From Pools to Cabanas, Outdoor Escapes Does It All
If you’re a fan of HGTV and the host of other television home and home/yard improvement shows that have sprung up like kudzu in recent years, you know that extending a house’s living quarters outdoors is a huge trend nationwide.
This movement hasn’t missed Oklahoma, and Brian Scroggins is taking full advantage of that.
In 2004, as the trend was really starting to take off in this region, Scroggins launched his Moore-based business, Outdoor Escapes LLC, where he has been able to put his degrees in horticulture and landscape contracting and plant and soil sciences from Oklahoma State University to good use.
He chose Moore because, he says, it is “home to my family. My wife works as a veterinarian here, so Moore has always been her hometown, and after college we both moved back here to start our businesses.”
The business specializes in open-air living spaces, such as patios, cabanas, outdoor fireplaces and kitchens; landscaping; and swimming pools. Services offered also include building retaining walls, drainage and grading work, and irrigation installation.
So, what sets Outdoor Escapes apart from its competitors?
“We are a lot like a general contractor or home builder, where we can provide a one-stop service to our customers by taking care of all aspects of their outdoor construction project,” Scroggins said, adding, “We like to refer to ourselves as an outdoor contractor. Pretty much anything outdoors we handle. If we don’t build it in-house, we have a great team of subcontractors we can use to get most any job done for our customers. Most customers like the fact they only have to deal with us on the whole project.”
Landscaping, Scroggins said, involves much more than just plants.
“Although plants are an important part of the landscape,” he said, “patio layout and placement, along with features like arbors or solid roof cabanas and the placement of a fire feature or outdoor kitchen, all become part of the outdoor landscape these days. It’s what we like to refer to as outdoor living space. So the ultimate landscaped backyard usually has most or all of the previous items to make it a true outdoor living room for our clients.”
Hardscaping has become a big part of Outdoor Escapes’ offerings.
Noting that they are a Belgard-certified paver installer, Scroggins points out that pavers are a great option for patios “because if they are installed right, they will be the last patio you have to lay. They do not crack like concrete patios will and can. Pavers are what we like to call a flexible system. Paver patios allow for ground movement and still keep their placement in the patio system.”
Retaining walls also play a big role in their business. “Retaining walls can be segmented block walls that have a color and decorative face, wood timber walls, walls made of masonry blocks and veneered with stone or brick, or simply using large mossy boulders to create a retaining wall,” he observed.
Scroggins said Outdoor Escapes added pool construction to their repertoire about 10 years ago, after years of being called upon to replace improperly installed pool decks.
“We got to where we were installing paver patios for a lot of different pool companies, and thought how nice would it be if we just did the whole backyard project and not just the patios for these customers,” he said.
“With my background in landscape construction and design, I decided to start taking on the complete backyard by installing the pool, patio and landscape. … We can come in and build the customer’s dream pool, provide the proper patio system that works for them and solve any drainage issues they might have in their backyard (existing or newly created from the pool project), and then we can build that outdoor living space they always wanted.”
The Whole Enchilada
Scroggins believes they offer something few competitors do: a landscaping/hardscaping package tailor-designed for each customer.
“Most people want that outdoor living space, the patio, the fire feature, the outdoor kitchen and the landscape plants, to soften the hardscape features to make it their backyard oasis,” he said.
Outdoor Escapes can tackle projects costing from $2,500 to over $250,000, from ones taking days to six months.
“Our passion is outdoor living projects,” Scroggins said. “We love to start with nothing and end with a complete backyard that our customers and their families can enjoy for many years to come.”
For more information, call 990.8944 or visit www.outdoorescapesllc.com.