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Many new home designs focus on open-plan living to suit family lifestyles, but all homes still need to include storage to keep everyday living organised and easy. The inclusion of a butler’s pantry in your home will give you a much needed second utility and storage space next to the kitchen area that also provides an efficient prep area and keeps day-to-day clutter hidden. We have a few tips on how you can design the perfect butler’s pantry for your new home!
The biggest benefit to a butler’s pantry is being able to make the most of the space to store all your kitchen items in an organised and functional way. By incorporating under bench storage as well as overhead shelving into the space, you’ll be able to work with your builder to design a space that suits larger appliances you only use occasionally, as well as smaller everyday items like crockery and serving ware. You can also include a mix of open and closed shelving options made from complementary materials to your main kitchen. This gives you the opportunity to style the space, making it seem less like a storage room and more like an additional lifestyle space that blends in with your home’s overall interior design theme.
If your kitchen food prep area is on the modest side, or you prefer to keep it out of sight while entertaining friends, a butler’s pantry is perfect for creating a space that’s hidden from guests. The pantry provides an efficient place to prepare food and drinks away from everyone, with the added bonus of being able to close the door to the pantry to conceal any mess as you entertain. You won’t have to spend time cleaning up immediately and can maximise your time with friends and family. If the space allows, including a small sink is an added convenience that will come in handy as you meal prep. You might also like to include a wet bar area and a small wine fridge in the pantry and kit it out with a range of cocktail supplies to really wow your guests when you entertain!
Designing a butler’s pantry that includes a window will give the space a beautiful burst of natural light during the day, creating the illusion of space. If your pantry isn’t positioned in a way that allows a window, ensure you have lighting that will sufficiently illuminate every space. Design overhead lighting that includes a statement pendant light to brighten the space and add personality, and complement it with under cabinet lighting to create a soft glow in otherwise darkened corners throughout the space.
When you design your new home, consider choosing a design that includes a butler’s pantry. It’s a luxurious yet functional addition to any new home, and will become a well-used but concealed space perfect for hiding the everyday items essential to family life. For more home inspiration and design ideas, visit the Hotondo Homes website today.
Are you after a new home, but not sure what to look for in a floor plan? Never fear, we asked nine of our builders right across the country what their best design trend is in a home, and here are their responses.
Caroline Allen – Inverloch, VIC
A butler’s pantry is still one of the most highly requested items, and now they are becoming really functional rooms fitted out with full sinks, a dishwasher, fridge and other facilities such as an additional oven or coffee machines. The traditional kitchen space then takes on a minimalist feel that is clear and uncluttered, where family and friends gather around.
Adam Sturt – Nowra, NSW
The most popular trend we are seeing at the moment is the open-plan living with higher ceilings. This design is great for families who want to spend time together but not necessarily crammed next to each other.
Amira Willingham – Ballarat, VIC
This depends on the clientele, but a walk-in-pantry is often the most popular item in the home. A large alfresco that has outdoor kitchen is also rising in popularity – people love indoor/outdoor living!
Gillian Coleman – Bathurst/Orange, NSW
Our customers are looking for luxury in their bathrooms with floor to ceiling tiles, feature niches and walk-in showers.
Russell Pearse – Ararat, VIC
Open-plan living definitely, but it is important to have other flexible spaces to suit changing family conditions. Having a versatile home is a smart move, you often don’t know what the future holds.
Glenda Heath – Port Lincoln, SA
Open-plan living, nearly every plan these days has open-plan living and most individuals looking to build want the large open spaces with higher ceilings. It creates the illusion of space, even if the home is on the smaller side.
Aaron Anstis – Ocean Grove, VIC
Block widths that allow a wider garage. Whether it is adding 500mm for some shelving or making a three-car garage for storage of a boat, it seems to be something that lots of people try to make work in their budgets.
Lyndsey Clarke – Central Coast, NSW
Open plan living for sure. Many of our clients love a home where the bedrooms are separate and private, but the kitchen and living – linking to the alfresco – can become an entertainer’s dream!
Anthony Wolff – Mackay, QLD
The most popular trend we are seeing at the moment is a walk-in-pantry or butler’s pantry. The kitchen is the heart of the home and clients want to add a touch of luxury to it wherever possible!
If the kitchen truly is the heart of the home, and it is filled to the brim with pots, pans and general mayhem, you can bet it will affect the rest of the house too.
Keeping a pantry neat and organised can be a never-ending battle between you and the family. These days, most new homes feature a walk-in option or even a butler’s pantry to help combat the inevitable mess. We have put together a list of our top tips to help create or maintain stylish pantries! (more…)