About Outside Living Concepts, Inc.

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.

Curt Havens is a Construction Professional & Owner of Outside Living Concepts

Curt Havens Owner of Outside Living Concepts

My construction background is quite extensive and goes back more than 40 years. I am a third generation contractor raised in Marblehead, Massachusetts, which is a small sea coast 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!

Meet the Team

Tim Leichtnam – Design & Build Consultant

Tim Leichtnam, Design & Build Consultant at Outside Living Concepts

Tim is a Wisconsin Native who moved to Arizona in 2002 and graduated with his second degree in Design. He has 12 years of Landscape Design & Build experience and more than 15 years of Architectural Design. He has a great sense of what the customer wants and provides custom Auto-Cad drawings that will help his clients get a great visualization of what can be. Tim has the unique ability of being a great listener and delivering a product that meets his clients’ needs within their budget. He oversees all his work personally once construction has started and works closely with the homeowner to provide a level of customer service that is second to none…simply a great designer and project manager!

Ron Martin – Senior Design & Build Consultant

Ron Martin, Senior Design Consultant at Outside Living Concepts

Ron, after trying full-time retirement for a couple of years after 38 years of public service employment, concluded that retirement wasn’t all that much fun or rewarding. After this conclusion he began seeking opportunities to re-engage with the public. His many years of public service combined with his education in Landscape Architecture (BS Degree 1964) led to his decision to seek part time work providing landscape design services to homeowners.

Ron, who began working with Outside Living Concepts in November of 2014, has become a valuable asset whose mild temperament is very much appreciated by our clients.

Fernando Mendoza – Senior Design & Build Consultant

Fernando Mendoza, Senior Design Consultant at Outside Living Concepts

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 life style.

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 detailed and customer oriented company that works hard for our home owners in a very straight forward fashion. Our dedicated crews and sub-contractors make the construction process fun person while creating beautiful outdoor living environments that compliment your home and life style. 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.

Thank you for taking the time to visit our website. We look forward to serving you and your family and friends for years to come. ~ Curt Havens

For more information, please call us today at (602) 369-4198 to request a free consultation!

Why Choose Us

  • Our Landscape Design Experts are Extremely Knowledgeable and Creative
  • Provide an Unprecedented Level of Customer Service
  • Free Consultation & Free Design On Approved Budget
  • We Create Spectacular Custom Outside Living Environments
  • Make the Construction Process Fun
  • Add Equity to Your Home
  • Custom Outdoor Environments
  • We Build Designs and Design to Build
  • We Do Not Sell Supplies
  • We Do Not Do Yard Clean Ups or Yard Maintenance.
  • Custom Outdoor Projects Starting at $9,999