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Offline John McCann

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A Secondary Pantry Closer to Kitchen
« on: November 29, 2009, 11:06:55 AM »

Our primary pantry is in our cellar which is fairly large.  This is where the majority of our food is stored (including water and wine).  This would include lots of various macaroni (which my wife, Denise, and I both love), canned food, freeze dried food, and five gal. buckets with Gamma seal lids.  These buckets contain things like rice, flour, salt, sugar, and various other things.

However, being in the far corner of the cellar, our primary pantry is a ways from the kitchen.  We have a cellar staircase just off the kitchen which is against an outside wall.  We used this area to store some emergency supplies, 1st aid supplies, etc.  But there weren't really any shelves and it wasn't organized (which I'm never happy about).  I kept looking at this area and decided I could build a shelving unit at the angle of the stairs, and still have room for plenty of supplies.  At the top by the door, I could build the shelves a little deeper and make room (organized room) for some of the emergency supplies and 1st Aid kit.

When food comes into the house, unless it is for immediate use in the kitchen, it is dated and stored in the primary pantry.  The primary pantry now supplies the secondary pantry, which serves the kitchen..  Not really as complicated as it sounds.

Anyway, here are some photos of what I built.  It works well for our needs.

A view looking up from the cellar:



A view looking through the upstairs door:



A closer view of the food at left:



A closer view of the emergency supplies are, bottom:



A closer view of the emergency supplies are, top:



Just trying to show that oftentimes there is wasted room in a home that can be used to store emergency supplies, or even built a secondary pantry.  

Thanks for looking.

John
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Re: A Secondary Pantry Closer to Kitchen
« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2009, 11:19:53 AM »
Love it!  I have a small pantry that I installed a combo of wire shelving and regular 12'' shelves - not as neat as yours!  Nice Job (+1)..
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Re: A Secondary Pantry Closer to Kitchen
« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2009, 11:20:38 AM »
 :o

Nice job!!
Very creative use of space

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Re: A Secondary Pantry Closer to Kitchen
« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2009, 11:44:01 AM »
+1, John. Very nice job. We also have primary and secondary pantries. Works great. When we run out of something in the primary, my husband "goes shopping" in the secondary pantry.  :D

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Re: A Secondary Pantry Closer to Kitchen
« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2009, 12:54:57 PM »
very nice great idea
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Re: A Secondary Pantry Closer to Kitchen
« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2009, 03:59:53 PM »
hmmm...where have I see before... ;D

Looks great John

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Re: A Secondary Pantry Closer to Kitchen
« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2009, 07:08:56 AM »
wow!  beautiful!  literally - it is the epitomy of form and function.
great use of space, and not afraid to let other people see the "messy and disorganized" stairwell!
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Re: A Secondary Pantry Closer to Kitchen
« Reply #7 on: November 30, 2009, 08:55:03 AM »
I thank you all for the kind comments....

Morning Sunshine.... someday I will get organized...  ;D

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Re: A Secondary Pantry Closer to Kitchen
« Reply #8 on: November 30, 2009, 10:26:14 AM »
Well done.

I'm not sure where you live, but I spent time in earthquake country. 
I would consider putting in some type of strap to hold the oil lamps in place.
You could use a light weight chain or even a slat from a miniblind.

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Re: A Secondary Pantry Closer to Kitchen
« Reply #9 on: November 30, 2009, 10:30:04 AM »
Turq1,

Good suggestion for earthquake country... I'm in mid NY and have never had a problem....  ;D

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Re: A Secondary Pantry Closer to Kitchen
« Reply #10 on: December 02, 2009, 01:01:02 PM »
Wow, very nice setup.
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Re: A Secondary Pantry Closer to Kitchen
« Reply #11 on: December 03, 2009, 12:00:00 AM »
Love it! Thank you for adding to #2's ever growing 'Honey Do' list. :D
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Re: A Secondary Pantry Closer to Kitchen
« Reply #12 on: February 09, 2010, 10:42:04 AM »
Wow, Great Idea! You are very creative!

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Re: A Secondary Pantry Closer to Kitchen
« Reply #13 on: March 04, 2010, 06:25:28 AM »
Great idea for another place to put storage. I hadn't ever thought of using the cellar steps as a storage area. They look terrific too!

Do you have any suggestions for someone building these type of shelves themselves?

Kind of a tangent, but one important thing on your shelves I wanted to point out is the fire extinguisher. This is an essential prepper item IMHO. (I haven't heard it mentioned on the podcast, but I haven't listened to every single episode...)

Mine came in handy for me the other day when I bought a used kerosene heater off of craigslist which was not exactly in good working order. It could have ended up badly if I didn't have an extinguisher on hand.

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Re: A Secondary Pantry Closer to Kitchen
« Reply #14 on: August 17, 2010, 01:16:02 AM »
Awesome. That gives me a goal looking at those photos. Thanks

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Re: A Secondary Pantry Closer to Kitchen
« Reply #15 on: August 18, 2010, 01:21:49 PM »
I was going to say that to use the area in the middle, I've see a home show on HGTV where they put in side and front drawers,.. but since there are steps there, you can't.. (Duh).. Awesome job.

I could see (maybe) one other place you could add storage and that is to the back of the door. Plastic wrap, zip top bag holder, or spices.
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Re: A Secondary Pantry Closer to Kitchen
« Reply #16 on: August 28, 2010, 04:45:02 AM »
The job look awesome.  I  fact we have a set of shelves in the exact location in our house that I am adding to today(going from two to four shelves).  I have had the project on my list for about a month now and this has given me the motivation to get off my fourth point of contact and take care of this line item.
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