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Meet Team member Jess Donaghey

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At Extreme Exteriors, we firmly believe that we do more than design and build a beautiful custom outdoor living area for your home or business. Why? Because we know that we have a small part in helping you create the backdrop to the story of your life.
Welcome to the story of why. We all have stories to tell. And we thank our clients for allowing us to be a part of theirs.

Who she is: Jess Donaghey, Executive Assistant

Jess has been an important part of the Extreme Exteriors team for a year and a half. She and her four-year-old son Brayden enjoy being outside, swimming any time they can and traveling to waterparks. Jess also said, “We are blessed with a close family and we see them as often as we can, Brayden enjoys spending quality time with his cousins. Brayden and I volunteer every Wednesday at Freedom Fellowship, which is an organization here in Abilene that our church sponsors. We help serve food to the community and Brayden is allowed the opportunity to help and talk with everyone he meets. Our house watched a lot of baseball, of course the Texas Rangers and Brayden enjoys playing soccer. I have a passion for photography and capturing moments in time that can last for generations to come. I have been given the wonderful opportunity to also capture and document the dreams of our clients at Extreme Exteriors as well.”

Why she does what she does: 

“At Extreme Exteriors, I am given the privilege to help so many team members and I have constant interaction with them, I do work that matters. Working directly with Randy is the biggest blessing of all. He is a wonderful leader and he teaches and guides all of us on a daily basis, for this reason alone, I have so much respect for my team members and my mentors because the leadership at Extreme Exteriors sets a great example for the rest of us to follow. Extreme Exteriors cares so much about the community and as a company we are extremely involved in our surroundings and that matters to me. We get the privilege to design, create and build dreams and in a small part, I get to help make that happen. It is such a privilege to be a part of this Extreme family. I couldn’t imagine going anywhere else. This isn’t just a job, a paycheck or a place I go five days a week. I come to Extreme Exteriors every day to help bring dreams to life. We all do work that matters. Thank you Extreme Exteriors for allowing me to be a part of the team.”

Benefits of an outdoor kitchen

If you’re an outdoor person, then an outdoor kitchen might be just the thing for you! Many people would much rather be outside, breathing fresh air and enjoying the sights and sounds than stuck inside the kitchen behind a hot stove. Especially if everyone else is outside playing, why should you be one left alone inside preparing dinner? For this reason and more, outdoor kitchens are a popular option to consider when designing your ideal outdoor living area.outdoor-kitchens1

What goes into an outdoor kitchen? It all depends on what you want, and we’ll design the outdoor kitchen area to suit your needs. Some clients ask us to build a generous patio area with space for one or two dining sets. Others prefer to include a bar only with bar stools. Some clients want the works, including a sink, outdoor refrigerator, cabinets, grill, and plenty of counter space. Another popular option is to build a space for a Big Green Egg. The Big Green Egg is well-loved for its long life and consistent results.  


Hanamint Chateau round firepit table


California Outdoor Concepts

In addition to cooking and prep space, some clients also like the addition of a fireplace or a firepit to sit and chat by the glow of firelight. When we build a fireplace or firepit, we work hard to design a look that will complement the look of the home and patio. When considering firepits, there are many stand-alone options to choose from, including wrought-iron looks from Hanamint, stone tabletop options from California Outdoor Concepts, and wood-look varieties from Ebel. Our construction team also has a lot of experience with creating gorgeous built-in firepits.


Dash and Albert rug, photo courtesy: Dash and Albert

Often our retail team works closely with the design team to complete the look, recommending outdoor furniture, rugs, pottery and accessories. As a valued Extreme Exteriors client, you will receive a customer appreciation discount item on most retail items so that you can begin enjoying your outdoor kitchen to the fullest the moment it’s complete. 

So take a minute and consider how you might benefit from an outdoor kitchen. They’re gaining in popularity for more than one reason! If you’re not sure where to begin but you like the idea, give us a call and we’d be more than happy to have a designer meet with you and come up with the plans for your ideal outdoor kitchen!

Larry and Shea Hall


Clients: Larry and Shea Hall

Project: Landscaping and pool, remodeling pool house, adding outdoor fireplace and patio area. Secondary addition of a pool slide and custom spa

Why: Their philosophy of giving is prevalent each day of their lives. Their home is a natural expression of their desire to share happy moments and to help people feel included and loved.

Extreme Exteriors Services Used: Design, construction, outdoor lighting, retail

When Larry and Shea Hall remodeled their home in 2007, they decided they would love to include a pool. hall3Larry planted trees 25 years previously, so they had some beautiful, mature landscaping and plenty of room for the pool. Shea remembers how company president Randy Glenn presented a 3-D rendering of the pool design so they would be able to easily picture how the pool would look with the existing trees. She said, “He brought the design out and we loved it. When it was done, it literally looked just like the picture.” A few years later, Shea and Larry decided to replace their above ground hot tub with a new spa. The spa features jewel stone mosaic tile that matches the new slide. Shea and Larry both really love relaxing in the new spa. Shea especially likes how she has an app on her phone that allows her to adjust the spa’s temperature and lighting. hall5

Shea mentioned that one of the reasons she loves her outdoor living area so much is because she can share it. “We love the way that it’s set up and the size of it. We can easily share it with one person or with 60! We have huge birthday parties for the grandkids. One of our most favorite things to do is host a swim party every year with the coaches and wives from Cooper High School.” She went on to say, “It’s very comfortable and easy to go from the pool to the pool house. The beach entries are great for kids and adults. It’s a little oasis in the middle of farmland!” Shea thoughtfully pointed hall2out that you don’t have to go to Dallas to get a great pool. She has known company owners Randy and Mikea Glenn for a number of years and praises their “great vision and work ethic.” She was extremely happy that during both construction phases she and Larry were presented with a picture, a budget was set, and the end result was exactly what was promised. She and Randy are now talking about an addition to the porch and she’s really looking forward to seeing a design that’s never been done before. She appreciates the unique and original designs that the Extreme Exteriors team comes up with, which makes every home its own kind of beautiful.

Don and Cathy Carruth



  • Clients: Don and Cathy Carruth
  • Project: Landscaping, pavers, sod, garden beds
  • Why: They wanted a low-maintenance look and also wanted their entire home and yard to be more cohesive.
  • Extreme Exteriors services used: Design, construction, retail

Carruth 006rDon and Cathy’s last name “Carruth” is synonymous with “adventurous”! It’s not often that you meet someone whose driveway is a runway but for Don and Cathy it’s part of everyday life. Don and Cathy can fly just about anywhere only steps away from their front door. Home has been Midland for 26 years, with the exception of two years they spent as newlyweds in the U.S. Virgin Islands, sailing the seas together. Talk about romantic! I would have loved to stay and listen to their many adventures, but I had a brief window of time to catch up with them before they hopped on the plane again.Carruth 028r

The Extreme Exteriors team recently completed a full-scale renovation on both the front and backyards, extending to guest quarters behind the main residence. The area that looks most different is the front yard, which is pleasing to Cathy. What was once just dirt has been transformed to include a variety of plants and shrubs giving the front yard a more welcoming appearance. “It’s inviting to come home to,” she said. Cathy is also aware that curb appeal helps with resale value, so if she and Don ever need to sell their home, people will be more interested in it.

In both the front and back yards, easy maintenance was a key element of the design. Xeriscaped beds in both locations with drought-tolerant plants were critical to the Carruths, as they are frequently away and don’t want to worry about plants dying because no one is home to water them. A few unique projects that the Carruths requested were a gated dog run in the backyard, raised flower beds in the garden, and pavers beneath the windows. Cathy was especially happy with how she was able to work with the design team on the pavers. Carruth 014rShe had suggested pouring concrete so that she or Don would have a stable place to set up a ladder for washing the windows. The design team recommended using the same pavers that we used to extend their back patio. Cathy said the pavers are both helpful and attractive and that it was a good collaboration. Cathy and Don were also happy that the designers recommended a stucco finish over their existing fence. This was done to accentuate the color of the new Austin stone used in their portico. Cathy said the original portico arches failed and they couldn’t rebuild it using brick because their brick color was no longer in production. Thus, white Austin stone was used for the arches. The Extreme Exteriors design team also used Austin stone for border edging, giving their home and property a cohesive look.

When they are home, Cathy and Don enjoy the extension of their patio, where they like to relax in the new Carruth 018rAdirondack chairs. “It’s our favorite place to sit and read the paper, have coffee, or enjoy breakfast together.” Cathy also enjoys the sound of the water bubbling nearby in the fountain that the Extreme Exteriors team installed. In describing their experience working with the team, Cathy was very complimentary, commenting on the team’s politeness. “There was an ease about speaking to people, and it was evident that they wanted to do their very best.”

Team Member Brandon Beale

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Who he is: Brandon Beale, Estimator

Brandon met his wife, Paige, while a student at Abilene Christian University. Paige and Brandon enjoy playing tennis, attending sporting events, hunting, golfing, and spending time with family. They also like spending time with their pet dogs, Benelli and Beretta! Brandon has been an Extreme Exterior team member for four years.

Why he does what he does: “I believe at Extreme Exteriors we have the opportunity to fulfill our client’s dreams. We give our customers a place where family memories are made and a place of relaxation. I enjoy coming to work knowing that I do work that matters.”

Design Consultation – Inspiration

Photo by: Lisa Romerein

Photo by: Lisa Romerein for Santa Barbara Magazine

Every Extreme Exteriors project begins with a design consultation. And even though we’re a Texas based company, we encourage our clients to search far and wide when they are coming up with their design inspirations. Today we’re going coast-to-coast to show that design inspiration can come from all across the United States! We love it when our clients think big and challenge us creatively.

We start in California, which has been synonymous with outdoor living for decades. In fact, one of the homes featured in this article from Santa Barbara magazine still looks amazing after more than 100 years! Titled “Gardens of Eden,” we were impressed with the rock walls, fountains, and mature trees that graced one of the featured properties. We could easily see this translating well into an Extreme Exteriors landscape, especially one that had some mature trees already on the property. A second Santa Barbara property featured a pool with agave plants in beautiful pottery. Agave plants do well in Texas, and this would not be a difficult look to recreate.

Photo by: Lisa Romerein for Santa Barbara Magazine

Photo by: Lisa Romerein for Santa Barbara Magazine

Second, we travel north to Minneapolis, Minnesota, known for its many public gardens. We were impressed with the Normandale Japanese Garden in nearby Bloomington. Take a look at the small bridge leading over the stream.

Photo from Normandale Community College

Photo from Normandale Community College

Wouldn’t it be fun to add this to your backyard, especially if it led to a little she-shed? If you didn’t like the Japanese style, you could find a different type of she-shed or small structure and the Extreme Exteriors team could build it! Of course, the nearby trees have to withstand the Minnesota snow and wind, so our designers would need to choose appropriate trees and shrubs.  Our experienced team understands that the same kinds of plants that do well in Aledo may not survive in Andrews, but we can answer any questions about plant hardiness during the design consultation visit.

Photo from Normandale Community College

Photo from Normandale Community College

Finally, we head east to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, home to Flamingo Gardens. Flamingo Gardens showcases several varieties of gardens. Of course the tropical rainforest garden would not translate well in most of Texas, but several of their other gardens

Photo from: USA Today 10 Best

Photo from: USA Today 10 Best

including the butterfly and hummingbird garden, the xeriscape garden, and the wildflower garden, all have inspiration to offer. And remember, it’s not always just about the landscape plants — many times you may gain inspiration for the layout of the flower beds or the patio as you gather your design ideas. Our designers work with you to achieve the look you want to create. So look far and wide, gather those ideas, and meet with us to create your perfect look!

Photo from: USA Today 10 Best

Photo from: USA Today 10 Best

Team Member Kurt South

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Who he is: Kurt South, Fort Worth branch manager

Kurt and his wife Kristin and children Hiatt, Harper, and Jack like to do many fun things together such as building furniture, traveling, cooking, and participating in church activities. Kurt also loves TCU sports, fishing, woodworking, and music.

Why he does what he does: “I love the opportunity to positively impact the lives’ of others by designing and building things that last. Our society today is overrun with disposable merchandise, so what we do at Extreme Exteriors goes against the grain by creating outdoor spaces that will be as much a part of the home as any inside room. And it will be there just as long.”





Ryan and Deidre Stockard

Clients: Ryan and Deidre StockardStockard 1

Project: Pool, Sod and Irrigation, Pavers

Why: This is the Stockard’s forever home, and they want it to be a place of comfort and relaxation. Their two sons, Cash and Tucker, love the outdoors, and Ryan and Deidre wanted them to be able to spend plenty of time swimming and playing in the pool.

Extreme Exteriors Services Used: Design, Construction, Follow up Maintenance

Who are the best kinds of friends? The ones you can implicitly trust with your home! Ryan and Deidre are great friends with company president Randy Glenn and his wife Mikea, and there’s a big reason for that. “We have a connection of both being entrepreneurs with an outstanding work ethic. We both understand how to create something that no one else can create, and this builds confidence between us.”  That confidence turned into a very positive experience from start to finish.

Stockard 3Deidre was very pleased that she received in-depth explanations as the pool project took shape. “We were given lots of options and they helped explain what was feasible and what would look good,” she said.  “They were never pushy.” During construction, Deidre said she always received very good information on what was happening next and who would be working at their home. And when the pool was completed, she was very thankful that the Extreme Exteriors team made sure she understood how to use the chemicals, how often they should be used, and when it was safe for her boys to use the pool. She appreciated the feeling she got that the door was always open if she had questions, and that we took the time to make sure they loved the final results. “I always recommend Extreme Exteriors because of the process,” Deidre said.Stockard 6

Although the Stockard’s pool has only recently been completed, they have already enjoyed some memorable events, such as hosting their supper club, celebrating Ryan’s birthday, and getting friends together for Memorial Day Weekend. The pool was especially welcome for Memorial Day, as the area’s lakes were closed Stockard 4due to dangerously high water levels. Everyone who comes over notices that the pool fits right in with their home and that it looks like it’s always been there. That’s one of the major goals that Deidre wanted to achieve. Deidre and Ryan are both very happy that the colors of the pavers, the stone, and the shape of the pool all look natural and match the mood of their home. Deidre’s other “must-haves” were the waterfall and the jumping rocks. The waterfall cascades into the deepest part of the pool, and as the boys grow older, they will never have to worry about hitting the bottom of the pool! Deidre and Ryan look forward to their home being a place where the boys’ friends will want to Stockard 5come over and hang out, especially during their middle school and high school years. In the meantime, Deidre and Ryan are having fun watching the boys experience some swimming “firsts” together, like putting on googles and going underwater.

The Stockards know that this is their forever home, and they thoughtfully considered the place they wanted it to be. They had confidence that Randy and the Extreme Exteriors team had the vision and the skill to make it happen. We’re thankful that Deidre and Ryan recommend Extreme Exteriors to their circle of friends and acquaintances, and that we were given the opportunity to work with such a wonderful family!Stockard 2

Darla and Chip Bennett

Clients: Darla and Chip BennettBennett 2

Project: Pool/Spa (Spool), Pavers, Sod, Landscaping

Why: They owned a ranch, where their grandkids visited to go hunting and fishing. Once they relocated to Abilene, they wanted to have a way to entertain their grandkids. They also wanted a way that they could cool down on hot days too!

Extreme Exteriors Services Used: Design, Construction, Follow-up Maintenance

“We could not be happier, everything was very professional.” “The pool was exactly what I envisioned, in fact, it exceeded our expectations. It’s the best money we’ve spent in a long time!” As you can tell, Darla and Chip are thrilled with their new pool! It can be referred to as a spool, because eight spa jets are built in so it functions as a pool or a spa depending on what they want. A remote control adjusts the temperature so it’s very easy to enjoy optimal conditions. For Chip and Darla’s grandchildren who live close by, that means lots of summer fun cooling off in the pool. For their three grandkids who live in Arkansas, they get to enjoy it as a spa when they visit at Thanksgiving or Christmas. Chip and Darla are very happy with the year-round capability that they enjoy with the addition of the spool.

Bennett 3The Bennetts relocated to Abilene from Denver City almost five years ago and thought that their lot was too small for a pool. But one day when Chip was walking around the neighborhood, he saw a spool in one of his neighbor’s backyards and found out that it had been completed by the Extreme Exteriors team. With this information in mind, he contacted us about finding the right design that would work for his home. Chip and Darla were very impressed with the professional design plan they received. Chip appreciated that the plans were to scale and included a key to where the plants would go. They received a competitor’s bid, but he only drew them a pencil sketch on a piece of paper, so Chip and Darla felt that there was no comparison when it came time to choose a builder.

Darla initially thought that the pool would have to be built in their side yard where there was an open space. But in working with the Extreme Exteriors design team, she could see that placing the pool straight outside of the patio doors would allow them to enjoy the backsplash and the fountains even when they were inside.  Once the design plans were finalized, work got underway. “I was really surprised at how fast it got done. They didn’t miss a day of work because of the rain. Once they started, they really knocked it out,” Darla said. Darla was pleased that they could trust the Extreme Exteriors crews to clean up the work site every day, never leaving water bottles or other trash in the yard. She was also happy that the team powerwashed their driveway at the end of the job to remove any lingering dirt that ended up there during construction.

The Bennetts are pleased that they can cool down and relax without having to go anywhere, and that they have something fun for the grandkids to enjoy when they come to visit. They’ve been very pleased with everything from start to finish; from the design, to construction, to the instruction they received on the pool’s control panel and remote control operation. We’re so pleased that the spool was a great fit for their lifestyle and that they are so pleased with the outcome!Bennett 4

Kelli and Clay Bateman

  • Clients: Kelli and Clay Batemanpool and outdoor bar
  • Project: Pool and Spa, Outdoor Fireplace, Backyard Landscape, Fence
  • Why: The time and place were both right to build the pool they had always wanted, or as Kelli nicely said it, “We were in the right season of life.”
  • Extreme Exteriors Services Used: Design and Construction 

Extreme Exteriors clientKelli and Clay had some great ideas of what they wanted for their backyard. “We loved the idea of having a hot tub and a fireplace. We also wanted as much pool as we could get for the space available.” The Extreme Exteriors design team took Kelli and Clay’s ideas and came up with a plan that came to life in a wonderful way. The pool features a waterfall that kids can jump off of into the deeper part of the pool just beneath the spa. Kelli likes how there’s plenty of room in the pool for anyone who wants to be on a raft or to relax on the tanning ledge. Kelli also likes the small flower beds around the pool that add some pretty color but are easy to maintain. “I’ll just take a morning to add the color plants and the girls will help me. We love putting the plants in together.” Everyone in the family uses the pool for multiple reasons!  Clay uses it to cool off after playing flower bedsgolf or mowing the lawn, her kids love it for having friends over, and Kelli enjoys sitting close to the pool and visiting with her mom. Kelli really likes the tanning ledge because anyone can easily sit at the water’s edge and dip in their feet and ankles to cool off. The tanning ledge is also a great place for little ones to play. The Batemans have invited over young families to swim and the girls also babysit little ones, so the shallow water is a perfect place for tots to splash and play. Older kids love to swim for a while and then grab a towel and sit under the shade of the pergola. At night, Kelli told me how much fun the teenage kids have over by the fireplace. “They like to roast s’mores on the fireplace and have their own place to talk that’s separate from pool and outdoor barwhere the adults sit.”

Kelli and Clay debated the idea of buying a lake house versus adding a pool to their primary residence, and they realized that for this season of their lives, a pool would be the best option.  Kelli said, “We spend a lot of time at our house. We knew we would use it a lot, which we have! We knew we wanted to do it, the question was when. Everything we talked about was positive so we decided to move ahead with the pool project.” Kelli’s advice to anyone who’s thinking about a pool was to feel confident in expressing the things you want and like. “You want to customize it for your family because it’s an extension of your house,” Kelli said. She also complimented Extreme Exteriors saying, “You did everything you said you would do and we’ve been pleased with the results.”

Kelli and Clay know where they’ll be spending a lot of time this summer, and know their home will continue to be a gathering place for friends and family. From all of us at the Extreme Exteriors team, we want to thank the Batemans for choosing us to design and build the pool they dreamed of!pool

Team Member Chris Cantu

Who he is: Christopher Brandon Cantu, pool technicianteam member chris cantu

Chris has been an Extreme Exteriors team member for one year. He’s a self-proclaimed “homebody” who likes to spend time with his girlfriend Hayley Haynie, her parents Russ and Jennifer Lloyd, and Hayley’s sister Hannah. They enjoy hanging out with their doggies, going to shows, and attending church together at Renew Life Church.

Why he does what he does:

“I do what I do because of the satisfaction in completing anything for someone else’s happiness. It’s a great thing to be part of contributing to our clients’ well-being.”


Team Member Misty McIntosh

Who she is: Misty McIntosh, designer misty

Misty has been with Extreme Exteriors for four years. She and her husband Dan have been together for 20 years and have two sons, Claude, 13, and Maysen, 6. Here’s a little bit about Misty!

“As a family we like motorcycles! My husband owns RSR Motorsports, a local motorcycle shop, and has been in the motorcycle industry since his teen years. The boys love to ride their motorcycles and the youngest wants to be a racer. I am a big chicken so I enjoy just watching them ride. We like going to the race track together and cheering on the local guys. Maysen won the 5-year-old class bicycle race at the track last year and even made the news! We like pretty much anything with wheels, especially if it goes fast.”

Why she does what she does:

“I have the best job in the company! Although I don’t get to deal directly with our clients, my clients are my fellow team members. My job is to set them up for success. I get to draw the plans of the designers’ ideas and bring their vision to life on the drawing so they can bring their vision to our clients. When their vision is accurately portrayed they can be confident in and excited about what they are presenting. When our clients decide to have Extreme Exteriors do their project I get to do the construction plans as well. I want our construction team to have all the information they need to have their jobs go as smoothly as possible, as well as be efficient and cost effective. I am lucky enough to have joined Extreme Exteriors early on and been able to be a part of the company growing and improving each day. The people here are more than my co-workers, they are my family.  We care about each other, celebrate our children’s birthdays together, support each other in tough times, and are happy for each other in the good times. I am so happy my life has led me here.”

Michael and Lori Cast

Clients: Lori and Michael Cast  Cast 017   

Project: Custom pool and spa, landscaping, updating appliances in outdoor kitchen

Why: They plan to raise their family in this home and wanted to create an outdoor oasis for their children.

Extreme Exteriors Services Used: Design, Construction, and Retail

When summertime hits,  it’s a challenge to find ways to entertain fussy kids who can’t play outside. It’s also difficult for moms who have to pack a million things into a hot car and drive somewhere to cool down. Lori and Michael avoid these scenarios because they have their own gorgeous pool right outside their back door. “Our pool is our own oasis where we have our own privacy, where we can run out and go back in if we want to,” Lori said. “When you’re extremely hot you want to get into the water but you don’t want to load up everything because it feels like you’re taking the whole house with you.”  Lori loves that her little ones, ages 2 and 1, can easily cool off and play in the beach entry while she keeps an eye on them.

The beach entry, as well as many other elements of the pool, were all things she and Michael Cast 002discussed with Randy when they met with him regarding their design plan. “The selection process was easy because we had thought about it for so long. We told him we didn’t want a square or rectangular pool. We wanted rocks, a waterfall feature, a spa, and we wanted the color to look kind of like the ocean.” Randy took all these elements into consideration when he designed an amoeba-shaped pool with a beautiful blue plaster finish. Their pool also features two deep ends and a beach entry with bubblers where the kids love to play.

Cast 011Lori and Michael took friends’ advice when they were thinking about everything they wanted for their pool and spa. One helpful suggestion was to create a smooth surface to go around the edge of the spa.  This way if people just want to sit on the edge of the spa and put their feet and legs in their swimsuits won’t get roughed up. They used the spa for the first time a few weeks ago when they invited the kids’ cousins over and had a fun spur of the moment get-together. Lori loves that her home will be a gathering place for her kids’ friends and cousins now and in the future. She plans to host her kids’ birthday parties here and she’s excited that her home will be the “go-to” place when her children want to play with friends.

Of course, the pool isn’t just for the kids. Lori and Michael had a lot of friends over to watch March Madness and enjoy an outdoor cookout. They didn’t go in the pool, but they were able to enjoy the way the pool looked as the lights changed colors.  Everyone who has visited and seen the pool has really been impressed. Lori said they say things like, “Oh my gosh, how awesome is this! Your kids are going to love it!” Or, “It’s so nice, I love the sound of the waterfall.” Lori loves everything about her new pool and would recommend Extreme Exteriors to anyone who is interested in building a pool. “People will always have negative and positive things to say about anyone, but the reason we chose Extreme Exteriors was that everything was very organized. There was a vision as they walked us through everything.  We definitely got what we paid for.”

Cast 023The Extreme Exteriors team was able to completely finish the backyard with the addition of a new grill and refrigerator in the existing outdoor kitchen. The team also installed new sod and added some simple, attractive landscaping. As the temperature starts to rise, Lori is looking forward to a summer full of fun times with friends and family. She and Michael plan to raise their family in this home, and she’s very happy that they chose Extreme Exteriors to help create their family’s “outdoor oasis”.

Jeff and Terry Groban

Clients: Jeff and Terry GrobanJeff Groban

Project: Pool, Landscaping, Irrigation, Retail

Why: Terry has a high-pressure job and she needs her home to be a place where she can relax and unwind.  Both Terry and Jeff enjoy entertaining and want their home to be very inviting to guests.

Extreme Exteriors Services Used: Design, Construction, Retail

For some people home is not much more than a place to throw a frozen dinner in the microwave, toss laundry into the washing machine, and fall asleep on the couch with the TV on. For others, like Jeff and Terry, it’s a lot more than that – it’s a place to host fun parties with friends enjoying delicious, home-cooked meals. It’s also a place to unplug the phone, unwind with a glass of wine and simply relax.

When Terry and Jeff were house-hunting they knew they wanted a place to host friends, as well as a place to unwind from the stresses of the day. The house they found had a wonderful outdoor kitchen. It just needed a pool! “We had a pool at the other house, said Jeff. “Terry loves laying by the pool on the weekends. She has a pretty stressful job and she talked me into building a pool here.”

7570Jeff spent a lot of time talking to designer Randy Glenn about how the pool and patio should look. The design uses Holland pavers to blend in very naturally with the outdoor kitchen that was already there. The Extreme Exteriors team also helped Terry and Jeff choose new, comfortable patio furniture that enhances the areas around the pool and outdoor fireplace. 

Their home’s location is perfect for them because they have a large lot with no neighbors behind them, so they don’t really have to worry about being the noise level. This makes it ideal for times when they Groban 016host a lot of people, such as their annual Super Bowl party, where they had about thirty guests over. They also cook out almost every Sunday night with their kids and grandkids.  It also makes it nice for Terry to lay out in the beach entry of the pool and totally chill without noisy neighbors disturbing her peace and quiet. The tranquil atmosphere is only broken by the sound of the water gently cascading from the waterfalls onto the surface of the pool, and that’s relaxing in and of itself!

7568Jeff described how he originally came up with the idea for the small waterfalls. “I was in Colorado for a meeting on the back side of a golf course. There was a stream running near about six or seven of the holes and I enjoyed the sound of the gently running water. “ Jeff and Randy came up with a plan that included two small waterfalls that can be controlled to increase or decrease the flow of water. The waterfalls add a nice touch of visual and audible interest to the overall look.

It’s early in the warm weather season, and the Grobans have enjoyed the pool a little already and look forward to entertaining a lot more this summer.  Jeff heartily recommends Extreme Exteriors, mainly because the team was at the house almost every day doing something to get the job done. He found that when we said it would be done by a certain time that it was done on time.  Our reliability is something that the Extreme Exteriors team takes pride in, and it’s a quality that sets us apart from the competition. We want our valued clients to know that they can count on us to finish the job right, just like we did for Jeff and Terry!

Lee and Lori Owens

  • Clients: Lee and Lori OwensOwens 023
  • Project: Front Yard and Backyard Landscaping, Outdoor Living, Pool and Spa
  • Why: Lee and Lori built their dream home and wanted Extreme Exteriors to create outdoor living spaces that would give life to their new home.
  • Extreme Exteriors Serviced Used: Design, Construction, Routine Maintenance, and Retail


Most people would agree that a highlight of Owens 012 vacationing is seeing things that we don’t get to see every day at home. We always love coming home, but sometimes we miss the beauty of the places we visited. When Lee and Lori Owens asked the Extreme Exteriors team to design their outdoor living space, Lori drew upon her memories of beautiful Mexico and Arizona for some of her inspiration. She also took into consideration how her own tastes had evolved from the time her first pool had been built at her previous home. The result is a breathtaking pool with landscaping that further enhances Owens 013the overall attractiveness of the entire back patio.

One of the design inspirations was the tall palm trees that Lori truly enjoyed from her times visiting Mexico. The Extreme Exteriors team planted four large palms that really added a dramatic, tropical feel.  Underneath the palms are rose bushes that now show small buds, but will add a lot of pretty color in just a few more weeks. Lori saw this particular variety of rose when visiting Scottsdale, Arizona and wanted them for her home in Abilene.

Owens 026Lori’s home is a new build and one of the first things a person noticesOwens 018 when driving up is the mature trees in the front yard. The trees look like they were part of the property before the home was built. In reality, they were another of Lori’s requests that turned out wonderfully well. Lori asked for mature trees and the design team came up with a plan that looks very natural. A large variety of plants including spiral junipers, pom pom yaupons, Italian cypress, and maiden grass adorn the front yard, and a winding path also creates a warm and welcoming look.Owens 021

After many months of planning and building, Lee and Lori now have their dream home. The one they plan to grow old in together making wonderful memories with family and friends along the way.  And even if future travel takes them away, whenever they return they will always feel happy coming back to a place that relaxes them, inspires them, and reassures them that they are home.

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