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 that can be relaxing as well as invigorating, where we can create culinary masterpieces or sit around the fire and have a beverage.
The spaces are equally as important as the water feature or pool. This involves creating cooler, shady spaces as well as sunny spaces and even areas for keeping warm in the winter months. The simplest way to make the spaces flow and create the right 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 the right environment.
For over 2 decades, Jenkins Custom Homes has employed our pool division, Jenkins Waterscapes, to design and build 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 as 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.
For a sample of our pools and waterscapes, click on the image below to see our portfolio: