Kitchen & Pantry for a Family on the Go

The view from the front hall. Code required solid wall behind the range, so we reconfigured the windows.

The view from the mudroom, looking toward the butler's pantry. The island has pop-up outlets for small appliances and electronics.

The coffee station and toaster occupy a long, shallow counter that preserves circulation and maximizes utility and storage.

View from the butler's pantry. We removed an unused chimney and relocated the basement door to make room for the fridge and pantries (see before.)

A rustic backsplash pops in the neutral space.

A professional-style pull-down faucet facilitates food prep and cleanup. The switch on the counter activates the disposal.

The island is a workhorse, with trash, spice and dish storage as well as prep space and seating for four or more.

The family's four kids can eat, do homework or chat with their parents at the island. There's plenty of power thanks to two pop-up outlets.

Sheet metal and blackboard paint create a planning center. But there's more...see next slide!

Not a wasted inch...The top of the old servants' stair was blocked off by the bath above, but we retained the storage (and hide-and-seek!) potential.

The butler's pantry contains a second sink, wall oven and microwave, plus additional storage.

A custom broom/utility closet tucked under the main stairs.

Still more under-stair storage.

A previous renovation had relocated much of the kitchen functions to a narrow butler’s pantry. This decidedly did NOT work for two French cooks with three young children. We brought the primary prep area back to its original location, adding a highly functional island for homework and food prep. There’s now plenty of storage and display space, both in cabinets and on open shelves.

The client picked a decorative stone tile for the backsplash behind the range. The butler’s pantry retains a sink and dishwasher for cleanup. We chose to retain the old secondary staircase because the basements stairs continued below it. This provided a unique opportunity to add storage behind a custom “hidey” door with a magnetic chalkboard front. We added storage under the main staircase in the butler’s pantry as well.

See also the mudroom and primary bath phases of this project.

Before and After

The old “kitchen” contained just a fridge, counter, and table. The sink, dishwasher, and range were in the butler’s pantry!

The view from the mudroom, looking toward the butler’s pantry. The island has pop-up outlets for small appliances and electronics.

The butler’s pantry was the main kitchen!

The butler’s pantry now contains a second sink, wall oven and microwave, plus additional storage.

This was our first renovation experience and steveworks made it a pleasure. I recommend them highly.