Many people dream of having a bar in their kitchen. The fact is, building a kitchen bar isn’t always as out of reach as it may seem, and can usually be done on one’s own. When building and planning a bar, it’s important to take into consideration what your bar should be comprised of, including the various design elements that will impact the final result. A kitchen bar should be both attractive and functional, and will serve as the centerpiece of your kitchen for when guests and company come by.
Draft System: For those who love beer, there’s nothing better than having a draft system in the comfort of your own kitchen. Implementing a draft system into your bar is easier than it may seem, and can often be done for well under $1000. While you can build your own “kegerator” by using a converted mini-fridge, there are a variety of commercial models available that will keep your beer cold and flowing freely at all times.
Overhead Lighting: No kitchen bar is complete without a set of quality overhead lights. Depending upon the design of your kitchen, you can opt for blown-glass light-shades for an artistic look, or sleek, brushed metal for a more modern feel. Overhead lighting should be hooked to a dimmer switch in order to get the most out of the bar’s mood.
Bar-top Material: The material your bar-top is made out will make or break your kitchen bar. While many people choose marble, stainless steel or even poured concrete are popular options as well. Keep in mind that your bar-top will likely be in contact with quite a bit of moisture; while hardwood may be attractive, it can easily warp if it is not sealed properly. Choose a material that is both attractive and resistant to moisture.