Given everyone's preoccupation with storage these days, it's no surprise that pantries are making a comeback. This winner is a simple 6-by-10-foot rectangle done up with base cabinets and adjustable shelves in maple-faced plywood that's been stained to complement the adjoining kitchen's knotty alder cabinetry. Roll-out shelves with half-fronts—21 in all—rim the perimeter and offer the kind of contained-but-visible storage that's perfect for things like onions, potatoes, and other loose items. What could have been dead space at the rear is filled out nicely with a free-standing, 19th-century oak chest, a perfect place to store linens and other things that need to be out of dust's way.
“A lot of buyers want to down-size, but the one thing you run into a problem with is storage,” says builder Tommy Nasekos. One solution: a well-planned, old-fashioned pantry.
Entrant/Builder: Nasekos Custom Homes, Charlotte, N.C.; Design firm: Christopher Phelps & Associates, Charlotte; Interior designer: Bosworth Interiors, Charlotte
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