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Our Story

Our goal at Outside Living Concepts Inc. is to provide an unprecedented level of customer service that is unmatched in our industry. By designing and building with quality and value, we create spectacular outside living environments that become a natural extension of your home and lifestyle. This “resort-like feel” gives years of enjoyment and often is the most used room in the home. We like to call it the “Great Room”, which it really is for families large and small.

At Outside Living Concepts in Phoenix, we are dedicated to designing and building beautiful landscapes and hardscapes that are tailored specifically to your lifestyle. Our talented and courteous crews not only make the construction process timely and fun, they also add equity upon completion to one of your largest, most thoughtful, personal investments. Contact us today if you have inquiries regarding our landscape design offerings.

Meet the Team

Curt Havens

Curt Havens


My construction background is quite extensive and goes back for more than 40 years. I am a third-generation contractor raised in Marblehead, Massachusetts, which is a small seacoast town just north of Boston.

After graduating from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing, I have spent the better part of the last 35 years using my vast construction experience in a variety of applications. I have been a certified home inspector, general contractor, and television host of a national home improvement show called “Home Improvement Magazine”. I was one of the pioneers of home improvement television in the late 80’s and early 90’s. The success of the show landed me a guest expert opportunity on the OPRAH WINFREY SHOW in 1992. I am a contributing writer to the Foothills Living & Ocotillo Living Magazines, featured guest on numerous valley television programs, and talk radio guest expert….endless professional credits.

I have worked as a landscape designer & builder for more than 15 years. In 2004 I started my own company, Outside Living Concepts, to streamline the design and build process. I truly look to provide the very best in customer service, contracting knowledge, and I absolutely love using my construction background, business degree, and creativity as a landscape designer to help residents of the valley bring their wish list from dream to reality. I look forward to earning your business and would like to show you our version of the WOW factor! My direct line is 602-369-4198. Pick up the phone and call for a free consultation & landscape design today!

Fernando Mendoza

Fernando Mendoza

Senior Design & Build Consultant

I went to school for architectural design in 1988 and decided quickly I had a passion for designing outdoor living spaces in Phoenix.

By 1994 I was taking classes learning Arizona plants and trees. Since then, I have designed and consulted for several landscape firms here in the valley and New Mexico, along with designing and overseeing several important projects in Vegas and Prescott Valley. What can I say… I like the heat.

I specialize in Spanish/Tuscan designs with a desert tropical influence. Since we live in the desert, it is smart to follow certain themes that complement our environment while balancing our lifestyle.

I listen to my customers and incorporate my expertise in all my designs. If something doesn’t make sense, I’ll explain my reasoning and advise my clients accordingly so we capture their wants and needs thru artistic planning and execution.

It is truly satisfying when I can see my clients and friends enjoy a beautiful back yard that I designed and help them build. We are a detailed and customer-oriented company that works hard for our homeowners in a very straight forward fashion. Our dedicated crews and sub-contractors make the construction process fun while creating beautiful outdoor living environments that compliment your home and lifestyle. This team approach has made us highly successful for nearly 13 years. Simply put…I’d love to be your designer and look forward to working with you.

Contact Us Today for a Free Consultation