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.

we work with

Residential

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.

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

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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. 

we believe in communication

Over the years, we have learned that the key to a successful outcome with no surprises is communication. So, we keep you informed about everything; schedules, changes, weather updates, etc. To make it easier, we use BuilderTrend, an app and software, to post job photos, leave daily updates, and to send job-related messages. This offers you the ability to follow your job and communicate with your project manager 24/7 – removing one of the frustrations often surrounding home improvement projects.

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. 

get to know us

PRINCIPLES

Derek Steele

founder

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.

Roger Camp

co-founder

Co-founder, Roger Camp is a seasoned business leader who is also the majority partner of Camp Construction Services.  Roger’s impeccable reputation in the industry and more than 25 years’ experience bring integrity and construction knowledge to the Outdoor Elements’ team.  Roger is active in the Houston Apartment Association, having served on the Board of Directors and the Political Action Steering Committee. He is also past president of the HAA’s Product Service Council and was voted both Supplier and Go Getter of the Year.  Roger graduated Summa Cum Laude from Arizona State University and also holds a Master of Science degree from St. Thomas University, Florida.  He is the proud father of three daughters, Ginger, Chanler and Spenser.

Management Team

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becky steele

integrator

After entering the landscaping and pool industry in 2002, Becky quickly worked to grow her company into a successful business and proudly sold it in 2007.  She then continued in the industry concentrating on other ventures.  Currently, Becky’s role at Outdoor Elements as Integrator involves putting processes in place so that operations function smoothly.  Most importantly, Becky ensures that customers are ecstatic with the spaces Outdoor Elements creates and maintains for them.  Becky considers herself lucky to work with such a dynamic, caring, and driven team that makes Outdoor Elements all that it is.  She looks forward to seeing the plans for the future growth of Outdoor Elements morph into reality.  Becky graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Science degree. In her free time, she enjoys snow skiing, gardening, cooking, and riding bikes.  All of these activities are shared with her children,  Jackson and Olivia, both of whom Becky considers her greatest accomplishment and joy.

Jim Cook

director of new construction and estimating

Jim oversees new construction development and handles the important task of estimating projects. Prior to joining Outdoor Elements in 2015, Jim spent the last few decades as a contractor; developing and building tract and custom homes, multi-family apartment residences, high-rise buildings and specializing in historic urban renovations and condo conversions. Jim holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a focus in finance and is currently enrolled in an MBA program with an emphasis on sustainability. Jim is an avid multi-engine aircraft pilot and enjoys spending time with his family.

JP Morgan

maintenance manager

Previously working in the  customer service space as a manager of private parties , JP decided to change directions and use his outstanding people-skills  as operations manager at Outdoor Elements.  Here, he oversees scheduling, purchasing, and staffing of the commercial maintenance department while also managing a handful of accounts.  JP most enjoys helping clients solve problems; from figuring out how to get the most bang for their budget to helping customers in distress find a solution. After he earns a customer’s trust by making his or her life easier, JP gets the most satisfaction. When he’s not solving landscape catastrophes, JP spends his time hunting or riding the tractor on his family farm. His nirvana is forgetting about everything except the great outdoors, the animals and the beauty surrounding him.

Lauren Hasselmeier

finance manager

Lauren started at Outdoor Elements as a part-time employee and quickly worked her way to her current position as the finance department manager where she has the important task of keeping Outdoor Elements’ fiscal health in order. She is responsible for everything from payroll and accounts payable to human resources and insurance. Passionate about making sure her department is well-run, organized and accurate, Lauren also loves the considerate, compassionate family environment that pervades at Outdoor Elements. When Lauren isn’t crunching numbers, she is busy keeping track of her four boys; Brayden, Joshua, Christian and Justin.

Sydney McRae

construction manager

Sydney manages the construction portfolio and focuses on creating quality, longevity, and a great experience for each client by making sure they receive an amazing outdoor experience. Sydney started her career at Outdoor Elements in accounting, then moved to estimating construction jobs before taking over management of the department.   She is passionate about empowering her construction team to create exceptional work in a timely manner while allowing the customer to feel great pride and joy in the outcome.  When Sydney is not making sure projects are completed on time and under budget, she enjoys photography, cooking and participating in youth outreach.

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.

Superior Service

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

Consummate  Professionalism

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

Dependability

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

Enthusiastic

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

Big Hearted

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.

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