||Rocket Rods Hut of Shame
Joined: Jul 09, 2009
|Posted: 2012-04-24 2:48 pm  Permalink|
here's a complete thread showing my new home tiki bar, the "Hut of Shame". Shameful only due to the amount of indulgence that occurs!
After selling my retail business in January with the ambition to open a real tiki bar business here in Vancouver I was hired to run a tiki patio near downtown starting April 21st.
In the time between (February and March) I took some time to travel to California and build a new home bar.
Check out the progress from start to finish! Thanks for looking and let me know what you think
Getting things started, just deciding on a basic layout was hard. This room is small! Started with the vintage bench corner seat. Had to build it into it's spot and then frame around it
Here's an idea of what I decided to do frame/layout wise
Here's a shot after I started the bamboo trim around the bottom part. To the right is a two seater bar top spot made with a big chunk of cedar. As well you'll see all of the thatch and trim going into place on the walls.
Close up shot of wall thatch and bamboo trim
A shot of the bench wall as it develops a little clearer.
Here's the entrance wall to the left of the bench seat wall showing the basic wall design work coming together
more trim work
first shot of the actual bar wall on the opposite side of the room to the bench seat wall. My wife brought home this head board from a client who wanted to get rid of her old water bead. It was quickly decided that this would make a great weathered looking and functional wall unit for all the glassware and booze!
Bracing the piece to the wall
another shot of the way we mounted it.
Random ceiling corner trim work shot
installing the design work underneath the wall mounted unit behind the bar
Started to apply the thatch and poles to the ceiling, got a sliver of thatch in my eye which was driving me crazy. Had to go to the doctors whereby he froze me eye in order to remove it. Wore the only eyewear I could find in short notice - some stupid joke glasses from a party my wife went to.... they even light up which didn't help whatsoever
A shot of the offending thatch and trim work over the bar wall unit
Then for fun I thought I would put a screw into the wiring behind the wall that ties into the harness for the room next door, that left our office in the dark! That was cool, had to spend an afternoon correcting that.
Ceiling work above the bench seat
Again at the bar wall, here's how it's developing with the trim going into place.
Here's a shot of the actual Witco bar and the unit behind it, trim work, lighting and some of the decor/essentials going into place.
With things in place I made myself a Nui Nui, decorated the room and here come the results.
|Atomic Tiki Punk|
Joined: Jul 19, 2009
From: Costa Misery
|Posted: 2012-04-24 3:22 pm  Permalink|
Very nice job, Also good choice of accoutrement & ephemera.
Joined: Dec 25, 2007
From: Naramata, B.C. Canada
|Posted: 2012-04-24 8:03 pm  Permalink|
I'm lucky enough to have visited said hut and it's even better in person - not to mention the fantastic cocktails! Well done Rod!
Grand Member (8 years)
Joined: Mar 30, 2008
From: The Anvil of the Sun
|Posted: 2012-04-24 8:23 pm  Permalink|
Great build. I love the creative use of the waterbed headboard - if only that headboard could talk!
May we all get to have a chance to ride the fast one
Walk away wiser when we crashed one
Keep hoping that the best one is the last one
Joined: Jul 18, 2010
From: Las Vegas
|Posted: 2012-04-24 8:57 pm  Permalink|
Just went to my bar
Made a tiki tuaca
Put on Martin Denny's Exotica 2
Pulled up TC
And saw all your great pics
The bar looks outstanding
Job well done
Joined: Aug 20, 2007
|Posted: 2012-04-25 03:00 am  Permalink|
That's THE LOOK! Thanks for sharing it with us.
Joined: Aug 22, 2004
From: Sunny Florida
|Posted: 2012-04-25 03:21 am  Permalink|
Now I want to see yours!
Thank you for sharing!
Joined: Sep 17, 2003
From: Andover, England
|Posted: 2012-04-25 04:03 am  Permalink|
Gorgeous place. The lighting is absolutely perfect. Congratulations, you must be elated with it.
Joined: Apr 11, 2007
|Posted: 2012-04-25 05:55 am  Permalink|
I dig it! What part of the country are you in?
[ This Message was edited by: Big Kahuna 2012-04-25 05:56 ]
Joined: Jul 09, 2009
|Posted: 2012-04-25 09:42 am  Permalink|
I'm in Vancouver BC, Canada.
Thanks for the kind words everyone
Joined: Jul 03, 2011
|Posted: 2012-04-25 11:11 am  Permalink|
I think your bar is coming along very nicely. You do great trim work.
Joined: Oct 04, 2009
|Posted: 2012-04-27 9:06 pm  Permalink|
WOW !!!! It really has a good vibe, and you got some great photos!
Grand Member (first year)
Joined: Nov 23, 2006
From: Sun City Lincoln Hills (NorCal)
|Posted: 2012-04-27 9:37 pm  Permalink|
WOWZA!!! Very nice indeed.
Grand Member (8 years)
Joined: Jun 17, 2002
|Posted: 2012-04-28 07:45 am  Permalink|
Looking at your finished room I'd swear I'd stepped back in time. The room looks like it's been there for decades. Terrific job, Wendy
Joined: Oct 02, 2003
|Posted: 2012-04-28 09:19 am  Permalink|
Great job. It's nice to see more Canadian content.