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Karen Aston, principal at interior design firm Karen Aston Design4. Blunder: Not having enough space for a butler’s pantryBefore you plan your dream butler’s pantry, ask yourself if you really have the space for one. Factor in the dimensions of the walls that will need to be built to house the area, and any inclusions. Solution: Consider the space requirements carefully before committing to a butler’s pantry. You can easily move in and out of an 800-millimetre-wide door carrying groceries. However, bending, reaching and opening drawers requires much more space. The minimum distance I’d recommend between two sides of a butler’s pantry is 1,000 millimetres, although 1,200 millimetres is preferable.You’ll then need to add another 600 millimetres for a run of benchtops. If you are including a refrigerator, dishwasher or double sink, you’ll need even more space.
Thinking behind the arrangement of furniture/fixtures:The galley-style layout of the kitchen was retained as other designs could not be achieved without major structural changes and expense. However, this layout was improved both aesthetically and functionally with some minor structural changes to the walls and windows.These included: Adding a walk-in pantry to the rear of the kitchen by stealing space from the adjoining home office. Lowering the height of the window above the sink and adding a second window beside it to create one long, contemporary splashback-style window, with space for wall cabinets above it.