It’s our favorite time of the year – Spring! The weather is finally comfortable enough to sit outside on the patio and play in the backyard with the family without being too cold or too hot. At On Point Custom Homes, our team emphasizes the importance of having a welcoming, relaxing backyard that caters to each of our clients’ needs. While many of our modern homes are built within Houston’s inner loop, we still manage to create stunning backyard spaces even with minimal space.

One of the most requested backyard features our team receives is to include an outdoor kitchen, as many On Point clients love the luxury of being able to cook inside and outside. Modern outdoor kitchens typically feature plenty of countertop space for preparing food, and serving it to family and friends. We recommend installing a grill and a refrigerator. At this year’s NAHB International Builders’ Show, our team stumbled upon a dual refrigerator-freezer, allowing homeowners to switch between freezing and cooling, depending on what they are storing. This saves space in the outdoor kitchen area and gives homeowners more functionality with the appliance.

If cooking outdoors isn’t your thing, our team recommends designing an area to relax with comfortable chairs, couches and tables. Installing a television screen, fans and speakers creates the ultimate luxurious space to enjoy during the spring season. Our design-build team can pre-wire all outdoor areas to include TVs, surround-sound speakers and anything else in between.

Finally, including a pool in the backyard is a definite must for the quickly approaching hotter days. Last year, we partnered with several Houston lifestyle and fashion bloggers who showed us how to truly enjoy an outdoor oasis featuring a pool. We can’t help but agree that giant pool floats and watermelon slices are the perfect equation for fun pool time!

What is your favorite feature in an outdoor living space?