Insights from the Team

6 Trending Renovation Design Ideas for Your Home

Trending Renovation Design Ideas for Your Home 6 Trending Renovation Design Ideas for Your Home Renovating your home is exciting and can increase the value of your home. However, deciding what to do can be overwhelming. The great part about owning a home is that the customization options are endless, but choosing what would be […]

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Space Planning: Finding the Full Potential of Your Outdoor Space

Having access to the outdoors, whether it be a small balcony in the city or a sprawling backyard in the suburbs, is a luxury to most people. However, many struggle with what to do with the space they have.  “It’s too small of a space to be functional, or it’s too big, I don’t know […]

Best of Design

We recently were awarded the people’s choice of Houzz Best of Design 2020. This is a tremendous award and we are so thankful to be the winners! Houzz is such a fun platform to display our work on, and to help others gain inspiration for their dream outdoor spaces. If you’re looking to have an […]

How to Select Outdoor Appliances

Information travels faster than ever, and at AquaTerra Outdoors, we believe this is one of the driving factors behind the growing trend of outdoor living environments especially outdoor kitchens. We all have access to more inspiration photos than we can absorb and as designers, we love it! This immediate access to inspiration photos from resorts, luxury homes, […]

February – Mid-March Landscaping Tips

Written by: Ronny Nelson, Horticulturist, Board Certified Master Arborist and President of Simply Horticulture, LLC. As you know, the weather is very unpredictable. One moment it’s 80 degrees and sunny outside. The next day, 2-inches of rainfall, followed by freezing weather. As confusing as North Texas weather can be to us, it’s confusing to the […]

The Truth about Sustainable Landscaping

Sustainable landscapes don’t have to be ugly.  A common misnomer is that, in order to be sustainable, a landscape must be full of native plants, sticks and weed-like wildflowers.  Don’t get me wrong, there are some incredible firms designing and installing beautiful sustainable landscapes, but I also see a lot of them in our area […]

Award Winning Front Yard Water Feature

We are honored to announce that we recently won an award from the Southwest Pool & Spa show. Our very own Ross Burke won the Award of Merit for Hot Tub/Spa/Water Features. The project that he designed and AquaTerra built has a very unique feature that won the recognition. Front yards and porches are historically […]

Tal Thevenot and AJ Kumaran Q&A

Trending Now: Luxury Pools + CEO Tal Thevenot

If you’ve ever traveled and experienced that “I never want to leave” feeling, then you will understand why so many people are requesting backyards that reflect certain resorts. We were recently featured in a Luxury Pools’ article about what is trending now. Our principle designer and CEO, Tal Thevenot, discusses that when clients bring resort […]

University Park Project + Elegant Homes

It’s always a fun surprise when you’re flipping through a magazine and you see one of your projects in it. We recently discovered that our project in University Park was featured in Traditional Home’s Elegant Homes magazine. Being featured in a magazine is such an honor, and we are grateful for our excellent team and […]

Landscaping During the Texas Fall

Written by: Emma Bishop The temperatures are finally cooling down enough for us to get outside and enjoy our patios and decks. The autumn weather is also perfect for sprucing up the landscape. Now’s the time to install that firepit or outdoor kitchen you’ve always wanted. Fall is also the ideal time to plant trees […]

We Don’t Just Claim to be Award-Winning

In the August 2019 issue of Hearth and Home magazine, two of our very own received recognition for projects they designed and managed.             First up is Ross Burke, one of our principal designers and project managers, received the award for Excellence in Outdoor Room Design for a space less than 1,000 square feet. He […]

Why Shouldn’t I Manage My Own Construction Process?

Outdoor improvements add so much enjoyment to your property, but we know they are a big undertaking and investment! AquaTerra has dedicated our services to mitigating the homeowner workload during the construction process and using our time and talents to manage your design all the way from the first vision you had to the first […]

5 Reasons to Love a Small Backyard

Have you ever thought, “I just don’t have room for a pool?” Or “There’s no way an outdoor kitchen would fit out here.” Think again! We love creating masterpieces out of small backyards.

Tips, Tricks, & What to Expect When Signing Up for the L.A.R.E.

AquaTerra is committed to furthering the education of our employees and investing in the next generation of Landscape Architects.

Project Phasing 101

Creating your dream backyard is a big undertaking. Let’s talk about how to make it manageable!

Join us at the Frisco Bowl Golf Classic!

AquaTerra Outdoors is excited to partner with the Boys & Girls Club of Collin County and Frisco FastPacs this Spring at the Frisco Bowl Golf Tournament for the second year. Impacting more than 10,000 area children and teenagers, the Boys & Girls club is a safe place to learn and grow in the vulnerable hours […]

Turf Talk – Keeping Your Grass and Trees Healthy

We are often asked how to keep insects away, kill weeds and keep your grass overall disease free. We always recommend removing the thatch by lowering mow heights. Aerate twice a year; this practice will remove thatch from soil, reduce compaction and allow grass to expand and grow. Top dress half an inch to two […]

Budget Friendly Beauty

Wanting to freshen up your garden without spending thousands of dollars? Here are three ways to liven up your curb appeal without breaking the budget: Install Native plants, prairies and perennial gardens: Native plants are low maintenance plants, requiring little upkeep and minimal water. They are also less prone to disease and reduce CO2 from […]

Summer Grill Series Featuring Seared Fruit

The smoky sweetness of fruit seared on the grill is an easy way to impress guests. Grilled fruit doesn’t have to be saved for dessert; we’ve created a sample menu below using fruit in each course.

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 […]

AquaTerra Outdoors award winning project pool fire pit prairie style modern NALP 2018 Awards of Excellence

Going for Gold in Briarwood Creek View

Gold Medal
Briarwood Creek View

We Do Things Excellently

Silver Medal
Modern Industrial Courtyard

Minimalist landscape and pool design + build by AquaTerra Outdoors

Tips for Creating a Minimalist Landscape

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 […]

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.   […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Community Highlight: Samaritan Inn

Luxe RED Award 2018 Outdoor Living Space


modern arbor

Designing Outdoor Shade Solutions

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 […]

Midcentury modern style water feature custom pool and rain curtain design by Randy Angell built by AquaTerra Outdoors

Collaborative Outdoor Design Brings Recognition

Pool and Spa News Magazine
Modern Love in McKinney

APSP Region 3 Design Awards 2018 Water Feature

Silver Medal
Woodfin Modern

APSP Region 3 Design Awards 2018 Concrete Spa

Gold Medal

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

AIA Dallas 2017 tour of homes

AIA Dallas Tour of Homes 2017 Feature

euclic String lights

APSP International Awards of Excellence 2017

Silver Medal

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Santa Barbara style

Starwood Before + After

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 […]

Outdoor Kitchen

How to Cook Up Plans for a Deluxe Outdoor Kitchen

Little Horn

Pool rope bridge

APSP International Awards of Excellence 2016

Gold Medal
Pirates Themed Backyard


AquaTerra Featured Project | Designs Your Backyard Needs

Architecture | Art | Design
Little Horn

Aerial view of pool

Unique Outdoor Spaces | Spotlight on AquaTerra Outdoors

Texas Homes For Sale

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.

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

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.

Cedar patio cover

What you need to know before building a 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

APSP Region 3 Design Awards 2014 Natural Setting Pool

Silver Medal
White Rock Creek Estate

APSP Region 3 Design Awards 2014 Geometric Pool

Silver Medal
Lakewood Luxury

APSP Region 3 Design Awards 2014

Gold Medal
Bryn Mawr

Bryn Mawr pool

APSP International Awards of Excellence 2013

Bronze Medal
Bryn Mawr

World’s Greatest Pools Summer 2013

“World’s Greatest Pools” Summer 2013 Issue
White Rock Creek Estate

Pool renovation

APSP Region 3 Design Awards 2013 Pool Renovation

Silver Medal
Tropical Getaway


APSP Region 3 Design Awards 2013 Technical Achievement

Bronze Medal

Roman bath house indoor pool

APSP International Awards of Excellence 2012

Gold Medal
Roman Bath House

World’s Greatest Pools – Fall 2012

“World’s Greatest Pools” Fall 2012 Issue
Kings Lake


World’s Greatest Pools – Fall 2012

“World’s Greatest Pools” Fall 2012 Issue

Natural pool design

APSP International Awards of Excellence 2009

Bronze Medal
Kings Lake