Recipe of the Month: Georgia Peach Chicken Wings

March 30, 2018 Outdoor Cooking, Uncategorized

Weekend get-together weather is here!  That means it’s time to spruce up the patio, fire up the grill and get ready to entertain.  Our most recent project of the month was built with a Big Green Egg, so we thought we would include some tasty recipes that can be smoked.  Below are a few ideas that are tried and tasted, loved and approved!

 

Texas Caviar

Georgia Peach Chicken Wings

Sea Salt and Vinegar Chicken Wings

Maple Glazed Smoked Pork Belly

 Strawberry Jalapeño Pork Tenderloin 

Ham with Orange Apricot Glaze

Grilled Rosemary Sweet Potato Fries

Cheesecake filled Pears with Champagne Drizzle

 

Your Outdoor Living Space on a Budget

February 26, 2018 Patio Contractor

An enjoyable outdoor living space is a must-have for most people here in Texas – we are able to spend just about every day outside without too much trouble.  Of course it does get a little toasty in the summer, but with the right design and ample shade even the summer heat can be beat.  For many, the singular thing that holds us back when making big decisions is something called … moolah.  But with the right budget, a good plan and the perfect builders, your outdoor oasis is actually within reach! Not to mention, tax returns are just around the patio corner!

We now offer many financing options making it even easier to start building now versus later.  For more information on our financing options, visit here!  

Budgeting for your outdoor living space is actually easier than you may think.  We have built outdoor living spaces with just about every single budget in mind.  We put together a quick guide that will you have you well on your way to building out your outdoor space.  So get ready to start planning, building and living (outside)!

Project of the Month October 2016

How to budget for your outdoor living space …

How big of an area is considered ample?

Whether you are wanting a covered patio, a pergola, a sunroom or a screened in porch about 300 square feet is average. If you go much smaller than that, you will feel cramped and will not have enough room for both a dining area and a sitting area. The cost for something that size would start around 25K – Sunrooms would be more due to windows and inside wall finishes.

What are items that would affect this budget?

* Type and configuration of your home – 1 Story homes usually run more because the roof tie-in is more complicated.

* Do you have concrete already? Having an existing patio or other flat surface will lower your cost… unless you want something more than a standard brushed concrete surface. Upgraded surfaces – stamped concrete, tile, travertine, stone pavers means your cost will increase.

* Type of columns – do you have any existing columns on your home? If so, you may want to match them – are they brick or stone? That will be an added cost because a standard column is wrapped with hardie board and painted to match your home’s paint color.

*Ceiling finish – Like the columns a standard ceiling is just hardie plank painted to match your home’s soffit. If you want a different look, you can go with cedar or stained tongue and groove, you will need to add some to your budget.

* Electrical matters – a basic project does include running electricity for recessed lights and ceiling fans as well as wiring for a TV and sound system.

So, what does a 300 SF project with some of the upgraded options cost?

* With additional items such as those listed above, your 300 SF project would start around 30K -35K.

What if I want to add an outdoor kitchen? Several things need to occur …

*Size of the space – to have adequate space to accommodate the added kitchen area, we suggest an area that is closer to 400 SF. So, that is an added cost to build your covered area.

*A basic kitchen – this is a tough question – you can have a small, very functional outdoor kitchen area that is in the 8 – 10 linear foot area. To get lots of prep and serving space, you may want to consider something that is closer to the 14-15 linear foot option. Our kitchens include a custom built counter area with granite, stacked stone, brick, or stucco, stainless steel appliances (grill, fridge, storage). The 8-10 linear foot kitchens would start around 15-20K, the larger kitchen would start around 20-25K.

Can it be bigger?

* Absolutely! We have built kitchens that are as large as 20-25 linear feet.

* Why the 5K range in the cost?

Many things affect that – type and size of grill, choice of granite, propane or natural gas, raised bar top, type of side finishes, among other choices.

What about adding a fire feature?

*A fireplace – whether wood burning or natural gas – will generally add about 15-20K to your project. Your choice of stone, is there going to be a mantle, and how big will the hearth be all play key roles in the cost of the fireplace.

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* A fire pit – again whether it is wood burning or natural gas – will add about 3-6K to your project. The size, shape and type of stone plays a part in the variance of the cost.

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So as you can see … a lot goes into the prepping and planning when building something to any extent, but it CAN be done!  Take notes, let us know how we can help and we look forward to building something beautiful for you!

Recipe of the Month: Rodeo Round Up

February 26, 2018 Outdoor Cooking

In Texas it’s all about the rodeo right now, Houston’s bulls are a buckin’, pigs are a squealin’, and the rest of us are eating!  BBQ, fried Oreos, big-as-your-face cinnamon rolls… anything we can wrangle, we will eat!  So for this month’s recipe of the month we thought we would do a rodeo version with Texas Beef Brisket, smoked coffee, deep fried cookie dough and more!  These recipes will have you saying, “giddy up!”

Margarita Shrimp – We start healthy before we go in for the kill!

BBQ Jalapeño Poppers – Well that didn’t last long!

Texas Beef Brisket –  The secret is in the fruit wood!

The Donut Burger – We warned you, anything goes when it comes to rodeo food!

Deep Fried Cookie Dough – In case the donut burger wasn’t enough.

Smoked coffee – the perfect ending to any meal!

Try these and let us know what you think, yeeeee-haw!

Recipe of the Month: Super Duper Bowl Dips

January 30, 2018 Outdoor Celebrations, Outdoor Cooking

Part of the fun in game day is all the yummy food that you get to try!  Most save up their appetite all day so they can run a 40 yard dash to the grub hub a.k.a. the kitchen!  The Food Network has some tasty touchdowns that will have your party poppin’!  Who doesn’t like a good dip?  Below are 36 of the best recipes that can be served in a bowl, super big bowls!  Followed by sliders and snacks great for backyard tailgating!

Dips served in super bowls:

Tropical Guacamole

Hot Crab Dip

Mustard-Beer Dip

Bacon-Jalapeño Dip

Cauliflower Hummus

Buttery Herbed Nuts

Pizza Snack Mix

And of course the traditional favs like meaty queso and salsa!

For all of the recipes and more, visit here!  

 

A Blitz BBQ

January 29, 2018 Outdoor Celebrations

This time last year Houston was all ramped up and ready for the big game.  Just being in the same state as the game of all games was electric for Texas.  This year the big battle of the pigskins is in Minneapolis, Minnesota February 4th at 6:30pm.   So unless you are planning to visit the 22nd most populous state in the country… you need to start thinking of the best seat you can get for super duper Sunday.

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 2017 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.

Real Simple came up with your must-have checklist for your Super Bowl LII party … don’t miss a pass, make sure your party is a hit!

You can make your list and check it twice, 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!

 

From Our Home to Yours

December 22, 2017 Interview, Patio Contractor

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, but before we do that, let’s get to know us.

 

Meet our Houston team!

 

 Rob Douglass – Partner and Project Developer
Rob is a family man who loves Houston, enjoys the outdoors and watching sports (his superstitions played a big part in the Astros World Series win)!
I was a YMCA Director before starting Texas Custom Patios in 2004.  The thing I enjoy most about TCP is seeing our talented Project Developers take our business in new directions with creative design ideas and problem-solving techniques.  Fun fact… I’m preparing to be a first-time grandfather in 2018!

Katherine Douglass – Managing Partner and Office Manager

Katherine is energetic and loves to laugh!

I love being a part of a company that works with homeowners to create a new and exciting outdoor space at their homes. Fun fact… I have taught dance for more years than I want to admit and have been the Grandmother and Rat King in BalletForte’s Nutcracker for 16 years.
Steven Schell – Partner and Project Developer
Steven has been an expert in outdoor living for most of his adult life.

I love designing unique/functional outdoor spaces and teaching others to do the same! Fun fact… I once broke both arms at the same time.  Ouch!

Ryan Guikema – Project Developer
Ryan has been with TCP for 8 years and helps in the the South/Southeast Houston area.
My background is in Commercial Project Management and Contractor/Retail Sales.  I love the ability we bring to make someone’s backyard dreams a reality.  Fun fact… I’m a musician and am pretty handy in the kitchen… outdoor kitchen that is.
Brian Reed – Project Manager
Brian is a family man and has been married for 17 years and is a proud dad to two sons!
It is great working for TCP because we get to help homeowners bring their backyards from a dream/wish to reality.  Fun fact… I am a huge fan of sports and music.
Chris Clark – Project Developer 
Chris is a retired veteran and has lived in Texas for the last 5 years!
I love being able to create a space that families will enjoy and use to come together.  Fun fact… I love to travel and have been able to visit almost 20 countries and have lived in 6 countries for 6 months or more.
Dean Pyfferoen – Project Developer 
Dean is originally from Wisconsin and is a father of two!
My prior careers were in bridge construction and account management for a construction supply company.  I love seeing a project grow from a drawing to the actual finished product, also I love the people we work with.  Fun fact… I’m a big baseball fan and love hanging by the ocean!
Daniel Vedas – Assistant Project Manager 
Daniel loves to golf, hunt, fish and is a sand volleyball enthusiast.
I come from a project managing background for a low voltage electric company.  I love working with Texas Custom Patios because it gives me the ability to provide people with a quality project, plus I love seeing our projects featured online and in magazines!  Fun fact… I have broken over 10 bones before the age of 30.

Kendall Adams – Office assistant

Kendall is originally from Houston but has also lived on the East & West coasts.  She has four wonderful kids!
I am so thankful for my people, the ones I get to do life with.  I love the great people I get to work with at TCP!  Fun fact… I like to climb mountains, jump hurdles, and enjoy roller coaster rides.
 Brandi Howard – Office Assistant
Brandi is married and has two beautiful daughters.  She grew up in a beach town in Florida, but moved to Texas 25 years ago.
Before working for Texas Custom Patios I was a System Consultant, but joined the TCP family 5 years ago.  It’s fun to be able to talk to clients on the phone to find out their wants and needs of a project and get them set up with a Project Manager.  It’s great to be able to help them get started with that dream project.  Fun fact… My family and I love Disney World.  We generally vacation there once or twice a year.
 If you would like to meet our DFW area team, click here!

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

Our Customers Love Us

Texas Custom Patios were a great pleasure to work with on our outdoor addition. They listened intently to what we wanted to create, and gave expert advise on how to make it work. The workers were extremely professional and very clean. The workmanship was superior and the quality of products used was the best. Almost a year after completion they are still in contact and making sure we are still pleased with their work. I could not imagine not using them for a project.

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