“An under-bench wine cabinet is a splurge that won't necessarily break the bank”
~ Luisa Volpato, interior designer
Aside from having maximum storage, plenty of bench space and task lighting, kitchen necessities will be made up of things that make this a space to linger, such as a large island bench where the kids can have breakfast, or where guests can chat with the chef. On the appliance list might be a double fridge, a large oven or an induction cooktop.
If space or budget won’t allow for a butler’s pantry, try to integrate its features into the main kitchen. This might mean having an appliance cupboard to keep the benchtops clear, a large, deep sink for hiding dirty dishes, and putting a lot of thought into storage. Splash out on things that will make a big difference, such as soft-close drawers, and on the appliance side, a good-quality oven and quiet rangehood.
Aimee test-drives her new Blum cabinetry. Magic!