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A Clear Vision

Since it’s 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.

Meet the makers

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 a 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 delivery an amazing experience before, during and after your project completes.

  • Tal Thevenot

    President & Principal Designer

    As founder and design leader of Aquaterra, 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.

  • Casey Thevenot

    Partner & Consultant

    Casey, a native Texan and wife of founder Tal, acts as the community connector for AquaTerra. Her active involvement with many civic and church organizations offers insight into the active and oftentimes outdoor lives that energize Frisco and the surrounding communities.

  • Ross Burke

    Principal Designer & Project Manager

    As a passionate creator and lifelong outdoors-man, Ross’ ideas and experience bring another layer of value to AquaTerra. His versatile background ranging from high-profile commercial construction to residential landscaping enable him to effectively design and manage projects of any size or scale. Ross’ design process is fueled by a desire to see the built environment harmonize with the natural world, blending the inside with the out. He was educated through the College of Architecture at Texas A&M with a degree in Construction Science.

  • Alex Tyler

    Designer & Project Manager

    Having practiced Landscape Architecture in Alaska, Disney World, and Seattle, Alex has acquired a unique blend of design personality through his travels and practices.  With a Master in Landscape Architecture, and a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from the University of Oklahoma, Alex has been able to implement creative designs that incorporate sustainable materials, local resources, and environmentally-friendly design solutions.

  • Teddy Jennings

    Construction Manager

    Teddy Jennings brings 20 years of pool and related construction experience to AquaTerra. Having been trained in the largest pool company worldwide and leading his own landscaping construction operation, Teddy is an invaluable addition to our project team.

  • Tyler McClure

    Construction and Landscape Superintendent

    Tyler grew up in Oklahoma where his early connection to landscaping (at age 16) led to a summer job and career dedicated to transforming outdoor spaces. With a degree in Landscape Contracting from Oklahoma State, Tyler moved to Dallas to bring his love of outdoor spaces to the many opportunities we have here in North Texas. He and his wife live outdoors as much as they can, enjoying fishing and boating with friends and family.

  • David Sutton

    Construction and Landscape Superintendent

    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.

  • Travis Cisneros

    Design Director

    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.

  • Kylee Sims

    Designer

    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.

  • Kimberly King

    Project Coordinator

    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.

  • Carla Morales

    Controller / Accountant

    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.

  • Dana White

    Office Manager

    With extensive administration experience, Dana is excited to be part of the AquaTerra team and is dedicated to assisting all in bringing their A-game to clients everyday. She is a North Texas-native and enjoys spending her free time with her son, attending sporting events and concerts.

  • Mike Stripland

    AquaCare Onsite Manager

    Mike has a love of two unique types of pool fun: The outdoor kind with water, and the indoor kind with pockets and sticks. On the water side, his dozen-plus years of experience managing and leading pool-related projects gives him a chance to bring constant fun to families. On the sport side, Mike makes time for his church softball league and competitive billiards.

  • Ismael Ruelas

    Garden Manager

    Ismael is a passionate horticulturist that started gardening from a very young age with his grandmother in Mexico. He obtained a bachelor of science in horticulture at BYU-Idaho  and enjoys being with his wife and raising their three daughters. They are very active in their church and take pleasure being in the outdoors.

  • Marcos Bonilla

    Field Supervisor

    Marcos was born in El Salvador and has over 18 years of experience in garden maintenance. He is an avid soccer fan and enjoys spending time with his daughters and worship at his church.

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