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Pantries aren't just for storage any more.

Owners want more functional, custom-built pantries that are "almost like a mini kitchen inside," said John Robinson, owner of luxury home builder Wood & Clay in New Hampshire. He's currently working on one that has a built-in coffee center, a mini sink, room for food prep and ample storage .

Pantries might be getting bigger, but that doesn't mean owners want them to be noticeable. Steve Murray, president of Murray Homes in Florida, said he is building pantry doors flush with the cabinetry.

"It takes away the need for huge banks of cabinets everywhere and it allows more flow and function."

First published April 7, 2015: 11:39 AM ET

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