We want all of our clients to dream big when envisioning their perfect home and that includes your ideal outdoor patio. Sometimes people are afraid to shoot for the moon and the stars because it’s simply not in their budget right now. Sure, budgets are a fact of life, but the fact is, whether it’s in your budget or not, planning your dream house allows us to put infrastructure in place that doesn’t really cost much, but saves you time and money when you are ready to expand.
Knowing where you’re going to put your outdoor barbecue pit, rotisserie feature or future sink, for example, all comes into play when building infrastructure. It helps us to know that a few years down the road you’re going to need an electrical outlet here or additional space there. It’s much less of a hassle and less expensive than a retro-fit application.
Outdoor kitchens are trending in the United States, especially in warmer climates like Texas where we love to grill and barbecue. They’re a stunning showpiece to any new home and are perfect for families who enjoy hosting parties and events. Because the outdoor kitchen should complement the architectural elements and landscape, we like to incorporate compatible materials and subtle architectural details that are aesthetically pleasing and able to easily withstand the elements.
One of the most interesting new landscape opportunities we’re seeing are edible gardens. We’re not talking just vegetables, but blended gardens that incorporate edibles with ornamentals, such as tomatoes mixed with roses. This fresh take on gardening is more natural to the environment and is a fun way to create your own farm-to-table dishes. A well thought-out garden, such as planting wild basil, also invites birds, bees and butterflies into your backyard.
Water elements can be a wonderful addition to enhance the zen-like atmosphere of your backyard – making it the go-to spot for relaxation after a crazy work day. With so many designs these days, there’s a water feature for every type of landscape and budget.
With modern techno gadgets like mosquito-control misters, outdoor air-cooling systems and new water-resistant acrylic fabrics in a wide array of patterns, many people are making their outdoor patio as comfortable, if not more so, than their living rooms.
Still, before you get too excited, you should first get familiar with your backyard space and then decide how you wish to use it. Stone Creek Custom Homes is here to help guide you through all of these important decisions. Call us today at 210-494-5400, and let’s get started!