“I suppose we all learned a lot of lessons from this pandemic,” Dorsey, a Massachusetts mother of three said. “One big one for me was how much food we actually go through. When you’re trying to get everything in just one shopping run, and you get it all home – well, let’s just say it was surprisingly difficult to find places to put everything.”
Kitchen storage is a challenge for many families. In the luxury or upscale home, there’s the additional concern of making sure storage options are aesthetically pleasing and in alignment with the rest of the rest of the kitchen in terms of quality and craftsmanship.
“I wound up ordering this plastic shelving unit off Amazon to deal with the extra grocery storage,” Dorsey explained. “And yes, it got the job done. But I don’t like how it looks. We have these beautiful countertops, and I love my hardwood floor – to have this plastic thing just doesn’t work for me. That’s what really got me thinking about having a pantry built.”
When Does a Pantry Make Sense?
Many of the kitchen design remodeling projects we do in Massachusetts include a pantry. Pantries take many forms: multi-room pantries featuring ingredient storage, a canned goods inventory, pan storage, appliance garages and more make sense for the families that do the most entertaining – if you have a prep kitchen, you definitely want a pantry like this. More common: the streamlined single room pantry that features smart shelving, storage for less-often used but still important appliances and baking gear, and space to stow bulk goods purchases.
What we’ve learned during the pandemic: every family, no matter how big or how small, will need to stock up sometimes. We all need sensible storage solutions to keep food on hand for at least a few weeks. Pantries can be very minimal – think built-in cabinetry – or large dedicated spaces that serve multiple functions. Your Massachusetts kitchen designer will help you create the one that’s right for your family.