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In the news: 60s revival raises the bar

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Taking cues from the 60s, the at-home bar has re-emerged, but it’s not at all how you might remember it.

Today’s at-home bars have squashed the drab designs of decades gone, now revamped to be sleek, modern and multi-use spaces.

Summit Homes’ four-by-two Australiana display is among the latest displays to fit the trend, which has given new life to entertaining according to the company’s New Homes Design Manager Peter Wilkinson.

“The kitchen and integrated feature bar redefines social gatherings, so it’s well loved by our Australian culture,” he said.

“We find homebuyers want to be good hosts in their homes, and the inclusion of a bar means they can entertain with ease.”

It’s not just kitchens to feature the at-home bar, with the concept also offered in theatres within some of Summit Homes’ range.

“Incorporating a bar in the design means homeowners can entertain loved ones in their home theatre and still provide access to refreshments without having to leave the room and miss out on the action,” Mr Wilkinson said.

The sleek designs are a far cry from their earlier roots, with the inclusion now more versatile for homebuyers.

“The current bar style is nothing like it was in the 60s,” Mr Wilkinson said.

“On-trend waterfall benchtops, modern designed cabinetry and alternative products like mirrors and glass shelving create a space which is not only stunning to look at, but also practical.”

Mr Wilkinson said there were some key features to look for in at-home bars to get the most use out of them.

“Integration is key, as homebuyers can’t afford to sacrifice space,” he said.

“Shelving for show items, but also cupboard space for those hideaway items, is important.

“Great lighting also helps to create atmosphere and clever use of mirrors can make the space feel much more open, as well as doubling the light.

“Homebuyers will see the new style of bar design takes a cafe-like approach and seamlessly integrates into the design of a room for maximum space efficiencies, rather than being placed there for the sole purpose of storing glassware and alcohol, like it traditionally was in older style homes.”

Originally published in The West Australian Newspaper New Homes Guide on August 12th, 2017. To view the article online, click here.

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