butlerspantryButler’s pantries date back to the Victorian era during the time of stately old homes that had hired help such as butlers and maids to serve meals were commonplace. Many homeowners who had purchased these old homes decided not to preserve the traditional butler’s pantriesin these home during remodeling because they wanted to expand the kitchen or provide more space for other rooms of the house.

The butler’s pantry may be making a comeback because kitchen designers now see the value of them in keeping the original architecture of the home. The butler’s pantry is also becoming popular because they are great a keeping any dirty dishes out the way while entertaining. Plus they have cupboards and cabinets for holding silverware, linens and china.

All of this is contributing to a trend today by many homeowners and kitchen designers to preserve the butler’s pantries in older homes. Plus in many new kitchens there is a growing trend in introducing custom designed butler’ pantries.

In many older butler’s pantries designers have updated them to include a second sink for any items that need to hand washed, and can even be equipped with a coffee station, a small under-counter refrigerator, garbage disposal, ice maker, and places for storage. Additional items can include pull out racks for small appliance, inserts in the drawers for flatware, and even a small climate controlled wine vault.

Today the butler’s pantry can be place in entertain guests. A butler’s pantry best serve those households that entertain frequently, or who tend to serve formal meals with several courses.

Most butler’s pantries are designed to be walk-through areas, and historically they would serve as a passageway that is located between the kitchen and the dining room. This makes for convenient access to glassware and silverware and to provide an area for appetizers, drinks, or dessert. This is because most butler’s pantries are equipped with shelves, linen drawers, wine coolers or wine vaults, and food warming trays.

Most walk-through butler’s pantries are at measure at least 6 feet by 8 feet. Usually the same cabinetry design is used in both the kitchen and the butler’s pantry to maintain a continuity of design between these two rooms.

Just as with many custom kitchens a butler’s pantry can combine hardwood cabinets, shelving and the drawer units can be designed in such a way as to create a more custom look. A butler’s pantry can also include such custom features as decorative glass-front walnut cabinets with elegant crown moldings, dentil moldings, and decorative cutouts in the wood. This helps create in the cabinetry the look of fine furniture. All of these design features can create a warm inviting atmosphere for entertaining guests and as a showcase for all of your best kitchen accessories.

Butler’s pantries can also be U-shaped and be accessible from only the kitchen. However as in any butler’s pantry they will still be equipped with a sink, refrigerator, and serve as storage.

So butler’s pantries are an example of reaching into the past to come up with a new kitchen design trend.

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