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Houston Bathroom Remodel A Classic In Black And White

This Houston bathroom remodel "after" shot shows work by Outdoor Homescapes of Houston - a classic, black-and-white color palette and luxurious chrome finishes. More at www.outdoorhomescapes.com/blog

 

This Houston bathroom remodel is timeless, yet on-trend – with creative tile patterns, polished chrome and a black-and-white palette lending plenty of glamour and visual drama.

“We incorporated many of the latest bathroom design trends - like the metallic finish on the claw feet of the tub; crisp, bright whites and the oversized tiles on the shower wall,” says Outdoor Homescapes’ interior project designer, Lisha Maxey. “But the overall look is classic and elegant and will hold up well for years to come.”

As you can see, this 300-square foot, long, narrow space has come a long way from its outdated, wallpaper-bordered beginnings:

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This "before" shot of a bathroom remodel by Outdoor Homescapes of Houston shows the outdated 8-inch square tiles, black undermount sinks and wallpaper border that were replaced. More at www.outdoorhomescapes.com/blog

“The client – a Houston woman who works as a physician’s assistant – had absolutely no idea what to do with her bathroom – she just knew she wanted it updated,” says Outdoor Homescapes of Houston owner Wayne Franks. “Lisha did a tremendous job helping this woman find her own personal style while keeping the project enjoyable and organized.”

Let’s start the tour with the new, updated floors. Black-and-white Carrara marble mosaic tile has replaced the old 8-inch tiles. (All the tile, by the way, came from Floor & Décor. So did the granite countertop.) 

The walls, meanwhile, have gone from ho-hum beige to Agreeable Gray by Sherwin Williams. (The trim is Reflective White, also by Sherwin Williams.)

Polished “Absolute Black” granite now gleams where the pink-and-gray marble countertops used to be; white vessel bowls have replaced the black undermount black sinks and the cabinets got an update with glass-and-chrome knobs and pulls (note the matching towel bars):

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The outdated black tub also had to go. In its place we put a doorless shower.

Across from the shower sits a claw foot tub -  a 66′ inch Sanford cast iron model in black, with polished chrome Imperial feet. “The waincoting behind it and chandelier above it,” notes Maxey, “adds an upscale, finished look and defines the tub area as a separate space.”

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The shower wall features 6 x 18-inch tiles in a brick pattern - “White Ice” porcelain tile on top, “Absolute Black” granite on the bottom. A beautiful tile mosaic border – Bianco Carrara basketweave marble – serves as an accent ribbon between the two. Covering the shower floor - a classic white porcelain hexagon tile. Mounted above – a polished chrome European rainshower head.

“As always, the client was able to look at – and make changes to - 3D renderings showing how the bathroom would look from every angle when done,” says Franks. “Having that kind of control over the details has been crucial to our client satisfaction,” says Franks. “And it’s definitely paid off for us, in all our great reviews on Houzz and in our Best of Houzz awards for customer service.”

3D renderings

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And now on to final details!

Accents and décor from Restoration Hardware definitely put Maxey’s designer touch on the space – the iron-and-wood French chandelier, polished chrome vanity lights and swivel mirrors definitely knocked this bathroom remodel out of the park!

Here’s a gallery of more project shots:

Like what you see and want your own bathroom updated? All you have to do is contact us!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Houston Flood Damage? Now’s The Time To Rebuild and Remodel!

 Homeowners anticipating insurance settlements from the April 2016 Houston flooding can rebuild - and redesign - with Outdoor Homescapes of Houston. More at www.outdoorhomescapes.com/blog

Houston flood damage? Anticipating an insurance settlement?

Don’t just rebuild – redesign – with Outdoor Homescapes of Houston’s renovation and reconstruction services!

Let our full service design team and construction crews help you make the most of this opportunity – with the style, function and customer service that earned us a Best of Houzz award for 2015 and 2016!

That’s right  – in addition to our outdoor specialties like master planning and design, outdoor kitchens and covered patios, we’re also known for our exterior AND interior renovation services.

We can do everything from general carpentry and framing to correcting building defects and water damage. We can also replace or repair roofs, build additions, reconfigure space and update design.

Here are some before-and-after shots of some of our residential rebuilds and redesigns:

KITCHEN REMODEL:

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In this Houston kitchen remodel, we transformed this outdated, natural-oak kitchen of the 80s into a contemporary showpiece with industrial design influences.

BATHROOM UPDATE:

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In this bathroom remodel in Houston, we turned a cramped, traditional bachelor bathroom into an en suite master bath suite fit for two!

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We’re particularly known for our space planning services – especially when it comes to a master design plan that plans for integrated changes down the road.

 And, as illustrated below, our 3D design renderings and virtual video tours enable you to see – and make changes to – your renovation plans before they’re even started! No surprises – just perfection!

3D DESIGN RENDERINGS

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VIRTUAL VIDEO TOUR

 

As you can see, there’s nothing inside – or out – we can’t do when it comes to repairing, rebuilding and restoring your home.

Want to get started? Just contact us for a free estimate!

Or call us, at (713) 569-1341.

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Houston Patio Addition Stylishly Meets Budget, HOA Rules

This Houston patio addition by Outdoor Homescapes of Houston is about 450 square feet with a double pergola and outdoor kitchen. More at www.outdoorhomescapes.com/blog

We love this rustic-modern Houston patio addition with an outdoor kitchen and double pergola!

It not only made the most of a long, narrow space while satisfying strict homeowners association rules, but did so affordably in a warm, timeless style.

Here are a few more shots of the finished project (click on any image to make it larger):

“The client really enjoys outdoor living, but had a specific budget they wanted to meet,” explains Outdoor Homescapes owner Wayne Franks. “They also live on a golf course and had to meet particular HOA requirements.”

The HOA requirements restricted how far back the new 450-square-foot patio and pergola could extend back into the yard. The HOA also wanted to make sure the patio’s colors and materials matched the existing home and others around it.

Here are some”before” pics, so you can see what we started with:

“We chose colors and materials that offered texture and character, but that would go with just about anything around it,” says Wayne. “We found that with the Fantastico travertine and the Austin limestone – two materials clients love and just can’t go wrong with.”

The Austin limestone facing the 8-foot-square, L-shaped kitchen island is dry-stacked in a castle pattern for a naturalistic, rustic look. Yet its light, neutral color keeps it fresh and modern.

Adding to the modern look are the stainless steel appliances: an RCS 30-inch stainless steel grill, double burner and outdoor fridge. Even though the finishes on the sink and light fixtures (Hunter pendant lamps and Hampton Bay light/fan combos) have a different finish – oil-rubbed-bronze – this actually follows the recent trend of mixing different metals, materials and finishes.

This Houston patio addition by Outdoor Homescapes of Houston features an outdoor kitchen faced in  Austin limestone dry-stacked in a castle pattern. The components are an RCS 30-inch grill, double burner and outdoor refrigerator. The flooring is Fantastico travertine and the countertop is English walnut travertine. More at www.outdoorhomescapes.com/blog

“The look’s not so matchy-matchy anymore,” explains Wayne. “Mixing it up makes it look more authentic and personalized.”

That’s why backsplashes like the one in this project – done in glass and metal tile mosaic – are also becoming more popular than traditional tile.

Another recent trend can be seen here, too – an amping up of color variation and texture.

“In addition to the split-face texture of the rock, you can definitely see the bold color variation in the travertine,” says Wayne.

The flooring is a Fantastico travertine, laid out in a Versailles pattern. “The Fantastico tile is killer,” says Wayne. “It goes great with red brick, which we have a lot of around here.” The countertop with the rounded, raised bar at the end is English walnut travertine.

Here’s another view of the outdoor kitchen:

This Houston patio addition features a double pergola and outdoor kitchen with a curved raised bar and travertine tile. More at www.outdoorhomescapes.com/blog

The red bar stools also add a pop of exciting color that contrasts nicely with the greenery around the patio.

The double pergola, continues Wayne, is No. 2 pine stained a Minwax honey-gold color. One side of the pergola – the side over the seating area – is covered with Lexan, a clear material that keeps out rain, heat and UV rays.

The pergola also juts further into the yard on that side. “It’s called a scallop, and it just lends some interest,” explains Wayne. “It prevents the pergola from just looking like one big rectangular hunk of wood.”

Wayne particularly likes how everything blended so well with the brick – which was a big concern – yet didn’t come off as too neutral or boring.

“The Fantastico travertine and red chairs do an excellent job of pulling the red from the brick and working with the warmth of that color to make a super inviting space,” says Wayne. “We’re really pleased with how it all ties together so well.”

 

 

 

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Houston Patio Remodel Boosts Outdoor Party Potential

Houston Patio Remodel Boosts Outdoor Party Potential

 

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Our Houston patio remodel, we think, is just one example of why it’s important to update your outdoor living space if you entertain outside.

“It was our best party yet, especially after revamping our outdoor living space this past summer,” says company owner Wayne Franks. “Among our changes were a renovated pool, a permanently installed electric outdoor heating system, a new patio ceiling, lighting fixtures and furniture from Restoration Hardware and more upscale, stamped-concrete flooring.”

The patio furniture is from the Klismos collection, in weathered zinc, with Sunbrella fabric in the color “Smoke.” A sand-colored sisal area rug visually anchors the new conversation area.

Here are a few shots of the patio upgrades (click on any image to make it larger):

 

 

“All the renovating really paid off when it came time to throw our annual Super Bowl party,” says Wayne’s fiancee (and Outdoor Homescapes’ main designer) Lisha Maxey. “Everyone had a comfortable spot to sit – and we had about 12 to 15 guests. Everyone also couldn’t stop remarking how much better everything looked. I really think that’s part of what made it our best Super Bowl party ever.”

Awesome food and fun activities also helped – from a cake bake-off pitting guys against gals to virtual golf to Wayne’s famous tenderloin done on the grill:

LED outdoor lighting – Wayne likes to call it “nightscaping” – helped the party linger into the night. A new outdoor audio-visual system and bigger flat-screen TV made the game easier for everyone to see and hear. And the permanently installed outdoor infrared heating system (by Solaira) helped to keep the nighttime chill off much better than the previous portable propane heaters.

What Wayne and Lisha did with their own back yard mirrors a local and national trend – updating and improving outdoor living space to make it more friendly for outdoor entertaining. In fact, according to a 2015 outdoor living survey by Houzz, 60 percent of homeowners surveyed were improving their outdoor living spaces for this very reason. And the top addition: patios, at 60 percent.

The investment is well worth it, according to the National Association of Realtors – especially in warm areas like Houston, where the return on investment is between 100 and 200 percent.

How can we amp up YOUR outdoor entertaining space? Fill out the contact form (at right) to learn more, get a quote or start working on the design of your dreams!

 

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Pergola, Firepit, Outdoor Kitchen Heat Up Houston Patio

Pergola, Firepit, Outdoor Kitchen Heat Up Houston Patio

A two-tier pergola, circular firepit area and outdoor kitchen with a Fire Magic charcoal-gas combo grill are featured in this Houston patio design by Outdoor Homescapes of Houston. More at www.outdoorhomescapes.com/blog

A two-level pergola, circular firepit area and outdoor kitchen with a charcoal-gas combo grill star in this Houston patio addition designed for entertaining large crowds in style!

“The client was an attorney with a passion for cooking and entertaining,” says the project’s principal designer, Lisha Maxey of LGH Designs. “Her main objective with this space was to create a large area for 10 to 2o guests, including seating and the prep and cooking of meals.”

Located in the backyard of the client’s home in Spring, TX, this beautiful outdoor living and entertaining space includes a 28-by12-foot patio with Fantastico silver travertine tile flooring, arranged in a Versailles pattern. The walkway is Oklahoma wister flagstone.

Providing filtered shade for the patio is a two-level pergola of treated pine stained honey gold. The larger, higher tier is about 18 by 10 feet; the smaller, lower tier is about 10 feet square. “We covered the entire pergola with Lexan – a high-quality, clear acrylic sheet that provides protection from the sun, heat and rain,” says Outdoor Homescapes of Houston owner Wayne Franks.

Beneath the lower tier of the pergola sits an L-shaped, 12-by-9-foot outdoor kitchen island faced with Carmel Country ledgestone. The island  houses a Fire Magic® combination charcoal-gas grill and lowered power burner, a Pacific Living countertop pizza oven and a stainless steel RCS trash drawer and sink. The countertops and raised bar are Fantastico silver travertine (18-square-inch tiles) and the backsplash is real quartz.

 

This Houston outdoor kitchen, by Outdoor Homescapes of Houston, features a Pacific Living tabletop pizza oven, Fire Magic charcoal-gas combo grill, a ledgestone island and a silver travertine counter and raised bar. More at www.outdoorhomescapes.com/blog

“The most unique design item of this kitchen area is the hexagon/circular table we added to the end of the long bar,” says Lisha. This enabled the client to add seating for her dining guests.”

Under the higher, larger tier of the pergola is a seating area, made up of a coffee table and espresso-colored rattan sofa and club chairs with spring-green-and-white cushions.

“Lighting also plays an important role in this space, since the client often entertains in the evening,” says Wayne. Enter the chandelier over the patio seating arrangement and – over the outdoor kitchen – pendant lamps and an industrial-modern ceiling fan with a light fixture in the center.  “It’s important to layer your lighting for ambiance, security and safety – from an all-over ambient light that fills the space to under-the-counter task lighting for food prep and cooking to path and retaining wall lighting.”

Off the patio is a transition area of crushed granite and floating flagstone pavers, leading to a circular firepit area of stamped concrete.

Here are a few more pics. Click on any image to enlarge:

At the center of this circle is the standalone firepit, framed at the back by a curved stone bench. The walls of the bench and column bases for the pergola, by the way, are the same ledgestone as the kitchen island. The top slab on the bench is a hearth piece of manmade stone.

“I think the finish materials blend with the home really well,” says Wayne. “We met her objectives of being able to entertain with 10 to 12 to 20 people at one time and being able to cook with charcoal and gas separately in one unit. And of course, the project was on time, on budget.”

“It is truly a paradise,” says the client in her Houzz review of the project. “They listened to my vision and incorporated their expertise to create an outdoor living space just perfect for me and my family!”

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Houston Patio A Stylish Addition to Waterfront Home

This Houston patio addition by Outdoor Homescapes of Houston features a corner fireplace, an outdoor kitchen and stylish furniture and accessories by Restoration Hardware. More at www.outdoorhomescapes.com/blog 

We are so excited about this stylish Houston patio addition!

It’s one of our most recent outdoor living space design projects – and one of our new favorites!

We particularly love the rustic corner fireplace, as well as the beautiful, vaulted pine ceiling and Restoration Hardware furniture.

“Even though this space has an outdoor kitchen – often the highlight of our projects – the focus here is beautiful, comfortable outdoor living,” says Outdoor Homescapes of Houston owner Wayne Franks. “And I have to say, I think this is one of the most gorgeous spaces we’ve created for doing that – in style.”

This Houston patio addition by Outdoor Homescapes of Houston features silver travertine flooring and Restoration Hardware furniture and accessories. More at www.outdoorhomescapes.com/blog

“This project was special from the start, as we were creating this space for a friend of Wayne’s who had been a long time mentor to his boys growing up,” adds Lisha Maxey, owner of LGH Designs in Houston (she coordinated furniture and finishes for the project). “This client was the principal of their high school and knew all of them very well and Wayne, too. This made it very personal, indeed, and we wanted everything to be perfect!”

The 23-by-16-foot addition, located at the back of the house in Cypress, looks out onto a manmade lake in the homeowners’ subdivision. The focal point? A fireplace (9 feet 8 inches high by 7 feet wide) in Earth Grey rustic ledge stone from Colorstone in Houston. The fireplace features a custom wooden mantel, stone bench seating and a 52-inch Sunbrite outdoor TV.

Another highlight is the flooring – silver travertine tile laid out in a Versailles pattern. “We chose silver travertine in a ‘Tumbled’ color palette with variations of cream and brown,” says Lisha. “So we had those two colors, plus grey, to pull from.”

The 7-foot-long, stucco outdoor kitchen island’s countertops are also noteworthy – Absolute Black granite in a leathered finish offering a modern look and a dark grey hue that works perfectly with the color palette.  The kitchen island also houses an RCS 30-inch grill and fridge:

This Houston patio addition by Outdoor Homescapes of Houston features an outdoor kitchen, corner fireplace with rustic ledgestone and silver travertine flooring. It also features Restoration Hardware furnishings and accents. More at www.outdoohomescapes.com/blog

The seating area includes a sectional couch, coffee table, two swivel chairs and two ottomans – all from Restoration Hardware.

“We used the Biscayne sectional, swivel chairs and ottomans in gray, with textured linen weave in Sand, and cushions and peacock accent pillows in gray,” says Lisha. The coffee table is made of solid teak with a concrete top – as is the matching side table.

“We added a console table, also in teak, behind the sofa,” continues Lisha. “And for accents, we added three Amalfi lanterns in weathered zinc.”

A Sunbrella® Heathered area rug (in Gray) was added to anchor the space and visually tie it together.

“The space as a whole leans towards a transitional style, in that it has many traditional cozy comforts and colors, but the furniture gives it a more contemporary look,” says Lisha. “The idea from the beginning was to marry these two styles, as our clients wanted a look that would not age and be in vogue for years to come.” 

On the exterior, you can see how we worked to make the addition blend with the existing home – matching the shingles and stucco and continuing the landscaping.

 3D graphic renderings and a virtual video tour allowed the clients to know exactly what the space would look like beforehand:

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“It takes a lot of the guesswork out of the process,” says Outdoor Homescapes’ graphic designer, Kristy Buell Franks. “Floor plans and elevation drawings are good for giving an idea of the overall scope of the project, but it’s the 3D renderings that really show what the space is going to look like.”

The 3D graphics and video tours also help immensely when choosing finishing materials and furniture, she says: “The clients’ choices can be put into the design to allow them to see how they’ll look in the space.” 

Here’s the virtual video tour Kristy created for the project:

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What do you like about this space? Post a comment and let us know! And don’t forget to share and like this project on social media!

 

 

 

 

 

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Celebrate Thanksgiving Outdoors On The Patio in 2015

Celebrate Thanksgiving Outdoors On The Patio in 2015

 

Part of blog post by Outdoor Homescapes of Houston on making Thanksgiving part of outdoor living in 2015. More at www.outdoorhomescapes.com/blog

Thanksgiving patio table set up for outdoor entertaining by Tamsin Design Group. From Houzz. Photo by Greg Rannells.

Hosting Thanksgiving outdoors on the patio has become a popular way to celebrate the holiday – at least in Houston. 

“After all, it’s still warm enough to entertain outdoors, and everyone’s extending the season so that it’s year-round,” says Outdoor Homescapes of Houston owner Wayne Franks, who’s noticed an increase in outdoor living space design clients wanting turkey fryers and rotisseries built into their outdoor kitchen islands for the holidays. “And if it’s a little chilly – you can always add the warmth with an outdoor fireplace, fire pit or outdoor heating system.”

Never hosted Thanksgiving outside before – or want a few creative ideas? Here, we provide tips on all the major elements. And if it’s a beautiful outdoor living space you need, of course we’ve got you covered there, too. Just contact us and we’ll get the party started!

Outdoor heating

Since Thanksgiving occurs when the weather starts getting cooler, it’s a good idea to make sure you have outdoor heating options in place. Regardless, outdoor heaters are a great idea for extending the season, since more and more people are relaxing and entertaining outdoors year ’round ow.

Outdoor Homescapes of Houston offers permanently-installed outdoor heating systems as well as fireplaces and firepits. Each have their benefits and drawbacks in Houston outdoor living spaces.

When it comes to permanently-installed systems, we offer electric, quartz infrared heaters by Solaira. We attach these energy-efficient, reliable heaters up and out of the way. That way, they’ll always be there when you need them. And when you don’t – you won’t even notice them.

If you want a more architectural element or the rustic crackling of a wood fire, one of our outdoor fireplaces may be the right option for you.

Fire pits, meanwhile, offer a more low-maintenance alternative to fireplaces, which require cleaning and ash removal. And we build them beautifully. Check out our blog post “Houston Fire Pits: 4 of Our Favorites.

 

 

Cooking the turkey

First, let’s talk turkey – or at least how to prepare it outdoors. There are a several ways to do it, we’ve found:

On the grill

Here’s a great Martha Stewart recipe for slow-grilled turkey.

Deep-fried

Deep-fried turkey more your thing? Here’s the BBQ Guys’ guide to making deep fried turkey outdoors, safely and deliciously.

Spit-roasted on a rotisserie

Whether it’s on a charcoal or gas grill, you’ll find instructions for both in this great write-up on spit-roasted turkey from Steve Raichlen’s Barbecue! Bible

In a smoker

Here’s a particularly delicious recipe for turkey in a smoker from AllRecipes.com.

In a kamado-style ceramic cooker

Got a Big Green Egg? Here’s Your Turkey Day Cheat Sheet. And here are plenty of recipes for Thanksgiving turkey on the Big Green Egg.

Decorating outdoors for Thanksgiving

Looking for some decor that’ll get your outdoor living space looking Thanksgiving worthy? We’ve gathered a few ideas from decorating pros:

Thanksgiving patio decor on Houzz

Outdoor Thanksgiving on Pinterest

Hosting Thanksgiving Outdoors With Decor By HGTV

 

Well, we hope you can use some of these tips on hosting Thanksgiving outdoors, or just extending the season with some outdoor heating! Looking for more ideas and inspiration for an outdoor Thankgiving? Check out these 8 tips for hosting Thanksgiving outdoors by Simple Bites.

 

 

 

 

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Outdoor TV Gets Your Patio Ready For Football, Fall Entertaining

Outdoor TV Gets Your Patio Ready For Football, Fall Entertaining

The right outdoor TV can get your patio or other outdoor living space ready for football season and fall entertaining. That's why Outdoor Homescapes of Houston is offering a fall 2015 special: FREE outdoor TV installation ($500 value) with a qualifying outdoor design project by them! More at www.outdoorhomescapes.comget-your-houston-patio-ready-for-football-fall-entertaining

Fall is a great time for outdoor TV on your backyard patio, says Houston outdoor designer Wayne Franks. Especially with all the football game watching and comfortable weather just perfect for entertaining. 

“So now’s a great time to get your patio, outdoor kitchen or outdoor media area in shape – especially when it comes to audio-visual systems,” says Wayne Franks, owner of Outdoor Homescapes of Houston. “That’s why we’re offering a 2015 fall football and entertaining special – free TV installation with a qualifying outdoor living space project.”

The offer is a $500 value. Interested? Just contact us!

This fall football season special comes from a special place in Franks’ heart. After all, that’s the football fan’s own family in the picture above, enjoying a game on his backyard patio!

And his family isn’t the only one by far, with a growing number of Franks’ clients requesting outdoor football watching areas every year.

After all, outdoor cooking, dining and entertaining will remain strong in 2015, according to the National Hardware Association’s Outdoor Living Trends Report for Spring and Summer 2015. Ditto, says the Garden Media Group’s 2015 Garden Trends Report, citing a rise in outdoor “garden-tainment.”

Outdoor TVs are part of the "garden-tainment" trend sweeping America, according to the Garden Media Group's 2015 trends report. More at www.outdoorhomescapes.com/outdoor-tv-gets-patio-ready-football-fall-entertaining

“While being in the stadium to watch the game is great, football is a sport that is made for television,” writes Tampa Bay architect Bud Dietrich in his Houzz article on watching football on an outdoor TV.  “All the better if you’re lucky enough to live in a mild climate where the television can be outside and you get to enjoy football season while lounging by the pool.”

If you really want to enjoy the game outside or throw some killer outdoor football watching parties, Dietrich recommends going for the biggest outdoor TV screen you can get.

“A football game needs to be watched on a really big screen so you feel like you’re in the huddle,” he says. “A bar, bar stools and multiple screens all add up to a pretty nice venue for watching the games.”

Franks agrees, and suggests getting the job done right by an outdoor living space designer who specializes in outdoor audio visual systems.

“They’ll not only make your outdoor media area beautiful and functional, but will understand how outdoor acoustics are different – how there are no walls to contain and reflect sound,” says Franks. You also need someone who knows how your particular property will affect the sound, especially with competition from background noises like wind, neighbors or barking dogs.”

Similarly, since video will have to be seen over a longer distance outside, an outdoor audio-visual systems expert will know how big to scale the TV screen.

“You want someone who knows the latest about the quality of different products,” says Franks, “but you also have to understand that better sound – especially over larger areas – may require more speakers, not just cranking up the volume on the two you have.”

 

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Houston Pool Remodeling In 5 Days? You Bet!

Houston Pool Remodeling In 5 Days? You Bet!

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Houston pool remodeling: It’s our newest specialty!

Why remodel your pool? Just take a look at the difference a redo made in this pool makeover by Outdoor Homescapes of Houston for company owner Wayne Franks’ concrete and plaster in-ground pool!

Before: Icky, algae-green water, disintegrating plaster and outdated waterline pool tiles.

Before: Icky, algae-green water, disintegrating plaster and outdated waterline pool tiles.

“It took only five days, and turned out just gorgeous,” says Franks. “We’ve actually had years of Houston pool remodeling experience in addition to this, but it wasn’t something we advertised. From a homeowner perspective, however, redoing my own pool made me realize just how important pools are to the overall function and aesthetics of outdoor living spaces.”

But no one wants to wait that long to use their pool, either, while they’re waiting for repairs and updates.

“That’s why we’re offering a five-day pool remodel,” says Franks, “with $1,000 off the pool remodeling with any outdoor kitchen project designed and built by us!”

The only requirements are that the pool be 28,000 gallons or less and include white plaster. Restrictions also apply to waterline pool tile.

Interested or just want to learn more? Just contact us!

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‘Volcano’ series tile by Master Tile, against ‘Buckskin’ flagstone coping.

This beautiful pool makeover included replacing the waterline tile and plaster of Franks’ 15-by-30-foot free-form pool. “Our plaster pool was 20 years old and had started to crack and crumble,” explains Franks. “Not only was the crumbled plaster itself unappealing, but algae would settle into the cracks and it cost extra time and money keeping the water clear and blue. It kept needing scrubbing and more chlorine.”

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‘Volcano’ tile as pool step accents.

In fact, the average life of pool plaster, explains Franks, is 10 to 15 years. If you haven’t recoated and resealed yours in that long, you’re likely to face similar issues – not to mention clogging up your filter with disintegrating plaster.

To remove and replace the concrete and plaster, Outdoor Homescapes first had to drill a hole in the bottom of the pool and then drain it. “Otherwise, the pool will literally float on the ground water surrounding the pool because of the pressure of that water pushing upward on the pool once it’s drained,” explains Franks. “Sometimes, concrete and plaster pools will have a built-in hydrostatic relief valve that solves this problem. But this one didn’t, so we had to create our own.”

Then, after draining, the next step was to power wash and chisel off all the old concrete and plaster and replace.

For other pool remodels, Outdoor Homescapes can offer decorative plaster or plaster with colorful screenshot pebble tecquartz or art glass mixed into it, mosaics, extensive waterline and coping tile selections through Master Tile and state-of-the-art pool finishes like Pebble Tec.

Surrounding hardscapes can also be updated with everything from natural stone to designer concrete. “We did a grey concrete floor overlay in the furnished area of our space with a fractured earth pattern to it,” notes Franks.

“In our case, the porcelain waterline pool tile was overdue for replacing,” says Franks. “It was an old, outdated, dark blue. Now it’s an earth tone, to match the ‘Buckskin’ flagstone coping. We went with a neutral color for more of a clean look. But it has so many variations and depth to it, it’s anything but boring.”

The new, 3-inch square tile, part of Master Tile’s Volcano series, also serves as a decorative accent on the pool steps.

“We look at outdoor living spaces as integrated components that should be visually tied together, for a cleaner, more coordinated look,” says Franks. “That’s why we make sure to match or at least harmonize elements like the waterline tile of a pool to the backsplash of an outdoor kitchen.”

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For existing outdoor living projects with mismatching elements, Outdoor Homescapes’ team of designers helps clients coordinate materials, textures and finishes. For new projects, they develop an overall master plan with harmonizing, timeless decor and design elements in the current project so it can accommodate future additions and changes.

“It’s a natural for us to match materials in outdoor living spaces, and this remodel made us realize how important pools are to those spaces,” says Franks. “It’s just as important to keep them up to date and integrated with your home and all it’s outdoor living elements, and smart, integrated outdoor spaces is what we’ve excelled at for a decade in Houston.”

 

 

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Patio Kitchen Plans: High Tech Meets Rustic Style In Houston

Patio Kitchen Plans: High Tech Meets Rustic Style In Houston

Today's patio kitchen plans - like this one by Outdoor Homescapes of Houston - seamlessly blend high-tech, modern outdoor cooking appliances with rustic, naturalistic textures and design styles. More at www.outdoorhomescapes.com.

Patio kitchen plans these days often involve seamlessly blending high-tech, modern appliances  with rustic outdoor design style.

And as you can see, this outdoor kitchen by Outdoor Homescapes of Houston pulls it off perfectly.

“A smart patio kitchen plan requires not only a balance of the new and old,” says Outdoor Homescapes owner Wayne Franks, “but a blending of new outdoor elements – like an outdoor kitchen – with the existing home and outdoor living features like a pool, hardscaping or landscaping.”

In this case, explains Franks, the existing 25-by-15-foot pool featured a craggy edge of moss rock boulders, plus a spa and firepit faced with a rough Scabos splitface travertine. “The overall look was rustic and naturalistic,” says Franks, “so we of course wanted the new outdoor kitchen island to match.”

This patio kitchen plan by Outdoor Homescapes of Houston features rustic, naturalistic textures, like a pool with a craggy edge of moss rock boulders and a firepit and spa faced with Scabos split face travertine stone. More details on this project at www.outdoorhomescapes.com/blog

Hence the 14-foot-long outdoor kitchen island with a raised bar, also faced in the Scabos splitface travertine and topped with a Normandy granite countertop. The hardscaping around it is Kool Deck® textured concrete.

“People used to shy away from busy textures in outside patio kitchen plans, but now they’re embracing them,” notes Franks. “They’re increasingly attracted to the beautiful imperfections and irregularities of nature – there’s more of an authenticity and character to them.”

Now, for the high-tech part: A Traeger wood pellet grill. Traeger grills are becoming increasingly popular for their ability to infuse amazing, rich flavor and for their versatility (they can grill, bake, smoke, slow cook, braise and barbecue).

Sophisticated patio kitchen plans - like this one by Outdoor Homescapes of Houston - seamlessly blend high-tech, modern outdoor appliances with rustic, naturalistic outdoor design motifs. More at www.outdoorhomescapes.com/blog.

This premier model, the Memphis Pro 304, features 562 square inches of cooking space and a three-in-one cooking system (high-temperature grill, low-and-low smoker and true-convection-oven roasting and baking). It also has an intuitive Intelligent Temperature Control (see the display panel to the left of the grill) that can be set for cooking and internal temperature. A programmable food probe tells you when the internal temperature is reached and drops the grill down to a programmed lower temperature to keep the food warm till serving.

The dual-fan convection system, with reliable metal blades, circulates heat evenly for tender, juicy results. Double-walled and sealed construction of 304 stainless steel allows for optimum heat retention and consistent temperatures in all weather conditions. A direct-flame “flavorizer” insert delivers the added flavor of a seared finish.

Outdoor Homescapes also added a mount sink with a custom oil-rubbed bronze faucet by Moen and the following RCS stainless steel accessories: a pull-out trash door, a countertop trash chute, dual horizontal grill utensil drawers and a swing-out storage door.

“At first, you’d think all this technology and the smooth, modern stainless steel would fight with the rustic look of the rough-faced stone in outdoor patio kitchen plans,” says Franks. “But it actually provides some visual rest from all the rugged textures and busyness.”

Serving a similar function is the smooth, polished Scabos travertine tile used for the pool coping and firepit ledge.

“It’s a perfect environment for the client to entertain business associates,” says Franks. “He’s very happy with the old-meets-new approach, and so are we.”

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