POWDER ROOM TO PANTRY: RECONFIGURED FOR REFRIGERATION
For the past few months I’ve enjoyed sharing creative ways to incorporate refrigeration into the home. We’ve talked about everything from refrigeration in the bathroom to refrigeration in the nursery, of all places.
In this post, I’m revisiting a more traditional application, but the route to get there is no less interesting. For one of our latest and most exciting full renovation projects, my team at Arianne Bellizaire Interiors is completely reimagining a 2,800-square-foot home that was built in the mid-90s.
While we concepted a plan to reconfigure the eat-in kitchen, we quickly realized the powder room right off of the kitchen presented a unique opportunity to really think through the best use of the space.
As you can see in the original floor plan, the powder room is currently sandwiched between the laundry room and the large kitchen. As a designer, I love a good powder room because it gives me an opportunity to bring bold design elements into a small space. However, in this case, the room would be under-used since most of the guests would instead access the guest bathroom off the living/dining room areas.
In the original design there is a bulk storage pantry directly across from the powder room, but in the new plan the area has been claimed for a small desk space. This change left us with a storage deficit and a powder room that took up valuable real estate. The solution? We decided to convert the powder room into a servery/butler’s pantry.
The powder room-to-servery conversion would give us the space to store dry goods, snacks, etc. as well as give us a tucked away prep area for lunches, snacks, coffee, etc. Of course, we knew we wanted to use a Perlick unit in this space, and the Signature Series Sottile 18” Depth Refrigerator was the perfect pick.
This small unit can easily be housed in the 24-inch deep base cabinets and will be perfect for bottled water, juice boxes and sodas. By designing this auxiliary prep station, we can keep the work triangle free from unnecessary walk through traffic as the resident chef prepares the family’s meals.
Kids can easily access their snacks and drinks, and this setup is also invaluable for hosting large gatherings where the island, typically the food prep area, is being used as the buffet for appetizers, entrees and desserts.
I can’t wait to share more with you about this exciting project—the servery/butler’s pantry is only the beginning of this amazing kitchen transformation.
The ADA compliant Sottile 18” Depth Refrigerator offers 3.1 cu. ft. of storage, stainless steel interior and exterior, and the industry’s best warranty. Its shortened depth enables refrigeration in spaces previously not possible. More information
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