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jaegermaster 01-06-2012 6:35 AM

Home bar questions
I am building a custom home bar for a client and need some help. For those of you with home bars, how big of a sink should I go with? The back wall cabinets (sink location) will only be about 16" deep due to space concerns. What do you all think I should go with?

Any help would be appreciated.

wakeboardin 01-06-2012 6:51 AM

As large as possible, I have the small bar sink and it isn't that great to wash blenders and glasses. Anything much more then a few shot glasses sitting in there is tuff. I had a friend that had a two well or smaller kitchen type sink in his which was real cool cause at a large gathering you could fill one with soapy water and wash glasses and shakers pretty fast.

patrick232 01-06-2012 7:05 AM

I went with a deep single with a tall faucet.

jaegermaster 01-06-2012 10:33 AM

Thanks for the input. Due to appliance dimensions it looks like the back wall cabinets will need to be 22" deep. This should give me plenty of room. Good Idea on the tall faucet.

Thanks. Pics to come once it's finished.

moto817 01-06-2012 12:37 PM

Be sure to use a tall faucet WITH spray nozzle. The spray nozzle helps with the odd size stuff like blenders =-)

jaegermaster 01-07-2012 6:49 PM

Does anyone know a good place to get a drop in ice bin like this one. This seems expensive to me, buy maybe not.


norcalrider 01-08-2012 12:49 AM

Any consideration for a 3 basin sink?

jaegermaster 01-08-2012 9:10 AM

A 3 basin would work since the ice bin needs to drain. I was just wondering if there would be any issues having the ice right next to the sink ie: splashing soapy water into the ice?

wakeboardin 01-08-2012 10:12 AM

or you could go with something like this for ice and a sink if space is a concern. http://www.bullbbq.com/accessories/b...bar-center.asp

norcalrider 01-08-2012 10:15 AM

I was thinking 3 basin for glass washing purposes. I would probably want a drainboard between the sinks and ice bin.

We have a couple restaurant supply places in town that have used equipment from failed businesses. Try to find something like that locally if you are trying to save costs.

jaegermaster 01-10-2012 6:27 AM

It is funny how a client likes to change their mind. I think this is the final configuration for the back wall. From L to R: 30" composite sink, 14" stainless ice bin, Bosch dishwasher, Danby refer.

They are now adding a plasma over the back bar with custom shelving for bottle storage/display and want me to come up with a cool way to hang beer steins on the right wall to make up a beer mug hall of fame thing.

patrick232 01-10-2012 1:37 PM

I seen a cool idea with floating shelves on the wall with hidden anchors. Maybe make a shelf per stein in a pattern?

jaegermaster 01-10-2012 5:19 PM

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I was thinking of floating shelves too. but I just finished some for another client and don't really care to do anymore for awhile. Although these were pretty involve due to the design.

Custom cut Padauk veneers with low volt LED strip lights.

jaegermaster 02-12-2012 9:48 AM

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The bar is finally finished. We found a composite sink that fit the cabinet pretty well and the faucet won't interfere with the shelf above. Here are some pics.

kstateskier 02-12-2012 11:06 AM


I use the floating shells for displaying pints and like the look. That bar looks great. I'm in the restaurant business so I like that industrial look.

da_moose 02-12-2012 11:22 AM

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I've allways done the reson top , it's party proof

jaegermaster 02-13-2012 5:00 PM

I like the resin top too, but it wasn't what the client wanted. Some day when I have a good space for it I will do a bar for myself with a resin top.

norcalrider 02-13-2012 10:26 PM

Is that concrete?

jaegermaster 02-14-2012 5:50 AM

No, not concrete. It is high pressure laminate (basically Formica) made by company called Chem-Metal. It runs almost $12 a sq. ft.

augie_09 02-14-2012 9:15 AM

i don't get why builders use one single small stainless steel sink in bars. These sinks have no overflow protection and only have one drain, opposed to most kitchen sinks that have 2.

When I was house shopping last fall, we viewed a house with a brand new bar and the sink had a drip. The owner had left the stainless steel plug in the sink and not been to the house in over a month. Sink had overflowed and created an indoor swimming pool on the recently remodeled lower level. Ceiling had collapsed, furniture/flooring all ruined. Sucked for them.

norcalrider 02-14-2012 3:43 PM

Looks like there is a dishwasher so the need for 3 sinks is out but good point on overflow protection. I'm in the planning stages on my outdoor bar and think I will go 3 sinks.

ottog1979 02-15-2012 1:00 PM

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Funny, I just got rid of my wet bar. Came with the house, never used it, hated it.

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