Thursday, October 28, 2010

Stone Lake Estates Frisco

For all of you living or working in Stone Lakes Estates, be advised that there is a 10' side yard setback for building ANYTHING WITH A FUNDATION, such as outdoor kitchens, fire pits, or patio covers. When the Deed was created for this subdivision, they failed to note the setback on individual surveys for homeowners. On a second note, often homeowners do not found out existing easements
on their property till the home is sold. Plat surveys are only shown after, or  at closing. Easements restricts homeowners to build, improve or add  outdoor structures to their backyard. Would homeowners have the information ahead of time, they might choose an other  property, where they have no restrictions to build an
outdoor living space. We here at just learned this, and wanted to share
this with you for future references.
Outdoor living spaces became very popular, if you are planning to build and outdoor kitchen, please ask your realtor about easmenets before you commit to buy a new home.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Functional outdoor kitchen space

We get calls all the time at  from clients that build  outdoor kitchens or outdoor living spaces and it is not functional. It is the contractor/designer responsibility to ensure the flow and function of the space. Often homeowners in DFW area found out after the project is finished that they have no room for furniture, no space to sit, walk  and enjoy. When creating a great design, one must think of future function of the flow of the space. One of  our recent client in Frisco  had to redo his outdoor space due to steps been build in the wrong location  and his guests kept tripping.  Although elevation add a great visual to the space, putting them in the wrong space can be a costly mistake. Our clients in Plano and Murphy had a simular problem, which we were asked to correct.

Get cooking in your outdoor kitchen

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our past clients and friends of . We have created this Blog site to share trends tips recipes etc. relating to outdoor kitchens and patio spaces. We are excited to be bringing in the Holiday season by kicking of a new project in Frisco, TX consisting of stamped concrete, a water feature, fire pit and outdoor kitchen. I am posting a pork tenderloin recipe that has become a favorite in the Garrett Home and is sure to be a winner in your home as well. Enjoy and remember Garrett outdoor living for all your back yard needs.

Coffee Rub
2 tablespoon Sugar In The Raw (Turbinado Sugar)
4 teaspoons ground coffee (espresso ground, Fine)
4 teaspoons chili powder
2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

2 pork tenderloins, about 1 pound each

1 – 2 tablespoons olive oil

In a small bowl combine the Sugar In The Raw, coffee, chili powder, salt, and pepper. Mix well and set aside. Prepare the grill to cook direct over medium heat. Trim any fat or silverskin from the tenderloins. Brush lightly with olive oil. Season the tenderloins all over with the Coffee Rub. Let rest for 10 minutes before cooking. I like to let mine bath in this mixture overnight. Place the tenderloins directly on the cooking grate. Cook for 5-6 minutes until well browned then turn. Cook another 5-6 minutes and turn again trying to brown the meat well on all sides. Cook to an internal temp of 160 degrees, let rest tented with foil for 10 minutes prior to serving, enjoy.