While outdoor cooking and outdoor entertaining go hand in hand, having the perfect environment to do so can be tricky. Unique Landscapes has many years of experience in designing and building outdoor kitchen areas in Phoenix, AZ. From a basic barbecue island with grill, to a fully functional outdoor kitchen, Unique Landscapes is your design-build company for outdoor living in Arizona! The days have come and gone where it’s acceptable to just roll your grill back to your patio, or pull out your charcoal briquettes. Outdoor living has taken over, and the center feature of this new trendy Scottsdale fad is a well-designed outdoor kitchen. Our designs are functional enough for everyday use, but savvy enough to show off at your next backyard party. Unique’s outdoor kitchens range from super-practical to super-chic. Here is what you need to have:
The basics: A good stainless steel barbecue grill is the backbone to any outdoor kitchen area. These grills can range in price from the very affordable to the insanely extravagant. They can do everything now-a-days except cook your meal! All of our outdoor kitchens start with a well placed barbecue location and then expand from there. The access panel is another must have, and are included in all of our outdoor kitchen setups. The final must have is a good barbecue light! No more holding the flashlight in your teeth, while trying to sear your steaks to perfection. Basic counter tops include several different colors and types of natural cut flagstone. Flagstone counter tops seem to be the most popular choice and cost-effective installation technique for outdoor kitchens and barbecues. Our flagstone barbecues are finished with a chiseled edge, smoothed edge, and then can be sealed to help grease and food staining.
The upgrades: All of our Phoenix residents are content with the basics, but those serious about outdoor living have got to “splurge” with a few upgrades. Arizona entertainment revolves around cold drinks and cool refreshments on a hot summer day. The stainless steel fridge or ice cooler is a very popular upgrade. A fridge can keeps drinks cold for whenever you pop out for a snack, while an ice cooler is a great investment for those who want to create a “free-for-all” at an afternoon swim party. For the “organized” side of us, stainless steel drawers and cabinets create a “sealed” environment in which to place your cooking accessories, utensils, and seasonings. One can go as far as stainless trash bins, paper towel holders, and propane tank drawers. Our upgraded barbecues and outdoor kitchens have our preferred counter top of choice – tumbled travertine. Our clients tend to prefer our travertine counter tops because of their “high-end” look, price point and overall value. Travertine counter tops are easily sealed, easy to clean, and offer that Tuscan outdoor look that belongs in each of our landscape and swimming pool projects.
The “gourmet”: Few would argue that a dishwasher, warming drawer, or pizza oven would be a great addition to any household – but the truly committed have these items right there in their outdoor kitchen environments. The sky is the limit when designing your Arizona outdoor kitchen– as this is intended to be the kitchen away from home – right in your own backyard! Our expert recommendations for “gourmet” counter tops are usually a solid outdoor surface like granite slab, granite tile, or porcelain tile. All of above selections are classy and elegant surfaces, easy to clean, easy to maintain, and stand the test of time. What more can you ask for in an investment like your very own Outdoor Kitchen and Barbecue?
Don’t get caught up in making the GRILL the center attraction – remember, it gets hot and smoky – which doesn’t create a very nice place to hang out during grill time! Put the grill off to the side, and keep it close to the backdoor! Walking across the backyard to grill every night can get old very quickly. Flagstone…. Flagstone counter tops are the obvious choice for the budget conscious consumer, but in reality – flagstone makes one of the worst choices for the Arizona barbecue enthusiast (since flagstone counter tops are extremely rough, porous, and don’t clean very easily).
QUALITY DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION
All of our Arizona outdoor kitchens start with a solid concrete footer with a ½” rebar grid (@ 12” on center). This creates a solid foundation for which to build the structure. Next, the block base is built, using our skilled masons. Finally, the entire structure is filled with rebar and solid grout to secure the corners and top block (bond beam) – creating the best possible base.
The base is typically coated with a stucco texture to match or complement the house, or finished off with a variety of options, which may include veneer stone or tile. Our counter top options include, tile, flagstone, granite slab, decorative concrete and more. We offer a full line of grills and accessories to finish off the look of your outdoor kitchen. Some popular items are stainless steel grills, stainless access doors, stainless sink, stainless drawers, stainless barbecue light and stainless side burner. Check out our complete line of outdoor accessories at Capital Cooking. Unique Landscapes is a certified dealer for both Lynx Grills, Capital and Lion Premium Grills and we make it easy to purchase, warranty, and stand behind our capital projects, along side our complete backyard projects. Let Unique Landscapes be the Arizona landscape company that installs your dream outdoor kitchen in Phoenix, AZ.
The “UNIQUE” difference – After many years of perfecting our products, we have come up with the best possible way to construct many of our popular items. Here is how we differ from our competition:
• Bond beams, rebar, and solid filled block – it’s an industry standard to think that just stacking block and stuccoing it will suffice, but our mason’s mortar every block, and then take it a step further by filling it solid with rebar and concrete – making cracks a thing of the past!
• Counter tops – I think all of our clients will agree that our counter tops are “kitchen quality” since they most resemble something you would find in your kitchen instead of your backyard. The overhang and solid concrete underlay is the critical difference. The tile work is meticulously done over 4” of solid concrete and offers a 2” overhang on all sides. For those who prefer granite counter tops on their barbecue, our fabricators work efficiently with any slab selection, making your Phoenix outdoor kitchen look every bit as fabulous as your indoor one.
• Gas and Electric – As licensed pool and general contractors, we are one of the only landscape companies that can “legally” perform these services for our clients. Don’t let an unlicensed landscape contractor touch something as dangerous as gas, propane, or electric on your property. As an owner you will have very little legal recourse!