about us

Outdoor Elements is located in Houston, Texas and serves the city and its surrounding areas.  With a growing staff and a large fleet of equipment, we are ready to handle jobs of any size and scope.  Owner Derek Steele has been in the landscape architecture business for over 18 years and has an outstanding reputation among his peers and with his customers.   You can feel confident knowing Outdoor Elements is your partner.

Our core values are simple, straightforward and evident in the way we conduct business.  

We understand the worth of serving others.  In business, this translates into caring for our customers, our community, the environment and our team.

Consummate Professionalism

 We uphold the highest standard of integrity and professionalism in all that we do.


 We say what we do, and do what we say.

Superior Service

We achieve this by always adhering to our mantra of "clients first".


We are positive, passionate, high-energy go-getters who strive to continually innovate and improve.

We Care Deeply

We approach everything we do with compassion. We care deeply for our customers, community and team and believe in the importance of serving and helping others.

What makes us different?

We know there are many companies in the Houston area that build pools, install landscapes and construct outdoor living areas.  We pride ourselves on the differences that set us apart from the competition. 

Our product is truly custom

We don’t have a standard pool/outdoor kitchen/living area package, because nothing we build is standard.  Each client is free to choose the design, size, features, finishes – you name it – that he or she desires.  This is how we like to design and build outdoor environments and pools because we feel it gives our customers the opportunity to truly have the outdoor space of their dreams.  Our only limitation;  when it comes to the pool, we exclusively build inground, gunite pools, no other type.   

We value exceptional design

A thoughtful, well-planned design that considers the owner’s needs and the existing architecture is a precursor to each and every job. A professional, who holds a degree in landscape architecture, executes an individualized plan for each job. Her AutoCAD renderings will become the blueprints from which our own skilled tradesmen will work to complete the project.

We offer the complete package

We believe that a truly exceptional space is made up of many elements – a pool and outdoor living space with beautiful landscaping; or a covered patio, amazing outdoor bar and stunning fire pit. Whatever your needs, it should blend beautifully with your existing architecture and function flawlessly.  Outdoor Elements specializes in delivering this entire experience.  Because we have a large, talented team of craftsmen on staff, you never have to worry if the lighting will integrate with the landscape or if the pool will coordinate with the outdoor kitchen. We employee our own crews and oversee projects with many facets, keeping them all in sync.

We've been doing this for quite awhile

Derek Steele, the owner of Outdoor Elements, has been working in this space for close to 20 years.  Outdoor Elements has been operating since 2014.  Before that, Derek built, grew and sold a successful outdoor construction firm that was well-known and respected in the Houston market.  It’s important to know that your construction partner is stable, has a solid reputation and will be around for follow-up for years to come. 

Extremely professional and customer service oriented. Not your typical pool and outdoor builder; honest and straightforward.

we work with


We work with homeowners to transform visions into functional outdoor spaces that meet their needs and make dreams come true. We service residents all over the greater Houston area; from River Oaks, West University, The Heights and Bellaire to Memorial, The Woodlands, Sugar Land, Magnolia, and beyond.

multi-family & commercial

Improving common outdoor spaces with fire-pits, grill stations, planters, playgrounds, dog parks and renovated pools and their surrounding areas is our specialty. More importantly, we understand the challenges of working within a budget on occupied properties so residents are not disturbed.

builders, architects & designers

As a part of larger-scope projects, we work closely with builders, architects and designers to develop outdoor spaces. Our expertise with exterior materials and construction methods allows them to concentrate on what they do best while enabling them to deliver a premium outdoor product.

get to know us



Derek Steele

founder and president

Derek Steele is an entrepreneur with over twenty years experience in building successful organizations; more than 18 of which are in commercial and residential landscaping and construction. 

In addition to his love for landscape architecture, building custom pools and creating amazing outdoor spaces, Derek has a passion for serving others. His mission is exemplified by his support for local charities focused on helping homeless children and those who struggle with substance abuse. Derek is also a teen and family volunteer and the former board president of Teen and Family Services in Houston.  Additionally, Derek is an author and speaker who has been featured on numerous television and radio programs.  

Derek is married to Jackie and is the proud father to son, Jackson, and daughter, Olivia.

management team


chief operations officer


director of special projects




director of construction

Outdoor Elements is powered by the Entrepreneurial Operating System to encourage focus, discipline, accountability, and structure on our team.