When we decided to reconfigure the interior of our home to suit the way we lived, the conversation between my husband and I steered towards every man’s dream, a cellar, or man cave. In my mind’s eye I could already picture the ladies sitting around the dinner table (or most likely doing dishes) and the guys congregating in the underground cellar, getting worked up about rugby, army and politics. Seeing that our formal dining area would become an unused space after building the extension, we decided that this would be the best spot for the new bar, rather than excavating into the ground. This would ensure a great flow from the formal lounge into the bar and then out into the new extension with fireplace (which you will see in the following few weeks).
Hard to believe that this area would soon house a bar, but it’s wonderful to work with such a blank canvas!
As our bar area would have an open doorway from the kitchen, the two rooms needed to “talk” to each other, but we certainly didn’t want the bar to looking like an extension of a kitchen. We used black polyurethane cabinetry in the kitchen and finished it with Caesar stone benchtops, so we needed to repeat these finishes in the bar for cohesion. We also wanted open shelving to display a whiskey collection, a sink and tap for quick rinsing and a cabinet for the storage of wine and glasses. We also designed a bar counter with a cavity at the back, so that bar stools could be stored out of sight when not in use.
We definitely wanted to steer away from the traditional timber bar look with framed rugby jerseys against the wall, as this would not suit the style of our formal lounge room, which is connected to the bar. By using black cabinetry, an immediate sense of drama and old worldliness was created, which was further enhanced by an antique mirror splashback and soft lighting that cast a glow on the whiskey display. We decided to finish the bar counter in black panelling and a timber top, to suit a modern country style and to create an informal atmosphere in the area. Glass pendant lights, which mimicked the shape of a wine glass, were installed above the bar counter. The only thing missing, was a rustic timber slab for the top…
Funnily enough, it was on a search for an ever evasive winery during a recent holiday in Mollymook, South of Sydney, that we came across a timber yard. As luck would have it, they had the most exquisite timber slabs, just perfect for our new bar! It only took a tractor and bent roof racks to get it back to Sydney, but it was well worth the effort!
Next week, I’ll show you the end result…
If you would like to follow the changes we made to other parts of our house, follow these links:
Before & After of Entry and Stairs, Before Photos of the Interior, Renovation, First Phase, Ensuite Bathroom Make Over, Kids’ Bathroom Make Over, Demolition day, Formal Lounge Room Reveal, Kitchen installation begins, Kitchen Reveal.
Cheerio ’til next time!
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