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The Butler’s Pantry, Without the Butler

When planning your kitchen remodel, you will likely hear of the term “butler’s pantry.” Butler’s pantries originated in the late 19th century and were used for extra storage of dishes and food. They were normally located just off of the kitchen or dining room for easy access. Lately, they have been making a comeback and again becoming popular inclusions in kitchen design.

The butler’s pantry can make the hallway between the kitchen and dining room usefulby adding extra cabinetry, countertop space, and even room for extra appliances. It can also be conducive to entertaining, providing a space to display food.

You are not restricted to a whole separate room in order to include a butler’s pantry. Incorporate it into the dining room off to one corner, or on one side of the kitchen. You can even make a wet bar/pantry combination, allowing for wine storage and facilitating the ultimate entertaining experience.

Butler’s pantries were originally included only in more upscale homes, and normally included a butler to serve. Today, we’ve transformed the pantry into a functional, informal area that better fits our more informal lifestyles. Even though we don’t have the luxury of a butler, we at least have a convenient place to stack dirty dishes or quickly access accessories.

Work with your kitchen designer to incorporate a butler’s pantry into your new kitchen or dining room. Create a space that is full of features, and an attractive addition at the same time. Talk with your kitchen contractor as well about including running water and electrical to make the space as functional as possible.

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