Insights from the Team

  • November 27, 2018

    Tips for Winterizing your North Texas Landscapes

    We’ve felt our first hints of winter and we’re likely in for a cold season. When preserving your landscapes, there’s a hefty list of chores for homeowners in preparation for cold weather. We’ve sat down with our TerraCare team to identify the most helpful tips for a well prepared winter so you can get the […]

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  • November 5, 2018

    NALP Awards of Excellence 2018- Residential Design Build

    AquaTerra Outdoors award winning project pool fire pit prairie style modern NALP 2018 Awards of Excellence Briarwood Creek View Wins Gold Our Richardson project “Briarwood Creek View” won Gold in the NALP 2018 Awards of Excellence in the $100,000-$500,000 Residential Design Build category. You may recognize this project from our previous project highlight blog in January, where we shared our clients vision and details of this fun project. We’re excited to add […]

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  • November 5, 2018

    NALP Award of Excellence 2018- Residential Design Build

    AquaTerra Outdoors 2018 award winning project NALP Awards of Excellence Recognition at the 2018 NALP Awards of Excellence We’re happy to share our latest award winning projects with you. Our Modern Industrial Courtyard project received recognition at the 2018 NALP Awards of Excellence. The courtyard was designed to extend the dining area into the outdoors beyond the dining room’s large glass doors. The glass doors […]

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  • October 29, 2018

    Tips for Creating a Minimalist Landscape

    Minimalist landscape and pool design + build by AquaTerra Outdoors Minimalist landscapes are one of the top design trends in landscape design, and it’s easy to see why. Contemporary landscapes tend to require less maintenance. You can create a space that’s both inviting and artful. We’re all about building modern outdoor scapes that connect with the existing surrounding environments,  bringing warmth and life into the […]

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  • October 8, 2018

    Project Highlight: Santa Barbara Modern

    Santa Barbara style meets modern Mediterranean We’re excited to debut this newly completed Frisco project located in the exclusive Newman Village community! Our vision was to create a unique, understated space to accent the modern feel of this Santa Barbara/Mediterranean style home. Our clients love to entertain, and we worked to create a dynamic, experiential environment offering multiple areas and experiences to engage with.   […]

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  • September 10, 2018

    AIA Dallas Tour of Homes: Looking back to East Dallas Minimalism

    As we get close to the upcoming AIA Dallas Tour of Homes this fall, we can’t help but reminisce about some of our former AIA Home Tour featured projects. This week we’re taking it back to 2016, with this East Dallas minimalism gem. If you haven’t purchased your tickets for this year’s 2018 AIA Dallas […]

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  • July 27, 2018

    Al Fresco Dining- A Design Roots Takeover

      There’s nothing more inviting than a relaxed evening under the stars and a great meal to pair with it. When I think of al fresco dining, a great cheese board is always the first thing that comes to mind. It’s easy to pull together, can feed the masses, and the possibilities are endless. Not to […]

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  • July 11, 2018

    Win the Fight Against Mosquitoes This Summer

    Summertime in Texas…. School’s out, sun’s out, and grilling season is in full swing. We love everything about summer… except for those pesky mosquitoes. DFW has reported their first case of West Nile for the season, but rather than miss out on bringing the party outdoors, we’re here to help you win the fight against […]

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  • June 21, 2018

    Introducing Design Roots

    Design Roots: Our new outdoor luxury and lifestyle brand A new season of growth is upon us at AquaTerra… We are so excited to share the launch of our latest adventure with you! We’re in the midst of launching our sister company, Design Roots, an outdoor luxury and lifestyle brand. Since the inception of AquaTerra, my […]

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  • May 22, 2018

    AquaTerra’s Helping Hands Project: Haven for a Hero

      We’ve teamed up with local nonprofit Spirit of a Hero to support wounded American veterans.  We’re channeling our passion for people and the outdoors to transform the backyard of war hero, Corporal Brian Aft, by building a safe, handicap accessible space for Brian and his service dogs, Buckshot and Trigger, to enjoy. Please join us […]

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  • May 18, 2018

    Community Highlight: Samaritan Inn

    Samaritan Inn is Collin County’s leading homeless program- helping families regain independence, stability and dignity. We’re taking a moment to shine some light on an important organization and all they’re doing for our North Texas community. The Samaritan Inn is the largest and leading homeless program in Collin County. Since 1984, The Samaritan Inn has […]

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  • May 7, 2018

    Luxe RED Award 2018 Outdoor Living Space

    AquaTerra takes home a 2018 Luxe RED Award! We’re so honored to add this year’s Luxe RED Award for Regional Outdoor Living Space to our list of recognitions. Residential Excellence in Design (RED) is precisely what we seek to achieve in every project we embark upon. We pride ourselves in creating a space as unique […]

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  • April 20, 2018

    Designing Outdoor Shade Solutions

    modern arbor Beat the Texas heat with our favorite outdoor shade solutions! At AquaTerra, we’re always looking for ways to maximize beauty, utility, and comfort when designing your outdoor environments. Here in Texas, the summer sun is unforgiving, often lasting well beyond the season. Without adequate protection, what would be an otherwise perfect outdoor memory becomes downright […]

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  • April 4, 2018

    Collaborative Outdoor Design Brings Recognition

    Midcentury modern style water feature custom pool and rain curtain design by Randy Angell built by AquaTerra Outdoors Often times, many designers struggle working together, but for Randy Angell of Randy Angell Designs and Tal Thevenot, CEO and designer here at AquaTerra, it couldn’t be a better working relationship. The Dallas-based outdoor design executives have more than made a name for themselves working solo in the industry. Thriving on high expectations and innovative […]

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  • February 21, 2018

    APSP Region 3 Design Awards 2018 Water Feature

    APSP Region 3 Silver Award in the Residential Water Feature category — We’re so happy to receive a Silver Award for this beautiful Dallas residence. Also featured in the AIA 2017 Dallas Tour of Homes, this modern home’s focal point is certainly the slightly elevated box-like feature, hovering subtly over the landscape, accentuated by contrasting […]

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  • February 21, 2018

    APSP Region 3 Design Awards 2018 Concrete Spa

    AquaTerra Outdoors is ecstatic to receive more recognitions from the APSP Region 3 Design Awards. Amongst our recent awards, we’re taking home the Gold Award in the Concrete Spa category!  Gold Award in Concrete Spa category — We are so excited to have received a Gold in the Concrete Spa category for one of our […]

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  • January 22, 2018

    Creative Solutions and Backyard Fun in Richardson

    Karen & Dan Doore had a great challenge for AquaTerra: they wanted to create a fun and functional backyard space for their children and grandchildren to use, despite some significant structural and configural limitations. Structure and Permitting Challenges The main hurdle we faced was the 20’ gabion embankment that abuts the Doore’s yard.  The embankment […]

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  • January 8, 2018

    Benefits of Selecting a Design + Build + Management Firm

    Why should you select a Design + Build + Management firm? With nearly 20 years of experience in Design + Build + Management, AquaTerra passionately believes that a team who covers all three bases is the best and most effective choice for any project. Here are our top 6 reasons why selecting a one-stop shop […]

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  • December 11, 2017

    Featured Article – A passion for creativity, quality, and service

    AquaTerra Feature article magazine cover Have you ever wondered what makes AquaTerra the Award-winning firm that designs builds and manages custom outdoor environments? Business View had a fascinating Q & A with Tal Thevenot, Founder & Principle Designer at AquaTerra Outdoors, about the intricacies and mindset of his highly successful company. Click here to read the full featured article. Business […]

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  • November 3, 2017

    Groundbreaking Ceremony at New Office Headquarters

    Celebratory Ground-Breaking Ceremony for New AquaTerra HQ! Last month, AquaTerra christened the location of our new office headquarters with a wonderful groundbreaking ceremony. The new location will house the entire team in one facility and that is certainly cause for celebration!  As we have grown over the years, lack of space required  our construction team […]

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  • October 31, 2017

    Urban Garden with Metal Garden Beds

    Whether you live in the city or out in the suburbs with a little more outdoor space, there are so many fun ways to create a personal garden to suit any setting!  Using Metal Garden Beds, AquaTerra can help clients create a cool, artistic approach to their own garden – and it’s easier to set […]

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  • October 12, 2017

    AIA Dallas Tour of Homes 2017 Feature

    AIA Dallas 2017 tour of homes AquaTerra is honored to be have another one of our projects featured in the AIA Dallas Tour of Homes this year! Our team worked closely with Robert Bellamy to create a landscape design that complemented this M-Gray Architecture home design. The front yard of this Dallas home features a unique vertical steel pipe fence that […]

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  • October 5, 2017

    APSP International Awards of Excellence 2017

    Aquaterra award winning project AquaTerra Outdoors has been awarded a Silver Medal from the APSP International Award for Excellence for our Euclid project.  This project was judged based on it’s creativity and quality workmanship in the “Hot Tubs, Spas & Water Features” category. The awards ceremony will be taking place at the end of the month in Florida. We received […]

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  • September 6, 2017

    Outdoor Furniture for the Win

    Nothing completes and personalizes the look of an outdoor space quite like the perfect compliment of furniture.  The right decor creates warmth, ambiance and transforms an outdoor space into an outdoor living area.  AquaTerra is as invested in your enjoyment of your space, as we are in creating it!   To that end, AquaTerra has built […]

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  • August 28, 2017

    Eco-Friendly Water Feature in North Texas

      Eco-Friendly design trends in the south Sustainable design trends are working their way down South.  At AquaTerra, we are all about responsible design, so we can’t help but get excited when we have a client who wants to implement a sustainable solution.  Below is a short clip showcasing a chic steel water feature that […]

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  • August 8, 2017

    Texas Native Plants

    Everything really IS bigger in Texas, including its biological diversity! Because of its size and geography, Texas has it all – forests, deserts, mountains, hills, prairies and coastal plains. All told, there are over 5000 species of native plants. There are 5 major benefits to using Texas natives in your upcoming landscape renovation: Native plants […]

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  • July 12, 2017

    Starwood Before + After

    Santa Barbara style From Mediterranean to Santa Barbara This Starwood home, located in Frisco, TX,  was originally designed in the Mediterranean-Tuscan style, typical of the late 90’s and early 2k period.  Over the past few years, the home’s interior had been fully renovated to reflect a more clean-transitional look.  Aquaterra’s goal for this landscape, pool and outdoor living […]

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  • June 23, 2017

    Bring on the sun with heat-loving succulent container gardens

    succulent container gardens As we all know, many Texas landscapes have a spot where the sun beats down nearly all day. If we couple that with the reflected heat that often accompanies that sunlight, it is easy to understand why traditional container plants like flowering annuals struggle to survive. Let’s discuss some tips and tricks on how to […]

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  • May 5, 2016

    How to Cook Up Plans for a Deluxe Outdoor Kitchen

    Outdoor Kitchen The spring is upon us and summer will be here before we know it. If you are thinking about turning your backyard barbecue into your dream cooking and entertaining center then this article is for you. This article is featured on Houzz, a platform for home remodeling and design, bringing homeowners and home professionals together […]

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  • March 11, 2016

    APSP International Awards of Excellence 2016

    AquaTerra APSP International Gold Award (LAS VEGAS) – AquaTerra Outdoors was presented the prestigious Gold in the Residential Concrete Pools category during The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals’ International Awards of Excellence ceremony held on Monday, November 9, during the Chairman’s Reception, at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. The Frisco based company received the Gold Award for its […]

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  • March 11, 2016

    AquaTerra Featured Project | Designs Your Backyard Needs

    AquaTerra We were delighted to have our Little Horn project showcased in a great project inspiration post on Architecture Art Design.  We are always honored to have one of our projects show up on these types of lists! See the entire list here. This project is one of AquaTerra’s most popular projects. On Houzz,  it ranks […]

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  • December 1, 2015

    Unique Outdoor Spaces | Spotlight on AquaTerra Outdoors

    Aerial view of pool We were recently featured on Texas Homes for Sale. Click through to read more….

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  • August 7, 2015

    2015- The Year of Sustainable Design

    Everything comes in and out of trend; landscape design is no exception to this! Sustainability and low maintenance design have been the trendiest pursuits for most businesses as of 2015. Sustainability is currently a hot topic in our industry and in everyday life, with ideas ranging from ways to catch solar energy, harvesting rain water, or growing your own food. Many people hear sustainability and low maintenance and automatically assume the project potentially lacks character, however that is not the case. There are many ways to become more sustainable, here are three steps you can take on your path to becoming more sustainable.

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  • January 26, 2015

    5 Reasons to Consider a Landscape Design-Build Firm for Your Project

    Houzz recently posted a great article on the 5 reasons to consider a landscape design build firm for your project.  We thought this article was full of great information and wanted to share it with our readers.   Check it out: 5 Reasons to Consider a Landscape Design-Build Firm for Your Project

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  • October 9, 2014

    Plant Of The Month: Rosemary

    Native to the Mediterranean region, Rosemary is a drought-tolerant evergreen shrub and will grow as long as it is in full sun. Rosemary is an attractive form, coming in upright, spreading, and prostrate, with interesting texture that makes a nice backdrop to lower perennials and annuals. The aromatic leaves are a highly sought-after feature of this plant, and, of course, these leaves can be used in cooking. While Rosemary doesn’t live as long as many Texas shrubs, you can expect several years out of it.

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  • September 5, 2014

    What you need to know before building a patio cover

    Cedar patio cover One of the best ways to create an inviting outdoor living space is having a covered patio. Depending on the level of shade, or protection from the weather you desire

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  • February 10, 2014

    APSP Region 3 Design Awards 2014 Natural Setting Pool

    Our White Rock Creek Estate project received attention at the 2014 APSP design awards. This aquatic environment was designed and carefully constructed to architecturally blend with the existing natural beauty, mature trees and rolling topography.  The dramatic pool sits between multiple trees, nestled into the rolling terrain, and embraces the organic limb structures of Live […]

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  • January 17, 2014

    APSP Region 3 Design Awards 2014 Geometric Pool

    Our Lakewood Luxury project is an award winning project! There is so much to love about this project including the pool, spa, water features…

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  • January 17, 2014

    APSP Region 3 Design Awards 2014

    It is just the beginning of 2014 and we are excited to announce that we can add 3 more award winning pools to our growing list of awards.

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  • November 25, 2013

    APSP International Awards of Excellence 2013

    Bryn Mawr pool Our client asked for modern, timeless, elegant and a fun pool environment.  We took advantage of every inch this backyard offered and created a minimalist zero edge artistic pool environment.  This environment includes a zero-edge pool and spa finished  in glass tile, water lounge, multiple benches, ipe decks, automated linear fire feature, water feature wall, […]

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  • November 11, 2013

    World’s Greatest Pools Summer 2013

    We are proud to announce that one of our pools, the White Rock Creek Estate, is being published in the Summer edition of World’s Greatest Pools. We are excited that we could be recognized again for our great work!

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  • September 14, 2013

    APSP Region 3 Design Awards 2013 Pool Renovation

    Pool renovation Originally, this backyard was far from a tropical getaway that this client desired.  After extensive time spent in the Caribbean on their private yacht, they wanted to bring a sufficient amount of that lush tranquility to their backyard in Dallas, TX.  We took inspiration from a few their images gathered while they were on an […]

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  • January 14, 2013

    APSP Region 3 Design Awards 2013 Technical Achievement

    Lakeside A lakeside home with limited outdoor space was in dire need of an innovative solution to transform this extremely dated backyard into an entertaining destination.  The design solution incorporated an infinity edge pool, automated fire pit, outdoor kitchen, cabana, sun deck, and state of the art technology.  The design was presented in 3-D to help […]

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  • December 14, 2012

    APSP International Awards of Excellence 2012

    Roman bath house indoor pool This remarkable Greek inspired indoor roman bath house facility has a blend of contemporary rectilinear components with Greek-Roman architectural elements and finishes. Features include the over-extending, ancient-style aqueduct that transitions from the spa into the pool, and the hand carved fire-water features at each end of the room.  The aqueduct is a key relevance to […]

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  • October 14, 2012

    World’s Greatest Pools – Fall 2012

    We are proud to announce that one of our pools, Kings Lake, is being published in the Fall edition of World’s Greatest Pools. We are excited that we could be recognized again for our great work! All submissions were judged and chosen based on the following criteria: •Overall presentation of the pool design and its […]

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  • August 14, 2012

    World’s Greatest Pools – Fall 2012

    Lakeside We are proud to announce that one of our pools, Lakeside, is being published in the Fall 2012 edition of World’s Greatest Pools. We are excited that we could be recognized again for our great work! All submissions were judged and chosen based on the following criteria: •Overall presentation of the pool design and its […]

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  • November 14, 2009

    APSP International Awards of Excellence 2009

    Natural pool design Elevation was the obstacle and motivation behind this grand pool setting.  The multiple bodies of water at different elevations blend with the natural lake setting and appear to have always been present.  Our goal was to make it appear that the house was built around the natural pool design.  This was accomplished with massive engineering […]

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