2021 Wood Diamond Award Residential Storage Wine Cellar: Castleman Carpentry

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Main Category: Residential
Sub Category: Utility/Storage - Wine Storage/Cellar
Project Value: Over $25,000

Castleman Carpentry, located in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley is a family-owned custom wood working cabinet shop and class A general carpenter. Castleman Carpentry specializes in total transformations in any room of a client's house through thoughtful and careful design. All aspects of our projects are managed directly by the owners, Rich & Jodie Bonett. From initial consultation, through design and material selection, cabinet fabrications and project execution; Rich and Jodie are directly involved with their client's ensuring the best remodeling experience for their customers. At our wood working shop Castleman Carpentry creates truly “Custom” cabinetry. They take wood, sourced both locally and globally, and turn it into beautiful cabinet & millwork projects. They fabricate all of their cabinet boxes, face frames, doors, drawer boxes and fronts, moldings and trim.

Describe the project, what makes it unusual, and/or any outstanding characteristics.
This project’s uniqueness is best identified in the before and after transformation of what was a rarely used bonus room and awkward closet to a favorite gathering space for the wine enthusiasts that live there.

Initially the owner intended to store wine in the closet along a single wall with pre-fabricated wine racks we are accustomed to seeing everywhere. With some research and clever design, we were able to give the narrow space more of a wine cellar feel, including a wet bar and horizonal wine bottle storage. This horizontal wine bottle storage is not only good for the wine, but also allows the owner to see the wine labels without having to remove the bottles.

Adding a fireplace to the bonus room completed the lounge area providing a place for family and friends to gather while they enjoy their wine. The existing colonial home, located in Northern VA, was adorned with onyx millwork throughout. In keeping with the existing style and finish of the house, we finished the fireplace and wet bar cabinetry to match. The solid Walnut mantel was in keeping with the colonial traditions and sourced from a local farm. In order to warm up the dark cabinetry, we chose to finish the interiors in a matching walnut finish and pulled this finish throughout the project including the wine racks as well as the most unique and entirely custom grape vine mullion we fabricated and installed into what is now the door to the wine cellar.

Cabinetry 100% fabricated by us. Our Face Frame Cabinetry was fabricated with 3/4” solid Maple face frames, doors and drawer fronts. 5/8” Solid Maple dove tailed drawer boxes, 3/4” Maple Plywood case construction.

List any items that were outsourced.
Maple hardwood and Maple Plywood, Blum hardware (Blumotion drawer slides & hinges), MLCampbell finishes (MagnaMax line) were provided by Wurth Woodworking -- Cabinet pulls by Amerock -- Fireplace provided by Fireside Hearth – Granite countertops and surround provided by A&S Fabricators