QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE YOU BUILD YOUR HOME BAR
Before you get started on your home bar you should take a few minutes
to think about the look and layout you want to have. If you take the time
in the beginning to make a solid plan for your home bar you will be happier
with the results. We have compiled a list of questions (don't be alarmed
by the number - they are painless) that you should ask yourself before
you get started. There is no right or wrong answer, just questions to get
you in the proper mind frame to build your perfect home bar.
- Is this going to be a moveable bar or a
- Are you going to build this yourself, maybe
with the help of a few friends (future barflies) or are you going to
hire a contractor/ carpenter?
- Is there a theme to your home bar? Irish/English
pub, game room, sports bar, a tiki bar or are just trying to replicate
that college bar feel?
- How much time are you going to spend in
your bar room? If it's in a basement, would you be spending most of your
time down there or is the bar only for entertaining other people? Or
is the bar going to be the focal point of a room?
- Are you going to set a budget and stick
with it or throw caution to the wind and go for it no matter what the
- Will you be putting in a back bar or just
some simple wall shelving behind the bar?
- Will this be a wet bar or dry bar? In other
words, will you have a sink behind the bar? If so, you'll need to run
water lines and a drain system, you might want to get a plumber involved.
- Will you be installing a draft
beer system? If so, how many faucets? Usually 1 or 2 is plenty.
Remember, running beer lines long distances is very expensive. The
systems that commercial bars use cost thousands of dollars.
- Will you need an exhaust system? If you've
got smokers in the crowd then this is a must.
- Will you be adding a big screen TV or entertainment
center? Positioning these correctly is key.
- What kind of restrictions or obstacles
are there? Low ceiling height, sump pumps, odd shaped room, water and
drain lines, electricity, cable TV outlets.
- How much storage area do you want? Glassware,
liquor bottles, cocktail recipe books, bar tools and blenders all take
- A bathroom? If you drink, you pee. If you
have the space, consider adding a half bath nearby. When you have a nice
crowd over for the big game, having a bathroom close by keeps people
from trekking through your house.