Posted on 21 Sep, 2018 by selectkitchensadmin
The popularity of Butlers Pantries in contemporary kitchen renovations continues to grow. During kitchen week on the popular TV program, “The Block”, contestants received mixed reactions from design experts and buyers advocates on the merits of 5 different butlers’ style pantries. “A monumental waste of space” was how host Shelly Craft described one such pantry. Other reviewers raved about the space and quality of the ‘kitchen inside a kitchen”.
So who’s right?
Well no-one really, the merits of a walk in Butler’s pantry depends on numerous factors.
These are just some of the questions an experienced kitchen designer will use to determine whether a butlers’ pantry is a help or a hindrance to an individual client.
So, what is a butlers’ pantry anyway?
Well, in short, it is a ‘kitchen within a kitchen’.
A true butlers’ pantry allows the user to cook and clean in a separate zone to the main kitchen. It should have a sink, possibly a dishwasher and at the very least a second cooktop with an extraction system above. It must have a plethora of storage, primarily for food. A bin near the cleaning zone is also a must.
The design and layout of most Australian residential homes struggle to provide enough space for a fully functional butlers pantry. Often space will need to be reclaimed from an adjoining room to create a truly effective butlers’ pantry. This can be both costly and negatively affect the adjacent room. If the space is available, then they can be a handy addition to a great kitchen design.
Let’s look at the pros and cons of the butlers’ pantry.
Overall, the true value of a butlers’ pantry can only be determined by the prospective user. If you do decide to integrate one into your kitchen design, then make sure you include the critical items for your own lifestyle. A list of considerations should include:
So, what have we learned?
Should you include a butlers’ pantry in your dream kitchen design?
If the space and a budget allow, then YES! But don’t make unnecessary compromises just to get one in.
The experienced kitchen designers at Select Kitchens can help you create your perfect kitchen with or without popular TV items like Butlers Pantries and Island benches.
Oops, did I say Island benches? Well, let’s save that topic for another day.