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Riddle me This – Part 2

By on Nov 4, 2014 in Cellar, Wine Cellar | 0 comments

We had a little last minute change in the cellar. (And I am so glad that happened.) In order to cover it up, we decided to have a riddling rack wall made to store our wine. Form and function unite! We consulted with Kara O’Brien, who specializes in historic renovations and has a custom woodworker, and we came up with this cool idea. Kara sourced the wood from a 1740’s Kentucky bourbon distillery and from an 1840’s Athens cotton mill. Ryan came up with the great idea of painting the wall black so no concrete would show through the openings. Kara did a good job of teasing us along the way with pictures of the work in progress. We’re also making a barn door out of this in the kitchen for a little personality. All I can say is WOW! It turned out amazing. Our wine cellar has turned out far better than we originally planned, and the drywall piece and water filtration...

Riddle me this

By on Jul 28, 2014 in Cellar, Wine Cellar | 0 comments

Riddle me this: how do you hide a piece of drywall that wasn’t supposed to be there? With a wall-mounted riddling rack, of course. It feels great to turn problems into solutions – especially cool solutions (that we would have never thought of if there weren’t a problem).  Turns out we’re actually pretty psyched about this now.  We’ve had an antique riddling rack for years in our dining room, but never thought of them for the cellar. This type of rack is wall-mounted (like the one pictured above) and will offer both form and function to our cellar space. I love when that happens! We measured and will be able to order 5 equal panels to cover one entire wall.  Bye bye drywall mistake and hello cool and functional wine storage. I’m going to try and keep this mindset up. I’ll have another glass of lemonade please!...

Mind the Gap

By on Mar 27, 2014 in Cellar, Renovation, Wine Cellar | 2 comments

For some reason – the saying on the London Tube “Mind the Gap” is in my brain. Here is our gap.  The space between old and new.  Now that we have foundation walls –  these will come together with the old walls – in a way that the old is honored with the functionality of the new.   Our hope is that this will be a seamless transition. The size and scale of the wine cellar is right here before our eyes.  And for the first time since we started this process, there is something concrete to see. (No pun intended!) Framing is going to start soon. This is such a beautiful time of year in Atlanta and you just want to be outside, and I’m really beginning to miss living in my house.  It will be even more appreciated when we are...

Up Come the Walls

By on Mar 26, 2014 in Cellar, First Floor, Renovation, Wine Cellar | 0 comments

This is a quote that I suscribe to and try and live by. However, when it comes to our house – SHOW me the WALLS! Despite the cold temps – we got just that. Yesterday they poured the concrete into the forms.  We officially have foundation WALLS! I’m giddy with excitement at the progress of moving forward. To date everything about this project has been to take away.  Now –  we see something being...

A Penny and Some Sugar

By on Mar 24, 2014 in Cellar, Renovation | 2 comments

The concrete dried over this wonderful spring weekend and this is what it looked like as of last night.  I’ve got to get out there tomorrow with a penny and some sugar.  My friend Jeff told me that it’s Jewish tradition to put a penny and some sugar in the walls for sweet times and wealth.  We’re not Jewish, but who’s going to turn down an opportunity for extra happiness and wealth! I’m so thankful that it did not rain yesterday as it was supposed to.  This portion of the project has been the part that really hinges on the weather.  Thankfully Mother Nature is on our side and we’ve had a nice, dry spell. They were busy today.  Bye bye big hole in the ground – hello foundation forms.  You are a welcome sight to see! I am glad that we are not going to have to look at that gaping hole any longer. January and February were really tough getting...