Incorporating A Bar On The First Floor Of Your Home

kitchen beverage center in gray with white subway tile“Typically when people are thinking about incorporating a bar or beverage center on the main level of their home it’s because they entertain frequently,” says Normandy Design Manager Leslie Molloy, CKD.  “While it’s also convenient to use the bar as a serving/buffet area if needed for gatherings, the ideal function of the bar is to create a space for guest overflow.

It’s nice to have an area for people to congregate beside the kitchen, that way the host can finish up preparations without working around everyone.  However, if you are using it primarily as a serving area I would suggest you consider a dry bar, because including a sink will take up serving space.”

MCM kitchen beverage center with walnut cabinetry

“Since the bar is something that will be quite visible, I recommend designing it to complement the adjacent room styles,” commented Leslie.

“If you’re not a fan of incorporating a bar because it’s too visible for your liking, maybe a butler pantry is something that fits your needs more.  It still serves as a storage area and space to prepare small appetizers, but is typically hidden from sight.”

“Before including a bar, butler pantry, or buffet counter into a room you really need to decide the purpose you need it to serve,” says Leslie.  “Once that is decided, personal preference and the current layout of your home come into play.”

If you love to host frequent get-togethers, consider adding a bar or beverage center to your first floor remodel – it may just make your life easier. If you are looking to remodel your bathroom, or kitchen or contemplating more extensive changes to your home, you can set up a time to talk about the possibilities. You can also learn more about additions, kitchens, or other remodeling projects at an upcoming workshop. Check out the photo gallery or follow Normandy Remodeling on Facebook and Instagram for even more home tips and inspiration.

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Powder Room Sink Ideas

Powder room paint ideas created by Normandy Designer Ann StockardFor a small powder room…

“If it’s a small powder room, oftentimes a small vanity will work best because it will provide an adequate amount of storage,” says Normandy Designer Ann Stockard.  “However, if storage isn’t a concern, a pedestal sink is ideal for making the space seem more spacious; you can always use a medicine cabinet for storing small items.

floating vanity for powder room created by Normandy Designer Chris Ebert

For a medium to large powder room…

“If the powder room is a good size, you have the option of going with a pedestal sink, regular vanity or floating vanity, and using a cabinetry tower for storage in the room,” commented Ann.  “Regardless of the size, if you’re really wanting the room to look spacious and minimalistic, I’d recommend a pedestal or floating vanity.”

If you have a powder room remodel on your agenda, read over Ann’s powder room design tips before you get started.

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