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Houston Outdoor Kitchen Goes Mid-Century Modern

This Houston outdoor kitchen by Outdoor Homescapes of Houston features a clean, Mid-Century Modern design. More at

This Houston outdoor kitchen reflects a big style change occurring indoors and out.

“There’s a movement toward a cleaner, Mid-Century Modern look,” says Outdoor Homescapes of Houston owner Wayne Franks. “Outdoors, this means a transition away from the rustic look that has dominated outdoor living spaces for several years now.”

For instance, the 18-foot-long outdoor kitchen is faced with 6 x 24-inch smooth, porcelain tiles (“Country Sunset”) instead of natural stone with rugged or split-face textures. And instead of different shapes, sizes – or even colors – of stone, these tiles are arranged in a simple brick pattern.

The outside wall of the outdoor kitchen features the same tiles:

This Houston outdoor kitchen features an outside wall with the same "Country Sunset" porcelain tiles as the facing on the cabinets on the other side. More at

“The variation of colors within each tile still keeps it natural looking,” says Wayne. “The same goes for the Noce travertine backsplash, which is also done in a 3D basketweave pattern to keep it clean, yet visually interesting.”

The outdoor kitchen island also houses a built-in, Primo kamado-style cooker and the following stainless steel, RCS accessories: a 38-Cutlass Pro grill, a fridge, a sink and a cabinet with a built-in paper towel holder.

The countertop is Titanium granite.

The floor, meanwhile, is concrete – also popular with the clean, modern look.

The client – a young, professional couple with two kids – also added something unique to the mix – a hot water tank.

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“Usually, the water from an outdoor kitchen faucet is cold,” explains Wayne. “People usually don’t want to deal with running extra gas lines out for the hot water heater.”

The client also added a garbage disposal.

“I think we’re going to see a lot more of this cleaner, modern look,” says Wayne. “People aren’t necessarily making every element ‘Mid-Mod,’ but they’re definitely incorporating a lot of its streamlined elements.”







Houston Remodel is Perfection, Inside And Out

In this beautiful Houston remodel, we gave the exterior AND interior a complete makeover – with a new outdoor kitchen, patio cover and balcony outside and a Mid-Century Modern redesign on the inside:

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“This project was really unique, not only in the extensive scope of it, but in the number of different elements needing to be coordinated with each other,” says Outdoor Homescapes of Houston owner Wayne Franks. “And our entire team really rose to the challenge.”

Here’s a roundup of photos and details.

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

Exterior work

The new outdoor living space for the client – a Houston couple and their two teenage sons – includes a 14 x 20-foot patio addition with an outdoor kitchen and balcony.

Here’s a before-and-after shot of the entire exterior:

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And here’s a close-up of the finished balcony:


We also extended the roof over the patio between the house and the breezeway (the new section is 26 x 14 feet):

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On the patio and balcony, we laid about 1,100-square foot of new hardscaping in the place of pea gravel. The new material is a gorgeous, honed-and-filled Nysa travertine tile in a Versailles pattern. We used the same tile for the new pool coping, too.

Here’s a close-up of the tile around the pool:

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 We also added French doors leading to the patio and balcony from a lower bedroom and upper game room, respectively:

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Also shown in the photo above: Southern Cream cobblestone on the outdoor kitchen island and Titanium granite for the countertop and raised bar.

The 8 x 12-foot, L-shaped kitchen island houses all RCS stainless steel appliances: a 27-inch grill, ice maker, lowered power burner, fridge and sink.

The new outdoor ceiling is tongue-and-groove pine boards in the Minwax stain “Jacobean.”

“We always start with the biggest element in the space and work around that,” explains Lisha Maxey, senior designer at Outdoor Homescapes and owner of LGH Interiors in Houston. “In this case, it was definitely the travertine tile that we coordinated around.”

Interior redo

Inside, we repainted the entire house from top to bottom, including baseboards, doors, crown moulding and cabinets. We also updated the lighting throughout (click on any image in the gallery to make it bigger):

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 “Their style before was really non-existent,” says Lisha. “They did what most families do – got items when they needed them, worrying less about creating a unified style for the home.”


Other than a new travertine tile floor the client had put in 6 months earlier, the space had never been updated. The drapery had been there for 15 years. The wallpaper border and old window blinds had to go. And the living room had an enormous leather sectional couch that virtually filled the entire room.

In its place, we put all new, Mid-Century Modern furniture and from World Market. The drapery fabric and chandelier came from High Fashion Home:

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All the other new sconces and chandeliers throughout the house came from Pottery Barn and all the other décor accents from World Market.

Everyone got bedroom makeovers as well.

One of the sons, for instance, started with childish bunk beds and piles of books everywhere.

“We gave him a grown-up space he could enjoy well into his high school years,” says Lisha.

The new bed is from World Market:


We also updated the kitchen by removing all the old wallpaper and window blinds and adding new paint and knobs and pulls for the cabinets. (The family plans to update the backsplash later.)

This kitchen is part of a Houston remodel by Outdoor Homescapes of Houston. The backsplash will be updated at a later time. More at

The top handrail on the stairs, meanwhile, got a coat of black paint, and we added a console table (from Kirkland’s) in the downstairs hallway:


In the dining room, we painted the cabinet and mirror frames black and added new drapes, but kept the existing furniture and flooring

This dining room is part of a Houston remodel by Outdoor Homescapes of Houston.


“I’m just so pleased with how it turned out – especially Lisha’s coordination of all the materials and finishes,” says Wayne. “But as a full-service outdoor design team, this is what we do, and our all our great reviews are telling us we’re doing it well.”



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


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:

“BEFORE” shots

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

“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):


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.”


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!









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

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:


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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.


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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!


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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.


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

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

“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

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.”




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!


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

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

“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!”


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 

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

“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

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!






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

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 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

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.





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

“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.”