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Bringing indoors out

image L-R: Owners Rob and Katherine Douglass of Texas Custom Patios, with project manager Steven Schell

HOUSTON - Outdoor living: what a concept. All over Texas, people are moving outdoors to spend time in custom built, whiz-bang living spaces. Robert Douglass has a simple plan: “Our goal is to make it their favorite room of the house.”

 

 

 

 

    Douglass and wife Katherine started Texas Custom Patios in June 2004 (Houston office) and January 2015 (Dallas office).
    These spaces are far more than your average screened-in back porch, but high-end, personalized places in which a person or family can cook, entertain, watch TV, read, or just plain chill out. They are outdoor kitchens, room additions to the house, totally separate spaces from the house, either entirely enclosed or open. They are what you want them to be.
     “We love when somebody calls and already has something in mind,” Douglass said. But he’ll also probe their minds to see not only what they want but why. “What are you trying to accomplish?” he’ll ask. “It’s a guided discussion, based upon our experience, of walking into a back yard, knowing what we can do.”
    Katherine and her two assistants run the office, making the initial contact with folks, processing all the invoices and finances, and tracking marketing trends. The Houston office has eight sales folks, while Dallas has five. While Houston is the fourth largest city in America, the DFW Metroplex is far bigger geographically. “We’re growing that office as fast as we can,” Douglass said. “We’re doing great there.”
    Much of Texas’ outdoor living is fall to spring, with football season playing a big role in moving to one’s outdoor space. Having a pool can be a factor.
    “We’re creating a space that’s going to be one of the most memorable things about that home when people are coming to look at it,” Douglass said.
    Even with living in hot Texas, having a whiz-bang outdoor living space can be a really cool thing.
    Texas Custom Patios specializes in building outdoor living spaces, with its headquarters in Houston. -dsz


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