April 19, 2008

It's Tiki Bar Season

Springtime is upon us again and everyone has begun to clean out the garage, start on the landscaping, and get going on their outdoor projects for 2008.  This year, why not make your big project something that your family and friends can enjoy for many years to come?  I am, of course, talking about building a tiki bar.  

An outdoor tiki bar is just the thing to make your own yard unique and create a festive environment to make all of your parties, cookouts, or just evenings alone fun and memorable. Whether you choose to build it lakeside, poolside, or just plain outside, nothing recreates the laid-back feeling of a beach-side vacation better than a tiki bar.  

With the right set of plans and a little bit of elbow grease, you can easily and cheaply build an incredible tiki bar right in your very own backyard.  For the best Tiki Bar plans available anywhere, go straight to Tiki Kev's Tiki Bar Plans.

August 29, 2007

Home Bar Plans: Planning 101 - Don't Forget the Restroom

In my haste to get my bar design planned out and start building, I neglected one of the key factors that can kill the social gathering power of even the most awesome home bar design...the restroom.

Yes, nothing can keep people from congregating at the bar and just having a good time like the long trek upstairs to the bathroom. First, one person goes, then another, and then they run into each other in the kitchen and start to talk. Then a third comes up, and so on and so on. Next thing you know, you're mixing drinks for yourself and everyone else is hanging out upstairs.

It's one of those weird laws of the universe that makes no sense, but I've seen it happen hundreds of times. The whole point of having a home bar is to make sure your friends are comfortable and having a good time just like they would be at the local pub...and who would go to the pub if they had to hike upstairs every time they had to pee? I know I wouldn't, so I've just added a 1/2 bathroom to my home bar plans. It will definitely up the cost and the time to build, but I think it will definitely be worth it.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to go look for a plumber...

August 19, 2007

Who needs storage?

While surfing around looking for home bar plans, I came across an article on HGTV's website about a woman who, frustrated with the lack of space in her house, decided to rip all of the coats out of her hall closet and convert it into a bar!

From the original article...
Designer Beth McNally removed the doors off one of her closets and added a wallpaper with a bookshelf motif to the back wall. She painted the sides a deep, rich red and added glass shelving to hold barware. The bar itself is made from PVC pipe, which she painted an antique gold, and fitted with a glass top. A gilded mirror above is a final touch that turned a small, rarely used closet into a cozy bar perfect for entertaining.

The finished product:

Not a bad idea, eh? Looks like she did a decent job of it too. I was thinking that maybe I should start with a smaller job like this. Then I got to thinking that, if I converted our hall closet into a bar, I would end up having to convert my basement into an apartment for me to live in after my wife banishes me there, so I think I'll just stick with Plan A for now.

Creative DIY - Put your old books to use!

What do you do if you're a designer, living with some other designers in Stanford and you find out that one of your other roomates has been charged with the task of disposing of hundreds of old books from the Stanford library? The answer, of course...build a bar out of them! Check this out:

They didn't say how long it took to build, but the amazing thing is they used no glue to build the bar. They simply threaded sheets of paper between the pages of all of the books in order to give it additional support. Very creative indeed! Read the original story and view photos of the entire bar building process here