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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.

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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.”

Want your own Houston patio kitchen plans? Contact us today for a free consultation!

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Outside Kitchen Design Ideas: Houston Patio Goes Mediterranean

Outside Kitchen Design Ideas: Houston Patio Goes Mediterranean

Outside kitchen design ideas like this one - a transitional, Mediterranean-style outdoor entertaining space for oil and gas execs in Houston, make a statement when friends come over to visit. More at www.outdoorhomescapes.com.

Looking for outside kitchen design ideas? Gotta love the Mediterranean flair of this backyard patio, Houston outdoor designer Wayne Franks says.

Designed and built by his company, Outdoor Homescapes of Houston, this fully loaded family and entertaining space echoes the stucco, travertine tile patio and Mediterranean style of the existing home while exuding a more modern, transitional style.

“This was a high-profile client – both VPs of different oil and gas companies who entertain affluent guests on a regular basis – so they wanted to make sure they had high-end appliances and all the latest amenities they could order,” says Lisha Maxey, senior designer for Outdoor Homescapes and owner of LGH Design Services in Houston. “They also have two kids, ages 7 and 10, and wanted a family gathering space that better accompanied their new, luxurious pool.”

What really sets apart this outside kitchen design idea, however, is the way the elements are used throughout the space.

“Usually, outdoor kitchen designs for a backyard are grouped into one island or cabinet,” explains Outdoor Homescapes of Houston owner Wayne Franks. “But here, the patio, roof and fireplace were all in place, separated by stucco columns, and the outdoor kitchen elements had to work around them.”

A 14-foot-long cooking island houses a built-in Fire Magic grill with a Magic View Window (allows the chef to check on food without lifting the lid and losing valuable heat). The island, the countertop of which is “Carnaval” granite from Lackstone, also features a Fire Magic power burner, warming drawer and trash drawer. On one side of the fireplace, forming an “L” with the cooking island, sits a built-in Primo ceramic grill.

This outside kitchen design idea by Outdoor Homescapes of Houston features a 14-foot-long outdoor kitchen island with a Fire Magic grill, refrigerator, side burner and trash door. A built-in Primo ceramic grill completes the cooking elements. More at www.outdoorhomescapes.com

On the other side of the fireplace is a 3-foot-long cabinet housing a bar with a wine cooler, ice maker and upper cabinet. And finally, just outside the patio door is a 7-foot-long cabinet with a modern Kohler sink with a high-arc Moen faucet (sink and faucet from Faucets Direct), a trash drawer and another upper cabinet.

Outdoor Homescapes of Houston, by the way, outfitted both cabinets with glass inserts, custom pulls and three-way sensor lighting.

“At the beginning, this was basically a blank space with a fireplace in the middle,” says Maxey. So Outdoor Homescapes upgraded the fireplace with Austin Stack Stone in white (No. 401) from Colorstonescreenshot vickers mosaic tile rectangle.  “The stone added that pop,” notes Maxey.

The fireplace’s espresso-colored, distressed wood mantel (from Mantels.com) and upper wood cabinets were both stained with the Minwax color Jacobean. The ceiling fans were also updated with ones featuring similarly espresso-colored, wooden fan blades, to match.

The table in the middle – a cast-iron, Mediterranean style gem with hand-forged scrollwork designs from Patio 1 in Houston – seats 10.

“We wanted this kind of Mediterranean feel,” says Maxey. “We wanted rustic, but the appliance package was so new, with all its stainless steel, so we kept a the cabinets and the columns stucco instead of stone for a more clean, modern look and then did the custom tile backsplash and mosaic in more of a rustic, Mediterranean look.”

The backsplash is a 1-inch travertine tile background with 4-inch square metallic insets, both from Floor & Decor. The tile for the 18-by-24-inch rectangle mosaic (above) came from Great Britain Tile Co. and included a Dianno Reale tumbled border and background. The bronze, diamond-shaped insets are tumbled Dark Emperdor tile and the scrolls are tumbled Noce tile.

Unique outdoor kitchen design ideas by Outdoor Homescapes of Houston include this separate bar island with a wine cooler, icemaker and a a custom-lit upper cabinet, glass inserts and pulls.  More at www.outdoorhomescapes.com.

The client, who admits they have high standards, was more than pleased with the project – especially browsing through Outdoor Homescapes’ vast library of patio kitchen design ideas, the 3D virtual video tour that let them preview the project from every angle before construction. They also liked the personalized design consultation.

“OH provides a very neat service where one of their designers will either shop/buy for you or shop with you for the more detailed pieces that will finish your home,” reads the client’s review on Houzz. “This was a very positive, personalized feature … Lisha helped narrow down an enormous marketplace of materials and finishes to a few we could choose from.”

 

What do you like about this project? Write a comment and let us know!

 

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Outdoor Living Space: Houston Patio Features Mixed Stone

Outdoor Living Space: Houston Patio Features Mixed Stone

Outdoor living space in Houston is increasingly featuring islands made of natural stone. This covered patio and outdoor kitchen by Outdoor Homescapes of Houston features a mix of three different stones for a unique, customized look. More at www.outdoorhomescapes.com.

Outdoor living space – in Houston, it’s all about beautiful, timeless, durable materials.

And natural stone is Number One on the list. And a mix of stone is becoming more of a trend in backyard kitchens. Houston homeowners want something personalized and unique!

That’s why we’re featuring one of our latest outdoor living spaces – with three different kinds of stone from three different quarries, in addition to a state-of-the-art-grill, outdoor kitchen fridge and undermount sink.

“In Houston, outdoor living space design clients increasingly want a custom look – something personalized that no one else has,” says Outdoor Homescapes of Houston owner Wayne Franks. “This latest example of our outdoor living space projects has an outdoor kitchen island with not only a mix of different stone, but three different shapes of stone – ledgestone, flagstone and tasslestone.”

Ledgestone is the grey stone in the image above. It’s flatter and thinner. The tasslestone is the beige, more squarish stone. And the flagstone – more of a flat slab normally used as pavers – is the more brownish stone in the picture.

As you can see in the picture below, the varying stones add texture and interest to outdoor living space plans:

 Outdoor living space - in Houston, it's all about beautiful, timeless, durable materials like natural stone. This outdoor kitchen and patio cover by Outdoor Homescapes of Houston features a unique, custom blend of three different stones in a rustic palette called "Iron Bridge." More at www.outdoorhomescapes.com.

“People are moving away from the super flat lines and identical shapes of manmade, mass-produced materials,” says Franks. “They’re being increasingly drawn to the beautiful irregularities and color variations of nature.”

Together, the different stones comprise a palette called “Iron Bridge.”

The Level 3 Aphrodite granite countertop adds yet another beautiful natural stone to the mix.

Plus – he notes, natural stone doesn’t need any maintenance. It’s already been in the world for eons, and will continue to be.

“We’re pretty excited about the rest of this outdoor living space as well,” says Franks, noting the commercial-grade RCS stainless steel grill, sink and accompanying appliances.

“It’s fully loaded. The grill is an RCS 30-inch Pro. The icemaker is UL-rated and the fridge has been updated with RCS’ latest stainless steel handle and liner for better durability.”

The flooring, he adds, is designer stamped concrete.

Want your own outdoor living space, Houston? Contact us and get a FREE side burner and outdoor refrigerator of your own!

You can also call us at (713) 569-1341.

 

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Best of Houzz Awards: Outdoor Homescapes of Houston Wins for 2015

Best of Houzz Awards: Outdoor Homescapes of Houston Wins for 2015

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Best of Houzz Awards are given for customer service – particularly for a high number of positive reviews from current customers. And guess who won for 2015! Outdoor Homescapes of Houston!

That’s right! Outdoor Homescapes has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” for Customer Satisfaction by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The Houston outdoor living designer was chosen by the more than 25 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 500,000 active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

2015-01-28 14_47_42-Winner – “Best of Houzz 2015” « Burgin Construction Inc.2015-01-28_14_47_42-Winner_Best_of_Houzz_2015_BurgThe Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Design and Customer Satisfaction. Design award winners’ work was the most 2015-01-28 14_47_42-Winner – “Best of Houzz 2015” « Burgin Construction Inc.2015-01-28 14_47_42-Winner – “Best of Houzz 2015” « Burgin Construction Inc.popular among the more than 25 million monthly users on Houzz, known as “Houzzers.” Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2014. Winners will receive a “Best Of Houzz 2015” badge on their profiles, helping Houzz users around the world who discover and love a professional’s work to learn even more about that business’ popularity and satisfaction rating among their peers in the Houzz community.

“We’re extremely pleased to have received this honor,” said Outdoor Homescapes of Houston owner Wayne Franks. “But the real credit goes to our wonderful customers, who submitted review after positive review to Houzz.”

Houzz has become the go-to place for online reviews of companies offering a variety of home design services.

“Houzz provides homeowners with a 360-degree view of home building, remodeling and design industry professionals, empowering them to engage the right people and products for their project,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of industry marketing for Houzz. “We’re delighted to recognize Outdoor Homescapes among our “Best Of” professionals as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

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Outdoor Wood-Fired Pizza Ovens – Houston’s Hot New Trend

Outdoor Wood-Fired Pizza Ovens – Houston’s Hot New Trend

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Outdoor wood-fired pizza ovens – they’ve become a very popular trend in Houston!

And why not? Wood-fired pizza ovens offer gourmet pizza with that incomparably chewy, bubbly, perfectly charred crust we’ve all grown addicted to. They can also serve as a grill or oven while infusing unique, smoky flavors and expertly rendering the skin on meat.

“Wood-fired cooking is about the experience – about slowing down and reconnecting with food, nature and others,” says Outdoor Homescapes of Houston’s owner, Wayne Franks. “And what better place to do that than in your own back yard?”

Enter outdoor wood-fired pizza ovens by Outdoor Homescapes of Houston. We’re talking Forno Bravo outdoor wood-fired pizza ovens – the finest manufacturers of outdoor pizza ovens in the world – to bring you the finest outdoor models available.

In fact, we’re offering a special promotion right now – $300 off your outdoor living design services – when you have your Forno Bravo pizza oven installed by us. Interested? Just contact us!

Check out our wood-fired outdoor pizza oven projects on Houzz to get an idea of the wide variety of styles we can accommodate!

 

“It’s about bringing the experience of pizza making to your outdoor living space,” says Franks. “You’re kneading the dough and picking your toppings with family or friends, so it’s social. It’s also sensory – feeling the heat, hearing the crackling of the fire and smelling the smoke of a delicious meal as it has been experienced by people for thousands of years.”

You can get an idea of the experience while watching this video on Forno Bravo’s outdoor wood-fired pizza ovens:

 

 Adding a wood-fired outdoor pizza oven to your outdoor living space, however, is not a DIY kind of job, says Franks.

“Because pizza ovens can take up a lot of space and require precision construction, you’ll want one built and designed into your patio or outdoor kitchen by a specialized outdoor designer,” he explains. “That’ll ensure optimal traffic flow, an efficient work space and an integrated look with the rest of your home.”

Let’s talk more about how we can bring this experience to YOUR back yard! Just contact us!

QUESTION OF THE DAY: What are your favorite pizza toppings? We vote for whatever comes fresh out of the garden!

 

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