How about a Butler's Pantry?

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Sat, 05-10-2008 - 11:07am

They were the rule rather than the exception in upscale homes back in the 1800s. But with the rise of the Middle Class and the decrease in live-in servants, butler's pantries went the way of the Dodo.

However, with the evolution of the kitchen into the "center" of the home and a hub for entertainemnt, butler's pantries are making a come-back...

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Preparing an elegant meal, serving it at just the right temperature and entertaining guests at the same time can be a tiresome feat.This is especially true if you have a long walk from the kitchen to the dining room. What if the Chateaubriand cools too quickly or the plates from one course stack up on the table as you serve the next course?

In custom renovations, the answer is a butler's pantry. This small room between the kitchen and dining room provides the perfect venue for dropping off dishes, popping a dish in the microwave and grabbing another bottle of that aged Bordeaux.

A Little History
The butler's pantry has long been a symbol of affluence, as wealthy home owners carved out a space near their dining room for their heirloom linens and silver coffee service and serving trays. Often they actually employed butlers to keep the glasses filled and the plates cleared.

In today's upscale homes, the butler may not be present, but the room serves the same purpose. Home owners are using the space to store their fine china, crystal and table linens, and as a staging area for entertaining.
There could even be a water source, wine storage, refrigerator of sorts and maybe another dishwasher. Also, when entertaining, consumers use the butler's pantry as the resting space between the kitchen and dining room.



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Sun, 05-11-2008 - 11:33am

How to Add a Butler's Pantry

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Thinking about adding a butler’s pantry? Consider your lifestyle and serving habits. Then decide on the location.

A butler’s pantry is well suited for those who entertain frequently, have large families, or who like to serve formal meals with several courses. Those who prefer to eat casual meals or eat in restaurants might not find it useful.

Location. Location. Location.
The location of the butler's pantry solves many problems with serving and preparing food, said Matthias Jans, principal of Starfire Homes, which builds custom houses priced from $400,000, and Matthias Jans Architect, based in Palatine, IL. "Think of the walking distance between your kitchen and dining room."

The butler's pantry can be used for warming parts of a meal, stacking dishes that have been cleared from the dining room table, and serving wine. "Maybe the mashed potatoes cooled off, so while you're serving the turkey you put the mashed potatoes in the microwave, serve the turkey and come back and the mashed potatoes are hot," Jans said.

Also, the plates can be cleaned in a dishwasher with a special cycle for china, then put away in the same room. This saves someone from carrying their dishes and glasses from room to room. "The storage of good silverware is an issue for many people," Jans said. "Everybody has just barely enough room (in the kitchen) for their everyday dishes."

Layout
Most butler’s pantries are built as "walk through" pantries. The space is a separate room with a door leading to the kitchen and one leading to the dining room. The advantage to this design is that is accessible from both rooms, but can be closed off for privacy.

Butler's pantries also can be U-shaped and accessible from one room only. These are similar to walk-in pantries seen in lower priced housing, but they have a sink, refrigerator or other appliances and are designed for food staging as well as storage.

A Modest Version
The smallest version of a butler's pantry is one that is built along one wall between the kitchen and dining room. The space is designed for storage and food preparation, but is not part of an enclosed room. This style often is used when someone is remodeling and the space does not allow for a separate room. While this layout varies from the original style of the butler's pantry, it provides extra counter space to use when serving meals.

Most walk through butler's pantries are at least 6-feet by 8-feet. This allow for one wall to have a row of base and wall cabinets for storing linens, glasses and dishes. Home owners often use the same cabinetry in a butler's pantry as in the kitchen, as this approach carries the same design theme through the two spaces.

Features to Consider
Among the features to add:
base and wall cabinets on two sides of the room
a food preparation area on one wall
large drawers in the base cabinets for storing table linens, serving platters and small appliances
glass doors in the pantry cabinets to showcase china and crystal
a sink
a small refrigerator for storing wine

Also consider decorative lighting to highlight detailing in the cabinetry or in the woodwork in the room. Lights placed near the toe kick area of a base cabinet can draw attention to a section of granite that runs horizontally near the bottom of a base cabinet, for example.

Instead of using the entire room for storing items used for formal dining, think about adding a microwave for heating portions of a meal and a sink for cleaning vegetables for dips, for example.

The Cost
While all this luxury is convenient, it also comes with a price tag. The cost depends upon the size of the room, the amount of detail and the cabinetry and appliances that are added. Aside from the overall construction costs for creating the room or reconfiguring an existing space, there are several costs:
Cabinets
Countertop(s)
Appliances
Lighting

A 6-foot long granite countertop, for example, costs approximately $9,600. A 36-inch high refrigerator that fits under the counter costs $1,000. A dishwasher with a special cycle for cleaning china costs $800.* (*these are 2001 costs)..



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The Butler's Pantry is making a comeback in American and English homes as part of a resurgence of nesting and homekeeping since the late 1990s. It is one of the most requested features in American homes today, despite larger kitchen sizes than ever before. There is a charm and nostalgia to the pantry, as well as a practical, utilitarian purpose.

http://willowdecor.blogspot.com/2008/06/butlers-pantry.html



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Sat, 09-19-2009 - 12:32pm

If you like to entertain but are tired of cooking and making a mess in front of your guests, then a butler's pantry may be the best solution.

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Sat, 12-26-2009 - 8:35am
How you want to use your butler's pantry will determine how you design it.
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