The Best of the Best

January 30, 2017 Awards, Patio Contractor
best of the best

Chances are if you are reading this blog right now, you are doing some patio pondering.  So will it be a covered patio or pergola? Outdoor kitchen or dining (or both)?  Maybe a fireplace or perhaps a beautifully lit fire pit?  Stone, granite, paint color … so many things to think about, but your first question should be … why Texas Custom Patios?

Let us help you answer that first!  We are a family-owned and operated business with offices located in Houston and Irving, Texas.  We proudly serve the greater Houston area and parts of Dallas/Fort Worth.  We have completed thousands of outdoor living projects since we opened our patio doors in 2004.

The TCP Difference

We offer personalized service and flexible payment terms, and when you choose to work with us, you’ll work with the same project developer every step of the way.  Start to finish, preliminary design stage all the way to project completion and clean-up.  It’s nice to have one main person that you can really count on each day.

We specialize in providing turnkey design solutions for outdoor living, including patio covers; outdoor kitchens; screened porches; room additions; pergolas and decks; outdoor fire features and so much more!  View our portfolio here to get a better idea of what you would like.

We Stand Behind Our Work

At Texas Custom Patios, we’re confident in our work, and we want you to feel confident, too!  That’s why we offer a two-year warranty for materials and workmanship, and a five-year warranty for structural components of your home improvement project.  We also have one million dollars in liability insurance to protect against accidents and injury.

Exact Quote Promise

When you schedule a consultation with one of our experienced project developers, you’ll receive more than just a ballpark figure.  We’ll tell you exactly how much your outdoor living project will cost – down to the penny!  So many times if you get a bid from multiple builders, they will give you a soft bid to entice you, but the costs add up as the project gets built, leaving you with something much higher than you were promised.   Every estimate of ours includes a detailed drawing with specifications and dimensions, plus rendered views and elevations -so you can see a preview of your completed project!  It’s like your day dreams come to life on paper, making it that much more fun to start building!

The Best of the Best (we always come full circle)

Year after year we are awarded and recognized for being the best in the business.  We constantly receive an A+ from the BBB (read our reviews here), and we are noticed by everyone from the National Association of Home Builders to fans on Houzz.  We love hearing from our customers and sharing the stories of how what we build for them has changed their lives.

We hope you will give us the chance to build a dream for you.

 

 

Recipe of the Month: Tasty Touchdown

January 27, 2017 Outdoor Cooking

The big game is less than a week away and most everyone has their party plans tackled.  But what if you’re the party house … are you ready to score some tasty touchdowns for your guests?  When throwing a patio party, your team is always huddled around the food, so with the dips, drinks and sweets being the MVP of the celebration … you want to make sure it’s something to remember.  When you can’t predict if the game will be good, the halftime show will be in tune or the commercials will even be funny, you have to make sure the snacks are the star of the show.

We have tons of tasty blogs with great game day grub like a Party on the Patio Cocktail, Grilled Chicken and Veggie Enchiladas, Green Chili Cheeseburgers, even Pizza on the Grill!  Or you can visit out Pinterest page for hundreds of festive foods perfect for the big game.

But our “Recipe of the Month” goes to ….

Buffalo Chicken Dip

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Ingredients

2 ­ 8 oz. blocks of cream cheese

Chicken meat from 2­3 chicken thighs (or breasts if you want white meat)

1/2 of a medium yellow onion, diced

2 cloves garlic minced (use dried garlic if preferred)

1 cup of Texas Pete’s Wing Sauce (or your favorite sauce)

1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1/4 cup ranch dressing (optional)

*Optional Garnish with green onions, add bleu cheese crumbles and mix in dip

Directions

Cream cheese needs to be room temperature so you can mix the ingredients together. Start by adding the chicken, onion, garlic and cheddar cheese and mix thoroughly. Then add your wing sauce and ranch (you may want to reduce the amount of wing sauce to ensure it is not too runny if adding ranch).

You can add the bleu cheese crumbles now. (Many people do not like the bleu cheese, so try adding them on top of half of the dip in an 8 x 8″ pan. That way you have some with bleu cheese and some without.)

You can bake it at 325°F for 20 minutes or until it is bubbly all around the edges. Finish by garnishing with the green onion.

NOTE: This also works well in a crock pot. Just dump all the ingredients together on high until ready, then lower heat to warm.

 

Best Seat in the House for Super Sunday

January 27, 2017 Outdoor Celebrations, Outdoor Cooking

Houston is all the buzz with Super Bowl bringing its huddle into Texas on Sunday, February 5th (like we had to tell you the date)!  In 2004, over 200,000 people visited Houston to take part in the football festivities … this year one million people are predicted to jam their way into H-town. If you’re not one of the 72,000 that paid a minimum of $3,499 for one ticket, then you need a place to party and watch the big game!beer on patio

No better place to party for this football frenzy than your own patio!   After all, you’ll have the best seat in the house, comfortable seating, great food at your fingertips and you’ll always be close to a bathroom.  Many people have outdoor patios built just so they can either watch football outside or so they can entertain at a moment’s notice!  In fact, some of our customers called us back in August of 2016 and said, “Hey, Texas Custom Patios, we would like to have this ready by Super Bowl Sunday, is that possible.?” So we got to building and guess what, the covered patios, outdoor kitchens and living rooms were built and those watching parties are sure to be a touchdown now!  So go ahead, invite over your football-loving friends, fire up the grill and get ready to party.

Sports Illustrated came up with 13 things you MUST have for your Super Bowl LI Party … Here’s a hint … Insta-Chill Beer Glasses!  Instant score!

Grab all 13 if you can, but at the end of the day … there are three categories of “Super Sunday Party-Goers” and we have something for each one.

“The Super Sunday Snack Specialist”

The anticipation of sweet and savory delights to enjoy during the big game brings this fan to the table… literally, and probably more than once! For the Snack Specialist, we offer this list of Super Sunday party dishes that can be prepared outside.

Grilled Buttermilk Hot Wings
Grilled Pizza
Grilled Chicken and Vegetable Enchiladas – make ahead
Pig Candy
Cookies & Cream Football Dip 

sweet dip

“The Super Sunday Ad Aficionado”

This fan may talk through every single play, then shush everyone when the commercials begin. We get it. After all, advertisers pay huge dollars for these coveted spots and strive to put their most creative efforts out there. For the Ad Aficionado, we offer this list, which gives you a sneak preview of what companies are buying up ads this year and some hints at their plans.

The Big Game Ad Chart

“The Super Sunday Game Devotee”

When your team makes the Big Game, the intensity dials up even more! Be sure to use your outside voice on your patio when cheering on your team to victory. For the Game Devotee, here’s a great resource to keep up with the latest game news!

Playoff Picture

Enjoying the Big Game outdoors is better for everyone …

What’s your favorite part of the game? Is it the food, the ads or the football?  Comment on our Facebook page, we want to know!

 

Most Popular Among 40 Million Users

January 26, 2017 Awards
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Texas Custom Patios

Awarded Best Of Houzz 2017

Annual Survey and Analysis of Community of Over 40 Million Monthly Users Reveals the Top-Rated Home Remodeling Professionals and Most Popular Home Designs Houzz Inc., the leading platform for home renovation and design, today announced the community’s picks for Best Of Houzz 2017, a homeowner-to-homeowner guide to the top home builders, architects, interior designers, landscape pros and other residential remodeling professionals on Houzz from cabinetry or roofing pros to painters.
 “We are so pleased to award Best of Houzz 2017 to this incredible group of talented and customer-focused professionals,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “Each of these businesses was singled out for recognition by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts for helping to turn their home improvement dreams into reality.”
The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of recent client reviews. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award.
 
A “Best Of Houzz 2017” badge appears on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz. Winners will be announced globally throughout the month.

To see the most popular designs, visit here!

About Houzz
Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif., Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.com.

New Year, New You

December 21, 2016 Outdoor Living

“I’ll start my diet on Monday,” “I’ll start exercising after we get back from vacation,”  “I’ll slow down and try to enjoy life after my next big promotion.”  These are all things that many of us say too often.  With 2017 comin’ in hot, you’ll be telling yourself … I’ll just make it my new year’s resolution and start next year, right?

Speaking of resolutions, here are the TOP TEN resolutions made year after year.

10. Read more

9.  Travel more

8.  Learn something new

7.  Won’t make a resolution

6.  Get organized

5.  Spend more time with family and friends

4.  Spend less, save more

3.  Enjoy life to the fullest

2.  Lose weight

1. Stay fit and healthy (we have all done that one before)

While we agree with staying fit and healthy, we agree with number 3 the most.  Everyone should enjoy life to the fullest!  So when you’re brushing your teeth, do a little dance.  When you’re checking out at the grocery store, stop to smile and say hello to the person behind the counter, and most importantly when you’re in your backyard, have a place you are proud to call home.

Go ahead, fantasize for a moment.  Which of these do you like the best?

Now we realize you may have to do a little of number 4 before you can start ripping up grass and laying concrete, picking out grills and paint colors, but you can get there!  We have a nifty little timeline to help you, too!  If you are set on having a custom patio built by a certain date, the guideline below will help you know when to get started.

CALENDAR DATES

Recipe of the Month: Healthy Through the Holidays

December 21, 2016 Outdoor Celebrations, Outdoor Cooking

‘Tis the season for eggnog, Aunt Betty’s famous mashed potatoes, sugar cookies, and fruit cake (for the 3 people on earth that actually like fruit cake) … it’s also the season for gaining weight.  The average person gains 7-10 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.  So how can we have our cake and eat it too?  Well we could get in a quick workout each day, but the calories going out rarely exceed the calories going in.  For instance, you can jog on a treadmill for 30 minutes and only have 3 oz of a cocktail or spin on a bike for 30 minutes and you can only enjoy 3/4 cup of egg nog or go on a walk for an hour and that will score you 2 buttered rolls on your plate.  So we thought we would come up with some recipes that are still festive, but won’t pack on the pounds.

 

December Recipe of the Month

 

Deviled Eggs

12 – hard-boiled eggs

24 Tablespoons – Green Chili hummus

Peel eggs, slice in half, dump out yolk, scoop 1 Tablespoon into each half, keep chilled and serve!

These eggs will knock your stockings off, they are so good!  Here are some more delicious recipes worth trying …

Low-Fat Eggnog 

Avocado-Feta Dip

Green Bean Casserole – Slimmed 

Winter Fruit Salad 

Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Pomegranate and Hazelnuts 

Secret Ingredient Dark Chocolate Brownies

Peppermint Meringues 

 

Cheers, enjoy!!!

 

 

Best of 2016

December 21, 2016 Project of the Month

Each month we feature one of our most gorgeous projects, whether it be a covered patio or an outdoor kitchen with a stunning fire feature, contemporary or traditional … we give you a glimpse of a highlighted completed project!  These projects were built in the greater Houston area and the Dallas/Fort Worth area.  Let’s take a look back at the projects that stole the thunder in 2016.

 

 

Click here to see all projects in greater detail!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s Your Style?

November 22, 2016 Outdoor Living, Patio Contractor, Patio Design

Mediterranean to modern, traditional to transitional, rustic, tropical, contemporary or even industrial … there are so many style designs that come to mind when creating your outdoor living space. While we specialize in custom patios that look original to your home, we can add flare in any direction that will leave you with something you love.

Here’s a small example of the different styles of projects we have done in the past:

 

And while we are planning …

You want to know how soon you’ll be able to enjoy your new outdoor style life?  Use the handy guide below to know when your custom patio project needs to begin in order to be completed by these commonly requested dates. Factors such as material supplies and weather prevent us from guaranteeing completion dates, but we understand your desire for having projects completed for the important elements of your outdoor style lifestyle. We created this guide to give us the best opportunity to serve you by getting started in a timely fashion for your desired completion date.  If for instance you are hoping to have something built by Memorial Day Weekend … NOW is the time to call and get the process started!

CALENDAR DATES

 

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

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Our experience with Texas Custom Patios was exceptional from start to finish. They were professional, knowledgeable, and our satisfaction with the project was their top priority. Our new patio has truly expanded our living space. We would recommend Texas Custom Patios to anyone!

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