Some well-off homeowners are spending as much to outfit their pantries as others spend on a redo of an entire kitchen. As they become more open, kitchens are merging with family rooms and becoming the place for entertaining. So homeowners are moving the clutter and noise out of sight. Home builders say 8 5 percent of respondents put a walk-in kitchen pantry on their "most wanted" list. In addition to built-in coffee pots, and a washer and dryer, the pantry may have a desk, TV and counter space. And it can be a place for boots and coats. Some view the pantry as a second kitchen with its dishwasher, refrigerator, freezer and large work surface. It also reduces the number of cabinets needed in the kitchen so the kitchen can be more decorative, says The Wall Street Journal. The whole project is more like pantries of a century or more ago. In the mid- to -late 1800s, the "butler's pantry" was a room off the kitchen for storing glassware, dishes and cutlery and where food was prepped for cooking. Pantries all but disappeared in the 19950's and didn't return until the 1990's. When kitchens opened up, walk-in pantries returned. Cost-conscious consumers can build a raft of shelves by themselves and add features that aren't that costly. Pantries generally have doorless shelves.