Want a great way to enhance the beauty of your Arizona property? Then have fireplaces or fire pits installed. Customized or pre-built, these fire features can definitely transform any landscape from beautiful to magical, especially during the cold winter nights.
Benefits of Adding a Fireplace
Fireplaces are wonderful additions to your home or landscape. They can provide you with:
The intent is to create a warm and inviting outdoor space for entertaining and casual conversation. The fireplace might be the main focal point or be part of a more expansive outdoor area that includes a kitchen and hot tub.
With a fireplace or fire pit installed in your landscape, you’ll never have to spend another cold, winter night indoors again. The heat from these fire features can give you a warm, comfy feeling come winter time.
Even hot summer nights can be turned to delightful nighttime, as you and your family play games outdoors. Don’t worry about missing out on the fun, because you can even cook your meals on top of your fire pits. Let the air be filled with the delicious aroma of your sumptuous cooking. Read more…
One of the most explosively popular swimming pool features over the last couple of decades has been the salt water chlorination system for swimming pools. Utilizing sodium chloride and the process of electroylsis, the salt water chlorine generator manufacturers chlorine inside the swimming pool vessel, precluding the need to add chlorine. However, it is not as simple as it sounds. Without properly considering the differing chemistry profiles of these types of pools versus other types, the homeowner and swimming pool professional can end up in some hot water (pun intended). In this article from Hayward, some of the common misconceptions about salt chlorination are addressed and discussed so the homeowner can begin to make an educated decision about the sanitizing system in their swimming pools.
Without a doubt, plants are the foundation of our outdoor environment. The diversity of plant species and the multitude of cultivars, hybrids and varieties make for creative and appealing landscape compositions. There are a number of reasons for choosing plants for the landscape. We may be attracted to their ornamental appeal or call upon them to serve a specific function or purpose in the landscape, such as providing a screen, blocking unwanted views, or stabilizing a soil bank. Others may be selected because of their ability to adapt to poor soils or simply for the ease of subsequent care. Generally, when horticulturists are asked about plants, responding is not as simple as blurting out a few names. Plant selection is an organized process that examines several factors: function, aesthetics, site adaptability and management. The priority placed on each category varies with the individual. The freedom to choose from a wide variety of plants depends on the flexibility or restrictions imposed by the individual, the site, or in some cases the local availability of plants. Read more…
Artificial turf or synthetic grass gives you the beautiful, low-maintenance lawn of your dreams. Lush and lifelike, the synthetic surface utilizes a soft polyethylene UV protected synthetic fiber to produce a realistic “fresh cut” appearance combined with a soft, pleasing feel.
Artificial turf is a surface of synthetic fibers made to look like natural grass. It is typically used on residential lawns and commercial applications as well. The main reason is maintenance—artificial turf stands up to heavy use, such as in sports, and requires no irrigation or trimming.
Since the early 1990s, the use of synthetic grass in Arizona has moved rapidly beyond athletic fields to residential and commercial landscaping. This trend has been driven by the dramatic improvement in the quality and variety of available synthetic grasses, the reduced cost of maintenance and care compared to natural grass, and the realization that artificial lawns can be a significant water conservation measure in Phoenix, AZ. Read more…
Once you’ve decided on the type, size and shape of your pool, the fun really begins. It’s the extra features and designer touches that make your pool uniquely yours. Whether your vision is elegance or an over-the-top tropical paradise, Unique Landscapes can help you choose the right combination and bring it to life.
Get creative with your pool with custom baja entries, tanning ledges, swim-up bars, lazy rivers and negative edge pools to add more fun and function to your pool. We can create you a custom pool, traditional pool, free-form pool, natuaral pool or an architectural pool. The options are endless.
What to use for the interior finish of your pools is one of the most important decisions. Not only will different types of interior pool finishes affect a pool’s looks, the finish can also ensure that your pool remains in good condition for years.
The most common, and the least expensive option out of the different types of interior pool finishes, is plaster. Plaster is available in white and other different colors as well. White plaster has been around as long as people have been building swimming pools and it remains a popular choice in spite of the many different choices that have come into the market in recent years.
Pebble pool finishes contain a blend of hand selected natural pebbles and other aggregates that combine to create the strongest and most durable bond in any pool finish. The pebble pool finish allows for variation in textures and offers near limitless customization options. Pebble finishes are known for being the strongest and most enduring finishes in the industry. The pebble finish complements natural surroundings and is known for it’s ability to create a lagoon like environment, making it a great selection for those looking to create a custom back yard oasis.
Though most experts agree that tile is the best pool finish in the long run, it has its drawbacks. Compared to other methods, tile is initially very expensive to install.
Finishing a swimming pool’s interior with glass tiles creates a mesmerizing effect, as the tiles reflect light and make the water come alive. Glass tile adds immense beauty to swimming pools, and when installed properly, most types of glass tile represent the most durable of all swimming pool and spa surfaces. Glass tiles come in a wide variety of shapes, colors, and finishes, and can be used to accent any style of pool, be it traditional, modern, or natural. Read more…
Don’t heat up your house this summer, let Unique install your very own backyard pizza oven instead! Adding a backyard pizza oven will make dinner more fun and delicious for the whole family. There is nothing that smells quite as good as a fresh handmade pizza being fired over aromatic wood.
Pizza ovens cook pizza extremely well, but also have capabilities to cook any food that is normally cooked inside your oven but with better flavor. If you still can’t decide if you want an outdoor pizza oven, the versatility of it will certainly win you over. You can flash-bake a pizza at 750 degrees one day and slow-roast a leg of lamb overnight the next day. How do you get that versatility you might ask? You, as the chef regulate the heat environment needed to accomplish your various cooking styles. In a wood burning stove, for example when baking a pizza- the hotter temperature, the better. A major benefit about pizza ovens is that they heat up faster than you’d think (most in less than 45 minutes and retain the heat for up to an hour). Just enough time to make another pizza! Read more…
As a swimming pool owner, you know that safety is without a doubt the most important thing to remember, especially if you have young kids using your pool. While it’s crucial to be aware of water safety all year long, according to Safe Kids USA, drowning incidents increase by 89 percent from May through August. That’s why May has been named National Water Safety Month, which reminds parents, educators, kids and professionals about the importance of playing it safe in the pool.
What’s National Water Safety Month all about?
The month-long effort is headed by the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals, the American Red Cross, the National Recreation & Park Association and the World Waterpark Association. All of these organizations are dedicated to ensuring that Americans enjoy safe, fun aquatic activities, at waterparks and resorts or in public swimming pools. Read more…
Many Arizona homeowners are overwhelmed by the task of landscaping their properties. They aren’t sure how to get plants to grow in the desert’s dry climate without using a lot of water. Fortunately, there are many unique plants native to this desert environment that can survive drought conditions. When paired with well-designed hardscape features such as a pool, fire pit or built-in grill you can have the landscape of your dreams.
Whether one is looking for basic backyard landscaping or a complete landscape and pool project – Unique Landscapes is your leading expert for landscaping in Arizona! Unique Companies continues to be your area specialist for all aspects of landscaping, landscape design and pool construction. Arizona has always been a prime location for outdoor living, with our mild winters, hot summers, and overall desire for living outdoors. Most Arizonans maintain this strong design to be outside, entertain outdoors and showcase their backyard landscaping.
It seems that “keeping up with Jones’” mentality has a large effect on what people desire to see in a typical landscape project. Unique Landscapes specializes in all aspects of your complete Arizona landscape construction needs. We have lived and worked in the Phoenix area for over 12 years, we understand all the local niches, the HOA’s, the city requirements for permitting and engineering, etc. Read more…
Unique Landscapes by Griffin is proud to announce that “Ranking Arizona” has named it the number three in Real Estate-Residential Landscape, Design/Build, and Unique Custom Pools is the number four Real Estate-Residential Pool Builders in the state for the 2013 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.
“We are honored to be recognized one of Arizona’s top 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.
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…
Unique talks to customers about the importance of accounting for crucial pool building components such as correct elevation, soil and plumbing and the cost-benefits of taking preventative steps to ensure a long-lasting, problem-free pool.
The problem: Soil testing can be an expensive and extensive step, so it’s tempting for builders to skip it in fear that the added time and cost will turn away customers. The majority of pool builders put a clause in their contracts stating that homeowners are responsible for the soil condition on site. However, the risks involved with not obtaining soil information should not be taken lightly. The pool might crack, float out of the ground or migrate down a slope. It might leak and flood the home or a neighbor’s yard. Fixing the problem can mean virtually ripping the whole thing out and rebuilding it—an expensive and decidedly unpleasant set of measures.
The solution: Don’t take shortcuts. After the pool is excavated, test the dirt using a soil analysis professional, even if it means higher costs.
The problem: Problems include improper pump sizing, improper number and placement of skimmers, and faulty sizing and placement of pipes. National consensus standards for pool construction did not exist until 1991, when the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) first approved standards developed by APSP. That means that over the past 40 years, builders and owners were mixing and matching various building standards. The effects of improper plumbing include poor water circulation and filtration, which can lead to problems such as high electrical and chemical costs and water discoloration.
The solution: Educate yourself on the industry standards for pool hydraulics. Read more…