In many of our new construction homes, homeowners are wanting a designated bar area, a butler's bar. Clients and homeowners are using these butler's bars, otherwise known as butler's pantry, for actual bar libations and/or for extra storage.
Butler's bars are generally directly adjacent or close to the kitchen, and there is no typical size. They can range from as small as 24-inch to 36-inch space to an actual small room. Butler's bars offer extra storage as well as another entertainment space. They are designed from formal to contemporary and casual.
When designing your butler's bar, there are many things to consider. The first consideration would be, what the space will be used for. Once you have decided how you will use the space, the actual design process can begin. For some, a butler's bar is purely a bar and storage for libation necessities, and for others, it is used as extra storage for extra dishes/glasses, etc. How would you use your butler's bar?
Plumbing: Sink & Faucet, also if you have an ice maker you will need a drain
Appliances: Beverage Center, Ice Maker, Wine refrigeration (under-cabinet or full size)
Countertops: Granite, Marble, Metal, Wood, etc.
Backsplash: Countertop Material, Tile, etc.
Ceiling Design: Tile, Painted Faux Finish, Beams, etc.
Cabinet Design: Glass, Mirror, Metal, Combo, etc.
Seating: Often times there is an actual bar, so pull up seating is a great for entertaining
Decorative Lighting: Chandeliers, Pendants, etc.
Flooring: Design a special flooring detail for this unique space
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