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September 6, 2013

Beverage Bar in Your Future?

Contemporary Kitchen by Tampa Kitchen & Bath Designers S&W Kitchens by Larissa Berendsen

A beverage bar sounds like something in a fancy hotel that is going to cost you dearly – but it’s really a perfect idea for any family. It can be very small – just a cabinet tucked into a corner or a full-blown bar for entertaining friends and family.

According to Moen’s article: If there’s one prevailing trend in home bars, it’s this: They’re in demand. “I’m seeing a resurgence in the interest for home bars as a design feature, which is trending with the enthusiasm around the craft cocktail and craft beer movement,” says Lisa Wilson-Wirth, eponymous principal of a San Diego, Calif.–based design firm.

A small area to the side where kids and adults can grab a soda or a cup of coffee can be really helpful while dinner is prepared. Keeping a party flowing is also a good reason for a home bar.

Design should be based on what kinds of beverages will be served. Sodas, espresso, water, wine, beer and mixed drinks all have different needs.

Storage is always important – storing the beverages in cabinets or a small refrigerator and cups, glasses or mugs as needed. Any special equipment will also need a spot – a beer bottle opener (always better to attach it in the area so it doesn’t wander off!) or a wine bottle diffuser.

A small sink is often useful for rinsing or washing hands and an icemaker nearby makes everything easier, especially here in Florida! Specialized equipment like a wine fridge, kegerators and built-in espresso machines can really personalize the space and make it a perfect fit for your family!

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