Nothing takes the shine off a dinner party quite like piles of dirty dishes in the sink. If you entertain regularly, you’ll know that open-plan living spaces make it easy to prepare food and serve guests from the kitchen; on the other hand, you’ll also know they make it hard to hide the mess. Don’t you just wish you could close the door and forget about the dishes until later?
The good news is you can. The solution? Adding a butler’s pantry to your new kitchen. If you think butler’s pantries went out of style in the 1930s, think again – once a staple in high-class homes, these mini-kitchens are making a comeback thanks to space-savvy homebuyers who want to keep their statement kitchens pristine.
A butler’s pantry is a large, walk-in storage space where you can stash ingredients, appliances and crockery, prepare food and wash up in privacy. They are most often tucked away in a corner of the kitchen, with sliding or bifold doors that can easily be closed off when guests arrive. Butler’s pantries vary in size and design depending on the available space: for a small pantry you’ll want an area of at least 1.6 x 2.2 metres. If you have limited space, the trick is to be savvy with storage – opt for floor-to-ceiling cabinetry, clever under-bench drawers, and narrow shelves above the workspace for popular ingredients. A larger pantry could include its own dishwasher, plumbed fridge or oven. Either way, make sure you have adequate lighting and bench space, and room to move around while you prepare food.
If you’d rather enjoy your guests’ company than worry about the dishes, come and see your local G.J. Gardner Homes team. We have plenty of ideas and inspiration to help you create the perfect butler’s pantry for your new home.