A resurging trend for many new home designs is the butler’s pantry. While it was once, simply a storage space for the family silver, as well as where the butler slept (hence the name) the butler’s pantry has been reimagined, revised, and reinstated. Whether you’re looking to make your kitchen flow a little more smoothly, or you’re looking to become the host of hosts, a butler’s pantry is a solid addition to any floor plan.
Located between the kitchen and the dining room, the butler’s pantry is in an optimal position to help make your home the perfect place to host a party and entertain guests.
Becoming the Ultimate Host
One of the best parts about owning your own home is the ability to host. Whether it’s dinner or a party, your guests are looking to you. Having a butler’s pantry is a great way to improving your hosting abilities for a number of reasons. Firstly, it increases your efficiency during meal times. New models of the butler’s pantry include counters and sinks which help to provide extra areas to prepare food. You can take it a step further add a refrigerator, allowing full preparation of cold dishes to be done in the butler’s pantry while the hot dishes are made in the kitchen.
With the addition of the fridge, you can also turn your butler’s pantry into a wet bar. The counter spaces are a perfect place to prepare horderves, and due to the close proximity to the dining area and kitchen, gives you the perfect place to continue conversation while you freshen up your guest’s drinks.
Cut Down on Clean Up Time
The worst part about cooking or hosting is the clean up that comes afterwards. Fortunately, the butler’s pantry has that covered as well. Many homeowners have been adding a dishwasher in addition to the sink, this gives you more space to wash dishes, allowing them to get done twice as fast, especially if you have a dishwasher in the kitchen to deal with the heavier cookware. butler’s pantries are also great for decluttering your kitchen. Install cabinets to provide the perfect place to store cups and plates after they’ve been washed which can save you a few trips from the dining room to the kitchen. Also consider storing kitchen appliances that don’t see a lot of heavy use, to further reduce the congestion in your kitchen.
Flex Your Creativity
There’s no set standard for design when it comes to building your butler’s pantry. You can really play with the design and get creative with it, whether it becomes and extension of your kitchen, your dining room, or perhaps a fusion of the two. For a classic look, try using darker woods, like oak, which can really at a feeling of grandeur to your home. Or if you prefer the look and feel of the modern, try incorporating stainless elements to your design. The possibilities are endless with this excellent addition to your home, and with the increased storage space and efficiency, it’s definitely something you’ll want to consider adding whether you’re build a new home or remodel an existing one.
October 12, 2016