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Home Renovation Bars

Oct 24, 2007
People who have bars in their homes are certainly different from you and I- they like to have fun. If you're the type who likes to unwind after a grueling work day with a nice, frosty glass of margarita or a simple unshaken martini at a bar, having these drinks in the privacy of your own home is no different. In fact, more and more people are seeing the fun and comfort of having drinks in their home with close friends. More and more home improvements include home renovation bars in their list of to-dos. Some have even gone on to building projects solely for home renovation bars complete with all the amenities and fixtures of a restaurant bar.

But before going on a building spree, consider the following practical guidelines for home renovation bars. How often do you entertain? If you're a real partyphile who throws an average of 3 parties a month with a guest range of 12-60 heads, then it's about time to see if your current set-up adequately supports that. Chances are, having a proper bar will eliminate some of the difficulties you've been having with your current set-up, saving you plenty of effort and energy to enjoy your parties more. Home renovation bars should incorporate the kind of elements found in bar establishments and the costs are not as expensive as the kind you normally pay for in these establishments.

In fact, plumbing and lighting fixtures and furniture for home renovation bars are widely available at any home depot store. Other external elements that will give home renovation bars that "real" bar feel include the back bar, moldings and railings and these can be sourced in specialty shops or even hardware stores in a wide variety to suit any budget or taste. There is however some certain bar components that should be "non-negotiable" in terms of quality simply because they are the central props in any bar setting. Choosing quality brands or materials for these important props is also good investment because quality ensures that they last a long time. These are the bar top and the under-bar counter top.

The bar top of course is where all the action takes place including all that hammering of downed tequila glasses. The wear and tear that happens on this surface makes it necessary to make it durable, but not too hard. Some have used beautiful granite slabs which are okay except that aggressive glass hammers might themselves with a broken glass and a cut or two if they're not careful. Try wooden veneers which are soft and are actually water-proof coated to make them withstand years of liquid spills.

And finally, the under-bar even if it's hidden, should not mean that its construction should be shoddy. Make sure that it's spacious enough to hold all your materials and drink components; you wouldn't want to go running to another storage area simply because it can't store everything you need adequately. Since this is where a portion of the bar sink is situated, check for possible spills and leaks and plug them as necessary. Home renovation bars should be fun projects and not headaches you'd like to forget with a whole bunch of home-made martinis with!
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