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One of the easiest ways to add function to your dream home is to focus on your pantry.

This area can be so much more than a place to store your canned goods and cereal. A walk-in pantry adds crucial storage space and helps remove clutter from your kitchen counters and cabinets.

A new trend I’m seeing in custom homes is the addition of a butler’s pantry. These functional rooms have extra storage space, counters and power outlets. In addition to food, you can store your serving dishes and small appliances like mixers, toasters and coffeemakers. Adding lights to the shelves or in the ceiling makes the pantry even more useable.

A typical butler’s pantry is 6-feet-wide, which gives you enough room to put shelving on both sides without taking a huge chunk of your home’s footprint.

With either a walk-in or butler’s pantry, I suggest using a swinging door, which makes it easier to open when you’re carrying in groceries.

Coming next week: Bigger is better with garages.

Learn more at NewEfficientHomes.com.

About the author

Vladimir Oulianov has been a specialist in energy-efficient homes in Lincoln since 2002. He is ranked in the top 100 real estate agents in the U.S. and is the top Salesperson in Lincoln for the last 6 years. Other awards include a Lincoln’s Choice Award from the Lincoln Journal Star for Best real estate agent, a 40 under 40 Award from the Lincoln Business Journal and Realtor of the Year from Woods Bros Realty.

Vladimir's Real Estate Services believes in Fair Housing and an Equal Opportunity for all. Contact him at 402-890-0535 or vladimir@woodsbros.com.

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