Hottest New House Trend of 2015: The Scullery

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Leah is working on a story that will delight your building sensibilities later this week, but I saw a home in West Plano Tuesday that blew me away.

Or perhaps I should say, shook me up, after Dallas experienced  12 earthquakes!

Anyhoo, I couldn’t wait to spill the beans.

The home was built by Starside Custom Builders, Marc Powell’s company. Marc is a very seasoned, professional home builder developing 75 acres in West Plano called Normandy Estates, the last gated community in Plano. You will be hearing more about this amazing development here soon. Driving around, and looking at the quality of homes being built there by a select group of Dallas builders I would call the Rolls Royce of custom builders in North Texas, I was amazed. Normandy  Estates is less than two miles from the new Toyota campus in West Plano. And it’s a hop, skip and jump from the Dallas North Tollway right near my fave Park Place Lexus dealership.

ANYHOW! Marc has developed such a unique kitchen idea for his “empty nester” house/villa, I just had to share it with you.

It’s a room off the kitchen caller the Scullery. By definition, a scullery is a room where the servants wash up the dishes, an overflow kitchen as it were. It’s a room in a house used for washing up dishes and laundering clothes, or as an overflow kitchen when the main kitchen is overloaded. Tasks performed in the scullery include cleaning dishes and cooking utensils (or storing them), occasional kitchen work, ironing, boiling water for cooking or bathing, and soaking and washing clothes.

How very Downton Abbey!

Sculleries may contain hot and cold sinks, sometimes slop sinks, drain pipes, storage shelves, plate racks, a work table, various “coppers” for boiling water, tubs, and buckets.

In North America, the Skullery has become more of a utility room or laundry room.

But in Britain and Ireland, it can be an alternative term for kitchen in some regions

In commercial restaurants, a “scullery” refers to the section of a dining facility where pots and pans are scrubbed and rinsed, usually near the kitchen and the serving line.




Instead of a bland pantry, there is a long hallway behind that Wolf range stovetop. Inside is a long counter, cabinets, shelves, plate racks, a sink, second microwave and dishwasher. The hall can be closed off with sliding barn doors (obsessed) if a caterer is in there preparing food, and hide the mess. Or it can be wide open.

The Scullery is one of the newer trends in luxury home building, and I love it. Stay tuned, because Leah will bring you a whole lot more.

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Candy Evans

A real estate muckraker, Candy Evans is one of the nation’s leading real estate reporters. She is also the North Texas real estate editor for, CultureMap Dallas, Modern Luxury Dallas, & the Katy Trail Weekly. Candy has written for Joel Kotkin’s The New Geography, Inman Real Estate News, plus a host of national sites. Constantly breaking celebrity real estate news, she scooped former president George W. Bush's Dallas home in 2008. She is the founder and publisher of her signature, and, devoted to the vacation home market. Her verticals have won many awards, including Best Blog by the venerable National Association of Real Estate Editors, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious journalism associations. Candy holds an active Texas real estate license but does not sell. She is on the Board of Directors of Braemar Hotels & Resorts (BHR).

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    • mmJoanna England says

      That will be the day! I’m surprised we don’t see more crazy-looking cave-like pools in North Texas, though.

  1. Chas F says

    If truly a utility workspace, i think i would have installed a larger commrercial sink or sinks and forego the hardwood floors.

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