A home with smart and ample storage space is certainly a priority for many people looking to build a custom home. One of the hottest design trends that we've seen recently in Central Florida custom homes in regards to storage space is the rise of the walk-in pantry.
The thing that is so attractive about a walk-in pantry is that they tend to be more unique, efficient, and cost-effective than the option of building extra cabinetry for food storage. In fact, what really has people buzzing about the walk-in pantry these days is the ability to put their own fun and creative design touch on the space.
For instance, one way that we see homeowners customizing the walk-in pantry is through the entry point. If you talk to your building contractor about your options for an entryway, you could hear anything from a "secret" cabinet entrance to a sliding barn door.
And speaking of gadgets and appliances, some homeowners are even opting to include a second refrigerator and/or wine refrigerator in their walk-in pantries.
Some homeowners not only want their walk-in pantries to be functional, but visually appealing as well. Sturdy and attractive shelving in varying widths to display food is often a desired feature, and some homeowners are even incorporating natural stone countertops into the pantry to further connect the space with the kitchen. The addition of countertops in the pantry can also provide homeowners with additional food prep space, which can be a much welcomed feature if countertop space is limited in the kitchen.
Placement of the walk-in pantry should also be carefully considered. Ideally, this essential storage space should be within close proximity to both the garage and kitchen to make the transfer of food between these spaces easier. Talking to your building contractor early on in the design process about your desire for a walk-in pantry can help to ensure that the space is used wisely.
As you can see, today's walk-in pantries have taken on a life of their own, and the possibilities for this highly coveted storage space are endless.
To learn more about the latest custom home building trends, please contact us at Empire Custom Builders. Having successfully completed more than 500 projects in Central Florida, you can feel good knowing that you are partnering with an experienced building contractor.