Recipes of the Month: A Fruity Twist

July 24, 2020 Outdoor Cooking

You’re ready to fire up the grill for your summer sizzle session, but you need a tasty twist on some culinary classics. Below we have recipes perfect for the summer months, enjoy!

Overnight Fruit Salad

Watermelon and Tomato Salad

Pineapple Teriyaki Sliders

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Bourbon Peach BBQ Sauce

Mango Chicken

Fish with Grilled Fruit Salsa

Easy Batter Fruit Cobbler

Mojito Perfecto

Watermelon Margaritas

White Peach Sangria

Lemon Berry Slushy

Grilling Gadgets for Dad

June 19, 2020 Outdoor Cooking

Just in time for dad’s day, we have a few grilling gadgets that will help heat things up! Summer is here and so are the social distancing patio parties! Check out these hot finds that will help your plans not go up in flames.

Wireless Bluetooth Grill Thermometer

Commercial Grade Food Probe Thermometer

Charcoal Electric Lighter and Firestarter

3-Sided Grill Brush

Ultimate BBQ Apron

Grilling Towel Set

Vegetable Grill Basket

Non-Stick BBQ Grill Mats

Himalayan Pink Salt Slab

3-in-1 Stuffed Burger Press

Recipes of the Month: Sizzlin’ Good Apps, Entrees & Desserts

June 19, 2020 Outdoor Cooking

Get out and get grillin’… today we have several tried and true recipes that will be perfect for your Father’s Day get together! Fire up the grill and give these recipes a whirl; dad and the whole family are sure to melt!

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Chicken Pepper Sliders

Chive and Cheese Twice Baked Potato

St. Louis Style Babyback Ribs

Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin

Bobby Flay’s Perfect Burger

Grilled Yukon Gold Steak Fries with Chili-Cheese Sauce

Grilled Pineapple Sundae

Grilled Donut Ice Cream Sandwich

Survey Says…. But Why?

May 31, 2020 Patio Contractor, Patio Design

What is a lot survey and why do I need one to build an outdoor living space? We get this question a lot and here’s why…

A lot or land survey is basically a graphic depiction of your property that outlines the legal boundaries and other features. You probably received one when you purchased your home. It is necessary for Texas Custom Patios to see your survey so we can determine what can legally be built on your property.

The lot survey will identify any easements, building setbacks, or other restrictions on your property. It will inform us if your home is in a flood plain or if there are any other special considerations we need to know in order to design and build your outdoor living space.

What if you can’t find your lot survey? There are several options – check with your local tax assessor’s office, they may have one on file. Another option is to get a survey done, there are several companies that specialize in surveying land and can get it done quickly. Surveys typically cost between $300-$500.

When Texas Custom Patios is building your outdoor living space, we will use the survey to file for permits through the city and to submit to your HOA for approval. This is done in order to make sure any new structures are built without crossing over into easements or setbacks on your property. We need this info to not only ensure we are not building inside easements, but also to draw your existing property in our software to allow for an accurate scale for the new drawings we present.

Once it’s all approved, then the fun begins and we can begin building!

Recipes of the Month: Beat the Heat

May 28, 2020 Outdoor Celebrations, Outdoor Cooking

Summer is quickly approaching and our tastebuds are ready to adapt! What’s cool, refreshing and ready for a patio party? Here are some yummy summer treats perfect to beat the heat!

Tiki Cooler Mocktail

Beer Margarita

Sunset Sangria

Avocado Cucumber Basil Bites

Annie’s Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips

Raspberry Icebox Cake

Lemon Ice

Chocolate Cookie Dough Ice Cream Cake

Texas Custom Patio Building Timeline

April 6, 2020 Patio Contractor

One of the first things that most people want to know, is how soon will they be lounging on their new patio? 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 excitement and work diligently to meet a desired date. The guide below was created to give you a ballpark look!

First, determine when you want your project completion to be, then discover what month you’ll need to contact our office to get started.

When you call our office, we’ll schedule an initial appointment. After the initial visit, we’ll follow up with a proposal. Once you’ve selected Texas Custom Patios as your outdoor design-builder, we’ll begin the permitting and homeowner association process. This can take up to 90 days depending on the particular rules of your community. When the design has met all requirements, a simpler concrete and cover takes about four weeks to complete. Including a kitchen adds a couple more weeks. Watch this video to discover more about our design-build process. More questions? Give one of our outdoor-living specialists a call at 281-265-1994 in Houston, or 972-915-2727 in Dallas/Fort Worth.

What to Expect During Your Virtual Consultation

April 7, 2020 Patio Contractor, Uncategorized

VIRTUAL INITIAL APPOINTMENTS DURING COVID-19

We are now offering complimentary virtual consultations in lieu of an in-home initial visit. As we continue to navigate through this ever-changing time in our world, keeping our customers and employees healthy is our top priority.

If you’ve been thinking about getting an estimate, but haven’t had time to schedule an appointment, now is a great time to do that! Here’s what to expect during your virtual visit.

STEP 1: CALL YOUR LOCAL OFFICE TO SET UP YOUR VIRTUAL APPOINTMENT:

HOUSTON: (281) 265-1994
DALLAS/FORT WORTH: (972) 915-2727

STEP 2: BE PREPARED

You will need a computer or tablet for your appointment (you will be asked to screen share). You’ll be virtually introduced with your one-on-one project developer and will be asked to email a few things:

  • Have a date and time in mind to schedule the virtual visit (expect 30 to 40 minutes)
  • A copy of your lot survey
  • Pictures of the back of your home or area you are considering for remodel
  • List of features you are thinking about (patio cover, outdoor kitchen, fire feature, etc…)

It’s helpful to know the different styles and features you like, so you are prepared during the virtual consultation. You can find many ideas by browsing our gallery, here. You can also explore ideas on our Houzz page, here.

STEP 3: VIRTUAL CONSULTATION

You will receive a follow-up call within 24 hours of your set appointment to ensure the date and time still works well for you. About 5 minutes prior to your appointment, you will be e-mailed a link that will allow you to share a screen with your project developer. You will get a phone call from your developer and will be asked to click on the link. Two important things to note here:

  • You will be able to see their screen, they cannot see yours
  • This is NOT a video call, so no need to do your hair
Screen Share

You will then have an open conversation about your wants, needs, obstacles and expectations. Again, please carve out 30 to 40 minutes for this conversation and have your questions ready! To help you as much in advance, click here for a list of frequently ask questions.

GOALS OF 1ST MEETING

-Review space

-Talk budget (budget blog, read ahead of time)

-Discuss a timeline (timeline blog, read ahead of time)

-Chat about design

STEP 4: VIRTUAL BID MEETING

There will be 7 to 10 days between your first virtual meeting and your second virtual meeting. At this meeting you will be shown the drawings and ideas created by your project developer.

These are just ideas and suggestions based on your prior conversation regarding what you hope to have built in the given areas discussed. Each and every project is completely custom, with measurements and ideas for your home only. You will also be able to view a multidemential rendering of your projected project as well. Click here for an animated version of a rendering.

Click here to see

STEP 5: START BUILDING YOUR PATIO

Once you have decided to trust us with your custom patio build, we get to work! We handle all permits and approvals from the HOA and put a schedule together to get your project going.

At Texas Custom Patios, we really get to know our customers. When you choose to build with us, you get your own project developer who will get to know you, your goals, and your style, and will oversee your entire outdoor living project, from start to finish. We can promise you that you’re in good hands and in a no pressure situation. We hope to hear from you soon!

Spring Cleaning Like Never Before

March 30, 2020 Outdoor Living

While Clorox, paper towels, and sanitizers of any sort are hard to come by, it doesn’t mean spring cleaning should get a pass. Getting fresh air is the best thing we can do right now, so sitting on crisp, clean patio is exactly what the doctor ordered! Not to mention, getting 10-30 minutes of vitamin D from the sun can can help keep you healthy and well! So get out and get to cleaning… your health depends on it, wink, wink!

Below are a few recipes for an at-home all-purpose cleaner with ingredients that should be easy to purchase if you don’t already have them!

All-Purpose Cleaner

Needs:

One part white vinegar

One part water

Lemon rind

Rosemary sprigs

Combine the above ingredients together, pour into a spray bottle, shake, and then let infuse for a week before using. Once done, you can use the natural solution to remove hard water stains, clean trash cans, wipe away wall smudges, and much more. Besides a fresh scent, the lemon rind may help boost cleaning power. Caution: Do not use acidic cleaners on granite, as they will etch the stone.

Stone Cleaner

Needs:

2 drops mild dishwashing liquid

2 cups warm water

Mix dishwashing detergent and water the next time you want to clean natural stone countertops. Sponge over marble and rinse completely to remove any soap residue. Buff with a soft cloth; do not let the marble air-dry. Caution: Never use vinegar, lemon, or any other acidic cleaner on marble or granite surfaces; it will eat into the stone.

Grill Cleaner

Before grilling your filet, burger or veggies… it’s important to make sure your grill is ready for you to bring the heat! Take a peek at this grill readiness checklist, click here!

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

Our Customers Love Us

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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Virtual Initial Appointments During COVID-19

As we continue to monitor the situation with Coronavirus (COVID-19), we are taking steps to help protect the health and well-being of our customers and employees. If you are able to do an initial appointment virtually, we are willing and able to accommodate you. Give us a call, and we can start the process today.