Seventeen photos of butler's pantries -- the first one is about the size we're thinking of, I think.
In researching butler's pantries, I found this fabulous quote:
Love it. That section goes on and on. I was tempted to just keep typing in the whole thing, and have placed the book on my Amazon wish list. I would have just bought it, but I think I need to put myself on a book buying hiatus for the next year, so that I can afford to actually build my butler's pantry...
Equipment of Butler's Pantry.
The butler's pantry should be equipped with:
Strainers for punches, tea, and coffee.
Enamel ware pitchers for ice-water, punches, soups, etc.
Utensils and seasonings for salad making.
Vegetable brushes for cleaning celery and radishes.
Soft brushes for washing cut glass.
Materials for cleaning silver and cutlery.
Soap, ammonia, washing soda, and alcohol.
Matches in a tightly covered tin box.
Hardwood boards for use in cutting bread, meat, and cake.
Knives of various sizes.
Refuse can of galvanized iron with cover.
A dish drainer with a folded towel in bottom to prevent the nicking of dishes.
Glass-towels, hand-towels, dish-wipers, dish-cloths, cheesecloths, and holders, neatly arranged in a drawer.
A receptacle for soiled table linen is necessary. A hamper is best, if there is sufficient space; if not, a bag hung on the door is convenient. It is unwise to place soiled table linen in a drawer, as the odor of food which clings to it is an invitation to mice.
- Table Service, by Lucy Grace Allen, originally published in 1915.
We got the preliminary numbers from our general contractor today, and it looks like we can afford this renovation. At least the low-end version, and assuming we don't actually want to buy any furniture for our house...