Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

For Your Cask of Amontillado

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

For Your Cask of Amontillado

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In the abstract, the idea of owning your own wine cellar may sound appealing, an extra touch of elegance and sophistication for your home. But in practice, the creation of a wine cellar involves much more than digging a hole in the ground. When Chris Carey and his wife Kimiko were building their new home in the Gaillardia edition in north Oklahoma City, the couple decided to include a wine cellar in their plans. Today, the Careys' dream (designed by architectural firm Bockus Payne & Associates) has become a reality, a secluded getaway within their own home. But building that dream was challenging.

"Any time you build a basement in Oklahoma, you're dealing with some difficult soil conditions that make leaks a possibility," said Mark Dale, owner of Carriage Homes and builder of the Carey home.

That required the installation of a sump pump and a drainage system almost from day one.

"We've never had any water intrusion in that basement at all," Dale said, "which was doubly important in this case because any time you're finishing out a basement this nice, water can really be your enemy."

From there, the challenges didn't get any easier. Dale said the basement area measures about 16 feet by 24 feet including both the sitting room and the wine storage area. He said the wine storage takes up a space of 16 feet by 5 feet.

However, because of logistical necessities, the work on the ground floor of the home was largely completed before serious effort began on the cellar, including the installation of a hidden door/ bookshelf at the entrance to the cellar area.

"If you were to try to finish that too early, just because of the configuration of the house and the basement, it becomes a trash collector, and you wouldn't want to finish that out too nice too early," Dale said. "It's just human nature to throw something down in a hole, I guess. And until we had the ability to close it off from upstairs, we were worried about debris."

But that created other challenges.

"While the guys are still laying the floor you can't also bring the furniture in," said Cindy Hollingsworth, interior designer for the home and owner of Design Masters. …

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