Unique Swimming Pool Designs

Swimming pools may be a dime a dozen in Arizona backyards, but they are not all created equal. Designed and built by Unique Companies the five pools below are far from ordinary and feature some of the most stunning design elements, including sparkling glass tiles and dazzling fire features. More importantly, each pool is a stunning focal point that compliments—not competes with—the beautiful landscape and architecture surrounding it.

1) Little Luxury

Geometric Pool

Geometric Pool

Small in size but big on impact, this geometric pool boasts a beautiful stacked stone wall with waterfalls and fire features that provide a shimmering sight and tranquil sounds.  The raised spa, and beautiful LED lighting contribute elegance and excitement while complementing the pool’s clean design aesthetic. Read more…

Amazing Pool Features!

Swimming pools can be wonderfully decorated, colored and beautifully lit up in various ways. From mosaic tile, LED lighting, rock waterfall slides, grottos and water features these are just a few ways to make your pool UNIQUE!

Water Features

Unique Water Feature

Unique Water Feature

Water features are a great way to add visual personality to your residence and/or pool area.  The sound of a running water fountain can offer a great sense of peace and serenity to any outdoor patio. Unique has our own waterfall specialists that can build freeform rock waterfalls to architectural columns with pots spilling water, or water sheers spilling into a pool. Unique can then match these features into your landscape design.

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Technology in your Outdoor Living Area

Integrating televisions, sound systems and more outdoors!

Flat screen TV under Ramada

Flat screen TV under Ramada

Technology in your outdoor living area adds to the social experience that you will share with friends and family.

Your backyard is an extension of your home, so why not enhance your backyard with outdoor TV and music systems. With outdoor entertainment systems, you can make the most of parties, summer cookouts, and family time in the swimming pool, all while standing up to the elements for long-lasting audio and video entertainment.
We are experts at providing you with the outdoor entertainment! We’ll design your entire video and audio system, incorporating it with your home automation system if desired and making it easy for you to customize your home entertainment system on every level. No weekend would be complete without music, movies, sports, and more, and we can make it a snap for you to enjoy the most advanced outdoor TV and music options available today.

Just imagine watching the World Series outback while the kids swim in the pool. Or think of how great it could be to wirelessly stream music from inside for your listening pleasure around the fire pit. We can also add underwater speakers to your pool that transmit sound through water.

Waterproofing! Is it necessary in Pool Construction?


The walls and the ground of a swimming pool are subject to constant water pressure. To enjoy your swimming pool it is important to have a permanent waterproofing.

WaterproofingWhile some observe that concrete applied by an expert at high levels of compressive strength will not leak, it’s true that concrete is naturally inclined to be porous. And when you add in the fact that most swimming pools include various penetrations – for inlet and return lines, skimmer throats, cleaning systems, lighting fixtures and more – the challenge of keeping water where it belongs becomes even greater.
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Springtime Safety Tips for Pool Fun

main_pool-safetyWith the weather starting to warm up over the next couple of months, everyone will soon be seeking an oasis to cool off and relax in. Spring is the best time of year to begin to make your list of springtime safety tips for children and adults alike. Adding as many water safety steps as possible is the best way to assure a safe and fun experience in a residential swimming pool or spa.

Staying Close, Being Alert and Watching Children in and Around the Pool

  • Always watch your children when they are in or near a pool or spa
  • Teach children basic water safety tips
  • Keep children away from pool drains, pipes and other openings to avoid entrapment
  • Have a portable telephone close by at all times when you or your family are using a pool or spa
  • If a child is missing, look for him or her in the pool or spa first
  • Share safety instructions with family, friends and neighbors

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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 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.


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.


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