Friday, August 2, 2013

A Modern Take On Wine Storage

In my most recent project, my client asked me to incorporate some wine storage into the kitchen design. I was working in a condominium, so I was faced with the dilemma of not giving up too much cabinet space as storage was at a premium.  We were also trying to keep the design as contemporary as possible, so the typical "criss-cross" wine rack was not the best solution.

Enter Vin de Garde and their Nek-Rite system.  I've written about Vin de Garde before, but had never had the opportunity to use their products.  Nek-Rite is a very simple system they have developed that uses aluminum rods (or black powder-coated) to store bottles parallel to whatever surface you want to use.  They are available in single, two, or three bottle configurations.  Simply decide the number of bottles you want to store and where you want to store them.  No cabinetry is needed; the only consideration is how to attached the rods to the mounting surface.

For this application I had a nook framed into the corner of a wall, and had the framers install 3/4" plywood backing between the studs.  I then had a 3/4" thick panel painted to match the cabinetry and  installed the rods.  The panel is secured into the opening with the top and bottom rods that have a lag bolts attached and are threaded into the 3/4" plywood backer.

Vin de Garde is based in Vancouver, but all of their modular products are available for purchase through their web site.  The systems are all quite customizable but the staff are quite willing to work with you to come up with the solution that works for you.

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