Ty’s Tips: 4 reasons to have a wet bar in your home
Looking for a little something to spruce up your home? Maybe something that adds an element of fun? May we suggest: the wet bar. The addition of a wet bar can take your entertainment game up a notch—making it more convenient to bartend for guests, while also adding an inviting vibe to your home. And, it can be an easy and inexpensive project (compared to, say, rehabbing a bathroom or kitchen). You’ll also enjoy these benefits.
What is a wet bar in a house?
A wet bar is any area in your house is a sink and running water. Conversely, a dry bar has no sink. More often than not, a wet bar is used to serve drinks outside your kitchen.
The Sink Will Come in Handy
By definition, a wet bar has its own sink, running water and plumbing. Some people decide these things aren’t really necessary for a home bar, mainly because they think it’s too difficult to run water pipes and drainage to where their bar will be situated. Choosing a location close to a powder room, laundry room or bathroom—not to mention hiring an experienced plumber—can ease those worries. Also, when it comes time to wash a batch of cocktail glasses, you’ll be glad you don’t have to bring them all the way to the kitchen, especially if you’ve added a small dishwasher to your bar.
It’ll Free Up Your Fridge
Most drinks and mixers require refrigeration, and the same goes for food. No wet bar is complete without a mini fridge (or several) for storing white wine and bottled drinks. You could even add a keg cooler if you’re so inclined. Any of these additional fridges will make more room for food in your main refrigerator.
It’ll Free Up Your Kitchen
When you’re entertaining, your guests tend to gravitate to where food and drinks are being served. In most homes, that’s the kitchen. Nothing wrong with that, but it can get a bit cramped in there and other parts of your house are probably more comfortable. A wet bar will draw people to it for two reasons: it’s another place where your guests can get finger foods and cocktails, and it’s a conversation piece. Not every home has one!
It Might Add Value to Your Home
Expanding on the conversation piece aspect, a wet bar is exactly the kind of bell and whistle that many modern home buyers are looking for. People simply love entertaining these days! Now remember, there are no guarantees that any home improvements will increase value, so don’t think a wet bar will cover your kids’ college fund. But if you’ve gotten the aesthetics and functionality right, your guests will definitely be impressed—and so will prospective buyers when it comes time to sell.
Have we inspired you? I hope so! Once yours is up and running you can have your friends over and raise a toast to yourself for having the smarts to install a wet bar!
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