Tall pantry cabinet: alternative suggestions?
I'm hoping you might be able to offer design suggestions to the current 36" w x 84" h x 12" d pantry cabinet for our modest kitchen remodel. Our kitchen proper is 12' by 8' with one west door and houses the refrigerator, range and dishwasher with cabinets/counter. Through an open 48" framed doorway is an adjacent 11' x 7' eat in room with east window and two doors (north and south) allowing bypass of the kitchen proper.
The utility of the 36" pantry cabinet in the eat in room cannot be understated as it sits separate on its own wall across from a 72" long beverage cabinet run of uppers and lowers. The pantry cabinet houses dry and canned food and is convenient to kitchen by three steps or so.
The ceiling is 102" from floor which translates into a 96" tall future pantry cabinet purchase, either 36" w or 30" wide with 6" crown moulding. That is one formidable pantry cabinet! It is incredibly tall, and more of a furniture piece than the current pantry. It's not sitting well with me as I find its height imposing.
I am seeking alternatives from you to this pantry. Could I break the 96" pantry cabinet into an upper with crown (planing 42" uppers with crown going to ceiling elsewhere) and lower 36" cabinet with 18" between? Has anyone utilized just a lower 36" wide x 34.5 utility base cabinet with counter for pantry storage (can goods, dry goods, accouterments, cereals etc)? I imagine a piece of art or wide mirror above a lower pantry cabinet. The kitchen itself will have some wall storage available for similar goods but not as much as needed. Base drawers will be filled with cooking equipment , etc. The design warrants a pantry cabinet in the eat in room.
Here is a picture of current 84" pantry. Imagine taking that to 96" and crown. I love cabinetry to the ceiling but this is too tall, too imposing for me. Please help by recommending some functional food pantry alternatives in the same space. Thank you very much for your help.
This post was edited by SparklingWater on Wed, Feb 20, 13 at 22:18