I’ve always appreciated a fine bottle of wine now and then, so when my client in Beverly Hills asked me to install flooring in his newly built wine cellar, I grabbed a bottle and did a little bit of research first. That’s because the climate inside a wine cellar is different from the rest of your home. It’s a lot more humid and typically cooler, so the flooring needs to be able to withstand these conditions. It also has to be able to bear the weight of the wine bottles and racks, which can easily get up to several tons. This was my first-ever wine cellar, and I had to get it right.
I suggested to my client choices that work well in wine cellars: cork, porcelain tile or stone, sealed cement and hardwood. He decided to go with the strong, exotic look of Tigerwood, a Brazilian species known for its, well, tiger-like appearance. Tigerwood is a dense, heavy wood that wears well, so it’s a good choice for the wine cellar environment.
We started off by sealing the cement, then putting down a moisture barrier. After the wood acclimated for a week, we spread a layer of glue, put down plywood, another layer of glue and finally the Tigerwood.
A beautiful wine cellar that would be the pride of any connoisseur. Now all that’s needed is to sit back and enjoy a good glass of red.
But of course when you run your own business, you never really sit back and relax, so it’s back to Irvine and our full-home renovation. Things are moving along right on schedule. We’re done the demo and are now into Phase II, the remodeling. We’re starting in that big, fourth bedroom upstairs. You remember, the former studio with the soaring ceilings.
The clients are really after maximizing space and value (aren’t we all?), and with only one full bath and one ¾ bath on an upper level with four bedrooms, we decided to turn that big room into a suite with a bathroom of its own. Thanks to the sink in the room and another bathroom on the other side of the wall, the plumbing is already in place, which makes the construction easier and less expensive for the client. Their preteen will be using that room, but once it’s done, it will also make a perfect, private guest room, or a nanny’s room if they were to resell to a family that needs one. Options, versatility, that’s the name of the game.
With the sink and wardrobe gone, what you see below is the framing for what will be the bathroom and the laundry room which will be built on the opposite side of the bathroom.
We decided to move the laundry room upstairs to make room for a first floor office. Don’t worry, we’ll insulate the walls real well so Mr. Preteen doesn’t get woken up
to the sound of his socks drying. But more about that later.
With such high ceilings in this room, we’re making a loft over the bathroom and
laundry room which will be a fun place for Junior to hang out and read, listen
to tunes, or simply daydream…
We’re also working on the framing for the new living room space, which, if you recall, will have an expanded kitchen and extended dining room.
Until next time, grab yourself a glass of vino and enjoy life.
By the way, speaking of wine cellars, do you know where the biggest wine cellar in the world is located? Post your answer below (no cheating all you Google-holics). Winner gets a bottle of wine compliments of Eden Flooring and Construction, Inc.
Have you ever considered a wine cellar of your own? Contact Doron at 949-279-2011 or firstname.lastname@example.org.