Identify all parts and pieces of a custom built bar

Front bar - One level

Our standard front bars contain a wood countertop with Chicago style bar rail trim, support cabinets with a fixed center shelf, a decorative front "skin", and footrest. The shelves can be ordered as adjustable or with doors.

Front bar - Skin, countertop with Chicago elbow rest trim

To finish the front of the bar, we build a series of recessed panels with heavy profile bed molding.  We simply refer to them as "skins".  We typically use a solid hardwood footrest across the entire length of the bar.  This type of footrest is comfortable no matter which bar stool is selected and provides a nice option versus the arch of your foot supported by a narrow rail of a bar stool. Finally, we use a wood countertop with a traditional Chicago style bar rail.  Much more information on countertops to follow.

Front bar - Countertop descriptions and options

Chicago rail flush cut 

Chicago rail with return

Chicago rail wrap with return

Nothing adds more beauty and warmth to your bar than a traditional wood countertop.  Most builders and remodelers only offer a limited number of hard surfaces like granite or quartz because they lack custom millwork capabilities.  So natural stone becomes their only option to you.  While these are beautiful options for a kitchen or accents, they quickly transform a bar into resembling a second kitchen. 

These bar tops are shown with optional drink return ledges.  The perfect touch to show off your favorite bar mat!  More information about the durability of our tops and finish here.

Front bar - Two level with granite work surface

Two level front bars have some limitations.  They add costs to your project (2 countertops, extra chase wall, backsplash), limit the support of the upper countertop, and push the bar into the room further than a single level front bar.

Back bars

Back bars are simply a combination of upper and lower cabinets all custom designed and built.  No filler pieces or kitchen cabinet catalog cabinets.  Lower cabinets are typically standard base cabinets with 1 drawer and 1 or 2 recessed panel doors.  Other options include open cabinets for mini appliances, bulk wine storage and sink cabinets. 

 

The upper bar typically contain a pair of towers (or pair of towers) that sit directly on the back bar counter.  After all, the work surface is rarely used and wall hanging cabinets are more typical in a kitchen, not a bar.  You are able to design whatever you want in the towers.  Individual wine bottle storage, bulk "X" wine bottle storage, stemware holders, any combination of adjustable shelves, and doors.  The upper cabinets come standard with hardwood face frame, but we offer an upgrade to fluted casing with plinth blocks and decorative corbels.

We are able to adjust the width of the towers to accommodate a TV mounted in-between the towers, add a mirror, or a decorative sign.  Finally, we finish the back bar with a 8" tall valance or individual tower wrap, and install crown molding.    

Site obstructions

Our bars are most commonly installed in basements.  This requires all parts and pieces fit down narrow staircases and around tight turns.  All of our bars are made of individual cabinets that are easy to carry with 2 people, and easy to walk into a basement.  Even large tops have seams and the pieces bolt together once in the basement.  

Other site obstructions are typically poles and ceiling soffits.  We design the bars around these obstructions like they weren't even there.  It is very noticeable to change the design to accommodate the obstruction which only make the obstruction more noticeable. 

Home bar options and accessories

Below are a small list of additional features available to incorporate into your home bar system.  The built-in options and accessories are near endless, but these are our most common requests.

Wine bottle display and storage

LED liquor display shelves with multi-colored lights

Stemware holders

We make our own stemware racks stained to match the bar.  They are fully adjustable to accommodate the largest margarita glasses to the smallest champagne flutes.  The stemware holders can be mounted almost anywhere in the bar.