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Before: Icky, algae-green water, disintegrating plaster and outdated waterline pool tiles.

Before: Icky, algae-green water, disintegrating plaster and outdated waterline pool tiles.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



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

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

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

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!

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

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

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 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

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!


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

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:

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“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.


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.

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“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.”

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!


Houston Bathroom Remodel Is An En Suite Success!

Houston Bathroom Remodel Is An En Suite Success!

 This en suite Houston bathroom remodel by Outdoor Homescapes of Houston features white marble Carrarra tile, a contemporary black-and-white color scheme and a walk-in shower with pebble gravel floor tile. More at

This Houston bathroom remodel has it all – from its contemporary, en suite design to its Carrara marble to its luxury spa shower and his-and-her closets!

It’s just one example of our Houston bathroom remodeling projects – known for their meticulous attention to beauty and perfection.

Like what you see and want your own Houston bathroom remodeled? Just contact us!

Here are some more project shots and details.

“You’ll notice a lot of differences between the original renderings and the final project,” notes Wayne Franks, owner of Outdoor Homescapes of Houston. “That’s why our realistic, detailed 3D graphic renderings and virtual video tours are so useful to clients who can’t visualize the end result in their heads. With us, they can preview the project from every angle and make sure they get exactly what they want.”

This is the new, 10-foot-long by 4-feet-deep closet for her. It was built along the wall of the new addition, as you can see in the 3D graphic created for the client below.

The first door on the left (above) leads to this closet. The next two doors down lead to the original, 6-foot-long by 4-feet-long by 4-feet-deep closet shared by the couple, but now reserved for him.

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As you can see in the graphic below, a small, private commode was added onto the back of the new shower. Recessed lighting was also added for more ambient light, along with brushed nickel lighting fixtures.

The closeup of the new shower and dressing suite, meanwhile, shows the black-and-grey border and accents in the shower. The border and accents are a stone-and-glass tile mix from Floor & Décor. The shower floor – a flat mosaic marble pebble – is also from Floor & Décor.

This Houston bathroom remodel by Outdoor Homescapes of Houston, which does outdoor and interior design, features a small, private toilet room built onto the back of the new shower. More on this Houston bath design company at  This Houston bathroom remodel by Outdoor Homescapes of Houston, which also does interior design, features a spacious spa shower with carrara marble tile and a dressing suite. More on this Houston bath designer at


And here’s a view of the Houston bath remodel, looking toward the back yard from the master bedroom. On the right, after the towel hooks and before the French doors, a flat-screen TV has been added for viewing from the shower and dressing area.

This Houston bathroom remodel by Outdoor Homescapes of Houston - which also does interior design - shows the 300-square-foot en suite addition with a Carrara marble floor. More on this Houston bathroom remodeler at  This "before" shot of a Houston bathroom remodel by Outdoor Homescapes of Houston (which also does interior design) shows the wall of the original bathroom that will be removed to make way for a 300-square-foot en suite bathroom addition. More at

This Houston bathroom remodel sprung out of a bachelor’s engagement. The original, 300-square-foot master bathroom – still in the 80s with brass fixtures and wallpaper – desperately needed a redesign that could accommodate his future bride.

So we gutted the original bathroom and doubled the size with a 300-square-foot addition off the back of the house.

Here’s a full-on view of the project. (This is where our 3D graphic renderings, which allow clients to preview their project from every angle and make changes, come in handy. As you can see, the client went with white instead of dark-wood vanity cabinets, ditched the glass shower surround and scrapped the second vanity area).


This 3D graphic shows a Houston bathroom remodel featuring a 300-square-foot en suite addition, his and her walk-in closets and a spa shower. More on this Houston bath designer at  This "before" shot of a Houston bathroom remodel by Outdoor Homescapes of Houston (which does interior and outdoor design) shows the original vanity and sinks. More on this Houston bathroom designer at

This "before" shot of a Houston bathroom remodel by Outdoor Homescapes of Houston (an outdoor designer who also does interior design) shows the view of the project after the completion of the 300-square-foot addition. More on this Houston bathroom remodeler at   This "before" shot of a Houston bathroom remodeling project by Outdoor Homescapes of Houston, which also design interior design, shows the area where a 300-square-foot en suite bathroom addition will go. More on this Houston bath designer at



 Question: What do you like best about this Houston bathroom remodel? What would you do different? Post a comment and let us know!





Houston Kitchen Designers Shine With Contemporary Classic

 Houston kitchen designers Wayne Franks and Lisha Maxey did this Houston kitchen remodel, transforming it from an outdated, natural-oak paneled bachelor kitchen into a contemporary showpiece with industrial design influences. More at

Houston kitchen designers Wayne Franks and Lisha Maxey have done it again – this time with a timeless, yet contemporary remodel.

“The client wanted something homey with a comfy, family feel,” says Lisha, senior designer for Homescapes of Houston.

“They liked contemporary style,” adds Wayne, Homescapes of Houston’s owner. “But we couldn’t push it too far, since  the style of the home is so traditional.”

This Houston kitchen remodel hits all the right notes – staying on trend while keeping it neutral and classic for years to come!

The clean, contemporary, white-black-and-grey color scheme is just the beginning of this transformation from the previous kitchen:

Houston kitchen designers Wayne Franks and Lisha Maxey remodeled this outdated Houston kitchen into a contemporary showpiece with industrial design influences. More at


The revamped 20-by-15-foot kitchen and adjoining dining area also features new stainless steel appliances by Maytag, lighting and furnishings by Restoration Hardware and countertops in white Carrara marble and Absolute Black honed granite.

The paneled oak cabinets are now painted a crisp, bright white and finished off with polished nickel pulls. The center island is now a cool grey a few shades darker than the warm grey on the walls. On top of the grey on the new sheetrock, previously covered in a camel-colored textured paint, is Sherwin Williams’ Faux Impressions sparkly “Striae Quartz Stone.”

Ho-hum 12-inch ceramic floor tiles with a western motif border have been replaced with grey tile “planks” resembling distressed wood. An oak-paneled flush-mount light fixture has given way to recessed lights and barn pendant lamps in oil rubbed bronze from Restoration Hardware. And the section housing clunky upper and lower banks of cabinets between the kitchen an dining area now has a sleek counter-turned-table with custom-milled legs.

Houston kitchen designers Wayne Franks and Lisha Maxey did this Houston kitchen remodel with an attached dining room. The new space features Restoration Hardware furniture and lighting, a white, grey and black color scheme, carrara marble, Absolute Black honed granite and a counter-turned table with custom milled legs. More at


“At first, we wanted to open up that section altogether, but then realized they needed more counter space,” explains Lisha. “The table – a continuation of the granite countertop – was the perfect solution. Plus, it offered space for extra seating.”

The black, high-back and low-back bar stools, she adds, are also from Restoration Hardware – as is the new round chandelier and the dining table over which it hangs.

Houston kitchen designers Wayne Franks and Lisha Maxey - of Outdoor Homescapes of Houston - offer interior design services as well. Here, you can see the remodeled dining room (off of the newly redesigned kitchen) and living room in a Houston home. More at



As you can see from the photos and video, Wayne and Lisha also took out a wall between the kitchen and living room and remodeled the adjoining living room as well. A decorative cedar beam stained Minwax Jacobean now spans the ceiling where the wall once stood.

The oak paneling and stairway railings in the living room, meanwhile, also got a coat of white paint, plus new window treatments and light fixtures from Restoration Hardware. Staining the top handrailing with the same Jacobean dark stain, however, made the look more contemporary.

The outdoor living space also got a revamp, with a new patio ceiling also stained Jacobean, as well as new outdoor furniture and an outdoor area rug from Restoration Hardware. The furniture is from the Klismos collection, in weathered zinc, with Sunbrella fabric in the color “Smoke.”

Here’s a video of the new living room and patio:


Does your kitchen need a revamp – inside or out? Just contact us! Wayne and Lisha can make it happen!


Outdoor Sitting Area in Houston Gets Fireplace Warm-up

Outdoor Sitting Area in Houston Gets Fireplace Warm-up

 This Houston outdoor sitting area gets warmed up in the cool season with this gas fireplace. This Houston covered patio addition was designed and built by Outdoor Homescapes of Houston. More at

Check out this great outdoor sitting area with a fireplace we just finished in Houston! (In fact, you can check out this awesome outdoor living space on Houzz!)

“In Houston, outdoor living space designs typically match the house exactly – but this one couldn’t,” says Outdoor Homescapes of Houston owner Wayne Franks. “The homeowners’ association restrictions ended up shrinking the outdoor sitting area from 20-foot-square to 15-foot-square, so we couldn’t make the arches the same size as they were on the house.”

After a bit of math and an adjustment in the thickness of the arches, however, Franks’ crews preserved the proper scale and proportion.

Especially problematic was the half arch connecting the free-standing structure to the back of the house – since a gutter had to be added for sufficient drainage.

This view of a two-story stone and stucco home in Houston shows the view from a new outdoor sitting area designed and built by Outdoor Homescapes of Houston. The area features an outdoor sitting area next to a cozy fireplace. More at

“The wood-burning fireplace will provide heat and definitely cozy up this patio addition as we head into fall and winter – especially with vents that push the heated air directly out into the sitting area,” says Franks. “But since this outdoor living space was built for all seasons, the large outdoor ceiling fan will also help keep it cool in summer.”

This Houston outdoor sitting area contains a gas fireplace with bench seating, an outdoor ceiling fan, outdoor sofas and a coffee table. This is one of the many Houston patio covers designed and built by Outdoor Homescapes of Houston. More at

Built at an angle that faces the back of the house at the far end of the pool and hot tub (see early construction photo and aerial view, below), this outdoor living space design definitely fulfills its mission to blend in with the existing house. Its light-colored stucco and Western Austin Limestone with bluish-grey accents, for instance, echoes the contemporary home’s stone and stucco exterior.

This Houston outdoor sitting area is shown while under construction by Outdoor Homescapes of Houston. When finished, it will contain an outdoor sitting area next to a cozy fireplace. More at

 This is an aerial view of a Houston outdoor sitting area with a fireplace built  next to a pool and hot tub. More outdoor living spaces like this from Houston outdoor designer Outdoor Homescapes of Houston at

The 10-foot-high ceiling under the hipped roof, meanwhile, features a dark stain matching that of the existing covered patio ceiling along the back of the house. The addition’s Rosa flagstone patio is also an extension of the existing patio, and the Oklahoma wister flagstone bench seating is a perfect match to the coping on the existing pool. 

Similarly, the black lantern light fixtures on the support columns of this outdoor sitting area are the same style as those on the house.

“They wanted gas light fixtures, like they have on the house,” says Wayne. “We could only find electric fixtures that matched, but we were able to convert them into gas fixtures with a conversion kit from Cunningham Gas.”

The Restoration Hardware seating and coffee table, meanwhile, will suit the client’s desire to entertain guests in style after dinner while enjoying a cigar.

“The project was a challenge, but it turned out beautiful,” says Franks. “And it really does look like it was built with the house.”

Question: A dining table for six was originally planned for this space instead of a seating area. Which would you prefer – a dining table or seating area? Post a comment and tell us why!

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More Halloween Patio Decorating Ideas For 2014

This is one of the Halloween patio decorating ideas for 2014 shared by Outdoor Homescapes of Houston on its blog. This design is from The Home Depot's 2013 Halloween Style Challenge. More at

Here it is – more Halloween patio decorating ideas!

Our last installment was so successful, we decided to show you some more!

Mystery makeover

Among the Halloween patio decorating ideas we found is the one above. It’s from Home Depot’s blog, The Apron, in a Sept. 23, 2013 blog post entitled “Halloween Decorations Create Luminous Holiday Décor.” In the post, holiday decorating expert Melissa Valeriote took on Home Depot’s Halloween Style Challenge with this Halloween-themed patio makeover.

The challenge involved decorating a neglected corner of her patio with Halloween items mailed to her in a mystery box by Home Depot. The items, all available from the home improvement chain, included eight 12-inch, orange, foam “Harvest Pumpkin” decorations and a couple strings of orange pumpkin lights.

After painting the orange foam pumpkins a rustic cream, Valeriote then hung them off of shepherd’s hooks and used them as luminarias along the back perimeter of the patio. After cutting star shapes out of the pumpkins, she then inserted battery-operated candles and hung them from the hooks with 14-inch wire twine. Copper star string lights strung hook to hook helped to further illuminate the patio.

Looking for Halloween patio decorating ideas in 2014? How about this Rumford fireplace decked out with gothic candlestick decorations, metallic pumpkins and playful banners? This Houzz ideabook is one of the Halloween outdoor living space decor ideas shared by Outdoor Homescapes of Houston on its blog. More at

Fun Fireplace

This is a great Halloween patio decorating idea captured by Houzz writer Sarah Greenman. Entitled “My Houzz: Color and Heirlooms Combine in a Welcoming Bungalow,” it features a Halloweened-up Rumford fireplace on a Dallas “man porch.”

The fireplace not only features fun gothic candlestick decorations on each end of the mantel, but a black Halloween banner and metallic pumpkins. The custom reclaimed-wood TV cabinet above lends an additional creepy touch (perhaps unintended?) with its rope-and-pulley system used for opening and closing.


screenshot halloween patio decor 5 bhg oct 13 2014


Boo-worthy buffet

Many Halloween patio décor ideas we found revolved around throwing outdoor parties. We especially liked this black-white-and-metallic one for kids, featured in a video on Better Homes and Gardens’ website, features black-and-white paper fans, overlapped over each other to dress up table legs. White compotes and a vintage metal scale do double duty as Halloween décor and candy holders. A cloche covers a moving, mechanical hand for a few surprises and copper buckets hold ice-cold beverages.

For a more grown-up take, you can chill wine and beer in rustic-looking copper ice buckets (below) or punch spooked up with fog from dry ice? (Just put the punch in a bowl nested in another bowl, then add dry ice and hot water between the two bowls).

This Halloween patio decorating idea for 2014 - noted by Outdoor Homescapes of Houston in its blog - comes from More at



What are some of your favorite Halloween patio decorating ideas? Post a comment and let us know!