Award-Winning Outdoor Living Projects

July 25, 2020 Awards, Patio Design, Project of the Month

The Texas Association of Builders (TAB) was excited to announce 394 projects made the finals of the 2020 Star Awards. This year saw a record breaking 624 entries from 54 cities across the state of Texas. 

The out-of-state judges reviewed 187 categories and select the best in Texas. TAB launched the Star Awards program in 1992 and it remains the only statewide tribute to excellence in the residential homebuilding industry.

Winners were just revealed at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, Texas during the Sunbelt Builders Show™.

This year’s entries showcased the outstanding work of builders, remodelers, architects, designers, sales professionals, marketing professionals, construction professionals and industry leaders in Texas and surrounding areas. With nearly 200 categories to choose from and hundreds of entries each year, it’s impressive to be recognized.

We are proud to announce that Texas Custom Patios was nominated in four different categories and we won all four! It’s an honor to be recognized among other elite builders. Here are the projects that impressed the judges!

Winner 50 – 75k

This older home needed a backyard make-over. The family needed some shade, a nicer area to entertain, and a built-in kitchen. For details and pictures on this entire project, click here.

Winner 75k – 100k

The homeowners wanted to add about 850 square feet of outdoor living space, so we added an expansive kitchen, living room and dining area. We worked through the existing drainage issues, and added Astro Turf. Now the home is complete and perfect for entertaining! For details and pictures on this entire project, click here.

Winner 100k – 125k

The customer had an existing pergola with arches that were on its last leg. They wanted to remove the deteriorating pergola and add a space that could add the “wow” factor to the backyard when they looked out their living room window. They wanted a space that could blend with the architecture of the home along with the design of the pool. For details and pictures on this entire project, click here.

Winner 125k – 150k

This project needed remodeling in both the front and the back of the home. This gorgeous patio was done in a contemporary style complete with an outdoor dining and living area. For details and pictures on this entire project, click here.

If you would like to see more of our work, click here. To see the 2020 award program in its entirety, click here.

Recipe of the Month: Apple Cider Sangria

November 18, 2015 Outdoor Cooking
This month we are mixing up our own twist on a traditional holiday drink!  Imagine getting cozy on your cuddly couch, a warm blanket and your outdoor fireplace roaring a gorgeous fire.  Just add good company and this Texas Custom Patio Apple Cider Sangria …

 

Texas Custom Patios Apple Cider Sangria
Apple Cider Sangria

 

1 bottle white wine  (hint: a nice Pinot Grigio is tasty)
1 cup vodka
1 to 2 cups tonic water
1 to 2 cups apple cider
1 apple, cubed
1 orange, cubed
1 tsp cinnamon
dash of ginger
2 cinnamon sticks (makes it fancy, too)

 

Place cut up apples and oranges in pitcher.  Add water, wine, vodka and apple cider.  Stir in the cinnamon and ginger.  Add the cinnamon sticks!

 

Serve chilled or over ice.

The Time is Now

August 6, 2015 Awards, Outdoor Living, Patio Design

 

Texas Custom Patios

We were recently featured in Hearth & Home Magazine for our gorgeous work in outdoor design. We are elated to be noted for our hard work and look forward to doing a dozen more designs in the coming month. If you are thinking about making your backyard beautiful for the holidays, the time to start, is now! Here’s a look at a cozy little corner of one of our award-winning projects.

A dramatic wood burning fireplace is the focal point of this outdoor living space (pictured above). It anchors one end of the gabled pavilion, soaring to the height of the vaulted ceiling. Though beautiful, this massive fireplace did create engineering and masonry challenges on the project.  “The manufactured beam running through the back of the fireplace required many hours of masonry work to make it look just perfect,” says builder Ryan Guikema.

That kind of attention to detail is evident in the entire Outdoor Room. The stone on the fireplace is carried through on the outdoor kitchen island and the seat wall. The seat wall itself is finished with cast-stone caps and low voltage lighting; it surrounds the entire project to define the perimeter of the room.

The ceiling of the pavilion is made of tongue-and-groove pine that has been whitewashed to contrast with the darker cedar beams. There are also curved corbels, rack bracing to match the beams, and columns finished in cedar.

 

Host a Family Gathering with Outdoor Style

January 9, 2015 Outdoor Living

It may be January, but at Texas Custom Patios we’re gearing up for summertime. An outdoor living space is perfect for hosting an extra large crowd for your summer Family Gatherings. You may be celebrating the graduation of someone special. Or maybe someone is tying the knot with friends and family gathered for a wedding. You could simply be trying to keep the gang cool with a pool party. Or maybe you’re celebrating your roots with a family reunion. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite outdoor style ideas for your summer celebrations.

Graduation

These custom graduate yard signs would be perfect for a backyard graduation celebration. Plus, who doesn’t love another reason to show off those fantastic graduation portraits?

 

And this is a very cool way to launch the dreams for your graduate’s future!

 

Display that cap and gown in style!

Wedding

Install a chandelier (or two!) in your outdoor living space. This royal look is fit for a wedding celebration.

And how about some functional wedding decor the guys won’t mind keeping around after the festivities?

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Pool Party

Make a grand entrance!

 

Don’t let a sunburn ruin the party. Keep family and friends protected by offering a Sun Protection Station.

Why not combine parties and make it a pool party movie night?

Family Reunion

We’re loving this DIY Beverage Station to keep everyone cool and hydrated!

DIY Beverage Station Tutorial

source: liluna.com

 

Gather and display old family photos to help everyone dig into their roots.

 

Oversized glass jars display pretty salads in a “no fly” zone.

 

How about a game of giant scrabble? Your family will get exercise for body and mind!

Your Outdoor Style Family Gathering

If you’d like to talk to us about creating an outdoor living space where these summer family gatherings and many more opportunities for relaxing can happen, give us a call at 281-265-1994 (Houston area) or 214-460-5934 (Dallas area).

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

Our Customers Love Us

We love our new patio cover and would definitely recommend Texas Custom Patios. Our contractor, Mark, and everyone that worked on our project was professional. The patio cover looks like it was built when the house was built. They used top quality materials, the roofline is seamless, and everything matches very well. Great job completed in a timely manner and we are totally satisfied with the whole experience.

© 2020 Texas Custom Patios

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.