You love to entertain and have been considering mixing things up by adding a bar, but what type of bar? No matter what your design style is, an in-home bar will absolutely upgrade your lifestyle. But first, you need to consider which set-up is right for you.
As its name would suggest, a wet bar has a sink with running water. A dry bar doesn’t have a sink. Technically, it’s only a matter of pipes and a sink, but both have relevant pros and cons.
Dry bars are incredibly cost effective, as you only need a little extra space to start fixing your favorite drinks. Additionally, since it requires no extra plumbing, they’re convenient enough to set up that the concept would work in almost any room. This trendy feature can also create a functional focal point for your space, pair it with a cool modern liquor cabinet and you’ve just given your gameroom a whole new identity. Also, think versatility, a dry bar would make a perfect coffee station too. Wouldn’t an espresso in your primary walk-in closet start your morning off right?
That being said, a sink is a fabulously functional feature for a bar and can be extremely helpful when prepping cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. Maybe you’re a master of mixology, a wet bar with a freezer and ice maker allows maximum performance. Also, with the added feature of running water, a wet bar will help you be more present and accommodating for your guests. Not to mention, while a dry bar fits in any nook, a wet bar is easily the star of its space.
Do wet bars increase home value?
If you’re hoping this feature will increase your home’s value when the time comes to sell, don’t count on it. However, it will enhance your life and will be an additional selling point that potential buyers will remember. You might not get a big return on the investment, but it will definitely be a key feature to promote, and more importantly, enjoy.