Dad transforms damp and unused basement into stunning rustic bar that can hold 30 guests


Adam Cone says 80 per cent of the materials he used were reclaimed and the total project cost him £2,500 which included a double fridge, a beer pump, lighting and some of the other fixtures and fittings that he couldn’t get for free

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Dad transforms unused basement into rustic bar

A dad has transformed his previously damp and unused basement into a rustic bar that can hold up to 30 guests.

Adam Cone spent nine months creating a stunning underground bar in his home that hosts family film nights, quiz nights, poker nights, football matches, and even family birthday parties.

The 34-year-old says 80 per cent of the materials he used were reclaimed and the total project cost him £2,500 which included a double fridge, a beer pump, lighting and some of the other fixtures and fittings that he couldn’t get for free.

Adam, an excavator operator, added: “It was a wasted space that was full of damp. It wasn’t useful for storage because things would get ruined.







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“We enjoy having family and friends around at our house so it made sense to make something to host guests but also a clean and cozy place for the family to spend time.

“I’d say the bar has a rustic and cozy atmosphere with a mix of traditional and industrial elements.

“I used a lot of timber that I got from work, old pallets and items that I found on the Facebook marketplace.







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“All the tiles were free and other bits we used were extremely cheap, such as the door and flooring which we got from Facebook.

“Other people chipped in to help us out too. My friend’s dad upholstered the corner seat and my mother in law upholstered the chairs for us.

“My dad helped with digging out the floor which had to go down nearly two-foot because we needed to gain enough headroom to stand up as I’m 6ft 4inches.”







Adam Cone spent nine months creating a stunning underground bar at his home
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Clearing the rubble was the hardest job
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David roped his children and friends into the project who helped carrying materials and doing other work on the transformation.

But the dad has always been a DIY enthusiast and reckons his interest has paid of in the final result.

“The children were there to help too. My son and eldest daughter carried bricks out from the original floor to be recycled into a new patio outside.







The internal structure being built
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“And a few friends also helped get the concrete in to make the new concrete slab for the floor.”

Adam says that he has always been a DIY enthusiast and used his existing skills to complete the project.

However, he has also learned some new techniques such as how to source materials for as little as possible because he admits that he is usually one to just buy without looking at the price.







Joseph, 8, helping dad Adam create a rustic feel with sourced wood second hand
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His frugal approach and DIY ethos means he has saved money and in turn created a space his family can enjoy.

The move has saved him and his wife money on babysitters as they don’t need to leave their home four outside entertainment.

Adam said: “The bar has given us a brilliant family room where we have already enjoyed numerous birthday parties, film nights, game nights and family quizzes without even leaving the house.







The space can be used to watch footie games
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“It also saves on the babysitters because when the children are in bed and asleep, it allows us to continue the night with family and friends knowing that the children are safe.

“My son, Joseph, had part of his birthday party down there last week and Ruth, my wife, had hers in there over Christmas with about 30 guests down in there at the same time!.”

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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