Get Your Pool More Use with a Few New Backyard Additions

Get Your Pool More Use with a Few New Backyard Additions

 

While raising a family and living in a rental, you may have learned about all the home features that your household wants and needs. If a pool showed up on the list of wants for everyone in your family, you may have made sure to buy a house that came with a pool already installed.

Although your family may enjoy using the pool often, you may also know that the surrounding area is lacking, which can make your pool the only desirable feature in the backyard. This is when you should consider investing in a few new backyard additions to act as outdoor living areas.

Pool Deck Extension

When you have a small pool deck, you may only be comfortable with using the space to get in and out of the water. But, you should consider a pool deck extension in which you expand the paved area so that you can set up a patio furniture set and lounge chairs around the space.

Patio Space

While the pool deck extension will give you a place for your family to sit, relax, eat, and socialize, you may not want all backyard activity to happen around the pool. An easy solution is to build a patio with a solid cover so that you can provide guaranteed shade for your family to enjoy.

To make the pool and patio feel connected, you will have several options such as connecting them with a walkway or building the patio close enough that it blends in with the pool deck.

Fire Pit

To top off the string of backyard additions, you can add a fire pit around the patio or pool. If you want to warm up after leaving the pool, all you will need to do is head to the fire pit. You can add paving throughout the fire pit area to make the space easy to furnish and to reduce fire risk.

Contact us if you would like to learn more about adding these features to your yard.

 

 

Old Pool Patio Falling Short? Allied Outdoor Solutions has the Answer

Old Pool Patio Falling Short? Allied Outdoor Solutions has the Answer

 

The summer season is here. Family and friends are seeking out your outdoor pool and living space as the perfect escape to beat the heat of summer days. The pool is pristine and ready for the season. The furniture is stylish and functional. Unfortunately, it is impossible to ignore the tired look that old and weathered pool patio gives an outdoor space. But how to fix it? Tearing it out and starting from scratch isn’t the only option; it may not even be the best option. It is time to consider an overlay.

With an overlay, it is not necessary to demolish an existing patio to get the refresh it deserves. Allied Outdoor Solutions specializes in a carvestone overlay that will provide the perfect solution to any outdoor living space in need of an upgrade. When installing our carvestone overlay, we use the current patio surface to create the new look and style, as opposed to a time-consuming demolition and replacement. As long as there is a solid foundation, there are multiple types of patio surfaces on which an overlay is an option. These include concrete, pea gravel, cool deck, and brick pool copings.

From the beginning, our consultants are diligent in ensuring compatibility with existing patio surfaces, thus successful application. In the design process, we work to ensure the finished product perfectly complements your outdoor style. Once the project is complete, you can expect a quality patio surface that will last for seasons to come. More than that, our carvestone overlay is more durable and safer than standard concrete patio surfaces. Carvestone surfaces are twice as strong as concrete, with strengths of up to 6,000 PSI. We also take extra measures to ensure our surfaces are more slip resistant. We consider the texture, and also utilize a non-skid agent in our sealer.

It’s time to celebrate the beginning of long, lazy summer days in the perfect outdoor space. We are equipped with the solution for your worn pool patio, and are ready to give it the update it deserves. Contact the professionals at Allied Outdoor Solutions, and get started today!

 

Turn Your Houston, Texas Outdoor Living Space into Your Own Personalized Paradise

Turn Your Houston, Texas Outdoor Living Space into Your Own Personalized Paradise

 

Are you a Houston homeowner looking to enhance your outdoor living space?  If so, then we are the team for you.  Here at Allied Outdoor Solutions we offer a full lineup of outdoor living areas that will not only provide you with a new setting for all those family gatherings and parties, but will also add to the overall value of your Houston, Texas home as well.

From kitchens and patios to pergolas and fire pits, to name a few, we take pride in adding style, design and charm to your homes and your backyard.  The team here at Allied Outdoor Solutions works right alongside of you in creating your new fully functional outdoor living space.  With a new outdoor kitchen and patio, you can enjoy enhanced space and comfort when hosting all your backyard festivities and events.

Our highly skilled and trained contractors have the commitment, experience, dedication and know-how needed to help you design and create the perfect outdoor living area for your home and family.  Specializing in elegant Carvestone, whatever your choices, whatever your options, rest assured we have got you covered.

Outdoor living areas give that added special touch to your backyard.  They personalize your experience and are an element of your own personality.  Our contractors are steadfast in designing and building your customized outdoor living space, whether a kitchen and patio, or even a stylish fire pit to accent your home’s existing décor while adding luxury, curb appeal and value to your home.

With years of experience in interior and exterior home remodeling services, the folks here at Allied Outdoor Solutions stand ready to serve your every need.  Summer has arrived so what better time of year to put your outdoor living space project into motion.  To learn more about our top-rated services and our specialized outdoor living area designs, contact us and schedule your free consultation today.  We look forward to serving you and to providing you with the best all round outdoor living additions this side of Texas!

 

Allied Outdoor Solutions Houston Texas

Allied Outdoor Solutions Houston Texas

 

Allied Outdoor Solutions Houston Texas

Allied Outdoor Solutions Houston Texas

 

 

3 Ways a Pool Deck Overlay Sells Your House Better Than a New Deck

3 Ways a Pool Deck Overlay Sells Your House Better Than a New Deck

 

The housing market in Texas keeps growing in demand. If you’ve been thinking about relocating or downsizing, now is the perfect time to sell. Find a few key features on your property that you can update to make your house even more appealing to homebuyers. Your pool is one of the features that can give you the best increase in purchase price, especially if it’s outdated but structurally sound.

People fall in love with the look of a house, so update the pool deck to give your whole yard a more modern feel.  Here are three reasons why an overlay works better than replacing the whole deck:

1. Less of your yard’s landscaping will need to be repaired.

Ripping out an entire pool deck requires a lot of tools and demolition. Even when contractors know the best ways to minimize disruption, part of your yard will still be out of commission. Landscaping is expensive to replace, especially if you want it to fit in with the rest of your yard.

But when you choose a pool deck overlay, very little of your yard is disturbed. That means you don’t have to factor landscaping into the total cost or worry about your house losing curb appeal.

2. You have a wide range of possible styles.

Pool deck overlays let you choose between different colors, patterns, and textures. Your new deck can look like anything from natural stones to tile. Pick a style that flows into your home’s design and patio for a huge boost in appeal.

3. You can get a better rate of return.

When you’re updating your house to get a better selling price, you don’t want to spend too much. Expensive renovations can cost far more than they increase your home’s value. If you’re putting your home on the market soon, pick cosmetic changes and the most impactful projects so you get the most possible profit.

Go to Allied Outdoor Solutions to browse our pool deck gallery and get started.

 

Don’t Regret Hosting Your Next Outdoor Get-Together

Don’t Regret Hosting Your Next Outdoor Get-Together

 

You’re hosting an outdoor party. The guests are starting to arrive, and you already have kids playing in the backyard pool. That means the first hour of your party is split into a tag-team effort of opening the door for staggered arrivals, keeping an eye on the swimmers, and trying to keep the food in order. At first, it seems like barbecuing should have made everything easier to organize in the moment. If you’re cooking in the backyard where are the activity is, after all, you won’t miss out on anything. Right?

But that’s never the case. You’re going to be running back inside for more ice or bell peppers. Someone’s going to ring the doorbell forty-five minutes in, even though the gate is wide open. Everything feels scattered and rushed. Even worse, everyone’s mingling around the pool where there’s more room to chat. You’re missing out on all the conversations, after all.

This is where an outdoor kitchen steps in.

Outdoor kitchens are more than a stove and a refrigerator that are designed to last outside. An outdoor kitchen is a well-designed, open space that encourages people to sit around the bar counter and to chat with you as you cook. It brings the party back onto your patio so hosting doesn’t turn into such a solitary job.

Outdoor living spaces also give you the functional storage you need so you’re not running back and forth from the house. You can store all your produce and meat in the outdoor refrigerator so the conversation doesn’t even have to pause as you pull it out. Sealed and protected storage space also lets you keep plenty of cups, silverware, and platters ready and waiting.

Even better, an outdoor living space makes you want to host a party again. Go to Allied Outdoor Solutions to see our gallery of outdoor kitchens and find the design that’s right for you.

 

3 Ways Concrete Overlays Make Your Backyard More Cohesive

3 Ways Concrete Overlays Make Your Backyard More Cohesive

 

Pool deck and patio fashions change over time. But having matching improvements and features never goes out of style. If you have recently updated your pool deck to give it a more modern style, it might no longer match your patio. If you’ve recently expanded your patio or added a new concrete path in your yard, those new features might also not match the preexisting concrete. Give your whole backyard a consistent update with a concrete overlay. Here are three more reasons to do it:

1. Concrete overlays protect concrete.

Bare concrete is vulnerable to a lot of damage. Mud, rust, and microscopic plants can stain the surface, and deep-set stains don’t always come out. Untreated concrete can also start to crumble in the corners and develop scratches from heavy outdoor furniture.

A concrete overlay shields the underlying concrete from damage. Its surface is also designed to repel physical damage, chemical etching, and stains.

2. Cohesive features look more well-planned.

Your backyard doesn’t have to be completely restyled every time you make a change to it. But making all the features hold the same design elements makes your whole yard feel more cohesive. If you’ve recently added square footage to your patio, you don’t have to wait years for the concrete to gain the same coloring as the older slabs.

Add an overlay that gives all of the surfaces the exact same look and feel. This also helps smooth out the style if the original patio was laid several years ago.

3. You can update your backyard without massive construction.

Construction is loud and messy. If you want to update your yard but you don’t want the headache, an overlay is the right solution. If you preexisting surfaces are structurally stable, our trained experts can apply a strong, beautiful surface on top. Not only is there less mess to clean up, you get to enjoy your new backyard sooner.

Browse our gallery if you want to start finding the right design for your backyard’s concrete surfaces.

 

Improve Your Outdoor Kitchen with a Concrete Overlay

Improve Your Outdoor Kitchen with a Concrete Overlay

 

Outdoor kitchens are becoming more and more popular in Texas. While the winters can still get a bit chilly, your backyard is a great place for parties and family dinners all year round. Whether you have a barbecue and an outdoor dining table or your outdoor kitchen has a full array of appliances and tools, don’t forget to give your kitchen the right floor. Here’s why a concrete overlay can help pull your kitchen together:

Make your outdoor kitchen a breeze to clean.

The last thing you want is an outdoor kitchen that gives you problems when the party is over. Cleanup can already be an arduous task, especially if you have a large gathering. If your outdoor kitchen has a bare concrete floor, that makes keeping it clean even harder.

Concrete absorbs stains quickly, especially from liquids, grease, and charcoal. Whether you do a lot of barbecuing in the same spot or someone drops a pitcher full of brightly colored juice, your concrete floor will hold onto those stains until the next pressure washing.

When you finish your outdoor kitchen with a concrete overlay, you make your outdoor kitchen a lot easier to maintain. You can pick a dark tiled pattern that doesn’t show stains. You can also pick a texture that doesn’t shred your mop or grab onto small bits of food. Even better, your overlay gets sealed with a protective coating that repels stains and soot. Then all you have to do is wipe up the stain instead of scrub the floor.

Concrete overlays give your outdoor kitchen the style you’re looking for. They also keep your kitchen easy to use and even easier to clean. Go to Allied Outdoor Solutions here to schedule an appointment or browse our gallery. We can help you build or renovate your outdoor kitchen so it’s the perfect place for a meal all year long.

 

 

3 Reasons to Add a Patio Cover to Your New Outdoor Living Area

3 Reasons to Add a Patio Cover to Your New Outdoor Living Area

 

If you’re transforming your backyard into the perfect outdoor living area for your family, don’t complete construction piece by piece. Instead, design the space to have all the elements you’re looking for so you can start relaxing in the backyard during all four seasons. One of the most important elements that’s often forgotten about is a patio cover. Here are three reasons to incorporate this shady cover into your outdoor living space design as soon as possible:

1. Many patio covers require permits.

If your patio cover is a permanent structure, it probably needs a permit before construction. Every city and county has its own rules about what can be built in your backyard, and those rules change depending on other nearby constructions. Talk to your designer about the right patio cover immediately so you can get the design you want without worrying about complications.

2. Make sure the total design is appealing.

While it’s never too late to add a new element to your outdoor living space, sometimes the overall design looks better when the planning is done at the beginning. If you start considering patio cover designs quickly, the cover will be better integrated. The beams can be built into the patio for better structural support. The cover can be connected to your roof so there aren’t gaps. Even the design aesthetic and wood color integrate better when the planning is cohesive.

3. Keep your outdoor living space comfortable all year round.

A patio cover isn’t just a summer addition. You can have a patio cover that keeps your patio shady during the summer and shielded from the wind in the summer. Pergolas and solid patio covers can also hold fans and electrical extensions for space heaters.

Go to Allied Outdoor Solutions here to schedule an appointment and start protecting your outdoor living space from the elements.

 

 

 

 

Why concrete overlay is the right choice?

Why concrete overlay is the right choice?

 

While a concrete overlay may not always be the correct application, there are many scenarios where it is the perfect choice. A few quick checkpoints which could rule out an overlay.

  • Is your concrete severely cracked? A concrete overlay can often work around some minor cracking but if your concrete has experienced significant movement, it is unlikely to be the right application for you.
  • Does the area you’d like to improve has existing concrete? Because a concrete overlay requires a solid concrete base, it generally makes the most sense when the great majority of the area is already in place. Small areas can be added but if the project requires too much new concrete, an overlay will likely lose its efficiency.
  • Is drainage an issue you are trying to solve? Because an overlay is approximately ¼”, it is not capable of correcting poor drainage.

Now that I have briefly described some of the limitations, let me dig into the benefits:

  • There is no messy tear out. An overlay is like the icing on the cake. If you currently have a high-quality concrete slab, an overlay can generally be applied to the surface in just a few short days. And without the need for heavy equipment, it is often far less invasive to your lawn and landscape.
  • An overlay can often be used without creating trip hazards. In areas where your concrete is adjacent to other surfaces (i.e. drains, skimmer baskets, other hardscapes, door thresholds, coping, etc.) the concrete can be feathered to leave you a surface that is almost flush with your existing elements. The thickness can also help supply a high-end look on patios without enough space to install a traditional hardscape product.
  • You’ll have a large influence on the final product. Unlike manufactured products such as stone or pavers, many overlays actually allow you to select the design and color that best suits your specific, unique space. You can select a pattern that creates a cohesive design flow with the interior of your home while selecting a color which will perfectly complement the landscaping and construction materials already existing in your yard. In most cases, an overlay can allow you to update your space while making it look like it was done at the same time as the rest of your space.
  • Cost savings over traditional options. While overlay products can have substantial variation in price depending on the material itself and your market, they generally present a more cost-effective solution that other hardscape materials. Products like travertine, stone, pavers, decorative concrete and porcelain will almost universally be more expensive. Many times, the savings from selecting an overlay solution can be used to update other areas such as the pool finish, coping, landscape and more.
  • Overlays are generally more repairable than slab options. If something impacts the surface of a concrete slab, it can be extremely difficult to repair without leaving obvious scarring from the repair work. In many cases, an overlay can be re-manipulated so that the space looks whole one again.

Is an overlay the right application for you? If all of the above information marries up with the desire you have for your space, it just might be. Call a local expert and see what they think. One thing I know for sure: you’ll be blow away by some of the options available today. In the 80’s and 90’s you would see plain (boring?) overlay applications such as cool decking. Today, we have hand-crafted, custom stone finishes that will leave you wondering how a cementitious product could be made to look like real stone!

 

 

 

 

Landscape Lighting

Outdoor living projects come down to the details to make everything work.  Many times we finish and outdoor living job or pool and we just know their is something still missing.  If your going to invest in your backyard make sure not to overlook things that will make a huge impact.

One of the most overlooked outdoor products is landscape lighting.  Lighting creates the mood in your backyard.  You can splash some light on some large oaks or have some soft lights leading to your fire pit that connected by a pathway.
Allied Outdoor Solutions can help you with all your outdoor living needs.  We will look over your whole backyard.  We want to ensure you have a cozy place to relax in the backyard and enjoy the color flowers and enjoy the natural beauty of the large oaks but we also want to ensure that when the sun goes down in the evening you can still enjoy the flowers and the trees.
Enjoy your entire backyard all the time, not just part of the time by using landscape lighting by Allied Outdoor Solutions.