Weather is breaking and it seems spring has nearly sprung. This might just be the perfect time to finally build that home bar you’ve been wanting. Not sure where to start? Let us help.
Over the coming days, we’ll delve into all of the different aspects of what goes into building a bar at home, from planning, to refrigeration, to look and feel and more.
The best way to start is to figure out what you want out of a home bar, which brings us to our first section:
Planning Your Home Bar: Exploring Your Options
Ask yourself the following questions to figure out exactly what you want out of your home bar:
Do you want…
|This?||Or This?||Points to Consider|
|Moveable Bar||Permanent Bar||Do you want your space to be flexible?
Will this room be used for things other than entertaining?
|DIY Project||Professional Contractor’s Job||
How handy are you? How handy are your friends? Are they willing to work for beer? In a post to come, check out Building Yourself vs Hiring Out for the nitty gritty on both options.
|Wet Bar (Sink)||Dry Bar (No Sink)||
Will you be washing your glassware in your home bar area?
|Full Back Bar||Wall Shelving||
What type of look do you want? Casual or professional?
|Draft System / Beer on Tap||Refrigeration Units for Bottled/Canned Beer||How much beer do you drink? What about your friends and family? Having draft beer at home can save you valuable time and money so it’s a wise option for any beer drinker to consider.|
|One "All-Purpose" Refrigeration Unit||Different Fridges for Different Drinks||
If you’re installing a draft system, you’ll certainly need a kegerator for your beer but you may also want a refrigerator for soda, mixers and bottled beverages. If you’re into the vino, a separate wine refrigerator could be a nice option for you as well.
|Built-In Ice Machine||Temporary Ice Accommodations||How much entertaining will you be doing? How far is the closest ice source? How much money will you spend on bagged ice when you throw parties? If you’re using a fair amount of ice for your bar, a built-in ice machine can save you lots of time and hassle and over time, it’ll save you lots of money too!|
|Bathroom in the Bar Area||Existing Restroom Usage||If you’ve got the space and the resources, you might want to consider adding a half bath nearby. A restroom in the vicinity seriously cuts down on extra house traffic when entertaining.|
|Set Theme||"Evolving" Décor||Do you have a particular interest or theme that you want the bar to reflect?|
Once you’ve figured out your basic bar desires, you’ll be ready for the next part in our series, Planning Your Home Bar: Layout and Design. Post coming soon!