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4 Ways to Use Lighting to Create a Sophisticated Bar

When crafting your custom bar, you’ve thought of all the little details. From the pictures on the wall to the exact color of the furniture you’re using, you’ve planned it all. One detail you don’t want to overlook – and that can make a huge impact to the overall look and feel of your bar – is the lighting. Here are 4 ways to use lighting to create that sophisticated feel you’re looking for in your bar without shelling out big bucks: Go for Backlighting Backlighting in cabinets and behind shelves is a great way to add accent lighting to…

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Customer Project Spotlight: Bridget H.

At Hardwoods Incorporated, we love seeing the creative and beautiful ways our customers use our products. Recently, we received completed project pictures from first-time builder Bridget H. in Concord, North Carolina. She wanted a home bar that was fit for home concerts to share her love of music with her friends, as well as a relaxing evening enjoying a glass of wine. The bar also had to fit the space chosen for it, an 8 ½-foot-long space in her basement. “I looked at hundreds of photos on Google, Hardwoods Incorporated, and Pinterest. Hundreds. But there was one picture that kept…

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Bar Top Materials: Exploring Your Options

One of the more important decisions you need to make when planning to build your own bar is what type of material to use for the bar top. While wood is a traditional choice – and our personal favorite – there are a variety of materials you can opt to use for your bar top and get a gorgeous, personalized bar. Here are some of the most common materials used for bar tops: Laminate Laminate is a choice for many builders for its inexpensive prices and easy upkeep. This material comes in a wide array of colors and patterns, allowing…

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Mitered vs. Radius Corners: What’s the Difference?

When you begin to work on your custom home bar, there are a variety of decisions you must make. How big will your bar be? What wood species will you use? Will it be a single length or make a turn? Among those initial decisions is how you choose to finish your bar’s corners and ends. Some bar builders prefer to finish their bars with mitered corners, while others opt for a rounded radius corner. Learn more about each type of corner finish, as well as some of the pros and cons to each choice: Mitered Corners Mitered corners are…

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3 Small Extras to Make Your Home Bar Feel Expensive

You’ve got grand plans to build a beautiful home bar fit to be the gathering place for all your friends and family. All the big items are taken care of, including finding the right location, choosing high-quality materials, and settling on a design. But there’s still something missing. Sometimes, it isn’t the big, grand things that make your bar look and feel its most high-class. Here are 3 small extras you can add to your home bar to give you the feel of luxury at home: Unique Back Bar if you’ve got a wall behind the back of your bar,…

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Customer Project: Thunder Bar

At Hardwoods Incorporated, we are always impressed by the creativity and talent of our customers. They always find new and interesting ways to incorporate our products into their projects, creating exceptional custom bars for home and commercial use. One of those great, creative projects is this “Thunder Bar” built by Shane. Shane told us he was talking with his daughter, who was months away from her wedding, about an idea he’d had years ago to build a bar out of a 1966 Ford Thunderbird. His daughter thought it was a great idea, and said it would be great if Shane…

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3 Tips for Balancing Quality & Cost in Your Bar-Building Project

Choosing to build a custom bar means you have full control over the entire project. From where to build it right down to the lighting you’ll use, you get to make all the decisions. For many bar builders, their dreams get a little out of pace from their budgets, with great ideas flowing faster than the cash to purchase the necessary pieces. If you want to create a high-quality custom bar without totally breaking the bank, follow these 3 tips: Prioritize & Make Necessary Cuts Being on a budget with any project means you’re unlikely to get everything you want…

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Introducing a New Bar Rail Profile: The BR-350!

In our quest to offer the products that you, our loyal customers, want to see, we’ve developed a brand new bar rail profile! The BR-350 bar rail features a first for Hardwoods Incorporated – a fully curved profile. Give your guests the ultimate in armrest comfort without sacrificing your custom bar’s sleek style. The curved profile appears to rise up out of your bar top. The BR-350 comes with a notched section for easy attachment to bar tops ranging from ¾” to 3” in thickness. Just use glue and screws underneath the bar top and you’re in business! This gorgeous…

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6 Storage Solutions for Your Home Bar

Your home bar is supposed to be a place where you can relax and entertain your friends. You all share a few drinks, some stories, and maybe watch the game on TV. But there’s one thing that’s standing between you and that relaxing home bar: You don’t know where to store everything. From wine bottles to highball glasses, martini shakers to beer mugs, you’re having a difficult time putting everything in its place.  Whether you’re battling small space issues or organizational paralysis, here are 6 great storage solutions for your home bar: Minimalist Wine Rack Unless you’re a big wine…

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4 Tips for Small-Space Bar-Building

You would love to build a bar in your home, but you’re short on space. Whether you’re living in a condo or you’re squished in somewhere so space is at a premium, you may feel that you’re just living an impossible dream. However, with a little creativity and some careful planning, you can have the bar of your dreams in your small space! Here are 4 tips for building a bar in a small space: Think up, Not out When you’re lacking in horizontal space, you have to get creative. That may mean that your bar and its components reach…

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