2012 Kitchen Trends | Butler's Pantry | Raleigh New Home Design Ideas
2012 Design Trends: Butler's Pantry Ideas
Butler's Pantries Are Packed with Purpose, as Storage Solutions, Preparation Areas, and Showcase Centers
2011 trends show that more homeowners are putting their money, time, and effort into creating their perfect kitchen design, with a smooth integration of both form and function.
Among the more popular kitchen design trends is the addition of a Butler’s Pantry.
A Butler’s Pantry can be added to new custom homes of nearly any size and budget.
There are a few questions you should be able to answer, before you talk to your custom home builder about adding the butler’s pantry to your favorite floor plan.
1. What is the purpose of the Butler's Pantry?
The purpose of the Butler's Pantry will help determine the size and cost of the space. Common uses for a Butler's Pantry include:
Need more storage space for your kitchen or dining room? Butler's Pantries are often equipt with cabinets, shelves, and doors, perfect for easy reach of often-used items.
Kitchens have become an area for entertaining, not just cooking.
Butler's Pantries provide additional serving area you may need to put the finishing touches on a meal, while keeping the main kitchen areas clear for conversation.
The Butlers Pantry can include decorative shelves or display areas, plate racks, wine racks, stem glass holders, and more. This would be a great place to show off your china, silver, and wine selections.
2. Where should the Butler's Pantry be placed?
The location of a Butler's Pantry can often be determined by the intended use. Common locations for a Butler's Pantry include:
Between the Kitchen and Formal Dining Room.
A Butler's Pantry can generally be found in-between the Kitchen and the Formal Dining Room. This area allows for convenience, while still showing off the unique features of the pantry.
Hallways and Staircases.
Butlers Pantries make great use of small hallways, particularly around staircases.
An Alcove off the Dining Room.
A Butlers Pantry can also be tucked in an alcove off the dining room itself.
3. What style and size should your Butler's Pantry be?
Butler's Pantries can be simple or more complex, depending on the price point of the home.
Small and simple.
A butler's pantry usually offers some countertop space that matches the countertops found in the kitchen.
You can keep your granite countertops, if you are looking to create a smaller, simpler storage area. The key is to keep the area practical and convenience.
Medium and convenient.
Want the additional storage space, while still creating a showcase? Crown molding, decorative hardware, and countertops all add to the appeal of a butler's pantry, while still keeping within a budget.
Cabinetry can either match the kitchen, or contrast for more texture and color.
Glass doors can be very appealing in a Butlers Pantry.
Large and elegant.
Larger homes have room for extensive butlers pantries, with tiers of drawers and cabinetry.
Luxury homes sometimes feature extensive butlers pantries, with built in wet bars, premium wine coolers, and much more.
Luxury butler pantries are often created from scratch by custom cabinet makers.
Remember, Butlers Pantries can be included in homes of nearly any size and budget. Ask your custom home builder how to incorporate a butler's pantry into your floor plan.
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