Frequently Asked Questions:
Yes…if you like. All plans are in PDF format. Works on any Android or iOS mobile device or desktop PC/Mac. All you need is the popular Adobe Reader or iBooks for iOS/Mac all available from your respective App Stores.
Tablets view nicely but you may want to tilt your smart phone sideways for better viewing. I’m old school, so I prefer a 32″ HD monitor…I personally can’t read through a straw. Printing is the best as plans are formatted for 8 1/2″ x 11″.
Files can also be downloaded and sent to any printer for 8×10 printing. Printing will produce the individual project booklets of the plans. No need to print them all, only what you need. You could send them to Kinko’s, but they need the document password to open and print a hard copy. You can tell them the password, but only as long as you are printing copies for your own personal use. While the PDF files are viewable on a mobile device, a desktop with a widescreen LCD monitor or dual display is always better, but not required. Order Plans Access Here.
Similar to video or game content, once you join then access the site, no refunds can be issued. All IP addresses and download actions are logged.
The reason for this policy is quite obvious. A very small number of people have tried to “download and ditch” by signing up, then quickly downloading plans to their local drive then making some generic claim like, “not as described” or “not what they were looking for”. In 16+ years of being online, I’ve seen some interesting claims.
Fortunately 99.99% of our customers are honest people who have enjoyed using the plans. Thanks for your integrity.
If you have a problem, contact us and we’ll help you.
Look through the site thoroughly before you decide to order plans access. If you do not agree with this common sense policy, please feel free to use another site. Cheers!
No, the plans are only available for instant download only from the online membership site.
Plans are printable in PDF format from your browser to your printer.
If you joined prior to 2005, your account no longer exists. Those accounts were associated with the long retired barplans.info site.
Any accounts over 7 years old with no record of recent login activity are in a locked state for security.
The original terms required you to retain a copy of your sales receipt. As long as you have that receipt we can unlock your account and make it eligible for a two year renewal under the new terms. Renewal is $9.95 for two more years site access and support.
Establish a new account:
If your account no longer exists, start a new signup. You must opt back into the system by doing the initial signup yourself.
Next, CONTACT US and request account reactivation. Include a copy of the original sales receipt or let us know if you sent or had previously posted photos (please be specific) in the gallery or sent them by email. Those who submitted photos that are being displayed on the current site are eligible for ongoing membership at no additional cost.
Of course, if you want to skip all that and just signup again, you can do that and save the back and forth hassle.
BTW – There is no lifetime site membership. Lifetime refers to your usage license, not access to the site. If you followed the original instructions and saved the plans to your hard drive then copied down the document passwords, you would have lifetime access to the plans. That’s how it was always intended to work.
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The membership site is located here. To access the site and plan documents, you first need to purchase an access key which consists of a username and password. Your access key may be purchased here. Then just click here to log in.
Site membership is for two years. You can have lifetime access to the plans as long as you downloaded the plans to your local PC and print off the document passwords.
Two full years is plenty of time in which to build your project and download your plans. If you need more time after your subscription expires, you will be able to renew for at a reduced priced of $9.95 for two more years. Add a another 2 years at any time thereafter for $9.95.
The old site used to offer a membership with no expiration date simply because it was not capable of handling subscription periods. As long as you logged in regularly, kept your account profile up to date and kept your original sales receipt your account did not expire. Eventually this was abused as people handed accounts off to friends, violating the single user license.
If you voluntarily opted out of periodic email messages OR your email bounced repeatedly, then the account was expired. Any accounts that have not been accessed or are more than 7 years old were automatically expired/locked as abandoned. If your account is over 7 years old, it has already expired. See Terms
The original terms of membership required you to retain your sales receipt. If your account no longer exists (older than 7 years) and you still have your original sales receipt, then contact us and we’ll send you a renewal code for the $9.95 renewal price.
You can also just repurchase at any time to establish a new account. It’s usually years later and in most cases the site has more plans than when you first joined.
All of Them! <-View the current catalog of available home bar projects that are included.
Plans are in 3D .PDF printable format and include material and cuts list plus our easy to follow 3D Assembly Diagrams.
How Much Do the Required Building Materials Cost?
Prices vary between $150 for the straight versions and and $250 for the easy L-shaped version, but you can spend as much as you like if you upgrade to high quality stock. Prices will vary from state to state and if you upgrade to oak or better stock. Expensive brass railings or custom laminated parts are completely optional.
Designs utilize common sizes of dimensional lumber. Inexpensive and widely available, this includes common lumber like 2×4’s, 2×6, 2×8 and common sheeting materials. If you are curious you can learn more about lumber sizes here.
Our entire home bar building concept is centered on endeavoring to build a bar on a budget.
However, we have many examples of where builders spent thousands of dollars on expensive etched glass bar back mirrors, HDTV systems, tapper equipment, signage, lighting and every conceivable audio and video gadget imaginable. Boys gotta have their toys….girls too.
The Barplan.com is well supported to help you navigate the site, login, update your profile, download plans and even help with construction questions. We actively support the site through our public help desk and private builder’s forum. (both links open in a new browser window)
The private forum also includes Q&A, feedback and help from fellow members, which benefits all.
No. Only a standard web browser with Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Flash Player Plug-in.
Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0+, Fire Fox or Safari (MAC) browsers recommended.
The FREE Adobe Acrobat Reader – is required.
The FREE Macromedia Flash Player – is required for movies.
You will be prompted if they are not installed.
MS Internet Explorer version 6+ is required for CHBD resizing tool.
Absolutely. All form data from this domain is secure.
Always check for https:// in the browser address box and look for the padlock icon in your browser. Your safety & privacy are our #1 concern.
All transactions that require your card information are done on either the secure Stripe.com or PayPal servers.
You will be automatically logged into your account. Your username and password was sent to you the instant you filled out the registration form.
A copy of the username and password will immediately be sent to the email address you provide. Everything is automatic, even at 3:00 am. If you did not received it, check your SPAM folder.
Just the basics :
- A Hammer
- Cordless or regular corded drill
- Circular Saw and/or, Power Miter Saw required for 45 degree cuts and Chicago style arm rail.
- tape measure
No fancy dado, rabbet or dovetail cuts required.
All accounts will eventually age out and you may find yourself locked out or up for renewal. However, if you have sent us photos and they are being used on the site pages or in videos or image galleries then you are eligible for an endless (no expiration) account. Contact us and describe exactly where you photo is being used and I’ll take special care of your account and tag it as a contributor.
Many thanks to all those who have sent in photos!