3 Inspiring Butler’s Pantry and Wet Bar Design Ideas

3 Inspiring Butler’s Pantry and Wet Bar Design Ideas

3 Inspiring Butlers Pantries and Bars

Once upon a time, the Butler’s Pantry was a hidden area of the kitchen used for food preparation, hiding meal clean up and storing fine china and silver. Modern-day Butler Pantries have become a focal point of home design featuring custom countertops, unique backsplashes, open cabinetry and wet bars – providing a fun space to add creative design elements. Whether the Butler’s Pantry is enclosed or placed in a hallway, the design options are endless. 

These are a few of our favorite Butler’s Pantry and Wet Bar projects. If you are looking for inspiration for your new home or home renovation, we can help you find the perfect countertop and backsplash for your Butler’s Pantry. All surfaces were fabricated and installed by Surface One. Ready for an update? Make an Appointment with Surface One Today!

Honed Marble Butler’s Pantry with Wet Bar

This Butler’s Pantry with Wet Bar is a located in a passthrough between the kitchen and dining area. It provides a separate beverage serving area with a below counter refrigerator and ice maker. The countertops are a Mystery White Honed Marble with a 2″ custom backsplash with detailed edges. The farmhouse style upper cabinets are open to display the client’s glassware. 

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Honed Marble Private Wet Bar

Whether you are serving wine, coffee, or soda, a custom Wet Bar is a beautiful way to provide beverage service for your friends and family. This walk-in wet bar brings high design elements to the second floor of the home. The countertop is Honed Marble with a custom 1″ backsplash. Complementary features such as open shelving to display glassware, an antique brass fixture and modern cabinet hardware complete the design.

 Montclair Danby Marble Kitchen Countertops

Blue Butler’s Pantry

High gloss blue cabinets are complemented by White Marble countertops in this bold Butler’s Pantry. Upper cabinets featuring antique mirrored glass add light and whimsy to the room. Custom lighting and brushed brass hardware add a pop that completes finish the high end look. Carlisle Moore Architects, Cotton Construction and Emory Ratliff collaborated to bring this extraordinary Butler’s Pantry to life.

 Montclair Danby Marble Kitchen Countertops
Surface One custom fabricates and installs beautiful and unique surfaces for residential and commercial projects. Located in Pelham, AL, Surface One has been in business since 1999. We are a leading source for custom fabricated countertops. Surface One fabricates natural stone, quartz, solid surface and specialty surfaces for residential and commercial clients. The Surface One design team can accommodate the design and budget requirements of any project. The talented designers offer styles, colors, materials and pricing options including rare surfaces for high impact design and renewable surfaces to meet Green Building and LEED standards.
Quartz Countertops for Restaurants

Quartz Countertops for Restaurants

Quartz Countertops For Commercial Food Service

Countertops for restaurants, bars, cafes, and clubs need to look fabulous and hold up to heavy usage. Durability, cleaning and maintenance are an important part of deciding what materials are best to use for commercial food preparation and serving areas.

Quartz countertops are a very popular choice for restaurant kitchens and serving areas. Quartz countertops are a non-porous material that is stain resistant and bacteria resistant so it is a great option for restaurants. Quartz is also impact and scratch resistant making it an excellent choice for high-use public areas.

Quartz is a man-made material that is available from several manufacturers, such as Silestone, Zodiaq, Cambria and Caesarstone, with styles that vary in color and design. Quartz countertops are available in a rainbow of colors from subtle to bold. Quartz countertops are often solid but can also be veined to look like Marble and other natural stone. Here are a few examples of Quartz countertops that Surface One installed in restaurants and commercial food service areas.

Cambria Quartz Countertops in University Cafeteria

In this project, Surface One fabricated and installed Cambria Hollinsbrook Quartz Countertops in the Samford University Cafeteria located in Homewood, Alabama. This is the main dining area for the Samford University students, fondly referred to as ‘The Caf’. Cambria Quartz surfaces are durable and bacteria resistant, making them ideal for food service areas. Each Quartz slab was custom fabricated to fit the commercial restaurant equipment specifications, including specialty sinks, hot and cold buffet units, steam tables, custom cooktops and food preparation stations. The final product is eye catching, durable and easy to maintain.

Zodiaq Quartz in University Baseball Stadium Club

Surface One was pleased to have participated renovation of the Sewell-Thomas Stadium at the University of Alabama. The “Joe” is a state-of-the-art baseball facility with several new upscale club and dining options. For this renovation, the University of Alabama chose Cloud White Zodiaq Quartz countertops for the .525 Club and Mystic Black Zodiaq Quartz Countertops for the Home Plate Club. The finished product is a modern design that is easy to clean and highly durable.

 Montclair Danby Marble Kitchen Countertops
 Montclair Danby Marble Kitchen Countertops

Zodiaq Quartz in Pizza Restaurant

The Brixx Pizza restaurant at Patton Creek in Hoover, Alabama contracted Surface One to outfit their bartop and bar-area tables with Zodiaq Quartz. A light colored Savory Zodiaq Quartz is featured on the long curved bartop while a darker Saddle Brown Zodiaq Quartz was used for the round serving area at the bar and most of the tables in the bar.

The contrasting Quartz colors on the curved bartop and round serving area are a focal point in this modern bar and restaurant. The bacteria resistant Quartz countertops maintain a high-end appearance with little maintenance and long-term durability.

 Montclair Danby Marble Kitchen Countertops
 Montclair Danby Marble Kitchen Countertops

Surface One

Surface One is highly experienced in fabricating countertops for restaurants, bars, cafeterias, universities, and commercial food service areas. We have a variety of highly durable countertop material options that are resistant to bacteria and staining. If you have a project that you would like for us to quote please contact us to make an appointment today.

Ceiling Height Kitchen Cabinets

Ceiling Height Kitchen Cabinets

What style of Kitchen Cabinets do you prefer? Selecting the perfect cabinet style can be very difficult when designing or redesigning your kitchen. There are a huge variety of colors, materials and door styles available. Do you want doors on your upper cabinets, or no upper cabinets at all? What style door should you choose? Do the upper cabinets and wall cabinets have to match? What about trim styles, custom vent hoods, appliance panels and hidden pantries. The possibilities are endless. Here are a few examples of how our client’s incorporated ceiling height cabinets into their kitchen designs.

Full Height Kitchen Cabinets

Full ceiling height cabinets are an excellent way to add dimension to your kitchen while also increasing storage. The top row of cabinets can be fully framed to hide less used items or open framed to display your favorite dishes and decor. Open shelves and recessed lighting can be added to create focal points within the design.

In this project and in the project above, inset cabinetry with recessed panel doors creates a clean and contemporary look. The top of the cabinets and the vent hood are finished with crown molding that adds formality to the design. 

In both kitchens, grey and white veined marble countertops with a straight edge complement the monotone color scheme and a marble backsplash above the designer cooktop becomes a focal point of the room.

Montclair Danby Marble Kitchen Countertops
 Montclair Danby Marble Kitchen Countertops

This kitchen design combines more traditional style raised cabinet doors and drawers combined with a modern veined marble backsplash. The open-frame glass-front upper cabinets include recessed lighting to display the owner’s favorite decorative items. Other traditional elements that bring the style together include custom scrollwork on the cabinetry, a vintage style chandelier and a soft ogee edge on the marble countertops.

If you are designing or remodeling a kitchen, Surface One can help you find the perfect countertops to complement your new cabinets. If you need help pulling your project together, our sales team can recommend interior designers, builder and remodelers to help you design the kitchen of your dreams.

Photo Credits: Tasha B Interiors, Twin Construction & StyleBlueprint, B-Metro.

What is the Difference Between Quartz and Quartzite?

What is the Difference Between Quartz and Quartzite?

Quartz vs Quartzite

It may surprise you that many people do not know the difference between Quartz and Quartzite. Both are beautiful materials that are very popular choices for kitchen and bathroom countertops. Although many people think that Quartz is a natural stone, in the countertop industry the term Quartz actually refers to a synthetic material that consists of ground up Quartz combined with binders and colorants. Quartzite is the natural stone that is mined from the earth in slabs and then fabricated into countertops. 

A great way to remember that Quartz is the engineered product is to remember it is manufactured under brand names, such as Caesarstone, Silestone, Corian and Cambria. All of these manufacturers create different colors and patterns of Quartz by combining quartz crystals (found in quartzite) with resins, pigments and other materials.

How Do You Decide Between Quartz and Quartzite

So how do you decide whether to use Quartz or Quartzite in your Kitchen or Bathroom? They are both excellent choices for use throughout your home and in commercial business too. These are a few factors to consider:

What Is The Look You Are Trying To Achieve

Quartzite has a natural stone pattern with multiple colors typically in shades of white or light grey. There are also variations of Quartzite that embody pink, gold and brown hues. Quartzite is often mistaken for Marble or Granite because of the rich colors and natural veining. If you are looking for a pop of color or focal point for a room – such as a kitchen island – then Quartzite may be the choice for you.

Quartz is man-made and has a more consistent color and pattern. Quartz can have a clean, modern look with a wide variety of colors and consistent patterns. Some brands and colors of Quartz may also mimic the look of natural stone veining while others have a flecked appearance.

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Aria Quartzite

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White Quartz

Do You Want Maintenance Free?

Quartzite is an extremely durable surface often compared to granite due to its strength. It is more resistant to scratching and more heat resistant than quartz. However, Quartzite is a natural stone that can be stained and therefore should be sealed.

Quartz is very low-maintenance because it is non-porous, so it is resistant to stains and bacteria free. It is a very popular choice for restaurants and commercial office spaces.

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White Quartzite

 Montclair Danby Marble Kitchen Countertops

White Quartz

Final Decision: Quartz or Quartzite… Or Both???

It may surprise you to know that many of our clients pick both. Quartzite on a kitchen island can bring a high-end look with strong veining and brilliant colors that is complemented by a sleek Quartz on the surrounding countertops.

Quartz is a very popular choice to bring modern style and color to master bathrooms, while Quartzite can provide the wow-factor in a powder bathroom. Contact us at Surface One today to find the best countertop materials for your home or office.

Surface One custom fabricates and installs beautiful and unique surfaces for residential and commercial projects. Located in Pelham, AL, Surface One has been in business since 1999. We are a leading source for custom fabricated countertops. Surface One fabricates natural stone, quartz, solid surface and specialty surfaces for residential and commercial clients. The Surface One design team can accommodate the design and budget requirements of any project. The talented designers offer styles, colors, materials and pricing options including rare surfaces for high impact design and renewable surfaces to meet Green Building and LEED standards.

Kitchen Remodel Calcutta Gold Silestone Quartz

Kitchen Remodel Calcutta Gold Silestone Quartz

This kitchen remodel designed by Crystal Tucker of Twin Construction features stunning Calcutta Gold Quartz countertops by Silestone. The simple white and grey pattern of the countertops emulates the look of marble while providing the low-maintenance durability of quartz.

Crystal choose deep blue cabinets with brushed champagne brass hardware and a custom-made deep blue vent hood to add a punch of color that contrasts the white countertops. Open wood shelving mounted on a ceiling-high white subway tile backsplash brings a spacious and casual feel to the kitchen design.

Quartz countertops are stain resistant and bacteria resistant making them an excellent choice for family kitchens and bathrooms. They are also impact and scratch resistant. Quartz is a great alternative if you are interested in the look of marble with less maintenance required.

Read more about this fabulous renovation at StyleBlueprint. Images: M. Fehr Photography

Montclair Danby Marble Kitchen Countertops
 Montclair Danby Marble Kitchen Countertops
Surface One custom fabricates and installs beautiful and unique surfaces for residential and commercial projects. Located in Pelham, AL, Surface One has been in business since 1999. We are a leading source for custom fabricated countertops. Surface One fabricates natural stone, quartz, solid surface and specialty surfaces for residential and commercial clients. The Surface One design team can accommodate the design and budget requirements of any project. The talented designers offer styles, colors, materials and pricing options including rare surfaces for high impact design and renewable surfaces to meet Green Building and LEED standards.

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