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We Dream in Red & White

Man Caves with Joseph & Curtis

2009 June 2
by Joseph & Curtis

>Joseph & Curtis Custom Wine Cellars recently completed its second episode of the Man Caves show on DIY network.

Every guy needs a space to call his own… a sanctuary where boys can be boys, where life essentials include a wet bar, a poker table and a place to watch the game with the fellas. And of course a custom wine cellar! Joseph &Curtis joined DIY Network’s Jason Cameron and football great Tony “The Goose” Siragusa to offer our idea to this particular space in Kennilworth, NJ.

We spoke with the DIY design team and producer John Marsala several times before the actual taping of the episode…trying to figure the best idea for this particular mancave. We asked about the owners interests and were told he loved food and wine. John mentioned a second kitchen was going to be installed in the basement.

Our design team went to work on an idea to have 6 sections of redwood custom racking which would represent 6 different food groups (pesce,pollo etc).

We included a chalkboard sign above each rack with the name of each food group. The owner loved the idea of being able to make a fish dish and walk over to the “pesce” rack for a perfect match.

It took us a little over 3 weeks to coordinate, design, and assemble the racking…being true “veterans” of the DIY network we knew it would make more sense to assemble the racking at our shop which we did. The man cave show has a two day limit in completing the entire space…so we made it very easy on ourselves by bringing two of our craftsman and doing the bulk of the work ahead of time.

When we arrived in Kennilworth we met with the homeowner for a final walk through…hung out w “the goose” and Jason and then began to make the chalk boards. Tony felt the racking needed to have a platform to raise the racking off of the floor which we built on site. After about 5 hours we installed the platform, chalkboard, and custom wine racks with display rows and 750ml storage.

We also included a cellar management software for all of the owners inventory needs.

As all of this was being done the rest of the basement was being installed as well. A kitchen, flat
screen, paint, a custom dinner table which came out especially nice (made by Jason). By the time we finished with our “shots” the basement looked fantastic. The homeowner was thrilled and so were we.

We plan on doing more episodes in the future…and we will keep everyone informed as to when the shows will air. Who knows maybe there will be a show called WINE CAVES with J & C (something we are working towards)


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