Originality, Style and Quality.

SINCE 2007

Since its inception, AquaTerra has maintained a singular focus on offering uncompromising outdoor environments to discerning clients. Each and every AquaTerra environment is the result of our collaboration with passionate clients whose desire for excellence extends from their homes into their outdoor play and living spaces.

Our clients set a high bar for originality, style and quality – a challenge we embrace and strive to surpass. We believe that success is a product of strong relationships, both with our clients, and in our designs. We look forward to building those relationships with you.

We are a team of talented designers, installers, and leaders that all share a personal passion for outdoor living.

We believe that crafting outdoor spaces comes naturally from amazing people with great respect for outdoor living. Every project is unique and a personal engagement between our team and our client. We have a clear and simple process that focuses on delivering an amazing experience before, during, and after your project is completed.

Our Team

As founder and design leader of award-winning AquaTerra Outdoors, Tal Thevenot relies heavily on his mid-western upbringing and love of the outdoors that has guided his life. Growing up on the farms of Iowa with a fascination for modern design led Tal to his degree in Landscape Architecture from Kansas State and the inevitable creation of his own design-focused company. Today, Tal focuses on the joy he finds in both his work and family – both of which find him outdoors as often as possible.

Tal Thevenot

CEO & Principal Designer

Dan has loved landscapes since he started working on them at 12 years old. Dan received a degree in landscape contracting from Mississippi State University, and for him, it’s a privilege to work in nature and have the ability to produce spaces for others to better enjoy the outdoors. After being in the business for 20 years, he continues to create outstanding and unique environments for his clients. Dan’s dependability and organization enables him to produce innovative designs and have time to focus on his family.

Dan Mobley

Director of Project Management / Principal Designer

Adam’s love for drawing and appreciation of outdoor design has always gone hand in hand. Born in Tampa, Florida, Adam grew up in many places which is what helped drive his interest in design. He graduated from Howard Payne University with a Communication & PR degree, and using those skills played a huge role in receiving National & International Awards for Pool & Outdoor Design. It’s important to Adam that each client feels listened to and that their design is creative, valuable, and unique.

Adam Johnson

Lead Designer & Project Manager

Kyle has been a designer from the jump. Going off script with Legos as a kid and drawing in sketch pads to now analyzing buildings with outdoor spaces to see how it can all fit together. The aspect of design has been constant. Born in Lubbock, TX, and an alumnus of The University of Texas at Arlington with a degree in Architecture, Kyle is the “roll with the punches” kind of guy with an underlying drive and passion to provide his clients with the very best. Seeing a client’s enthusiasm when they first see their design is one of the many things he enjoys about his job.

Kyle Lindsay

Lead Designer & Project Manager

Taylor is a native of South Louisiana, where she cultivated a strong appreciation for the outdoors and the beauty of the natural world. Her creative vision and attention to detail pushed her to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design from Louisiana Tech University. Taylor is very passionate about the work that she does, which can be seen in every design she creates. She listens to the needs of her clients and then crafts a beautiful design that is tailored to fit not only their needs but the vision that they have for their outdoor space. When not at the office, Taylor enjoys cooking, playing tennis, spending time with her husband and dogs, and watching any LSU sport. Geaux Tigers!

Taylor Fletes

Lead Designer & Project Manager

Austen has had the chance to further his passions at AquaTerra Outdoors by being apart of creating unique and heightened outdoor environments. Growing up in Texas, his love for the outdoors started at a very early age. He often remembers catching poison ivy because he just could not stop exploring the great outdoors. As Tal’s project manager, he ensures all operations are running smoothly and efficiently. Outside of the office, you can find Austen swimming, hiking, and spending time with family.

Austen Robledo

Project Manager & Executive Assistant to Tal Thevenot

Travis grew up with a passion for architecture, technical drawing, 3D visualization and presentation graphics. Travis has a computer art degree and over the past 14 years he has led production teams for several design and architectural firms. Travis Cisneros has worked on residences, civic buildings, colleges and large-scale developments and brings his extensive leadership experience to AquaTerra, making all our ideas come to life.

Travis Ciscneros

Design Director

Growing up in Indiana, Kylee got an early taste for landscape design through her family’s ever-evolving yard of flowers, which taught her the joy (and hard-work) of creating a unique outdoors for family enjoyment. Kylee ran with her love of the outdoors to receive a degree in Landscape Architecture from West Virginia University before following her dreams of moving to Texas. Her memories of her own backyard beauty and fun are never far away as she shares her passion for the outdoors with our clients.

Kylee Polaski

Senior Designer

Sameepa has an inter-disciplinary background in Architecture and Landscape Architecture. Through the love of nature Sameepa loves exploring the inter-connectivity and harmony between enclosed spaces, outdoor spaces and its users. Her attention to detail, leads her in creating a unique outdoor experience for all the clients. She can often be found outdoors walking and exploring with her family. She also loves to travel and try her hands at various arts and crafts.

Sameepa Modi

Senior Designer

Paola holds a degree in Interior Architecture and completed a master’s program in Urban and Habitat Furniture Design at a university in Barcelona, Spain. She possesses specialized expertise in 3D visualization and rendering and enjoys applying her knowledge to create innovative outdoor designs. With a strong passion for creativity, Paola thrives on taking on unique projects that allow her to push the boundaries of her field!

Paola Hidalgo


Originally from the beautiful Boulder, Colorado, Hali graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in environment design with an emphasis in landscape architecture. Her desire to be in the field was sparked by her love of nature and specifically the High Line in New York. Hali’s known for her artistic, organized, and punctual nature. In her free time, she finds joy in playing pickleball, exploring Dallas with friends, and crafting like painting, pottery, or stained glass!

Hali Mauldin


David Stout, a Texas native, is our self-motivated and detail-oriented construction manager with a passion for construction and a love for the outdoors which led him to pursue a career in this field. David finds joy in the diversity of projects, relishing their unique challenges and the satisfaction of delivering a final product that delights clients. Outside of work, he prioritizes spending quality time with his family and indulging in outdoor activities such as camping and fishing. David embodies a strong work ethic, a love for nature, and a dedication to his craft.

David Stout

Construction Manager

Aron is that great addition every company hopes for. He is self motivated and a go-getter. He assist the superintendents daily and provides vital support to maintain a seamless project. He moved with his family from Lubbock, Tx to Dallas-Fort Worth area in mid-July. During is time off he enjoys spending time with his son and growing different types of plants.

Aron Lockhart

Construction Assistant

North Texas-native, David has a landscape architecture degree from Texas Tech. Prior to joining AquaTerra, David built houses, spent time in commercial construction and landscape construction. In his free time, he enjoys hunting and fishing.

David Sutton


Taylor Retra is one of our dedicated superintendent at AquaTerra Outdoors. Originally from Chandler, AZ, he has called Dallas home since childhood. Taylor’s journey into this field was driven by his love for the outdoors and the satisfaction of seeing projects through. He thrives on problem-solving and client interactions, relishing the unique challenges of each project. Known for taking immense pride in his work, Taylor also finds joy in balancing professionalism with a fun, enthusiastic approach. Outside of work, he indulges in competitive paintball and cherishes quality time outdoors with his children, embracing his role as a devoted cheer dad.

Taylor Retra


Scott Farmer has an impressive background that spans various fields. From the quaint town of New York in East Texas, Scott’s journey began when he joined the Navy after graduating high school. He served as a firefighter on the USS Kitty Hawk and was deployed to Desert Storm and Somalia, where he showed exceptional bravery and skill. After leaving the Navy, Scott pursued construction and worked in various jobs. Eventually, he found his niche in the pool industry, where he has been working for over three years now. When he’s not working, Scott enjoys spending time with his family and indulging in his hobbies!

Scott Farmer


JT Crockett

Construction Superintendent

Gary Stein, the Landscape Superintendent at AquaTerra, is originally from Arizona and a graduate of the College of the Air Force in Meteorology. Gary’s passion for the great outdoors and construction inspired him to pursue a career in the landscaping industry. He takes pride in witnessing the immediate change that occurs when installing plants, trees, and grass. Gary is a data-driven kind of guy with tons of experience in the field. Fun fact, in his free time he enjoys being a pro rodeo announcer!

Gary Stein

Landscape Superintendent

Jose Ortega

Landscape Foreman

Roberto Castillo-Gamez

Landscape Foreman

Marcos Bonilla

Landscape Foreman

Kimberly relocated to Texas from the Hamptons where for over a decade she helped manage some of the most distinguished landscaping firms in New York. Since joining AquaTerra Kimberly King has ensured the highest level of operations this side of Central Park.

Kimberly King

Chief Operating Officer

Carla hails from the beautiful land of Puerto Rico where her distinguished education led her to a passion for numbers and her role as a Controller. Her skills in balancing the books make it possible for our team to focus on exceptional designs.

Carla Morales


All the way from Quincy, Illinois, Emily is a multi-talented goal crusher. With 20+ years of experience, Emily’s zest for keeping the team organized and creating inventive ways to keep them engaged, she certainly knows how to keep our office running with excellence and ease. Outside of work, she enjoys her passion in photography, traveling and going on adventures with her trusted Labrador retriever in tow.

Emily Thompson

Office/HR Manager

Erika Gutierrez is from Sylmar, CA with a Medical Record Administration graduate from the University of Phoenix. Since joining AqauTerra n 2022, she has loved working alongside a supportive and motivating team. Erika’s friendly, energetic, and hardworking nature brings fun to the office daily. When she’s not working, you can find her going to concerts and embarking on outdoor adventures with her children.

Erika Gutierrez

Administrative Asst. to Kimberly King

Since her first year of college, Malia has been passionate about marketing and dedicated to the field. Born in Danville, Illinois but raised in Abilene, Texas, she earned her degree in Strategic Communication from Hardin-Simmons University. Since graduating in 2020, Malia has brought a unique blend of creativity and strategy to her work. This has been impacted by the 3 C’s that have guided her life: Creativity, Community, and Commitment. Her tenacity and determination to see any project through has earned her a reputation for excellence. When she’s not being our marketing guru, you can find Malia sipping craft coffees and exploring DFW!

Malia Williams

Social Media & Brand Coordinator

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