Our Story

Landscaping Dallas, Landscaping Austin

Landscaping Dallas, Landscaping Austin

Designed Outdoor Living founder and chief visionary, Thomas Burkhardt, is an innovative designer and creative consultant specializing in luxury, technologically driven, state-of-the-art outdoor living spaces and custom landscape architecture.

Left to their own devices, most homeowners aren’t aware of the endless possibilities for custom, traditional, transition and contemporary outdoor architecture and luxury landscape design, thus limiting their dreams. As Designed Outdoor Living’s chief visionary, Thomas Burkhardt skillfully molds complex ideas, concepts and designs, creating unique environments that never fail to exceed all preconceived notions, expectations and dreams.

Luxury outdoor kitchens, outdoor fireplaces, pergolas, arbors, cabanas, patio covers , gazebos, custom swimming pools and spas, Specialty Projectselaborate water and fire features—his passion for beautiful outdoor spaces lies in designing, building, and overseeing custom backyard architecture and uniquely intricate outdoor living environments that match the lifestyles of his clients while superseding their imagination. Thomas Burkhardt is the innovator of four unique structural and visual concepts: Gravity Structures, Eclectic Reflections, Directional Shade Structures and Transitional Designs. By pushing the threshold of common and expected architectural principles and engineering techniques, and by using materials for structural integrity and aesthetic interest, Thomas creates bespoke living environments that are not only lifestyle-practical and functional; they are sophisticated masterpieces of architectural living design.

From sleek, minimalist, contemporary to classic, collected, traditional, and everything in between, Designed Outdoor Living promises artistic and imaginative backyard architecture designs that dramatically change and enhance your outdoor living lifestyle. “When a project is complete, and I’m walking the space with my clients and they have the kind of smiles on their faces that can be seen and felt, I feel this rush of adrenaline, as if I’ve just caught the game winning pass in the Super Bowl,” Thomas says. “I know that I’ve just created an experience and given my client something that will impact them forever.” This is precisely why he stands by his company slogan and original, personal motto, ‘changing lifestyles—one family at a time.’ “I enjoy giving my clients more than they could have possibly ever dreamed.”