Are you planning a kitchen remodel but unsure about what to include in your pantry? Don’t panic. You’re not alone. In fact, 10.2 million homeowners remodel their kitchens annually. If the thousands of options are making your head spin, an important first step is to select a reputable design-build firm like Legacy Builders Group to help design and construct your dream kitchen. They’ll learn your needs, tastes, and budget, then direct you toward options that will best meet your needs and lifestyle.
One of the biggest complaints we hear from homeowners about their kitchens is that they lack storage space. According to
HGTV.com, lack of adequate space is the top reason to take on a kitchen remodel. Therefore, the pantry is one of the most important elements in your kitchen.
Houzz.com has a a portfolio of pantry design ideas but here are 3 things to consider that can help alleviate some of the pantry design panic.
Layout and Flow
Whether you have an open floor plan or are creating one during your home remodel, one of the most important things to consider is the layout. Do you want the pantry near the stove or maybe connecting to the mudroom? Would it be beneficial to have a separate space off the kitchen or is it better to have it built right in?
When thinking about layout and flow, it may help to imagine walking around in your kitchen. Where do you find yourself gravitating towards the most? The island? The stove? A pantry should suit your needs and lifestyle.
When you discuss pantry design with your kitchen remodeling contractor, it helps to think about how and what you will be using it for. Most pantries are used for food and storage but if you don’t cook much and go out a lot, perhaps you just want something small and efficient that makes a statement rather than being used for practical purposes.
Designing the look of your pantry is just as important as the feel of space and layout. Make sure your kitchen remodeling contractor knows what kind of style you are looking for.
While they may not be able to help with patterns and colors, they can definitely tell you if a sliding barn door will work or if you can add drawers and cabinets within your designated pantry space. If you’ve decided to use the pantry space as a dual mudroom, they can help you configure all the structural elements you are considering.
From farmhouse to industrial, you want to make sure your pantry matches the design you’ve chosen for the kitchen. Consider the door, the handles and if there will be cabinets in your pantry, make sure they match the rest of the space.
Storage Within Storage
The great thing about a kitchen remodeling contractor is that they can build storage within a storage space. Consider adding built-in spice racks or canned good holders within your pantry to optimize space and keep things organized. You can also decide if you open faced drawers for easy access and searching.
Designing your new pantry with your kitchen remodeling contractor should be an enjoyable experience. So, don’t panic and just think about what your daily needs are and what kind of lifestyle you have. When you do, your new pantry will fit right in!