When it’s prime time for sports, the homeowner can be found in his recently finished lower level, enjoying a brew with his pals and watching the action on four — count ‘em, four — televisions.
The bar has become a favorite hang-out for grown-ups in the house, but looks can be deceiving. It’s also a fully functional kitchen.
“My wife grew up in a house with two kitchens, and the deal was she wanted a fully functional kitchen down here for holidays and entertaining, and I’d get a space that looked like a real bar,” he says.
Grabbing a roll of masking tape, he carefully taped out space for the bar. “I wanted to get an idea of how much room it would need, how much room I could have as the bartender.”
Then the homeowners enlisted Magee Construction in the project to transform their taped-out vision into the real deal.
“Plumbing was roughed in, so our hands were tied about where the sink was going to go. And we wanted to make sure the aesthetics and color scheme blended with the rest of the home,” explains Magee’s Deb Waterman.
They chose budget-friendly, easy-to-maintain materials including fool-the-eye Wilsonart HD Brazilian laminate design, “Winter Carnival,” featuring red-browns with gray and cream accents, for the gently curved bar top and counter top and a luxury vinyl plank, “Adura” from Mannington.
Cultured stone runs the length and width of the backsplash for a unified and spacious appearance. Espresso cabinets and soffits are a match to cabinetry in the home’s main level. Waterman also followed through on the homeowners’ desire for a complete second kitchen with a glass-front, commercial-grade wine cooler and fridge and other residential-grade appliances.
The homeowner also installed a dual tap system for beer. “It comes pretty much ready to plug into the wall, and you need a CO2 tank, but it all goes together in about five minutes.”
Five espresso leather swivel seats ring the bar. “It was important that the bar stools looked nice, but beyond anything else, we wanted them to be flat-out comfortable, and they are,” he says. And all offer good views of three TVs hanging in the bar — their wiring concealed — and a fourth big-screen TV in the lounge area.
“So, turns out, my tape job was really bad,” the homeowner says, with a laugh. “We ended up with so much more space than we imagined, and it’s a perfect match to the rest of the house.”