As part of our ongoing series on finishing a lower level, we're going to talk about one of the most popular renovation projects — adding a wet bar. Your lower level is the perfect spot for a full bar and entertainment area, but there's a lot to consider! Let's unpack the important features of a wet bar, and the different options you should think about.
There are two popular options for your bar shape. The first is a corner bar, which is usually a two-sided bar installed in the corner of your lower level. This is a very popular choice because it makes efficient use of the space and gives people a better choice of where to sit or stand at the bar (which may be very important, depending whether or not people are watching TV). The other option is a straight bar built along a wall, which may offer more space or better positioning based on the size of your space.
What will the bar itself be made of? Of course, antique and polished woods remain a favorite, but you do have a lot of options here. Think about glass, metal, and tile, especially for the bar countertop, which has to be waterproof and durable. Do you want your bar built in with drink holders, ice holders, compartments for cocktail ingredients, strainers, and so on? Make sure these are all part of your plans!
Fridge Type and Location
First, what do you need a fridge for? If you just plan on holding beer and wine, then a wine cooler is probably all you need; wine coolers tend to have plenty of showy options with glass doors to show off your drink selections, ideal for a luxurious bar. However, you may want a fridge to store fruit, olives, and various other important bar components, which works well when hidden underneath the bar. Do you want a wine cooler and a fridge or just a fridge?
A wet bar is, of course, defined by access to plumbing. This gives you a reliable source of water and ice for making cocktails, cleaning up, and anything else you might need. However, this also means that you need to know the plumbing situation in your lower level, where you would be running water from, and where you want the sink/icemaker to be.
Spills happen! Is your bar ready for them? Choose a good waterproof material around the bar floor when possible. Generally, wood floors aren't possible in the lower level of your home, and you should stay away from carpets to avoid stains. Engineered wood and tile are both good choices in this case!
Does your bar need bar stools, or will people be standing? If you are installing bar stools, it's important to know proper bar stool height in relation to your bar.
Would you like to talk about planning a lower level remodel or a similar home renovation project? Contact us today at Owens Construction to explore your options and arrange an estimate!