Project of the Month: May 2024

May 24, 2024 Inspiration, Outdoor Cooking, Outdoor Living, Patio Design, Project of the Month

When it comes to your backyard space, sometimes what’s there just isn’t enough. That was the case with our May Project of the Month. The small deck in the back had served its purpose, but the homeowner was ready with a vision for a brand-new look. Enter the screened-in porch! 

The gabled roof was designed to match the existing roofline of the home. 

By fully enclosing the space, we could provide the additional space they desired, extending the back of the home by roughly 420 SF. 

The new space has a vaulted ceiling with Real Soffit pre-stained tongue and groove in West Coast IPA. The center beam is stained slightly darker to add a bit of depth and contrast.

The columns between the screens are painted smooth hardie plank in color chosen by the homeowner to create the look she desired. 

All eyes are on the focal point, the gas fireplace. It’s finished with Brick X Brick tile by Alison Victoria Pearl from The Tile Shop. The gas logs are from Cunningham Living. 

Before

After

  • To create the feeling of an extended indoor space, flooring in Absolute Slate Grey 12×24 porcelain tiles was selected from QDI Surfaces. 
  • Sometimes, it’s the small details that bring a space to life. That’s the case with the indirect step lights added along the step down from the home to the ground level.  

Show stopper of a lighting feature

  • A showstopper of a lighting feature and two ceilings were selected by the homeowner and incorporated into the design for a comfortable, modern look.
  • Finally, on the outside, between the garage and the screened porch, large stepping stones and black star gravel were added to form a walkway. 

Now completed, this new space is the owner’s favorite room in the home.

To create a custom patio built to match your home and style, reach out today, and let’s chat about your vision for the space. 

Get started on your backyard transformation by clicking here to book your free consultation today.

Project of the Month: April 2024

April 24, 2024 Inspiration, Outdoor Cooking, Outdoor Living, Patio Design, Project of the Month

Integrating a patio with a pool for our April Project of the Month.

In Texas, shade in the backyard is mandatory. To enjoy their outdoor space, these homeowners came to us for an escape from the sun and updates to their existing pool. They needed something more permanent than a cumbersome umbrella they had to replace yearly.

So, we set out to design a space focused on comfort, a total transformation built for unwinding, cooking, and dining. We’ll walk you through the updates we made to create the new 550 SF patio.

Let’s start with the pool. We completely updated the decking and removed the pea gravel. 

Before

Integrating the Pool and Patio

  • Outdoor-rated porcelain Keystone Tile extends throughout the entire space, bringing the pool and patio together.

The Vaulted Ceilings

  • The vaulted ceiling is a pre-stained tongue and groove chosen to complement the existing siding on the house.

Bromic Heaters for Usage Year-round.

  • Sleek, understated Bromic heaters were added to ensure the space could be used year-round, even during our coldest Texas winters.

Adding the Full Outdoor Kitchen for the Ultimate Dining Experience

  • The outdoor kitchen has a triple burner Le Griddle, doors, and drawers from Cunningham Living. 
  • The Aspen White granite countertop from Daltile was extended to create additional seating behind the bar.  

Now, with all the comforts of home, the patio is now the family’s favorite room of the home. 

Get started on your backyard transformation by clicking here to book your free consultation today.

Project of the Month: March 2024

March 18, 2024 Inspiration, Outdoor Cooking, Outdoor Living, Patio Design, Project of the Month

Eye on the Design: A Detailed Look at our March Project of the Month

At TCP Custom Outdoor Living, we work with all kinds of homeowners. Some have no idea what they want, and we help them figure it out. Others know exactly what they want, and we help bring it to life. We are looking back at a great project we completed in 2017. It is truly a classic and certainly withstands the test of time.

Here are just a few of the special touches that made this project feel like a natural extension of the home. 

Before

The Finishes 

  • The key to the project, and something that adds so much polish to the final result, was the finishes, including the gently curved corbels and rack bracing to match the beams and columns. It’s all finished in cedar. 

A Friendly Sense of Enclosure

  • A stone seat wall with cast stone caps and low-voltage lighting surrounds the entire project.

That Stunning Ceiling 

  • We used tongue and groove pine that has been white-washed to contrast with the darker beams.

The Focal Point Fireplace 

The wood-burning fireplace was designed with a unique taper look that complements the pitch of the roof perfectly. Vaulting the ceiling allowed us to really make that fireplace soar. 

The Gabled Side Entrance 

We always put a lot of care and thought into creating patios with multiple entrances. This one is equally impressive if you step out the back door or come in from the yard. 

The Outdoor Kitchen with Room to Cook

We wrapped the counter around the space to make for a larger food prep and service area that ensures the kitchen is as functional as it is beautiful. 

The Floor that Brings It All Together

This stone tile was selected to really complement the stone on the fireplace, kitchen, knee wall, and even the ceiling. It’s durable and easy to clean as well. 

Hill Country Charm with Scandinavian Accents

TCP Outdoor Living’s innovative design transformed this unused yard into a contemporary, highly functional entertainment space.

Get started on your backyard transformation by clicking here to book your free consultation today.

Project of the Month: February 2024

February 12, 2024 Inspiration, Outdoor Cooking, Outdoor Living, Patio Design, Project of the Month

Transforming a Small Yard into a Luxurious Outdoor Oasis

A family in Houston had a modest backyard with an existing pool but no shade or designated outdoor living area. They wanted to create a contemporary outdoor oasis that felt like an extension of their home. TCP Outdoor Living took on the challenge of designing a functional and stylish outdoor living space within the constraints of their small urban lot.

Before

Creating an Outdoor Living Room

Before:

  • The clients desired a covered outdoor living room large enough for entertaining and everyday relaxation.
  • TCP built a 450-square-foot outdoor living room with vaulted ceilings that connect the home to the garage.
  • The tongue and groove ceiling is pre-stained Smokey Bourbon by Woodtone, adding warmth and personality.
  • The concrete flooring has a spray deck coating for a clean, contemporary look.

Building the Ultimate Outdoor Kitchen

  • A 20-foot outdoor kitchen provides ample prepping and cooking space.
  • TCP designed and installed a privacy wall with Choctaw Tan stone to replace the fence.
  • The countertops are Tan Brown granite from a local supplier.
  • The kitchen has top-of-the-line appliances like a grill, beverage center, vent hood, doors, and more.

Adding Shade Elements

  • Bromic heaters and ceiling fans keep the space comfortable year-round.
  • A pergola with a privacy wall was built over the hot tub, matching the kitchen wall.
  • TCP added an overhead pergola cover system.
  • Another pergola and cover at the end of the pool create space for a daybed.

The clients now have the outdoor oasis they dreamed of, perfectly customized within their compact backyard.

TCP Outdoor Living’s innovative design transformed this unused yard into a contemporary, highly functional entertainment space.

Get started on your backyard transformation by clicking here to book your free consultation today.

So Fresh and So Clean: Maintaining Your Outdoor Kitchen

December 15, 2023 Outdoor Cooking, Outdoor Living, Outdoor Safety

An outdoor kitchen is one of the most luxurious additions to your outdoor space. But with the food, drinks, and constant exposure to the elements, cleaning and maintaining it in top condition becomes challenging. Let’s explore some tips on how to keep your outdoor kitchen sparkling clean:

Before cleaning, invest in the right tools. A good-quality broom, mop, or scrub brush can make all the difference in removing grime and stains. When cleaning wooden surfaces, opt for eco-friendly cleaning solutions.

Cleaning and maintaining your outdoor kitchen is like cleaning your indoor kitchen. After each use, you should wipe down counters, clean up spills and messes, and empty the grease trap in your grill. A messy outdoor kitchen may attract urban wildlife like possums, raccoons, and rodents.

Stainless steel and cast iron grills require special attention to avoid rusting. Use warm water, mild detergent, and a soft cloth to clean the grates after every use. Apply a light coating of vegetable oil to prevent rust buildup. Use a wire brush, sandpaper, or a commercial rust remover for larger rust spots.

Outdoor kitchen countertops are subject to frequent use, spills, and scratches. Clean them regularly with soap and water and dry them to avoid water spots. Use cutting boards to avoid direct cutting on the countertop, and wipe them down frequently.

Last, protection is key to keeping your outdoor kitchen in excellent condition. Invest in a cover to protect it from rain, snow, and UV rays, and store utensils and equipment in a dry, safe place. Empty and clean the grill after every use, and avoid using abrasive tools that could scratch the surfaces.

A properly cleaned and maintained outdoor kitchen looks great and ensures longevity, safety, and functionality. Following these expert tips, you can keep your outdoor kitchen pristine and ready to impress your guests 

Contact us today to learn more about starting your patio process.

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!

3 Tips for Choosing the Best Patio Dinner and Drinkware

October 10, 2023 Outdoor Cooking, Outdoor Living, Patio Design

Fall is here, and what better way to enjoy the sunshine and warm weather than by hosting a dinner party on your patio? Outdoor dining has become increasingly popular over the years, and for good reason. Nothing beats the fresh air, the beautiful view, and the relaxed atmosphere of eating outside. One way to elevate your outdoor dining experience is by choosing the proper dinner and drinkware for your patio. Let’s discuss the various types of outdoor dinnerware and drinkware available and how to choose the best options for your patio.

Choosing Your Material

When choosing dinnerware for your patio, one of the first things to consider is the material. Porcelain, ceramic, and stoneware are significant options durable enough to withstand outdoor use. Avoid using glassware or delicate dishes that can easily break. Melamine is also suitable for outdoor dinnerware since it’s shatterproof and lightweight, and bamboo plates and utensils are also available if you’re looking for a more eco-friendly option.

Choosing Your Dinnerware

Another consideration is the dinnerware style, pulling inspiration from rustic, modern, coastal, and more. Remember that your choice of dinnerware should match the overall aesthetic of your patio. Pay attention to the colors and patterns to ensure your dinnerware complements the surrounding décor.

Choosing Your Drinkware

Regarding drinkware, plastic cups are a staple for outdoor use, but other options are available. Stainless steel tumblers and wine glasses are sleek, modern, and durable. Acrylic glasses are similar in appearance to glass but are shatterproof and lightweight. For a more classic look, consider using mason jars as drinking glasses. They are versatile and can be used for water, soda, or cocktails.

Don’t forget to consider outdoor-friendly serving trays and utensils as well. Melamine, bamboo, and stainless steel offer fantastic plates, bowls, and utensil options. Outdoor serving trays can be made from metal, bamboo, or even resin and still match the style of your patio dinnerware and drinkware.

Upgrading your outdoor dining experience doesn’t have to be complicated. Choosing the proper dinner and drinkware can elevate your patio’s style without sacrificing functionality. Keep durability, style, and material in mind when selecting your dinnerware and drinkware, and don’t be afraid to have fun with it. With the right items, your patio will be the perfect place to unwind, entertain guests, and enjoy delicious alfresco meals.

Ready to transform your patio? 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!

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

Our Customers Love Us

Texas Custom Patios did an amazing job on our covered patio, outdoor kitchen, and outdoor living area. Steven listened to the things we were looking for, and was able to come up with original design ideas that included moving our outdoor garage-addition staircase and blending in an unusual roofline with a new gable style roof. The results were exactly what we were looking for. The construction process was professional, on-time, and on-budget. All of the crews were professional and the work they did exceeded our expectations. We are very happy with the results and would definitely recommend them to anyone looking to add an outdoor living area to their home.

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