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Wet Bars - Are they 'out'?

posted by: snaupal on 01.09.2012 at 09:12 am in Home Decorating & Design Forum

We are considering installing a wet bar during our upcoming first floor renovation. However, when I was chatting with a local realtor about this, she said that wet bars are going out of style and most new construction upper price homes aren't being with them anymore. We are wine drinkers, and wouldn't use the wet bar except for entertaining, so I'm wondering if we should just convert the space to a "dry" bar with a wine fridge and save some money on plumbing and fixtures. Has anyone else heard/seen this trend? I'm in NJ.


clipped on: 02.24.2014 at 12:27 am    last updated on: 02.24.2014 at 12:27 am

Your opinions on dining room built in needed

posted by: bocron on 01.31.2014 at 01:47 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum

So I posted a few weeks ago about wanting to have a built in put in my dining room. This will be a combination wine/liquor bar and china buffet. It will have to serve 2 purposes. There is a chance I will also add 2 smaller waist high china cabinets on the opposite wall as I have an abundance of stuff currently residing in my attic. Here is the wall in question, door on right leads to kitchen.

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So here is the look I'm going for, not exactly but generally-

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and this-

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I have spent some time laying out a few plans and would love opinions. I am not planning on using IKEA, this was just the best way to illustrate and not have to totally hand draw the whole thing.

Choice 1) This one gives me a bunch of counter space for serving but not as much room for storage. Most wine storage.

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Choice 2) A bit more behind doors storage, basically the same wine storage and countertop amount. I would actually change the upper dimensions a bit to 18" 54" 18", but had to go with what IKEA had on their site.

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Choice 3) Less wine storage and divided counter space but may look a bit nicer?

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I'm trying to decide if I divide the counter area then I can use left side as a bar and use right side as buffet serving area and not have to clear one to use the other. You know how when you have a crowd in the bar area gets covered up with bottles, mixers, ice bucket, etc. Or will people just spill over into both areas and it won't matter.
I have a pretty extensive collection of wine glasses and retro bar ware. Pinot glasses, Chardonnay glasses, Port glasses, Burgundy glasses, martini sets, decanters, etc.

Anyway, looking forward to more opinions now that I've had time to work on this.


This post was edited by bocron on Fri, Jan 31, 14 at 14:42


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RE: oak kitchen needs green (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: superchick on 08.28.2008 at 02:39 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum

I have Believable Buff in mine. I'm very happy with it. I looked at SW Blonde, but it looked horrible with my lighting in this house. This was just the shade I was looking for-a great neutral, then you can put whatever accent colors you want into the room.


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