From Dianne (A Stove With a House Around It), in Akron, Ohio:
We just renovated our pantry, and since it is now my favorite room in the whole house, I thought I'd send along photos for your site. Really, I think I would live in there if I could.
My Dad is my architect and contractor -- we are lucky to have access to his carpentry skills and brilliant pantry-planning mind! The space once housed the washer and dryer, but we moved them to another spot in the house to make way for my dream pantry.
It was important to me to make room for the microwave and toaster oven in the pantry, to free up more counter space for prep work, kneading, the rolling out of dough, etc. I also wanted to incorporate some of my cookbooks to give the space a more bookshelf-y, furniture-y quality (that's also why I asked Dad to build it from wood, instead of that open wire shelving -- I wanted it to be like a piece of furniture).
The space isn't complete yet: on the left side, in front of the floor-to-ceiling shelves, Dad will build a rolling unit that hinges to the center support and will swing out and to the right. That way, I can store the less-often-used items on the shelves you now see, and nearly double the space for storing canned goods, pastas, grains, etc.
Thank you for indulging my pantry pride, and keep up the good work on the site! It is rather addictive, I must say....
(You can read more about Dianne's pantry here.)
On Saturdays, we peek into Other People's Pantries.
Come on -- show us your pantry.
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