Designing a Contemporary Outdoor Kitchen Near Your Pool

Designing a Contemporary Outdoor Kitchen Near Your Pool

What’s better than a hearty meal near your pool after a swim? Maybe cooking that meal in your outdoor kitchen! With all the practical features of an indoor cooking space, an outdoor kitchen lets you cook in the fresh air for yourself or for a backyard full of party guests.

For your outdoor kitchen design, there are a few things for you to consider. One is the appearance and decor you’d like to feature. For a contemporary kitchen to match your modern home, you’ll likely want to include these key elements of modern designs. Let’s look at some contemporary outdoor kitchen ideas.

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Stainless Steel

Nothing quite emulates the modern look like stainless steel appliances and cabinets. The sleek, metallic appearance will make your outdoor kitchen feel bright and open. Additionally, stainless steel’s universal appeal means it will pair with almost any other decorations or additions. Granite countertops in particular will provide a differing yet complementing color addition for your contemporary outdoor kitchen.

Cooking Appliances

Obviously, your kitchen will need cooking appliances and equipment. Choose from a wide variety of custom appliances designed to perfectly match or complement the rest of your decor. A few necessities include:

  • Grills: choose between charcoal, pellet, or gas grill models
  • Side burners: you can’t boil water or scramble eggs on a grill! Use these side burners to cook on a smaller scale.
  • Refrigerators: keep leftovers or ingredients chilled.
  • Ice makers: why haul ice from inside when you can just make it in your outdoor kitchen?
  • Vent hoods: keep the smoke out of your eyes while you cook.

Unique Flooring

Stone tiles or imitation stone provide the perfect floor pattern for a modern kitchen look. Try geometric patterns in two or three contrasting shades for an eye-catching floor plan and the perfect design to match the rest of your kitchen. In addition, don’t forget that this floor will probably have to withstand a lot more abuse, dirt, and impact than your indoor kitchen’s flooring materials. Find the most durable flooring you can.

Pro Tip: Even with a patio cover, your outdoor kitchen’s floor may get a little wet on rainy days. Choose a flooring material that doesn’t become too slippery when wet.

Put a Roof Over Your Head

Don’t let the rain or summer heat keep you from cooking! With a patio cover, you can continue cooking regardless of the weather and make your outdoor kitchen an extension of your home. A ceiling also gives you the chance to install a strategically placed fan or light to help even more with your cooking time. Design an outdoor room!

Your New Contemporary Kitchen

Designing a contemporary outdoor kitchen gives you the chance to have fun and customize your new outdoor space as much as you want. With plenty of choices for accessories, decor, and practical features, you’re sure to find something to love in your new contemporary outdoor kitchen.

Connect with us for more design inspiration and to see how other clients designed their own kitchens!

Announcing an Additional Service from Creekstone: Pool Design & Build

Announcing an Additional Service from Creekstone: Pool Design & Build

In South Texas, a swimming pool is almost mandatory, especially when temperatures and humidity levels become unbearable. After planning and completing many pool design projects in 2018, Creekstone Outdoor Living has decided to include pool design and construction for our loyal customers.

Not all pools are the same, and each design has its own specific requirement. This is why you want an experienced company to plan your new pool construction. Have you always wanted a pool in your backyard? We’re now offering pool design and planning services so that you can make that dream a reality. Click To Tweet

Announcing an Additional Service from Creekstone- Pool Design & Build, Creekstone, Houston


Relax & Stay Cool

If the only swimming pool you’re utilizing is a public pool, you’re probably not feeling very relaxed. Public pools have more bacteria, noisy children, and a ton of distractions. Now, imagine a custom designed pool in the comfort of your own backyard. You can read a book while floating in your own serene pool. When you’re feeling social, you can host pool parties and barbecues for friends and family to come and enjoy your pool during the hot summer months. Furthermore, your kids will have outdoor entertainment and exercise all summer long.

When to Build

The best time to build a new pool is now. The sooner you start planning the design, the better. It can take up to three months to build your pool, depending on the circumstances. Inclement weather can play a role in the amount of time it takes to complete construction. Another factor is the additional custom features that you may want. These factors can add some time to your pool construction.

Pro Tip:  If you start your pool construction now, your pool should be ready by the springtime, which is ideal because that’s when the sun starts shining.

Additional Features

Creekstone Outdoor Living is experienced in outdoor design. Our customers’ satisfaction is a top priority. Consider adding a shaded arbor or pergola to keep your swimming pool cool all summer long. We can build your dream outdoor kitchen so that pool parties can become your specialty. Another addition to consider is a pool house so that guests can have somewhere to shower and change during pool parties.

Announcing an Additional Service from Creekstone- Pool Design & Build, Creekstone, Houston

Quality Pool Construction

A quality pool that exceeds your expectations is our promise. We are passionate about creating outdoor living spaces that you will use all year long. From grills to firepits, we have you covered.

Would you like to begin the design and planning process for a new pool? Join us on Facebook to speak with our team about our backyard design services.

Happy New Year from Creekstone Outdoor Living!

Happy New Year from Creekstone Outdoor Living!

Are you as surprised at how quick 2018 has zipped by in the blink of an eye? We sure are! It’s been a great year and this is the time we pause and reflect, analyze the year behind us and look ahead with great anticipation for the year to come. We consider what went well and look for opportunities for growth. With the year behind us, here’s a look at 2018 with Creekstone Outdoor Living. Click To Tweet

Creekstone Outdoors Brings Home the Pinnacle Award!

Creekstone Outdoor Living is pleased to announce that they have been honored as a 2018 Pinnacle Award Winner by Luxury Pools + Outdoor Living Magazine! Sam Hickey, the owner of Creekstone Outdoor Living, teamed up with Regal Pools to create an outdoor living masterpiece that won top honors for Ultimate Outdoor Entertaining Space.

Creekstone Outdoor Living: 2018 Pinnacle Award Winner

Adding Value to Homes with Outdoor Improvements

Did you know that making a few outdoor improvements can add significant value to your home? However, not all improvements add value, and according to Forbes, paying for unnecessary improvements is one of the biggest and costliest mistakes a homeowner can make. Some outdoor improvements offer larger returns than others, and many of them can be done without breaking the bank.

How to Add Value to Your Home with Outdoor Improvements

Cars, Coffee, & Community

At Creekstone Outdoor Living, we love our local community and we are inviting you to stop by the 2nd Saturday of every month for Cars & Coffee! Browse our showroom while you meet some new friends and enjoy some delicious foods grilled fresh for you. This is a great opportunity to check out the newest models of outdoor grills, from Big Green Egg to the latest from Lynx.

Looking Forward to Serving You in the New Year

Creekstone Outdoor Living is your complete solution for custom outdoor design services and products. Our retail store and design center provides a one-stop-shop for all of your outdoor living needs. It has been our honor and pleasure to serve your outdoor living needs in 2018. We are excited for all 2019 will bring! From all of us at Creekstone Outdoors, we hope you have a safe and happy New Year! 

Creekstone Outdoor Living: 2018 Pinnacle Award Winner

Creekstone Outdoor Living: 2018 Pinnacle Award Winner

Creekstone Outdoor Living is pleased to announce that they have been honored as a 2018 Pinnacle Award Winner by Luxury Pools + Outdoor Living Magazine! Sam Hickey, the owner of Creekstone Outdoor Living, teamed up with Regal Pools to create an outdoor living masterpiece that won top honors for Ultimate Outdoor Entertaining Space. Creekstone Outdoors: 2018 Pinnacle Award Winner, Outdoor Entertaining Design, Outdoor Kitchen

Luxury Pools + Outdoor Living Magazine 

Each year, the magazine Luxury Pools + Outdoor Living hosts the Pinnacle Awards honoring the most prestigious pool builders and outdoor landscape designers. Esteemed judges seek out outdoor projects that represent the year’s best designs. Creekstone Outdoor Living’s outdoor entertainment design wowed the judges and ended up being highlighted on the cover of the Fall/Winter 2018 issue. Copies of this issue are still available through the Luxury Pools + Outdoor Living website.

Ultimate Outdoor Entertaining Space

Creekstone Outdoor Living enjoyed creating the ultimate outdoor entertaining space with the help of Regal Pools. Their three-layered pool design caters to all ages and swimming preferences, and the 1,500 square foot covered outdoor living area is perfect for relaxing after a nice swim or eating a delicious meal cooked in the outdoor kitchen.

Creekstone Outdoor Design

This amazing project was created using all exposed Douglas fir beams, 12×12 solid columns with custom fabricated trusses and automated lighting to light up the night while you entertain friends and family. This same design also won the prestigious GHBA Prism Award (Greater Houston Builders Association) for best Outdoor Living Space.

Contact us to learn how you can get a beautiful, custom-designed outdoor living space for your own Houston-area home.

Creekstone End of Summer/Labor Day Blowout!

Creekstone End of Summer/Labor Day Blowout!

For two days only, Creekstone Outdoor Living is hosting an End of Summer and Labor Day Blowout sale! This is the perfect time to stock up on all your backyard barbecue needs for the rest of the year. Take advantage of incredible markdowns on brands and services at Creekstone Outdoors!

Celebrate Labor Day at Creekstone Outdoors

Shop our beautiful retail showroom and let our friendly design team help bring your backyard vision to life with our special deals on in-stock inventory and services.


Creekstone Outdoor Living

3555 Rayford Road #60, Spring, Texas 77386


August 31st and September 1st: All day!

(We will be closed on Labor Day (September 3rd)


An end of summer and Labor Day celebration with special deals on all in-stock inventory! Join us for some delicious food cooking on the grills on September 1st.

You’re Invited

Creekstone carries only the highest quality products, sure to last for years to come. If you’ve been waiting for the right time to get started on the backyard of your dreams, then mark your calendar! Our end of summer and Labor Day sale is the perfect time to shop our selection of grills and accessories or speak with a member of our design team about building an outdoor kitchen or living room. Contact us for more information about our End of Summer and Labor Day Blowout sale.

Backyard Design Do’s and Don’ts

Backyard Design Do’s and Don’ts

When thinking about backyard design, there are many things to consider. If you make the wrong decisions during the design process, changes could end up costing you more in the long run. Here are some of the top do’s and don’ts to consider when planning your backyard design.

Backyard Design Do’s

With the proper backyard design, your outdoor living space can become the perfect after-work retreat, a great play space for the kiddos, or an ideal place for entertaining. Here are the top things you do need for a successful backyard design:

Get A Solid Plan

Before you begin, get a solid plan in mind. Sketch out your ideas on paper and make sure to consider the size of your yard and what it will be used for. Take a moment to stand at the far back corner of your yard and imagine the design possibilities. Click To Tweet Take notes and get ideas from websites, television shows, and magazines.

Use Native Plants

To help ease your upkeep, choose plants native to your area. This ensures your landscaping will hold up to the climate and weather changes. Native plants will be less maintenance, giving you more time to enjoy your backyard, rather than tending to it.

Landscape Lighting

The right landscape lighting can instantly add charm and character to your home. Lighting can accent your favorite areas of the yard, add security, and curb appeal. There are many options for outdoor lighting, such as LED lights, string lights, lanterns, and sconces.

Develop a Focal Point

Create a focal point in your yard with an element that stands out, such as a water fountain, outdoor kitchen, natural pond, or an outdoor fireplace. This makes sure your yard isn’t boring or simply a lawn of grass. Adding a focal point also helps cut down on yard maintenance, too.

Hire a Landscape Designer

The easiest way to stay away from the pitfalls of backyard design is to hire a landscape professional to help with the planning and installation. A landscape designer will know what plants work best and where, and will save you a lot of hassle and hard work.

Backyard Don’ts

There are some backyard don’ts that need to taken seriously or they could pose problems in the future. Here are the top don’ts you need to remember when planning your backyard design:

Plant Invasive Species

Some plants like to spread and grow and take over. They might look pretty, but you don’t want an invasive plant species in your backyard. Make sure to ask a landscape professional about which plants will cause issues in the long-term.

Forget the Hardscape

Don’t forget to add hardscape! Hardscape adds character and keeps your yard from being a bore. A pergola with flowering vines, or an outdoor kitchen, or a covered patio are the perfect additions to your backyard design!

Plant Basic Beds

Don’t go for basic beds with a hedge. Add color and depth by planting a variety of plants of different sizes. Mix and match colors and objects to create a one of a kind look that is sure to dazzle your neighbors and add curb appeal.

Plant Trees Too Close

Be careful about planting trees too close to the house, walkways, or hardscapes. Make sure to do research on any trees you plan to plant to see how much space they need when fully grown.

Do’s & Don’ts of Backyard Design

Backyard design can make your backyard the perfect place for relaxing, entertaining, and hang out with loved ones if you choose the right design options. Make sure to follow these do’s and don’ts when you are ready to create your perfect outdoor space.

To learn more about the do’s and don’ts of backyard design, Contact Us.


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