New home sales are predicted to climb nearly 29% from 431,000 in 2013 to 557,000 in 2014 as home buyers are regaining confidence in the housing market. Many home buyers are seeking modern luxury homes these days, with custom home builders citing that their clients want energy efficiency, an open layout, a warranty, and being able to select appliances and other design elements.
But what are many luxury home buyers also asking for? A custom home bar, of course.
A custom home design is all about picking and choosing what elements you deem important to your lifestyle. A custom home bar is a great addition to any basement, finished attic, or bonus room and can often add value to a home, should you decide to sell.
As builders are choosing custom floor plans for new homes, make sure to let them know that you wish you have a custom home bar somewhere in your new home, and they will be able to help you map out and design a great bar for you.
Here are a few design ideas to choose from.
- Underwater Oasis: If you plan on shelling out a bit more cash for a bar, there’s nothing more impressive than a salt water fish tank as the backdrop. Have the builders install the tank behind the bar so that you and your guests can enjoy the view. Forget the flat screen TV.
- L is for Love: There’s nothing better than an L-shaped bar in the basement. Custom home interiors allow for big L-shaped bars usually in the basement of a house. Choosing this type of bar will allow you to maximize your number of seats and will also help stimulate more conversation as your guests can more easily face you to have a conversation.
- Themed Fun: If you have a life passion or interest, if could be fun to have a themed custom home bar. For example, if you enjoy race cars, a custom bar builder will be able to salvage race car parts and incorporate those into the foundation and construction of the bar.
- Mother Nature Knows Best: Nearly 92% of those who built or purchased homes to the National Green Building Standard said they would purchase another green home in the future. So why not have your bar eco-friendly? Use salvaged and restored wood, or purchase rejected scrap wood to create your bar and shelving. This will not only save you money, but will also make your bar truly unique.
- No Whining at the Wine Bar: There’s nothing to complain about when you have a custom made wine bar. Have temperature controlled mini fridges to store your whites while including a wine cellar behind the bar. Using a window to separate your bar from the wine room is a great contemporary look.
A custom home bar isn’t for everyone, but if you plan on entertaining in the future or want more from your home, a bar is a great addition.