The Keys to a Successful Texas Barbecue

The Keys to a Successful Texas Barbecue

Texas and barbecue go together like peanut butter and jelly. It's hard to imagine a Texas summer without at least a dozen backyard barbecues with your family, neighbors, and friends. Putting together a Texas barbecues doesn't have to be complicated. All you need are four essential elements. Element No. 1: Good Food It really doesn't matter what you serve during your backyard barbecue as long as it meets two requirements: 1.) It's grilled, and 2.) It's tasty. Popular grilled meats include...

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Patio Covers 101: The Basics

Patio Covers 101: The Basics

An increasing number of homeowners are considering adding a patio cover to their home -- and for good reason. Patio covers offer shade and comfort while still providing access to the great Texas weather. But they also offer value. A well-built, attractive patio cover built in the right spot of your home can increase its potential resale value. Even if you aren't planning to move for many years, or even decades, from now it's good to know that your investment in a patio cover will pay big divi...

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Patio Placement Is Key to Its Success

Patio Placement Is Key to Its Success

When considering adding a patio cover to your home, the first major decision you need to make is where to put it. The answer isn't always as obvious as you think. Most homes are built according to a traditional footprint: The front of the house faces the street and the rear of the house abuts a backyard. On either side are other homes. But what happens when your house isn't traditional? Determining Patio Placement You may live in a home that has a street on the side of the house as well ...

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Stamped Concrete Is Distinctive

Stamped Concrete Is Distinctive

The problem with living in the suburbs or another planned community is that all the houses tend to look alike. While that may cost-effective for the builder, it can cause consternation for the homeowner -- especially one who prides themself on being unique. But municipal zoning rules often prevent homeowners from making big, dramatic changes to the way their home looks. Neighbors can also complain if, for example, you were to paint your home an unusual color or substantially...

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How Long Does It Take to Build a Patio Cover?

How Long Does It Take to Build a Patio Cover?

Once you have made your decision to add a patio cover to your home, the last thing you want is to have to wait to enjoy it. Yet with many builders, it can take weeks or even months before they get around to constructing your patio cover. And if you are adding a patio cover because you want to use it for a special event such as a wedding, anniversary, or milestone birthday party, the last thing you need is the worry of whether or not it will be finished on time. How long does it take to build ...

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3 Ways to Make Your Backyard Unique

3 Ways to Make Your Backyard Unique

One of the biggest problems with moving to the suburbs or to an area of the city with a lot of new construction is that every house tends to look the same. There's a reason for this. For today's builders, it's more cost-efficient to build the same type of house over and over again -- with possibly a few differences for variety's sake -- than it is to build homes that are individual. And while that can make homes more affordable, it tends to lead toward neighborhoods with homes that are all qu...

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Patio Covers Are Built for the Long Run

Patio Covers Are Built for the Long Run

Patio covers can add beauty, functionality, and value to your home. And they can do it for decades to come. The patio cover you build today can provide shade, security, and a social centerpiece for your home and family far into the future. Your family, friends, and neighbors can enjoy gathering under your patio cover from now until you are ready to move to a new home -- and even longer after that as well. Built to Last Eagle Patios builds patio covers that are built for the long haul. The l...

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Schedule Your Patio Cover Soon

Schedule Your Patio Cover Soon

If you are considering adding a patio cover, gazebo, or other add-on structure to your home, now is the time to schedule construction. That's because the end of the summer/beginning of fall is one of the busiest times of the year for builders. More trucks are out right not than at any other time of the year. Good Times You may have noticed while driving through your neighborhood that lots of people are having work done on their homes right now. There are a couple of reasons for this. The fi...

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Did You Say Gazebo?

Did You Say Gazebo?

Adding a gazebo to your home will make it more noticeable. But did you know a gazebo can make your home more functional as well? When most people think of a gazebo, they probably envision a round wooden structure at their local park. Or perhaps the gazebo featured in the classic film "The Sound of Music" during the song "Sixteen Going on Seventeen". These are only small examples of what gazebos can actually be. Home Gazebos Today's home gazebos come in a wide variety of designs, shapes, and...

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Building Your Own Patio Cover Not a Good Idea

Building Your Own Patio Cover Not a Good Idea

If you want to add a patio cover to your home and are considering building it yourself you may want to reconsider. There are a number of reasons why building your own patio cover is a bad idea. Perhaps you have some construction experience. Or perhaps you even took a woodworking class in high school or college. While those can be helpful for smaller tasks, they generally aren't enough experience to take on a major carpentry project like building your own patio cover.  Time and Money A pati...

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