COMPANY HISTORY – How we got started….
At the young age of 12, the owner, Chris Griffin started pushing a lawn mower around his neighborhood in Oklahoma City to earn extra money. Now, more than 20 years later, he has transformed his experience into one of the valley’s finest landscape design/build firms. With his educational background, a BS Civil Engineering in ’97 from the University of New Mexico, and strong ties to sports (’95 Team Captain – New Mexico Lobos / ’96 – New England Patriots – 6th Round Draft pick), it is easy to see why Chris has developed such a “UNIQUE” company.
From a young age, he has worked to hone his customer service skills, attention to detail, and desire to challenge himself on every difficult project.
In over 15 years as a Phoenix resident, Chris has built a company which holds three contractor licenses from the Arizona Registrar of Contractors (Landscape, Swimming Pool, General Contractor), and quickly become one of the only companies in Arizona to work on all aspects of outdoor construction, from pools to patios and landscaping.
The Phoenix landscape division was the first introduced to the Valley in 2001. Mr. Griffin started UNIQUE Landscapes with a vision to become the best in the field, a strong desire to support his family, and the drive to accomplish these two very important tasks using his own two hands. It wasn’t uncommon to see him at jobsites working alongside his crews, building a rock waterfall, or setting up a Phoenix Home Show display. It is this experience which has taught him the “right” way to build each project and also allowed him to gain the leadership skills to coach his staff to become experts in their individual fields.
Today, UNIQUE Landscapes is known for its ability to handle all aspects of outdoor construction, from Ramada’s & pergolas to retaining walls & Phoenix swimming pools. Although landscaping in Phoenix is still a large part of the service that UNIQUE provides, our clients utilize our expertise for complete backyard landscape, patios and pool projects. From simple to extreme, if you can dream it, UNIQUE can design and engineer a way to build it to make sure it lasts.
So much has gone into growing this small company into what it is today. It was not uncommon for Chris to take industry standard items and put his engineering background to work to make it better. Check out just some of the things that “separate” us from other companies. Not all companies are equal, and we can explain why selecting UNIQUE over the average landscape company will result in a higher quality project as well as saving you money in years to come. The UNIQUE attitude of “do it right” instead of “do it cheap” has quickly earned us top honors among our peers. From 1st place – 2007 Landscape Competition (Maricopa County Home show) to #1 Ranked Landscape Company in AZ (Ranking Arizona Magazine) – UNIQUE continues to be ranked at the top!
Chris is still extremely involved on a daily basis with UNIQUE Landscapes. He oversees the entire sales and design division, which allows him to monitor all new landscape and pool designs, verify that they are “buildable” and “properly designed to last”. Although he has a fulltime office staff, he is also very active in office tasks such as accounting decisions, and warranty assignments. In addition, it is a very likely that you will find a full toolbox and equipment in the back of his truck for quick and easy repairs when he is visiting jobsites and meeting with customers.
Finally, Mr. Griffin heads and oversees the construction and installation crews. He has personally trained most of them. “I’m proud to say that I don’t think that I can ask someone in my company to do something that I haven’t done or experienced myself. I’ve done just about everything with my two hands from laying block, finishing concrete, filing accounting papers and managing email accounts. It’s nice to know exactly what each one of my team members is dealing with on a daily basis, as it helps me to understand and manage better.” claims Chris Griffin, President of UNUIQE Landscapes by Griffin, Inc. and UNIQUE Custom Pools, LLC.