Pantries got bigger reflecting our appetite for prepared foods. Then they got bigger again as we filled them with mixers, crock pots and small appliances. Now many pantries are being designed as food prep areas. Women challenged and inspired our designers to create a food prep area separate from the kitchen to keep the kitchen’s aesthetic appeal during entertaining. Practical considerations meant it had to be close to the kitchen with easy access to everything you need. We dubbed the solution the “work-in” pantry! Pantries have not only gotten larger, they’re often becoming more discrete. Increasingly popular are kitchen pantry designs where the storage is not visually open to the kitchen. The layout may have a door from the kitchen with storage around the corner, or locate the pantry door itself around the corner from the kitchen. The pantry may even have dual access, with a door from the rear foyer meaning groceries can be stored in the pantry without having to first unload them in the kitchen before putting them away!
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