Two of the things I am most excited about having in our new house are walk in robes in all the bedrooms and a butlers panty. Phil and I have always lived in older houses and apartments, so walk in robes have never been part of the floor plans and I can’t wait to finally have somewhere to properly store and find all our clothes. And as for a butlers pantry, well until recently they were only something seen in the mansions of the super rich! However they are quickly becoming a standard inclusion in new home designs and renovations, as we’ve seen in the latest series of The Block, so a butlers pantry was definitely something we had to have in our dream home.
This butlers pantry is stunning, but ours probably won’t be this formal. Although, it is so gorgeous…
Chris and Jenna’s butlers pantry on The Block Glasshouse. This one is more like an extension of the kitchen than a pantry. Lovely though.
Dea and Darren had open shelving in their Block Glasshouse butlers pantry. Which doesn’t look as pretty in photos but is probably more practical.
The only trouble is, as I’ve never had one before I’m not sure what to put in it and each time I ask someone’s opinion I get a different one! Some people who already have them swear by having another sink, and even dishwasher, in there. Others think a sink is wasted and more bench space is a better feature. I do know it will be the place I store all the appliances we use regularly but don’t want displayed, like the coffee machine, toaster, sandwich press etc. but whether extra bench space for preparation or an extra sink is more useful I don’t know. Usually I know exactly what I want, but not in this case!
A great example of a practical yet stylish butlers pantry.
I like the look of closed cupboards to store all the food as it looks a lot neater, but open shelving is probably easier to use. After all, it is a pantry so is supposed to be user friendly rather than pretty. But I definitely want lots of deep drawers for pots, pans and platters underneath the benches. So it’s mostly just the sink v bench space I’m not sure about. Oh, and whether we want a wine fridge, do we have the same bench tops as in the kitchen or cheaper ones and does the microwave go in there or in the main kitchen…Decisions, decisions!
This is how I dream my shelves would be arranged…
But it’d be more likely to be like this. On a good day.
This is pretty close to the dream…
I’d love your input, especially if you have a butlers pantry, on what works and what doesn’t, so any comments are much appreciated. Also, I will be overseas for the next few weeks so not likely to make any posts until I get back, but then we will have our final design to share and I can’t wait!