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.

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.

5 Tips to Make Your Patio Dining Space Extra Appetizing

September 6, 2023 Outdoor Living, Patio Design

Nothing brings people together quite like a good meal, and there’s no better place to eat than on a beautiful patio. If you want to upgrade your current outdoor living space or build a new one from scratch, here are the key elements that can turn your outdoor space into a haven for memorable dining experiences.

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Ambiance and Lighting

Creating the right atmosphere is essential for a captivating patio dining experience. Incorporate string lights, lanterns, or even built-in LED lighting to cast a soft glow, making your evenings cozy and inviting. Dimmable lights also allow you to adjust the mood to match the occasion. Check out our blog for more info on outdoor lighting.

Outdoor Kitchen or Grilling Area

Elevate your patio dining experience with an outdoor kitchen or grilling area. A well-equipped space with a grill, food prep station, and a small sink can transform your patio into a culinary haven. Check out our blog for more tips on building a great outdoor kitchen.

Natural Elements and Landscaping

Incorporating natural elements like plants, flowers, and greenery into your patio’s design can infuse life and vibrancy into the space. Vertical gardens, potted plants, and even a small herb garden can contribute to an inviting atmosphere, making your dining experience more enjoyable. To learn more about vertical gardens, check out our blog.

Shelter and Shade

While enjoying the outdoors is great, having options for shelter and shade is important. A covered patio space can protect you from the elements and expand your endured living space to the outside, giving you al fresco dining all year long. This ensures that your patio remains comfortable regardless of weather conditions. Check out our previous blog on patio shading for more info.

Functional Layout

This may not directly affect the people visiting your patio, but utilizing space is still important to make your experience better. Design your layout with flow in mind, ensuring easy movement between seating, the cooking area, and any other elements you incorporate. Visit our blog for more info on maximizing your outdoor space.

Creating a remarkable patio dining experience involves combining aesthetics and functionality. Whether it’s the soothing ambiance, outdoor kitchen, or natural greenery, each component plays a vital role in enhancing your patio and making it perfect for relaxing and entertaining.

Support Your Style With 5 Sophisticated Patio Columns

September 6, 2023 Outdoor Living, Patio Design

When creating a stunning patio, attention to detail makes all the difference, and the patio column is one element that can transform your outdoor space’s look. These vertical pillars provide essential structural support and great design focal points. 

Whether upgrading an existing patio or building a new one from scratch, exploring various column styles can open up a world of possibilities. Need a refresh on overall patio styles? Check out our blog.

Classical Columns

Drawing inspiration from ancient Greek and Roman architecture, classical columns bring timeless beauty to your patio. The Ionic, Doric, and Corinthian styles offer distinct motifs, from the simplicity of Doric columns to the ornate foliage details of Corinthian columns. These styles blend seamlessly with traditional and contemporary patio designs, adding a touch of history and sophistication.

Craftsman Columns

Craftsman columns celebrate the beauty of natural materials, often featuring exposed wood or stone. These columns emphasize handcrafted details and simplicity, creating a cozy and inviting ambiance. Craftsman-style columns are ideal for rustic, cottage-inspired, or eclectic patios, infusing warmth and character into the space.

Modern Minimalism

For those inclined toward modern aesthetics, sleek columns with clean lines and minimalist designs are the way to go. Materials like steel and concrete can create columns that blend seamlessly with contemporary architecture. These columns provide a chic and streamlined look, allowing other design elements to shine.

Mediterranean Marvels

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Mediterranean-inspired columns often feature intricate details, such as arches and decorative patterns. These columns can be made from stucco, stone, or terracotta, evoking a sense of old-world charm. Mediterranean columns work well with outdoor spaces that seek rustic elegance and vibrant colors.

Colonial Charm

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If you love the charm of colonial-era homes, columns in this style can transport your patio back in time. With square or rectangular shapes, these columns show a sense of symmetry and order. They pair beautifully with brick or clapboard exteriors, offering a nostalgic ambiance to your patio.

Selecting the right column style for your patio is a significant step towards creating an outdoor space that reflects your taste and complements your home’s architecture. Whether you lean toward classic design or want to embrace a modern aesthetic, patio columns can be tailored to match your vision. So, elevate your patio’s allure by choosing column styles that resonate with your design aspirations and transform your outdoor space into a work of art.

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Don’t Sweat It: 4 Easy Tips for Cooling Down Your Patio

August 14, 2023 Outdoor Living, Patio Design

When enhancing your outdoor living space, there’s nothing more rewarding than a well-designed patio. However, to truly make the most of your space, especially in Texas, it’s crucial to consider the impact of heat and the importance of adding a patio cover to provide much-needed shade. Whether upgrading your existing patio or starting from scratch, thoughtful planning can transform your outdoor area into a haven of comfort and style.

Design Around the Heat

With temperatures in both DFW and the Houston areas soaring during the summer, creating a comfortable environment for you and your guests is essential. Consider the orientation of your patio with the sun’s path. Positioning your patio and furniture to receive shade during the hottest parts of the day can significantly reduce heat exposure.

Embrace the Patio Cover

Installing a patio cover is one of the most effective ways to combat excessive heat and create an inviting atmosphere on your patio. A patio cover not only shields you from the sun but also offers protection from rain, allowing you to enjoy your outdoor space even during unpredictable weather. We build patio covers with radiant barriers that help reduce the heat produced under the roof.

Time to Fan Out

Whether it’s a patio ceiling fan circulating air or an outdoor fan mounted near seating areas, fans are a great way to stay cool outside. For more info on outdoor fans, visit our previous blog on patio ceiling fans.

Throw Shade

Shade structures like retractable screens can also offer relief from the sun’s rays. Not only do these additions block out the sun, but they can also complement your overall patio design.  

Although shade will make you feel cooler, it doesn’t technically make temperatures cooler. This is because the temperature you feel in the shade is closer to the actual air temperature. Being in direct sunlight can make the air feel 10-15 degrees warmer than it is because of the sun’s rays hitting your body and hitting your skin. To read more about shading, check out our blog on ways to shade your space.

You’ll have to beat the heat to make the most of your patio year-round. So, whether you’re revamping your current patio or starting anew, consider these factors to maximize your patio’s usage.

Follow us on social media at @tcpoutdoor for more patio inspiration, and start designing your dream outdoor living space by Booking a Free Consultation.

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!

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