Shooting For The Stars

August 22, 2016 Awards

IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE

Awards - Best Outdoor Living Builder

2016 Star Awards & Excellence under 45 Awards Winners

The Texas Association of Builders (TAB) announced the 2016 Star Awards winners at the Gaylord Texan® Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine. The highly-coveted Star Awards are given annually in conjunction with the Sunbelt Builders Show™ to recognize excellence in all areas of the home building industry. In 1992, the Texas Association of Builders launched the Star Awards – the only statewide tribute to excellence in the home building industry.

The 2016 Star Awards recognized the outstanding work of builders, remodelers, architects, designers, sales professionals, marketing professionals, construction professionals and industry leaders in Texas and the Southwest. Entries were judged by a distinguished panel of industry experts from across the country.

Winners will be featured in the September/October issue of Texas Builder magazine. Click here to see a list of complete award winners.

Texas Custom Patios grabbed, “Remodeler – Best Outdoor Living Space” in two different price categories!  We are thrilled and honored.

Best Outdoor Award

Builder Spotlight

August 18, 2016 Interview

Each month we like to put a spotlight on someone or something that helps make Texas Custom Patios the best in the business.  This month we are taking spotlight to a whole new level by turning on the lights and  setting off some major sparks with our electrician extraordinaire!   Let’s flip the switch and meet Milan!

Milan
Full Name:  Milan Tadic

 

How long have you worked with TCP? Four great years!

 

How long in this business? Fifteen years.

 

What’s your “specialty?” Anything that has to do with electrical!

 

What do you enjoy most about what you do?  I’m always in a different place, meeting new people, and overcoming new electrical challenges, it’s so fun to do something different each day.

 

What’s inspiring in the construction/build world to you?  I love to see all of the new styles of projects being built and more than anything I love to see people happy.  When a homeowner sees the progress made and they light up because they are so thrilled, that’s worth it to me!

 

Do you have a favorite project from the past? I have so many that I love, but one that really shines brightly to me is this one …

 

Texas Custom Patios
I love it because it’s just so different !

 

What trends have you seen in outdoor design in the last few years? I’ve seen a lot of “cozy” projects … smaller, but very customized!

 

What do you see to be popular in the future? I imagine everything becoming more digital and lots of LED lighting!

 

What’s the one thing that most clients say they HAVE to have? Lighting, of course!  And fans … Texas needs fans!

 

What is your biggest obstacle you face during the design/build process?  Figuring out the perfect spacing between lights.  You have to be very careful or you will end up with a strobe effect … and that’s not what you want!

 

What do you hear most often from clients when everything is completed? They always say the completed project exceeded their expectations and they love it!

 

What do you think outdoor living space does for a home and person?  It builds value to the home and a place where memories can be made!

 

What do you hope to build/design in the future?   I just want to keep being creative!

 

Recipe of the Month: The MVP Guide to Grilling

August 17, 2016 Outdoor Celebrations, Outdoor Cooking

It’s that time of year where everyone gets together for a football and food frenzy.  If you can’t be at the game, aim for the next best thing:  watch the game with friends in the comfort of your own outdoor living room.    So ditch the truck tailgate and fire up the grill in your backyard for a “pigskin” pregame party.

When establishing your outdoor kitchen, don’t limit yourself to a little charcoal griller out on the driveway.  Your outdoor cook space can be fully stocked with every appliance and convenience you need for cooking a backyard football feast. Just think about cooking outside without having to make trips back and forth into the house!
Consider all the elements of a high-function cooking area:
  • Built-in gas grill
  • Sideburner
  • Pizza oven
  • Drawers and cabinets
  • Raised bar top and counter space
  • Sinks
  • Refrigerator
  • Ice maker
  • Wine cooler

… just something to think about!

Ribs backyard fare

Now to the game day grub!

How ’bout something to wash it all down?

Party on the Patio Cocktail

cocktail by Texas Custom Patios

 

Ingredients

2/3 cup pineapple juice, chilled

1/3 cup vanilla flavored vodka

1 dash grenadine syrup

2 pineapple wedges

2 maraschino cherries

Directions

Pour the pineapple juice, vodka and grenadine into a shaker full of ice.  Shake, then strain into two glasses.  Garnish with a piece of pineapple and a cherry on a skewer!

As Seen In Hearth & Home

August 11, 2016 Uncategorized
We were recently featured in Hearth & Home, and we couldn’t be more excited to share our story in style.
PScreen Shot 2016-08-11 at 3.10.19 PMretty and practical Outdoor Room addition expands the usable living space of this 1,800-sq.-ft., 1929 bungalow home by nearly 25 percent. The soaring wood ceiling, painstakingly hand-cut and crafted from natural-finish, smooth cedar, makes a dramatic first impression upon entering the space.
Its vaulted center section, lined with decorative tin, was designed to accommodate a large chandelier purchased by the homeowner to hang over the dining table. A section of the ceiling extends to the top of the fireplace, creating a unique backdrop wall for mounting the television. A horizontal, see-through fireplace with glass and river-rock medium, and faced with two colors of slate, was selected to keep sightlines open to the rest of the yard. The quartzite used on the fireplace mantel is
repeated on the counter of the compact outdoor kitchen, with built-in gas grill and refrigerator set into a slate island. A spa sits just off the composite deck ready for a dip, and stone and slate seat walls offer extra seating along the perimeter of the super-functional living space.

 

Builder:

Katherine & Rob Douglass

Company:

Texas Custom Patios,
Houston, TX

Website:

www.texascustompatios.com

Project Size:

440 sq. ft.

Materials:

Ceiling – smooth cedar with clear finish, painted tin in vaulted section
Seat Walls – slate fascia and stone top
Floor – composite decking
Fireplace – slate fascia, gas with glass and river-rock medium
Island Base – slate
Countertop – quartzite
Brands: Grill and Refrigerator Fire Magic
Composite Decking – Fiberon

Budget:

$95,000

Builder Spotlight: Texas Custom Granite

July 20, 2016 Patio Contractor, Patio Design

Each month we like to put a spotlight on someone or something that helps make Texas Custom Patios succeed.  We take into consideration not only the people that work with us, but the products we use in your home.  We would like to bring things to the surface and highlight a company that has been with us for over a decade!

Granite

 

Full Company Name: Texas Custom Granite

How long have you worked with TCP? 11 years

What’s your specialty? (we know, sounds obvious with granite in your name, but we want to know more)  Stone countertops are our specialty. We have invested millions of dollars in the latest fabrication technology in order to produce the highest quality countertop.

What do you enjoy most about what you do?  We love being able to produce countertops that any homeowner would be happy with. Stone counters are an investment and customers deserve countertops that match or exceed that investment. The fact that we can satisfy this demand by utilizing both the latest fabrication technology and a team of skilled employees dedicated to this end goal make us proud.

What’s inspiring in the construction/build world to you? The construction world is always changing and that is inspiring. With new designs and materials constantly coming to market, our job stays exciting and fresh. You never know what’s around the corner but having the ability to jump into the newest trends when they hit is a lot of fun.

Do you have a favorite project from the past?  One of our favorite TCP jobs would be the first job we installed for TCP. When switching to a new trade/vendor there is always a bit of uneasiness, it’s the beginning of a new relationship and regardless of all the due diligence you do, you don’t quite know how the job will go. The home owner was very concerned with the radius of the counter tops matching the radius of the cabinets and stone. With our laser templating system we were able to produce counter tops that not only met the home owner’s expectation but exceeded them.

Texas Custom Granite

What trends have you seen in outdoor design in the last few years? The porcelain slab is a new and exciting product that has recently began to pick up steam. Porcelain can endure the outdoor elements and is resistant to staining and scratching. We feel there is more work to do in this area. The fabrication requires special tooling and edgework is limited. Pricing can be much higher than natural stone, so that’s something to think about, too. Once this material becomes more mainstream, many suppliers will lower pricing and hopefully solve some of the fabrication difficulties.

What do you see to be popular in the future? We continue to see clean lines and solid colors gain in popularity. The modern or contemporary styles are being seen everywhere inside the home. We believe this will find its way to the outdoors as well.

Outdoor kitchen - Royal Oaks Houston

Why is granite the best? GRANITES are undoubtedly the most popular stone type used in countertop applications today. These stones are some of the hardest of the common countertop stones, offering high levels of resistance to abrasion and scratching. The primary minerals in granite are resistant to almost all chemicals commonly found in a home. These characteristics still make granite the premier surface.

Outdoor Kitchen with Granite

What’s the one thing that most clients say they HAVE to have? Most clients have to have a quality job. Granite counters are one of the main components people notice. The stone countertop surface often times becomes the talking point. It is exciting to hear the many compliments these countertops receive.

Granite

What is your biggest obstacle you face during the design/build process? The biggest obstacle we face as a fabricator in the outdoor world is probably just dealing with the outdoor elements. The heat in Texas can make the epoxies break down prematurely. We have overcome 90 percent of these issues by using 3cm granite where no laminating is necessary along the edges. We still have seams that are filled with epoxy. In most cases if the seams in the counters do not have direct sunlight they remain fairly stable. When counters are heated by the sun during the day and cool during the night movement in the materials can cause the epoxy in the seams to crack. This does not happen as often indoors as temperatures are regulated within a few degrees.

What do you hear most often from clients when everything is completed? What we hope to hear most often when the job is completed is how great the project turned out and that they already have their first party planned to show off their new project.

What do you think outdoor living space does for a home and person? Outdoor living spaces create an atmosphere to bring families together. It pulls us away from our electronics and allows us a time and place to make memories. These spaces are synonymous with entertaining and just having a good time. The great part is the fact that unlike having to take a vacation to relax you can walk right outside and live the vacation over and over.

What do you hope to build/design in the future? We will continue to build and design new applications for natural and engineered stone. To walls, floors and counters-stone continues to be a surface for the ages.

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12 Unexpected Foods to Cook on the Grill

July 19, 2016 Outdoor Cooking

July is really bringing the heat, so this summer when it comes to cooking, we thought we would beat the heat and keep it outside (where it belongs).  So turn off your stoves and ovens and fire up the grill.  We made a hot list of 12 ideas for unlikely, but tasty foods you can cook on your outdoor grill instead of the stove!

Let’s bring the heat …

grilling on the patio

Grilled Bacon

Cut the greasy mess and leave the calories dripping into your grill … healthier and less mess.

Ingredients

1 lb. thick-cut bacon
1 cup Chopped Parsley
1 Tbsp. Chopped Garlic
1 Tbsp. Chopped Shallots
1 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Fine Sea Salt
Freshly-cracked black pepper

Directions

Whisk together all ingredients. Set aside.

Grill 1/8” thick-cut, smoked bacon on both sides until done (5 to 6 minutes on each side over medium-high heat).

Serve with 2 tbsp. of the bacon dressing mixture and finish with sherry vinegar making sure there is a little vinegar on the plate.

Grilled Pizza

Pizza recipe

Sounds amazingly delicious, right?  Try our Recipe of the Month from a few months ago, it’s amazing!

Grilled Avocados

Ingredients

1/4 cup olive oil, or as needed

1 pinch ground chipotle pepper, or more to taste
1 pinch chili powder, or more to taste
4 avocados, halved and pitted

Directions

Preheat grill for medium heat and lightly oil the grate.

Whisk olive oil, ground chipotle pepper, and chili powder together in a bowl; brush over the entire surface of the cut-side of each avocado.

Grill avocados, cut-side down, on the preheated grill until grill-lines begin to form on the avocado flesh, about 5 minutes.

Grilled Caesar Salad (yes, we said salad)

Ingredients

1 head romaine lettuce, root end removed
Olive oil, as needed
Kosher salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste

Dressing

1 egg yolk
2 anchovy fillets packed in oil, drained (optional)
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
Kosher salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
1/2 c. oil (olive, canola, or a mix of the two)
Grilled bread cubes, for croutons
Grated Parmesan cheese, for topping

Directions

  1. Rinse romaine and let dry. Cut into thick chunks; then toss the lettuce pieces in olive oil, salt, and pepper, to taste. Brush a grill pan with additional olive oil and heat a grill pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Grill romaine pieces until char marks start to form and lettuce begins to soften, turning occasionally, about 3-4 minutes. Place the grilled greens on a plate, drizzle with dressing, and top with grilled bread croutons, if you like.
  3. To make the dressing: Whisk egg yolk, mustard, salt, pepper, and lemon together in a mixing bowl. Slowly stream in oil while whisking continuously, until dressing comes together.

Grilled Peaches topped with Cinnamon Sugar Butter

Ingredients

2 ripe peaches, halved and pitted
3 Tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1 Tablespoon cinnamon sugar (or 2 tsp. sugar + 1 tsp. cinnamon)
Olive oil or canola oil

Serving suggestions:
Fresh basil leaves
Mint leaves
Vanilla ice cream
Whipped cream
Frozen yogurt
Balsamic glaze

Directions

Slice peaches in half lengthwise and remove pits; set aside.

In a small bowl, mix butter and cinnamon sugar until well combined.

Heat grill to medium-high. Brush peaches with oil and grill cut-side-down until slightly softened and charred, a little over 1 minute. Compress gently with a spatula a few times for grill marks. Flip to rounded side and grill an additional minute.

Serve grilled peaches on individual plates. Top each with cinnamon-sugar butter, fresh basil or mint, and a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

Some other delicious recipes to try on the grill ..

Quesadillas
Pineapple
Granola
Roasted Grapes with Thyme, fresh ricotta and grilled bread
Watermelon Salad
Spiced Grilled Sweet Potatoes
Oysters
So which one are you going to try first?  We know, tough decision!!
Enjoy!

 

Live Inside Out

July 7, 2016 Outdoor Living

Prime Living Magazine just featured Texas Custom Patios in their gorgeous magazine!  We couldn’t be more excited! Check it out!

Prime Living Magazine

 

 

As seen in the mag …

What used to be the patio—or simply the backyard—is now an intentional extension of living space. Accordingly, exterior design is becoming as comprehensive as interior design. Joe Raboine, director for Belgard Design Studio R & D says, “People are thinking more holistically about their outdoor areas, creating separate spaces— literally rooms—with different functions.” It’s no longer a single space. It’s the outdoor kitchen, sports bar, dining area, sitting space—or spaces—that have to be considered. Beyond just functionally extending the living area, the need to decompress and disconnect from fast-paced and high-stress work environments is pushing outdoor living trends toward inviting retreats that beckon us home at the end of the day. Rob Douglass, founder/ partner with Texas Custom Patios recommends, “Select a tile or a landscape element that is reminiscent of your favorite resort and your outdoor space quickly becomes a mini staycation.” Regardless of what your exterior area may remind you of—or how you intend to use it—the most important piece of advice is to plan ahead. Take a moment to really think through what you want to use your space for. Consider the number of people you want to accommodate, desired functional uses and your personal priorities. The great news is that we can take what we know about great inside design and apply it outside. Here are a few things to consider when taking your inside out.

 

 

Prime Living Magazine Texas Custom Patios featured in Prime Living Magazine

 

 

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We love our new patio cover and would definitely recommend Texas Custom Patios. Our contractor, Mark, and everyone that worked on our project was professional. The patio cover looks like it was built when the house was built. They used top quality materials, the roofline is seamless, and everything matches very well. Great job completed in a timely manner and we are totally satisfied with the whole experience.

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