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How To Design A Kitchen and Working Butler’s Pantry

Design Brief

Not only is the client a grower of honest-to-goodness organic food, he is also a graduated Chef. As such he is interested in the Kitchen design and layout from the chef’s point of view. In his new-found time he plans to entertain extensively and on occasion host groups of 25-50 people.

Modern kitchen designs have flat sides, regular lines and shapes, and token trimming. While wood veneer and stone are from time to time used, materials in modern kitchens are more often man-made, including plastic, metal, concrete, and glass.

The Owner has the use of time-worn lumber which he wants to use and feature through out the manor.

Modern kitchen cabinets often are found with flat slab doors and touch latches. By avoiding undue details, modern cabinetry gives the room a clean and open look. Crown moulding, wood carvings, and raised panel door styles are not for the modern style of design. Modern cabinets are most often faced with plastic laminate or wood veneer, with the wood grain often oriented horizontally to give the cabinetry a sense of motion and width.

To Work Triangle or Not

Preliminary Kitchen & Butlers Pantry Plan

A lot is in print about kitchen design. I believe that the work triangle use came from an earlier time when there were only a refrigerator, range and a sink in play. Todays kitchens the above and two sinks, wine coolers, trash compactors, one or two dishwashers, cook tops one or two wall ovens, microwaves, toaster ovens, steam ovens and even built-in coffee centres. Have a look in a well stocked kitchen store and you find an almost endless choice of corded wonders to make your cooking chores easier and to eat up counter and storage space.

I suggest that there are mini work triangles. A kitchen design that works notes how the client uses it and places appliances, work surfaces and storage by the intended task. I’ll be spending many hours with the owner getting the details just so in this his most-liled place to be.

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Bringing In The Food

Most families now bring in the groceries from the attached garage and most often — because of bad design, track through a good part of their home just to get to the kitchen. I don’t know about you but I find this and other common design flaws a trying waste of time.

In this design the client who purchases a cow at a time has easy access to large freezers right from the drop off point in the garage. Day to day food and supplies are stored in the butler’s pantry just inside the door leading from the garage. The pantry holds all the food stuffs that do not require refrigeration. And the refrigerator is just step away.

Preliminary Pantry from Kitchen Side

Dish and Glassware Storage

Keep in mind saving of motion. I’m always careful about putting glass and mug storage close to the dishwasher, as these items come out of the dishwasher one at a time.

The butler’s pantry is the ideal place to clean and store these. With a dishwasher just steps away from the kitchen and dining room there are no wasted steps.

Everything You Want To Know About Sinks

If a kitchen has only one sink, NKBA, National Kitchen & Bath Association, guidelines put forward that it should be next to or across from the cooking surface and refrigerator. I believe that a sink needs working space on both sides. Where else are you going to put that bag of potatoes while you wash and peel them at the sink? In the butler’s pantry the main sink is flanked by two dishwashers and becomes the main food prep and cleanup area for the kitchen. A second smaller sink in the butler’s pantry serves for getting a drink or filling the coffee maker and is easy to reach from the kitchen side. A third sink behind the induction stove top serves to fill or empty large pasta pots or as a second work station for when two cooks are in action.

Two kitchen sinks can make it easier to keep your kitchen clean when one is used for prep and the other for cleanup. When the meal is over and prep is done, if you have a helper, then cleanup goes twice as fast if there are two sinks.

The kitchen has two dishwashers and three sinks, which makes crossing paths almost out of the question.

A nice, high faucet that can move every which way is a real plus when it comes to cleaning those big pots, too.

Short path from sink to dishwasher and storage. The sink and the dishwasher are normally side by side. But having your dish storage right by the dishwasher means you can unload and put away in one easy movement.

There is a growing trend for a pot filler right next to the cook top.

A common fixture in restaurant kitchens, pot fillers are now making their way into home kitchens because they are so hands-on and good-looking. They are placed near the stove and have two or more sections joined by flexible joint arms that fold out over the stove when you want to fill a pot and fold neatly when not in use.

Pot Filler Faucet Pros & Cons:

A pot filler lessens strain on your body. Water weighs more than 8 pounds a gallon, so when you fill up a large pot and carry it to the stove, you may be carrying 20 pounds or more. When you have a pot filler faucet, you only carry the pot to the stove and then fill it on the stove. Also, a pot filler not only saves you from toting that weight, which can be a strain on your arms and wrists, but it also saves you from leaning over the sink and pulling out a heavy pot of water, which can be a big strain on the lower back. I rank this as half a pro because you are still going to carry the pot to the sink to drain the water.

A pot filler saves time when you cook. Cooking fast or well calls for the doing of more than one task at the same time by you, and a kitchen-pot filler is a great way to increase your ability to multitask in the kitchen. With a kitchen-pot filler, you fill pots right at the stove, freeing up your kitchen faucet and sink for cleaning vegetables or rinsing pasta or even filling another pot at the same time. This means that you will not only be able to save time by filling pots with your pot filler and working at the sink at the same time, but you can also tackle foods that require you to be able to work fast. Again I see this as half a pro because while multitasking you run the risk of overflowing water at the cook top. Clients who want pot fillers need to strongly consider a floor drain or a small sink next to the cook top.

A pot filler adds style to your kitchen. The ideal kitchen has appliances and fixtures that not only add utility, but also beauty to the room. The right sink and faucet in your kitchen, for example, can withstand the trial of daily use, but it also adds a touch of style to your kitchen. Like a regular kitchen faucet, pot filler faucets are highly practical as well as attractive. If you’re looking for a way to add to the look of your kitchen, a pot filler faucet can give your kitchen a look that says that you’re serious about cooking while at the same time adding a classy touch of bronze or chrome that complements the other fixtures in your kitchen.

Trough Sinks

Even though a trough sink has not been shown in these preliminary drawings it may well be included as one of the sinks in the final design. When you are ready to bring the functionality of your kitchen to a new level install a trough sink. They work great as a prep sink or secondary sink and they provide you the best in flexibility. In fact they are the perfect choice for designing a custom workspace.


Trough sinks are so-named because they look just that‚ a trough. As a bonus they create the perfect workspace for various craft and gardening projects.

They start at around 22 inches and go to about 48 inches long.

You’ll be in awe with the extra freedom you gain with this style of sink but you’ll also impress your guests with your well thought out design.

Stainless, stone, and other materials are at hand and you can also choose from moulded models which have some very sleek lines.

Apron-Front Sinks

Even though an apron front sink has not been shown in these preliminary drawings it may well be included as one of the sinks in the final design. These sinks have made a return to fashion in recent years. They have a broad, shallow face and an extra-deep bowl that can hold large pasta pots or stacks of plates with ease. Some models on the market have raised or decorative detailing on the apron. I suggest the unadorned streamlined models for the modern kitchen.


It easily serves you as the central workspace for canning, cleaning dishes and large pots literally covering every stage of food preparation.

Besides being large enough to hold oversize pots and pans, apron-front sinks are also ergonomically friendly. They let you get closer and work with less stress and strain because they are set farther forward than drop-in or under mount sinks.

The classic deep basin of the apron-front sink means less splashing while you work, for easier cleanup and fewer puddles on nearby surfaces, floors and walls.

Enamelled cast iron and fire clay remain the most well-liked material choices, not solely for their beauty, strength and durability, but also due to the large range of colour, pattern and shape options.

Another major matter is easier installation. Traditionally, apron-front sinks have needed the support of custom-built cabinetry. Now self-trimming apron-front sinks are easy to install.

Water is a vital element of the kitchen. Apron-front sinks pay tribute to its display in much the same way that a central fountain in a park provides a serene focal point for the busy life that revolves around it. Apron-front sinks impart a sense of lasting and quiet grace, a pleasing quality in an ever more speed up world.

Take A Call, Check Email, Do Paperwork

In most homes these tasks are done on the kitchen or dining room table and the mess is often left for all to see time and again. In this home the pantry has a built-in desk with slide out shelf and wall phone.

Kitchen Storage/Cooking Wall

In keeping with modern design the cabinet behind the butler’s pantry houses the ovens and lots of storage for all kinds of roasters, baking dishes and food. The storage above the ovens is used for items that are not used often or on a seasonal basis. The extra deep storage below counter level is ideal for large pots and roasters and can be fitted with a large selection of suited slide-out add-ons.

Appliance Garage Inside Butler’s Pantry

Preliminary Kitchen & Butlers Pantry Plan Perspective

All of the butler’s pantry is turned over as an appliance garage. Toasters, coffee makers, mixmasters, blenders, and even mess hide away by simply closing the sliding cabinet door between the butler’s pantry and kitchen and the rolling art panel from the dining room side.

Butler’s Pantry From Kitchen

Prep and serve the food from the pantry, close the doors during the meal. When it is time for cleaning up just stash the dishes in the butler’s pantry close the doors on the mess and enjoy your guests. Your handy appliances are out on the counter ready to be used at a moments notice and yet at the sliding of a door they are neatly out of sight. This idea isn’t so much about making the kitchen easy to clean—which we do, as it is about making it easy to at will hide the mess so at least it looks clean.

Preliminary Pantry & Kitchen Island From Dining

Hide the Mess

Many people swear by the labour-saving in having two dishwashers. You can be using the dishes out of one while loading the other one. Anything that keeps dishes from piling up in the sink is a good thing in my book.

Also, if you entertain all the time or have a large family so that you often have more dishes than can fit into a single dishwasher, having two makes sense.

Short path from sink to dishwasher and storage. The sink and the dishwashers are side by side. Having your dish storage right by the dishwasher means you can unload and put away in one easy movement.

At first, you might think that open shelves would make a kitchen harder to clean. But when you have them for the dishes you use daily and they are within easy reach of your dishwasher, then it is very simple to quickly empty the dishwasher.

This also makes it easy to hand wash an item, dry it and put it right back on the shelf. Put only dishes up here that you use often enough that they won’t have the chance to get dusty.

Peninsula Counter

View From Dining Room

The focal point in the kitchen, this counter, is fitted with a safe induction cooktop and venting hood fit to be a piece of art. Check my blog for the reasons you want to go with induction cooking over gas or electric. The 3′ – 6″ deep counter provides plenty of space for baking, checking a recipe on your iPad or serving three to four people. The back cabinet provides space for a trash compactor or standard waste basket wine cooler, pasta pots, cleaning supplies and cooking aids.

View From Behind the Peninsula Counter

Now good kitchen layout is not so much about the work triangle as it is about designing for task-specific areas of use—storing what you need for a specific task at a specific area of the kitchen.

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