Traditional Touches, Industrial Chic, and FORTY-EIGHT More Patio Design Ideas

November 21, 2023 Outdoor Living, Patio Design

Patios are the perfect spot for outdoor relaxation, dining, and entertainment. With so many factors to consider in building your perfect patio, it’s hard to know where to start. If you’re looking for thought starters, ideas, and inspiration to build a new patio or upgrade your existing one, you’re in the right place. Let’s go over 50 patio design ideas to inspire your patio journey:

1. Mix-and-Match Seating: Playing with different seating options, like chairs, lounge chairs, and loveseats, can create an eclectic and stylish feel to your patio.

2. Outdoor Fire Pit: A fire pit is an excellent addition to any patio, creating a focal point and a cozy ambiance. 

3. String Lights: Adding string lights creates a warm and inviting atmosphere, making your patio a perfect spot for summer nights.

4. Vertical Garden: If you’re tight on space, adding a vertical garden can bring the greenery without taking up floor space.

5. Outdoor Movie Night: Install an outdoor movie screen or simply hang a white sheet and enjoy a movie under the stars.

6. Rustic Touches: Incorporating rustic elements like wooden benches, potted plants, and lanterns can add a touch of charm and coziness to your patio.

7. Small-Space Solutions: Create a quaint and cozy patio that feels like an extension of your living room by adding trim and comfortable seating options like poufs, stools, and cushions.

8. Traditional Touches: Create a classic and timeless outdoor space with traditional design elements such as wrought-iron furniture and terracotta planters.

9. Mediterranean Flair: Create a Mediterranean vibe with colorful tiles, lanterns, and clay pottery to add charm and character to your patio.

10. Dining Outdoors: Incorporate an outdoor dining space into your patio, complete with a table, chairs, and a grill or outdoor kitchen.

11. Living Wall: Create a vertical garden stretching from floor to ceiling with a living wall, adding greenery and interest to your patio.

12. Cozy Reading Nook: Create a cozy nook for reading with a comfortable chair or hammock, a small side table, and plenty of cushions.

13. Clean and Minimal: Use neutral colors and modern furniture to keep your patio simple and minimal.

14. Modern Geometric Designs: Incorporating bold geometric designs on cushions, furniture, and flooring adds a modern touch to any patio.

15. Bohemian Chic: Bring a vibrant, boho feel to your patio with colorful fabrics, dream catchers, and textured planters.

16. Outdoor Kitchen: Create a complete outdoor kitchen with a grill, sink, and countertop to make cooking and entertaining easier.

17. Pergola: Adding a pergola to your patio adds functionality, providing shade and style with a focal point and design feature.

18. Colorful Accents: Add pops of color with vibrant accent pieces like outdoor rugs, cushions, and throw blankets.

19. English Garden: Create an English garden-inspired patio with classic elements such as a white picket fence, wrought-iron chairs, and colorful blooms.

20. Outdoor Bar: Building an outdoor bar with a built-in sink, shelves, and dressers means being the host with the most.

21. Poolside Paradise: Create an oasis with an in-ground pool, seating, and lush greenery, adding a paradise to your backyard.

22. Repurpose Old Furniture: Utilize old furniture you own by repainting or reupholstering it to fit your patio aesthetic.

23. Mix of Textures: Add depth to your patio by mixing textures like wicker, wood, and metal furniture.

24. Pop of Patterns: Add interest to your patio with bold prints, patterns, and fabrics that add color and personality.

25. Cost-Saving Ideas: Keep your patio budget-friendly by repurposing items such as bed headboards, old doors, or used rugs to create unique patio designs.

26. Beachy Vibes: Bring coastal charm to your patio with white and turquoise colors paired with weathered wood furniture.

27. Pops of Potted Plants: Add character to your patio with pots and planters of different colors, shapes, and sizes.

28. Wrought Iron Details: Incorporate wrought iron details to add a classic, traditional touch to your patio.

29. Outdoor Lounge: Furnish your patio with comfortable outdoor lounge chairs to create an elegant, relaxing hangout spot.

30. Rustic Vibes: Bring a welcoming, rustic feel to your patio with burlap textiles, metal furniture, and natural wood.

31. Industrial Chic: Bring an edgy vibe to your patio with industrial-inspired materials such as metal and wood.

32. Oversized Umbrella: Adding a giant umbrella creates a shady spot for your patio, perfect for spending lazy afternoons outside.

33. Serene Water Element: Incorporate the calming element of water to create a serene, tranquil atmosphere in your patio space.

34. Cozy Courtyard: Create a cozy courtyard space, complete with small bistro tables, greenery, and outdoor string lighting.

35. Tranquil Zen Space: Add a zen feel to your patio by incorporating simple, clean lines and natural elements like rocks and bamboo fencing.

36. Covered Patio: Constructing a covered patio with a fan or lighting fixtures is another way to create a shaded space.

37. Built-In Benches: Adding built-in benches can provide additional seating and a cozy touch to your patio.

38. Natural Rock Accents: Incorporate natural rock accents such as rock garden beds, stepping stones, and low walls to create a natural, earthy feel.

39. Retro Style: Add a retro flair to your patio with bright pops of color, vintage furniture, and accessories.

40. Four-Season Patio: Create a four-season patio with air conditioning, heating, and a retractable roof system for year-round use.

41. Geometric Patterns: Play with different geometric patterns on cushions, rugs, and furniture to create a modern, sleek patio design.

42. DIY Garden Boxes: Create DIY garden boxes to plant herbs and vegetables, adding practicality and style to your patio area.

43. Tropical Escape: Bring a tropical feel to your patio with warm colors, giant palms, and slick wicker furniture.

44. Inexpensive Seating: Create an affordable outdoor seating area by repurposing old chairs or using inexpensive benches.

45. Moroccan Theme: Incorporate Moroccan-inspired accent pieces such as vibrant textiles, patterned patio tiles, and ceramic planters.

46. Cozy Fireplace: Install a cozy fireplace on your patio to create a warm and inviting ambiance.

47. Build your own Sectional: Save money and add a personal touch by building your outdoor sectional using your existing furniture or new materials.

48. Shabby Chic Charm: Embrace chic charm on your patio, complete with bright florals, antique decor, and vintage furniture pieces.

49. Modern Rustic: Combine modern and rustic elements by adding sleek metal furniture to a rustic wooden deck or patio area.

50. Natural Light: Make the most of natural light in your patio space by adding large windows or doors to enjoy the sunlight throughout the day.

Conclusion:

No matter your style or budget, you can upgrade your patio into the outdoor space of your dreams with these 50 patio design ideas. The real magic of a custom TCP space comes with the homeowner’s decor and furnishings, creating an inviting and functional outdoor space. Adding many of these DIY projects will give you the outdoor living you’re looking for.

 So, start planning and get ready to enjoy more quality time with your loved ones in your newly upgraded patio space!

Answering All Your Burning Patio Heating Questions

October 18, 2023 Outdoor Living, Patio Design

No matter the time of year, you deserve to enjoy your patio. While we’ve previously talked about ways to cool off your patio on hot summer days, what happens when the temperature starts dropping?

Here are a few frequently asked questions we get about heating your patio:

Can I Have a Fireplace Outdoors?

It doesn’t matter if you’re inside or outside, you can’t beat the classic fireplace. Whether wood or natural gas, there’s nothing better than the crackling, cozy comfort that a fireplace brings. Not only does it help heat up your outdoor living space, but it’s a beautiful addition to your porch that everyone will gravitate around.

What Materials Are Commonly Used In Fire Pits?

A fire pit is a great way to bring people together while still staying warm. Like fireplaces, fire pits are mostly wood or natural gas-based, but their size and central locations are great for huddling around. If you don’t want to add a permanent pit made of brick or stone to your backyard, you can purchase portable options, allowing you to store the pit when you’re not using it. 

Can I Cook or Grill on a Fire Pit Table?

In recent years, fire pit tables have grown in popularity because of their functionality and heating purposes. If your table is running on natural gas or propane, you can make everything from kebabs to s’mores right in front of you. Talk about maximizing your space!

Can I Install a Permanent Heater?

Heaters from brands like Bromic and Innova can both be installed under your patio cover and can run off of gas or electricity. This allows them to be directly connected to your power source, letting you enjoy your warm outdoor living space.

What If I Want to Move My Heater Around?

If you don’t want to install a permanent heater, portable fire pits and umbrella heaters have become increasingly popular over the years. Usually running on propane, these heaters can keep your patio warm throughout the winter without taking up too much space. This is the way to go if you’re looking for a non-invasive, portable heater.

Regardless of which heating option you choose, the only other things you’ll need are some chairs, some hot cocoa, and your loved ones, and you’re set for a great fall and winter. Call or contact us here, and we’ll be ready to help through every step of the way.

Textures, Colors, and More Ways to Decorate Your Patio For Fall

September 21, 2023 Outdoor Living, Outdoor Style Show, Patio Design

As the temperatures cool down and the leaves change color, there’s something magical about the autumn season. It’s the perfect time to embrace coziness, warm colors, and outdoor entertaining before winter. If you want to spruce up your patio for the fall, we’ve got you covered. Here are a few simple yet effective tips for bringing fall touches to your outdoor living space.

Layer Up on Textures

One of the best things about fall decor is the textures. Think chunky knit blankets, plush pillows, and soft, cozy rugs. Layering up on textures will create a warm and inviting atmosphere on your patio. Don’t be afraid to mix different patterns—this will add visual interest and depth to your design.

Add Some Warmth with Lighting

As the days get shorter, outdoor lighting becomes even more important on your patio. String lights, lanterns, and candles can all add a warm and inviting glow to your outdoor living space. Consider installing dimmer switches or smart lights to adjust the brightness and create an even cozier ambiance.

Play with Seasonal Colors

Fall is all about warm hues like oranges, reds, and yellows. Incorporate these colors into your patio design by adding throw pillows, tablecloths, and other decor accents in these shades. You can also try incorporating metallics like gold and bronze for a more decadent look.

Embrace Nature

What better way to celebrate the beauty of fall than by bringing some natural elements onto your patio? Consider filling vases with seasonal flowers like chrysanthemums or arranging pumpkins or gourds in clusters on your outdoor table. You can also add touches of nature by using wood accents in your design.

Don’t Forget the Coziness Factor

Above all else, your patio should feel cozy and comfortable. Make sure to incorporate plenty of seating options, including plush armchairs and sofas. Consider adding a fire pit or outdoor heater to warm things on cooler nights. And don’t forget to stock up on cozy blankets and throws—the perfect finishing touch to any fall patio design.

Fall transforms your patio into a cozy, inviting outdoor living space. By incorporating these simple decorating tips, you’ll be able to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere you’ll love spending time in all season long. With these tips, you’re on your way to creating the ultimate fall patio oasis.

Holiday Recap: 20 Years of TCP Custom Outdoor Living Projects

December 11, 2023 Outdoor Cooking, Outdoor Living, Patio Design, Project of the Month

For two decades, TCP Custom Outdoor Living has been providing beautiful and functional outdoor living spaces, and we couldn’t have done it without the support of our fabulous customers. 

From humble beginnings to becoming an award-winning company, we’ve had the pleasure of working on some of the most incredible projects across the state. As we celebrate our 20th anniversary, we’re taking a moment to reflect on some of the highlights and express our sincere gratitude to all who have chosen us for their outdoor living needs.

It’s not just about the patios; it’s about the people. Over the years, we’ve had the pleasure of getting to know our customers so we could work together to bring their outdoor visions to life. We’ve had some of the most rewarding experiences with families who now have a backyard to host family reunions, birthday parties, or a quiet night under the stars. It’s been an honor to help create those moments for our customers.

As we celebrate 20 years of TCP, we want to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of our customers over the years. We are grateful for your trust in us and are always humbled by the positive impact our projects have on your lives. We’re excited to continue building beautiful outdoor living spaces for many years and hope to develop more unforgettable moments for our customers. 

A handful of the nearly 3,000 projects we’ve built since 2004. 

If you’re considering upgrading or building your patio, contact us today to help write the next 20 years of TCP Custom Outdoor Living. Contact us today!

Project of the Month: January 2024

January 16, 2024 Outdoor Cooking, Outdoor Living, Patio Design, Project of the Month

This residence featured a modest covered space at the rear, accompanied by a simple paver patio. Situated adjacent to a branch of the Buffalo Bayou, the homeowners were eager to transform this area into their dream backyard sanctuary.

Before

This home had a large backyard with plenty of space to create their dream outdoor space.

After

The client wanted to have a pool built and add an updated outdoor living space to go with it.

1,400 Sq Ft of new concrete was poured to accommodate the new covered space and the pool decking. For this request, we resized some of the 2nd-floor windows to build the new covered patio.

The new covered space is about 550 sq ft. and includes the larger area off the end and the smaller covered space along the home. This designed space has plenty of room for a sitting area, dining area, and outdoor kitchen.

The Ultimate Outdoor Kitchen and Dining Experience

Coming off the indoor kitchen and breakfast area, this new space is just a few steps out the back door.

The outdoor kitchen has RCS brand appliances – a grill, fridge, and storage. There is plenty of counter space for prep work and for serving up a great meal. The granite is Colonial Gold from Daltile.

It’s now the perfect setting for relaxation! The ceiling is West Coast IPA pre-stained tongue and groove by Woodtone. The flooring is Loire Beige 24X36 porcelain pavers from QDI and the stone used throughout the project is Chopped Blanco with color from Rock Materials.

Reach out for a free consultation, and let’s make it happen. Contact us today!

Project of the Month: November 2023

November 21, 2023 Outdoor Cooking, Outdoor Living, Patio Design, Project of the Month

Check out our latest Outdoor Living Area project, a practical and stylish addition to elevate your outdoor space.

Covering around 300 square feet, the new patio features a pre-stained pine tongue and groove ceiling, metal shingles matching the home, and efficient 6-inch seamless gutters with two downspouts for proper drainage.

Before

Structurally, three steel posts and a matching beam provide support, painted to blend in with the house’s hardi soffit and trim. We’ve added an accent wall with a tongue and groove-style facade and handled the removal of four existing posts, fixing up travertine areas for a smooth finish.

After

The outdoor kitchen is designed for functionality and aesthetics, offering a 16-foot linear kitchen with a stone veneer exterior, galvanized steel frame, hardi backer panel, and level 2 granite countertops spanning approximately 52 square feet.

On the electrical side, we’ve installed six 4-inch recessed cans with bronze trim, a dimmer switch for cans, a fan switch, and a sconce switch. Two outlet receptacles and two 110v dedicated circuits complete the setup.

This project seamlessly combines practicality with a touch of style, turning your outdoor area into a functional and appealing space. Interested in transforming your patio?

Reach out for a free consultation, and let’s make it happen. Contact us today!

Project of the Month: October 2023

October 23, 2023 Outdoor Living, Project of the Month

This home had a small covered space that needed to give the family more room to spend time outdoors. Their home is also on a neighborhood lake, and they wanted a space built by their boat dock to be close to the water. 

Before

We needed to remove existing columns to create the space they wanted. To accomplish this, we added four hundred square feet of cover and incorporated the old cover into this new larger structure. We built a 12-foot L-shaped kitchen in the corner under the cover, adding a fridge, a grill, and storage with plenty of counter space to accommodate prepping and serving. The granite is Typhoon Bordeaux 3cm from InStyle Granite and Marble, and the stone on the kitchen, firepit, and columns is Ashlar dark cream from Apex Stone. 

After

The flooring is stamped concrete in a travertine pattern. The retaining wall, fire pit top, and tops of the half columns are all light-tumbled travertine pavers from QDI cut to fit. The ceiling is finished in Irish Cream pre-stained tongue and groove by Woodtone

We also added a sidewalk down to the neighborhood lake and a patio for sitting out by the water, cementing this landing area as the perfect spot to enjoy the night sky. 

This outdoor living area completely changed the backyard. 

Interested in an outdoor transformation? Contact us today!

Project of the Month: September 2023

September 21, 2023 Outdoor Living, Project of the Month

This home had a very large backyard and needed a total refresh. The client was already installing a pool and wanted to add an outdoor living room with a kitchen, fireplace, and dining area. 

Before

The new covered patio is at 765 square feet and attached to the garage and the back of the home, removing the long breezeway that was there. The space is split with the double-sided fireplace, creating two separate areas. Both sides have room for lounging around by the fire. The larger side has the dining table and bar area, while the other side has the outdoor kitchen. 

After

The outdoor kitchen is equipped with RCS appliances – a grill, fridge, doors, and drawers for storage. The granite is Black Pearl from Daltile. All of the stone on the fascia of the kitchen, fireplace, and half-column is Autumn Blend Chop thin veneers from Alamo Stone.

The vaulted ceiling is West Coast IPA pre-stained tongue and groove by Woodtone. A Bromic heater was also installed to keep the space nice and comfortable on chilly days and evenings. To top it all off, the outdoor living space is equipped with speakers in the ceiling, perfect for parties. 

This outdoor living area completely changed the backyard. 

Interested in an outdoor transformation? Contact us today!

Project of the Month: August 2023

August 9, 2023 Outdoor Living, Project of the Month

This home is on several acres and the homeowner wanted a freestanding outdoor living room with a large kitchen and fireplace that matched their home.  The rustic/hill country vibe is just perfect.  The rustic stone and dark stained columns and beams create this stunning outdoor space.

Before

A walkway from the home to the new outdoor space was poured for easy access to the 624 SF freestanding living room.  Everything was built to look original to the home – matching the siding, metal roof and gel-stained Hardie on the columns and beams. 

After

The 18’ kitchen along one side is equipped with a grill, sink, fridge, storage, and a ceramic smoker.  The granite is Fantasy Brown 3cm leather finish from InStyle Granite and Marble.  The raised bar top provides plenty of space for dining outdoors. 

The 18’ kitchen along one side is equipped with a grill, sink, fridge, storage, and a ceramic smoker.  The granite is Fantasy Brown 3cm leather finish from InStyle Granite and Marble

The raised bar top provides plenty of space for dining outdoors.  All of the stone on the project is Colonial Monte Vista from Apex Stone.  The hearth and seat walls are topped with Ashton Moire ledge stone also from Apex Stone. The custom-built fireplace is woodburning with storage on either side for wood storage. The ceiling is American Nut Brown pre-stained tongue and groove by Woodtone. 

Project of the Month: July 2023

July 12, 2023 Outdoor Living, Project of the Month

This home had an existing raised deck without a covered patio. They wanted a lovely covered patio with room for a dining area, a sitting area, and an uncovered patio for a fire pit. Their backyard had a considerable slope, so we added concrete to level the yard and create a space that changed the entire backyard. 

The new space has 900 SF of pavers with a 542 SF covered outdoor living area. This new space is a beautiful combination of materials that gave the homeowner exactly what they wanted to live it out. 

The ceiling is Smokey Bourbon pre-stained tongue and groove by Woodtone. Bromic heaters were installed to keep the space nice and warm on chilly days. The stone on the pony wall, columns, and certain sections of the back wall are Bluebonnet Chopped from Republic Stone. We used 8′ cedar slats with a natural stain for the privacy wall. The travertine pavers used on the flooring are Pave Pro in Silver. 

There are three sitting areas – one for chilling out while watching TV, one off the primary bedroom perfect for morning coffee or a late-night glass of wine, and the third one is under the stars and all set up for enjoying a portable fire pit.

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