Jan 092013

Building A Budget Home Bar

includes material and cut lists and easy to build assembly diagrams

EHBP-09 45 Degree Corner Bar

You can build a Champagne bar on a beer budget.  The goal is to keep it affordable and try not to get too carried away…or not. Our Home Bar Designs keep it under budget. Materials run roughly between $150- $750 depending on the project.

In building your bar you have three options; a contractor, a manufactured bar unit or use our plans to do-it-yourself. Your budget will make your choice easier. Read more about these options below…

Option 1: Hire a professional contractor

A contractor is your most expensive option. To to refinish an entire basement and build a fully functional bar will start at $10,000+. If you have an ample budget and just want to avoid all the sawdust, then a contractor may be your best bet. Either way, it’s not a bad idea to have a contractor stop by to do a free estimate. Their actual estimate might actually motivate you to do it yourself.

Option 2: Buy a Manufactured Bar

The second option is to do the basement renovation work yourself then buy a pre-made or manufactured bar. This time you’ll save a few grand on labor doing the wall framing & sheet rock or paneling, but the bar alone will cost well over $1500 with some models well beyond $10,000. Shipping rates apply. Unless you buy from Wayfair. If you are looking for something very simple, perhaps a manufactured bar is right for you. Perhaps this popular wine bar on Amazon.

If $10k is in your budget, Contact us because we can line you up with a great Italian made bar ($8k-$20k).

Option 3: Do It Yourself Home Bar

The final approach is to tackle the entire project as a do-it-yourself job. You’ll save thousands in labor. You can get as elaborate or as simple as you wish. It will become a lifelong obsession adding decorations and improvements to your bar. In the end, the DIY approach is much more satisfying and affordable.

basement bar project fund

Building a home based basement bar can save you over $2,756.00 per year!

The Real Money Savings!

Now that you have a nice affordable home bar project to complete, let’s talk about the real home bar savings. We’ll use a single 12 pack of beer as an example.

First, go to your local liquor store and buy a 12 pack of your favorite brand beer. That will run you about $10.00 at current prices. ($9.50 where I live)

Next, go to your local bar and buy 12 cans of beer from the bartender. At $3.50 per can (on average) that 12 pack will cost you $42.00! Now do the math: $42-$10= $32.00  You just paid for the plans and your lunch. Bottom line, drinking at home is much more affordable. (duh?) It’s also safer.

Saving thousands per year!

save money with home barSo, using my logic, if you drink at home, you can save $32.00 on every single 12 pack you consume or $64 per week for cases. If you drink a case of beer per week, that comes out to an incredible $3328 per year! ($64 x 52 weeks = $3328). With savings like that you could build one awesome bar project! Read more about saving money in the Cost of Beer article and check out the beer markup calculator.

Budget Home Bar Plans:

We’ll help save you time, money and reduce your scrap material. In our current struggling economy, saving money any way you can is top priority, so don’t let a dime hold up a dollar, the small plans investment will get you started on your affordable basement bar project today! Join Now

Please remember to always drink responsibly

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