Nothing ties together the perfect entertainment space quite like a basement bar. These areas of a home are perfect for watching the big game, celebrating life’s milestones, or even just kicking back with a beer in hand. For those hoping to accomplish the perfect basement bar in their own home, there are a few tips to keep in mind.
Deciding On A Budget
One of the most important steps of any project is deciding on a budget, and better yet, actually sticking to it! A basement bar is typically not a priority space for many homes, so keep in mind how much more you’re willing to actually pay. This kind of room can come with lots of gadgets and fun toys, or just the bare necessities. Coming up with a solid plan on how much you’d like to spend will help to keep you on track for the duration of the project.
Choosing Your Materials
After a budget has been set, next comes the fun part. Deciding on which materials you’d like to use that fit the constraints of budget and design preferences is crucial. For most homeowners, basement bars will be built with natural stone materials. Natural stones are some of the highest quality materials when it comes to the surfaces of a home. It’s no wonder they are some of the most popular items to splurge on in basement bar builds.
Other materials to include in your budget will be any backsplashes, cabinetry, appliances, and furniture to complete the look. Beyond the building materials you’ll need to get the job done, be sure to also keep in mind other gadgets that this space may feature. Whether that includes an arcade, TVs, or other fun extras— these are things you’ll want to account for.
Cutting Back On Labor
Basement bar projects can get expensive to say the least. It’s typically a good idea to cut back where you can to stay on budget. One of the easiest ways to do this is to not get too ambitious with design and try for a look you can create on your own. While materials will be at a consistent price point, labor costs can fluctuate greatly. Doing things on your own will save you thousands down the road.
Dry Or Wet Bar?
When building a basement bar, many forget to take into account whether the space will be ‘dry’ or ‘wet’. The difference is just whether the bar will have running water or not. For those opting for a wet bar, the project can get pricey if plumbing is not already in place. These are typically the kinds of things that homeowners will need to call in professionals to help out with. Although it may seem like a minor detail, a dry or wet bar will greatly affect the overall budget.
Half Slab Options Available
Because basement bars tend to be quite smaller than actual kitchens, it may be beneficial to utilize half slabs of stone for countertops. Although this is not an available option at many natural stone suppliers, it’s what Granite Liquidators does best! Due to our longstanding relationships with top quarries around the world, we’re able to offer smaller slabs to our customers. These slabs are the perfect size for a basement bar space and will save time, money, and extra material waste in the future!