Innovation

This built-in wine bar was commissioned to be a centerpiece in a newly renovated and expanded kitchen and great room area. Some design elements such as the quarter-sawn white oak construction and the door/drawer front style, were driven by the existing kitchen cabinetry, and needed to match closely. From there, MWE implemented a 28-bottle acrylic wine storage area with integral LED backlighting, and plenty of storage for glassware and other items. The color, pattern and brightness of the LED's are controlled by a small remote control.

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Happy Hour

Elegant fun and excellent functionality were the motivation for this basement wet bar.

Built using solid American cherry and cherry veneer plywood, this bar serves several purposes besides the obvious. Integrated into the end of the bar is a ventless gas fireplace, which when lit, provides great ambience while warming the entire basement. A simple back bar houses a mini-fridge and provides a display area for special items and those "special" bottles. The under bar has a series of cabinetry for storage of additional supplies and glassware. Additionally, MWE engineered, built and installed a two-product beer tap consisting of remote keg refrigerator, a food-grade glycol beer line and tap tower cooling system with digital temperature controls for the beer temperature and the tap tower temperature. This particular system was set up to pour Guinness, a particularily "picky" product to pour properly.

Custom-built halogen lighting warmly illuminates the centerpiece of the bar...a bartop made of a single 1 1/4" thick piece of highly figured cherry and a solid cherry bull-nose bar rail. Knots, checks, cracks were all intentionally left in place and sealed with a professional bar top material protecting this beautiful feature.

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Compact Dry Bar

A small dry bar is always welcome nearby. This piece is constructed using solid hard maple with a green marble top. Two inset and grain matched doors open to allow access to two adjustable smoked glass shelves. It is finished with three coats of polyurethane.

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Bendy Bar

This wine bar peninsula bar was added to an existing kitchen to provide a space for conversation and enjoying some good wine with friends. The cabinetry was matched to the existing kitchen, and the countertops replaced with some nicely contrasting granite. In order to integrate nicely with open layout of this beautiful home, the peninsula was design, constructed and installed by MWE with a gentle and inviting curve. It is topped with a custom designed and constructed surface of quarter-sawn cherry finished with multi-coat, water-based clear lacquer. A unique "power popup" was included to provide convenient, but unobtrusive power access.

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