Recipes of the Month: Ooey Gooey Yumminess

June 18, 2018 Outdoor Cooking

June brings hot heat and lots of backyard BBQ eats!  June also brings National Cheese Month, Turkey Month and Fresh Fruit and Veggie Month, so we thought we would collide these to make a culinary creation.   Who’s hungry?

 

Ricotta Cucumber Tea Sandwiches (nice and light, and very tasty)

Feta and Shaved Asparagus Salad (sounds weird, but we think you’ll like it)

Crunchy Havarti and Pickle Hamburger (really just a fancy cheeseburger if you ask us, but still delish)

California Salsa Verde Chilaquiles (not sure what this is, but it was good… realllll good)

Baked Ziti with Summer Vegetables (because it has vegetables, it’s healthy… just trust us)

Honeysuckle Lemonade Cocktail (because by now you’re thirsty)

Watermelon Margaritas (still thirsty?… cheers)

Mini Monte Cristo Sandwiches (Your new favorite recipe, we promise)

Grandby’s Sour Cream Pound Cake (We don’t know who Grandby is, but he/she sure does know how to make a good cake)

Ooey Gooey Butter Bars (We have probably made these a thousand times and they are still everyone’s favorite)

And before we split out of here…

Banana Split Lasagna (don’t eat the whole pan, even if you want to)

Where’s Your Bathroom?

May 29, 2018 Outdoor Living
We asked our Texas Custom Patio Project Managers what commonly asked questions they recieved?  Here’s what Dean had to offer up…

Commonly asked questions re: adding a restroom:

– I have a pool and want a place for guests to use the restroom without tracking water through the house, but how much does adding an outdoor restroom cost?
– Where should we put it?
– How big should it be?
– I just want a place for guests to rinse off, can we just have a shower head somewhere?

Answers to the above:

 – Outdoor bathrooms average about $15-$20K. There are exceptions where some bathrooms are more or less than that, but this is the average range. Included in that $15-$20K is roughly an 8×6 bathroom with a sink, toilet, and maybe a stand up shower unit. It will have foundation depth concrete, exterior walls to match or complement existing home finishes, shingled roof, plumbing/vents, at least one frosted window for natural light and finished/painted interior with trim.
 – Typically you want to put the bathroom off to the side of the property or connected to the end of a patio cover so it is out of the way. Location may also be dictated by the location of the sewer clean out pipe that we would have to tie into. The closer to the clean out pipe, the more cost effective we can be on the plumbing.
 – Yes, we can add just a shower head for guests to rinse off. We can also build a privacy wall if requested for the showering area.

Pros to adding a bathroom:

– Convenient restroom for guests both in and out of the pool
– You don’t have to let people into your house to use the restroom
– Convenient to wash off the chlorine smell after getting out of the pool
– Additional place to store towels or pool toys

Potential Hang-ups:

– Tying into the sewer may be difficult or may be completely unreachable
– The cost may be higher than expected for homeowners. When we build a bathroom, we are building a really small house. That one room needs to be vented, sealed to stay dry, and should also have some temperature control unit. If you don’t air condition that bathroom space, it will feel like a sauna in the middle of the summer.
– With a pool and patio cover, you may not have enough space or the right location to be able to add a bathroom
– Cost vs. value is not equal
But what doesn’t hurt is to ask!  We are happy to come out, take a look and give you a free estimate!

Recipe of the Month: On the Grill

May 29, 2018 Outdoor Cooking

May is National BBQ Month, but really all summer long we should be firing up our grill and sizzlin’ up something delicious!  We thought we would do a mixture of savory and sweet, so that there’s something for everyone!

 

 

Charred Citrus Margaritas

Grilled Jalapeño Popper Potato Salad

Grilled Chicken Quesadilla Sandwich 

Raspberry Chipotle Pork Kabobs

Grilled Peach and Raspberry Parfait 

Smoky Chocolate Chips Cookies on the Grill 

Recipe of the Month: Savory French Toast Breakfast Sandwich

April 11, 2018 Uncategorized

Our recipe of the month is always tested, approved and most importantly, they are always delicious!  We have done everything from grilled pizzas to grilled peaches, wings to watermelon… cocktails to beer drunk chicken.  This month we are focusing on the most important meal of the day… breakfast!  We are putting a savory spin on a traditionally sweet breakfast favorite.

 

Savory French Toast Breakfast Sandwich

Here are some more incredible choices to break that fast on a beautiful Saturday morning on the patio!

Avo-Cottage Cheese Toast 

Bacon and Egg Grilled Cheese

Cheesy Pancetta Buttermilk Waffles 

Cinnamon Roll Frozen Yogurt Muffins 

Grilled Pears with Honey Whipped Ricotta 

Granola Yogurt Tarts

 

Not All at Once

April 25, 2018 Outdoor Living, Patio Design
At Texas Custom Patios, we really get to know our customers. When you choose to build with us, you get your own project developer who will get to know you, your goals, your style, and will oversee your entire outdoor living project, from start to finish.   Part of that process is knowing your budget and maximizing your budget.  Truly one of the first questions asked is, “how much does something like this cost?” (while holding up a picture of a backyard vineyard from a castle in France).  But by knowing your budget, we can help you get the most out of every dollar.

 

Another way to get what you really want within the budget, is to build your project in phases.  Yup, we don’t have to do it all at once!  Let’s just say you would like an outdoor kitchen, but your current budget is blowing out the gas flame on that idea.  We can pour the concrete and build the cover portion, but only lay the groundwork for the plumbing.  Or you really want a fire feature, but you won’t really need it until November,  we run the gas line now and light the fire later!

 

 There’s also the option for financing, read more here!

 

 Covered patios, cabanas, sun rooms, outdoor kitchens and bathrooms, you name it, we’ve done it!  Check out our gallery of work, here!

Spring Cleaning Your Patio

March 30, 2018 Outdoor Living

The exterior of your home often gets forgotten about in the winter months, and sadly spring cleaning isn’t just meant for the inside of your home…  so you know what the means! Rain, wind, sun… all of these things can be dirt’s best friend when it comes to sticking to your patio furniture, flooring, and your grill.  We have some easy and affordable ways to spruce up for spring.

Fabric

All fabric (think cushions, pillows, even umbrellas) needs to be rinsed, scrubbed and rinsed again!  It’s best to use a soft-bristled brush and a little laundry soap.  Some mild scrubbing and a good rinse will do the job!

Wrought Iron

Wrought iron is strong durable and will stand the test of time except when it comes to staying nice in moist climates… hello Houston humidity!  To get the algae and rust away, use a stiff-bristled brush and dishwashing detergent.  Fill a bucket (1/2 gallon) with warm water, add 1 Tablespoon of liquid detergent and 1/2 cup of vinegar and get to scrubbing.

Wicker Furniture

Less durable than wrought iron, but twice as annoying.  All the grooves can make it hard to get out the grime.  Firstly, wipe down the furniture with a wet soapy soft cloth (use a mild soap), then run a toothbrush through there lightly (shaking out the dirt in between swipes).  When completed, let dry in the sun.

Aluminum

Simply rinse with a hose, wipe down with a mild dish detergent, rinse again and let dry!

Outdoor Tile

Power washers can sometimes do more harm than good, so we suggest a little dishwashing detergent (if you haven’t notice by now, this is the one ingredient wonder), warm water and a push broom!

Stamped Concrete

If it’s good for tile, it’s good for stamped concrete!  Use the same method.

Deck

It’s a 5-step process, visit here!

Gas Grill

This is a little more detailed, visit here!

Lighting

And last but not least, let there be light, look around for any empty sockets or burned out bulbs… replace and light!

 

 

 

Recipe of the Month: Georgia Peach Chicken Wings

March 30, 2018 Outdoor Cooking, Uncategorized

Weekend get-together weather is here!  That means it’s time to spruce up the patio, fire up the grill and get ready to entertain.  Our most recent project of the month was built with a Big Green Egg, so we thought we would include some tasty recipes that can be smoked.  Below are a few ideas that are tried and tasted, loved and approved!

 

Texas Caviar

Georgia Peach Chicken Wings

Sea Salt and Vinegar Chicken Wings

Maple Glazed Smoked Pork Belly

 Strawberry Jalapeño Pork Tenderloin 

Ham with Orange Apricot Glaze

Grilled Rosemary Sweet Potato Fries

Cheesecake filled Pears with Champagne Drizzle

 

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