Home Bar With Wrapped Granite Counters
Being someone that loves to drink, it makes it easy to consider investing in a bar for my downstairs wreck room. A few bar stools, dart board, pool table, flat screen television, two taps, home brews, and homeboys. This sounds like an epic solution to a boring weeknight. I started pricing out refrigerators, kegs, cooling units, tables, bar stools, and all the accessories that would make my home bar a cool place to lounge and drink beers. Not all my buddies are into home brewing, and some aren’t even interested in IPA’s or Micro-Brews. There are a few dudes that roll through that are Kings of The Light Beer. Having a diverse crowd as that only leaves me with one option, I need two kegs on tap at all times. The brew selection will be legit, but building out the bar to belly up too is a whole other story. I originally wanted to go Oak and give the entire bar a western saloon look and feel, but the truth is I would like something a little fancier. As I scoured the internet for home bar countertop ideas, I came across plenty of installation ideas that got me excited and ultimately I think that a wrapped granite bar counter will be the style I choose. I think the bar itself will have about 4-6 stools in front of it, a functional sink and refrigerator in the back, and have enough countertop space for our beers, some snacks, and some dominos.
Choosing A Granite Countertop
When I decided to go, Granite, it wasn’t a difficult decision. The initial thought was a custom wood bar top and cabinetry, but I figured the way we drink that we might end up beating on the finished wood surface. Natural stone bar counters can stand the test of time, and the test of the boys getting drunk on the weekends. We slam shots, spill booze, and beat on the surface of the bar counters we belly up at, so this thing needs to be tough as nails to last in my house. Plus, I have kids that like to belly up and destroy our counters, I know this because they do it to the kitchen counters. Having a solid stone surface should prevent them from getting busy with the crayons when I’m passed out drunk.
Wrapped Counter Vs. Straight Counter
Next, I had to conclude on the type of counter I wanted to install. The straight line bar counter is an easy cut, and typically easy to install. Having a wrapped granite countertop requires a few more pieces, a few more cuts, and extra attention when it comes time to install. I didn’t have a ton of space to work with, but I wanted the wrapped look pretty bad. It was a little more expensive for the extra granite slab, but at that point, I already had 15k budgeted for this bar, so the extra costs didn’t bother me. Hiring someone to build a custom home bar was going to exceed that by a ton, so these numbers didn’t shake me too bad. The look of the wrapped granite counter is super sexy, and the installation of the bar top really wasn’t going to be much more than the straight line bar top.
There are so many cool images on the web from people that have built their own home bars, and the coolest ones always have a ridiculous bar to belly up at. Wood surfaces are beautiful, but for this bar, we are going with a natural stone look that can withstand the elements. Spilling bourbon and beer all over a surface every week must wear on it, so natural stone with a sealed surface made the most sense for us.