Are you looking for an additional entertainment space in your home in a basement or other area? Thinking about an Irish style pub, or more modern and sleek gathering area? How about a wall that showcases your favorite libations, or a space where guests can sit, have drinks and watch the game? If so, there are several key things to think about as you begin to plan for building your custom home bar.

Here are some things to consider:


Define the size of the area you want to dedicate to your bar and ensure that it’s large enough to accommodate the features you want and the purpose it will serve.

Ask yourself if this will be used for entertainment purposes, what types of gatherings do you anticipate? How many people? What age will the guests be?

Do you want a television(s) for viewing sporting events?


Choose a style that complements the overall look and feel of your home and personal taste.

While a custom basement is where creativity and a little flair is fun to explore, also consider your style on the main level and how you want the two to blend – or not!

Whether it’s rustic, modern, sports, farmhouse, mountain lodge – there are many different looks to consider.


Plan for adequate storage space for barware, glasses, wine, liquor, beer, mixers, and other bar supplies.

Do you want to have an open display such as floating shelves to display certain bottles or glassware or would you prefer your items enclose in a cabinet?

Do you need to consider some type of locks for your alcoholic beverages? Will you need space to store, prepare or reheat food?

Bar Equipment & Appliances

Think about the bar equipment and appliances you need, such as a sink, garbage disposal, refrigerator, ice maker, wine cooler, oven, microwave, etc.

These options will definitely impact your space plans and need for certain utilities.


Proper lighting is essential for creating the right ambiance and highlighting of your space.

Things to consider are pendant lights, can or recessed lighting and LED lights to accent special features.


Choose seating that is comfortable and matches the style of your bar.

Try to ensure you have enough seating to accommodate your guests around the bar itself and in the adjoining area.

Power & Plumbing

Make sure that the area you choose for your bar has the necessary electrical and plumbing connections.

Make sure your contractor knows your local codes. Will you need extra outlets for appliances, etc.?


Choose materials that are durable and easy to clean, as your bar will likely get a lot of use.

There are many options for countertops such as granite, quartz, concrete and marble – all with varying degrees of durability and ease of care.


As always, be up front with your contractor when planning your space so that there are no surprises that arise throughout the process.

Why Choose Stephenson Construction

By keeping these factors in mind, you can ensure that your custom home bar is functional, stylish, and the perfect addition to your home.

Not only will it bring you, your family and your guests years of enjoyment, but it will add significant value to your home.

Our professionals at Stephenson Construction specialize in performing these steps and executing a seamless construction process. With our experience with space optimization and functionality, we are able to guide you through the process of building the home bar and entertainment area that you’ve been dreaming about! Request a consultation today!