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Fantastic & Functional Kitchen Additions

Updated: Sep 12, 2022

Functional spaces make a perfect addition to any kitchen. With the kitchen doing the heavy lifting in terms of cooking and entertaining, functional spaces can add an array of entertainment, organization, and functionality to your home. There are so many different possibilities when it comes to customizing your kitchen to you and your lifestyle. Custom kitchen designs can provide you with unique and very personalized options that make your kitchen the focal point of your home. Continue reading to learn about the different types of highly organized and beautifully functional kitchen spaces that can make your house feel like home.


The key to a spotless kitchen is a well-organized pantry. Pantries providing plenty of room to stash tools, ingredients, and serving pieces while keeping your kitchen organized. Storage is typically the focus of the pantry and should be the main consideration when it comes to design. It can also serve as a showcase for collections of glassware and china, on open shelving, in glass-front cabinets, or even on the wall.

Butler’s Pantry:

An easy way to think about a butler’s pantry is that it is essentially an upgraded version of a regular pantry. While a normal pantry is purely for storage, a butler’s pantry can be treated as an extension of your kitchen. These spaces are very functional but are still beautiful and feel like a room in your home. They are not just for storage, but for practical use as well. Butler’s pantries are completely customizable to your needs, so they can be very helpful for preparation space for entertaining, extra storage, a second sink, housing for your appliances, or anything else you might need. You can easily create a multi-functional space that fulfills a variety of uses. The primary reason to have a butler’s pantry in your home is to help keep your main kitchen more organized and cleaner on a day-to-day basis. The butler’s pantry is more utilitarian, and is the place to make a mess, while the main kitchen can be prettier and less cluttered.

Coffee Station:

Adding a modern coffee station to your home is a perfect idea for those who start their morning with a cup of fresh coffee and enjoy the energy boosting drink as a part of their daily lives. Coffee stations gives a nice, stylish touch to modern interior design and offer easy access to your favorite drink. A small corner of your kitchen is all you need to create a functional coffee station for your home that is sure to be the focal point of your kitchen while providing plenty of entertainment and energy for you and your guests.

Standing Bar:

Whether you love a night out on the town, I night at home in your pajamas, or entertaining is your passion, standing bars are a fantastic functional space you can add to your home. Standing bars provide you and your guests with a fun option to mix their own drinks in the comfort of your own home. Whether you are somewhat of a connoisseur, experiment every time you make a drink, or simply love to entertain, a standing bar is a great addition to any home.


Building a home bar is a dream project of many homeowners, and it's time to make that dream a reality. Making your home your oasis means adding a bit of personalization and a little bit of luxury throughout. For some, a home bar is just enough luxury to take your space to the next level, and every home bar adds personalization to your home. Whether you want a full bar in your home, a standing bar in the kitchen, or just a fun corner outside, there are options for every home.

Beverage Center:

Food and drink are the heart and soul of the kitchen, but kitchens have also become a focal point for family life and entertaining. Beverage centers are designated, purpose-built areas typically used to store or display beverage supplies and used to prepare drinks. A beverage area fits almost any size kitchen remodel, ranging from a full beverage bar to a simple coffee station or under counter beverage refrigerator. Whatever the right fit is for you, your experienced kitchen designer will help you find the best way to meet your needs.


Just about any size dining room can use a buffet to make hosting and entertaining a lot easier. A buffet is a long, low counter that is typically used as an extra surface for serving food. A buffet is designed to provide storage for your special occasion dishes, flatware, and linens you'd usually use in a dining room. It also serves as a surface area for placing dishes or trays of food. When it's not in serving mode, the top surface is typically used to display decor such as candles, lamps, and artwork. Whether you love to host or simply like having extra space, buffets are an incredible functional space option for any home.

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