Outdoor Living

LETS BRING THE OUTDOORS INDOORS by Keith Moehle

Are you looking for a creative way to open up your kitchen space? Connecting your kitchen to your outdoor space can be the perfect solution!


Finding a way to bring the outdoors into your home seems to be a frequent item on our clients’ wish list. Homeowners have been calling us looking for ways to connect their kitchen to an outdoor space or patio. They are also wanting to add entry points from the kitchen to their outside entertainment areas.

Connecting your Outdoor space to your kitchen can have multiple benefits. It will allow homeowners to let in more natural light, create a more open concept aesthetically, and allow homeowners to show off their manicured outdoor spaces. If you’re a homeowner who enjoys throwing a good outdoor party, connecting the kitchen to your outdoor entertaining space can be a total game changer!

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Here are some ways to connect your kitchen to the outdoors:

  • Accordion Doors

  • Large floor to ceiling windows

  • Garage style windows that open outwards

  • Large glass french doors

  • Walls made entirely of windows

  • Adding a covered patio or sunroom



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Our Designers are always ready to help you reimagine your space.


Call us up at 210-680-5626 to start your dream remodel today! We are always excited to transform our client's homes into something they truly enjoy.

----KM Builders is San Antonio's premier design-build remodeler specializing in kitchens, bathrooms, room additions, and whole-house remodeling. We boast the largest in-house staff in San Antonio offering architectural design, interior design, and cabinet design for all your home remodeling needs!

DIFFERENT LEVELS OF DECKING by Keith Moehle

Have you ever daydreamed of expanding your living area? How about becoming a better entertainer, or simply wanting another place to relax in your home? Well Look no further than your owb backyard.

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Dozens of our clients can identify with one of the reasons listed above as well as some other ideas. Whatever the reason may be, these clients see the potential that outdoor deck can have.

There are multiple of options for decking, but today we are going to list three levels of decking materials you could choose from.

  • Pressure treated decking: This is the most basic type of decking. Since it is pre-treated, it won’t rot away and is very strong because it’s made out of yellow pine. You can stain treated lumber after it cures. This decking may split or crack over time.

  • Cedar/Redwood decking: Cedar/Redwood lumber is a step up from treated lumber. It can be stained, but it will need routine maintenance to keep up the aesthetic look of the deck. A positive to this decking is that it will not split or crack, unlike treated lumber.

  • Zuri Decking: Now this is the cream of the crop of the decking lumber options. It is impervious to water (meaning you don’t have to freak out when your dog pees), is equivalent to real wood, and requires no maintenance! It is better insulated than wood, making it more relaxed, regardless of the color. It is a more significant investment since it is roughly double the price in materials, but the same price for labor.

Take the pros & cons into account and give us a call! Keith, KM Builder’s General Manager, will be more than happy to come out to your home on a free consultation and talk about all the possibilities for your next remodeling project!

----KM BUILDERS is San Antonio’s premier design-build remodeler specializing in kitchens, bathrooms, room additions and whole-house remodeling. We boast the largest in-house staff in San Antonio offering architectural design, interior design, and cabinet design for all your home remodeling needs!

IDEAS TO UPGRADE YOUR CURB APPEAL by Keith Moehle

The exterior of your home is what gives any visitor a first impression. It’s also where you can spend some time outside and get some well-deserved fresh air. That is why it’s important to not forget about this key part of your home.

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So we want to give you a few ideas for exterior and outdoor projects! Whatever you choose from the list it will be sure to brighten up your cold appeal!

Paint your front door: This can create a great pop to your home and make a bold statement.

Siding: We can replace any rotting fascia or old siding with either Hardie Plank or Celect Siding. Both are great products for the exterior of your home!

Landscape: Landscaping elevates the exterior of your home and you can also enjoy the nature around you. San Antonio is a great place for zeroscaping so you don’t have to worry about flowers being eaten by deer or dying in 100-degree weather!

Audio & Lighting: There is so much that can be done in this category. You can have a simple porch light installed or upgrade to automated lighting that can be controlled straight from your phone. You can also entertain by installing Bluetooth speakers outdoors.

These are just a handful of projects we can for the exterior of your home! Call us at 210-680-5626 to get a free consultation scheduled ASAP.

----KM BUILDERS is San Antonio’s premier design-build remodeler specializing in kitchens, bathrooms, room additions and whole-house remodeling. We boast the largest in-house staff in San Antonio offering architectural design, interior design, and cabinet design for all your home remodeling needs!



Mistaway Mosquito System by Keith Moehle

I always want to enjoy my backyard, but it seems like the second I walk out the door the mosquitos are waiting to eat me alive. But what if I told you there was a way to fix that?

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Mistaway outdoor systems is a perimeter system which is installed in your yard and is set to automatically release a 60-second light mist twice a day to kill off flying insects. The system also comes with a remote in case you want to have an extra mist anytime throughout the day.

The misting compound solution is harmless to animals and can even be used up to 24 times a day if you need constant use, like a horse barn for example.  

This system immediately starts to work upon installation! It kills off 150 flying insects each spray and is set to be used during dawn and dusk to kill off undesirable mosquitos, no-see-ums, gnats and other pesky insects. It releases the mist at the perfect time when bees and butterflies are inactive so that they won’t be affected!

This system will add value to your home and enhance your outdoor experience with low maintenance care just follow 3 steps!

  1. Refill the compound when it’s empty. The compound costs around $55 per bag, which will typically last a whole season.

  2. Check if the PSI pressure is set at 260 PSI every month to make sure the system is working correctly.

  3. Soak the nozzles in CLR annually to break down any calcium and lime build-up due to San Antonio’s hard water.

So, now you want to know what this will all cost you...

The equipment starts at $1700, but the variable is how many nozzles you are going to put out which is about $20 for every 10 feet.

So if you have a 50 x 50 area we would install 18 nozzles (5 on the left/right and 4 on the back/front since we don't need to double up on corners.) So the initial equipment would cost you around $2k for this size of a project.

Overall, this is an excellent product for anyone that wants to enjoy the outdoors without the mosquito bites and an investment that will keep giving to you and your family.

Our friend Jim Polasik from Polasik Enterprises knows everything about the Mistaway Mosquito system and is ready to get your yard ready for Outdoor Living at a higher level! Call him at (210) 459-4260 and tell him how you found out about this great product. He’ll be more than happy to help out any friends of KM BUILDERS!  

----KM Builders is San Antonio’s premier design-build remodeler specializing in kitchens, bathrooms, room additions and whole-house remodeling. We boast the largest in-house staff in San Antonio offering architectural design, interior design, and cabinet design for all your home remodeling needs!

 

OUTDOOR DECK WARNINGS by Keith Moehle

Imagine this...you’re sipping some sweet tea on a hot Summer day in your favorite rocking chair on your VERY OWN deck!

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KM BUILDERS specializes in durable decks that our clients can enjoy for years to come! Decks are challenging to build correctly, so hiring an amateur contractor will most likely result in a botched project, which is something you want to avoid! Here’s some warnings about decks, from the experts at KM BUILDERS, the largest Design-Build remodeler in San Antonio.

  • Decks have to be built strong! Period. People’s lives depend on it, so whoever is building your deck needs to know exactly how to construct it to meet the safety codes!

  • If your deck is more than 30 in. off the ground, you MUST have a handrail to meet code! This will keep you and any small children safe when enjoying your deck.

  • Wooden decks can impede water and block the path of drainage! So before you get a contractor to build a deck, be aware of the water path in your yard, to avoid any future drainage problems!

  • Make sure your contractor is using the proper fasteners for your deck! Some fasteners aren't meant for longtime use and can be eaten away and decompose once they are out of date.

Of course there are more to know about decks other than this list! However, if you have any questions just call us up at 210-680-KMCO and we’d be happy to help you!  

----KM Builders is San Antonio’s premier design-build remodeler specializing in kitchens, bathrooms, room additions and whole-house remodeling. We boast the largest in-house staff in San Antonio offering architectural design, interior design, and cabinet design for all your home remodeling needs!

What Decking Products Should I Use? by Keith Moehle

So you need recommendations on the best decking products… well, you’ve come to the right place because we want to give you the inside scoop on decks!

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Decks are a great place to hang out with a big group of people, but it also allows a quiet space for yourself and a loved one to take in the weekend one sip of wine at a time!

So let’s get into the must-have decking product: Zuri Decking!

Zuri Decking is a cellular product with low maintenance and eye-catching curb-appeal!  This product resembles a beautiful hardwood grade, but won’t fade! It has a 25-year warranty that is slip and scratch resistant. This is the richest looking product that you can have put down and it is a great eco-friendly choice!

There are other types of decking out there like natural woods, PVC, cedar, redwoods, treated lumber etc., but they won’t hold up!

Choose Zuri decking and you can thank us later!

----KM Builders is San Antonio’s premier design-build remodeler specializing in kitchens, bathrooms, room additions and whole-house remodeling. We boast the largest in-house staff in San Antonio offering architectural design, interior design, and cabinet design for all your home remodeling needs!