A wet bar makes the perfect accompaniment to a home entertainment zone. These bars (called wet because plumbing is included for various features) are often found in repurposed basements, man-caves, and more elaborate kitchen spaces. If you like the idea of having your own bar, here are the major components of a wet bar remodel, and what you need to consider when making your plans.
The Bar Surface
Every great bar needs a stunning countertop, and you have a lot of options here. For a traditional, classic look, try a butcher block or wide-plank wood top. The warm sheen of wood is often a great look on a home bar. However, wood surfaces are more susceptible to damage than something like stone, and have more limited compatibilities with sinks.
If you prefer the stone look and want a more durable bar surface, granite and marble also make great choices, and can deal far better with liquids in case there's a spill or someone doesn't use a coaster.
Don't forget the shape of the bar too. Study the space you have planned for the bar and see what countertop shape works the best. If the bar will be along the wall, an L-shape is usually the best option. If you are using a corner, then an angled V bar or a rounded bar is probably the best bet. Look at a variety of designs to find what you like!
You Need an Excellent Fridge
The key to a wet bar renovation is a great fridge. When many homeowners think "fridge in a bar," they really mean two different appliances: a fridge for cooling down snacks and keeping various foods or juices, and a cooler for chilling wine and beer to just the right temperature. These appliances can either be two sides of the same fridge, or two different devices in different locations of your bar, depending on the setup. However, both are important, and you should at least plan on the space for a glass-case style cooler to both display and refrigerate your favorite beverages. A wine rack is also a good idea for wines that you don't want to refrigerate.
Additional Plumbing Options
A wet bar has plumbing because some plumbing features make a home bar superior. You may not think that you need a sink at first, but it comes invaluable for rinsing off glasses and cutting boards or cleaning snack plates — you'll use it all the time. Likewise, if you want an ice machine or any way to make ice besides a tray, that machine will need a source of water to work. Plan on at least some plumbing to make your bar complete!
Flooring for a bar needs to be durable and moisture resistant. Wood flooring is usually a poor choice, especially in a basement, but engineered wood flooring can make an acceptable substitute. Stone or tile flooring may also work depending on your design, but stay away from carpet that can be stained!
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