Exquisite Designs, Expert Construction

210-882-6263

Follow us on:

News & Trends

Winter Prep for Your Outdoor Living Space

 

Soon it will be time to leave outdoor living spaces and ride out winter’s cold indoors. But before you batten down the Barbeque Grills and stow the patio cushions, don’t forget to take care of wooden structures – like decks, pergolas and – that must remain out in the elements.

 

San Antonio Design RemodelingRoutine maintenance of these structures – often made from Western red cedar – can ensure they weather the winter well and are ready for you to enjoy come spring. Plus, beautiful, well-kept outdoor structures enhance curb appeal and your home’s resale value.

 

“Western red cedar is a popular material for outdoor structures because of its natural durability and beauty,” says Paul Mackie, or “Mr. Cedar” as he’s known in the Western Red Cedar Lumber Association (WRCLA). “Preparing your outdoor living structure for winter is an important step to help maintain that beauty.” Read more

 

 

 

 

 

Outdoor Lighting

 

Make it subtle, bright, or both

 

San Antonio Design RemodelingWhat’s your preference: line-voltage fixtures, low-voltage fixtures, or both?

 

A 120-volt outdoor lighting system offers several advantages over a 12-volt system — especially when security, not aesthetics, is the issue. For starters, 120-volt fixtures usually illuminate larger areas than 12-volt fixtures can — useful both for security and for lighting trees from the ground. The bigger fixtures are also sturdier, and their buried cables and connections provide a look of permanence lacking in some low-voltage systems. Read more

 

 

 

 

 

My 5 design tips for the perfect backyard for entertaining

 

San Antonio Design RemodelingInstead of talking style I will talk about function. Whenever you are designing an outdoor space for entertaining, you must fulfill the function before the styling can begin. My 5 tips are to design a backyard for grownups.

 

Plan well defined areas

Staying at the exact spot for the entire party during is quite boring. The best party designers know that time seems to pass faster if you move your guests around from one area to the next. Read more

 

 

 

 

 

Creating the Perfect Outdoor Entertaining Space

 

20 tips for designing a yard that will suit your entertaining needs

By Maureen Gilmer, landscape designer, author and LandscapingNetwork.com columnist

 

San Antonio Design RemodelingEntertaining is a very personal thing. Each individual, couple or family is unique in how they view gatherings with friends, and what they do during such get-togethers is equally diverse. This is why a designer must view your project as a one of a kind endeavor, because its ultimate form is derived from your idea of entertaining, the available space on site and the budget to put it all together. Read more

 

 

 

 

12 Sizzling, Party-Ready Outdoor Kitchens

 

Transform your deck or patio into an entertainment oasis by adding an outdoor kitchen perfect for hosting large get-togethers or enjoying quiet evenings alfresco.

 

by Kayla Kitts

 

San Antonio Design RemodelingWinter Appeal

The backyard terrace from HGTV Dream Home 2011 was designed with high-style entertaining in mind. The outdoor grilling station and marble-topped dining table are ideal for year-round barbecues and cookouts. Plus, guests can soak in the surrounding mountain views while enjoying a heated dip in… Read more

  

Outdoor Kitchens: 10 Tips for Better Design

 

Following some basics of design will ensure a successful project.

By Marcia Jedd

 

San Antonio Design RemodelingOutdoor kitchens are a hot segment in many parts of the country. Russ Faulk, marketing manager withKalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet, a maker of high-end grills and accessories based in Chicago, offers 10 tips for creating the best outdoor kitchen and entertaining areas: Read more

 

 

 

 

 

Outdoor Kitchen Tips: How To Plan Out Your Zones

 

By , ShoppersChoice.com, LLC.

 

San Antonio Design RemodelingLearn how to build the ultimate outdoor kitchen with our great outdoor kitchen tips and design ideas. First, you should break down you outdoor kitchen into “zones” and strategically plan where your outdoor kitchen appliances will go in order. By doing so, you create a natural flow in your outdoor cooking and entertaining process. Read more

 

 

 

 

Outdoor Kitchens: 10 Tips for Better Design

 

Following some basics of design will ensure a successful project.

By Marcia Jedd

 

San Antonio Design RemodelingOutdoor kitchens are a hot segment in many parts of the country. Russ Faulk, marketing manager with Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet, a maker of high-end grills and accessories based in Chicago, offers 10 tips for creating the best outdoor kitchen and entertaining areas: Read more

 

 

 

 

5 Ideas for Outdoor Kitchen Designs

 

by Sara Elliott

 

San Antonio Design RemodelerThe exciting thing about an outdoor kitchen is the outdoor part — taking the steamy, smelly and hot work of preparing a meal into the open air. The garden is an inspired place to entertain, too. No more cutesy coasters. No more worrying about Uncle Joe accidentally dropping his quesadilla behind the couch cushion (and not mentioning it), or worrying about your youngest running amok with the Kool-Aid. No matter the mishap, you’re a length of garden hose away from a clean slate. Read more