An in home bar is the ultimate man cave dream. You’d be the envy of all your friends. To construct the perfect in home bar you must first commit to putting in large amounts of planning and labor. These tasks don’t happen overnight. Like any home project, the first step in having your own home bar is planning. What exactly will you have to plan? Well, everything. Get started by asking yourself this set of questions.
- Do you have the space for a bar? If so, you’re already a step ahead of the game. If not, you will have to decide where you’re bar will fit, and make the space for it. This could mean cleaning out an existing space or building a new one.
- Decide if this will be a DIY project that you tackle in your spare time, or if you will hire a contractor. Building the perfect bar will take a lot of time. Figure out how many hours you will need to put aside each week to complete the project by a certain deadline. If you decide to hire a contractor, be sure to compare pricing and read reviews and testimonials of their work.
- Do you plan on installing a draft system for your beer? A tap system will ensure that your beer is always chilled and fresh. If so, you will need to install a kegerator. Will you have separate refrigeration for bottled drinks and wines? The refrigeration systems you choose will depend on how extensive your in-home inventory will be.
- Will your bar have a sink, or no sink? In other words, will it be a wet bar or a dry bar? If you plan on having a sink, water lines and a drain system will be necessary. For this you will need to call in a plumbing expert.
- How do you want your bar to look? This includes the layout, right down to the littlest details. Visit bars in town, take notes on what aspects you like, and what you dislike. The shape of your bar will depend on the amount of space you have to work with. The bigger the space, the more creative you can get. What type of shelving will you have? What material will the bar tops be made out of? Envision your lighting plans. Will you need electrical outlets or lighting fixtures put in? If so, you may have to call in a professional electrician.
The first step towards making your dreams come true is taking the time to thoroughly plan. Ask yourself these questions, write down your answers, sketch your ideas, and draft out your blueprints. The more planning you put into your home bar, the happier you will be with the final product. For more information about installing beer taps, kegerators, and other bar essentials, please contact Clean Beer. We install these systems into commercial spaces as well as residential homes.