Outdoor living has become a way of life here in sunny Austin, Texas. Outdoor living is more than just a swimming pool…it is creating a space where every generation can sit and enjoy the outdoor living space, whether they are swimming, making burgers, or relaxing with something tall & cool. This involves creating cooler, shady spaces where those not swimming can sit or lounge. The simplest way to make the spaces flow and create cooler, shady spaces is to integrate the indoor elements with the outdoor living spaces. Ceiling fans are a must. Natural stone and tile under covered areas can also create cool spaces.
For over 10 years, Jenkins Custom Homes has used sister company, Jenkins Waterscapes, to design and build all our swimming pools. During that time, we have won multiple statewide awards and one national award for our outdoor living spaces. The Outdoor Living Space is as important, sometimes even more important, than the indoor living spaces. Some of us do all our entertaining in our outdoor living spaces. So, when designing an outdoor living space, we approach it just like an indoor space. We evaluate how the space will be used, whether for entertaining or just family get-togethers. These factors will influence the design of the outdoor living space, along with the views, topography of the site, and style of the existing home. Just like our indoor spaces, we always include a “wow” factor as well.
It is important that the space is used and enjoyed, but it is equally important that it is naturally beautiful. Nature is a critical component to a successful outdoor space because plants bring life to an outdoor space, make us feel good, and provide shade. The way in which nature is incorporated into the site is dependent upon the client’s style and preferences. Plant life can be completely natural and require almost no maintenance or can be the client’s passion, like the neighbor’s rose garden incorporated into a more formal landscape.
For our pools and water features, Jenkins Waterscapes uses only state-of-the-art equipment to ensure longevity and low maintenance. This includes equipment that can be controlled by a smart phone or tablet. In addition, all of our pools come with a 3-year warranty on all equipment. We are one of the only pool builders in Austin which engineers all of our pool designs by a licensed Professional Engineer to ensure it will stand the test of time.