Category Archives: Outdoor Living

Living rooms move outdoors as ‘staycation’ popularity endures

Despite the slight lowering of gas prices this year, the “staycation” is here to stay. More and more Americans continue to spend their vacations at home. They are relining their nest to be more comfortable, and many are creating new living rooms — outdoors. Trends in home furnishings tend to move a little less rapidly than trendy apparel. It’s one thing to wear this season’s $34 dress to death, toss it at the end of summer, and move on to… Read More >>

6 sizzling outdoor living trends

Americans spent billions on outdoor living spaces each year. Where homeowners once would have added square footage with new construction, they now want to open the door and expand their living space into the great outdoors. The backyard can be more than a place to entertain or spend time with family and friends. For some, it’s a respite from the everyday. What are the trends for 2014? Read on the hottest ways to turn your back yard into an outdoor oasis. Read More >>

How to plan your outdoor living space

After such a rainy spring, it felt good to soak up some sunshine and summerlike temps this week. The best part? No more Seattle jokes (we hope). The warm weather inspires many of us to whip our overgrown backyards into shape.

But according to a report by the American Society of Landscape Architects, homeowners want more than just a neatly trimmed square of turf in their backyard. Outdoor living spaces, specifically kitchens and entertainment areas, received a 94.5 percent popularity rating in the most recent ASLA … Read More… 

Make your list, check it twice

December begins Monday, so it’s time to make yourselves a list — not for Santa — but for your own outdoor winter “to do” projects.

Surprisingly, there are many things to accomplish during this last month of the year. And hopefully, our Texas winter will give us some mild temperatures and sunny days.

Below, I list several of the more common tasks for December, understanding not everyone will be doing the same projects. And just maybe some of you will see something you would like to try: Read More…

Cypress couple extends heart of their home outdoors

Home is where the heart is, and Susan and Paul Haggar have extended theirs beyond four walls to the landscape that surrounds their two-story house. The Cypress couple have created outdoor living areas to complement the ones indoors. They can step onto a 75-foot-long loggia with dining and seating areas, lounge on a patio with pool and serve pizza fresh from the oven in the covered outdoor kitchen. They are able to take in more views of the 19 acres they call home from the balcony that tops the loggia. Read More >>