90 91 TEXAS CUSTOM PATIOS CUSTOM IS OUR SPECIALTY A fter 20 years as a non-profit executive director for the YMCA, with a lot of facility responsibility, Rob Douglass was ready for a change. “My wife Katherine and I both grew up in Houston, then went away for college and career building. A few years later, when we moved back to Fort Bend County in southwest Houston, there were all these new homes springing up in one of the fastest growing areas in the country. It was just right for an outdoor living type of business. Everybody needed shade, that’s a big issue in Houston.” That’s how Douglass, Managing Partner of Texas Custom Patios, describes the spark that ignited formation of his award-winning design/ build company. When Texas Custom Patios started in 2004, outdoor kitchens and living rooms were trending. Everyone wanted entertainment, lighting, fire features; even in hot Houston, where outdoor patios are used year-round, there are certain cooler months when you want to take the edge off. Fireplaces and fire pits were the per- fect answer. Douglass recalls, “I started the business in partnership with my wife, but she continued teaching school for the next few years. WHAT: Award-winning design-build firm specializing in outdoor living spaces WHERE: Serving Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas WEBSITE: AT A GLANCE TEXAS CUSTOM PATIOS TEXAS CUSTOM PATIOS Before