Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by gdl203, Oct 22, 2008.
Guiz, I have about 100 or so bottles of spirits.
I'm all for an awesome place to store many bottles, but wouldn't want a place that looks like I'm going to be standing there making drinks for the length of any party we throw.
That being said I've always thought stuff like Huntsman's bar is really awesome, and if you're going to hire people for big parties than it may be very useful.
Had the guy over yesterday and put in our order. He hopes to have it built and installed in 4-5 weeks. I might even take a pic of the finished job and post it but here's his initial drawing. Top doors are beveled glass, the outside set on either side will have undershelf stem hangers and we calculate I should be able to hang about six dozen stems. The bottom two rows are pull out drawers where my bottles will stand up. As you can see from the side there is a bit of a counter top, just a narrow one, that will be made for cherry and not designed to leave things on.
So this is built to fit into the rear wall of my bar area. Currently behind the bar there is a normal size countertop, with cabinets and an undercounter wine fridge, and a higher counter faces out. I think it's going to be highly functional which is the most important thing to me. Right now all my glassware is around the corner in the butler's pantry. On the side view you can see how he's built it to fit under the soffit.
I know this is the opposite of SF design zeitgeist but I think it'll suit my purposes and not offend anyone I'm likely to have over.
How big is your liquor collection and what are the highlights?
6 dozen glasses...are you into entertaining large groups of people in your home?
It's around 100 or so bottles at the current time but I've let it shrink some. I don't have anything overly impressive at the moment as I finished off my 1965 bottle of Louis Tres on NYE.
As to the glasses...have to divide into Burgundy glasses, other reds (use a Bordeaux for my universal red), and whites. So a dozen of each, which is far from excessive, and you're at three dozen needing storage right there.
Pio, I assume you store your wine bottles elsewhere?
I don't like the look of visible bottles (I also wear pants despite my huge cock,) but other than that, it isn't my style but isn't offensive in any way.
I assume you bar will be made of solid wood, what is the construction and finishing methods? I have a few custom pieces and they move like bastards, just saying.
Yes. I currently have a stand alone Vinotemp but a project for the next year or so is going to be a storage installation in our formal dining room that will be along a lengthy wall. When we first moved in we had considered an eventual room conversion but have decided that really limits the house for resale.
It's sort of the best compromise I could come up with, and it's tucked away vs. being a prominent feature, so I think overall I'll be happy with it. Agree on the visible bottles and this was designed with that in mind. I'll be really happy to get them stored out of sight in an organized and convenient manner.
Speaking of storing bottles and having them on show.
A cocktail bar in Copenhagen has an old Teak Icebox from Brazil, which they have fully rebuild into a working fridge.
Couldn't find a picture, but they show it in this program (its in danish).
Wow, that's pretty great looking. I have an old ice box, but it's not nearly so impressive. It primarily houses unopened bottles right now.
A wine cellar would be fantastic, and would make a lot of sense in a home with a built in bar. I have no idea the effect on re-sale, but I regularly see homes in my area with wine cellars, so they can't be a huge negative.
Depending on size you can get them premade for a "small" amount of money.
It's even better looking in person.
That's pretty cool.
Had mine delivered last week.
Have been away over the weekend so I am sitting down properly in it for the first time as I write this. Pretty amazed that something so sleek can be so comfortable.
Looks like Ikea, sorry if it is not. I find most retail furniture uninteresting at best.
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