Adding Basement Wet Bar


ORIGINAL BASEMENT:   This home is located in theVillage ofWest Clay on the west side ofCarmel.  The current owners purchased the home in 2006 as a spec home with a finished basement.  “The basement was considered “finished” by the builder in that it had drywall up and a bathroom, but it was not really a nice place to hang out.  Even though we are empty nesters, we wanted to be able to use the space more.”


WET BAR DETAILS:   The new bar includes under cabinet and pendant lighting, a new Kohler black cast iron sink and a Moen Brantford faucet in oil rubbed bronze finish.  The cabinetry is maple wood stained in a cordovan color with a licorice glaze.  The floor tile is 13” x 13” porcelain tile in Ferrara Brown while the new tile backsplash is a glass copper mosaic mix with Kahlua cream colored grout.

COUNTERTOP BUDGETING:   “The granite countertops in the bar area hit the budget quite hard, but I talked with my friend who is a realtor, who told me that at  the price point of our neighborhood, buyers would expect higher-end materials like granite.  My first choice was an exotic granite but the cost was too high, so I chose another color.  We decided to not put granite on the TV cabinet in order to keep within our budget.  The solid surface countertop still looks great and adding molding to the stock cabinets gave them a high-end look.”

NEW TV CABINET:   A new built-in cabinet was designed and built to house the new TV including recessed lighting, thermo foil cabinets, new hardware and electrical outlets.  “Building the cabinetry for the TV allowed us to install a surround sound system we already had but had not been using.”

READY FOR GRANDCHILDREN:   “We now envision our grandchildren coming down here even more than they already do.  We always planned on adding a wet bar, and the plumbing was already set for it to go in the area we wanted it to be.”


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