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5 outdoor living spaces for Go Texan Day

5 outdoor living spaces for Go Texan Day

Happy Go Texan Day!

Here at Outdoor Homescapes of Houston, we’re celebrating with some outdoor living spaces offering the Texas touch:

1. Texas cabana

With its rustic timber frame construction and cattle skull wall art, this freestanding covered patio is an homage to Texas’ style and independent spirit.

This outdoor living space, a freestanding covered patio, or cabana, is Outdoor Homescapes of Houston's way of celebrating Go Texan Day 2014. More projects like this at www.outdoorhomescapes.com

We call this freestanding covered patio our “Texas cabana,” with its rustic timberframe construction and cattle skull artwork

 

2. Smokin’ hot

Where would Texans be without their smoking and barbecuing equipment? This outdoor living design features a professional-grade stainless steel outdoor smoker and grill in a built-in island of natural stone. Designer stamped concrete helps finish off the look – and the sink helps with those sticky fingers!

This outdoor kitchen by Outdoor Homescapes of Texas is one of the outdoor living spaces featured by the outdoor design company for Go Texan Day 2014. It features a professional grade smoker built into a natural stone island. The outdoor living space also has a sink and a grill. For more outdoor living designs like this, visit www.outdoorhomescapes.com

Nothing says Texas like a professional-grade smoker …

 

3. Rustic, personalized perfection

Thinking of entertaining outside? When it comes to outdoor living spaces, this place shouts “Texas!” How ’bout some Texas craft beer from a Kegerator at this wet bar, underneath a rustic, vintage-looking ceiling fan ? Above the high-end stainless steel grill and double burner is a shelf supported by Spanish Mission-esque wrought iron brackets and decorated with favorite local craft beer bottles.

With its rustic shelf decorations, ceiling fan and natural stone island, this outdoor kitchen is one of the outdoor living spaces perfect for celebrating Go Texan Day 2014. For other outdoor living designs and ideas by Outdoor Homescapes of Houston, visit www.outdoorhomescapes.com.

With its rustic stone, shelf decorations and ceiling fans, this outdoor kitchen is Texas to a ‘T’!

 

4. ‘Lone Star State’ room

 This outdoor, custom covered patio features the Lone Star State’s star above a built-in fireplace with a Spanish Mission-style arch. The exposed-beam ceiling and hand-hewn mantel complete the rugged look. And the name of the natural stone? Texana Light.

This covered patio puts the Lone Star State's star front and center, making it one of the perfect outdoor living spaces for Go Texan Day 2014. For more Texas decorating and outdoor living designs by Outdoor Homescapes of Houston, visit www.outdoorhomescapes.com

This covered patio puts the Lone Star State’s star front and center.

 

5. Texas-sized entertaining

Texas is known for supersized everything – why not outdoor living spaces? The wood ceiling shows off the interior of this covered patio with a gabled roof extension, and lends a homey foil to recessed lighting fixtures, ceiling fans and speakers. In the background is a seating area around a firepit. In the foreground is a dining table for sharing barbecue. The lanterns’ wrought iron scrolls also lend a Spanish Mission touch.

Texas does everything bigger, including its covered patios - making this outdoor living space a perfect choice for Go Texan Day 2014. For more outdoor design ideas by Outdoor Homescapes of Houston, visit www.outdoorhomescapes.com

Texas does everything bigger – including its covered patios

 

So, which of these outdoor living spaces is your favorite for Go Texan Day? Leave a comment and tell us all about it!

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Outdoor designs contest: Bar/fire pit winning!

Outdoor designs contest: Bar/fire pit winning!

In our outdoor designs contest, the bar/fire pit area is winning by more than 2 t0 1 over the TV/fireplace room!

The Wishpond vote contest, which started Feb. 11 and ends March 11, asks those living in the Houston area to choose their favorite image of the two outdoor designs below:

Outdoor living space with fireplace and TV area in Outdoor Homescapes of Houston's vote contest sponsored by Wishpond. Details under "Blog" at www.outdoorhomescapes.com

Bar and firepit area in a covered patio; one of the options in Outdoor Homescapes of Houston's vote contest sponsored by Wishpond. More details in the company's blog at www.outdoorhomescapes.com. 

Those who vote have the chance to win $1,995 in outdoor design services. The contest has 14 participants so far – 10 of them voting for the bar/fire pit area and four voting for the TV/fireplace room.

The bar/fire pit area is perfect for having a cocktail at the bar or sharing a bottle of wine with friends in the seating area around the fire. The TV/fireplace room is great for watching the game in front of the fire in winter or movies with the kids during a summer pool party.

The $1,995 outdoor designs package includes two hours of in-home consultation, three hours of software drawings, plans for a landscape, outdoor kitchen, covered patio or one of out other outdoor designs and a 3D graphic with a scale drawing.

Enter now to win!

 

 

 

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Outdoor living spaces vote contest: Win $1,995 in design services!

Which of these outdoor living spaces of ours do you like better?

This fireplace/TV room is one of two options in a Wishpond contest held on Facebook by Outdoor Homescapes of Houston, an outdoor living design services company in Cypress, TX. People can vote on one of two outdoor living spaces to enter to win the contest. More info at www.outdoorhomescapes.com

The fireplace/TV room?

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This covered outdoor patio with a bar, firepit and seating area is one of two outdoor living spaces in a Wishpond vote contest held on Facebook by Outdoor Homescapes of Houston, an outdoor design services company in Cypress, TX. More info at www.outdoorhomescapes.com

 The bar/firepit area?

Tell us and enter to win a $1,995 outdoor design package from Outdoor Homescapes of Houston! The contest runs until March 11 and is available for those in the Houston area who want new outdoor living spaces. One vote per person.

Winning 2 to 1 so far is the bar/firepit area. This covered patio features an elegant roof extention matching the architecture of the house, a wet bar and several outdoor seating areas.

Not to be outdone, however, the fireplace/TV room offers the opportunity to watch the football game in front of the fire in winter and movies by the pool in summer.

Remember: This isn’t just for fun – Outdoor Homescapes of Houston swant to know what people are looking for in an outdoor living space! 

Then again - it’s totally fun. The design package goodies include two hours of in-home consultation, three hours of software drawings, including a plan and 3D graphics. So enter to win today!

Or, if there’s another element of outdoor living spaces you feel is important, tell us about it in a comment! We love hearing from people!

 

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8 Mistakes To Avoid With Outdoor Living Space Designs

Outdoor living spaces designs, especially those involved outdoor kitchens and covered patios with roof extensions, can be easy to ruin. See which mistakes to avoid at www.outdoorhomescapes.com.

Outdoor living space designs, especially those involving an outdoor kitchen and enclosed patio, can be easy to ruin. Knowing which mistakes to avoid is key.

Outdoor living space designs are the stuff dreams are made of, with features like covered outdoor kitchens, firepits, natural stone features and state-of-the art grills.

Too often, however, these dreams get crushed. Contractors disappear. The space isn’t functional. And what was supposed to be a haven is now a huge headache.

We’re all too familiar with these situations here at Outdoor Homescapes – since we’re the ones called to make it right! Here are the top mistakes to avoid with your outdoor living space designs. Avoid them and make sure your dreams come true!

Accepting bad plans

A verbal agreement between a homeowner and a contractor isn’t enough when it comes to outdoor living space designs. You should have a plan drawn out – not just a sketch on a piece of paper. Scaled drawings with dimensions are a must, as are graphical renderings. Also make sure the contract matches the scaled drawings.

Forgetting about utilities

Utilities can make up 10 to 14 percent of an outdoor kitchen’s cost. Make sure you know where the contractor is going to run all the utility lines. Also ask about the cost of moving the existing ones or installing new ones.

Not planning for electricity

Outdoor living space designs usually require at least two to three dedicated 20-amp circuits. These are needed for appliances like the fridge, rotisserie, lights and fans. Very rarely is an existing outdoor outlet enough.

Settling on appliances

You get what you pay for! Visit appliance showrooms to really check out models you’re considering.

Agreeing to a wooden kitchen frame

The frame of an outdoor kitchen should never be built out of lumber. The high heat of today’s grills weakens the wood by causing it to continually expand and contract.

Not checking references

Make sure you visit outdoor living space designs similar to the one you want before starting yours. Ask around, and make sure the contractor has visual evidence they’ve built a similar project.

Allowing salespeople to manage subcontractors

The company owner or a qualified project manager should be overseeing subcontractors. Ask for an organizational chart or a “who does what” list from the salesperson.

Not planning for audio/visual systems

Most outdoor living space designs include sound systems with TVs – sometimes multiple TVs.
Get a blueprint plan for audio/visual systems. You may have to hire an AV company. Also, make sure you don’t run the speaker wires near the electrical wires, as this may cause a buzzing or humming sound through your speakers.

 

Have any tips to add or more questions about outdoor living space designs? Tell us about it in the “Comments” section or contact us!

 

 

 

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March 2013 – Beautiful Arbor on the Golf Course!

March 2013 – Beautiful Arbor on the Golf Course!

Here we created a beautiful outdoor living space complete with a custom outdoor kitchen and a sitting area with a moveable firepit. The kitchen has austin stone, travertine tile, and a custom glass backsplash which creates a great place to sit and enjoy the beautiful golf course views. Or if you would rather relax by the firepit – there is a separate area for that!

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Houston Outdoor Living Spaces – Unique Covered Patio Addition!

Houston Outdoor Living Spaces – Unique Covered Patio Addition!

In this edition of Houston Outdoor Living Spaces – a blog series on Outdoor Homescapes of Houston’s favorite outdoor rooms, outdoor kitchens, patio covers and more – we take a look at a unique covered patio addition.

We designed this patio cover to match the architecture of the client’s home. The patio addition is complete with a beautiful cathedral ceiling and built-in brick benches for extra seating.

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Houston Outdoor Living Spaces –  Small Kitchen On Deck!

Houston Outdoor Living Spaces – Small Kitchen On Deck!

Welcome to Houston Outdoor Living Spaces – a blog series by Outdoor Homescapes of Houston on favorite outdoor rooms it has designed and built.

Our January 2013 project shows that even a small change to your outdoor living space can make a huge impact!

Here we added a small outdoor kitchen under the client’s existing covered patio and a beautiul wood deck with built-in benches. It is now a perfect place for entertaining.

 

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Houston Outdoor Living Spaces – Christmas party poolside!

Welcome back to Houston Outdoor Living Spaces – our blog series on beautiful outdoor rooms, outdoor kitchens, patio covers and more in the Houston area!

Our December 2012 installment features one of our favorite outdoor living spaces -  a stone kitchen, bar and spacious sitting area overlooking the swimming pool.

What a perfect place for a family Christmas party in this mild Houston winter!

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Houston Outdoor Living Spaces – Shade By The Pool!

Houston Outdoor Living Spaces – Outdoor Homescapes of Houston’s blog series on its favorite outdoor kitchens, patio covers and other outdoor rooms – focuses this month on an outdoor kitchen by the pool that’s made in the shade!

 This beautiful custom outdoor kitchen features a bar area overlooking the pool:

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October 2012 – Second Story Balcony Project with Fireplace!

This 2-story outdoor living space really transformed the back of the house. We created a custom stone fireplace for relaxing by the pool and a second story balcony with new french doors!

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