Patios vs. Pergolas: Weighing the Benefits of Outdoor Structures

April 24, 2024 Inspiration, Outdoor Living, Patio Design

As the boundaries between indoor and outdoor living continue to blur, the importance of creating a functional and inviting outdoor space has never been greater. Whether you’re seeking a secluded retreat for relaxation or a stylish setting for entertaining guests, the choice between a fully covered patio and a pergola can significantly impact the ambiance and functionality of your outdoor oasis. 

In this article, we’ll delve into the unique benefits of each option, from shelter and privacy to aesthetics and versatility, to help you make an informed decision that aligns with your preferences and lifestyle. 

Custom Outdoor Patios

Flexibility in Design: Crafting a Personalized Outdoor Retreat

Patios add functional outdoor living space to your home on a base level. This is especially valuable in areas like Texas, where the weather (and the cooling features and heaters) make spending time outside all year long possible. Potential buyers are looking for ways to enjoy the outdoors, and a spacious, well-equipped patio provides that sought-after space for entertaining, relaxing, and cooking. This added value is especially appealing to families with young children.

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Shelter from the Elements: The Full Covered Patio Advantage

When considering a full covered patio, one of its primary advantages lies in its ability to provide comprehensive protection from the elements. With a solid roof structure, this option shields you from harsh sunlight, heavy rain, and strong winds. Regardless of weather conditions, a covered patio ensures that your outdoor space remains comfortable and inviting, allowing you to enjoy al fresco living year-round.

Privacy and Seclusion: Creating Intimacy with a Covered Patio

Beyond weather protection, a full covered patio offers the added benefit of privacy. Its enclosed design creates a secluded sanctuary where you can unwind and entertain without worrying about prying eyes or external disturbances. Whether you’re hosting a family barbecue or enjoying a quiet moment with a book, the privacy afforded by a covered patio enhances the overall enjoyment of your outdoor experience.

Versatility and Customization: Tailoring Your Outdoor Oasis

Another advantage of a full covered patio lies in its versatility and customization options. From integrating ceiling fans and lighting fixtures to incorporating outdoor heating systems, the possibilities for personalization are endless. Whether you envision cozy evenings by the fireplace or lively gatherings under the stars, a covered patio serves as a blank canvas where you can bring your outdoor oasis dreams to life.

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Timeless Charm: The Allure of the Pergola

In contrast, a pergola boasts unique benefits, starting with its timeless charm and architectural appeal. Characterized by an open-roof structure supported by columns, a pergola adds an elegant touch to your outdoor space, elevating it from ordinary to extraordinary. With its classic design, a pergola serves as a captivating focal point that enhances the overall aesthetic of your backyard.

Natural Ventilation: Enjoying the Breezy Comfort of a Pergola

One of the key advantages of a pergola is its promotion of natural ventilation. Thanks to its open-roof design, a pergola allows air to circulate freely, creating a cool and breezy atmosphere, particularly ideal for warm climates. Whether you’re lounging with a refreshing drink or dining al fresco, the natural ventilation provided by a pergola ensures that your outdoor experience remains comfortable and enjoyable.


Whether you opt for the sheltered intimacy of a full-covered patio or the airy elegance of a pergola, both options promise to transform your outdoor space into a haven of comfort and style. Contact us today to talk through your personal preferences, requirements, and budget considerations and we can help you make a choice you will love for years to come. 

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

Memorial Day Meals: 3 of Our Team’s Favorite Weekend-Ready Grilling Recipes 

May 24, 2024 Inspiration, Outdoor Cooking, Outdoor Living

This year, as Memorial Day is remembered, let’s also celebrate the spirit of togetherness and gratitude by gathering on our patios and firing up the grill. At TCP Houston, while we specialize in crafting personalized, custom outdoor spaces, our team is no stranger to the grill. Here are a few of our favorite recipes for your long weekend.

Rob’s Smoked Turkey

Don’t be afraid to smoke turkey! The key to turning frozen boneless turkey breast into a tender and juicy crowd-pleaser: the brine and the internal temp! Don’t let it smoke too long and you can’t miss on this one. 

Tip: Use the same recipe for a turkey roast for a smaller gathering.


  • 3-5lb frozen boneless turkey breast

Ingredients for the Brine:

  • 3 cups apple cider
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 Tablespoon onion powder
  • Feel free to add additional flavoring – I like to add a bay leaf and cut up pieces of citrus (lemon, lime, orange, apples, etc.)

Ingredients for the Rub:

  • First up, we begin with the BBQ Basics:
  • Brown Sugar
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Kosher Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • After that, we add in some delicious herbs to help round out this turkey seasoning:
  • Crushed Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Rubbed Sage
  • Celery Salt


  • Thaw the turkey completely before placing in the brine for at least 8-12 hours. Rob likes to give it as much as 36 hours. 
  • Put the turkey breast into a 2-gallon freezer bag or a large pot with a lid and refrigerate it.

Preparing the Smoker:

  • When you’re ready to smoke the turkey, drain the brine, pat it dry, let it approach room temperature, and add a rub of your choice.
  • Rob uses an offset smoker, but a ceramic grill, Green Egg, or pellet grill will produce great results here. Modify as needed for your particular type of smoker. To add extra flavor, use fruit wood, particularly apple and/or cherry wood, in your fire. 
  • As with all meat smoking, go low and slow, in the 250-275 range.

Adding the Rub:

  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl, using a fork to break up any chunks. This seasoning is ready to use immediately, or you can prep it ahead of time and store it in an airtight glass container up to a month in advance.
  • After the brine from the turkey breast is drained and the breast has been patted dry, generously rub the entire turkey with the seasoning mixture. Let this sit until the smoker has reached a consistent, reliable temperature in the 250-275 range. 

Smoking the Turkey

  • It will take 3-3.5 hours to fully smoke a turkey breast when your smoker consistently runs at 250-275 degrees. 
  • Wrapping the turkey during cooking is unnecessary because it’s a quick smoke. The most reliable method for determining when the turkey breast is done is to get an internal temperature reading with a meat thermometer. While the internal temperature should eventually reach 165, take the turkey off when it hits 160 and let it rest (covered or in foil). 
  • The turkey will be ready to eat within 15 minutes.

Katherine’s Soy Ginger Orange Grilled Chicken

Pouring orange and lemon juice on skewers with raw turkey meat with sweet and spicy rub on dark background

Looking for a recipe you can make in advance? This one’s easy to make on a gas grill. You can meal prep by placing the chicken in a Ziplock baggie and adding the sauce. This is even good to prep and freeze. Take it out of the freezer in the morning or the night before and let it thaw. It adds a ton of flavor to the chicken as it is defrosting.


  • 4 Boneless Chicken Breasts (Butterfly them if they’re too thick)
  • 1/3 cup Light Soy sauce – (light sodium)
  • 3/4 cup Orange Juice 
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • ¼ tsp Orange Peel
  • 1-2 Tbsp Honey (Brown Sugar also works)
  • 1 tsp Ground Ginger
  • ¼ tsp Paprika (more if you want it spicier)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • *Sometimes Katherine adds a little oregano for a different flavor.

How to Make It: 

  • Mix the marinade up and pour over the chicken. Let it sit for at least an hour if you’re not going to freeze it for a later meal. 
  • Heat the grill to about 400 degrees.  
  • Place the chicken on the grill and cook for 3 minutes, flipping it over for 3 more minutes. Then, depending on the thickness of the chicken, you will need to do another 2 minutes or so on each side. The total grill time should be in the 10-12 minute range. Each time you turn the chicken, use a brush to add more of the marinade to it.
  • After you take them off the grill, let them sit for about 4-5 minutes, then serve. They are great over rice or with grilled veggies. 

Brian’s BBQ Portabella Mushroom Burritos

Shawarma roll in foil on a bright orange background

It’s a yummy option for the vegetarians in your life–and anyone looking to eat just a little lighter. This serves 4 as a main course.  


  • 1 1/3 cup BBQ sauce (homemade or store bought – a good savory/sweet sauce is best)
  • 2 (6 oz) packages of portabella mushroom caps, cleaned
  • 1 (15 oz) can fat-free vegetarian refried beans (either regular or black beans)
  • Dash of hot sauce – whatever your favorite is!
  • 8 (10 inch) fat-free flour tortillas
  • ½ cup Vidalia (or other sweet onion) peeled, halved and thinly sliced
  • 2 plum tomatoes thinly sliced

How to make it: 

  • Spray the grill rack lightly with cooking spray.
  • Brush 1/3 cup BBQ sauce over both sides of the mushroom caps.  Place them on the grill rack and grill 6-8 minutes per side. 
  • While those are grilling, warm the beans in a microwave-safe bowl. Season the beans with the hot sauce to your taste.  (You can add additional flavors if you desire) 
  • Wrap the tortillas in foil and place them on the grill to warm or in a 300 degree oven.  Don’t overheat the tortillas!
  • Warm up the remaining BBQ sauce for dipping.
  • Remove the mushroom caps from the grill and slice into thin slices. 
  • Assemble your burrito: spread the beans on the tortilla, add the mushroom slices and top with the onion and tomato. Roll up the tortillas, cut them in half and serve with the dipping sauce.  

Let’s fire up the grill, raise a toast, and commemorate Memorial Day with sizzle and flavor! From our team’s favorite recipes to your alfresco get-together, let the smell of barbecue and the laughter of loved ones fill the air. Here’s to a day of good food, great company, and memorable moments as we honor our heroes.

Fire It Up: Celebrating National Barbecue Month with 4 Recipes from Our Team

May 24, 2024 Inspiration, Outdoor Cooking, Outdoor Living

As the days become longer and temperatures rise (and rise), it’s time to fire up the grill for National Barbecue Month. At TCP Houston, our team of custom patio builders and designers boasts several grill masters eager to share their favorite recipes. From smoky ribs to zesty grilled veggies, enjoy the irresistible flavors and expert tips for perfecting your backyard barbecue experience.

Dean’s Grilled Sweet Corn Recipe

It’s a delicious side and a family favorite. 


  • Fresh ears of sweet corn
  • Butter
  • Spicy seasoning like Knack Attack 

How to Make It: 

  • Shuck the husks on the corn, then place each ear in its piece of foil.  
  • Add your seasoning, a pat of butter (about a Tbsp), and an ice cube.     
  • Wrap the foil around the corn and twist the ends.
  • Grill at 350-400 degrees for a total of about 14 minutes.  Flip them over halfway through.
  • Unwrap carefully and serve. 

Ryan’s Pulled Pork Recipe

If you have a Green Egg, Ceramic Cooker, or smoker, this recipe is for you. It’s great to take to a party or to have for your own backyard bash.

Roasted pork belly with crispy skin on dark background.


  • 10-lb Pork Butt 
  • Mustard
  • Pork Rub (Ryan uses HEB brand)
  • Brown Sugar
  • Slider Rolls
  • Optional: BBQ sauce of your choice

How to Make It: 

  • Prepare the smoker – get the temperature to about 225 degrees.
  • Lightly rub the meat with mustard. 
  • Combine 1 cup of Pork Rub with 1 cup of brown sugar.  
  • Apply the dry rub to the pork butt, making sure you cover the entire piece.
  • Cook low and slow. Once the pork reaches 165 degrees, wrap it in foil or brown paper. Place it back on the grill and smoke until it reaches 205 degrees. 
  • Let pork cool until you can handle it, then shred it. 
  • Serve on tiny buns with a sauce of your choosing if you desire.

Mike’s North Carolina Jalapeno Poppers

A twist on the regular jalapeno popper! This makes a great appetizer for any outdoor (or indoor) gathering.

Toasts with cream cheese and avocado wrapped in bacon


  • Jalapenos (Split and de-seeded)
  • Pimento Cheese (store bought or homemade)
  • Bacon slices
  • BBQ sauce 

How to Make It: 

  • Line a grill-friendly pan with foil.  
  • Fill in each jalapeno with pimento cheese and wrap a piece of bacon around it. Lightly glaze with the BBQ sauce. 
  • Grill around 350-400 degrees, offset from the fire, for 20-30 minutes until the bacon is done. 

Brandon’s 3-2-1 Ribs

Start this rib recipe early in the morning for lunch, which is worth the time. 

Delicious ribs with thyme and spices on grill


  • Pork Spare Ribs or Baby Back Ribs (membrane from the back removed)
  • 1/3 cup Yellow Mustard
  • ¼ cup Apple Juice
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • For the Rub: 1 Tablespoon each of Cumin, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Chili Powder, Salt, Ground Pepper, Paprika, plus ½ cup brown sugar
  • Additional sauce: ½ cup Brown Sugar, 1/3 cup Honey (warmed), ¼ cup Apple Juice

How to Make It: 

  • Combine the mustard, apple juice, and Worcestershire sauce together and spread evenly on the ribs. 
  • Combine the ingredients for the rub and then apply to the ribs. Don’t be shy with the rub!
  • Set the smoker to 180 degrees and smoke the ribs with the meat side up for 3 hours, uncovered. 
  • Next, increase the temperature to 225 degrees and wrap the ribs lightly in foil. Before closing the foil, mix the additional sauce and drizzle it on top. If you want the ribs more tender, use more apple juice. Put the ribs back on the grill for a further 2 hours. 
  • Remove the foil and brush all sides with BBQ sauce of your choice (homemade or store bought – Sweet Baby Ray’s is a good choice). Place the unwrapped ribs directly on the grill and allow them to cook at 225 degrees for an additional 30 minutes to an hour. 

With National Barbecue Month in full swing, there’s no better time to ignite your passion for outdoor cooking and elevate your grilling game. From our team to yours, we hope these delectable recipes and insider tips inspire you to gather your loved ones, fire up the grill, and create unforgettable memories in your own custom outdoor oasis. 

How Will a New Patio Raise My Home’s Value in 2024?

April 24, 2024 Inspiration, Outdoor Living, Patio Design

If you’re looking to upgrade your patio in 2024, you may wonder if the investment can increase the value of your home. The truth is that a well-designed and constructed patio can make a big difference when it’s time to sell your home. In fact, according to the National Association of Home Builders, a patio is the #2 most desirable feature in a home–and they’re willing to pay for it. 

Understanding the Appeal 

Patios add functional outdoor living space to your home on a base level. This is especially valuable in areas like Texas, where the weather (and the cooling features and heaters) make spending time outside all year long possible. Potential buyers are looking for ways to enjoy the outdoors, and a spacious, well-equipped patio provides that sought-after space for entertaining, relaxing, and cooking. This added value is especially appealing to families with young children.

An Added Plus Beyond Square Footage

While a covered patio or even a poolhouse or screened-in porch increases the livable space in your home, it will not increase the square footage when you list it. However, upgrades like an outdoor kitchen can help increase the price per square foot. House Beautiful even ranks outdoor gathering areas as one of the top five features that make a home sell over the asking price. 

Curb Appeal Matters–Even in the Backyard 

Often, when we think of curb appeal, we think of the front yard. But the same is true for the backyard. Whether it’s a fully covered patio or an elegant pergola, it can enhance the overall look of your home, adding to its curb appeal and making it more attractive to potential buyers. 

Don’t Underestimate the Personal Value

A custom patio is, more than anything, meant for you to enjoy exactly as you would like to by providing a place for the outdoor activities and hobbies you enjoy. But more likely than not, you’ll find someone who shares your interests. Potential buyers who enjoy grilling, gardening, or even just lounging in the sun, know that a patio is the perfect space to pursue these interests. 

Also, remember that while a TCP-built patio cover with shingles will last the life of your home, a pergola, depending on maintenance, has a more limited lifespan. 

Overall, upgrading your patio can be a great investment in increasing your home’s value. Not only does it add functional outdoor living space, but it can also improve the appearance of your property and provide a gathering place for parties and get-togethers. So if you’re looking to build a new patio, consider how it can add value to your home and make it more appealing to potential buyers.

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

9 Questions We Hear About Pergolas, Including How Much Does It Cost?

March 25, 2024 Inspiration, Outdoor Living, Patio Design

There’s just something about pergolas. You see them in gardens, parks, or outdoor spaces constructed from vertical posts or columns supporting crossbeams and often an open lattice roof. You’re considering adding one to your backyard to provide shade, define outdoor spaces, and add architectural interest, but you’d like to do more research before committing.

Let’s tackle a few of the most common questions we hear from customers about these versatile and elegant structures:

  1. How well do pergolas block out the sun?

Depending on the design and spacing of the roof beams, pergolas offer partial shade. While they don’t completely block out the sun like a solid roof, they provide comfortable shade for outdoor activities.

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2. Is it cooler under a pergola? 

Yes, it can be cooler under a pergola than directly exposure to the sun. The open design allows air to circulate freely, creating a pleasant breeze and reducing the feeling of heat.


3. Can pergolas stand up to high winds?

Pergolas can withstand moderate winds, but their ability to withstand high winds depends on various factors, such as the quality of construction, materials used, and anchoring methods. It’s advisable to consider local weather conditions and reinforce the pergola accordingly.

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4. How much does an essential pergola cost? 

The cost of a basic pergola can vary widely depending on factors like size, materials, and design complexity. While it is less expensive than adding a roof structure, the cost can increase when a durable plastic product is added to cover it. Maintenance should also be factored into the consideration of a pergola, as a stained wood product will need to be cleaned and restained routinely.

Also, remember that while a TCP-built patio cover with shingles will last the life of your home, a pergola, depending on maintenance, has a more limited lifespan. 

Considering all those considerations, a simple stained cedar pergola with a ceiling fan/fixture will start at about $50/square foot. It can go up with a plastic cover, masonry, or electrical. This does not include concrete or a wide range of decorative flooring options.

5. Should a pergola match the house?

In our opinion, yes! We love it when patio spaces feel like a natural extension of the existing home. But that doesn’t mean you have to use the same brick exterior. There are many ways to create a cohesive look that complements the house while incorporating your style, such as a brick or stone base on the columns and staining to match or complement the home.

6. Where is the best place to put a pergola? 

The best place to put a pergola depends on your needs and preferences. Common locations include the backyard, garden, patio, or poolside area. When choosing the placement, consider factors like sunlight exposure, privacy, and proximity to the house.

7. Is a metal or wooden pergola better?

Both metal and wooden pergolas have their advantages. Metal pergolas are durable, low-maintenance, and often have a sleek modern look, while wooden pergolas offer a natural aesthetic and can be customized to various styles and designs. 

The newest product in the pergola category is a metal pergola with mechanical louvers that can be opened or closed, depending on weather conditions. These products have a contemporary look and unique options that can be added, including screens, sliding walls, heaters, sound systems, and lighting. 

TCP is now a dealer for these beautiful Renson products.

8. What is the best type of roof for a pergola?

The best type of roof for a pergola in Texas depends on factors like the desired level of shade and personal preference. Popular options include open-lattice roofs, durable plastic such as Lexan, fabric canopies, or retractable awnings that provide varying degrees of shade and protection from the elements.

9. Are pergolas hard to maintain?

Pergolas are generally low-maintenance structures. Daily maintenance includes regular cleaning, occasional repairs, and treating wooden pergolas to prevent weathering. With proper care, a pergola can remain beautiful and functional for years.

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If there’s anything else you’d like to know about incorporating a custom pergola into your backyard, contact us for a free consultation so we can discuss what’s possible.

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

Keeping Your Patio Pristine: Tips for Cleaning and Caring for 4 Common Materials

March 26, 2024 Inspiration, Outdoor Living, Patio Design

Your patio is an extension of your home, a space where you relax, entertain, and enjoy the outdoors. Maintaining its beauty and functionality is essential to clean and care for its surfaces properly. We work with many different materials, but in this article, we’ll focus on concrete, stone tile, granite countertops, and wooden beams, as they each have a few specific needs.

Concrete Surfaces

Concrete is a durable and popular choice inside and outside covered patios, but it can occasionally be used for a good clean. 

Basic Cleaning

To clean concrete surfaces, start by sweeping away debris and dirt. Then, use mild detergent and water to scrub the surface with a stiff brush or broom. Finally, rinse the surface thoroughly with clean water and let it dry completely before using the patio.

Deep Cleaning 

For stubborn stains, you can use a solution of water and vinegar or a commercial concrete cleaner. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners, as they can damage the concrete. 

Long-term Care 

Regularly resealing concrete helps protect against moisture and stains. Choose a high-quality concrete sealer and apply it according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Additionally, consider using a coat of wax to add an extra layer of protection and enhance the concrete’s shine.

Stone Tile Surfaces

Stone tile adds elegance and natural beauty to any patio, and you’ll clean it like you care for concrete. 

Basic Cleaning

To clean stone tile surfaces, sweep away loose debris and dirt using a broom or leaf blower. Then, wash the tiles with mild detergent and warm water using a soft-bristled brush or mop. After cleaning, rinse the tiles thoroughly with clean water to remove any soap residue.

Deep Cleaning

For tough stains, you can use a specialized stone cleaner. Again, avoid using acidic or abrasive cleaners, which can damage the stone. 

Long-term Care 

Resealing stone tile surfaces regularly protects them from moisture and stains. Choose a penetrating sealer designed for natural stone and apply it according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Granite Countertops

We love granite countertops for the sophistication and functionality they can add to outdoor kitchens and bar areas. Here’s how to keep them looking like new.

Basic Cleaning

To clean granite countertops, wipe them down regularly with a mixture of mild detergent and warm water using a soft cloth or sponge. Avoid using abrasive cleaners or scrub brushes, which can scratch the granite surface. After cleaning, rinse the countertops with clean water and dry them thoroughly to prevent water spots and streaks. 

Deep Cleaning

You can use a specialized granite cleaner or a paste of baking soda and water for tough stains.

Long-Term Care

Consider applying a granite polish or sealer periodically to maintain the natural shine.

Wooden Beams

Wooden beams lend warmth and charm to patio structures like pergolas and vaulted ceilings. They rarely need cleaning, but here’s what to do when it comes. 

Basic Cleaning 

Remove debris and dirt using a broom or brush to clean wooden beams. Then, wash the wood with mild detergent and water using a soft-bristled brush or sponge. Avoid high-pressure washers or harsh chemicals, as they can damage the wood.

After cleaning, rinse the wooden beams with clean water and let them dry completely before applying a protective finish. 

Deep Cleaning

You can also use an outdoor deck cleaner on wood surfaces like beams for stubborn stains. 

Long-Term Care 

Consider using a wood sealer or stain to protect the wood from moisture, UV rays, and insect damage. Reapply the sealer or stain to keep the wood looking its best.

Patios that Last 

When we design and build a patio, we do everything we can to ensure it stands the test of time. Once we’re gone, proper cleaning and maintenance are essential for preserving the beauty and functionality of your patio surfaces. By following these tips, you can keep your concrete, stone tile, granite countertops, and wooden beams looking pristine for years to come, allowing you to enjoy your outdoor space to the fullest.

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

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. 



  • 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. 


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. 


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.


Creating an Outdoor Living Room


  • 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.

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Our Customers Love Us

I have a lot of experience with construction and renovations, so some contractors find me annoying at best. My outdoor living project was larger than I was able to take on as it entailed adding an outdoor living area, kitchen, dining room, and bathroom with a fireplace and fire pit. It’s built onto an existing structure with a tile roof in a seamless manner. The completed project is amazing, and was featured in the Houzz project of the month for December 2013. It was a very large project so it took a long time to complete, however the process was absolutely painless. In my previous experiences, I have always had issues with miscommunications and added costs, among other things. My experience with Texas Custom Patios included NONE of these issues. The finished project far exceeded my expectations. The workmanship was superior, and the quality of the products is top of the line. I truly highly recommend them.

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