Your opinion on which wet bar layout - pls, must order tomorrow!
OK, so I know I've tried to ask your thoughts before but I am desperate now as we need to order *tomorrow.* I just need to make a decision and put myself (and all of you!) out of my misery.
So, here goes: the wetbar/butler's pantry is 79" long for interior dimensions.
On one side, I've got a 12" bank of drawers next to a sink, then an 18" double pull out for trash and recycling, and finally a 24" Bosch dishwasher. Above the sink is a big historical window so next to it is just one big, 30" cabinet on the wall above with glass doors.
The other side is where it's tricky - we're trying to maximize counter space for entertaining, so I've narrowed it to two options:
1) a 24" dual-zone wine cooler (likely Marvel or SZ) and then the 15" Manitowoc ice maker. This has been the plan all along and maximizes storage down under the counter.
Downside is that it also leaves me with no beverage options in the wet bar area at all (no mixers, no equally attractive non-alcoholic beverages, no beer.) We will have that available in the kitchen (next door) but it makes for some awkward entertaining - or buckets of soda and beer on the counter! Note: If I change the wine cooler to just a beverage center, I've been bummed that it basically only holds about 12 - 14 bottles of wine?
2) a 36" U-Line 3000 Series Wine Cooler / Beverage Center (3036BVWC - link below) that ends up in the center. A 15" cabinet to the LEFT of it, then paneling the 15" ice maker and that is to the RIGHT of it. Appearance is that there are two cabinets when the reality is that there is really only one for storage. Advantage is that now I've got my beverages covered.
Disadvantage is that the storage below goes to very little. One narrow cabinet for liquor, maybe?) Only one drawer for storage as well (thinking bottle opener, corkscrew, etc.) Could be kind of a backup in the center - I had kind of liked the space between the beverage area and the ice but there's just no good way with this unit? And, i'm a little bummed it's only a single zone cooler for the wine - the reds will just have to be chilly and brought out. so be it.
What would you do? Any other thoughts?
I've got about 18 hours to decide and would really really really appreciate your thoughts.
(First pic is window/sink side, Next two are the two options for the opposite side. Note that the pic with the double unit in the center shows the ice maker but it would be paneled.)
Here is a link that might be useful: U-Line 3000 Series Beverage Center/Wine Captain Model
This post was edited by akcorcoran on Tue, Jan 29, 13 at 21:38