Recipe of the Month: Fire up the Grill

December 30, 2019 Outdoor Cooking

With most of the rainy days behind us for a while, it’s a great time to get outside and fire up the grill! This month we are featuring mouth-watering recipes perfect for a party or even a family dinner!

Spicy Pork Skewers

Grilled Garlic and Black Pepper Shrimp

Jalepeno-Marinated Grilled Pork Chops

Grilled Chicken Sandwich with Caesar-ish Dressing

Grilled Strip Steak and Blistered Tomatoes

Grilled Mustard Broccoli

Grilled Serrano Salsa Verde

Grilled Corn and Chili Poblano Salad

Foil Pack S’mores Roll ups

Grilled Banana Splits

Salted Caramel White Russians

Slow Cooker Sangria

Best of the Best 2019

December 30, 2019 Outdoor Living

In 2019, Texas Custom Patios completed almost 200 projects with each one having its own style and story, all of them custom-designed and built to look as though it is original to the home. While it’s hard to pick a favorite, here’s a look back at some stunners from 2019! Click the link below each image for full details.

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Don’t Make this Mistake

November 26, 2019 Patio Contractor, Patio Design

There are so many things to be aware of while planning your outdoor living space that it can be overwhelming. Texas Custom Patios is with you every step of the way, but here are some things to consider when it comes time to build your dream covered patio.

Timing of your project… do you have a special event coming up? Or just want it done before summertime? Check out our timing schedule:

How much room do I really need? Great question… But you need to ask yourself a few more questions. What do you want to use the space for?

Do you want just a couch and chair to hang out and watch TV… plan on about 200 SF— you need room to move around the furniture but be placed far enough from the TV for the perfect view.

Do you want to have a small dining table as well (seating for 4 or 6)? Add another 100/150 SF. Or will you be entertaining more and need a table for more (8-10)? Make it another 200/250 SF.


What about an outdoor kitchen? Just make sure you have room to include a counter area with serving space and plenty of room for the grill master to move around. A good rule of thumb is to measure your indoor living room or kitchen or dining area and plan accordingly. Outdoor furniture takes up the same amount of space as indoor furniture. And you need to make sure there is space on the edges to keep everything dry.

When planning for your outdoor kitchen, you need to think about how much entertaining you will be doing or how you will be using your grill. If you are mainly looking to just grill for your family of 4, then a smaller counter area with limited storage and a small grill will work great. If you like to entertain and have people over, then you need to plan on having
the space available to lay out all the food (either food that you have prepared or dishes the guests bring). Make sure you have plenty of counter space for the buffet.

Lighting – how much light is needed? Once the sun goes down, it gets dark outside… make sure you have enough light on your patio. Can lights overhead (1 per 100 SF) and carriage lights on the columns are a good start. If you have an outdoor kitchen, lighting above the grill is
important so you can see how the steak is doing. Hanging a great chandelier is also a nice add not only for light, but a beautiful focal point.

There are many more things to consider, but this is a great start! Your project manager is there from start to finish, so you can enjoy the process and watch your dream patio become a reality!

Recipes of the Month: Let’s Get Cozy

November 26, 2019 Outdoor Cooking

As the weather get’s cooler, our food should get warmer, right? This month’s featured recipes will help warm your soul and are pretty tasty too!

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Space

Spaghetti and Turkey Meatballs

Crockpot Chicken Chili Verde

Sweet Potato Shepherds Pie

Pumpkin Mac and Cheese with Bacon

Warm Caramel Apple Cream Cheese Spread

Peanut Butter Shortbread Cookies

Caramel Apple Butter Snickerdoodles

Caramel Apple Martini

Salted Caramel White Russians

Upgrade Your Outdoor Living

October 30, 2019 Outdoor Living, Patio Design

Do you love your home, but your backyard needs a facelift?   There’s a lot you can do no matter the space. Below is an older home… the owners wanted a makeover for their existing patio, so that’s exactly what we did, and now it’s perfect for entertaining. They now have something they are proud to call home.

Let’s take a closer look, below is the before image.

Before

The lack of a patio cover didn’t keep this family from using their backyard, but they were desperate for some shade.

After

This new space gives the family a great area to entertain or to just hang out and enjoy the day with much needed shade and fans. For the cooler months a gas fire pit was added to keep things cozy.

The home had a wall of windows with French doors, so by adding the covered area this helped extend the living room into an indoor-outdoor living style.

The flooring is a herringbone pattern brick floor. It is the perfect accent for this 558 square foot patio cover. We needed to address a drainage issue, so installed a French drain system with black gravel. This not only serves the purpose of the drainage, but helps define the patio space.

We added an outdoor kitchen along the side wall. We had to build out a brick wall to go behind the grill. This kitchen has just enough space for prepping and serving meals and is equipped with plenty of doors and drawers for storage. The vent hood is covered with the same granite as the counter.

The stained beams on the ceiling really pop against the light paint of the tongue and groove. The hardie wrapped columns keep the style of the new space in line with the home. What was once an average patio is now a floor-to-ceiling stunner!

Recipes of the Month: A Little Bit of Everything

October 30, 2019 Outdoor Cooking

Because sometimes it’s just too hard to decide what you want to eat, so we chose a little bit of everything for this month’s featured recipes! As the weather gets cooler, soups, coffee, and cider are a good option and pumpkin spice is always nice! With mounds of candy leftover from Halloween, we have a dessert recipe that has no tricks, only treats. And as we head into the holiday season we have something healthy to keep you on track!

Smoked Coffee

Beaver Trails (we know… weird name, but stick with us on this one)

Green Chile Mashed Potatoes

Pork Chops with Smokey Apple Compote

Lemon Chicken with Broccoli and String Beans Foil Packs (this is the healthy one we mentioned)

Spiced Pumpkin Latte Cake Bars

Peanut Butter M&M Cheesecake with Brownie Crust

Homemade Apple Cider

Why Texas Custom Patios?

September 27, 2019 Patio Contractor, Patio Design

Over 1,600 custom patios in the past 15 years can now claim to be the homeowners’ favorite room because of Texas Custom Patios! We specialize in building outdoor living spaces, patio covers, screened porches, outdoor kitchens, room additions, sunrooms, outdoor fireplaces and pergolas.

We have been serving Greater Houston since 2004 and within the last few years have taken our services to the north Dallas area. A TCP project developer who lives and works in your area will meet with you at your home to discuss your project and begin working with you on your outdoor dream space. So you will always have someone close by as your go-to guy!

We create a design drawing so you can see what the project will actually look like on your home, taking away the guessing game. We custom design and build the outdoor living space to look original to the home, matching finishes, colors, existing brick, etc… We handle all HOA approvals and permits, so no stress there!

When should you call us? Use the handy timeline below!

Have a project in mind? We work throughout the Houston and Dallas - Fort Worth areas.

Our Customers Love Us

In the past, we have had some problems with contractors. What they say and what they do are two different things. Not so with Texas Custom Patios. We knew what was going to happen, and when, and just as advertised, it happened. In three weeks, we had a 300 square foot addition to our house. We now have an outdoor media room and outdoor dining room and we LOVE IT.

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