Spring Cleaning Your Pool


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It’s time for spring cleaning for your swimming pool

As the Arizona weather warms up in the spring, we start to think about swimming in the pool again. Now that your pool has your attention there are some steps you need to take to ensure that it’s ready for the busy months ahead. Here are some things to make spring maintenance a breeze and help you to get in a routine for summer maintenance. Read more…

Creative Pool Features


Unique Pool Featres

Unique Pool Features

Having a pool is great but what if you had the option to add a little something more to it to make your outdoor oasis even more fun, more relaxing and more suitable for your lifestyle? Items like swim-up bars, built-in tables, and tanning ledges transform ordinary and dated pools into trendy and entertaining hotspots. Below are some of the coolest interior features for pools today that you may want to consider incorporating into your own pool:

Baja Shelf

Baja Step

Baja Step

Whether you plan to lay on the ledge directly or pull your deck chair right on in, a tanning edge is the ideal place to catch the best rays possible while staying cool. It is typically 5-8 inches deep and is situated at the perimeter of the pool. In some designs, the baja shelf (or tanning ledge) is placed near the deep end of the pool so kids can jump off it and so adults can comfortably supervise. Read more…

Outdoor Misting Systems


Unique Misting System

Unique Misting System

The temperatures in Arizona will be warming up soon and many people head for a refreshing dip in the pool. But how can you beat the heat outside the pool? One way to keep your outdoor space cooler and guests more comfortable is by including an outdoor misting system.

An outdoor misting system is a series of tubes and nozzles connected to a compressor that delivers water in a very fine mist, so fine that it serves to cool the air rather than just deliver moisture. The larger the area to be covered and the higher the tubing and spray heads are hung, the higher the pressure needed to deliver the cooling mist. So the cost of your misting system can be affected by the size and power of the compressor needed to deliver the water into the air. Compressors with higher pressure will be more expensive than smaller less pressurized ones. Read more…

Designing an Outdoor Kitchen


Unique Outdoor Kitchen

Unique Outdoor Kitchen

Outdoor Kitchens are the Perfect Place in Spring for Dining in Your Arizona Backyard
When planning your outdoor kitchen, you have to consider the ambiance in addition to all the high-tech appliances. Whether you install a bar, purchase a large outdoor dining table, or both, you’ll want to build a comfortable area for you and your guests to eat. There are also other important factors to keep in mind when building an outdoor kitchen, such as…

Space and Location
Ideal space and location for outdoor kitchens is somewhere that’s easily accessible from the house and also out of the way of main traffic areas. Read more…

Pool Decking and Coping


Unique Patio

Unique Pool Decking

Inground pool decks are now given nearly as much attention as the interior design of the home.

Decorative concrete

Stained Concrete

Stained Concrete

One of the biggest trends in outdoor design today is a decorative concrete pool deck, a colored, textured and inviting area surrounding the pool that does more than provide a safe, slip-resistant deck for sunbathing and barbecuing. Decorative concrete has opened the doors to creating pool decks that complement the exterior of the home, meld with the outdoor environment, and replicate exotic and traditionally expensive materials such as slate, stone or even wood. Read more…

Pool Maintenance


Pool Maintenance

Pool Maintenance

Winter may give pool owners a bit of relief when it comes to swimming pool maintenance, but that doesn’t mean that pool cleaning should be completely forgotten. Some  of our clients may opt to hire a pool service  company  to perform their pool maintenance. By learning to do it yourself, you can save hundreds of dollars per year. The following information will help keep your pool water healthy and clear year round. Read more…

Unique Landscapes by Griffin of Phoenix, AZ. Receives Best Of Houzz 2015 Award


Best of Houzz 2015

Best of Houzz 2015

Unique Landscapes by Griffin of Phoenix, AZ. Receives Best Of Houzz 2015 Award

 Over 25 Million Monthly Unique Users Rated Top-Rated Home Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals in the United States and Around the World

 Phoenix, USA January 21, 2015Unique Companies of Phoenix, Arizona has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” for Customer Satisfaction by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The BEST of the BEST swimming pool and landscape company was chosen by the more than 25 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 500,000 active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals. Read more…

Unique Glass Tile Designs


Copper Penny Glass Tile

Copper Penny Glass Tile

One of the hottest trends in pools and home décor these past few years has been glass tile.  Glass tile is a beautiful product that comes in so many shapes, colors and textures.  It can change a pool from a basic backyard oasis to an elegant, stunning work of art. It can run from affordable to the extremely expensive and everything in between.  But one thing that remains is the ability to transform any poolscape from bland to fabulous! Glass tile not only adds beauty and allure to swimming pools, but also, when installed properly, most types of glass tile represent the most durable of all swimming pool and spa surfaces. Take a look at the countless ways glass tile finishes can be used in pool and spa designs. Read more…

3 Popular Outdoor Additions


Unique Outdoor Living Area

Unique Outdoor Room

Outdoor Kitchens

Outdoor Kitchen in Anthem

Outdoor Kitchen in Anthem

Outdoor kitchens have increased dramatically in popularity in recent years. These facilities can be as simple as a space for a barbecue or elaborate enough to support large professionally catered events. The selection of appliances, overall layout, and material selections are almost infinite in scope and “flavor.” If you are dreaming of a kitchen that totally mimics your indoor setup, contact a licensed architect and builder so that the proper permits are filed and the correct appliances are chosen. Read more…

Unique Fire Features


Unique Fireplace

Unique Fireplace

Still looking to spice up your outdoor life? Whether your backyard dreams involve bundling up for a chat with a couple of close pals, nestled on a cushioned outdoor love seat, or invite the whole gang over for s’mores and ghost stories, the solution is the same: Just add fire!

Built-In Fireplace

Unique Corner Fireplace

Unique Corner Fireplace

Fireplaces create an intimate warm feeling and can invite fun conversations and a romantic setting among family and friends.
One advantage to built-in fireplaces is that they’re protected from the elements – namely wind, which can kick up embers and shift the direction of the smoke – and direct smoke upward and away from your guests’ faces. That protection will also make it much easier to light.
As far as materials go, Unique Companies build out your fireplace in a material that matches or coordinates with the other materials in your outdoor space: brick, stone, marble, tile, you name it. Aesthetically, the sky’s the limit. Some are wood fueled, and others are hooked into your home’s natural gas line just like any indoor fireplace would be.
Built-in fireplaces definitely offer an extra boost of aesthetic appeal that a free-standing fire pit won’t. Installing one will also add value to your outdoor living space if you keep it in top shape; that kind of high-end extension to your indoors makes the patio livable for more months out of the year. Read more…


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