Project Planning & Tips

Making and maintaining an outdoor kitchen is easier than you think

Looking to bring your patio to the next level but you wonder what’s involved? Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered.

Outdoor cafe culture started in Europe and eventually took over even the smallest American towns. Now homeowners are picking up on the trend. Additions like outdoor rooms, patios, kitchens and sports bars are topping homeowners’ wish lists. Who doesn’t love to dine al fresco with family and friends, in the warm sun or under a starry summer night? Fire pits and heaters extend the time spent outside all the way through the winter months, too.

The best thing about installing a patio is that it doesn’t have to break the bank. A basic patio install is the small start a homeowner needs to begin building a space made for making memories. EP Henry has options for any homeowner’s budget and plan. Check out our kitchen kits – outdoor kitchen structures built to be installed together or piece-by-piece. You can install a cabinet with a granite top one spring and add the grill cabinet or outdoor pizza oven the next year, and stay within your budget The cabinets’ paver stone classic color lines, Dakota Blend, Harvest Blend, and Pewter Blend, and the countertop colors, Viscon White Granite and Black Pearl Granite, are durable and beautiful.



A homeowner can take advantage of the flexibility a piece-by-piece install that an outdoor kitchen kit offers. Individual kits can be purchased separately without any of the additional cost sometimes associated with scaling back a project. Installing one piece each year is a possibility and a lot easier to work into an existing monthly budget. Also, the design of the outdoor kitchen may change once a homeowner lives with one piece. Perhaps the popular routes for foot traffic around and through the patio wasn’t understood at first. Having one piece installed may bring these plan discrepancies to light and future pieces can be placed more efficiently. For example, maybe the afternoon sun shines in the chef’s face as she prepares a meal on the outdoor countertop, and she changes the direction of the five-burner grill and oven she had planned to install next.



Maintenance of the paver cabinets and granite countertops is simple. Wiping them down with a damp cloth will do. If you must, a light spray of the hose (for those structures that don’t harbor electrical wiring) will dislodge any debris or dirt that may have accumulated over the winter. Patio pavers are made of cement, so some rock salts may not be safe for them (read more about which chemicals are safe to use for pavers here), but water and even a mild soap will do no harm.

Check out our Kitchen Kits here. You may just find the spark those fires up that dream outdoor kitchen.

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