Home bars and kitchenettes have become a huge part of successful entertaining spaces in the remodeled and new homes Village Home Stores works on. These areas are no longer hidden away in a utility closet or dark corner of a basement. Now they are incorporated into open concept lower levels and great room spaces. A home bar isn’t just a place to pour out a pitcher of homemade margaritas or set down a six pack on the counter. These spaces are functional kitchens and fully-realized designs meant to be seen and gathered in. This week on the blog we want to feature a local Quad Cities area home bar design that deserves a “toast” and a tour. Check out the lower level bar in this Coal Valley home built by Hazelwood Homes.
Charcoal Blue Painted Cabinets
Our best-selling Charcoal Blue painted cabinet finish is shown here on the same “Bristol” door we used upstairs for the Koch kitchen cabinetry. A symmetrical layout including a centered window, floating shelves, and tall cabinet towers. We provided all of the custom window treatments for this new home. Lafayette Genesis series roller shades in the Long Bay, Ivory color are installed throughout. All of the custom shades in this home are cordless and some are even motorized with a remote. In the bar we installed a single shade to cover two black framed windows.
Floating Shelves and Mirrored Cabinet Doors
To keep the design light and airy with such a dark painted finish, some of the wall cabinets were replaced with “floating” shelves. The customers hadn’t moved in when we snapped these pictures, but the shelves will look great styled with barware or bottles. For items that need to be stored but not showcased the cabinet towers on each end are fit with mirror instead of glass. Mirror can help give the illusion of a glass door without the commitment to style the shelves behind them. The best benefit of adding mirror to any space is a surface that reflects light and makes a room seem even larger.
Home Bar Appliances
Two important things that need to be considered when designing any home bar or entertaining kitchenette are cooling beverages and heating food. While many small appliances and countertop items can be used to heat and serve food, a microwave will always be helpful. A 24″ wide Sharp flat-panel control microwave drawer is a sleek and stylish choice for this design (shown above). Microwave drawers offer flexible location options. You can install them in an island, a peninsula, a row of standard base cabinetry like this, or they can even be installed below a wall oven. For this bar we included a 24″ wide glass-door beverage cooler by Danby. Glass-door bar refrigerators give you a chance to showcase and chill a wine or craft beer collection. They also give guests a clear way-finding cue where they can grab another drink if you have welcomed them to.
Of course, you will need a sink for your space. This design includes a single-well black granite composite sink undermounted with a clean, single handle faucet with pull-down spray arm. The countertop surfaces for this bar are a stunning engineered quartz made in the USA by Cambria. The design is named “Summerhill” and it blends many neutral colors together in a pattern that looks very much like a natural stone. The darker colors flecking in the quartz counters are a great compliment to the cabinetry installed. The backsplash area is tiled with a 1″ x 3″ brick joint mosaic tile from our American Olean line’s Persuade series in the “White” color.
The front bar is built with a paneled half-wall set at bar-height. An overhang of countertop is installed so the seated guest can face out away from the bar to see the TV installed on the wall across the room. Your cabinet designer at Village Home Stores can order paneling and trim to match your cabinetry and build custom elements like this.
Across the room from the lower level entertaining space is a fireplace surround built with the same cabinetry as this home bar. Cabinets flank the fireplace and a beaded upper wall section is capped off with crown molding at the ceiling. The mantle design is clean and transitional with a 4″ x 8″ New York series tile in the “Wallstreet” color for the hearth and firebox surround.
To see more finished spaces from this home check out the full album of images posted to our Best of Houzz-winning page. Village Home Stores provided products throughout this new home from Hazelwood Homes. You can check out our feature on the kitchen here in a past post and the primary bathroom tour here. Ready to design a home bar space for your own home? Our team can help you create a design to fit in a small space or a large one. Contact us to get started by entering your contact information in the chat box here on the blog or completing this online form. You can call us for an appointment at (309) 944-1344 or stop by our showroom locatd at 105 S State in Historic Downtown Geneseo, Illinois. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on and how Village Home Stores can help.