Renovating Your Basement: Your Own Bar at Home

Many homeowners find their basements go completely under utilised, often having no other purpose than a place to accumulate possessions. However, although there’s no end of possibilities where basement renovations are concerned – extra bedrooms, guestrooms, entertainment and games rooms – it’s generally every man’s dream to have their own bar at home.

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Safety considerations

If you thought there was a warning on the way about drinking responsibly you’re mistaken – there are other safety concerns to observe when turning your basement into a home bar, most notably foundational and structural concerns. Before you get carried away with all the grand plans you have in mind for your home bar, it’s a good idea to have a professional assess the foundations and structure of your basement to ensure that the additions won’t place unnecessary pressure on the foundation of your basement and the structure of your home.

Designing and constructing a home bar

You’ll find there are a number of informative websites from which to gain insights into designing and constructing your home bar, as there are experts who can take care of the entire project from conception to completion, including stocking it with a wide array of ales, bitters and lagers.

If you’re planning on taking charge and doing everything yourself you’ll need to have some DIY talent coursing through your veins in addition to the amber fluid, so don’t take on more than you can manage – some jobs are best left to the professionals, like qualified builders with experience in performing Queenslander renovations. This is an important consideration, for as many homeowners have discovered firsthand, incomplete projects that need amending generally cost far more than having experts take care of the entire project.

Building your own bar

If you’re going to build your own bar do it properly. This means that if there are certain aspects of the bar that you can’t manage on your own, have an expert take care of them. Some good examples of this include built-in drip trays to protect the bar, curved corners (which can be costly) and the installation of built-in fridges and taps for the beer kegs.

The height of the bar should be 42”, which will make sourcing bar stools of the correct height (30”) much easier and expand the selection available. Bar tops are traditionally about 16-20” wide, which is an easy width to source materials for, and beware of opting for less than this as accidents will surely ensue.

Bar molding, although difficult to create without the right skills and tools, is essential and serves three distinct and important purposes. Firstly it prevents beer and condensation from dribbling off the bar and onto your lap, secondly it provides a comfortable armrest, and thirdly it looks the part – you want a proper bar don’t you?

A lower counter isn’t a must for home bars – you can slice lemons on the bar and install a sink elsewhere – though if you want one, ensure you have the space to spare. With regard to space, another consideration you’ll need to take note of is the length of your bar and the foot rail set underneath (6-9” above the floor), so depending on the number of stools you’re planning on catering for you’ll need to allow 24” per stool, and even more if you and your friends are of a heavy build.

When taking on a basement renovation project that involves creating a bar, bear in mind that an attractive bar complete with all the trimmings can boost the value of your property, which can offset the costs involved and even more importantly, win the wife’s approval.


About the Author:

P & S Davis Building Contractors is a company in the UK that aims to make the construction process stress-free for the owners. They specialise in Colonial and Queenslander renovations and extensions.

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