Custom Bar Modifications:
Our plans can be built standard or you can optionally modify them to fit your available space using the CHBD resizing tool. Plans are symmetrical for easy reverse layouts.
The Custom Home Bar Design tool (CHBD) 4.0 is our free browser-based 3D plan resizing calculator tool. Load any one of our CHBD compatible plan sets, then easily adjust the bar dimensions of length, width and height. Instantly generates a new cut & material shopping list. Compatible with MSIE and Mozilla Firefox web browsers. Recommended for use on laptops, tablets or desktop PC's.
While you can still manually adjust parts of the bar, the CHBD helps resize the core framing if needed. Saves a bit of time. Always measure twice, cut once. Watch the video below.
Bar Resizing Tool:
The Custom Home Bar Designer is a dynamic cut & material list generator and project manager which allows you to load a standard plan set, then make nominal changes to the overall length, width and height of the bar, dynamically displaying the results in the cut & material listings. All related changed values are color highlighted for easy identification.
A simple estimation tool:
The CHBD print out provides a very good cost estimation for your job. It's not a CAD program. It does not generate a new 3D image. However, you can use it to nominally change the standard plan set dimensions to create your own custom bar design. Simply substitute the standard material list with your CHBD modified version. The CHBD web tool is included FREE with your membership.
Build it standard or your choice of size:
The CHBD stores the standard dimensions for each plan set. It's a reference and addendum for the published PDF plans.
In the PDF plan sets, each part is marked by a circle containing a number or letter designation. Those designation cross directly to each part's dimension in the CHBD.
Click on the image at right to see a screen shot of the CHBD editing the EHBP-09 project.
Resizing with a few Mouse Clicks:
The program then lets you shrink or stretch the overall length, width or height with a few mouse clicks. It recalculates all section related parts for the change in overall size.
The CHBD serves as an active repository of the most update to date parts lists for projects. The video below is a short example of resizing a standard bar design.
CHBD Demonstration Video
Limitations of the CHBD:
This calculator tool is for making small, limited changes to the designs to allow for better fitting to your space. It's not going to facilitate any wild changes in the size of layout. Those can still be done with a small amount of thought and brain power. Framing techniques used in the core plans can be reapplied or repeated for any custom configurations. The CHBD is also not designed to work on cell phones or mobile devices. Desktop and laptop only. Not intended for mobile phone, untested with tablets. Includes user guide manual. The CHBD is NOT a CAD program and not a free-for-all design tool. It is merely used to resize sections of select projects and only generates a new cut and material list.
For Select Plans Only:
Look for the "CHBD READY" logo on the plans overview pages to be sure if it can be resized. Currently the following plans can be resized with the CHBD: EHBP-01, EHBP-02, EHBP-03, EHBP-04, EHBP-09, EHBP-11. This does not mean other projects cannot be manually resized using a bit of simple addition. Use of the CHBD is not required to build any project.