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Helpful information from industry professionals to help you in all stages of your outdoor living journey, from patio and outdoor kitchen design tips to pool maintenance

Landscaping for Pool and Outdoor Living Spaces: Balancing Beauty and Functionality

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In the sprawling metropolis of Houston, landscaping isn’t just about aesthetics; it’s about creating an oasis that thrives despite the challenges of our unique soil and climate. With mild winters and scorching summers, our outdoor spaces require thoughtful planning and strategic choices to achieve the perfect balance of beauty and functionality. 1. Raised Beds for…

Designing Your Outdoor Living Dreams: Low Maintenance and High Value Return

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When my wife and I were selling our home several years ago, we were taken aback when the first realtor we consulted suggested that we could only expect to recoup 50% of what we had invested in our backyard. We had poured $130K into creating the perfect outdoor oasis – a free-form pool with cool…

Preparing Your Pool for the Spring Onslaught

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As spring approaches, the Houston Area braces for a colorful explosion of blooms and foliage. While this season brings renewed beauty to our surroundings, it also presents challenges for pool owners. At Custom Outdoors, we understand the importance of preparing your pool for the impending onslaught of leaves, pollen, and debris. Here are some essential…

Things to Consider Before Remodeling Your Pool

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Remodeling a pool is no small feat. Regardless of your pool’s age, it’s a major undertaking that requires careful consideration and planning to ensure success. Before diving into a pool renovation project, it’s essential to weigh the risks and understand the key factors involved. Here are some crucial points to consider: Age of Your Pool:…

Maintenance and Care: Prolonging the Life and Beauty of Your Outdoor Living Space

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An outdoor living space is more than just an extension of your home; it’s an investment in relaxation, entertainment, and enjoyment. Whether it’s a pool, porch, decking, or outdoor kitchen, proper maintenance is essential to preserve its beauty and functionality while preventing costly repairs. Here are some tips to ensure your outdoor oasis remains ready…

Choosing the Right Contractor for the Job: Avoiding Problems

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In the world of contracting, the famous adage “Beware an old man in a job where most die young” holds a profound truth. At Custom Outdoors, we’ve seen it all and weathered many storms. Unfortunately, part of our business involves picking up the pieces left behind by contractors who couldn’t deliver as promised or, worse,…

Hosting a Super Superbowl Party in Your Houston Outdoor Living Space

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Get ready to score a touchdown with the ultimate Super Bowl party in the comfort of your Houston area outdoor living space! Whether you’re a football fanatic or just enjoy the camaraderie, transforming your backyard into the perfect Super Bowl haven is a guaranteed win. In this blog, we’ll share creative decorating ideas, mouthwatering food…

Crafting Your Perfect Outdoor Oasis: Tailoring Designs for Houston Living

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In the Houston area, where outdoor living is a way of life, creating the perfect outdoor oasis is an art that combines aesthetics, functionality, and the unique demands of the Texan lifestyle. From pool design and landscaping to water features, porches, and outdoor kitchens, every element plays a crucial role in transforming your outdoor space…

The Lifespan Saga: Five Components That Wear Out on Your Pool

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Maintaining a sparkling, inviting pool involves more than just regular cleanings. Understanding the lifecycle of key components can help you plan for preventive maintenance, ensuring your aquatic oasis remains a source of joy for years to come. Here are five elements that experience wear and tear and how preventive measures can extend their lifespan. Over…

Winter Pool Care Guide: Preventive Maintenance for a Hassle-Free Season

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As the temperatures drop, pool owners in the Houston area may breathe a sigh of relief knowing that our winters are relatively mild. However, nothing can induce panic faster than the prospect of freezing temperatures wreaking havoc on your pool. Fear not! With a proactive approach to preventive maintenance, you can ensure a stress-free winter…

Top Tips for Maintaining Your Outdoor Kitchen

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An outdoor kitchen is a luxurious addition to any home, providing a perfect space for al fresco dining, entertaining guests, and enjoying the beauty of the outdoors. To ensure your outdoor culinary haven stays in top-notch condition, regular maintenance is key. Here are some expert tips to keep your outdoor kitchen shining and functional for…

Navigating Winter Temperatures in Houston: The Crucial Role of Water Balance

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As winter descends upon the diverse city of Houston, pool owners find themselves facing unique challenges in maintaining their pools. Unlike the snow-covered landscapes of colder regions, Houston experiences milder winters with occasional temperature fluctuations. Despite the infrequency of freezing conditions, the significance of water balance in your pool becomes even more critical during the…

Unlocking the Magic: Enjoying Your Pool Even When It is Cold Outside

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As the temperature drops, it doesn’t mean you have to bid farewell to your pool oasis and Outdoor Living Space. Embrace the magic of your aquatic haven even during the chilly days. Here are some creative ways to make the most of your pool in the cold: 1. Hot Tub Haven: Convert your pool into…

Five Essential Considerations for Your Pool Renovation

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Revitalizing your pool is a task that demands thoughtful consideration and precision. Transforming your pool experience doesn’t need to be a daunting journey marked by anxiety and uncertainty. Renovating your pool is an exciting endeavor that can transform your outdoor space into a haven of relaxation and entertainment. However, before you dive into the renovation…

💡 Avoiding Contractor Scams: Tips for Trustworthy Outdoor Living Spaces 💡

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Investing in your dream outdoor living space is an exciting venture, but it comes with the challenge of choosing the right contractor. Your choice can either enhance or detract from your home’s value, making it crucial to pick a trustworthy professional. With 27 years of experience building, maintaining and repairing outdoor living spaces in the…

The Importance of Proper Pool Maintenance: Clear Water, Happy Swimmers

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Having a swimming pool is a dream come true for many homeowners in the Houston area. It provides a perfect escape from the scorching heat and a great way to relax and have fun with family and friends. However, with great pleasure comes great responsibility. Proper pool maintenance is crucial to ensure your pool remains…

Houston’s Outdoor Kitchen Scene: A Culinary Oasis in Your Backyard

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In recent years, Houston’s outdoor kitchen scene has undergone a culinary revolution, offering aspiring chefs and outdoor enthusiasts a chance to create amazing meals while enjoying the beautiful Texan outdoors. Let’s explore some incredible ways to transform your outdoor kitchen into a culinary haven, capable of satisfying even the most discerning palates. 1. Infrastructure Matters…

Custom Outdoors – A Legacy of Excellence

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Kenneth Klare, the founder of Custom Outdoors, has always been a dreamer. From his earliest days, he held aspirations of becoming a business owner, but the path to achieving that dream was no walk in the park. The backdrop to his journey was the Texas of the 1980s, an era marked by both challenges and…

Outdoor Trends in Houston: What Will Be Hot in 2024

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As the vibrant city of Houston and its surrounding areas, including Katy, Bridgeland, Sugarland and Fulshear, continue to flourish, outdoor living spaces are evolving to meet the desires and needs of residents. Outdoor living in this region is more than just a luxury; it’s a way of life. As we step into 2024, let’s explore…

Discovering the Houston Area’s Outdoor Living Potential

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The Houston, Texas, area is known for its diverse culture, delicious cuisine, and dynamic energy. But beyond the city’s bustling streets and lively neighborhoods, lies a hidden treasure – its extraordinary outdoor living potential. In an area where the sun shines year-round and the sense of community runs deep, the opportunities for creating remarkable outdoor…

Houston Area Year-Round Outdoor Comfort: Innovative Heating and Cooling Solutions for Your Outdoor Living Space

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Houston’s climate offers the perfect backdrop for year-round outdoor living, but the sweltering summer heat and occasional chilly evenings can sometimes deter us from enjoying our outdoor spaces to the fullest. However, with innovative heating and cooling solutions, you can transform your outdoor living area into a comfortable oasis regardless of the season. In this…

Incorporating Fire Features: Creating Cozy and Stylish Outdoor Spaces

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When it comes to elevating your outdoor living space, few elements can match the captivating allure of fire features. Whether you’re looking to add warmth to chilly evenings or create a focal point that oozes style and sophistication, incorporating fire features can transform your outdoor area into a cozy and inviting retreat. In this blog,…

Five Things Custom Outdoors WILL NOT install in your pool

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At Custom Outdoors, we are dedicated to creating outdoor living spaces that prioritize both beauty and safety. When it comes to designing and building pools, safety is a non-negotiable aspect of our projects. We firmly believe that certain pool features can compromise safety, and as a result, we refuse to install them. In this blog,…

The Right Financing for Your Outdoor Living Space: Navigating Unsecured vs. Secured Loans

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Transforming your outdoor living space into the oasis of your dreams is an exciting endeavor. Whether you’re envisioning a serene patio, a luxurious pool, or a captivating garden, making your outdoor dream a reality often requires financial planning. When it comes to financing your outdoor project, you have several options to consider, with unsecured and…

Lighting Your Outdoor Paradise: Enhancing Ambiance and Security

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Your outdoor space is a sanctuary, a place where you can relax, entertain, and connect with nature. To truly make the most of it, consider the transformative power of outdoor lighting. Not only does it add charm and allure to your space, but it also plays a vital role in enhancing security. In this blog,…

Hosting Unforgettable Outdoor Events: Tips for Entertaining in Style

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Houston’s diverse climate ensures year-round outdoor entertainment, and your Outdoor Living Space serves as the ideal canvas for creating unforgettable events.  Whether it’s a summer soirée, a birthday celebration, or a casual weekend get-together, with a bit of planning and creativity, you can host unforgettable outdoor events that will leave your guests talking about the…

The Beauty of Custom Water Features: Enhancing Your Outdoor Living Space

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The allure of the outdoors, with its natural beauty and tranquility, has always been a source of inspiration for homeowners. In recent years, there’s been a growing trend toward turning outdoor spaces into havens of relaxation and entertainment. One way to achieve this transformation is by incorporating custom water features. These exquisite additions can elevate…

Transforming Small Spaces: Maximizing Outdoor Living Spaces in the Houston Area

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Houston, Texas, is known for its warm climate and outdoor-friendly lifestyle. But what if you have a small outdoor space? Don’t fret; you can still create a vibrant and inviting outdoor living area right here in the heart of the city. In this blog, we’ll explore some creative ideas for maximizing small outdoor spaces in…

Elevating Your Outdoor Living Space with Smart Technology

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The concept of a perfect outdoor living space has evolved over the years, transitioning from mere patios and decks to sophisticated and tech-savvy areas that cater to both relaxation and entertainment. With the integration of smart technology, you can take your outdoor space to a whole new level. In this blog, we’ll explore how to…

Three Essential Considerations When Building an Outdoor Porch

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Adding an outdoor porch to your home can be a fantastic way to expand your living space and create a welcoming outdoor retreat. However, before you dive into this exciting project, there are three crucial factors to take into account: roof line elevation, deciding between an attached or freestanding porch, and ensuring accessibility. In this…

Elevate Your Outdoor Living: A Guide to Selecting the Perfect Outdoor Furniture

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The allure of outdoor living lies in the freedom to escape the confines of indoor spaces and immerse ourselves in the beauty of nature. To truly embrace this experience, the right outdoor furniture becomes paramount. Whether you’re envisioning a tranquil garden retreat, a lively patio for entertaining, or a cozy balcony hideaway, selecting the perfect…

Creating the Perfect Pool Deck: Elements of a Stunning Outdoor Oasis

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When it comes to outdoor living, few things embody luxury and relaxation like a beautifully designed pool deck. A stunning pool deck is more than just a place to lounge by the water – it’s an extension of your lifestyle, an oasis of tranquility, and a canvas for creativity. In this blog, we’ll explore the…

Designing Your Perfect Outdoor Kitchen: Five Essential Features

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The allure of outdoor living spaces has grown exponentially, and at the heart of this trend lies the outdoor kitchen – a hub of culinary creativity and social connection. If you’re contemplating building your dream outdoor kitchen, there are a few key elements that can take your culinary haven from good to exceptional. In this…

Creating Your Dream Texas Outdoor Living Space: Inspiration and Ideas

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Imagine stepping outside into your own private paradise, where the warm Texan sun gently kisses your skin, a cool breeze rustles through the trees, and the soothing sounds of nature provide the soundtrack to your relaxation. A well-designed outdoor living space can transform your backyard into a haven of comfort, beauty, and endless possibilities. In…