We would like to thank VoyageHouston for taking the time to get to know Texas Custom Patios! Below is a fantastic article getting to know the people that are making outdoor oasis dreams come true all over Texas. And to think it all started with a simple deck …
Today we’d like to introduce you to Rob and Katherine Douglass.
Thirteen years ago, Rob Douglass had a vision to open a company that would create outdoor living spaces that would be as functional and as attractive as the inside of the home. Something that looked original to the home and not an add on. Initially, Texas Custom Patios built simple decks and pergolas, but the market was changing and the timing was perfect. Along with his wife, Katherine Douglass, and business partner, Steven Schell, Texas Custom Patios began building luxury outdoor living spaces complete with fully equipped kitchens, outdoor living rooms, outdoor fire features, entertainment centers, and specialized dining areas. The first full year in business, 2005, there were 44 projects completed … now, an average of 200 projects are completed each year. This includes the newly opened branch in the Dallas Fort Worth area. In order to grow to this level, Texas Custom Patios needed to develop crews from all the trades that are required to build the projects. They have sub-contractors that have worked with them for many years – framers, electricians, painters, masons, plumbers and more. Texas Custom Patios has 7 project developers in the Houston area and 4 in the Dallas Fort Worth area that work closely with each homeowner throughout the process of designing and building the dream outdoor living space.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The road has been relatively smooth, although with any business there are always some struggles. When Hurricane Ike hit the area, there was a definite slump in business. Everyone was focused on repairing damaged homes – not just theirs but others that were less fortunate.
Homeowners took the time to help out in the community and put their own backyard dreams to the side for a while. The recent oil slump has had an effect as well – homeowners have taken precautions with their spending. We have noticed an increase in sales since the beginning of 2017, which falls in line with the economy getting stronger again.
Texas Custom Patios – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Texas Custom Patios has several unique assets that stand out from all the other patio competitors. Their key to success is designing and building a structure that does not look like an add-on, it looks original to the home’s design. No matter how old the house is, roofing, bricking, siding is all selected to blend with the structure of the home. It can be a challenge sometimes to figure out how to tie in substantial additions while maintaining the style of the original home, but we achieve success time after time. We focus only on outdoor living – we are not interior remodelers. There are many types of projects we build – patio covers, pergolas, screened porches, pool houses, room additions, outdoor kitchens, outdoor fire features, decorative patios, and more. When we work with a customer on their backyard design, we gather information and create a project within their budget. We offer suggestions on design and finishes to make the project a custom space for the homeowner to enjoy. The project developer works with the homeowner from start of design to completion of the project… the project is not handed off to anyone else. Texas Custom Patios also has a strong written warranty.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success is defined when we have happy homeowners. Knowing we are building and creating their dream outdoor space is something we take seriously. When at the end of the project, we are told it was exactly what they imagined or it turned out better than what they thought, that is success. We are always looking to have satisfied homeowners – ones that will and do refer us to their friends and neighbors.
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At Texas Custom Patios, we are a custom builder specializing in custom built patio covers, outdoor kitchens, fireplaces, screened porches, room additions and other outdoor living structures in the Greater Houston Area.
Our service area extends northwest to include the following communities: The Woodlands, Spring, Cypress, Tomball, Klein, and Jersey Village. Over the past 12 years, we have built outdoor living spaces in almost every neighborhood, including: Creekside, Carlton Woods, Augusta Pines, Coles Crossing, Champions, Fairfield, Copperfield, Towne Lake, Bridgeland, Black Horse Ranch, Gleannloch Farms, Stonegate, Canyon Lakes, Lakes on Eldridge, Wimbledon, Bridgestone, and more.
Our service area extends west to the communities of Spring Branch, The Villages of Hunter Creek/Piney Point/Hedwig, Memorial, Katy and Fulshear. Specific neighborhoods where we’ve done a great deal of adding outdoor patio covers and living spaces are Tanglewood, Briargrove, Memorial, Spring Valley, Royal Oaks, Windsor Lake Estates, Green Trails, Kelliwood, Deerfield, Grand Lakes, Cinco Ranch, Seven Meadows, Cross Creek Ranch, Falcon Point, Weston Lakes, and Firethorne.
On the southwest side, Texas Custom Patios designs and builds outdoor patio projects in Richmond, Rosenberg, Sugar Land, Missouri City, Stafford and Meadows Place. Because the business started in Fort Bend County in 2004, we have completed jobs in many neighborhoods, including First Colony, Sienna Plantation, Riverstone, Pecan Grove, Greatwood, New Territory, Telfair, Aliana, Waterside Estates, Longmeadow Farms, Lakes of Bella Terra, Westheimer Lakes, Sugar Creek, Sweetwater, Commonwealth and Quail Valley.
South and southeast of Houston, we have a large presence of building patio covers in Pearland, Manvel, Friendswood, Clear Lake, and League City. Neighborhoods where we have built outdoor living spaces include: Shadow Creek Ranch, Southwyk, Southfork, Silver Lake, Silver Creek, Sedona Lakes, The Forest of Friendswood, West Ranch, Lakes of Highland Glen, Bay Oaks, Pine Brook, and Nassau Bay.
Northeast of Houston, we build backyard patio covers in Humble, Atascocita, Kingwood and Porter, including the neighborhoods of Fall Creek and Summerwood.
Finally, we provide our services to all communities and neighborhoods near and inside the 610 Loop, like West U, Bellaire, Meyerland, Montrose, Upper Kirby, River Oaks, Midtown, Southside Place and The Heights.
Now let’s hop on 45 North … we also proudly build in the Dallas – Ft. Worth metroplex. Our service area extends to the Hurst, Euless, Bedford area in Tarrant County. Lewisville, Flower Mound and Highland Village north of DFW are also areas we build outdoor living spaces. McKinney, Frisco and Little Elm are in our Collin County service area. Allen, Plano and Richardson are on the eastern border of our service area, and we build patio covers in Grand Prairie, Arlington and Mansfield as a southern border.
We’ve designed and built patio covers in the neighborhoods of Timarron in Southlake, Woodland Hills in Colleyville, Hackberry Creek in Irving, The Tribute in the Colony, Bent Tree in Dallas, the Arbors of Creekwood in Mansfield, along with many other patio covers, outdoor kitchens, and fireplaces in Lewisville, Coppell, Frisco, Little Elm, and McKinney.
We can build everything from traditional to contemporary … super modern or farm house chic covered patios … if you can dream, we can build it! We know that the Super Bowl just ended, but if you would like to enjoy this year’s football season at your own patio party, give us a call now! Use the guide below to help you with your timeframe in getting started.
Click on the image below to discover details about this gorgeous traditional project in Irving, TX!
“I’ll start my diet on Monday,” “I’ll start exercising after we get back from vacation,” “I’ll slow down and try to enjoy life after my next big promotion.” These are all things that many of us say too often. With 2017 comin’ in hot, you’ll be telling yourself … I’ll just make it my new year’s resolution and start next year, right?
Speaking of resolutions, here are the TOP TEN resolutions made year after year.
10. Read more
9. Travel more
8. Learn something new
7. Won’t make a resolution
6. Get organized
5. Spend more time with family and friends
4. Spend less, save more
3. Enjoy life to the fullest
2. Lose weight
1. Stay fit and healthy (we have all done that one before)
While we agree with staying fit and healthy, we agree with number 3 the most. Everyone should enjoy life to the fullest! So when you’re brushing your teeth, do a little dance. When you’re checking out at the grocery store, stop to smile and say hello to the person behind the counter, and most importantly when you’re in your backyard, have a place you are proud to call home.
Go ahead, fantasize for a moment. Which of these do you like the best?
Now we realize you may have to do a little of number 4 before you can start ripping up grass and laying concrete, picking out grills and paint colors, but you can get there! We have a nifty little timeline to help you, too! If you are set on having a custom patio built by a certain date, the guideline below will help you know when to get started.
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 …
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.
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!
Click the image below to discover details about this modern stucco covered patio in Bellaire.
Click the image below to discover details about this American traditional covered patio in Spring Valley.
We are answering the most commonly asked question as part of a series we are doing each month. So many want to know the answer to these questions, so we thought we would share it with all of you! Last month we talked all about our specialty, and this month we are focusing on the big picture. So here are some of the most commonly asked questions that all have, surprisingly, the same answer.
Can you put clear plastic over my pergola?
Can you add screens to my existing patio?
Can you just pour concrete?
As much as we would love to help you with all of that, we are a design build contractor who manages the project from start to finish scheduling multiple trades. If your job requires only one trade, then it’s best to hire that trade directly!
If you are wanting to do more, we have the easiest process around … so easy that you’ll feel like it’s just one trade you are utilizing.
THE TCP DIFFERENCE
At Texas Custom Patios, 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 (that’s the easy part we mentioned), from the preliminary design stage to project completion and clean-up.
We specialize in providing turnkey design solutions for outdoor living, including: patio covers, outdoor kitchens, screened porches, room additions, pergolas, fireplaces and so much more! See our website for a complete gallery or on Houzz to see finished projects!
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 $1 million in liability insurance to protect against accidents and injury.
NO SURPRISES: OUR 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.
But that’s not all. 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.
We are very happy we chose Texas Custom Patios to build our dream patio/outdoor kitchen. Our project manager, Ryan, really listened to what we wanted and grasped our vision immediately. He was actively involved in the process from start to finish. Every question or concern was addressed immediately. We were part of every decision along the way, and were pleased with the flexibility of the process. Ryan had a positive “can do” attitude that was much appreciated through out. The various work crews were professional and always left the work site as clean as possible at the end of the day. The final product is absolutely breathtaking!