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Design Tip: Countertop Rain Management

Russ Faulk, Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet

Design Tip: Countertop Rain Management


There are a few small details that designers and installers can incorporate into the countertop specifications that will help with rain management in the outdoor kitchen. These little touches can go a long way in adding to the homeowner's satisfaction with the finished project:

  • A drip edge cut under the counter can help keep the cabinets and other equipment below stay cleaner and drier. This is nothing more than a continuous, small groove cut into the bottom of the counter along the edge. Even if the kitchen uses Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet weather-tight cabinets, this detail is another demonstration that you, as a professional designer, truly understand outdoor kitchen design parameters.
  • When using a backsplash, the the counter can be angled slightly downward toward the front to prevent puddles from accumulating at the backsplash.
  • An undermount sink will allow the homeowner to wipe rainwater into the sink instead of off the edge of the counter when they want to cook right after a spring shower.

Innovation is at the heart of every Kalamazoo product. Each part of the collection — from grills and pizza ovens to refrigeration and cabinetry — represents a significant departure from the established norm. Our passion for outdoor cooking and our fiercely independent design philosophy drive us to establish new industry benchmarks. Consequently, our list of exclusives and innovations speaks for itself.