A Butler's pantry used to be a luxury item, now it is the most requested feature in a whole house renovation on the Gold Coast.
The sky is the limit when it comes to designing and building a Butler's pantry. Creating a space where the butler's pantry is comes down to how you live and your budget.
A brief history of the pantry, the word 'pantry' comes from the old French term 'paneterie' which comes from 'pain' the French word for bread. Meats were stored in the larder, alcohol stored in the buttery. A pantry is a room where food and sometimes dishes and provisions are stored. European butlers often slept in the pantry as their job included keeping the silver under lock and key.
Planning your WIP
When considering designing a Butler's pantry storage and easy access is key, open shelving and lots of them. Before you start with the planning process with your Builder, think about what you will be storing in your pantry and how you will be using the space. For example if you will be storing wine in here your will need to think about custom shelving.
Bench space is important how much of will depend on how much space you have to work with. Keeping in mind a narrow Butler's pantry can be more time efficient because your bending and twisting to grab everything.
Power points are essential and lots of them, being able to leave all your appliances plugged in means all your appliances are ready to go creating a really user friendly space.
Understanding your Kitchen Needs
Adding in a sink and dish-drawer dishwasher makes the pantry space practical for cleaning as you go. Well designed task lighting is essential in a Butler's pantry, a combination of ceiling lights and LED strip lights under overhead shelves and in cupboards will mean your space is illuminated properly.
Whether your renovating your whole house, or just the kitchen area and you want to add in a Butler's or Walk-in-Pantry call in your renovation builder to help with the design. You will need a professional eye to help with layout, they will be able to help with all your questions and create the best possible design for your kitchen and Butler's pantry with the only limitation being your budget and imagination!
A great space-saving option is a sliding barn door or cavity slider to section your pantry off. Opt for open shallow shelving over cupboards if you are on a tight budget as it will help keep the cost down, but pack in the storage by taking shelving up all the way to the ceiling.
Hostest with the mostest
I remember the kitchen in my childhood home (when i was little growing up in Holland). It was a separate room and basically my mum would disappear into the kitchen to cook. The mess and smell were shut away, not to be seen until us kids had to go in to do the dishes after dinner in the separate dinning room.
Over the years, we’ve seen walk-in pantries – which can be as simple as a corner cupboard with some floor-space inside the door and L-shaped storage … through to concealed areas of bench-top that enable appliances to be left out permanently without being ‘on display’. And now we’re moving into butler’s pantries on steroids which are almost like second kitchen spaces.
Setting your Renovation Budget
We ask you about your budget before we start the design and feasibility process, which ultimately saves you time and disappointment. It’s now time for the million dollar question. How much should you spend and what does a quality renovation actually cost? The simple answer is that it depends a lot on your goals and the choices you make. Now that’s obviously not super helpful. – so click here to see my price guide.
Designing your Gold Coast Home Renovation
Designing your new renovation can be a really fun creative journey, or a daunting experience. May I recommend that you do some online reassure and find images of design styles you like and may want to incorporate into your design.
There are many options and design choices that need to be made, and it’s easy to fall into analysis paralysis. If you are getting overwhelmed or having trouble getting your dream design together than our talented team can certainly give you the confidence and assist you every step of the way.
The design stage normally includes a concept sketch, drafting of plan, a specification and selections of inclusions such as colours fittings and fittings. Whether your tastes are simple or sophisticated, we have what it takes to deliver what you’re after.
Design, build, project manage
If you’re looking for the ultimate in peace of mind then a design/build/manage renovation builder is for you. There are a few incredible advantages to going this route. We can talk to you about potential costs and that the designer and builder are on the same page and working within your budget. Good planning and project management leads to a smooth stress free process. This level of integration and cooperation eliminates the stress, mess & guess.
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