Builder Spotlight: German Cardenas

October 25, 2016 Patio Contractor

Each month we like to feature someone in our “Builder Spotlight” blog who plays a significant role within Texas Custom Patios!  This month we are featuring a very hardworking young man that often hears rave reviews when he has completed a project!  Meet German Cardenas …

German with Texas Custom Patios


How long have you been with TCP?  5 years.

How long have you been in the business?  15 years.

What’s your “specialty?” Plumbing and HVAC.

What do you enjoy most about what you do?  Contributing to making installations not only functional, but look great, too!

What’s inspiring in the construction/build world to you?  Automated and ecological houses.


Do you have a favorite project from the past?  These two homes were a challenge for me, therefore they are my favorite!  Always up for obstacles to overcome, because it makes you that much more proud of the completed product.

What trends have you seen in outdoor design in the last few years?  Stone coverings in different types.

What do you see to be popular in the future? Material with less environmental impact.

What’s the one think most clients HAVE to have?  Outdoor Kitchen (grill and side burner are super popular).

What’s the biggest obstacle you face during the design/build process?  Making sure it’s both functional and appealing to the eye.

What do you hear most often from clients when everything is completed?  They LOVE it!

What do you think an outdoor living space does for a home and person?  Adds space to the home where the homeowner can make it their own.

What do you hope to build/design in the future?  Build outdoor living space with the latest technology.


Recipes of the Month: Brunching Outdoors

October 25, 2016 Outdoor Cooking

Everything is better outside, right?  With the weather cooling off, it’s the perfect time to take your big weekend breakfasts to the patio!  We’re getting cozy with some french toast kabobs, grilled breakfast tacos and grilled breakfast pizza and sausage gravy, raspberry mimosas and grilled fruit parfaits!

After all, breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

We found and tested these delicious recipes, some of them are from the Food Network … so you know it has to be good!

Brunch on the Grill by Texas Custom Patios

French Toast Kabobs


Half a 12-inch brioche loaf, end discarded, bread cut into 1-inch cubes (about 48)
8 slices thick-cut bacon
1 1/2 cups well-shaken buttermilk
4 large eggs
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Kosher salt
Cooking spray
Pure maple syrup, warm

2 Grilled bananas (optional)



Special equipment: eight 12-inch skewers

Thread 6 bread cubes onto each skewer, leaving at least 1/4 inch of space between cubes. Leave the skewers out overnight, uncovered, to dry out.
The next day, prepare an outdoor grill for medium heat. Grill the bacon, flipping as needed to ensure even cooking, until most of the fat has rendered and the bacon is charred in spots on both sides, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate to absorb any excess fat. (Note: If you have a charcoal grill, cook the bacon in a grill pan. It should not be grilled over charcoal because of the risk of flare-ups.)

Whisk together the buttermilk, eggs, butter, sugar, cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl until combined; pour into a rimmed baking sheet. Put the skewers of bread in the buttermilk mixture to soak, turning as needed, until the bread has absorbed some of the liquid but is not falling apart, no more than 5 minutes.

Spray a large piece of aluminum foil all over with cooking spray and place it on half the grill. Transfer the skewers to the foil in 1 layer, at least 1/2 inch of space between them. Grill, covered, turning the skewers a few times as needed, until the cubes of bread are golden in most places and no longer wet, 5 to 8 minutes.
Remove the skewers and foil from the grill, and return the bacon to the grill just until warmed through, 1 to 2 minutes.
Serve the grilled French toast kebabs and bacon with grilled bananas and warm maple syrup.

Grilled Breakfast Tacos

Grilled Pizza with Sausage Gravy 

Grilled Peaches and Blueberry Parfait

Raspberry Mimosas 





Greater Houston Builders Association Names 2016 Houston’s Best PRISM Award Winners

October 24, 2016 Awards

Texas Custom Patios was happy to walk away proudly with two awards … “Best Outdoor Living” and “Best Website.”  …. but let’s back up, what’s this all about?

Over 100 awards were presented to Houston area builders, developers, remodelers and industry professionals at the 2016 Houston’s Best PRISM Awards black tie gala at the Royal Sonesta Hotel. The theme was Bollywood Nights!

The Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA) Houston’s Best PRISM Awards are an annual event designed to recognize excellence within Houston’s homebuilding industry and to support their efforts. This event is directed by the GHBA Sales and Marketing Council, and numerous volunteers from GHBA member companies. The Bollywood Nights theme showcased the accomplishments of Houston’s top tier within the homebuilding industry. There were 730 formal-attired guests on-hand to celebrate the finalists and winners.

Categories in Construction and Remodeling included price range and specific room designs and in the Developer category, promotion awards were presented for TV, Radio, Print, Outdoor, Direct Mail, and Special Events. The People awards honored excellence in sales, marketing, and construction supervision.This year’s award recipients were chosen by a panel of premier industry professionals from around the country. Judging criteria varied according to the category, but all category winners were required to be active members of the GHBA in good standing, and to have shown commitment and excellence to the homebuilding industry as a whole.

For a list of all the winners, click here!


Builder Spotlight: The Awesome Twosome

September 22, 2016 Interview

Just as important as the people who meet you at your home to build your covered patio, are the wonderful voices of the people who answer your calls and help guide you in the right direction! Today we are putting the spotlight on two young ladies that have worked hard for Texas Custom Patios each day for the last few years. They hear it all, now it’s time to hear from them!

Name: Brandi Howard

Texas Custom Patios - Brandi

How long with TCP? 4 Years

How long in this business? 4 years

What do you enjoy most about what you do? Getting to talk to different people and learning what outdoor projects they need help with.

Do you have a favorite project from the past? High end finishes in Royal Oaks and the contemporary outdoor living room in Montrose because they are totally different. I love the clean lines in the Montrose living space and all of the details that were done in the Royal Oaks space.

What’s the one thing that most clients say they HAVE to have? Covered patio!!

What do you think outdoor living space does for a home and person? Provides additional space for family.



Now meet, Kendall!  She prefers to stay behind the telephone lines and not be pictured.

Name: Kendall

How long with TCP: 2 years

How long in this business: 2 years

What do you enjoy most about what you do?  I really enjoy the people that I work with at TCP.  They are all such great people to be around!

Do you have a favorite project from the past? My favorite project is the Hill Country Charm with Scandinavian Accents with the outdoor fireplace and kitchen. It’s a beautiful outdoor living space!

What’s the one thing that most clients say they HAVE to have? Outdoor entertainment space

What do you hear most often from clients when everything is completed? They love the new addition to their home!

What do you think outdoor living space does for a home and person? Helps create their favorite place to go in their home.

Recipe of the Month: Green Chili Cheeseburger

September 21, 2016 Outdoor Cooking

September 29th is National Good Neighbor Day, so breakout your culinary skills, get to grillin’, and invite them over for a patio party.  We brought the heat by kicking up the spice on traditional burger recipe for this edition of our Recipe of the Month.

Green Chili Cheeseburger

Recipe of the Month by Texas Custom Patios


2 lb. ground chuck
1 tbsp. , plus 1½ tsp. chile powder
1 12 tsp. ground cumin
Kosher salt and freshly ground blackpepper, to taste
13 cup mayonnaise
2 tbsp. ketchup
4 cloves roasted garlic, mashed to a paste
2 tbsp. canola oil
6 roasted green chiles, peeled, stemmed, seeded, and roughly chopped
4 slices cheddar cheese
4 slices Swiss cheese
4 brioche buns, split and toasted


In a bowl, combine chuck, 1 tbsp. chile powder, cumin, and salt and pepper; form into four 8-oz. patties and chill. Whisk remaining chile powder, mayonnaise, ketchup, garlic, and salt and pepper in a small bowl; refrigerate sauce until needed.


Heat oil in a 12″ cast-iron skillet over medium heat; working in 2 batches, cook patties, turning once, until a thick crust develops on both sides, about 10 minutes for medium-rare. Top each with ¼ of roasted chiles and 1 slice of each cheese; cover with lid to melt cheese. To serve, place 1 patty on each bottom bun and spread top buns with some of the sauce. Cover burgers with top bun and serve immediately.


These burgers can be prepared on the grill as well.


Creating the Perfect Outdoor Living Space

September 20, 2016 Outdoor Living

Autumn air brings just another reason to get outdoors and live life. This Thursday marks the beginning of a new season … fall is here, and we are so excited to help you get in the spirit with style. Creating a cozy outdoor living space can be both stylish and affordable.  There are just a few fall decor must-haves when crafting an alfresco common area.


Whether the illumination shines from a beautifully lit gas fire pit or groups of strategically placed candles … lighting both sets the mood and brings warmth to your outdoor experience.  While traditional string lights are synonymous with the holidays you can also change up the style of string lights and make them a permanent fixture for a European vibe.   Lighting in any fashion will add to the ambiance and can be done on many levels, flip the switch and add some light … you’ll illuminate the mood and the experience.

illumination texas custom patios



Cozy up with Color

Harvesting warm colors to match nature is exactly what you should do when designing your outdoor living space.  Take a muted mustard color and make it pop agains a rustic red.  Accent pillows, chargers, candles, throws, and rugs … these are all places where you can play with pigments.  It’s fun to accessorize with color as it’s not permanent and easy to move around. cozy up with color Texas Custom Patios

Create a Focal Point

Pick one area in the outdoor living space on which to focus, make it a place that really draws the eye.  It could be as simple as an over-sized beautiful plant, a piece of art or even furniture (like the hanging sofa below).  Make one part of the space something you’re proud of, something that makes you smile. It not only makes for a great talking piece, but can also make for a great picture backdrop.

Focal point


The Gathering Place

Within the outdoor living room or outdoor kitchen, have a place where 3 or more people can sit comfortably.  Have a few billowy deep-set seats, a sofa with large pillows or even comfortable barstools to belly up to the bar.  Your guests will enjoy the surroundings and remember the experience.

Patio Cover Tie-in to the Breezeway


Happy FALL, Y’all!  Get outside … live life … enjoy!

Shooting For The Stars

August 22, 2016 Awards


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!

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!


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

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We absolutely love our new pool house addition and back yard patio renovation from TCP! We also loved working with Justin! He was extremely knowledgeable and always willing to do whatever we wanted. We will definitely recommend them!

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