|Behind this door is a wall, where a doorway used to be.|
So, I did my favorite thing--exploratory demo. What I found was a shoddily covered doorway, filled with a piece of sheet rock. In fact, the frame was still exposed, just painted to match the wall. We decided to rebuild the old pantry a little differently than the original. Rather than a long, skinny wall that would have blocked off a south-facing window, we made a smaller closet.
Once we got to this stage, I panicked. My vision of a beautiful walk-in pantry with counter tops seemed impossible--it was so much smaller a space than I imagined. We spent a couple of days hemming and hawing, measuring and drawing, and eventually, inspiration struck.
|Don't worry, it's just the lens. We may be amateur builders, but we're not THAT bad with a square.|
We measured everything we anticipated would go in the pantry. We made single-wide shelves just big enough for pint or quart mason jars, put in a counter-top outlet for the bread maker, crock pot, and various other appliances and an under-counter outlet for our large dehydrator. The space beneath the lowest shelf is high enough to accommodate the dehydrator and a carboy of beer with a water lock. The top shelf is big enough to hold larger counter top appliances that we don't use as frequently, like the stand mixer.
The result is a pantry that's the perfect size to store all our dry goods and some of our preserves (the extras will go in storage in the basement). It's also a functional prep space, especially good for fermentation projects that need a dark corner to sit in and do their thing. It's done wonders to keep ongoing projects from cluttering our precious kitchen counter space.
I love working in tiny spaces; it's such a challenge to make the most of an area with design constraints. I supposed that's why we focused in on this tiny pantry when we have a whole big house to renovate. Once you're used to building tiny, it's hard to go back.