If you are looking for a great way to make your kitchen really stand out, you might want to take a closer look at one of the latest trends in luxury housing: the super pantry. No longer simply a place to store extra food and kitchen utensils, the super pantry serves as a multi-use space where you or your caterer can prep meals without getting in the way of the socialization that frequently takes place in the kitchen.
What is a Super Pantry?
Simply put, a super pantry is an oversized pantry that boasts plenty of space for storage and food prep. In a growing number of luxury homes, the super pantry even features additional appliances. This way, all of the food preparation can take place in an area that is away from the traffic flow. With the increased popularity of open floor plans and including kitchens as part of the social gathering space for get togethers, finding a way to hid all of the prep work is essential. Not only does it keep the mess out of sight, but it also helps to maintain that special moment of “voila!” when the meal is ultimately presented.
In addition to serving as a space for kitchen prep work, the super pantry can also be a great place to store the materials and contain the mess for other activities. For example, it can be an excellent space for wrapping gifts of putting together decorations for a celebration. In some cases, these super pantries are used to store kitchen items while also serving as a hobby room where paint, craft or photography supplies might be stored. No matter how it is used, the result is the same: the mess is contained in an area where guests will not be able to see it will still remaining convenient for you to access.
A Growing Demand for Super Pantries
According to a report released by the National Association of Home Builders two years ago, 85 percent of respondents indicated that a walk-in kitchen pantry was on their “most wanted list” when looking for a home. 54 percent said the walk-in pantry was “desirable” while 31 percent said it was an “essential/must have.” Another survey by the American Institute of Architects found that the number of people who said they had increased their pantry space increased to 42 percent from 31 percent the previous year. Experts in the construction field indicate that these figures have only gone up as luxury homeowners increasingly discover the benefits of having this added space.
Of course, the idea of a super pantry is not exactly something new. During the 17th and 18th centuries, many homes throughout the country had a separate room that was used for storing butter. This space was referred to as buttr’y. By the mid- to late-1800’s, it was increasingly common to see homes with a butler’s pantry. This space was used to store dishes, glassware and cutlery. Food was also plated in this space. By the 1930’s, breakfast nooks were all of the rage as food storage was moved from the pantry to cabinets. Twenty years later, pantries were nearly obsolete until the walk-in pantry became popular in the 1990’s. Today, food pantries have returned, but they serve a much greater purpose and are frequently used to store more than just food.
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