Think about the last time you had people over to the house. Was getting the place ready, welcoming your guests, fixing drinks, feeding the hungry masses, cleaning up and making sure everyone enjoyed themselves worth it or did it just give you a giant tension headache?

Since get-togethers almost always involve serving (and ingesting) food and beverages, it”d be natural for your guests to camp out in the kitchen instead of enjoying a more comfortable part of your home. And, if your friends do find a place to hang out, who wants to run to the kitchen every 15 minutes to refill drinks and plates instead of being social?

So, what if you created an oasis with a bar-like atmosphere right in your very own home?

A home wet bar is the perfect party environment. It”s relaxing, efficient and includes everything you need: a hang out spot, a place to store and enjoy food and drinks, and the ability to simplify cleanup.

So, what are the steps to take before your home bar opens for business? Planning the ultimate entertaining space from scratch will take time, since it involves plumbing, appliances, furniture, lighting and electrical work.

A few of the larger concerns are water, waste lines, and electricity.

Because it”s a “wet bar,” you”ll need access to a waterline and waste line. Unless you”re experienced in establishing either, a plumber or licensed contractor can help suggest a place that”s within reach for these two necessities. Accessing water for a plumber or contractor should be relatively simple.

Keep that contractor around or grab an electrician because the next step is running electrical lines to power your home wet bar. Gather a list of any appliances and lighting configurations you”d like to boast at your bar for your electrician.

And if you”re someone who likes to do a little tinkering here and a little adding there, consider planning for extra electrical capabilities, just in case you decide to add more appliances or lighting to your entertainment sanctuary.

Designing and building a home wet bar is definitely a process. It involves planning for plumbing and electricity, as well as a sizeable piece of furniture in the bar itself. But if you break it down into steps, the process won”t seem so daunting.

And from here, you”re on your way to becoming the envy of every house in your neighborhood.

Until next time, Happy Home Improving!

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