Well, I'm going to dust off this build as I start the 2nd phase of the project, which will be to build a bar in the area just outside the HT. I have a space about 14' x 14' to play with, and in that I'd like to build a useable and comfortable bar area.
- 42" display over the bar that can show the same or different content versus what's playing inside the HT
- Smaller display, mounted vertically, near the HT entrance for the "now playing" content (essentially a dynamic movie poster)
- Kegs on tap
- Single drawer dishwasher
- 18" built-in icemaker
- Undercounter refer for garnishes, bottled beer, etc.
- Integrated 42U rack for current and future IT needs
I'm planning to build it myself, as I did the HT, out of mahogany and ideally it will all look like it was planned together with the HT, once completed.
At this point, I'm very interested in feedback and suggestions... All are welcome, but I'd particularly like to hear from those who have a bar near the HT and thus have experience in what works and what doesn't.
With that, here are some shots of the actual space and some shots of the 3D model I've been playing with in Sketchup.
First, the space looking directly into the corner:
And a similar view of the model:
Looking at the 2nd corner, you can see the entrance to the HT on the left:
And the similar view of the model:
A few more shots of the model....
Here's a "plan" view from directly above. You can see the stairs coming down on the right and the HT entrance on the left. I'm hoping that angling the bar at a 45 helps to fit into that area without blocking access into and out of the HT:
This is looking down and into the bar area. From left to right along the back wall, you can see a sink, the icemaker, the rack space, and finally the small refer underneath a built-in coffee maker. Also, you will notice that I'm playing around with the type of faucet tower to go with.
This is from inside the bar, looking back at the rest of the room. There are three counter heights here: The bar itself is 42"; the white counter on the left is lowered to 30" -- I was thinking this to serve as the main work area for mixing drinks -- and the white counter on the right is the standard 36" height. You can see a single-drawer dishwasher under the work area. To the right of that are side-by-side 24" refers that I plan to convert into kegerators. And I should add that while the bar surface is shown as wood, it's actually going to be granite with the molded wooden front "armrest" area:
Finally, the view from inside the HT, looking out at the bar:
That's where things stand today -- all plans and no action. Actually, we are going to be starting this project soon by tearing up all the carpet in that area and having the concrete floors stained and finished. So while we're waiting for that to happen, please fire away with your comments. Have I left enough space to move around? Are any areas inside the bar too tight? Are the counter heights reasonable? Can I pour a beer from the HT side without having to walk all the way around? Etc....