Installing a bar outside on the deck or patio offers many different design options to fit any home or lifestyle. Deck bars are great for adding a bit of luxury to the patio when relaxing with family and friends. An outdoor bar also makes a centralized focal point when hosting large parties, keeping the guests outside rather than inside the home. According to Texas Barbecues, a deck bar can take an outdoor party from being just "okay" to being a party at which everyone is relaxed and having fun. When choosing a deck bar consider your budget, space limitations and general atmosphere of your home before deciding on a design.
The Tiki bar is an exotic-themed bar design in modern culture. The Tiki design is based upon the idea of primitive structures from tropical cultures, the most common of which is Polynesian. Traditionally a Tiki bar will have a roof fashioned from thatched grass or palm leaves and walls constructed from bamboo. In modern days, a free-standing Tiki bar can be purchased from specialty stores on the Internet, instantly bringing a touch of tropical décor to the home. Tiki style additions can also be made to existing deck bars, for example, the addition of a thatched roof or bamboo accents will bring an element of the Tiki bar into any bar design.
Bar and Grill
A grill is a common addition in "wet" deck bars, a wet bar is equipped with kitchen luxuries such as a refrigerator, freezer, hot and cold water and an area at which to prepare food. Rather than installing a traditional stove into the deck bar, a grill suits the outdoor element and completes the deck bar theme. If the bar is already firmly constructed without space for a grill, the grill can be placed in the center of the bar, much like an island addition in the kitchen. A grill can also be placed on the outside wall of the deck bar allowing for someone to cook on the grill without getting in the way of drinks being served.
Small, free-standing bars are ideal for a deck with limited space or for those who are designing a deck bar on a budget. Available from specialty websites and most home improvement stores, free-standing bars come in a wide variety of styles and sizes to fit any budget. Free-standing bars typically have storage space behind the bar, space for the addition of a small refrigerator and an open counter-top for serving and preparing drinks.
- Photo Credit bar de nuit image by Jean-Claude Drillon from Fotolia.com tiki on the beach image by Pix by Marti from Fotolia.com grill image by Dron from Fotolia.com deck image by Albert Lozano from Fotolia.com
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