5 Tips to Make Your Patio Dining Space Extra Appetizing

September 6, 2023 Outdoor Living, Patio Design

Nothing brings people together quite like a good meal, and there’s no better place to eat than on a beautiful patio. If you want to upgrade your current outdoor living space or build a new one from scratch, here are the key elements that can turn your outdoor space into a haven for memorable dining experiences.

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Ambiance and Lighting

Creating the right atmosphere is essential for a captivating patio dining experience. Incorporate string lights, lanterns, or even built-in LED lighting to cast a soft glow, making your evenings cozy and inviting. Dimmable lights also allow you to adjust the mood to match the occasion. Check out our blog for more info on outdoor lighting.

Outdoor Kitchen or Grilling Area

Elevate your patio dining experience with an outdoor kitchen or grilling area. A well-equipped space with a grill, food prep station, and a small sink can transform your patio into a culinary haven. Check out our blog for more tips on building a great outdoor kitchen.

Natural Elements and Landscaping

Incorporating natural elements like plants, flowers, and greenery into your patio’s design can infuse life and vibrancy into the space. Vertical gardens, potted plants, and even a small herb garden can contribute to an inviting atmosphere, making your dining experience more enjoyable. To learn more about vertical gardens, check out our blog.

Shelter and Shade

While enjoying the outdoors is great, having options for shelter and shade is important. A covered patio space can protect you from the elements and expand your endured living space to the outside, giving you al fresco dining all year long. This ensures that your patio remains comfortable regardless of weather conditions. Check out our previous blog on patio shading for more info.

Functional Layout

This may not directly affect the people visiting your patio, but utilizing space is still important to make your experience better. Design your layout with flow in mind, ensuring easy movement between seating, the cooking area, and any other elements you incorporate. Visit our blog for more info on maximizing your outdoor space.

Creating a remarkable patio dining experience involves combining aesthetics and functionality. Whether it’s the soothing ambiance, outdoor kitchen, or natural greenery, each component plays a vital role in enhancing your patio and making it perfect for relaxing and entertaining.

Support Your Style With 5 Sophisticated Patio Columns

September 6, 2023 Outdoor Living, Patio Design

When creating a stunning patio, attention to detail makes all the difference, and the patio column is one element that can transform your outdoor space’s look. These vertical pillars provide essential structural support and great design focal points. 

Whether upgrading an existing patio or building a new one from scratch, exploring various column styles can open up a world of possibilities. Need a refresh on overall patio styles? Check out our blog.

Classical Columns

Drawing inspiration from ancient Greek and Roman architecture, classical columns bring timeless beauty to your patio. The Ionic, Doric, and Corinthian styles offer distinct motifs, from the simplicity of Doric columns to the ornate foliage details of Corinthian columns. These styles blend seamlessly with traditional and contemporary patio designs, adding a touch of history and sophistication.

Craftsman Columns

Craftsman columns celebrate the beauty of natural materials, often featuring exposed wood or stone. These columns emphasize handcrafted details and simplicity, creating a cozy and inviting ambiance. Craftsman-style columns are ideal for rustic, cottage-inspired, or eclectic patios, infusing warmth and character into the space.

Modern Minimalism

For those inclined toward modern aesthetics, sleek columns with clean lines and minimalist designs are the way to go. Materials like steel and concrete can create columns that blend seamlessly with contemporary architecture. These columns provide a chic and streamlined look, allowing other design elements to shine.

Mediterranean Marvels

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Mediterranean-inspired columns often feature intricate details, such as arches and decorative patterns. These columns can be made from stucco, stone, or terracotta, evoking a sense of old-world charm. Mediterranean columns work well with outdoor spaces that seek rustic elegance and vibrant colors.

Colonial Charm

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If you love the charm of colonial-era homes, columns in this style can transport your patio back in time. With square or rectangular shapes, these columns show a sense of symmetry and order. They pair beautifully with brick or clapboard exteriors, offering a nostalgic ambiance to your patio.

Selecting the right column style for your patio is a significant step towards creating an outdoor space that reflects your taste and complements your home’s architecture. Whether you lean toward classic design or want to embrace a modern aesthetic, patio columns can be tailored to match your vision. So, elevate your patio’s allure by choosing column styles that resonate with your design aspirations and transform your outdoor space into a work of art.

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Don’t Sweat It: 4 Easy Tips for Cooling Down Your Patio

August 14, 2023 Outdoor Living, Patio Design

When enhancing your outdoor living space, there’s nothing more rewarding than a well-designed patio. However, to truly make the most of your space, especially in Texas, it’s crucial to consider the impact of heat and the importance of adding a patio cover to provide much-needed shade. Whether upgrading your existing patio or starting from scratch, thoughtful planning can transform your outdoor area into a haven of comfort and style.

Design Around the Heat

With temperatures in both DFW and the Houston areas soaring during the summer, creating a comfortable environment for you and your guests is essential. Consider the orientation of your patio with the sun’s path. Positioning your patio and furniture to receive shade during the hottest parts of the day can significantly reduce heat exposure.

Embrace the Patio Cover

Installing a patio cover is one of the most effective ways to combat excessive heat and create an inviting atmosphere on your patio. A patio cover not only shields you from the sun but also offers protection from rain, allowing you to enjoy your outdoor space even during unpredictable weather. We build patio covers with radiant barriers that help reduce the heat produced under the roof.

Time to Fan Out

Whether it’s a patio ceiling fan circulating air or an outdoor fan mounted near seating areas, fans are a great way to stay cool outside. For more info on outdoor fans, visit our previous blog on patio ceiling fans.

Throw Shade

Shade structures like retractable screens can also offer relief from the sun’s rays. Not only do these additions block out the sun, but they can also complement your overall patio design.  

Although shade will make you feel cooler, it doesn’t technically make temperatures cooler. This is because the temperature you feel in the shade is closer to the actual air temperature. Being in direct sunlight can make the air feel 10-15 degrees warmer than it is because of the sun’s rays hitting your body and hitting your skin. To read more about shading, check out our blog on ways to shade your space.

You’ll have to beat the heat to make the most of your patio year-round. So, whether you’re revamping your current patio or starting anew, consider these factors to maximize your patio’s usage.

Follow us on social media at @tcpoutdoor for more patio inspiration, and start designing your dream outdoor living space by Booking a Free Consultation.

Get In The Zone: 6 Ways To Maximize Your Patio Space

August 14, 2023 Outdoor Living, Patio Design

It’s hard to beat the relaxation, entertainment, and lasting memories a patio can bring. However, to truly maximize your patio’s potential, dividing your space into functional zones is helpful. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to make the most of your space.

Common Patio Zones

Lounging Area

Unwind and enjoy the backyard by incorporating a lounging zone on your patio. Utilize cozy outdoor sofas, chaise lounges, or hammocks to create an inviting space perfect for relaxing.

Dining Area

Designate a specific area where you can enjoy delicious meals surrounded by friends. Consider installing a stylish dining set that complements your patio’s aesthetic and provides ample seating for gatherings. If space is limited, opt for space-saving solutions like foldable tables or bar-style seating.

Entertainment Area 

Create an area on your patio for entertainment, ensuring enough room for guests to move freely. You can enhance this zone with fire features like a fireplace or add comfortable seating, such as cushioned chairs or built-in benches, encouraging people to gather and celebrate special occasions under the open sky.

You may want to move your zones around over time depending on factors like the weather, how many people are over, or to spice things up. Here are a few great ways to move your zones:

Simple Ways To Define Your Patio

Patio Furniture

Although it may sound obvious, simple furniture like chairs and couches will help define recreational areas from other patio parts. These can be customized to fit your space’s overall aesthetic and can be moved around whenever you like.

Outdoor Rugs

Introduce a touch of coziness and define separate zones by using outdoor rugs. Rugs can visually delineate each area while infusing warmth and style into your patio design. Make sure to choose weather-resistant rugs that can withstand the elements.

Learn 5 Reasons You’ll Be Floored By Your Outdoor Rug and how to use rugs to elevate your outdoor space.

Movable Partitions

If you desire flexibility in your patio layout, consider using movable partitions like decorative screens or trellises. These versatile dividers allow you to transform your patio’s configuration based on your current needs.

Whether renovating an existing patio or starting from scratch, careful planning and attention to detail will help create the patio of your dreams. So, let your creativity flow and design a patio that allows you to unwind, entertain, and enjoy the outdoors.

Follow us on social media at @tcpoutdoor for more patio inspiration, and start designing your dream outdoor living space by Booking a Free Consultation.

Holiday Recap: 20 Years of TCP Custom Outdoor Living Projects

December 11, 2023 Outdoor Cooking, Outdoor Living, Patio Design, Project of the Month

For two decades, TCP Custom Outdoor Living has been providing beautiful and functional outdoor living spaces, and we couldn’t have done it without the support of our fabulous customers. 

From humble beginnings to becoming an award-winning company, we’ve had the pleasure of working on some of the most incredible projects across the state. As we celebrate our 20th anniversary, we’re taking a moment to reflect on some of the highlights and express our sincere gratitude to all who have chosen us for their outdoor living needs.

It’s not just about the patios; it’s about the people. Over the years, we’ve had the pleasure of getting to know our customers so we could work together to bring their outdoor visions to life. We’ve had some of the most rewarding experiences with families who now have a backyard to host family reunions, birthday parties, or a quiet night under the stars. It’s been an honor to help create those moments for our customers.

As we celebrate 20 years of TCP, we want to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of our customers over the years. We are grateful for your trust in us and are always humbled by the positive impact our projects have on your lives. We’re excited to continue building beautiful outdoor living spaces for many years and hope to develop more unforgettable moments for our customers. 

A handful of the nearly 3,000 projects we’ve built since 2004. 

If you’re considering upgrading or building your patio, contact us today to help write the next 20 years of TCP Custom Outdoor Living. Contact us today!

Project of the Month: January 2024

January 16, 2024 Outdoor Cooking, Outdoor Living, Patio Design, Project of the Month

This residence featured a modest covered space at the rear, accompanied by a simple paver patio. Situated adjacent to a branch of the Buffalo Bayou, the homeowners were eager to transform this area into their dream backyard sanctuary.

Before

This home had a large backyard with plenty of space to create their dream outdoor space.

After

The client wanted to have a pool built and add an updated outdoor living space to go with it.

1,400 Sq Ft of new concrete was poured to accommodate the new covered space and the pool decking. For this request, we resized some of the 2nd-floor windows to build the new covered patio.

The new covered space is about 550 sq ft. and includes the larger area off the end and the smaller covered space along the home. This designed space has plenty of room for a sitting area, dining area, and outdoor kitchen.

The Ultimate Outdoor Kitchen and Dining Experience

Coming off the indoor kitchen and breakfast area, this new space is just a few steps out the back door.

The outdoor kitchen has RCS brand appliances – a grill, fridge, and storage. There is plenty of counter space for prep work and for serving up a great meal. The granite is Colonial Gold from Daltile.

It’s now the perfect setting for relaxation! The ceiling is West Coast IPA pre-stained tongue and groove by Woodtone. The flooring is Loire Beige 24X36 porcelain pavers from QDI and the stone used throughout the project is Chopped Blanco with color from Rock Materials.

Reach out for a free consultation, and let’s make it happen. Contact us today!

Project of the Month: November 2023

November 21, 2023 Outdoor Cooking, Outdoor Living, Patio Design, Project of the Month

Check out our latest Outdoor Living Area project, a practical and stylish addition to elevate your outdoor space.

Covering around 300 square feet, the new patio features a pre-stained pine tongue and groove ceiling, metal shingles matching the home, and efficient 6-inch seamless gutters with two downspouts for proper drainage.

Before

Structurally, three steel posts and a matching beam provide support, painted to blend in with the house’s hardi soffit and trim. We’ve added an accent wall with a tongue and groove-style facade and handled the removal of four existing posts, fixing up travertine areas for a smooth finish.

After

The outdoor kitchen is designed for functionality and aesthetics, offering a 16-foot linear kitchen with a stone veneer exterior, galvanized steel frame, hardi backer panel, and level 2 granite countertops spanning approximately 52 square feet.

On the electrical side, we’ve installed six 4-inch recessed cans with bronze trim, a dimmer switch for cans, a fan switch, and a sconce switch. Two outlet receptacles and two 110v dedicated circuits complete the setup.

This project seamlessly combines practicality with a touch of style, turning your outdoor area into a functional and appealing space. Interested in transforming your patio?

Reach out for a free consultation, and let’s make it happen. Contact us today!

5 Tips to Keeping Your Patio Bug-Free

July 11, 2023 Patio Design

A patio is a fantastic addition to any home, providing a comfortable space to relax and entertain. However, pesky insects and relentless mosquitoes can quickly turn your patio dreams into a nightmare. Let’s explore some practical ways to make your patio a bug-free haven.

Screening Solutions

If you want to keep insects out while still enjoying the fresh air, a high-quality screen could be just what you’re looking for. Incorporate retractable screens or sliding glass panels to enclose your patio. These versatile options allow you to enjoy the outdoors and provide a barrier against mosquitoes and other bugs. Opt for fine mesh screens that offer maximum protection without compromising the view or airflow. It’s also worth mentioning that many patio ceilings in the south are painted haint blue in order to repel bugs, however, we can’t confirm that this will solve your insect problems.

Landscaping with Repellent Plants

Strategically planted insect-repellent plants around your patio can repel mosquitoes and other unwanted insects. Citronella, lavender, basil, marigold, and mint are excellent choices. Not only do these plants emit scents that insects dislike, but they also add more greenery to your outdoor space.

Mosquito Misting System

For ultimate mosquito control, consider installing a mosquito misting system on your patio. These automated systems release a fine mist of insecticide at scheduled intervals, effectively repelling and eliminating mosquitoes. Mosquito misting systems are discreet and can be integrated into your patio’s design to provide long-lasting protection.

Water Features and Pond Maintenance

While water can create a serene ambiance on your patio, stagnant water can become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Prevent this by using water treatments or adding fish that feed on mosquito larvae. Regularly clean and maintain your water features to prevent standing water from becoming a pest magnet.

Outdoor Lighting Considerations

While well-placed outdoor lighting enhances the ambiance of your patio, certain types can inadvertently attract insects. Opt for LED lights or yellow bug bulbs, which are less attractive to bugs than traditional incandescent bulbs. Additionally, consider installing motion sensor lights to minimize outdoor lighting during periods of inactivity.

By using these strategies, you’ll transform your patio into a welcoming haven without insects. Whether upgrading your existing patio or building a new one from scratch, incorporating these ideas will ensure you can fully enjoy your outdoor oasis without the nuisance of buzzing pests. Embrace the beauty of your surroundings and enjoy the tranquility of your bug-free patio retreat.

2023’s Biggest Patio Design Trends Are Au Naturel

July 10, 2023 Patio Design

Your patio is more than just an outdoor space, it’s an extension of your home and a place to unwind and entertain. Whether you’re looking to redesign your existing patio or build a new one from scratch, let’s explore the hottest trends shaping outdoor spaces in 2023.

Seamless Indoor-Outdoor Flow

One of the most prominent patio and backyard design trends is the seamless integration of indoor and outdoor living spaces. More than ever, people desire a harmonious transition between their indoor and outdoor areas, blurring the boundaries with open-concept designs. This can be achieved through large sliding glass doors, expansive windows, or the strategic placement of furniture to create a cohesive flow.

Natural and Sustainable Materials

In recent years, there’s been a growing emphasis on using natural and sustainable materials in patio construction. Homeowners are opting for eco-friendly choices such as reclaimed wood, bamboo, composite decking, and stone pavers. These materials add a touch of natural beauty and help contribute to a greener environment. Take a look at some of our favorite eco-friendly outdoor furniture pieces.

Fire Features

Nothing creates a warm and inviting atmosphere like a mesmerizing fire feature. Fire pits, fireplaces, and even fire tables have become highly sought-after elements in patio design. They serve as focal points and gathering spots, allowing people to extend their outdoor enjoyment into the cooler evenings while adding a touch of luxury to their outdoor spaces. Here are some of our favorite patio heating options.

Outdoor Kitchens and Dining Areas

The popularity of outdoor kitchens and dining areas has soared in recent years. People are embracing the idea of cooking and dining al fresco, making outdoor entertaining a breeze. From built-in grills and pizza ovens to fully-equipped outdoor kitchens with sinks, refrigerators, and ample counter space, homeowners are transforming their patios into the ultimate cooking spot. To learn more about outdoor kitchens, check out our blog here.

Multi-functional Outdoor Spaces

Today’s patios aren’t just for lounging and dining, they’ve become versatile spaces that can accommodate a variety of activities. Homeowners are incorporating features like outdoor theaters, yoga areas, game zones, and even mini-gardens into their patios. Looking for games to play outdoors? Check out our blog on great backyard games.

As we look back at the patio and backyard design trends of the past few years, it’s clear that homeowners are seeking to create outdoor spaces that harmonize with their lifestyles and the natural environment. By incorporating these trends into your patio redesign or new construction, you can create a stunning and functional outdoor oasis that perfectly suits your needs and enhances your quality of life.

5 Ways TCP Elevates Your Outdoor Living Experience

July 10, 2023 Patio Design

Looking to transform your outdoor space? With personalized service, meticulous attention to detail, and comprehensive range of design solutions, we believe in going above and beyond to ensure your dream patio exceeds your expectations.

1. Improving Your Initial Visit

When you choose TCP, you gain access to a team of professionals who are passionate about creating outdoor spaces that are both functional and beautiful. From the moment you schedule a consultation with one of our experienced project developers, you’ll experience the TCP Difference firsthand.

2. Beginning The Design Process

Nothing is more important than your input, and we’ll collaborate closely with you throughout the entire project. With a dedicated Project Developer, you’ll have a trusted partner who will guide you from the initial design stages to project completion.

3. We Stick By Our Estimate

We don’t just provide ballpark figures; we believe in transparency and will give you an accurate, detailed cost estimate for your project that won’t change unless alterations of the project are made during the build process.

4. So Many Options and Styles

During the proposal appointment, you’ll be shown a comprehensive breakdown that includes a detailed drawing with specifications, dimensions, and even rendered views and elevations, allowing you to envision your completed project before it even begins. This breakdown will be yours to keep once a contract is officially signed. Whether you envision a patio cover to shield you from the elements, an outdoor kitchen to unleash your culinary creativity, or a screened-in porch to enjoy the beauty of nature without the bugs, we have the expertise to bring your ideas to life. From room additions and decks to outdoor lighting and fire features, our team of skilled professionals will craft an outdoor space that reflects your style.

5. Good Service Doesn’t Stop

We understand that starting a home improvement project can be daunting. That’s why we’re committed to providing peace of mind. Our artistry and materials are backed by a one-year warranty, ensuring that your investment is protected. We take pride in our craftsmanship and believe in the quality of our work. Additionally, we carry $1 million in liability insurance, safeguarding against accidents and injury. Our commitment to excellence has earned us an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, a testament to our dedication to customer satisfaction.

Ready to transform your outdoor living space? Choose TCP Custom Outdoor Living, where the TCP Difference sets us apart. Contact us today to schedule your consultation, and let us create an outdoor oasis you’ll use for years to come.

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We would absolutely recommend this company. Steven was always accessible and professional, as well as each one of his crews. It was a pleasure to work with Texas Custom Patios, and we love our new outdoor kitchen.

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