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Very Big Wine Cellar...Chicagoland Area

Started by Nathan Giffin Vertical Artisans. Last reply by scott dobert Sep 1, 2011. 19 Replies

All right guys I have great progress on this wine cellar... It started out as just a few  spare rooms ( 10' x 14' ) and ( 14' x 11' ) with an elevator in the middle. Here are some before demo…Continue

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Comment by Jennifer Bauer on April 8, 2010 at 7:12pm
We have been trained in Flex-C-ment and Elite crete and have been using them in our vertical carving. Do we need to get trained in Vertifaux prior to working with it?
Comment by Nathan Giffin Vertical Artisans on April 9, 2010 at 6:58am
No but you will need the Vertical Artisans Subscription to work with the other subscribers. The Flex and Elite training is completely different than what is offered in the VA subscription.
Comment by Nathan Giffin Vertical Artisans on April 12, 2010 at 3:36pm
Ok Guys we area few weeks away from the start of an exciting project.
There are a few things Im sure you may want to know so I will fill in where I can.
Hotel Accommodations:

The project is in Naperville IL.... Here is a Mapquest OverView

A close cross section is 127th and Rt. 59
Most hotels are under 70 a night.

We have begun the demo of the area...I will post pictures as I get them. I will try to give you dates and times of when I will be there so you can see the most for the time you are here. Local Subscribers can drive up any time they wish.

First Off is the build out. You will not be there for that. Another group is doing that. What we want is sculpting only and staining and painting. You know the "fun" stuff.

There is a really big buzz as to what we are doing so it should be exciting.
Comment by Jeff Bonick on April 13, 2010 at 6:32am
Nathan, 127th & Rt 59 shows Plainfield... The mapquest locator star is at Ogden & Washington st. in Naperville... Which one is right?
Comment by Nathan Giffin Vertical Artisans on April 16, 2010 at 2:25pm
OK guys tomorrow I goto the look at progress... I guess we are about 2 or three weeks out.
I have a meeting Saturday with owners...I will up date you with the details.
Comment by Nathan Giffin Vertical Artisans on April 19, 2010 at 7:08am
Here is the exact address:
Construction is well under way

12515 Rhea Drive
Plainfield IL. 60585

I should be out there the week of April 26th either laying down the scratch coat, finishing metal lath, or both. The following week I want to be carving.

There may be a small wood ceiling installed as well.

For more details call me 630.712.3327
Comment by Nathan Giffin Vertical Artisans on April 21, 2010 at 7:18am
I will be out there next week to over see and execute lath and scratch coat. The following week will be play time :)
Comment by Nathan Giffin Vertical Artisans on April 24, 2010 at 11:52am
Ok Everybody ..... I was out there yesterday and saw the progress.... all the framing is almost done. Next week I should be out there Tuesday or Wednesday to start putting up lath. I'm hoping by the end of next week that I will have the scratch coat up. And the following week carving....I will have some pictures of the changes and the progress by mid week.
Comment by Nathan Giffin Vertical Artisans on April 27, 2010 at 7:09am
The hands on project for subscribers is almost ready to begin. 99% of the framing is completed. Today I will take pictures and post some new data in the Groups area. Many of you have asked about time frame.
This week (27th through 30th) is wrapping up loose ends and beginning to scratch coat. Next week finish the scratch coat and start carving. I hope to be finished carving and on to the staining in the next 2.5 weeks.
This will be a lot of fun as we have many intricate elements in this wine cellar.
Comment by Nathan Giffin Vertical Artisans on April 29, 2010 at 10:57am
Friday April 30th the electrician should be completed
Saturday the carpenters should finish
Monday Finish Lathing and Begin Scratch Coat
Tuesday through Friday Carving & Scratch Coat.

By the end of next week we should be really close to being finished...
There are some loose ends that will hold us up in a few areas but the bulk of the project should be finished and ready for painting the following week.


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