A Micro-Renovation Story: Crafting the Perfect Bar for Motor Yacht Joy Me

Yacht Design
inspection of the sled before installation

The motor yacht Joy Me was designed to be unique and deeply personal, reflecting the owner’s taste and creating an interior with many dimensions. Each space within the yacht was treated as a separate entity with its own atmosphere, emotions, and philosophy.

Our task was clear: the client wanted to update the yacht’s salon, specifically the central bar. The existing bar, with its white color and simple, square geometry, did not align with the client’s vision. The client desired a new bar that would visually enhance the space and become a focal point, blending seamlessly with the existing elements of the salon and dining area, which were to remain unchanged. The new design needed to move the bar towards the side of the yacht and transform it into a decorative and distinctive feature.

Photo before renovation
Photo from https://www.philipzepteryachts.com/

Step 1: Understanding the Vision

 

Our journey began with an in-depth conversation with the client to understand their goals and aspirations for the refit. We explored the yacht, examined the existing layout, and gathered all necessary measurements. We identified the spatial constraints and began brainstorming how to integrate the new bar with the existing elements to create a cohesive design.

Visual representation of the selected concept for the new bar, designed by Salt & Water studio
Visual representation of the selected concept for the new bar, designed by Salt & Water studio

Step 2: Crafting the Design

 

We started by defining a new 2D layout and verifying the possible geometry of the new bar and its position relative to the elements the client wished to retain, including water supply, drainage, and structural supports. This stage ensured that the new design would be feasible within the given space.

Next came the most creative phase: designing the bar in 3D. We explored various solutions, ultimately selecting the best three options to present to the client. Through photomontages, we illustrated how each design would look within the existing space, helping the client visualize the transformation.

Photomontage showcasing the new bar design in the salon of the motor yacht, offering clients a clearer perspective to review and validate the selected concept
Photomontage showcasing the new bar design in the salon of the motor yacht, offering clients a clearer perspective to review and validate the selected concept

Step 3: Refining the Concept

 

Once the client approved the proposed solution, we moved to the next stage: developing the conceptual design and preparing detailed technical drawings. We carefully selected materials, ensuring they met the aesthetic and functional requirements. This step included specifying all necessary appliances and organizing their placement on the bar’s surface, such as the sink and coffee machine, to ensure the space remained functional.

Salt & Water team inspecting the bar contractor's progress during the works
Salt & Water team inspecting the bar contractor’s progress during the works

Step 4: Ensuring Quality Execution

 

With the technical specifications in hand, we sought bids from contractors experienced with the specified materials and capable of executing the unique design. We provided recommendations for suppliers and monitored the entire process, from detailed planning to packaging, transport, and installation in the salon.

We offered various collaboration options, allowing the clients to choose the one that best suited their needs. Throughout the project, we ensured clear communication and coordination with the contractors, addressing any issues promptly to maintain the highest quality standards.

Final walkthrough before packing the bar for transportation
Final walkthrough before packing the bar for transportation

Enjoying the Results

 

Now, as the season unfolds, guests aboard the yacht Joy Me can enjoy this unique bar, savoring their favorite drinks in good company and basking in the Mediterranean beauty. The good news is that you can also enjoy it because the Joy Me yacht is available for charter.

The finished bar, installed on the yacht and ready for great times ahead!
The finished bar, installed on the yacht and ready for great times ahead!

If you’re interested in learning how our micro-renovation services can make your upcoming project easier, contact my team today.

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