Favorite Home Features: Basement Bar Areas

Favorite Home Features: Basement Bar Areas

B.L. Rieke Custom Home Builders has built many different styles of homes complete with incredible amounts of detail, quality, and customized home features--all tailored to fit the client's budget.  One home feature in particular that can be customized to fit any taste, style, and budget are interior bar areas, often found on the lower level of a home.

Basement bar areas, in particular, serve a different, more versatile function than their kitchen counterparts.  They're made to encourage rest and relaxation, and to create the perfect place to entertain a wide variety of guests, from friends and family to co-workers and colleagues.   Bar areas and accompanying cabinetry can also be easily customized to fit any budget, style, and available space (even oddly-shaped or tight areas), making them an affordable, fashionable, and largely uncomplicated addition to any basement.

Here are some of the ways that a basement bar can be tailored to fit any homeowner's needs, style, space, and budget:

  • Structure: Bars can be built as an island bar ("floating" bar), a peninsula bar (one side attached to the wall), or a counter bar (flush against the wall).
Bar structures

Island Bar (left); Peninsula Bar (bottom right); Counter Bar (top right). All bars areas are custom built by B.L. Rieke Custom Home Builders.

  • Size: Generally, the bar area should match the size of the basement that it's in, in order to avoid over or underwhelming the space.  The size (and length) of the bar itself can vary within that space, but usually doesn't exceed it.
  • Height: The height of a bar top can affect function, fit, and accessibility.  For example, a higher-set top can accommodate most bar stools and may be better for casual, "energetic" entertaining, because it allows guests to walk up and stand at the bar.
  • Top Style: Bar tops can have a single top (tier) or multiple tops at varied heights.  If the basement bar area doubles as a dining area, additional tiers can be extremely helpful when preparing and serving food and beverages.  Counter top types (granite, laminate, etc.) should also be considered.
Curved bar top

This B.L. Rieke bar area's curved tops, storage, and custom features make it perfect for guest and for the family.

  • Shape: From curved to angular bar tops, the shape of a basement bar is crucial to the area's fit and functionality.  Shape may also depend on style preferences.
  • Extra Features: Custom cabinetry, top-of-the-line appliances, beautiful backsplashes--the bar area can have as few or as many extra features as a homeowner wants or can afford.
Stylish bar area

See-through glass cabinets, top-quality appliances, and a colorful backsplash make this B.L. Rieke bar area perfect for entertaining the most discriminating of guests.

Most of the elements listed above can be determined by figuring out the function(s) of the basement bar area itself.  If it's meant to be a primarily family-friendly space, then accessibility and storage may be top priority.  If it's for entertaining large amounts of guests, then general size and extra features may be most important.  Making basement bar areas adaptable to multiple functions is also a very feasible (and popular) option.

The beauty of the basement bar area--like most custom home features--is that the design possibilities are endless!  B.L. Rieke, and other custom home builders, can help make those possibilities a reality in your very own new or renovated custom home.  Check out the rest of our website for more information.

For more pictures of custom bar areas and similar features, check out B.L. Rieke's Houzz page.  For more information, inspirational ideas, and photos, check out Houzz and HGTV.com.

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