Over the years I've kept an eye on many of the bar builds here. One month ago I started the renovation process in my basement whereby I removed my home office and started my own bar build. Here's a picture of the back bar as of November 2012 (the midpoint of the project), I'll back up and start from the beginning in subsequent days...I have about 60 pics.
The Philips Hue bulbs are pretty neat. There are about a 50 watt equivalent, but draw just 4.5 watts. Each bulb has wifi built in and can be individually addressed by the iOS app (or web browser). The bulbs last 15 years, sell for $60. They can be dimmed and can reproduce almost any color.
It is amazing what a difference it can make in the vibe of the room. I only own five right now.
I decided to leave the beams exposed. I stained them using Miniwax gel stain (cherrywood). There is one part that isn't yet stained, so you can see the difference.
For the back bar, I wanted upper cabinets to run the entire wall (15 feet). I built the boxes using stain-grade 12" pine boards from Lowes, and backed with beadboard paneling. I attached the boxes with screws, gorilla glue, and attached the paneling to the back with brads. In this photo you can also see the higher outlet box (for counter appliances) that I ran from the lower using bx cable and a retrofit box.
Here you can see three of the five boxes built and hung, and of course the tv's. Yes, way early for those, but I'm the type that needs motivation while I work.
The tv's were found on Amazon. The brand is Seiki (I've never heard of them either) and they were $179 each. 32" with 3 hdmi inputs. I bought a 4-in by 2-out hdmi switch from monoprice.com so I could send the same source to both units (or different sources, of course). The wall mounts for the tv's are also monoprice.
This cabinet had to be notched to go around the support beam. I build the cabinet in full and then cut the notch out with my jigsaw.
Here is the drywall repair to cover the perm-seal work. Thankfully the guy removed the drywall carefully, so I just needed to add some support behind and I was able to put it back without much trouble.
A closer shot of the upper outlet on this side, which includes two usb ports:
Drywall repair complete, here is the first base cabinet. Obviously unfinished, I got them from Lowes.
Here I've started to stain the upper cabinets. I went with Minwax mahogany gel stain for the sides and back, and regular Miniwax red mahogany stain for the face frames and lower cabinets.
Here I have started the flooring, and you can see the side of the basement that is unchanged. For the floor I decided to go with TrafficMaster Allure from Home Depot. I really like it, it is 100% vinyl but really does look like wood. This is the cherry style, I think they carry about 8 or so styles in stock, and many more as online orders that they can ship out. One thing to note is that the vinyl does "off-gas" and it still is not done. the smell is not very pleasant. I sure hope that clears up soon.
This is a really good looking bar / room. It looks like a lot of fun to hang out in.
How do you plan to control the Hue lights? I've been thinking about those myself but I'm a little annoyed that the *only* way you can control them is via the iOS app. I'd love it if I could control them via Crestron, for example.
Fantastic build. I love it!!! I have a question for you.......I have a poker room adn Im thinking of ripping up my rugs and using the vinyl flooring. My carpets get trashed every friday with 16 people walking up and down on them............My concern is how the flooring would hold up to heavy chairs on them? My wife suggested putting tennis balls on the legs so they dont cut into the floor........really not sure what to do....your thoughts?