We're in the very early stages of looking to build a new home. I've noticed that a lot of the display homes have a butlers pantry and I'm wondering how useful it is. I love the idea of such a huge space to store all of my small appliances and obviously food, and could keep my kettle and maybe microwave in there (if the kitchen design doesn't already have a microwave hutch) but I wouldn't do any food prep in there. I love in the new designs that the kitchen is so much a central hub of the home so I wouldn't want to be hidden away! So I'm just wondering if those who have one love it, or whether the space would be better used for a study nook or to extend the laundry, depending on the overall design of the home.
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30-03-2014 22:33 #1
Butlers Pantry - useful or a waste of space?
30-03-2014 22:40 #2
My MIL's house has one. There's a sink and the dishwasher is in there.
Food prep done in kitchen.
But clean up goes straight into the "pantry" which keeps everything looking clean
It's a good idea if you have the space.
I'd Never seen one before, when I saw theirs I literally said "this is not a pantry! It's another kitchen for gods sake!" Lol. But totally love the idea of them
30-03-2014 22:51 #3Senior Member
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I love the idea of one, and DH have one in our "dream" home plans.
Like you, I wouldn't use it for food prep, I plan to have a small sink in the island bench- just big enough to fill a saucepan/ jug, rinse off fruit and veg, etc. and have a super-sized sink and dishwasher in the pantry, with plenty of shelves for storage.
30-03-2014 22:54 #4Senior Member
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When I first saw them thought they were a waste of space but now I love the idea of them especially for small appliances and cleaning up my thermomix
30-03-2014 23:37 #5
Just becomes another area to clean. Much prefer a corner for small appliances. Would rather a larger laundry big enough for a drying rack and storage.
30-03-2014 23:44 #6
There was one in a house we stayed in one Christmas. once I got the hang of it I loved it. Used it a lot for preparing snacks and small meals for kids when we had people over and meant I could keep the mess out of view and not feel like I had to clean up immediately.
31-03-2014 08:53 #7
Oh I would love love love one! Very classy, I believe the kitchen is the heart of the home!
31-03-2014 09:02 #8
We've just finalised the plans for our new home and my two 'must haves' were butlers pantry and walk in linen!
I can't wait to have my dream pantry! It has a sink and a dedicated appliance bench
I think now that most new homes have butler pantries or oversized ones. We went with a custom plan but nearly every project builder's plan had one!
31-03-2014 09:08 #9-
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We have one and I love it! All the kitchen appliances are in there, the extra freezer and all the pantry food...so much space. Very useful.
31-03-2014 09:22 #10
The house we are renting has one and I LOVE IT!!!!!!!! We are beginning to design our dream house and having one is a must. Even DF said we have to have one
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