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Build a Bar

A bar built into your family room or entertainment area can be a real crowd pleaser. Many family gatherings will gather around this focal point in your home. If your home does not include a bar, but you'd like one, the easiest way to do this is to purchase a pre-built bar. Plumbing will need to be added if your plans call for a wet bar. Pre-built bars are not cheap and can cost up to $6,000. This may encourage you to build a bar of your own.

You're first step to building your own bar is to start with the framing. When deciding to build a bar you will need to know how big the bar cooler and sink will be. Once you have the dimensions, you can begin framing your bar. Design your bar with an open shelf area in the back of the bar to display or store glassware. A large bar will need several supports. Be sure to add supports on each side of the heavy sink and under any other heavy objects that will be placed on top of your new bar, such as microwaves or other bartending equipment.

When you build a bar that contains a sink you will need to add plumbing for hot and cold running water. A drainage outlet will also be needed. Building your bar where these amenities already exist will make your job that much easier. You may decide to hire a plumber for this part of the job, unless you have reasonable experience installing plumbing yourself. Copper pipe will be your best bet for your wet bar sink. Install shutoff valves and a flexible hose for the best setup. The drainage pipe for your sink is usually the most difficult to install. You may need to drill a hole in a concrete floor but the option of running a pipe inside the bar where it is not easily viewed is one possibility.

Completing your bar with finished wood or tile is up to you. The appearance can fit any style or design. Some hardware stores offer pre-made finished bar tops ensuring durability and water resistance. Once you've completed your bar, don't forget to add some special lighting. Your lighting can either show off the glassware or hang from above to light up the bar top. Once you build a bar you can be proud of, you will enjoy having guests over to appreciate and admire it.

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