Adding a Wet Bar: Step-by-Step Considerations
If every dinner party or evening with friends ends up in a
crowded kitchen, adding a bar to your home can offer more space to
mingle, as well as more counter space for beverage preparations.
Whether it is hidden away or in full view, wet bars are becoming
increasingly popular additions, and are often built into the
Can Your Home Handle a Bar?
Wet bars are perfect for entertaining, but there are a few
serious points to consider before you decide to take that
- Seated or standing? A standing bar
is just what it sounds like--there are no places to sit. Instead,
the bar is more of a serving area, with room for the person mixing
the drinks or serving the foods. A seated bar requires much more
space to move around, and is usually a bit longer than the standing
bar, the better to accommodate the stools that sit in front of
- Free-standing or built-in?
Free-standing bars are often built like a kitchen hutch--stand
alone--and can be moved from place to place. They work well for
areas where space is limited. Built-in bars take a bit more time to
build, but have the advantage of working sinks, electricity, and
other convenient perks.
- Check out the electricity. Most wet
bars need a blender and other appliances that require an electrical
outlet. If you are going to incorporate a larger appliance, such as
an oven, you need even more power. Consider what it might cost to
add electricity if your chosen area doesn't have the proper
- Water lines and drains. A working
sink is an essential part of a wet bar. The area you choose to
build your bar should have water lines and drains. Consult a
about what it might cost before you make the decision to build in
- Serious storage. A classic wet bar for drinks
and entertaining needs a great deal of storage. You need a place to
tuck away the wine glasses and other drinking vessels when they are
not in use, as well as a place to store a variety of drinks. Some
bars include built-in taps, entire closets full of glassware, and
cabinets on top and bottom. Smaller bars might boast only a sink
and a few cabinets to hold the glassware, allowing the homeowner to
display bottles on the counter.
Once these considerations are out of the way, you can raise a
toast to a successful wet bar remodeling project!
About the author
: Shannon Dauphin is a
freelance writer based near Nashville, Tennessee. Her house was
built in 1901, so home repair and renovation have become her
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