Walk-in kitchen pantries are hot, according to the National Association of Home Builders, which says 85 percent of poll respondents included this amenity on their “most wanted list.” And increasingly, real estate agents, architects, and contractors say high-end home buyers are utilizing the space for purposes beyond food storage. They instead are becoming a place to conduct food preparation out of the view of guests, which allows the kitchen itself to remain clean and uncluttered. Additionally, homeowners may even wrap presents or manage the household’s finances from today’s newfangled pantries, which could include computer niches, desk space, sinks, and coffee machines. Modern, multifunctional versions also are being designed to complement the rest of the house, with matching woodwork and upscale appliances — especially if they are partially visible from the rest of home. | Read More