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Basement Wet Bar

To have more space for their family to grow, this couple decided to move from Dilworth to Belmont, where they could enjoy not only a larger waterfront lot, but also all the conveniences and efficiencies of a new build. However, to keep the construction schedule favorable for their moving date and provide them with the greatest number of options to customize the design to their taste, there was one project they knew they wanted to tackle separately from their builder – outfitting the finished basement with a proper wet bar for indoor-outdoor entertaining.
Spaces Included:
Other Spaces
Location:
Belmont, NC
Project Scope:
Custom Redesign

With the drywall hung, the flooring installed, and the basement wet bar location roughed in, we walked into what was essentially a blank slate. Measurements were taken while the home was still under construction to expedite our timeline as well.  

From the first meeting, our clients expressed their desire for a proper adult hangout space to lounge and relax in, that easily transitioned to the family friendly living space in the adjacent room. To be determined, was whether to keep the bar small and relegated to the right corner of the space, or to take up the entire wall. Ultimately the scale of the room (aided by 10’ high ceilings) lent itself to a larger wet bar and island with seating. 

To make this basement wet bar as functional as possible several appliances were incorporated into the final design: a Unique refrigerator, a dishwasher drawer and a twin tap kegerator with one tap for beer and one for prosecco. (How about that?) Stacked wall cabinets, wine storage (out of reach of the kiddos, of course) and a tall pantry cabinet ensure there is more than enough storage space for glassware, mixers, cocktail stirrers, snacks, entertaining pieces, and anything else you could ever think of.

Most clients have a “while you’re here” list, which in this case, included some simple aesthetic upgrades to their main kitchen upstairs. We swapped out the simple pendant lighting over their island in favor or a bold, modern, statement fixture, but repurposed the pendants in the basement bar. The simpler style doesn’t distract from the leopard print backsplash, and it helped reduce unnecessary waste.
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Scaled to both the room and our clients’ tall stature, at 10’ high and nearly 15’ wide, this stately wet bar can’t help but command your attention when you first enter the basement downstairs. Ample storage, and functional, stylish appliances throughout make this adult hangout spot a fun place to gather with friends on the weekends, weekdays, and any time in-between.
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A deep dishwasher drawer to accommodate stemware reduced any and all unnecessary trips upstairs to the main kitchen every time they use this space. And at just shy of 22” wide, the retro inspired mini-refrigerator and freezer offers 7 cubic feet of storage in a petite footprint that’s considerably more attractive than a typical run-of-the-mill dorm fridge.

Choose Your Wow Factor

When designing kitchens, baths and entertaining spaces like wet bars, we often recommend choosing one thing to really bring the wow factor into the space. In this case, our clients had a very specific pale blush and gold metallic leopard print tile in mind for the backsplash. Everything else was chosen to compliment the tile, which creates a wallpaper effect behind the television thanks to its rich texture. Navy cabinets and a white quartz countertop offer an attractive contrast, while honey bronze cabinet hardware throughout repeats the warmth from the gold leopard spots. Warm toned LVP flooring and sandy colored walls keep this basement bar from feeling cold and unwelcoming. We dare say, it’s ready for entertaining.

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