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Snooth User: A Oak A

Lets see your AWESOME wine cellar!!

Original post by A Oak A, Jan 28, 2015.

I spearheaded this incredible custom design last month. The ambient temperature in my region is approximately 55 degrees throughout the day; ideal for harnessing the explosive potential lurking within this vast selection. The tight seal on this cellar door makes for the perfect, dank environment. 

I have plans to expand later this year.

 

Okay, enough silliness. Show me a cellar worth being proud of (Or any collection of wine. Lets just have some fun!)

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Reply by EMark, Apr 13, 2016.

Excellent v v.  Keep us up to date.

Something just dawned on me.  You didn't mention who was doing this work for you, but if you didn't hire OT, I think you may have missed out.  I think he can build anything, and I'll bet that he would have done it for you in exchange for a couple bottles of Old Vine Zin.

Oh, wait, he would have had to have traveled across multiple Time Zones to get to the project.  I guess, then, he would have expected a couple mags of OVZ.

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Reply by Really Big Al, Apr 13, 2016.

Good luck with the wine cellar project V V.  When it's complete, I expect you'll invite all of us to come down and celebrate the completed project in style.  

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Reply by dmcker, Apr 14, 2016.

So how do you think the new winecellar will affect resale value, Vino?

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Reply by outthere, Apr 14, 2016.

Very cool vinO! Wish I had room for sonething like that.

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Reply by dvogler, Apr 15, 2016.

VV,

Is this in an upper storey?

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Reply by dmcker, Apr 15, 2016.

My impression from earlier discussions was that it is, DV.

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Reply by dvogler, Apr 15, 2016.

Oh man....sorry.  That was a year ago ;)  I can't remember that far back. 

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Reply by vin0vin0, Apr 15, 2016.

RBA, when it's finished you all are definitely invited for the christening!

DM, our plan is to let the kids worry about resale value, we love the house, the neighborhood and the neighbors. The Charlotte area is alive and still growing but we're far enough out of town to not have to worry too much about city issues. Still, I think it would be fairly easy to rip out the wine racks, take out the AC unit and have this turned into a very nice size closet/cedar lined storage area. Or even better, sell the house to a wine enthusiast, could be the deal maker.

DV, 2nd floor, what is called a bonus room here in the south. Basically a large entertainment room above our kitchen. Yes it's in the corner of the house and has two outside walls but the house is all brick and very well insulated. Despite that, we'll be putting in a small AC unit for the wine "closet".

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Reply by vin0vin0, Apr 20, 2016.

A bit more work done, some vapor barrier, LED lighting, floor being prepped and some other misc. electrical work. Slow but coming around.

Oh, and if this project wasn't enough to boost the economy, if this is Wednesday then I must be buying a new car!

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Reply by dvogler, Apr 20, 2016.

I guess some good insulation will go into the joist spaces to help keep that cool air from going where it's not wanted.

Nice car VV. 

I'm sorry you're going through such a rough patch! ;)

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Reply by MJET, Apr 20, 2016.

Nice Buick VV!!! I bet she feels and drives lovely. Cheers! 

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Reply by EMark, Apr 21, 2016.

It's funny about v v having to buy a new car concurrent to his home improvement project.  A couple years ago we went through a stretch where everything was replaced.  I thought I was being magnanimous in letting Mrs. EMark remodel the kitchen.  Somehow remodeling the kitchen became remodel the entire downstairs.  However, there was a host of other things that year.

  • April--Washer goes belly up.  Replace washer and, of course, dryer.  Chick thing, I guess.
     
  • April--Microsoft sends death notice regarding Win XP.  Replace PC.
     
  • May/June--Remodel downstairs--new flooring, new counters in kitchen, powder room and wet bar, new cabinets in kitchen, powder room and wet bar, new sinks in kitchen and powder room, new hearth on fireplace, new lighting fixtures all over, new wine vault, new refrigerator, new range, new garbage disposal, new dish washer.  Somehow we were able to get out of that project with the old microwave.  Still have it in fact.
     
  • June--New car for Mrs. EMark.
     
  • November--Smell gas in the garage.  New Furnace.  No sense going half-way, new A/C, new attic ducting.
     
  • December--New car for EMark.

2015 was much less expensive.

 

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Reply by vin0vin0, Apr 21, 2016.

It is interesting how major expenditures tend to bunch up. Oh, I did mention our June Lake Como, Italy/Alsace, France trip we've already planned and purchased.  Goodbye bonus, goodbye tax refund, goodbye savings account,... but what the heck, it's only money and we know how to make more - in the meantime we're spending the kids inheritance.  Retirement is still a little over a year away.

The new ride is really, really nice. It's a Buick Regal GS with all the gadgets, 2L turbo, 20" polished alloy rims with pirelli low profile tires, and the really cool thing is the adaptive cruise control.

Tomorrow the contractor is finishing up the insulation, wiring and mounting the cooling unit.

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Reply by EMark, Apr 22, 2016.

The new gadgets in modern cars are very very cool.  Peggy's has 360 degree cameras.  Do you know how easy it is to park that car?   The proximity sensors are a bit annoying, though, when pulling into/out of the garage.

Mine has a blind-spot camera (mounted on the door mirror) that I absolutely love.

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Reply by MJET, Apr 22, 2016.

EM-I wish you the best with modern technology in cars. I love new technology but not in my cars. They often lead to headaches and increased cost of ownership as all those sensors and electrical gizmos go bad at some point. Over 80% of newer car issues are related to electronics (sorry but it's a fact). I'm a car guy so I prefer to control all that I can in a car vs. technological control. Just my preference, but I do like your Buick..... 

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Reply by EMark, Apr 22, 2016.

Y'know, Mjet,I hear you.  To be honest, I've never wanted a car with a blower (sorry v v)--just one more thing to break.  My current drive is the first one in 40 years with an automatic transmission.  (That was, probably, a mistake.  Driving is not nearly as much fun as it used to be.)  I don't have the faintest idea how to (or why I would want to) set cruise control.  Speaking more directly to your objection though, in fact, within the first few weeks after purchasing Peggy's car, we hit a tire carcass flying off a truck on I-5 near Bakersfield, and it did wipe out the proximity sensors on the right front.  The car did still continue on, and there was less beeping when I pulled into the garage.  As OT once said, that is why you have insurance.  All is good now.

When the cameras fail on either car, I guess I'll just have to go back to turning my head--or buy a new car.  Yup, definitely first world problems.

So far as cost--the cameras in my cars cost the same as those in your cell phone.

Drank the dregs of some reds, tonight.

:-)

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Reply by Twisted O, Apr 26, 2016.

I'm about to buy this cooler: Koldfront 24 Bottle Free Standing Dual Zone Wine Cooler

Does anybody have any thoughts on it? The review on winecoolers.reviews says it's good, but have any of you come across this machine before? By the way, that car is a beauty :)

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Reply by dmcker, Apr 26, 2016.

Twisted, keep looking. The door access is likely to be a problem over time, and the lack of ability to store off-sized bottles will be a problem immediately. Plus considering the space it takes, 24 bottles is waaay to small a number.

Poor product design, and haven't even made an effort to chase down reviews of how the machinery performs over time.

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Reply by vin0vin0, May 24, 2016.

Progress has been a bit slow on the wine cellar due to some other upgrades our contractor has been doing for us but he's now back on the wine closet.  Floor is in, insulation and green board is in, wine racks and the cooling unit install are in progress.  Hopefully finished by the end of the week.

Here's the inside, ~4 ft wide by 17 ft long. The ceiling slopes from 7' to 9' right to left. Wine racks will be on the right hand side.

Here's the entry door. This is an exterior grade door, fully weather stripped. Double deep racks on the right and left ends and a small counter as you enter to allow for handling of cases, opening bottles, whatever.

Total capacity is going to be around 1,000 bottles. Planning on getting my Cellar Tracker inventory up to snuff when I move the wine in.

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Reply by EMark, May 24, 2016.

Looks great, v v.

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