Wet Bars/Wine Cellars Design

Toady was a day I’d been looking forward to for some time, and I admit, with a mix of anxiety, anticipation and excitement. Back in September, a client asked if WKD could design a hidden door for them. (You can see the preliminary design proposals in a previous blog post here.) I knew I had assembled a great team to fabricate, finish and install the door, but I didn’t know how good until today. Let me introduce my guys. Rich Laperchia of Alpine Woodworks who prepared a fabulous set of shop drawings and helped me work thru a number of little niggly detail questions, Dave Taubenack of Fantastic Finishes, whose eye for color/tint/hue is beyond belief and can match any sample you give him and David West of Meadowview Construction and his team of  “the best behaved boys in construction”. Cutting to the chase, I can design something fabulous, do a terrific set of drawings and specifications to communicate my design intent. But it’s the guys who know and understand the means and methods of construction that I depend on. They’re the guys who actually make the vision real. It’s their commitment, pride of craft and attention to detail that actually creates something beautiful. These guys nailed it!

So here we are – the before.

concealed door, before; Wilson Kelsey Design

The after… See why I’m so excited???

concealed door, after; Wilson Kelsey Design

Wine cellar on the left. Bar on the right. I borrowed details from the bar and used them as the basic design vocabulary in the door.

concealed door, after; Wilson Kelsey Design

In the finish shop just after the door had come out of the spray booth – antique glaze yet to be applied.

concealed door detail; Wilson Kelsey Design

Dave and Dan fussing over all the little things.

Dave tending to details; Wilson Kelsey Design

Dan tending to details; Wilson Kelsey Design

Bookshelves.

concealed door detail; Wilson Kelsey Design

concealed door detail; Wilson Kelsey Design

I would be remise if I didn’t include Ladd Cook, the local rep for The Original Book Works, Ltd., who so patiently answered all  my questions about faux books and shepherded the book order thru production in England. The books are truly the icing on the cake and make the door.

Cheers,

John

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Several months ago Sally was contacted by a past client with a request to help her design a family room in her walk out basement overlooking the links at Ipswich Country Club. She wanted it to be stylish, masculine and done with flair. Here are two of Sally’s proposals for the large blank wall immediately to the right of the bar. Both were to done by decorative artists. One was rather formal – tromp l’oeil wainscot, columns, crown molding, etc. There was a lengthy discussion as to whether the dogs would be statues or part to the painting.

The second was much more stylish and whimsical. Again, tromp l’oeil, with drapery hung in front of the “open door”. What fun! Sadly, neither of these happened. Instead we’re considering a custom wallpaper.

She’s an interesting client, who likes to take on certain aspects of the project herself, meaning that aspects of Sally’s work is conceptual. It makes for an interesting collaborative process. The project is about 75% complete and yesterday Sally got a call asking for help resolving the profile of the countertop at the bar. So, armed with measuring tape, pencils and erasers, we headed to the job site today to see what could be done. I actually enjoy these little problems. You have to think on your feet and be decisive. Otherwise, the job slows down – or on occasion grind to a halt… Fortunately, this one was easy. In about 15 minutes a solution was sketched out on a piece of plywood set on top of the bar. This was one of several modifications we made.

 

While we were there, I took several detail snapshots of the job site. First the overview of the bar area, where most of the action is occurring at the moment.

Peaking out from under the floor protection you can see the  handiwork of our talented decorative painters, Zoe Design. (Note the books in the cabinet Sally was testing for appropriateness.)

 

A detail shot of the floor and the sink.

 

The Porcelanosa tile back bar backsplash and custom wall paper designed and produced by Zoe Design.

Yes, those are guinea fowl feathers… Incredible texture, yes?

I’ll save the powder room until another day. We all know what spackle looks like…

 

Cheers,

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I’ve been battling writer’s block these past few months. I’ve always felt like I needed to compose a post with multiple pictures and commentary and it simply hasn’t been there. Combine that with a busy fall schedule and the blog has suffered. And so I thought I’d take a different tack. Short posts that relate to what we’re working on or a “snap shot” of something either Sally or I come a cross while doing project related research.

We have a situation on a new project in which there is an existing wet bar in an awkward location. It may prove to be too expensive to move it to another location in the house. The question is, what does one do with something that isn’t quite to ones liking or it’s where it really ought not to be??? As I was winding down the day last night, I came across this picture in the 2012 October Traditional Home.

Pocket doors!!! These open and slide into pockets on either end of the wet bar. The cremone bolts are perfect! In our situation, I’d put in antiqued glass so the french doors appear to be mirrored when they are closed.

As I’m writing this, I remembered we designed a set of built in cabinets a number of years ago for client to house his record collection, etc. All the cabinet doors were pocket doors done with Hafle hardware.

So much or my short post…. I promise to do better next time…

Cheers,

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