A stylish outdoor space makes the living easy and fun

Creating the perfect space for backyard fun always starts with a basic question, says Tom’s Outdoor Living project manager Eric Hightower.

How do you want to use it?

Entertaining? Cooking? Cozy family fun? Games of horseshoes?

For Tom’s Outdoor Living, which provides services that run the gamut from general landscaping to building outdoor structures, getting to know the homeowners’ goals and personalities is a priority to turning ideas into realities.

“It’s really an extension of the home,” Hightower explains. “It creates another room or space that you can use year-round. And if you go to sell your home, it’s a ‘wow’ factor.”

Projects can cost anywhere from $3,000 for basic landscaping to, well, “the sky’s the limit” when adding outdoor structures and kitchens, he says.


The owners of this midtown Tulsa home wanted a space that linked their house to their swimming pool.

They wanted to be able to cook and entertain under cover but also maintain enough openness to ensure natural light still reached into their home, Hightower says.

What Tom’s Outdoor Living designed is an outdoor kitchen and bar with concrete countertops and a space for a large table – covered by a peaked shelter with copper-framed skylights that let light into the home’s windows.

“With the copper flashing it really adds a whole new dynamic to the space,” Hightower said. Copper guttering added additional flare and matched existing accents.

Enormous 88-inch wooden fans from LifeStyles, a Tulsa lighting and furniture store, cool the space. The structure also features heaters for year-round living.

Call 918.695.1653 or visit TomsOutdoorLiving.com for more information.