2015 Wood Diamond Award
Main Category: Residential Bar
Sub Category: Face Frame
Dollar Amount: Under $25,000
What materials/species were used in this project/item?
Rustic Knotty Alder, Maple Melamine interiors, European Steamed Beech Plywood for the drawer boxes. Finished in Artisan Nightfall. Blum hinges and slides throughout. Drawer and door pulls and handles and tap handles provided by customer.
Describe, in detail, the project/item’s construction.
This project was one of many for a customer of ours. We had previously built for them cabinetry for a kitchen, mud-room, laundry room, wine cellar, and wet bar for their indoor pool room. This would be the final touch on the home; a wet bar for the TV and game room in the basement. To make the most of space the bar was broken into two areas, a traditional wet bar with seating, beverage cooler, dishwasher and sink, and a back bar for showcasing the liquor and glassware. A panel on the wall adjacent to the back bar which plays host to 4 beer taps was added a few weeks after installation. All of the doors feature soft close Blum hinges and the drawers are equipped with Blum Tandem Drawer Slides with soft close.
What is the most unusual aspect or outstanding characteristic of this entry?
The tap wall was added as an afterthought. A few weeks after the installation of the bar was completed, the homeowner picked up a large refrigeration unit at an auction and installed it on the outside of the home near the bar area. Holes were drilled in the wall to accommodate the tap and drain lines and the drywall was removed so that we could install the tap wall panel. The tap panel is constructed of the same Rustic Knotty Alder as the rest of the bar, although it was finished with an additional waterproof varnish to prevent damage from spilled beer. It stretches nearly floor to ceiling and is lit by accent lighting to help the homeowner highlight the local beers they have on tap for their guests.
List any items that were outsourced.
The granite countertops were produced by Stoneworks of Colorado. Appliances and door/drawer pulls were provided by the client. All boxes, drawers, doors, drawer fronts and shelving was produced in house.
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