Old 01-12-2009, 07:23 PM
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I love it.

But I'm thinking the base could be made into a wine cellar. Honestly!

I used to spend time up at Afton mtn vineyards and talked with Tom repeatedly about his dream for a manmade wine cave - he finally built it!!! You can too!

It is a daunting amount of masonry but if you want it bad enough you can do it - what about going 90 degrees from the house vs across the back of the deck? It might make access to the wine cellar easier.

My oven progress -

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Old 01-14-2009, 10:24 AM
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Originally Posted by Virgil View Post
Tigersmith -- great pics. that is exactly what I plan on. Although it probably will not be nearly as nice!!!
Hey Virgil,
I had originally planned to face the whole project with faux stone till I priced it. This would have more than doubled the price of this project. I think now I will do it partially in stone and the rest in stucco. Time will tell.

The idea of a wine cellar under the oven is an interesting idea, though mine would be a beer cellar. I have become rather fond of rich, high octane Belgian beers.


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Old 01-14-2009, 10:34 AM
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Stone veneer products can be really expensive, but poke around Craigslist and keep your eyes open for opportunities. I found a local manufacturer who makes beautiful faux stone veneer for $4/sf (including corner pieces). He had over 500sf of overage from a large order, and sold me all I needed for $2.50/sf. It still adds up, but it can be done for a lot less than I thought, and it's easy to create a very professional finish.

The plan looks amazing!
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