Choosing Interior Pool Finish


Wet Edge

Wet Edge

What to use for the interior finish of your pool is one of the most important decisions you will make. Not only will different types of interior pool finishes affect a pool’s aesthetics, the finish can also ensure that your pool remains in good condition for years to come, even when exposed to chemical changes under the water. Properly maintained, it can be a beautiful expression of your style; improperly maintained, your pool’s interior finish can lead to stains, etching, cracking, and even delaminating.
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Cocktail Pools


What in the world is a cocktail pool?

Cocktail Pools

Cocktail Pools

It’s definitely a place to gather for drinks and a party on a hot afternoon or a cool evening, but the cocktail pool is so much more. The cocktail pool is usually described as a swimming pool that is smaller than a traditional backyard pool…a mini pool.

Cocktail Pool

Cocktail pools are smaller than a play pool. Although designed typically for smaller, challenging lots, spools can be found in almost any backyard scene. Typically, a cocktail pool is the same depth throughout and a great way to take a cooling dip in the summer. By adding a heating element, the cocktail pool can be turned into a spa (or spool) in the cooler weather.
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Swimming Pools and Spas


Swimming Pool and Spa

Swimming Pool and Spa

Swimming Pools & Spas: Unique Custom Pools does not mass-produce swimming pools. In fact, we focus on about 50 pools per year – all of which have some integration with our landscape & patio projects. With that being said, we have a greater focus on our swimming pool design & engineering than most companies. Here is what we do: Read more…

Our Unique Designs will Leave you Breathless


Design

OUR UNIQUE DESIGNS WILL LEAVE YOU BREATHLESS

“Design is everything!” “Everything revolves around a good design!” “The best, most functional, long-lasting projects start with a great plan” – All comments by Chris Griffin, owner of Unique Landscapes & Unique Custom Pools, LLC., and one of the Arizona’s most experienced landscape and pool designers. Those comments are the foundation for Unique Companies – and our primary company objective.

An example of how a properly designed water feature can turn a pool into a backyard oasis.

Although most of our clients have ideas on what they want, we still emphasize the importance of how we can inject our experience into any concept, making it a good design. There are many variables that factor into the “best” design, all of which require communication, education & collaboration with our client.

CLIENTS ARE FROM MARS, DESIGNERS ARE FROM VENUS. AT UNIQUE, WE ALIGN THE PLANETS.

Communication is important so that the designer can understand all that is desired by the client. A good designer should be able to listen and understand the client’s needs & desires, family & lifestyle, finances & budget, and overall project fears & concerns. Unique’s designers are just that…Unique. We understand what you’re trying to say, not just what you are saying. Our goal is to give you want you want in your design, then WOW you with some fine-tuned touches you haven’t thought of yourself.

Collaboration is the key to the pool & landscape design of your dreams.

Education is our method of informing the client what we know as designers. As designers, it is important to educate our clients on what is available, current trends, and other ideas that they may have not considered for their project. Unique Companies handles so many aspects of construction, we are always learning – but, for the most part, we know the best long-term way of installing everything we offer.

Collaboration is the “dialogue” between clients and designer that accomplishes the best designs. Most customers are used to “monologue” from designers, and never really get a design that fits YOU. It is virtually impossible for any designer to create the “perfect backyard” or “best pool design” without the collaboration process. Our ideas, coupled with your ideas, are how YOUR dream backyard is created. Every project is different, every project is UNIQUE, and we are experienced in handling all aspects of landscape and pool design in Arizona.
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How To Clean a Pool Cartridge Filter


The purpose of a pool cartridge filter is to clean your pool water by capturing debris and decontaminates in the folds of the filter. With time these folds will become clogged, water will not flow thru the filter as easily, and pressure within the filter will increase. Operationally, with water flow down, you will not be turning your pool water as frequently and your pool decontaminates will start to build up. It’s time to clean your filter. As a general rule of thumb, your filter should be clean at least once a month during the summer and every other month if your pool is operational during the winter.

Save Time, Save Water, Save Money with FilterClean’s Unique Deep-Cleaning System

Pool Cartridge Filters

Pool Cartridge Filters

Instead of spending countless hours and hundreds of gallons of water to clean your pool filters -visit FilterClean. Bring your pool filter cartridges directly to them and in about 30 minutes they will clean them for you! They will also replace any broken bands, which will help extend the life of your filters for no additional fee. Best of all their entire service is a fraction of the cost, plus it saves you tons of water and your precious time. You can even drop off your filters and pick them up later to save you even more time. They are centrally located in Tempe for your convenience. They also sell New Filters. Next time your filters need replacing call or visit their online store at FilterClean.

Conveniently located in Tempe- Simply bring in your pool filter cartridges and we will have them cleaned and rebanded in 45 minutes or less using our Unique Deep-Cleaning System.

FilterClean’s one-of-a-kind, unique, computer controlled filter cleaning system was three years in development. FilterClean uses no chemicals, other than water balancing chemicals (the same chemicals you use to keep your pool water sparkling clean and free of algae), to clean your filters. FilterClean recycles all of the water used in the process.
All you need to do is remove your pool filter cartridges from your pool filter according to the manufacturer’s instructions.  Place the filter cartridges in plastic bags to keep them from leaking water all over your vehicle.  Bring the filter cartridges to FilterClean and we will do the rest in as little as 15 to 45 minutes.

Unique Landscapes Ranked #1 For Ranking Arizona Magazine 2014


Ranking Arizona

Ranking Arizona

Unique Landscapes by Griffin is proud to announce that “Ranking Arizona” has named it the #1 in Real Estate-Residential Landscape, Design/Build in the state for the 2014 opinion poll.

Ranking Arizona’s The Best of Arizona Business is the outcome of the largest business opinion poll in Arizona and identifies more than 200 different business and leisure categories based on quality of product, service and customer satisfaction. Arizona Business Magazine publishes the ranking yearly with polling from the previous year.

Matson Project

Best of Arizona

“We are honored to be recognized one of Arizona’s number ONE landscape and pool design companies by Arizona Business Magazine,” said the owner Chris Griffin. “We believe that the success of our company is due to our commitment to our customers, our reliable service and our quality team.”Arizona businesses have great respect for ‘Ranking Arizona’ and know that it’s a huge honor to be voted ‘best of the best’ among businesses throughout our state, “We are grateful for the continued support of our clients and our employees,” said Griffin.

Cast your vote for Unique Landscapes by Griffin and Unique Custom Pools in ‘Ranking Arizona’ 2015 poll

You probably already know that Unique Landscapes and Custom Pools is one of the best Arizona-based pool and landscaping company, with a heritage of more than 11 years of providing beautiful backyard landscaping environments to thousands of residential homes in Phoenix and other surrounding cities.
Unique Companies build everything from swimming pools to complete backyard environments, allowing you to enjoy ‘Outdoor Living’ in Arizona to the fullest! Our experienced, friendly pool designers and staff are well-versed in all facets of Arizona landscaping, new pool construction, custom spas, outdoor kitchens, ramadas & pergolas, fireplaces & stone travertine patios and pavers installation. We take pride in designing beautiful and functional swimming pools & landscape environments to fit your needs. We then build them to meet your “detail-oriented” expectations and our high professional standards and specifications. Unique Companies continues to rank among the top landscape companies in the Phoenix area. Read more…

Travertine Pavers


Travertine Pavers

Travertine Pavers

What is Travertine?

Travertine is a natural stone such as Marble, Granite, Onyx, Limestone, Slate etc. The key difference between Travertine and other natural stones lies in the formation of the rock, the hardness of the stone and the appearance. Travertine is formed in hot springs and/or limestone caves. Travertine is not the same as Marble or Limestone which falls in the metamorphic rock category. Key characteristics of Travertine stone are the holes within the stone which are caused by carbon dioxide evasion.

Travertine Tiles are used for indoor projects such as floors and walls while Travertine pavers are primarily used for outdoors such as driveways, pool decks, patio areas and walk ways. Travertine tiles are 0.5” thick while the standard thickness for Travertine pavers is 1 1/4”. Read more…

Swim Up Bars in your Own Backyard


Swim Up Bar in Cave Creek

Swim Up Bar in Cave Creek

Swim-up bars make it easy and fun to entertain friends and family, while soaking up the Arizona sun at the same time. Swim-up bars are typically found at tropical resorts but have recently become popular to have in residential backyards.
A swim-up bar can be a great place to relax and lounge in your own backyard while enjoying a frozen drink or barbecue dinner sitting in your pool. One of the major benefits that many people might not be aware of is that swim-up bar can save space, since it connects the two features of an outdoor kitchen/cook area and seating. Since seating is placed in the pool itself, it eliminates the need to mark off space for additional patio furniture or circulation between the two areas.

Swim Up Bar Designed by Unique

Swim Up Bar Designed by Unique

Our swim up bars and pool bars are truly unique and custom designed for each of our projects. Our professional tile settings and outdoor kitchen builders are standing by to develop and build some of our kitchen quality counter tops, tables and bars for the bar area of our projects. The sunken area requires retaining walls, and masonry work – who better to do this than a landscape contractor & masonry company (UNIQUE!). Most of our swim up bars have some of our  barbecues and outdoor kitchens – which are designed and constructed along with the swimming pool.
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Outdoor Kitchen Designs


Outdoor Kitchen in Anthem

Outdoor Kitchen in Anthem

In today’s homes, the backyard has truly become an extension of your living space and there’s nothing like dining outside and enjoying the beautiful weather while taking in a pretty view. But cooking outside is even better. Unique Companies have created fabulous outdoor kitchens with outdoor-ready kitchen appliances, including stainless steel grills, sinks, refrigerators, warming drawers, space heaters, pizza ovens and even kitchen cabinets. We’re talking way more than the standard barbecue setup, with a range of amazing appliances and tons of prep space. These spaces would make even professional chefs super jealous.

Outdoor Kitchen in Anthem

Outdoor Kitchen in Anthem

Like your indoor kitchen, make sure that you have sufficient counter spaces for preparation and serving. You will most likely end up doing a reasonable amount of food prep outside, near the grill, and it is never fun having to juggle pans and cutting boards to find an open spot to work.
Also, invest some time in ensuring that you have an efficient work triangle (or however you foresee actually using your equipment) — just as you would for your indoor kitchen. It’s no fun having to walk around an island to get from your oven to the refrigerator, just as it isn’t fun having to walk from one end of the outdoor kitchen to another to carry food to the table. Read more…

Six things you should know before planning an outdoor environment


You’ve finally decided it’s time to revamp your back yard, front yard or maybe even both.  Thinking of adding a pool? Maybe you have an old pool that needs a facelift?  Where do you begin? Meeting with a professional landscape designer, pool designer or landscape architect to help you out with your project is the best place to start.  Here are six things that you should know before you go into that meeting that will help the designers master plan your dream environment!

Unique Design

Unique Design

 

1) Family

Your family members are the ones that will be using the space most often so bring a list of all family members including their ages (don’t forget the pets, they are family too).  Make sure to include a list of hobbies they may have, especially if they relate to the outdoors!  Designs can vary greatly depending on the age range of all family members that could be using the spaces.

 2) Existing Conditions

Know what your problems are and maybe some opportunities about your current site.  Every persons taste is different.  You may hate the way a row of evergreen trees blocks a view from your house but your designer may love the way they sit on your site.  Unless they know you don’t like it may not get changed in the design.  Bring a list of current front yard and back yard problems that you think should be minimized or overcome in the design.  Also, bring a list of all the positive elements and qualities of the yards that should be retained or enhanced in the design. Read more…

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