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In Missouri City, TX, We Like Our Patios Shaded and Our Pools...Cool

Some of the earliest settlers of Missouri City, TX, were lured here in 1894 by the promise of mild weather. In short order, the new settlement was hit with a blizzard in 1895, a deep freeze in 1899 and the Galveston Hurricane in 1900. Luckily, we usually do experience the milder weather initially advertised as the “land of genial sunshine and eternal summer.” Isn’t advertising great?!

missouri map

The city’s name comes from an ad campaign designed to attract settlers from the state of Missouri. Missouri City, calling itself the “Show Me City,” no longer needs to advertise to attract residents. Incorporated in 1956, Missouri City has grown continually. The population doubled from 1980 to 2000 and hasn’t slowed down.

The Missouri City area is home to beautiful residential neighborhoods including the upscale, master-planned developments of Lake Olympia, Riverstone and Sienna Plantation. One thing all Missouri City residents have in common is a love for their outdoor living spaces. We enjoy the outdoors year-round (Sorry, 1895, you can keep your blizzard!) so why not get the maximum enjoyment out of every inch of your home’s outdoor space?

Shade, Shade, Shade—Three of Our Favorite Words

poolside with pergola

Whether you have a patio or a deck, you are going to need some shade. Let’s start with the patio. Notice we’re going to talk about covered patios, and for decks we’ll talk about adding a pergola for shade. Switch it up! We can build a pergola for your patio and we can cover a portion of your deck with a roof if you want. Don’t let anyone box you in to a design that doesn’t fit your needs!

With a Covered Patio, You Decide How Much Shade You Want

The Missouri City covered patio is a hands-down favorite. First, you have the patio surface, which can be a work of art by itself. To provide some all-important shade, we recommend covering part of your patio with a shade cover, which is basically a roof. If you want to cover your entire patio, that’s what we’ll do, because it’s your home and you get to decide. However, if you leave a portion of the patio uncovered, you allow family members and guests to soak up a little sun during those cooler months when it’s most appreciated.

We can’t wait to show you what we can do. Give us a call today at (281) 214-8299 to schedule a complimentary design consultation.

patio with outdoor kitchen

We’ll help you navigate the many choices and make recommendations when you want them. You can benefit from our experience with prior customers as we tell you what we have designed in the past that seemed to work well. Don’t think you’ll get a carbon copy of someone else’s patio, though! When we say your patio is unique, we mean it. No two Missouri City homes are alike, so no two Missouri City patios will be exactly alike, either.

Is a Deck With a View for You?

One advantage of decks is that they can be elevated and multi-level, depending on the design of your home and the topography of your lot. If you enjoy an outdoor living space with a view, you may prefer a deck, or … how about a patio and deck combination? When you have the two spaces adjacent, you can treat them as two different outdoor living areas, but when you entertain a larger crowd these spaces can function as one continuous space.

deck with pergola porch cover

For your deck, you’ll have several types of material to select from. We are well-versed in the debate about wood decks, composites and synthetics. Each has its advantages. In order to decide, you’ll need to consider the cost, the annual maintenance needed and the aesthetics. Some homeowners who can afford composites and synthetics prefer wood anyway. If the look and feel of natural wood is important to you, we can suggest the more durable—and beautiful—exotic hardwoods.

poolside deck with chairs and table

In terms of shade, many people opt to add a pergola to their deck. Stylistically, pergolas and decks are a matching set, but keep in mind that not all pergolas are made of wood, and we have added pergolas to many a patio. When we design the perfect pergola for your outdoor living space, you will be able to select from wood, composite, vinyl or aluminum. Be sure to tell us how much shade you expect your pergola to provide. They don’t provide complete shade unless you add a cover, but we can adjust the design of the pergola ranging from minimum shade to maximum depending on your preference. Many homeowners add a pergola as a design element more than for its shade.

Vertical Hardscapes Complete Your Outdoor Living Space

  • Outdoor kitchen
  • Outdoor fireplace
  • Fire pit
  • Seating wall
  • Retaining wall
  • Stone pillars

When Archadeck of Southwest Houston designs your outdoor living space, we will talk with you about the many ways an outdoor kitchen or fire feature can be worked into your design. It all depends on how you plan to use your outdoor space, and that’s part of what makes each design unique. You might think we can only add an outdoor kitchen or fireplace to a patio, but in fact we can add these elements to a deck as well.

Deck seating area

Once you select the hardscapes you want to include, we’ll help you choose the materials for them. There are many options, and we will work with you to get just the look you’re going for. After all, this outdoor living space will be uniquely yours!

Archadeck of Southwest Houston is ready to design and build your custom outdoor living space in the Missouri City, TX, area. We will work with you to design a space that is unique to your home. To schedule your complimentary consultation, call us today at (281) 214-8299 or email us at

Some Of The Missouri City Neighborhoods We Service:

Sienna Plantation, Sienna Village of Bees Creek, Sienna Village of Waters Lake, Waters Cove at Riverston andThe Reserve at Riverstone among others.
Don’t see you neighborhood listed? Give us a call. Chances are we service your Missouri City neighborhood, too!

— David Herbert, owner of Archadeck of SW Houstoncompany owner

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