From Inspiration to Reality

October 30, 2018 Patio Design
Often times we show you featured projects and give you the finished details, but omit all the hard work details between the before and after pics.  So here’s a look back at last month’s featured project and some of the grittier details of what it takes to do a project like this.
This home needed an updated look in the backyard. They had a small pergola over a small patio that just didn’t give them the outdoor living space they needed or wanted. The homeowner wanted a Tuscan/Old World look similar to the photo below.

 

Added Space

Texas Custom Patios added 705 Square Feet of covered space with this outdoor living space.  This is in line with one of our medium scale design/build outdoor living projects.

 

Cost

The cost for something similar to this will range between 50-70k depending on final selections.  We completely changed the look from an early 2000’s style to a Tuscan, classic vibe.

 

Time Range

On average this sized space will take 2-3 months of build time and take a few months of planning.  From the day the contract is finalized, we are roughly 4-5 months to completion!

Recipe of the Month: Candilicious Treats

October 29, 2018 Outdoor Cooking, Uncategorized

Halloween… the beginning of the end for the diet, Snickers, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Skittles, all of them taunting  you like a bad haunted house.  So what do you do with all that leftover candy you’re hiding from your children?  Eat it? No!  Throw it away… no, that would be a sin!  This is what you do… you turn it into a delectable dessert and give it away!

Kit Kat Stuffed Brownies

Reeses Pie 

Snickers Poke Brownie 

Trash Bark

Candy Corn Blondies 

Candy Bar Pie

Butterfinger Cheesecake

Candy Corn Pretzel Bark

Candy Bar Trifle 

Cinnamon Toffee Cheesecake Dip

 

Recipe of the Month: Weekend Veg Out

September 29, 2018 Outdoor Cooking, Uncategorized

Lots of great recipes to try, but how many of you really grab the ingredients and make it happen?   It’s tough we know, but what if you had someone to try it for you!  We have plenty of backyard grilling time on our hands, so we are firing up the grill and taste testing for you each month… here are the recipes that tickled our tastebuds in September!

 

Cowboy Nachos … will have you sayin’ yee-haw!  

Grilled Green Pepper Omelet  … breakfast is the most important meal, ya know?

Spicy Breakfast Scramble … more breakfast, couldn’t resist! 

Strawberry Banana Crepes …. crepes are important too! 

Mousetrap Grilled Cheese … it’ll get ya! 

Chipotle Veggie Sandwich… this is where the veg out part comes in!  

Blueberry Dumplings … end your weekend on a sweet note! 

Champagne Pears filled with Cheesecake and Champagne Drizzle … Cheers! 

Turnkey Design Solutions

August 31, 2018 Patio Design

What does that mean? Well, turnkey design solutions plays a huge part in what we do here at Texas Custom Patios,  we are not architects… we are builders, creators, designers!  We specialize in the art of unifying aesthetics and function to create a beautiful outdoor living area that is not only visually appealing, but also uniquely purposeful.    Our services include: patio covers; outdoor kitchens; screened porches and patios; room additions; pergolas and decks; outdoor fireplaces; and more. View our portfolio.

Every square inch of each project is meticulously  thought out and custom to each home.  There are no two projects alike with every single one appearing to be built when the home was built.  Everything from roofing material to siding and brick, you won’t be able to tell where your house stops and your outdoor living space begins.  Part of the fun is being able to sit down with you and create your dream space.  As you come up with ideas our project managers talk you through the process to tell you what would be best both as a build out and for your budget.

When you schedule a consultation with one of our experienced project developers, you will be walked through our process, we will hear your ideas and discuss options.  From there the developer will leave and develop a proposal that is more than just a ballpark figure of the cost!  At Texas Custom Patios, every estimate includes a detailed drawing with specifications and dimensions, plus rendered views and elevations – so you can see a preview of your completed project.  So like we said before, we create, we design, we build and you enjoy, and all for one cost and one crew.  You will have one person as an advocate for you and your project, making it easy to keep things on track and know what’s going on with your new space from start to finish!

 

 

2018 Star Awards Winners

August 29, 2018 Awards, Patio Design

The Texas Association of Builders (TAB) announced and presented the 2018 Star Awards winners on Thursday, Aug. 9 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas. 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. More than 500 entries were submitted for consideration for this year’s awards. Entries were judged by industry experts from across the nation, including Aaron Crowe (Benton, Ark.), Mike Goodrich (Beaverton, Ore.), Gretchen Palmer (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and Bill Sager (Tacoma, Wash.).

In 1992, TAB launched the Star Awards – the only statewide tribute to excellence in the home building industry. The annual competition showcased the outstanding work of builders, remodelers, architects, designers, and sales, marketing, and construction professionals in Texas.

We are proud to announce we are the winners in three categories:

Remodeler – Best Outdoor Living Space – $100K-$150K

Remodeler – Best Outdoor Living Space – Under  $60K

Remodeler – Best Outdoor Living Space –  $70K-$95K

Check out our website for details on all our featured projects, learn more!  

Recipe of the Month: Burgers, Pizza and Drinks

August 27, 2018 Outdoor Cooking

Sometimes when you can’t decide what to have for dinner, you just order it all, right?  That’s how we feel about this month’s featured recipes, so we picked several to share with you!  They are delicious, so we hope you’re hungry!

 

 

Brie Stuffed Turkey Burgers

Five Spice Salted and Fried Meaty Spare Ribs (We don’t even know what that means, but we want in!)

Grilled Chicken Quesadilla Sandwich

Potato Bacon and Grilled Cheese Pizza 

Sea Salt and Vinegar Chicken Wings

Strawberry Banana Crepes

And something to wash it down…

Smoked Berry Lemonade

 

Recipe of the Month: Sweet Tea Caramelized Onions

July 30, 2018 Outdoor Cooking

 

This will be something that will really go the distance… Sweet Tea Caramelized Onions! Enjoy them on top of a steak with blue cheese, on chicken, on salmon, burgers, use inside a toasted sandwich or quesadilla. Simply use them when you just want to make something better!

Sweet Tea Caramelized Onions Serves 1 cup

Cook Time: 35 ­-55 minutes

Ingredients

2 large yellow onions

3/4 tsp. Kosher salt

1/4 tsp. ground black pepper

2 tsp. oil of choice

1⅔ cup sweet tea of choice

⅛ cup granulated sugar

 

Directions

Cut each onion into 1∕8 inch strips (follow the natural lines of the onion.) In a large bowl, add the cut onions, salt, pepper, and oil. Stir to combine all ingredients evenly.

Heat grill to medium. Lightly coat the cooktop with an oiled paper towel.  Take the bowl of cut onions and empty it onto the grill. Spread the onions evenly on the grill and do not touch them for about 5 minutes.  This will allow the natural sugars from the onion to start to caramelize. Stir the onions around a little to now caramelize the other side of the onions. Let them cook without touching for another 5 minutes. Once the batch of onions has evenly caramelized turn the outer burner off and adjust the inner burner to medium­/low.

In a medium sauté pan add the cooked onions, cup of sweet tea, and granulated sugar. Allow this to cook on the grill for about 25 min. Stir occasionally to assure no sticking. The liquid should be close to gone at this point. The onions are done, however now is the chance to really make those onions pop with flavor; if time permits, add the remaining 2∕3 cup sweet tea and allow that to cook for another 20 min. Place finished onions in a bowl and allow to cool.

Use hot or refrigerate for later use.

 

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Texas Custom Patios was a pleasure to work with from first call to final detail on our patio cover and flooring. Everyone we worked with — office personnel on scheduling, crews on fast and quality work, and Steven helping with design ideas and scheduling and issue resolution — were all what contracting should be. We had been looking at our odd roofline, chimney location and numerous angles for over 10 years and received numerous quotes and estimates that just didn’t work or the contractors flatly said they couldn’t do what we were looking for . . . until Steven and TCP arrived and did exactly what we wanted (and more) on time, on budget, no hassle. We love our new space and receive many compliments on the look and functionality of the space and design. We would love to have TCP and Steven do another project for us and we recommend them to anyone.

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