Of course I welcome all suggestions.

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Reply by kylewolf, Dec 1, 2009.

@Degrandcru, 50 bottles of Spanish...I will migrate your way lol, what are some of your favorite bottles?

I can not wait to see the finished product...words can not describe how jealous I am.

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Reply by Degrandcru, Dec 1, 2009.


Ready to pour in the walls, actually they were poured in yesterday and are drying right now.

On this picture one can see where exactly the cellar will be located comparing it to the pic of the original kitchen:



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Reply by Degrandcru, Dec 1, 2009.

@Kylewolf: Some of the riojas in the collection are: Viña Alarde, LAN, Marques de Caceres, Marques de Marrietta, Muga. All very decent riojas, most reservas or gran reservas. Problem was that I didn´t have a long term storage facility with constant temperature, this will change now so I can stock up. Whenever you are in Mexico City let me know and we´ll dig into it...

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Reply by GhostLemur, Dec 1, 2009.

Wow looking impressive. Can't wait for more updates. Maybe we need a Cellar Pr0n pics thread.

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Reply by Degrandcru, Dec 4, 2009.

Almost there, the cellar as a room is ready, the kitchen floor is covered (feels good not to have this huge hole anymore):



The small hole which is still there is the access for the trapdoor. We will build a small metal staircase to get down to the cellar:



Now the cellar has to dry, the walls to be finished and the shelving installed. In about 2 weeks everything shoule be done and ready to be stocked! Can´t wait!

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Reply by kylewolf, Dec 4, 2009.

@Degrandcru - it is really coming along, I am so envious of you lol. And thanks for the offer!, if you ever find yourself in Alabama (don't know why you would, but...), the same offer is extended to you.

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Reply by Degrandcru, Dec 4, 2009.

@Kylewolf - I understand you are envious :) I am feeling like a little child with a new toy... we are rennovating the complete house and my wife is already complaining "we are rennovating the complete house and all you think about is your stupid cellar"... we are planning on enlargening her closet now which calmed her down...

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Reply by GhostLemur, Dec 6, 2009.

Great work Degrandcru. Are you able to take some pics inside of the before (shelving) of the space available. I showed this thread to my wife. Unfortunately her response was "don't even think about it!". Ah well I'll have to continue to live vicariously.

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Reply by Martingauthier, Dec 6, 2009.

Wow Degrancru! This project is awesome. Please keep us in the loop. I'm renovating my kitchen as well. You gave me a ideas . I'm going to take pictures and report it. Good luck and congratulations

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Reply by Degrandcru, Dec 7, 2009.

@Ghostlemur: Just tell your wife you have some issues with the water pipes which have to be fixed... I certainly will take some pics of the inside before installing the shelving.

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Reply by AdamJefferson, Dec 9, 2009.

Terrific project and I agree with one poster who suggested a pictures thread. There is an entire site devoted to outdoor wood-fired ovens and those people build some incredible stuff in their backyards. Hats off to you for the ingenuity and effort. I suggest being particularly nice to your wife for putting up with this while ignoring the walk in closet or something of that sort on her list.

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Reply by Degrandcru, Dec 14, 2009.

OK... we are getting there. Here a picture of the inside of the cellar. Whats missing is a staircase, touching up the walls, floor and of course the racks. Should be done by next week. Its pretty cool down there, haven´t taken the temperature yet, as it is still drying and I guess temperature will keep falling for a while. But everything looks promising.

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Reply by GhostLemur, Dec 14, 2009.

Wow oh wow. That is sweet. Very nice, can wait to see it finished with the real fun part (stocking it) under way. Good work Degrandcru.

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Reply by AdamJefferson, Dec 15, 2009.

Remember that you're carrying bottles and cases of bottles up and down whatever you build for stairs. I assume the steps shown are not representative of the proposed "staircase." This looks terrific. Nice shelves and some cool lighting and you'll have an asset that adds value to the home and enhances your enjoyment. Even a non-drinker would appreciate the value of a root cellar like that one.

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Reply by Jimmy Cocktail, Dec 15, 2009.

This is a totally awesome project. I applaud your ingenuity and willingness to take this on. A great point by Adam about maneuvering things up and down the stairs. A steeply sloped ladder like the one pictured will be really tough with a case of wine in hand. Best of luck to ya and I can't wait to see the finished pictures!

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Reply by AdamJefferson, Dec 15, 2009.

...and don't forget about head clearance; I speak from some painful and expensive experiences about the need for carefully planning stairway issues from all angles.

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Reply by Degrandcru, Dec 15, 2009.

Thanks guys, I also think that it adds some value to my house. It will be great when you have friends over (the kitchen is open to the living room) and you open the trap door to go down to your cellar for some more Rioja... can´t wait.

The shown steps are not representative at all. A blacksmith is currently working on a metal staircase. There will be 3 steps down to the center of the room where one turns and takes the remaining steps (hard to explain, but it all works in my head...). There also will be a handrail, so it shouldn´t be a problem to get down with a case.

There also will be some indirect lighting to give it some ambiance..

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Reply by AdamJefferson, Dec 15, 2009.

I'm even more impressed with the blacksmith and all. But don't you think you ought to invite the volunteers to your design team who are offering all of this free advice for the chistening?

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Reply by Degrandcru, Dec 15, 2009.

Of course you are all invited to the christening... you just have to come down to Mexico.

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Reply by Degrandcru, Mar 24, 2010.

3 months passed by and finally we are done:

1) The rennovated kitchen area:

2) With a trap door in the corner in front of the stove:

 



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