A growing trend in home design is designating spaces according to tasks. Enter the wet bar, which serves as a drinks station. Adding a wet bar to your home can facilitate making or serving drinks, especially when entertaining. Because the wet bar also serves as the central location for these tasks, your kitchen is freed up for food preparation alone.

Imagine How You'll Use the Bar

Your first step of planning for a wet bar is to imagine how you want to use it. Be honest - do you need a bar that's suitable for entertaining guests, or do you want space for your wine? Maybe you just want easy access to cocktails when you're watching television.

Wet bars can range from a cubby of drinks to a full sit-down bar. Some are devised so you can mix a wide range of cocktails, while others serve as a space for pouring drinks from a bottle to a glass. If you're planning on mixing drinks, you'll need clean-up supplies and space. If you want to store wine or beer, you'll need a refrigerator. Brainstorming usage will help you design the bar.

Settle on a Space

Wet bars are usually either part of a kitchen or an entertainment space, such as a living room. Decide which location makes the most sense. A kitchen wet bar works well for specialized drinks - you're just keeping all the utensils and supplies close at hand. Other locations depend on your lifestyle.

If you're designing a wet bar to facilitate entertaining, pay attention to traffic patterns. Tucking the bar into a corner may seem to make sense until you imagine guests at a party trying to access the space.

A growing trend in home bars is designing a full bar in the basement. These bars consist of a freestanding counter for mixing drinks with seating on the other side. The spirits and other supplies are often located on shelves behind the bar as you'd expect to find in a commercial bar.

Consider you Countertop Options

Your wet bar will include a countertop for mixing, or at least pouring, beverages. The projected use helps you decide how much countertop space you need.

When it comes to material, though, consider both style and utility. If you're locating the bar in the kitchen where you already have countertops, you'll want to match materials. For any other locale, your preference can drive the decision. If the wet bar is going to see a lot of use, say for cutting fruit, make sure it's a durable material such as granite or solid surface.

Remember the Backsplash

Another stylistic consideration is the backsplash. As with any other backsplash, tile is the most popular material. You can choose tile and grouting that creates a unique backdrop and distinguishes your wet bar from the rest of the space.

If you want to get more creative, consider a glass backsplash.  You can have the contractors install a picture or paint on the wall and then cover it with glass for protection.

Plan for the Essentials

As This Old House points out, you'll need to plan for two essentials - water and electricity. Wet bars typically feature a sink for easy cleanup. Try to keep in mind the location of existing plumbing as you're choosing the locale of your wet bar.

Likewise, you'll probably want to plug in a refrigerator and other appliances, such as a blender. You'll need to ensure the electrical capacity in that space is sufficient and that you have enough outlets.

Decide how a wet bar can facilitate your entertainment, and then brainstorm a design that matches those activities. Visit the showroom at Counter Fitters, LLC for even more wet bar inspiration ideas.