I know, I know – it sounds crazy. Before I get into the specifics, let me give the background for this story…
When we were deciding how to renovate our kitchen, everyone that we talked to was all atwitter about our lack of pantry space – we were getting rid of upper cabinets in a lot of areas, and the kitchen did not have a built-in pantry. What was a girl to do?? I was considering a lifetime of takeout and fast food when all of a sudden – I got it!!!
What about that water heater closet in the garage? Before you think I’m crazy, hear me out – the water heater closet was accessible from the garage, but backed up into the laundry room which was . . . you guessed it – right next to the kitchen!
So now I had a space for the pantry, but where was the water heater going to go? Straight to the attic, as it turned out. That little baby made the move with no trouble and was soon joined by another water heater friend, and they lived happily ever after. Moral of the story – stick your water heater in the attic and use the extra space for something a LOT more fun, like a pantry or a closet. Brilliant!!
Once the water heater was relocated, we patched up the garage access to the closet, made an opening in the laundry room, put in some shelves and got right down to enjoying our new pantry. Problem solved!!