Back Patio Extension

Rule #284: “There’s always something beautiful outside.”

We recently extended our back patio and had an outdoor kitchen and fireplace installed! It’s been a dream of ours since we built our house in 2016. Our dreams finally came true thanks to Matt’s Custom Decks! We love this new space that has basically become our number one hangout spot in the house. Now that Covid is here, it’s been a much-welcomed change!

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This was our patio before the extension. We honestly can’t believe this is what our backyard looked like. It looks so different now!

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I’m going to do a (long) series of photos detailing the building process, so if you want to skip down to the bottom, be my scrolling guest!

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Getting ready to pour the foundation.
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Foundation poured!
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Framing Day 1 (it was so fun to watch this from our kitchen window btw – the kids and I loved having that to look forward to).
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Fireplace framed!
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Framing done PLUS the roof was extended. It looks like the patio was part of our house the entire time!
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The outdoor dining area.
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Corey was loving the fireplace while he could crawl in it.
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Fireplace installed!
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Framing the outdoor kitchen.
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Having this outdoor kitchen under the covered patio has been a major godsend when Houston’s heavy storms have rolled through!
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Stonework on the fireplace (matches the brick on the house perfectly).
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Framing the outdoor kitchen and bar with brick.
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All done!
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I’m super pumped about the mantle on the fireplace! Adds a great touch of warmth.
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Lights installed – waiting for fans (took forever to find the right ones in stock).
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I can picture my Jon-a-Rita already.
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Hello, gawgeous.
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Sink and grill installed!
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I never knew how much I’d love having this sink outside. I wash off bubbles, muddy hands, sticky popsicles, etc. all without having to traipse across the floor inside.
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Jon Boy loves his new grill already.
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TV mounted! All ready for action!
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The completed outdoor patio!
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The side to the left of the bar will be for seating and lounging (thinking Adirondack chairs), and the side to the right will be for dining and a bar area.
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We are getting a teak dining set with matching barstools. I’ll post pics when it all gets here.
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We were very, very impressed with the stamped concrete process. It’s basically just layers of concrete that are marked off with tape! All of the lines were created by hand with just some masking tape.
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I’m ready for baseball to start back up so we can watch games and relax while Jon grills.
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This is the “old” area of the patio that we’ll put a sectional in for additional seating.

We purchased the outdoor kitchen appliances from BBQGuys. We’re very impressed with the quality and durability! I think my favorite buy from them is the double trash can that rolls out so you can access both recycling and trash. Go green, yo!

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We were very impressed with the way Matt’s was able to seamlessly merge the existing patio into the new with the outdoor kitchen flowing between them. They’re miracle workers.

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One major perk was when the granite company made this custom piece to cover the outdoor sink. It keeps it so nicely protected and looks pretty, too! When we’re using the sink, I’ll place napkins and silverware on the granite piece for a cute serving area.

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Jon Boy had to go solo to pick out the granite because of Covid. He was so nervous, but I think he did a great job!

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Jon picked this Blaze grill and is very happy so far! It’s definitely different than cooking on a Weber, but he’s already enjoying not messing with propane.

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We want to spread the great word about Matt’s Custom Decks and give them major props for helping to make our dreams become reality! We’ve always loved being outside and enjoying the pretty Houston weather we’ve been having lately. Now, we can enjoy even more time outside (and Jon can take over more Dinner Duties thanks to the outdoor kitchen). Once we get our furniture and some decor situated, I’ll post about that, too. Cheers to finding beauty outside especially during tough times like these!

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