2019 Master Design Awards: Outdoor Living

by Kyle Clapham


Randy Angell Designs
Plano, Texas

Project name:
Bluffview Lap Pool + Cabana Addition
Project location: Dallas, Texas
Square footage: 1,000+
Project cost: $1 million


With hot summers and mostly mild winters, the area lends itself to outdoor living, but the home’s backyard consisted primarily of a large, grassy field. The owners wanted to develop a retreat that offered their family numerous entertainment options and could be enjoyed year-round. They also desired all parts of the remodel to be done at the same time, which required a lot of collaboration.

The parents, former Olympic swimmers, have four boys who are following in their footsteps, and they wanted them to be able to practice the craft in the comfort of their own home. Three pools—a spa pool and general use pool on the upper level and a lap pool on the lower level—are connected via an infinity-edge waterfall with glass subway tile that matches the beverage center backsplash.

Products installed

Fans: Big Ass Fans
Tile: Ann Sacks
Pool deck: Lueders Limestone
Pool equipment: Pentair
In-floor cleaning system: Paramount

Photos: Jimi Smith


Keith Zars Pools
San Antonio, Texas

Design consultant:
Curt Collier
Landscape architect: Shannon Davenport
Project name: Patlovany
Project location: San Antonio, Texas
Square footage before: 638
Square footage after: 1,463
Project cost: $197,732


The Patlovany project presented a unique opportunity to design a contemporary, linear pool and entertainment area in a distinctive, limited space while highlighting the spectacular sunrise views of the hill country. The homeowners desired a seamless integration of outdoor living space that would feel like an extension of their home, exhibit clean lines and capture the natural beauty of their property.

Another priority was to have excellent visibility of the pool from the kitchen and family room to monitor the boys in the pool. Safety was key for the homeowners. This requirement meant the pool would be built almost entirely out of grade because of the 9-foot variance in slope from the house. The objective was to take advantage of the grade issues by incorporating a gorgeous negative edge, accompanied by subtle water and fire features. An interior foot stool was formed to run the length of the negative edge, so the adults and kids could stand and enjoy the views in the 7-foot depth pool, while also providing an additional safety feature in the deep end.

Whether relaxing in the flush spa, sunbathing on the sun shelf or entertaining on the deck, every feature integrated in the design plan was implemented to enhance the views and the family’s love of nature. The design showcases how challenging spaces can create opportunities for a truly beautiful and functional outdoor living area.

Products installed

Tile: Lunada Bay
Brick/stone/stucco: I-10 Building Materials
Decking: Daltile
Lighting: Aqua Star Pool Products
Fire elements: Slick Rock
Pool/spa heater: DEV Diatomaceous Earth Filter
Pool operation: !Aqualink Pool Automation

Photos: Siggi Ragner


Clark Richardson Architects
Austin, Texas

Project name:
Longchamp Outdoor Living
Project location: Austin, Texas
Square footage: 915
Project cost: $336,594


The clients desired a multi-use space that could be utilized throughout the year. To that end, they were provided with a pool and sun deck for the summer months. The hot tub portion of the pool can be used year-round and is partially shaded by the cantilevered roof above. The pavilion consists of a fireplace and entertainment area for both the family and guests and a simple outdoor kitchen/grilling area with a sink that opens up to the covered dining area. The broad floating roof provides shade during the summer months, protection from inclement weather and built-in flush heating elements help keep the space comfortable during cooler weather with the help of a wood burning fireplace.

Functional elements such as the pool equipment and storage are tucked away from sight behind the partial height limestone volume that houses the fireplace and grill. As a whole the project most importantly provides a place of prospect for the owners within the property to the existing canopy and landscape and without the property to the amazing hill views, which are most striking at both morning and afternoon twilight.

Products installed

Pavers/patio: Alkusari Stone
Lighting: Arteriors
Fire elements: Heatilator; Infrateck
Outdoor appliances: Wolf; Zephyr; Sub-Zero; Viking

Photos: Paul Finkle

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