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How to Plan Your New Bar or Wine Cellar

There are basic home renovations that we all need to think about, such as upgrading windows or repairing the roof. There are renovations that aren’t strictly necessary, but serve a vital function nonetheless. Bathrooms and kitchens would often fit into this category. Then there are those renovations we dream about, but never really consider as real possibilities. The swimming pool, the sprawling outdoor deck with an outdoor kitchen, and of course the custom bar or wine cellar. Sure, a lot of homeowners would love to have these features – not only for the lifestyle advantages they offer, but also for the market value and buyer appeal.

It deserves mentioning, however, that some of these ‘specialty’ renovations can actually be desirable amongst a lower percentage of homeowners, and can actually be detrimental to valuing or selling your home, in certain situations. That said, when a quality renovation is done right, it should add definite value to both the lifestyle benefits and market appeal of a home.

So let’s talk a little more about that bar or wine cellar. Actually, in the world of ‘dream renovations,’ these projects are both accessible and relatively popular. Compared to upgrading a kitchen, adding a bar or wine cellar is also incredibly affordable, and it’s not a project that takes very long to finish.

If you’re in the market for a bar or wine cellar in your home, you’ve probably already envisioned where you want it to be, and what you want it to look like. So how do you go about actually planning the renovation?

If you’re doing it yourself, you start looking at the demolition work that might be required, if any, and how you would prep the site. Are you going to make use of existing walls or finishes? What about flooring? In some cases, the bar or wine cellar you envision is relatively simple, making use of many of the room’s existing features. In other cases, you have a small space that needs a bit of work before you could even consider installing new materials.

Now you have to think about a bar top, wine racks, lighting, flooring, and all of the other details you’ve envisioned for your custom bar or wine cellar. There are a lot of details to consider, and some are more important than others. Getting the result you want, at the budget you’ve set, can be a long and winding road.

Or you could call a professional

Any consultation with a reputable contractor who does custom bars and wine cellars will begin with a simple discussion about your ideas, and what you hope to accomplish. If you want to state your budget now, that’s up to you. Some homeowners choose not to talk about a budget, only their ideas, and let the contractor come with a bid. Both strategies can work in different contexts. What’s important is that you research contractors ahead of time and rule out the ones who aren’t reputable. A bar or wine cellar may be comparatively small renovation, but that doesn’t make quality any less important!

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