We believe that there’s no greater feeling than walking in a home with a beautiful, clean, centralised kitchen space. The kitchen is the heart of the home, where we live, we entertain, and where we spend a lot of our time in the home. With the rise of open living, kitchens are being designed with more and more focus on style, aesthetics, and functionality. Which brings us to our focus today; the benefits of including a butler’s pantry in your home design.
The butler’s pantry seems to be the perfect solution to the stylish kitchen’s dilemma; where to keep your microwave, slow cooker, toaster, coffeemakers, lunchboxes, and all the other appliances that households seem to accumulate over time, to make sure your benchtops are clear of clutter and mess.
The concept of the butler’s pantry dates back to the 1850’s, when food was prepared and plated up out of sight by maids and servants, however the functional kitchen addition lost popularity in the 1940’s and has been dormant in kitchen design since. Until now, that is (phew!). Today, the popular butler’s pantry is designed not to accommodate wait staff, but for added functionality and aesthetic design.
This added design element is especially popular for new home builds on the Sunshine Coast, as our lifestyle and ability to entertain is a huge part of our lives. It’s a no-brainer to invest in something that can add such simplicity to entertaining with friends and family all year round.
Functional Kitchen Design
A butler’s pantry will change the way you use your kitchen. Including a butler’s pantry in your home design will make your life easier in three ways:
- Meal Preparation
- Clean up
Storage is one of the biggest benefits. Would you love stylish open shelving in your kitchen? It’s possible when you have a functional pantry to store your appliances. Coffee machines, slow cooker, microwaves and more. A butler’s pantry makes these items easily accessible for every day, while keeping them out of sight from impacting the look and feel of your kitchen.
The second benefit of investing in a butler’s pantry is meal preparation. Again, having ample counter and sink space away from your main kitchen offers space to do messy food preparation (like peeling vegetables before dinner party, yuck!).
The last (and our favourite) benefit of a functional butler’s pantry is the clean-up! Imagine having guests over for a dinner party, you’ve had three courses and the plates are piling up to be washed… But you can’t see them, nor can your guests! This means you can continue entertaining throughout the night without the visual cues or unsightly dishes filling up the kitchen bench. Ah, bliss!
Invest in your kitchen with a functional butler’s pantry
While some may consider including a butler’s pantry in your home design an unnecessary expense, we disagree wholeheartedly. It not only adds masses of functionality and storage, but improves the design, style and resale value of your home. Furthermore, your butler’s pantry makes entertaining a breeze, meaning more time with friends, enjoying food, wine and company. Check out this butler’s pantry with loads of storage and a sink in one of our recent home builds.
At Hepner Homes, we live to create kitchen and homes that are functional, aesthetic, and grow with your family for years and years to come. If you would like to discuss your home design and build, our team is here to help. Contact us today on (07) 5496 1477 or through our website here.
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