Mark's Bar - Cold beer, warm food, hot women

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  1. MarkP80

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    As suggested, I've changed this first post to a bit of a "before and after"

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    Hi all,

    Well, the cinema project is finished, so time to move on to the next one :suicide:

    We had a spare room at the back of the house, and I've managed to convince the wife that we need a bar. Of course, this being the av forum, it will need the appropriate av hardware, so I've included a few goodies in the plans.

    Here's a couple of shots of the room at the start, taken from either end. As you can see, it's a bright room, being a single storey extension along the back of the house.

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    In the photo below, the doors on the right lead in to the cinema, the last project :smashin:

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    Plenty to do!

    MarkP
     
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  2. MarkP80

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    OK, time to make a start, and this is where all those skills you learn making pelmets for electric screens come in handy -

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    - can you guess what it is yet?

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    If you're having a bar, then it needs a canopy above it!

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    Some of you may think it odd to have a bar in your house, but I worked for some time in the Middle East, where it is the norm. They do make for a great focal point if you entertain, and anyway, I just wanted one!

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  3. MarkP80

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    As you can tell, I've been taking photos as I progress, so have a few to post until I catch up.

    So, canopy had to be covered in plasterboard and the electrics run for the low voltage downlights.

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    Beading was put on all the edges, then I had to get someone in to plaster it - that's one skill I don't possess.

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    So far I'm pretty pleased with the progress. It's hard to picture what it will all be like when it's finished, but I'm sure you will all let me know. And there will be some av content, honest!

    MarkP
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    'We had a spare room at the back of the house, and I've managed to convince the wife that we need a bar'

    god i hate you! :D

    Seriously thou, looks good so far, dont forget the pinball machine! no bar sould be without one!!!

    Matt
     
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    Great idea ! Every house should have one lol :rotfl: Looking good so far Mark :clap:

    Tony
     
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    Looking forward to see how this develops Mark :cool::thumbsup:
     
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    NICE......... This should be good....... :thumbsup:
     
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    Looking good Mark... :clap:

    Your title is similar to my local pub, however, it should read, in my opinion: Cold food, warm beer, not women.
     
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    what you gonna have on tap :) also anyone know where i can get a pub pump from?
     
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    This looks fantastic. Keep up the pics :D
     
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    I am sure there was something available from Heineken a while back that you could use. I will have a look for you.
     
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  14. MarkP80

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    Hi guys,

    Thanks for all the feedback, it's much appreciated. I've got some more photos, which I'll post this afternoon.

    I'm not planning on putting pumped beer in, but I did look into it. What you need is a "flash cooler". This is in effect a fridge, which cools the beer as it passes through, without needing to hold it at cold temperature - the warm beer flows from the keg, into the cooler, and comes out the other side cold, then out of the font. You can pick these up on ebay, usually from pubs when they've been refurbished. Pubs are tending to now have multiple coolers for many pumps, rather than the single or twin units you want for a home bar. (For "extra cold" style, you use a twin cooler, and simply go through both coolers in series, ie out of one and into the other)

    The bar top fonts are also fairly readily available on ebay, you could simply fit one of these for decoration only if you didn't want to pipe it up.

    My plan is to install two small fridges under the bar, and just keep cans in there, although if I have a big party I may look at a temporary flash cooler installation. Kegs only have a limited shelf life, and I don't drink that much!

    Regards,
    MarkP
     
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    well I do so hows about an invite:D:D

    well done Mark it looks ace mate, can`t you rest or is it because you want to get it all done and over with

    keep up the good work

    Cheers (literally) Allan:thumbsup:
     
  16. MarkP80

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    LOL, believe me Allan, I'd be happy to rest, but we moved into this house over a year ago, which needs completely sorting, and I've only done around three rooms so far. I'm just happy to be doing the av rooms before the non-essentials like bathrooms etc!

    MarkP
     
  17. MarkP80

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    OK, time for a bit of cabling! I'm going to install a plasma on the wall at the far end, along with a pair of stereo speakers. This room is mainly for watching sport, so I don't want to bother with 5.1, but I do want to be able to get the commentary loud enough. So that means stereo out from the cable box, into a stereo amp feeding the speakers. This gear will all be behind the bar.

    The wall is dot and dab, so I had hoped to get the speaker cable in the gap. No such luck, but I was able to get a bit at a time, then I had to drill through the plasterboard to find the cable. Looks a bit of a mess, but I thought it would be easier to fill than cutting out a whole channel -

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    - that's the rugby world cup fixture list stuck to that wall - just to remind me I'm on a timescale!

    Power supply and video cables for the plasma. There's a scart and a very nice Mark Grant HDMI cable there.

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    Filling part done and one speaker bracket up. If you look at the sockets lower right, you can see one covered with a sheet of paper. That's to keep the dust out - it's a Keane IR repeater so that I can control the gear behind the bar from a comfy seat! -

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    The speaker brackets are BTech, I've also got their plasma mount. Quite impressed with their gear

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  18. MarkP80

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    Speakers in place and chasing plastered up!

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    Then there's the other end... You can just see the artist's impression on the wall of where the bar will be, so these cables will all hopefully be in the right place for the electronics!

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    That's about it for now. Thanks for all your feedback and encouragement,
    MarkP

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    Looking great mate :thumbsup:
     
  20. SeanT

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    I thought your speaker brackets had been taking in a bit too much of the goodness from the bar then, but it's ok, it's just your photograpy :rotfl::smashin: (either that or it's my eyes..... :eek:)
     
  21. MarkP80

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    They are level, honest!
    MarkP

    Oops, same picture twice, I'll change that....
     
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    Nice bit of chasing, what do you use to fill, I use polyfilla but have bulges in the larger chases (smaller ones are perfect mind)
     
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    Its coming on. Keep up the good work :D
     
  24. MarkP80

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    SeanT, I just used polyfilla, but not the ready mixed kind - I find it much too hard to sand down compared to the mix yourself type. For the wider gaps, I tend to fill in a couple of stages then sand back and try a coat of paint. It invariably needs a couple of extra fills here and there, but is fairly straightforward.

    Anything too wide and I get a plasterer!

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  25. MarkP80

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    Well, here's the bar, in all its plywood glory!

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    And the business side, with a few cables :rolleyes:

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  26. lone ranger

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    Hi Mark,love the project so far, just a thought i may have something you may like in there, i have four table lamps with cylinder shape pendents on em,

    1 is marlborugh
    1 is jack daniels
    1 is bud weiser
    1 is for the life of me i cant remember.

    They about 18inches-2 feet tall from memory(in loft at the moment),would look great in your room,shame to see em go to waste.

    they are brand new,still in box, had em few years back for a project but never got round to doing it.
    If you are interested then Pm me your email and i will send you some pics,if you like i will gladly donate them to you for your room,just pay the postage.

    Stel.
     
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    Stel,

    That's a very kind offer, I will pm my email. Of course, what we have to bear in mind is that what you and I might think look great could well be different to what our wives think look great! (As I've heard before on this forum...) I'd be very interested in a look though, that's much appreciated.

    Regards,
    Mark
     
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    Could you not post a couple of pictures on here - if it's not too much hassle? You have me intrigued!
     
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    any updates on this one?
     
  30. MarkP80

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    Been busy on it Ringmasta! Will post some more pictures asap. World Cup party saturday night for the England game, so I'd better be finished by then!!!

    Stel has sent me some pictures of the splendid lamps, I'll post one of those too.

    MarkP
     

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