Charlie Southall is a successful film director, who, having travelled the globe in the course of his job, has acquired not just a taste for wines from around the world, but a really rather sizeable collection.
It got to the point that having sent so many cases of wine back from his travels, Charlie had run out of storage space and was stacking them in every available nook and cranny in his house. With storage space having run out and no area that be converted into a dedicated wine room, Charlie could either get rid of some of the wine (unthinkable!) or move to a new house to accommodate his passion – an expensive undertaking.
Whilst Charlie knew about Spiral Cellars, he never considered a custom wine cellar as a solution to his wine storage issue, assuming they were only appropriate if being installed as part of a larger construction project.
“I had moved into my house a few years earlier and taken a lot of trouble getting it to look the way I wanted it to. I was understandably nervous that digging a great big hole in the centre of my living room would create collateral damage to the rest of the room, particularly to the wooden floor. My heart was in my mouth when installation began, but now that it’s finished, I can honestly say it was a doddle. I didn’t even need to paint the room afterwards. The team were in and out in a few days, took great care of my property and when I had to suddenly hop on a plane, not only did they carry on with the installation in my absence, but they were happy to look after the cat in my absence!”