A fun place to hang out
Published 2:09 pm Friday, March 29, 2013
More and more families who build new homes include a full-size bar area in their plans. Some are for adult entertainment, but others make it a hang out place for children and adults alike.
RWP Building Materials in Geneva offers a one-stop shop for designing or building an in-home bar. Jessica Richards, who works in sales and design, said even if a person building a new home didn’t immediately put a bar in, they made sure it was in the plans to do one someday. Her husband, Brett, manager and contractor, said then the homeowner will call later and ask for help putting a bar in. RWP has almost everything needed to create an in-home bar.
“We can help them lay it out, and I don’t know that they’d get that at a box shop,” Jessica said.
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Jessica said they can do the design work to plan the shape of the bar and where appliances would go. Every bar they’ve designed includes room for a big-screen TV.
“Most bars are centered around the TV,” Brett said.
The bar in RWP’s showroom, at 407 W. Main St. in Geneva, has a tile backsplash behind a large TV. Most bars they design also have room for a full-size fridge, microwave and other appliances.
“It’s like another kitchen,” Jessica said.
Some families include a bar area that doesn’t center around alcohol for adults. Jessica said she’s had a few families put a bar area in the basement specifically for their children with a pizza oven, fridge for pop and a TV.
“It can just be a place to hang out,” Jessica said.
Other options include a sink, and Jessica said 90 percent of people want that in a bar. Jessica has also designed wine racks into cabinetry and worked with people to have dynamic lighting like cupboards with textured glass doors and under-cabinet lighting.
“You could do floating shelves,” Jessica said. “Or, we did put a tap line in one.”
For basement bars, and depending on the ceiling height, Brett said some people like to add in a dropped soffit to really set the bar area apart from the rest of the room.
“It gives it a pub feel,” Brett said.
And while they mostly help residential owners with bars, people can see RWP’s work at the 112 on Broadway in Albert Lea where they helped with some of the cabinetry.
Personalizing a bar doesn’t just stop at location of appliances, Jessica said there are a large number of tiles and stone veneer that are available for the backsplash of a bar.
“It adds texture and visual interest,” Jessica said.
Their large showroom with all kinds of flooring, tiling and more can help visual people design areas of the home. Jessica said customers like that they can tour the showroom and pick out pieces that would put their own style into their home’s design.