Outdoor Living

It’s an extension of your home

For most people, the pool is the centerpiece for backyard entertaining. But it’s only part of the picture. It is increasingly common for today’s homeowners to include any or all of the following in their backyard pool projects…

Arbors & Pergolas
Grills & Outdoor Kitchens

Arbors & Pergolas

Would you like a little shade in your backyard area? An arbor or pergola can create a wonderful living area that stays cool and breezy, while still letting in plenty of light and fresh air.  (And with the right landscaping touch, it can become a natural “green” arbor.)



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Fireplaces & Firepits

An outdoor fireplace or firepit can be a great addition to an outdoor living space. It can be a focal point to formalize your outdoor living room. And everyone knows that gathering around the campfire is a great way to entertain and interact with friends and family.


There are limitless possibilities for firepit and fireplace designs and materials, so take a look at some of these examples for some ideas.  Whatever you can envision, we can build.



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Grills and Outdoor Cooking

Nothing completes your outdoor area like the ability to cook without running in and out of the house all the time. We suggest you devote an area of your new outdoor living space to culinary endeavors, based on the number of people you plan to entertain.





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Meet the Outdoor Living Team Leader


Dexter Carter joined Pools by John Clarkson in 2017 as the Head of the Outdoor Living. Dexter brings a diverse background to PBJC with a strong focus on design, construction, and finish work. Prior to joining PBJC, Dexter has almost 10 years’ experience in the financial industry. In addition to his previous employment, Dexter took his lifelong passion of woodworking and started a successful side business allowing him to gain a deeper understanding and passion for carpentry. It is the ability to build something by hand and watch it come to life that drives him to be the absolute best at his craft. The job is not complete until he personally signs off on it.


Dexter is a native to the area, aside from attending college in Missouri he has spent his entire life in Jacksonville. Dexter graduated from Missouri Valley College in 2008 earning a Bachelor of Science degree with a focus on Social Sciences. When he isn’t spending time with his wife and three children, he can usually be found at a Jaguar game cheering for the home team.

Contact the Outdoor Living Team

At Pools by John Clarkson, we’re ready to serve you. If you have any questions about outdoor living construction, maintenance, or design just give us a call at (904) 223-4050 or fill our form below and we’ll be happy to help. You can also send us an e-mail at Info@PBJC.com.

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If this is about a new pool or outdoor project, we’d love to hear about how you’ll use your new space. What styles you prefer, features you have in mind, materials you like, and anything else you’d like to share with us.