If you do a lot of entertaining in your home, then a wet bar is a convenient home addition. You might want to convert your garage or finish your basement so you have a space devoted to entertaining and your wet bar. You can also tuck a wet bar in the corner of a home theater or living room. Here are some things to consider about having a wet bar installed.
Get Estimates From A Plumber
Before you finalize your plans, get estimates from a plumber on how much it would cost to place the bar in various locations. If the bar sink is placed next to a wall with pipes and a drain nearby, then installation will be much easier than if you want your bar away from a wall and there are no pipes or drains.
Finding a drain for a wet bar is often the most difficult part of the plumbing installation. If you'll put your bar in the basement and there is no drain system already in place, you may need to install a pump to pump the water out. Knowing these things in advance helps you choose the ideal location for your bar and helps you plan your budget.
Consider If You Want An On-Demand Heater
Rather than having a hot and cold water line installed for your wet bar, you might opt for a cold line only and then install a small tankless water heater in the cabinet below the sink. This gives your sink plenty of hot water and limits the number of pipes needed.
You may also want a small refrigerator in a lower cabinet, so be sure to plan out all the specifics so you know exactly where everything will go before you get estimates for the plumbing and electrical connections.
Choose The Bar Style
There are many choices in wet bars. You don't even have to spend a lot of money to have one installed, but if you're putting in a bar because you entertain frequently, then you may want a bar with stools where people can gather and chat. Rather than having a bar against the wall, you may want shallow bar cabinets along the wall and an island that faces your guests that holds the sink and small refrigerator.
When a limited budget isn't a factor, a plumber can install a sink and drain in any location you want so you have the perfect place for entertaining your friends whether your wet bar is in a garage, outdoors, or in the basement.