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Create a Cozy Outdoor Living Area with a Fire Feature

Create a Cozy Outdoor Living Area with a Fire Feature

Fire features are a recent trend in outdoor living areas, and many homeowners are realizing the benefits of extending the season with a little heat. A fire pit or fireplace becomes a cozy spot for your family to gather around and relax or toast marshmallows. Before you install a new fire feature, consider how you want to use it and keep safety in mind.

Fire Pits

A concrete or stone fire pit is ideal for a back yard or patio. It is low to the ground, provides light, and creates an intimate area for relaxing or conversation. A fire pit is smaller and easier to install than a fireplace and can be square or round. Make sure to select the right size for your space. If it is too big, the heat could drive your guests away from the area. Choose materials that blend in with your home or landscaping.

Fireplace

A fireplace is taller and more dramatic, often creating a focal point for your outdoor area. Because of this, place it against an attractive view to enhance it. While a fireplace is larger than a fire pit, it only heats the area in front of it so consider that when you place it. A fireplace is more versatile and you can outfit it for outdoor cooking.

Safety

Before installing a fire feature, consider safety. Don’t place it near flammable objects, such as low hanging tree limbs or awnings. Allow plenty of room for seating so guests can adjust their chairs if it gets too hot or if the wind shifts.

Some cities and counties don’t allow fire pits or fireplaces on a wood deck, so check your municipal codes before you add one. If you do place a fire feature on a wood deck it is crucial to place it on a fire-resistant surface such as a fire pit pad. In other areas, suitable paving prevents stray sparks from catching fire and helps ensure the safety of your family. It also makes the surrounding area attractive and easy to clean. Please contact us for more information about updating your outdoor living areas.

 

Choosing the Right Contractor

Choosing the Right Contractor

It’s a new year and you are looking to do some of the projects you dreamed up in 2017.  Maybe it’s a new concrete patio, covered patio, outdoor kitchen, pool, pergola, fire pit or fire place.  Maybe you want all of those items.  You have the idea but finding the right contractor can feel daunting!  Below is a checklist that you can use to help you find the right contractor.
Before you meet, find out how easy is it to get a hold of their company.  Can you pick up the phone and immediately get someone on the other end or does it go into a voicemail box that may or may not get returned.  This is important because when you start your outdoor living project whether it be a concrete patio, covered patio, pergola, pool, outdoor kitchen, or fire feature you will always want to know that you can get a hold of someone in a moments notice.  If you can’t a hold of them know do not expect anything different later on in the process.
Look at their reputation on-line.  You go look them up on yelp, google, angies list, or facebook.  Make sure you look at all of these areas because you will want to make sure that the feedback is consistent.  You will also want to be sure that the reviews support what they tell when they come visit you at your home for your outdoor living project.  You are going to spend a lot of money and this step is important to find out what their customers are saying about them.
After you have scheduled your appointment take note if they show up on time or late.  Do they respect your time by showing up when they said they would?  These little things are important when you are going through the process of finding the right contractor for your project.  Once they are at your house, use this time as an interview process.  Ask them to give you a price on the spot?  Ask them how many jobs they completed in 2017?  Ask them if they have an actual office or if they are working out of their truck?  These questions might sound silly but they are important.  You want someone you can relate with, shows up on time, and is running a business that is delivering results to the community you live in for years past and years to come.
Remember this quote, “Cheap pays twice.”  When you are about to invest thousands of dollars into an outdoor living project make sure you do not jump on the best deal.  Make sure you have done all your homework on the above.  Make sure you are asking the right questions.  Take note of their online reputation.  And when you have done that the price should take care of itself.  If you are dealing with a company that has a track record of many years of jobs completed, satisfied customers online, and respect you and your time the price they give you is probably going to reflect it.
So as you start this year searching for your outdoor living contractor for patios, pools, covered patios, Carvestone overlay, outdoor kitchens use this above checklist to find the right one for you!

Redefining Life Outdoors with Allied Outdoor Solutions

Redefining Life Outdoors with Our Skilled Austin Patio Contractors

 

 

When you’re looking to get a new patio, driveway, pool, pool deck, or outdoor kitchen installed in your backyard, you will more than likely need a contractor to assist you. Contractors will give you guidance on things that you haven’t even thought of. Redefining Life Outdoors with Allied Outdoor Solutions patio contractors is the best way help you carefully construct your backyard renovations exactly to you liking while making sure that everything’s placed just perfectly. Keep reading to find out exactly what our patio contractors can do for you.

 

Knowledgeand Experience 

Our patio contractors have the knowledge and the experience to get the job done right. We know exactly what to consider when planning to build a patio, such as the ideal location for it. This would include considering things like the architecture of your house, where the windows and the doors are located, where various equipment is located, and so on, in order to ensure proper and perfect placement of the patio. This will all make certain that your patio is as peaceful and flawless as possible.

 

Custom Jobs 

Our patio contractors will strive to make sure that all of your needs and desires are met. Whether you have a specific material in mind, a specific color, a specific style, or a specific finish, our contractors will work hard to make that vision a reality. Creating custom patios for our customers is what we do best, and not only will your patio look the way you want it to, but we construct them using only the best and highest quality workmanship and materials.

 

Contact us today and start Redefining Life Outdoors with Allied Outdoor Solutions.  We are A+ rated with the Better Business Bureau and Family Owned.

 

 

 

 

 

Redefining Life Outdoors

Redefining Life Outdoors

 

Get Ready to Entertain with Your New Outdoor Living Areas

Summer will be here before you know it. Warm weather and longer days will sneak in when you aren’t looking. Weekend cookouts and pool parties will become the norm, and many an evening will be spent outside sipping lemonade and watching the sun go down. 

Outdoor living areas can enhance your summer experience in many ways. Whether you are a summer chef, a fish at heart, or an observer, your summer will be improved by some simple backyard adjustments. Here are a few of the ways you can change up your yard to make it perfect for you.

 

 

Resurfaced Pool Deck

No backyard pool is complete without a nice surrounding surface. A beautiful new surface surrounding the water makes for a much prettier and enjoyable backyard landscape. Add some chairs, a grill, and a table for the perfect summertime hangout.

Fire Pit

Everyone loves late summer nights sitting around a fire. Campfire songs and s’mores bring back wonderful childhood memories and create fond new memories too. Custom fire pits built into your deck are an excellent way to add to your outdoor living space, and are a perfect addition to any summer party. Be sure to keep fire wood handy for those impromptu hot dog roasts and you’ll be ready for a summer full of fun.

Covered Patio

Sometimes the summer sun is too hot to handle. During these days, a covered patio is an absolute life saver. A covered patio gives you the ability to spend time outside without sitting in direct sunlight, so you can enjoy the great outdoors without the sunburn and sweating to go with it. Additionally, a covered patio area with a fan blowing is the perfect setting for an afternoon board game on a hot summer day. 

 

If these items sound like a good addition to your summertime fun, we would love to help you out. Please contact us today at Allied Outdoor Solutions for more information. 

 

 

 

Get the Right Patio Contractor

Get the Right Patio Contractor

When laying a patio for a new home—or to update your existing patio—you will need to find a patio contractor that is going to deliver the high-quality you deserve. Allied Outdoor Solutions are outdoor living contractors in Phoenix, Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, and Houston.

Living in Arizona or Texas, you know how important it is to have a patio or outdoor living space you enjoy using. During the milder months, you want to enjoy being outside as much as possible. Your patio needs to have accommodations for the heat of the summer too.

Allied Outdoor Solutions creates custom patios for our customers. We are experts in using a variety of materials such as concrete and carvestone. Our concrete can be broom finished or stamped and stained to your preference. Stamped concrete is a beautiful way to add to the luxury of your home. Carvestone is an overlay for existing patios and involves bonding a limestone product with your existing patio to create a natural stone look. It is very versatile and can endure high traffic areas like driveways as well as lower traffic areas like pool decks and patios.

We know the last thing you want is to find out a few years down the road that your patio contractor did a shoddy job pouring your concrete. That is why we do everything we can along the way to make sure we get it right the first time. We keep you clued in on the whole process, with pre and post walk throughs with the contractors.

For more information, contact us today at Allied Outdoor Solutions.

 

 

Allied Outdoor Solutions Houston Texas Concrete Overlay Patio and Pool Deck

Allied Outdoor Solutions Houston Texas Concrete Overlay Patio and Pool Deck

Allied Outdoor Solutions Houston Texas Concrete Overlay Patio and Pool Deck

Allied Outdoor Solutions Houston Texas Concrete Overlay Patio and Pool Deck

Allied Outdoor Solutions Houston Texas Concrete Overlay Patio and Pool Deck

Allied Outdoor Solutions Houston Texas Concrete Overlay Patio and Pool Deck

Allied Outdoor Solutions Houston Texas Concrete Overlay Patio and Pool Deck

Allied Outdoor Solutions Houston Texas Concrete Overlay Patio and Pool Deck

Allied Outdoor Solutions Houston Texas Concrete Overlay Patio and Pool Deck

Allied Outdoor Solutions Houston Texas Concrete Overlay Patio and Pool Deck

Three Ideas for Outdoor Living Areas That Add Style And Function

Three Ideas for Outdoor Living Areas That Add Style And Function

Many homeowners invest considerable time and resources into updating a large portion of their home’s interior, and with good reason. After all, your home is your castle, and if you truly want to reap the benefits of a comforting and inviting residence, you must make periodic updates. Often however, homeowners overlook the outdoor living areas when going over their update options. Sure, they address issues with the roof and siding when they become necessary, but what about adding style and function to outdoor spaces beyond those basic necessities? The following are three great ideas for outdoor living areas that add considerable style and function:

  1. Colors and Heat – Don’t be afraid to go bold when choosing accessories for outdoor patios and picnic areas. People tend to want to go neutral indoors because it is a safe option. The outside area is a little different because color goes so well with green grass and the blue sky and yellow sun of a warm summer day. This can easily be achieved with colorful lawn chairs, seat cushions for patio tables, and even a splash of color with various lawn ornaments and wind chimes. Another good idea is to add the warmth of a fire pit as a center piece to the patio. This provides a little added color and style as well, not to mention the function of making chilly winter nights a perfect time for gathering outside with drinks under some blankets
  2. Outdoor Kitchen – Why just have an almost mandatory grill with a few fold-up chairs for an outdoor cooking space when you can have a full-fledged, state-of-the-art kitchen? Think about installing more appliances like a refrigerator, a sink, and even a pizza oven for a little added distinction. Most people who create a second kitchen outdoors realize that it becomes a beautiful centerpiece for outdoor entertainment.
  3. More Living Space – Creating a second living area outdoors can be a wonderful way to add style and function. Set up cozy sofas, comfortable chairs, inviting tables and even decorative lighting in a way that people can gather for a variety of purposes. This way you and your guests are not restricted to being indoors for intimate conversation, friendly card games, and other activities suitable for a living area.

“Allied Outdoor Solutions” has over 25 years of experience in the Texas home improvement market. Please contact us today to schedule a free consultation for your outdoor living area project.

 

 

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New Look with A Carvestone Patio

New Year, New Look with A Carvestone Patio

With the new year, many of us think about the year ahead and what we can do to improve our homes. Are our walkways and driveways looking tired? Have the pool deck and patio seen better days? Is it just time for a change?

When it’s time to upgrade your outdoor environment, here are 5 good reasons to choose carvestone as your concrete overlay option.

Durability. You want your investment to last, and we want our product to look great. An excellent finish comes from a great foundation, so we take as much care with the preparation of the existing surface as we do with the new overlay. We are so sure of this process, we are proud to offer residential owners a 7-year warranty on our product.

Color. With the carvestone process, you can choose the exact mixture you want. Our process allows us to get the color mix to be to the exact one you wish to complement your taste.

Pattern Choice. Whether you want precision squares, random pavers, or a combination of the two, you will get just the style you want with carvestone. All carving work is not by hand, not by form so you can decide the way you want the final finish to look.

Slip Resistance Surface. Carvestone is carved by hand and textured to be non-slip, and we also add non-slip agents into to sealant layer. This makes it an ideal surface for pool decks, patios, and walkways.

Heat Moderation. Everything gets hot in the Texas sun, but the unique properties of the carvestone technique make it a lot cooler than the standard alternatives such as stamped concrete, pavers or painted concrete.

Ready to see how to improve your property? Just contact us to discuss your needs and to arrange a free consultation with one of our expert advisers. We look forward to hearing from you.

 

 

Carvestone covered patio and deck that is an alternative to pavers

Kids’ Fall Fun With Your Fire Pit

Kids’ Fall Fun With Your Fire Pit

 

Granted, in Texas we’re blessed with warm springs, lingering summers, and mild winters — which makes outdoor living areas so popular and so useful. But fall has definite advantages, especially if you have a fire pit or outdoor fireplace. And especially if you have kids!

Kids love October, probably because they see the entire month as a lead-in to Halloween. So here are a couple of ways to make the most of your outdoor fire features.

Outdoor Camping at Home.

Kids love camping out, so let your children invite their friends to a backyard evening sleepover. Have them bring their sleeping bags and let them pitch tents all over the backyard. Supervising adults can help with roasting hot dogs and favorite camp food over the fire pit, and be sure to have coolers full of ice and soft drinks. Bring your best jokes and stories to tell around the fire!

Happy Backyard Halloween!

This is the big night for kids, second only to Christmas Eve, and a backyard with a fire pit makes it really special. After the trick-or-treating (or in place of it), treat them to a backyard Halloween costume party. Hang the trees with cheesecloth ghosts and spider webs (complete with big plastic spiders!), and lots of orange or purple lights strung all over the area. Have a costume party with prizes for “best,” “scariest,” “funniest,” and “most creative” costumes. Tell spooky stories around the Witches’ Fire, or re-live the night’s adventures: “Remember that one house where we got the…?”

Halloween is just made for outdoor fun, especially with cheerful firelight!

Contact us for more information on transforming your outdoor areas.

 

 

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Spruce up Your Outdoor Living Areas for Fall Entertainment In Houston – Dallas – Austin, Texas

Three Ways to Spruce up Your Outdoor Living Areas for Fall Entertainment In Houston – Dallas – Austin, Texas

One of the best things about living in Texas is that the weather is generally nice, year-round. You can truly enjoy your outdoor living areas, to relax and spend time with friends and family. However, the amount of pleasure you’ll get out of your space is directly related to how well it functions. Here are three fantastic ways to enhance your outdoor living areas so you get the most enjoyment possible from them this fall.

Start From The Ground Up

If your patio, sidewalks and pool deck are cracked, broken or stained, fall is the perfect time to get them back in shape. In most cases, replacement isn’t an absolute necessity, it’s actually easier, less time consuming and less expensive to resurface them. Concrete overlays hide imperfections, create a smooth surface, and enhance the beauty of your yard. Whether you have a modern, conventional or rustic home, overlays can be created to match the style and colors that best suit your tastes. What’s more, they will last for many years to come, making them a good investment.

Create A Focal Point

Perhaps one of the most attractive, and useful, additions to an outdoor living area is a fire pit or outdoor fireplace. Placed in the center of a seating area, it provides warmth and light, creating a cozy retreat. It also gives you and your family the opportunity to roast marshmallows for s’mores, or to cook hotdogs on a stick, just like at camp. At the other end of the spectrum is a water feature. From a small fountain to a larger waterfall and pond, water features are a beautiful, soothing addition to your patio, yard, or garden areas.

Make It Comfortable

The whole idea of having an outdoor living area is to enjoy it as much as possible. Comfortable, weatherproof furniture and adequate lighting, therefore, are a must. A beautiful patio cover or pergola will help keep the rain and sun from dampening your enjoyment. Large potted plants and trellises help create a cozy, private space without enclosing the area completely. And, of course, nothing beats a fully-equipped outdoor kitchen, conveniently located near your lounge area.

If your outdoor space isn’t fulfilling your needs, contact us at Allied Outdoor Solutions. Whether you have small yard, or a sprawling estate, our experts will help you achieve the look and feel you’ve always dreamed of.

 

 

 

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Pool Deck in Houston, Austin, and Dallas

Allied Outdoor Solutions will upgrade your Pool Deck in Houston, Austin, and Dallas


Resurfacing your pool deck can be a fantastic way to breathe new life into a backyard after moving into a house, but the process can be confusing if it’s your first time getting this project done. Instead of being concerned over costs or the work that’s involved with resurfacing the deck, it’s helpful to look into what to expect. Carvestone is a great option and can transform your backyard.

When we saw your ad in the magazine, we knew that we had found what we were looking for, but when we saw it applied in person, we were blown away!

B. Caswell

We love the versatility of your product. Your ability to create the pattern and color that we wanted really made our decision easy.

J. Svatek

Your product has the look of real stone, but has the unique ability to be crafted into virtually any design and color, a great combination.

J. Bethke

Free Ideas to Update your Pool Deck

-Power Wash to Take Care of Grime
The first step to resurfacing a pool deck is getting the surface power washed. While this can be done on your own, professionals can help get the deepest clean using power washing equipment. The powerful jet can help remove grime and debris that have been let to sit on the pool deck.

-Grind Away Any Damage
If your pool deck has any kind of damage, it may be a good idea to get it grinded away. A wood grinding tool can help buff out any splinters and minor damage, leaving the deck smooth.

-Adding Vibrancy to the Deck Color
Wooden pool decks are unique in that they can become dull in color after a few years. To take care of this, consider getting the deck updated with a new stain. With all of your options for stains, you can add new color to the deck.

-Pouring a Cement Overlay on Top
If your pool deck is cement or has natural stone, you may want to get it resurfaced using a cement overlay. In this case, you can be picky when looking over the variations in colors and patterns.
Please contact us for more information regarding resurfacing pool decks.

Important qualities to have in a contractor?

Experience, first and foremost. A contractor’s experience is reflected in the work. Secondly, strong communication skills are necessary to ensure that you get the quality work you’ve paid for. Thirdly, and this doesn’t get mentioned enough, thoroughness. The contractor should maintain a presentable job site, complete the project to your satisfaction and protect the investments you’ve made in your home and landscaping.