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How to Know if a Walk-In Pantry is Right for You

by CustomHomes on Monday, October 9, 2017

modern kitchen with island and walk-in pantryA kitchen is one of the rooms most prone to becoming very messy and disorganized. It’s where we arguably keep the most disparate and differing items in the house. There are plenty of tips to help increase your storage and make the best of the space you have, but the most obvious solution would be to get a pantry. A walk-in pantry is a particularly appealing solution, but is it too much?

Here are some things to consider about walk-in pantries:

Storage Capacity

A walk-in pantry allows for more space than a typical cabinet pantry. As these operate like a room, when you build them you will have more freedom with space than if you would just add another cabinet. You could possibly make the walk-in as big as you wish. Additionally, you can fill the entire room with shelves and then you will never have to worry about space again.

On the flip side, having too much space may make it hard to find what you need. Unless you create a method to keep everything organized, you could spend a lot of time sifting through an entire room for a single ingredient.

When it comes down to it, people often still only end up using the front part of their shelves.This defeats the purpose of these pantries! Those who make full use of them then run into potentially buying too much and never getting to use it all. For most, pantries are an excellent place for canned goods and non-perishables for just this reason.

Expenses

Unfortunately, cabinet pantries cost more than your typical base or wall cabinet. As walk-ins have specific designs meant to make the best of your storage space, they require a little more time and skill.

Depending on where and how you decide to go about making your walk-in pantry, it might require construction of the pantry’s foundation itself before workers could even get started. You would need to prepare for an inaccessible kitchen due to renovations for a significant period of time.

If you’ve weighed the pros and cons and have decided your dream home needs a walk-in pantry, contact Custom Home Group before you start building to make sure it’s included!

+Ken Uhrich is lead Estimator and Purchaser at Custom Home Group, a Design/Build company, located in Lancaster County, PA. You can follow Ken on Twitter: @kuhrich Or visit his company website: www.customhomegroup.com