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4 Tips for Maintaining Your Outdoor Rugs

If you have an outdoor living space, a great way to decorate it is by using outdoor rugs. Outdoor rugs are designed to survive in any weather condition and prevent the growth of mold and mildew. However, it is still important to take proper care of your outdoor rug. Here are some tips for keeping your outdoor rugs clean.

4 Tips for Maintaining Your Outdoor Rugs

Vacuum

Vacuum your rug to remove any soil that got stuck in it. This will help prevent the growth of mold. Most outdoor rugs are made of synthetic material to prevent mold from growing. However, moisture gets trapped in the soil, and mold and mildew often follow.

Clean

Clean your rug from any dirt, debris, or food that may have gotten stuck on it. You can gently wash it off by rinsing both sides with a hose. You can also use a mild detergent or soap mixed with warm water and a gentle brush.

Remove Spots

When your rug gets stained with food, drink or pet waste, remove any solid material or excess liquid with a cloth. If necessary, use a soft brush. Then, use a soft cloth to blot out the stain. If it is a heavy stain, such as wine or tomato sauce, blot it out with a white cloth and use a mild soap or baking soda if needed. Avoid rubbing it, as that will just spread the stain further.

Store

When not using your rug, roll it up and put it away. Store it in a cool and dry place so that it stays clean. Don’t leave it outside, and make sure to keep it away from moisture.

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Choosing The Right Pool Enclosure

For the various types of pool enclosures, it is necessary to provide care and cleaning. Regular maintenance will ensure that the enclosure lasts and requires fewer expensive repairs. Understanding the necessary care should play a big role in your pool enclosure choice. Here is a little insight into what to expect from each option:

Choosing The Right Pool Enclosure

1. Glass

  • Use warm water and soap to clean
  • Do not clean when it is hot
  • Do not use adhesives or tape around the glass
  • Take care when mowing the lawn near the glass
  • Never use cleaners with phosphoric acid
  • Regularly tighten and replace any fasteners, screws and bolts

2. Screen

  • Clean with a soft brush and mild soap or power wash
  • Clean on a bi-monthly basis during humid months
  • Use bleach for mold and mildew problems
  • Landscape around the screen so that overhanging trees and bushes don’t drop branches and leaves

3. Aluminum

  • Power wash or use a soft sponge to avoid scratching
  • Be mindful of the chemicals you use so that they don’t react
  • Inspect the aluminum frame annually to identify any potential faults in the structure
  • Do not allow individuals to climb on the structure
  • Replace and tighten screws, fasteners and bolts regularly

Related Projects

A pool enclosure is a beautiful addition to any home. It adds a new look to a backyard, but it can also be complemented by other features:

  • A stone or wood patio area for bonfires, barbecues or seating
  • A picket, iron or stone fence or wall
  • Themed decor from your region–or another region
  • Furniture for additional seating
  • A playground
  • A landscaped garden
  • A covered area for shade from the sun

Making permanent decisions about your property can be difficult. This is exactly when it is helpful to have an experienced professional around to guide you through the process of what will do best on the property market. To get an expert opinion on the optimal pool enclosure and other landscaping projects for your yard, please contact us.

Stonework: What Is The Difference Between Cross-Cut and Vein Cut Travertine?

So you’ve decided on travertine for your stonework. A beautiful, long-lasting stone that’s similar in many respects to both limestone and granite (but is different enough from both of them to be unique), travertine adds character and functionality to any design. However, while you’re sure it’s the stone you want for your outdoor space, you don’t know whether you want to invest in cross-cut travertine, or vein cut travertine.

If you aren’t sure on the difference, it’s actually pretty simple to understand. So take a moment to evaluate your options, because there is a noticeable difference between them.

What is The Difference Between Cross-Cut and Vein Cut Travertine?

Let’s start with cross-cut travertine. When travertine is sitting in a big, stone block, it has what’s called a bedding. It’s similar to the grain in a piece of wood. When the block is cross-cut, it goes across the bedding, and reveals circular patterns in the stone. Sort of like how, when you cut a tree against the grain, you see the rings in it.

Vein cut is, you guessed it, when travertine is cut in the direction of the bedding. By cutting with the grain the pattern that’s revealed is linear, and though it’s the same stone, it appears totally different from the pattern revealed with a cross-cut.

Which One is Right For Me?

That’s entirely up to you, and which design you feel would work best for your home. Both vein cut and cross-cut come from the same stone, so the base material doesn’t change. Cross-cut stone tends to have a softer feel due to the flowery pattern the cut reveals, whereas vein cut’s more linear design alters the flow of a space. In the end the cut of the stone is just like the color; you have to choose what you feel is best for your needs.

For more information on choosing the ideal materials for your stonework projects, simply contact us today!

Beat the Heat (and the Cold) with a Patio Cover

Patios are hardy, permanent additions. But long-term exposure to the elements and sunlight can start to damage the furniture and accessories you put on top of it. If you’re getting a new patio built, or you plan on getting more utility out of your patio in 2018, here are three reasons to add a patio cover:

Beat the Heat (and the Cold) with a Patio Cover

Patio covers protect your furniture and grill.

Water damage and rust can start to eat away at your furniture. Even wood and wicker is susceptible to mildew and rot. If you don’t want to zip away your patio furniture every time you’re done relaxing on your deck, then a patio cover can mitigate a lot of the damage. It can also stop UV radiation from weakening the materials. Everything from plastic to fabric becomes brittle with too much exposure to sunlight, and a patio cover can keep that radiation away. It will also keep the colors bright and fresh.

You can enjoy your patio during a wider range of temperatures.

A good patio cover means you can relax on your patio, rain or shine. But it also gives you a higher degree of flexibility when it comes to temperature. The shade drops down the heat even on the hottest summer day so you can still enjoy the breeze. But it also traps hot air during the winter. If you want to go out in your backyard with a hot cup of coffee, you still can. Patio covers keep heat localized, even if the cover doesn’t have sides so your body heat (and maybe a space heater on particularly chilly days) can keep the cold at bay.

Patio covers can do more than just protect your patio and make it more comfortable. They add curb appeal to your house, help you control even the interior temperature, and give you more space when guests arrive. Go to Texas Outdoor Oasis for even more benefits and to get started.

Consider a Custom Outdoor Fireplace!

There’s nothing quite like a warm crackling custom outdoor fireplace on a cold, winter night. The familiar atmosphere, the bright glow of the fire, the stars in the sky, and your friends or family seated comfortably around it with a glass of wine or a cup of hot chocolate is picture perfect.  Outdoor fireplaces come in a wide variety of styles, and if you’re considering adding a custom outdoor fireplace to your home, then let the experts at Texas Outdoor Oasis help you with your planning and designing needs!

Consider a Custom Outdoor Fireplace!

Our photo gallery showcases some of our previous work and it could give you an idea as to what you’re looking for. We work with all different types of tile, stone, and brick and there’s no job too big or too small.  Close your eyes and just imagine the memories that could me made with friends, family, or coworkers at your home, as you laugh, visit and enjoy yourself around the warm heated glow of a toasty log fire. For the men, imagine watching that playoff ballgame with your buddies on the large flat screen tv that hangs above the mantel. And for you ladies, envision having some of the girls over for a movie night with a bottle of wine and a popcorn!

We at Texas Outdoor Oasis would love to help you design your outdoor fireplace.  Our team is a dedicated and friendly group that loves the outdoors as much as you do and they would love to help you design the fireplace of your dreams and make your back porch or yard the envy of the neighborhood! Should you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us!

Three Reasons to Hire a Professional Landscaping Service for Your New Home

Finally purchasing your first home is obviously an exciting feeling. But a new home also comes with a lot of new responsibilities, one of which might be the landscaping and long term maintenance of your new yard. If you want to get things started on the right note, one thing you might want to consider would be to hire a professional landscaping service to help you get the ball rolling and keep things under control going forward. Here are three things a landscaping service can do for you and your yard after you move in. Three reasons to hire a professional landscaping service for your new home.

Three Reasons to Hire a Professional Landscaping Service for Your New Home

Help Focus Your Ideas

If you have plans for your yard that include more than just mowing the grass, a landscaping service can be a Godsend. Some homeowners make the mistake of biting off more than they can chew when they move into a new home with a big yard. Yes, a gazebo and a garden might be nice, but that could also be a huge time investment in addition to the money it’s going to cost. A professional landscaper can help you figure out exactly what you want and help you prioritize your list of ideas to ensure that the yard will look great every step of the way.

Help You Understand the Local Horticulture

Sometimes despite your best effort, things don’t go as planned. If you are having trouble growing a certain plant in a specific area of the yard, for example, you might end up trying multiple solutions or making multiple trips to the home improvement store or gardening center before you figure things out. Professional landscapers have likely encountered whatever your specific problem is before. They can help educate you on the best way to take care of your garden, tree or some other part of your yard so that it will look fantastic all year round.

Help Free Up Your Time for Other Tasks

Whether you have a family or a busy job, just about everyone these days wishes they had a couple more hours per week to tackle the projects they really want to do. If you’re the type that has a packed schedule, finding 2 to 3 hours every weekend to really give your yard the care and maintenance it needs to thrive could be hard to come by. Yes, hiring a landscaping service will cost money but getting back potentially hours of time to spend with your family or working on another important project may just be priceless.

A new home with a big yard is an exciting proposition if you were born with a green thumb, but be careful you don’t get in over your head. Maintaining a yard or landscape over the long haul can be a lot of hard work and it can be helpful to have a professional on your side. A landscaping service can help you plan out your dream garden, step in to help you tackle issues that arise with the local horticulture and most importantly, can help you free up more time to spend with your loved ones. Contact a local landscaping service today for more information.

The Benefits of Creating an Outdoor Oasis

An oasis is a space that offers refuge or relief – a haven, harbor, or retreat decked with comforts that make you forget your worries and relax. Some homeowners choose to transform their backyards into relaxing retreats. For example, an outdoor oasis can have a pool, a sound system, a bar, a fireplace, and any feature that makes this space a haven.

The Benefits of Creating an Outdoor Oasis

Here are some reasons to consider having one of your own:

Treat Your Guests Outdoors

If you have guests staying over for more than a few days, you don’t want them cooped up indoors. An outdoor oasis can keep them entertained for the length of their stay. Turn the sound system on, fire up that outdoor fireplace, and relax in garden chairs, under your vine-covered pergola, on decorative concrete, while your guests marvel at the water feature feeding your pool.

A Good Place for Some Peace and Quiet

Ever wanted a quiet place to read or work besides a stuffy living room sofa or study? An outdoor oasis provides a great solution. Enjoy the creative stimulation that comes with sunshine or starlight, fresh air, and a change of scenery, plus a comfortable space to yourself.

An outdoor oasis is the perfect private retreat to entertain guests, find your center, and recharge after a long day. Turn your empty lawn into a luxurious oasis. You deserve to feel comfortable in every corner of your property.

Consider hiring a specialist for your next backyard oasis. To schedule an estimate, contact us today!

Planning Your Outdoor Kitchen

Planning an outdoor kitchen includes anything from a simple setup with chairs, a table, and grill or a fully outfitted cooking space complete with a built-in cooking range and cabinets. Depending on your budget and preferences, here are some elements that can make this space stand out:

Planning Your Outdoor Kitchen

Outdoor Grilling Station

If you don’t want guests choking on smoke as they eat indoors, keep your grilling station outdoors. Charcoal smoke can cling to upholstery too. With your grilling station outside, the stench won’t get on your indoor furniture.

Small Setup

Sometimes, a countertop, stove, and sink are all the essentials you need for an outdoor cooking area. This setup won’t take up too much square footage and is perfect for a backyard or lawn that has less space to spare.

Lighting

Outdoor kitchens aren’t only good for cooking during the day. To make the most of the hours you spend in this space, include lighting. Leave the ambient lights for the sitting area and go for options that give you full visibility while you cook. For example, in a covered kitchen, pendant lights make a functional and stylish addition.

Covered Kitchen

Kitchen appliances and other essentials are expensive, but they increase the value of your property. However, that value might drop if your outdoor kitchen isn’t protected from the elements. To keep your investment in one piece, cover the space with a pergola or full roof.

Make sure that you keep your preferences and costs in mind when you decide to have your own outdoor kitchen installed.

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Spruce Up Your Home With Decorative Concrete

One of the best ways to add some aesthetics to a structure, like a pool deck or patio, is with decorative concrete. Here are some ways different concrete overlays will spruce up your outdoor space:

Spruce Up Your Home With Decorative Concrete

Pool Decks

A pool deck made from decorative concrete, like stamped or colored slabs, looks inviting. To make things more comfortable for bare feet, avoid using stamp patterns with rough textures or deep grouts.

Stairs

In the past, masons had to hand chisel joints and use textured skins to create decorative patterns on stairs – a highly costly process. Today, contractors use pre-manufactured form liners and step forms to achieve the same decorative detail. The reusable molds offer homeowners a cost-effective way to decorate outdoor stairways with a variety of patterns, textures, and profiles.

Landscaping

When it comes to making your landscaping stand out, there is only so much you can do with garden gnomes and a fancy bird bath. Try adding a decorative touch with colored concrete. For example, you can add concrete cylinders as garden borders for your flower beds. You can also use stamped or patterned concrete paving.

Backyard

Add some spice to backyard barbecue parties by revamping your backyard with concrete flooring stamped with wood or brick-like textures. If you get bored with the color, you can re-stain the floors. Consider a rich earthy stain that goes well with the outdoor environment.

For more ideas or to speak with a professional, contact us here.

Why Everyone Needs A Pergola

Do you find your backyard missing that certain something? You can’t quite put your finger on it, but there is a blank canvas that needs to be filled with something that will provide both beauty and function. A pergola is the perfect addition to any outdoor space because it provides shade to your patio or garden area, creates a place to hang plants and flowers and makes a bold statement with its strong wooden beams. Large pillars support the pergola so that it forms a space which can serve as a passageway, walkway, or sitting area. Depending on your requirements, you can either have a freestanding pergola or one attached to your house. Below are some reasons why a pergola is a great idea for any outdoor space:

What Is a Pergola Why Have One

Visual Appeal

There is so much potential for all that you can do to make a pergola the star of your front yard or garden! For example, if you love hanging plants, a freestanding pergola is perfect way to show them off. You can add latticework to the side or use the cross rafters for climbing vines. Pergolas provide hanging and climbing plants the perfect setup for to grow and intertwine, and the result is stunning to behold.

Make the Most of Your Outdoor Space

One of the challenges of decorating an outdoor space is deciding what to do with it. How much ground should you cover? What size should your garden chairs be? What type of structure will look best with your existing property? With a pergola, you have a perfectly contained and shaded space to work around for your own outdoor oasis. Pergolas enable you to make the most of the sun year round by providing ample shade from vines during the summer, and allowing plenty of warming light through when the plants die back in the winter.

Improve the Value of Your Home

In addition to enhancing your outdoor space for your own enjoyment, an outdoor living space is an additional incentive to potential buyers and investors. A home with a well-built pergola provides that incentive. The structure adds value to your property, making it a good investment if you plan to sell at a later date.

For more information on how to get started in bringing a pergola to your own backyard, contact us at Texas Outdoor Oasis.