Loading...

Follow Unique Landscapes | Landscaping Design & Pool B.. on Feedspot

Continue with Google
Continue with Facebook
or

Valid
Adding technology to your outdoor living space means the ability to enjoy a ballgame or movie without having to go indoors on a beautiful day or night. Enjoy great outdoor living and great entertainment.

Creating a functional outdoor living space means that you also bring all of the conveniences of your indoor living spaces outdoors. This can include many many aspects of technology now that wireless networks allow for total integration indoors as well as outdoors. So before you begin selecting all of the finishes and features of your outdoor oasis, give some thought to all of the activities and technology that you would like to enjoy while outdoors. Taking the time to refine your expectations early will ensure that your new outdoor living space meets all of your needs for fun, comfort, entertainment, and function.

The mild climate in Phoenix allows residents to enjoy being outdoors year round. And this added bonus can include much more than hanging out in the pool or enjoying a great meal al fresco. Homeowners who want to be able to work outdoors or enjoy entertainment such as television, movies or music, just need to plan for these features to be added into the plans for their outdoor living space design. Extending your home network and Internet capability to your yard opens up the doors for all of the entertainment and function that you enjoy in your home theater, home office or any room in your home. To learn more about adding technology to your outdoor living design, contact the UNIQUE design team for their tips and recommendations.

Adding An Access Point For Outdoor Technology Adding a small access point (AP) to your outdoor living space will allow you to take all of your electronics outdoors. Now you can watch movies, listen to music and even work online, just as you do indoors.

In most homes, the signal for the WiFi is just not strong enough to function outdoors. And for heavy data users such as streaming video or high-speed Internet for work purposes, boosters and signal extenders are not going to be reliable. But the addition of an outdoor access point (AP) can provide the coverage that you want outdoors as well as the capacity and reliability needed for streaming audio and video. NETGEAR offers a wide variety of AP’s that can extend your complete connectivity to an extra 2,500 square feet. And all of the outdoor models offer a weather-resistant design and easy wall mounting capability. And Phoenix homeowners will be happy to know that the Orbi Outdoor Satellite unit will handle the dust that is so prevalent in the areas as they are rated to an international standard of IP56.

Mountable Outdoor Technology For Your Outdoor Living Space This outdoor living space provides a great place to watch the game or a movie with friends. It is also the perfect place to take advantage of the solitude when working from home.

With Internet service to your outdoor living spaces, the next important selection is for the hardware to enjoy music, sports, movies and any other entertainment that you select. Magnolia offers a great selection of outdoor televisions that are designed for the tough climate that Phoenix homeowners endure. These televisions include Enhanced Solar Tolerance which means that they will withstand the heat of a Phoenix summer as well as special glare protection and features that enhance the image for viewing even in full sun. The powder-coated aluminum and water resistant cable entry system ensure that you can enjoy sports, movies and TV shows outdoors and with great sound from the detachable, weather resistant sound bar. Now movie night can be enjoyed from the pool, in the Ramada or anywhere else that you choose to locate your outdoor big screen TV and speakers.

Add A New Twist To Working From Home Thanks To New Technology Never miss your favorite TV show. Relax on a stool in the pool or by the fire pit as you watch this outdoor television. And Never worry that dust or hot weather will damage these purpose built outdoor televisions.

We all know and love the benefits of being able to work from home. There is no tiresome commute, the countless interruptions from co-workers are eliminated and the coffee is certainly better. And according to forbes.com, working from home is also a benefit to your employer as it has been found to be the most productive work arrangement. And what could be more inspiring than sitting in your outdoor living room while you work on that proposal or review the latest report from your boss? Outdoor living in Phoenix is not just for playtime anymore. Your outdoor living oasis is the perfect place to find the solitude and inspiration that you need to accomplish more when you are working from home. And all of this is very possible when you plan for and add technology to your outdoor living space. A UNIQUE design specialist can assist you in integrating features such as outdoor TV’s and speakers as well as subtle spaces that will be perfect for the days when you are working from home. Call 480-969-1911 today to schedule a free consultation, and in just a few months, you can be the envy of all of your co-workers and friends. Your new outdoor living space will add functional work and play space to your home as well as an unbeatable environment to recharge both physically and mentally.

Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 
This beautiful Phoenix backyard offers many of the features that are hot for 2019. The fire pit, outdoor kitchen and outdoor living space provide the same comforts as your home but in the great outdoors.

Outdoor living is becoming more and more popular throughout the country, and few other cities offer the year-round mild climate that we enjoy here in the Phoenix area. Residents in the Valley of the Sun know that an investment in outdoor living space is one that they will be able to enjoy all year making it hard to find any reason not to add some or all of these 5 hot backyard trends to your Phoenix home. And if you are not sure about how to include these features in your outdoor living space, a member of the UNIQUE design team will visit your home for a free initial consultation to discuss your options for possible layouts and features that you will enjoy for years to come. Call 480-969-1911 to schedule a consultation or visit the online request page.

Outdoor living space is all about bringing the comforts and features you enjoy inside your home to the great outdoors. Some of this year’s hottest features enhance your ability to entertain in your outdoor living space. A fire pit, BBQ or outdoor kitchen and outdoor dining areas all offer a comfortable place to gather with family and friends for some outdoor quality time. Other features help to promote relaxation and create that calming ambiance that we all need after a long day. Pergolas, spas, and fountains create spaces for relaxing alone or with family while enjoying the fresh air and beautiful weather that Phoenix has to offer.

This ramada and outdoor kitchen are the perfect for entertaining while enjoying a day in the pool. This is Phoenix outdoor living at its best. Hot Trends In Outdoor Entertaining Features

Even in the summer months, a fire pit is a great place to gather in the evening after the sun goes down and toast marshmallows or just chat by the fire. And the best part is that fire pit designs offer a great many options to customize this popular feature. Homeowners can choose from a natural gas fire ring or logs, propane or even a natural wood-burning fire pit. And the size, shape and finish options are almost unlimited. The next two trending features this year seem to go hand in hand for many homeowners. Outdoor kitchens and dining spaces are more popular than ever. The pleasant climate in Phoenix makes outdoor cooking and dining a great way to add very functional living space without an expensive addition to your home. A basic BBQ island with a grill and serving space is just the beginning. Homeowners can include all of the features of their indoor kitchen including a sink, refrigerator, a drink station, storage space, and even a wood-burning pizza oven.

This outdoor kitchen and dining area offer bonus living space for parties and family gatherings. And in the evening, the fireplace is a great place to gather with guests.

Pergolas, ramadas, and gazebos are also very popular this year for creating an outdoor living space that offers some shade for daytime use. Even the most dedicated outdoorsy residents need a place to escape the sun from time to time. And all of these outdoor structures offer a bit of shade without the feeling of being cooped up indoors. The open sides promote great airflow and allow those seeking a bit of relaxation in the shade to still be a part of all of the fun outdoor activities taking place throughout the yard.

Hot Trends In Features To Help You Relax This outdoor seating area offers a bonus living space for parties and family gatherings. And in the evening, the fire pit is a great place to gather with guests.

And once the guests have gone home and it is time to relax, a pergola, ramada, or gazebo is the perfect place for some quiet time to relax and simply enjoy your outdoor living space. The area can become even more tranquil if you add one of this year’s hottest outdoor features, a fountain. The sound of moving water is very relaxing not to mention the ability of even the smallest amount of water to create grey noise to block out the sounds of traffic or just the hum of everyday life. These features can be as simple as a wall mounted fountain or as elaborate as a custom designed pond and waterfall that is home to aquatic plants and even fish. And finally, if you are ready to get into some water to relax, a spa is one of the favored features this year to relax and wash all of your troubles and concerns away. A free-standing spa can be installed almost anywhere in your yard, or you might opt to add a spa when remodeling your current swimming pool. Your options are only limited by what you can imagine as the UNIQUE team can custom design and build your dream spa featuring therapeutic jets, a cascading water scupper or even a natural boulder waterfall. To learn more about your options for all of these hot outdoor trends for 2019, contact the UNIQUE design team at 480-969-1911. We offer a free consultation to answer your questions about outdoor features, possible designs and even the cost of adding some or all of these features to your Phoenix outdoor living oasis.

Think of this outdoor living space as your other great room.
Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 

As the summer temperatures in Phoenix begin to reach over 100 on pretty much a daily basis, it is important to know how to keep your outdoor living space as cool and enjoyable as possible. The valley is a great place for outdoor living, and with a few helpful tips and features, you can enjoy being outside year round in comfort. Everything from shade structures, to landscape selections and cooling systems, can work together to provide you with a great outdoor living space even in the peak heat of August. Contact a UNIQUE designer at 480-969-1911 to learn more about how we can help you create your perfect outdoor oasis.

Your landscape plant and tree selections will have an impact on your level of comfort when enjoying your backyard in the summertime. Larger plants such as orange jubilees, oleander and sage can provide a much needed natural screen to block the sun from seating areas as well as play areas. But unlike walls or other solid structures, plant material allows air to circulate. On the days when there is a breeze, you will still enjoy it, as well as the shade from these larger plants. Shade trees, such as the Sissoo, Tipu, Arizona Ash, Shamel Ash, and Brazilian Pepper will also provide much-needed shade and add beauty and privacy to your outdoor living space. Strategically places shade trees can even help to lower the cost of cooling your home.

This Ramada offers a great place to get out of the sun for a snack and will also provide shade to the swim-up bar later in the day. Shade Structures Add Functionality and Comfort

There are many types of shade structures that you can add to your Phoenix backyard to make it much more comfortable in the hotter months of the year. Pergolas, Ramadas, gazebos, and covered patios are all great options that can be custom designed to complement your homes architecture style and your lifestyle. And not only do these structures help keep the heat off in the summer but they also provide shelter from the rain in the wet season and protection from the cooler wind in the winter, making them a year-round benefit.

Misters help keep this bar area more comfortable even when the sun is at its peak. But the fine mist never creates puddles or a slipping hazard. Include A Mister System To Cool Your Outdoor Living Space

A professionally designed and installed mister system can completely change the feel of your outdoor living space in the summer time. There are some do-it-yourself systems out there that claim to be the perfect solution, but in the end, only a professional design and professional quality equipment can really keep the heat of a Phoenix summer at bay. The UNIQUE design team knows how to eliminate issues such as wind, overspray and large droplets of water which create puddles and a safety hazard. Walking into an area with a professionally designed and installed misting system feels almost like walking into your air-conditioned home.

Portable Cooling For Your Backyard

An evaporative cooler is a solution that you can move throughout your yard to cool a small area. All you need to provide is power and a water supply so that the unit can draw in the hot, dry air and cool it by blowing it through a wet filter. This unit can be used in open areas as well as on a patio or even in a garage when the door is open.

Two Features From Indoors

As you are creating your ideal outdoor living space, don’t forget to add two important features that you have inside your home. The first critical item is a ceiling fan. This helps to keep air circulating on covered patios as well as inside any shade structures such as a Ramada or gazebo. Plan early for these features by including an electric drop in the ceiling. Also, be certain that the structure will support the weight of a ceiling fan. The last feature to cool you down quickly is an outdoor shower. Just a few minutes in the cool water and you are refreshed and ready to relax. This feature also is a great way to be certain that everyone rinses off before getting into your pool. This will go a long way in helping to keep your pool water manageable.

Adding some or all of these cool features to your backyard is a great way to ensure that you will enjoy outdoor living even in the hottest part of the summer. Call 480-969-1911 to schedule a free initial consultation with a UNIQUE designer to learn more about these great features and how to incorporate them into your yard. As a full service pool and landscape contractor, the UNIQUE Companies can meet all of your needs for pool, spa, and landscape design and construction. Our in-house team of craftsmen will custom build all of the features and spaces to turn your dreams into your reality. 

At night, misters add to the comfort as well as the ambiance of this outdoor living space. But guests never need to worry about droplets of water on furniture or on the decking. This UNIQUE pergola provides shade for the patio as well as adding to the visual interest. The ornate design makes it appear to be a work or art as well as a functional shade structure.
Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 
This backyard features a lazy river with deck jets for added fun and entertainment. Kids and adults will enjoy every moment spent enjoying the UNIQUE fun features in this backyard.

Summertime in Phoenix is definitely made for having fun outdoors. With nearly 300 sunny days and warm temperatures for nearly 9 months, nothing makes your Phoenix backyard more enjoyable than water features for kids of all ages. And these are not fountains or koi ponds, these are places for the entire family to have fun while keeping cool and relaxing together. And the best part is that all three amazing features can be customized for you and your family by a member of the UNIQUE design team. All you need to do is schedule a free consultation and have your list of must-have fun features ready when your designer arrives. And even if you only have a few ideas, your designer will be able to explain all of the pool and water features that UNIQUE offers and help you select what is right for your family.

Most summertime entertaining in Phoenix happens in the pool. So when you are imagining your perfect swimming pool you will want to be sure to consider a lazy river and a water slide. These are two features that will be enjoyed by adults and children alike and will take your pool parties to the next level. In addition to fun in the pool, many families like to add a water feature that is perfect for younger children. A splash pad is the perfect play area for small children who are not yet accomplished swimmers. Kids love to activate the fountains and play in the water and parents love that this is a child-safe water play area that has no dangerous standing water in the play area.

Nothing Says Summertime Fun Like A Lazy River! This custom water feature includes a slide as well as a waterfall and grotto.

Until recently, the only place to find a lazy river was at a five-star resort. But now UNIQUE customers can have a custom lazy river added to their backyard entertainment area. Your lazy river can include a grotto or waterfall, an island with footbridge access or even water cannons and fountains to keep everyone cool while riding along the lazy river on a floatie or inner tube. Other features that enhance a lazy river include a swim-up bar for quick access to drinks and snacks, a viewing window to watch as your guests float by on the river and even a shade structure such as a Ramada or palapa. Your UNIQUE designer will assist you in selecting the features that you would like as well as planning the path of your lazy river to make the best use of the space in your yard. And then the final step is to select the landscaping that will add the finishing touches. You can create your own tropical oasis with palms and lush plants or a more rustic look with agave, cacti and huge natural boulders. Whatever you are dreaming of for your lazy river, the UNIQUE team can build for you in your own backyard.

Add A Water Slide To Your Pool Or Lazy River At night, the fun only increases as this water slide and grotto are lit to up to add impact to your yard. This grotto and water slide are sure to be the focal point of the outdoor living space throughout the year.

Gone are the days of climbing out of the pool to scurry up a metal ladder and try to slide down a white plastic flume which might or might not have a trickle of water running down it. Today’s slides can be custom designed as part of a huge rock feature that could even include a cave or grotto. And the steps used to get to the top of your slide will be far more safe than the rickety old ladders of the past. Your water slide will look more like a feature from a theme park than something making a comeback from the 60s and 70s. Your custom slide can use an open flume, closed flume or even a combination of both. In addition, you can add twists and turns, steep inclines and a final straightaway for picking up speed. These custom created fiberglass slides also feature a substantial amount of water flowing with each rider so there are no more abrasions and scuffs when enjoying your custom slide feature. There is no better way to enter your pool or lazy river than a jet down your custom designed UNIQUE water slide.

A Safe Summer Fun Feature For Your Phoenix Backyard Splash pads add an element of summer fun, but in a manner that is safe for children of all ages. This splash pad offers numerous fountains and jets to keep even a large group of children entertained for hours at a time.

Water safety is a very serious concern for parents and having a kid-friendly water play area is perfect for younger children and children who are not yet ready to be in a pool. But these youngsters won’t be missing out on any fun this summer if you install a UNIQUE splash pad. As one of the valleys premier pool and spa contractors, UNIQUE is well qualified to design and install your custom splash pad. Chris Griffin, the owner and in-house engineer at UNIQUE crunches through all of the numbers and formulas to make sure that your splash pad meets both his strict engineering and design standards to ensure that your family will have nothing but fun while enjoying this waterpark-like fun space. Our only word of caution when thinking about your splash pad design is dream big! Many contractors offer a standard 100 square foot splash pad, only to have clients a little disappointed after the first few days of use. Picture your kids playing and running around in a 10’ x 10’ room, and think of how confining that can be. At UNIQUE we recommend that you increase the size to accommodate more play space. And we also want you to know that the size does not double when you build a 200 square foot splash pad. In fact, the cost only increases by about 20%. So build a play space that you and your kids can enjoy for years to come. Adding one or all of these fun features to your Phoenix backyard will turn every weekend into a staycation for the entire family to enjoy. Contact the UNIQUE design team to learn more about these features and all of the options to turn your current backyard into the backyard of your dreams.

Splash pads bring the fun back to slides and jungle gyms in the hot summer months. Kids will love this safe water play area as much as parents do.
Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 
This landscape design provides the perfect outdoor living space to enjoy the year round pleasant climate in Phoenix. Homeowners can double their living space for a fraction of the cost of a home addition.

Landscaping your Phoenix property is far more challenging than simply picking some plants and getting them into the ground. The Valley of the Sun is well known as a great place for outdoor living and entertaining, and you want your landscape to provide the stage for your outdoor lifestyle. Properly blending hardscape features, plant material and other features such as a swimming pool or splash pad required a great deal of knowledge, planning, and expertise. Investing in a professional design and installation firm is always a good choice. Contact the design team at the UNIQUE Companies for a free consultation to learn about all of the services and benefits of a professional landscape for your Phoenix home.

One of the most important outdoor features of any home is the view. And protecting that view rather than blocking it with landscape and other outdoor features is very important. Your landscape should enhance any view that you have rather than detracting from it. It is the view from your yard that will offer an sense of openness and space even in a smaller yard, and you never want to block it. A professional designer will be able to offer many ideas to maximize the view from your outdoor living areas and ensure the feeling of a spacious yard.

Your Budget Is An Important Factor In Your Level Of Satisfaction This fireplace and patio extension are the foundation of this landscape plan. These features increased the landscape budget but provide a great return on investment in additional living space and by increasing the property value.

Having a healthy budget for your Phoenix landscape will definitely have a big impact on your overall enjoyment of the project once it is completed. Look at the investment you are making as money spent to increase the functionality of your yard and to increase your overall living space. Also, remember that patios, pools and shade structures can be added after an initial landscape is completed but they will be more expensive at that point. In addition, you are likely to damage or destroy a great deal of your existing landscape to add features later. Plan carefully to include all of the features and outdoor living spaces that you want in your initial design. This will save you a great deal of money in the long run and will ensure that the project flows as smoothly as the living spaces inside your home.

Odd Numbers Are Visually Pleasing The plantings in this landscape design enhance the appearance of the home but do not block the view from windows and doors. In addition, the trees provide shade and insulation for the front of the home.

When selecting plant material, remember that odd numbers are more pleasing to the eye. In addition, even when you plant in even numbers for symmetry, plants never grow at perfectly equal rates so there will always appear to be something lacking in the symmetry. Odd numbers allow for a more random and natural look and will be much easier to maintain in the future. Threes and fives are the magic numbers for plants, trees and even flower pots. And more than five and the element will become overbearing.

Plant For Year-Round Outdoor Living Planting in odd numbers creates visual appeal and interest. The variety of colors and textures also make this design very pleasing and inviting.

Phoenix offers a wonderful year-round climate for enjoying outdoor living spaces. Keep that in mind when you are selecting plants. Be sure to have plants that will be blooming and at their peak throughout the year. Every design will have a single focal point at its center, such as a water feature or specimen plant. If the focal point of your yard is a plant, be sure that you select a plant that does not go dormant and one that will be pleasing to look at all year long. Adding seasonal features around the focal point will draw the eye in different directions depending on the season of the year. Planting fall and winter blooming plants near a fire pit or fireplace makes more sense than locating them near the pool which would be used more frequently in the summer months.

Add Texture To Create Interest

Especially in the case of a new landscape with smaller plants, other elements such as hardscape features of stone or stucco, fencing or even statues will add a great deal of texture and interest to your landscape. A rough wooden fence will provide a color and texture contrast to smooth green foliage. Plant material can also be used to soften the feel of large masonry features such as an outdoor kitchen. Soft vines can trail up a trellis or the support posts of a ramada to cover the sharp angles and starkness. An open pergola over an outdoor eating area can also be a great place to vines for both shade and a softer, lighter texture. When selecting plant material, variation in texture is also important. The massive leaves of a fan palm can be paired with the more delicate leaves and plumes of a fairy duster to provide contrast in color and texture. To learn more tips on landscaping or to schedule a free consultation with a designer, call the UNIQUE team at 480-969-1911.

Planting in odd numbers creates visual appeal and interest. The variety of colors and textures also make this design very pleasing and inviting.
Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 
A perimeter fence around your pool is the first step to ensuring everyone safety. But there is more to pool safety than a fence and locking gate.

Spring in Phoenix is a busy time as we all prepare for the warm months to come. Pools are being cleaned and prepared for the endless hours of enjoyment as are the BBQ grills and outdoor living spaces. But homeowners often forget that spring is also the time to revisit pool safety for both adults and children. Inspecting safety equipment such as pool perimeter fencing, pool safety nets, and pool covers is just the beginning. Homeowners also need to be certain that there are functional life rings and life hooks near the pool at all times. This is also a good time to inspect all gates to be sure that the self-closing and self-latching mechanisms are functioning correctly. If you have questions about the safety or function of your pool fencing or gates, contact UNIQUE to discuss upgrading or replacing your pool safety features.

Springtime is also when parents should begin to discuss pool rules with their children as well as pool safety and what to do in the event of an emergency. Basic pool safety includes walking but never running near a pool, avoiding pool drains and other entrapment openings, no rough play in the pool and never entering the pool without adult supervision. It is also a good idea to remind children that when they see lightning, it is time to get out of the pool and seek shelter away from all water. Parents should also understand that children will be very excited as the swim season begins and regular reminders about pool safety and pool rules will be needed to ensure everyone’s safety throughout the summer.

Pool Safety Begins With Adult Supervision All guests should know the pool rules and play in a safe manner around the water. Running and rough play should never be allowed.

Even the most responsible of children can get caught up in the fun and excitement of a swimming pool. So it is critical that there is an adult supervising any time there are children in the pool. Even a child who is a very accomplished swimmer can get hurt, become exhausted or simply forget about pool safety for a single second and tragedy can strike. Constant reminders to stay clear of drains and vents to avoid entrapment, exercising caution when entering and exiting the pool and other basic pool safety lessons are the best ways to avoid accidents that can ruin your pool fun for the summer or even forever. Adults also need to remember that if a child is missing from the yard or the house, always check the pool and spa first as seconds can be critical if a child is unattended near water.

First Aid Preparations A basic first aid kit should be near the pool to attend to minor injuries. Swimmers with injuries more serious than minor cuts or scrapes should get professional medical care immediately.

Most homeowners never face any pool injury incidents that are more serious than a few scrapes or bruises. But it is always a good idea to have a well-stocked first aid kit near the pool. Items such as bandages, exam gloves, burn spray, gauze, instant cold packs, antiseptic wipes and antibiotic ointment can make caring for a minor injury at the pool much less stressful than searching the house for first aid items. In the event of a more serious injury, it is also important to have a phone nearby to call 911. If you are unsure about the seriousness of an injury, always err on the side of caution and seek immediate medical attention. This can be a critical step in avoiding more serious or permanent injuries from a pool accident.

Two Simple Pool Safety Tips To Live By Every pool should be equipped with safety devices such as a life ring or life hook. These items should remain close to the pool at all times and be inspected regularly for damage. Damages safety gear should be replaced ASAP.

In the Valley of the Sun, protection from harmful UV rays is important for both children and adults. Protection from UV rays, sunburns and skin damage begins in childhood but is a lifetime commitment which will greatly reduce the potential for skin cancer. Selecting high quality, waterproof sunblock is the first step to protecting yourself and your loved ones. Step two is applying that sunblock a full 30 minutes before going outdoors. This allows your skin time to absorb the sunscreen and helps to reduce the amount of sunscreen that washes off when you enter the pool. The second important safety tip involves dehydration. Even though you are in the water, only your skin is staying hydrated when you are in the pool. Your body is still losing fluids and they need to be replenished. Be sure that everyone who is enjoying the pool is also consuming plenty of water or foods with a high water content such as cucumber, lettuce, tomatoes, green peppers, watermelon, strawberries, grapefruit or cantaloupe. Not only will these snacks taste better than chips or salt-laden items but they will ensure that swimmers remain hydrated and full of energy.

Pool safety begins in the early spring as homeowners prepare for a summer of fun in the pool. But unlike other tasks, practicing pool safety and conversations about pool rules should continue throughout the swimming season to ensure that everyone enjoys a safe summer of fun. To discuss your options for adding safety features to your pool such as barrier fencing, self-closing gates or safety nets, contact the UNIQUE design team to schedule a free consultation or call us at 480-969-1911. We can also provide you with helpful information about repairs to your pool equipment or surface and regular pool service and maintenance within our service area.

Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 
Nothing is more inviting than a crystal clear swimming pool on a hot day. Professional pool service ensures that your pool is always ready for you to enjoy.

As the owner of a Phoenix swimming pool, you certainly know that there is a great deal of care and maintenance required to keep your pool water clean and safe. The dust and pollutants in the air, as well as the high use in the hot weather,  can make it very challenging to keep the water properly balanced. And even a slight miscalculation can cause algae growth and other contamination issues that require both knowledge and time to eliminate. But all of these headaches can be eliminated when pool owners decide to use a professional to maintain their pool. At UNIQUE Pool Service we offer exceptional customer service, expertise in all aspects of pool care and maintenance and no long term service contracts. Call 480-969-1911 EXT 228 to request your proposal to maintain your east valley or Scottsdale pool.

Pool owners know that pool safety is critical to enjoying your pool throughout the year. But in most pool owners minds, pool safety involves the physical aspect of a large body of water in their yard. What they are not considering is the damages that can be associated with pool chemicals and pool water that is not properly balanced and maintained. Some pool chemicals are caustic and should never come in contact with the skin while others can produce toxic fumes if used incorrectly. And if the water in your pool is not properly sanitized, it can quickly become a breeding ground for insects and other contaminants which are harmful to humans. But all of these dangers can be easily eliminated by using a professional pool service provider such as UNIQUE Pool Service.

Reduce Your Stress And Chores With Professional Swimming Pool Service Not only does a green pool pose health issues but it is also expensive and time consuming to clean. Avoid this issue by entrusting your pool maintenance and care to a professional.

It can take a considerable amount of time to keep a swimming pool in top condition. The interior surface must be brushed or swept, the filter baskets emptied, and the water tested and balanced. And this is just the most basic of maintenance. There is also additional regular care needed to maintain the pump, filter and other systems of a swimming pool. So pool owners can find themselves out at the pool doing maintenance rather than enjoying the fun and relaxation of their pool. And should there be an issue with balancing the pool water or an aspect of the pool filtering or cleaning systems, then the time investment just got substantially greater. But pool owners can avoid all of these chores and the stress that they add to evenings and weekends by hiring a professional to maintain their pool.

Protect Your Investment With Professional Swimming Pool Service Your pool equipment is critical to maintaining a clean and healthy swimming pool. Protect the investment you have made in this equipment by using only a professional pool service.

With the average price of a swimming pool being equal to the price of some vehicles, it only makes sense that pool owners want to protect that investment. And a professional swimming pool service is the best way to do that. Maintaining well-balanced water will lengthen the life of each part of the pool that comes into contact with the pool water. The interior, piping, pumps, filtration system and even the hardware on the pool lights can be damaged by water that is not correctly balanced. In addition, when there is a part of your pool that is beginning to show signs of wear, your professional pool service technician will immediately bring this need for a small repair to your attention before it turns into a major problem and an expensive repair or replacement.

Peace Of Mind Thanks To Your Professional Swimming Pool Service Provider Never worry about you pool having sanitation issues or algae. Professional pool care eliminates these concerns and lets you enjoy your pool whenever you choose to.

Homeowners install swimming pools to enjoy the cool and relaxing environment in the heat of each Phoenix summer, not to relearn high school chemistry or to devote hours to sweeping and cleaning chores. By selecting a quality pool service such as UNIQUE Pool Service, pool owners can forget about the challenges and frustrations of testing pool water, adding chemicals and scooping leaves after a monsoon. In addition, there are no worries about how and where to safely store potentially hazardous pool chemicals or when and how much need to be added to the pool water. Pool owners will be free to enjoy their pool whenever they choose, knowing that the water is clean and safe. Protect your investment in your pool equipment and in your free time by calling 480-969-1911 EXT 228 to request your proposal to maintain your east valley or Scottsdale swimming pool. UNIQUE Pool Service offers weekly visits to clean and monitor your pool as well as quotes for additional repairs or renovations. And we never ask our clients to sign long term service agreements or to wait at home for us to service their pool. We will unlock the gate and relock it when we leave your property. And you will know exactly what services were provided when you read the service report that we email to you after every visit. We are the pool service experts in the east valley and Scottsdale, who also provide excellence in all aspects of customer service and communication with our clients.

Your pool should never add to your to do list. Professional pool service promises a clean pool and gives you the time to relax and enjoy your pool rather than cleaning it when you have a free moment.
Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 
This beautiful backyard is child and pet-friendly because the artificial grass reduces the allergens and the need for potentially toxic chemicals. And parents love that there is no water and no maintenance required leaving plenty of time for fun with the family.

Even though we live in the desert, most homeowners are fond of looking out the window and seeing a nice, lush, green lawn. But not only can it be very difficult to achieve that lofty goal here in the Valley of the Sun, but it can also be very costly. With the cost of water and the inevitable restrictions on lawn watering, keeping even Bermuda grass looking good can become quite a challenge. But artificial grass is an alternative to natural grass that is becoming very popular with homeowners who are not sold on the less than lush look of desert landscape. Call 480-969-1911 to schedule a free consultation with a UNIQUE designer to learn more about your options for eliminating your grass and enjoying all of the benefits of artificial grass.

Artificial grass is no longer that cheap looking carpet-like material that used to be popular in retirement communities as an outdoor carpet on patios. Today’s turf looks far more natural and real, in addition to being far more durable. In fact, some artificial grass manufacturers offer as long as a 15-year warranty on their products. And of course, there is the benefit of little or no maintenance required to keep artificial lawns looking great. This also means that you will not be spending money on fertilizer, weed killer, mowing, scalping and over-seeding or watering. But there are several other benefits to artificial lawns that you might not have thought about.

No Allergens With Artificial Grass Artificial grass is the perfect grass to install at all play areas including sunken trampoline pits and other play equipment. The turf is durable enough for high traffic areas and gentle for children’s feet and pet’s paws.

One of the larger contributors to most people’s allergies is pollen. Natural grass is a major contributor to the pollen issues here in the Phoenix area. So for homeowners with allergies or who have children with allergies, artificial grass is a great alternative to staying indoors or being miserable when you are outside. It is also worth mentioning that many dogs also develop allergies. Pets with allergies tend to lick the areas that itch causing their fur to fall out. If your pet has bald areas on his or her paws, it could be due to a grass allergy. Artificial turf can provide welcome relief to pets who love the outdoors but suffer from allergies just as many humans do. And you never need to worry about pet urine or waste ruining your turf, as it can simply be removed and hosed off as needed.

Another concern for homeowners with small children and pets is the number of chemical treatments that are required to maintain a green and healthy lawn. Not only are some pesticides and herbicides toxic for pets but they can also be harmful to small children. But eliminating natural grass also eliminates the need for many of the chemicals that will be used in your yard, making it a safer and healthier environment for children and pets alike.

Reclaim Your Weekends with Artificial Grass Homeowners can add fun and function to their backyard with an artificial grass putting green. This putting surface requires almost no maintenance and looks beautiful year round.

If you take care of your own yard, then you understand the time involved in cutting the grass, trimming and maintaining the sprinkler system. You also know that several times a year you need to allocate time for applying pre-emergent, post-emergent and fertilizer as well as the dreaded scalping and over-seeding process. But all of those chores can be removed from your evening and weekend time when you install artificial grass. Once the turf is installed, you have a pristine panel of green in your yard year round. There is no need to worry about having unsightly brown spots in the grass when you are having guests or rushing out to cut the grass before a big pool party. Your yard is ready to entertain or simply to relax and enjoy with the family, all day, every day. So if you are ready to save time, money and reduce the allergens in your yard as well as the hazardous chemicals, then contact the design team at UNIQUE to schedule a free consultation to learn more about artificial grass and why it will be a great addition to your Phoenix yard.

Even a small panel of artificial grass has adds a big impact to your yard. The lush green color and softer texture help to balance all of the hardscape features in outdoor living spaces.
Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 
The clean lines of this pergola provide a shaded retreat in this compact backyard without overpowering the space. The stucco columns match the home and complement the linear design of the modern fireplace.

According to the dictionary definition, a pergola is an arbor that is built with horizontal beams or trellises and is supported by columns or post. The purpose of the structure is to support or train vines or other plants to grow upward. But in the Phoenix area, a pergola is far more than just a structure to support plants. Pergolas are often the shade structure of choice used to create a protected relaxation oasis. These structures can be built with an open trellis like ceiling and are most often made from large wooden beams and wood rafters. The support for the rafters is provided by four large columns or posts which allow all four sides to remain open for easy access. To learn more about Arizona pergolas, call 480-969-1911 to schedule a free no obligation design consultation with a UNIQUE designer.

One of the biggest benefits of a pergola is that this shade structure can be constructed almost anywhere on your property. Unlike a covered porch or patio, a pergola can be located away from your house and provides a 360-degree view of your surrounding landscape and outdoor living features. Pergolas are often installed near a swimming pool, spa or splash pad to provide a shaded retreat for family and friends to enjoy in the heat of the Arizona summer. And with the addition of lighting, a pergola provides the ambiance for a quiet al fresco dinner throughout the year.

UNIQUE Pergola Features This pergola is constructed of traditional wood posts and beams, but the posts are anchored to mini-pillars which are used throughout the landscape. Custom lighting adds to the ambiance as the sun begins to set.

As mentioned before, pergolas are most often constructed of wood, but that is not to say that wood is your only choice. The design team at UNIQUE Landscapes will be happy to work with you to custom design the pergola of your dreams. As a licensed general contractor, UNIQUE is fully qualified to build your shade structure to your specifications and taste. In some cases, the rafter of the pergola is constructed of custom ornamental iron to create a more ornate filigree pattern. Other options include creating support columns that match existing architectural features on your home or even installing custom carved posts. But regardless of the custom features and design requests, you will have the peace of mind of knowing that your pergola is also engineered for safety and structural integrity as Chris Griffin, the owner of the UNIQUE companies is a civil engineer and has held a license from the Arizona Registrar of Contractors since 2003.

Other UNIQUE Shade Options This ramada is the perfect location for an outdoor kitchen and living space. The roof is fully enclosed and the design mimics the architectural style of the home, including the matching roof tiles.

While a pergola is a relatively open shade structure, there are also options that will provide homeowners with even more protection from the sun as well as other weather. A ramada is a structure that offers a fully-enclosed roof but is still supported with just four posts or columns. These structures are most often designed to match the architecture of your home and can include stucco columns, stacked stone, matching roof tiles, and decorative accents. And your ramada can include additional custom features such as a misting system, ceiling fan, lighting, a BBQ island and more. Ask your UNIQUE designer for tips and ideas about which features you might enjoy when planning your ramada. And if you are interested in a more rustic look but still want the benefit of some shade, a palapa could be just what you are looking for. These structures are more similar to a large umbrella than an actual building. A single pine-peeled post or multiple posts are used to support a canopy made of dried palm fronds. Palapas are often installed over a BBQ island or at an outdoor seating area to create a natural looking shade structure.

Important Tips When Building A Pergola This pergola creates an intimate seating area near the pool without blocking the magnificent view of the mountains. Traditional wood rafters are supported by classic stone columns with pillars that match the fireplace.

Every good construction project begins with a good plan and a great foundation. It is critical that any structure including a pergola be professionally designed and engineered. Not only is this important for your safety and that of your guests, but it is also required when you are submitting your plans to the city for approval and permitting prior to the construction process. Each city can have slightly different requirements and it is important that your pergola is designed and engineered to meet the specific code of your city. It is also important that the footers that support your pergola are correctly designed and installed. These footings will be the foundation for your pergola, and when designed and built correctly, they will support the pergola for a lifetime. And finally, your pergola should be constructed using the same high-quality building practices that were used to build your home. Only licensed contractors should be hired to build any structure. This ensures the integrity of the structure and the safety and quality of the finished product. For answers to your specific questions about building a pergola, contact the UNIQUE design team to schedule a free consultation.

Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 

At UNIQUE Custom Pools we are committed to providing our clients with the highest quality construction process and workmanship in the industry. In addition, we are committed to offering an equally high level of communication so that clients always know the status of their project and what to expect in the coming phases of construction. Our 14 step custom pool construction process sets up apart from other contractors from day one and ensures that our clients receive nothing but the highest quality finished product. To learn about our 14 step process in more detail, schedule a free consultation with one of our design specialists.

STEP 1- DESIGN, PLANNING & PERMITTING

Prior to construction, your new pool is reviewed by our design and construction team, CAD Department, Engineers and the UNIQUE Owner, Chris Griffin.  All of the construction notes are carefully put on the plans for permitting and for use by our crews.  Permits are then obtained. This process can take anywhere from 1 day to 4 weeks, depending on the municipality.

STEP 2- LAYOUT

With engineering and permitting completed, all of the design plan is transposed to your yard. This allows homeowners the opportunity to see the scale and location in their yard before any excavation begins. Final changes and alterations can be made at this time. This process can normally be completed in just a few hours.

All of the details of your pool design and the services for your pool will be painted on the ground, to scale, for you to review.
STEP 3- EXCAVATION

This is the first step in the actual construction process and often involves the use of heavy equipment to dig the pool and remove the excess soil from your property. This process can range from 1 to 3 days in most cases.

Bobcats, backhoes and other equipment is brought into your yard to dig your pool and remove the excavated soil in a timely manner.
STEP 4- PLUMBING

Plumbing is one of the most critical aspects of UNIQUE pools.  Because our primary focus is over-sized plumbing, hydrology, and pump efficiency, we take careful precautions during this phase. Pictures are taken throughout this phase of construction for documentation purposes. Plumbing most custom pools can be completed in 1 to 2 days.

The plumbing is run into the excavated area that will become your pool and stubbed up. These pipes will later be used for your in-floor cleaning system as well as the drains. All of the pipes are then run to the pool equipment in one centralized location for easy access and maintenance STEP 5- STEEL

The structural integrity of the pool is defined here in the “STEEL” phase of the project.  The rebar shell of the pool is made of 3/8″ rebar at every 12″ on center or more if required by engineers.  UNIQUE uses additional steel in all of our pools with our 5-bar bond beam and center shell reinforcement for longer and larger pools. The steel phase normally lasts for 1 to 2 days.

This rebar mesh system is what provides the structural integrity that allows UNIQUE pools to last a lifetime. STEP 6- ELECTRICAL

During the electrical phase, all of the electric service and lines needed to operate the pool pump, lighting, and other electric components are installed. Our designers also make sure we can integrate your pool electrical service with your landscape features which require electrical such as Outdoor Kitchen and Barbecue outlets, Ramada lighting, and landscape lighting. Electrical can often be completed in 1 to 2 days but more intricate designs and integration with other outdoor features can increase the length of this phase.

All of the electrical components of your pool are mounted at the pool equipment. This can also include additional wiring for landscape lighting, features in your outdoor living area or outlets for future use. STEP 7- SHOTCRETE

This is when you really get to see your pool begin to take shape. The steel cage that was created is covered with 6″ – 8″ of solid concrete. UNIQUE uses only the highest strength concrete with fiber-mesh in all of our pools. This ensures that your pool will truly last a LIFETIME. The shotcrete is completed in a single day.

Shotcrete is applied to the steel cage to form the actual shell of your pool. This is when your project really begins to look like a pool! STEP 8- TILE & DECKING

Depending on the type of deck you select, the waterline tile will be installed right before or after your pool decking. At this same time, out craftsmen will also set the tile on other features in your project such as the outdoor kitchen countertop or on a tiled water feature. Tile can last for 2 to 5 days on average.

Waterline tile and water feature tile installation is coordinated with the installation of your pool decking. In some cases, the decking is installed first, but in other cases the tile must be installed first. Your designer will be able to tell you the progression of your specific selections. STEP 9 WATER FEATURES

Water features can be natural rock, artificial rock, block or stone. UNIQUE’S pool construction process integrates our water features at different points throughout the project depending on the type of feature.  A properly designed and well-built water feature is key to any new swimming pool and spa project. Depending on the size, location, and material, construction of a water feature will require 1 to 3 days.

Grottos and waterfalls are often build with large surface select boulders or artificial rock. Our staff of skilled masons will custom build the water feature of your dreams. STEP 10- LANDSCAPING & MASONRY

UNIQUE’S Landscape Division completes all of our pool masonry and hardscape projects. Our staff of masons build all of the block water features, walls, BBQ islands, fireplaces, fire pits and more. This is usually followed by an application of stucco, stone, and paint. The scope of the project will determine the length of time required to complete the work but most projects range from 2 to 10 days.

The UNIQUE Landscape division will arrive to build all of your structures including walls, BBQ Islands, fire pits and other outdoor accents. STEP 11- FINAL INSPECTION

At this point, your project is coming together and we are ready for the inspection to be certain that your pool meets all requirements, codes, and regulations of the city/county. It normally takes a day or 2 for the city or county inspector to come out and complete his or her inspection.

STEP 12- INTERIOR FINISH

The final construction phase is the application of the pool’s interior finish. This signifies the completion of your UNIQUE pool. While the actual application of the pebble or plaster only takes a day, there are several processes which follow to finalize the interior of our pools. After an acid wash and light polish on day 2, we will start filling your pool. Depending on the size of your pool, this can take 1 to 3 days.

The installation of your pools interior surface means that we are very close to the completion of your UNIQUE custom pool. The installation is relatively fast but there are critical processes to follow to ensure a durable and perfect interior finish. STEP 13- START-UP & ORIENTATION

Your new swimming pool is now complete but showing you how to use it takes a few days.  First, chemicals are added and the pumps are started (STARTUP). After everything is perfect, you get a few hours of lessons in our very own  Pool School. We can also explain to you the benefits of using the UNIQUE pool service division to maintain your new pool.


We will spend a few days getting your pool water perfectly balanced and ready for you to enjoy before we begin your tutorial on pool care. We will also explain our pool service agreement if you are not interested in maintaining the pool on your own.
STEP 14- TIME TO ENJOY YOUR CUSTOM POOL!

It has been anywhere from 30 to 60 days since the beginning of your custom pool construction process. But now you are the proud owner of a UNIQUE pool that is designed and built to last a lifetime.

It is now time to begin to enjoy your UNIQUE custom pool and all of the features that you have selected to create your dream outdoor living space. We thank you for your business and look forward to hearing how much you are enjoying your oasis.

These 14 steps and our dedication to communication and customer service are what sets UNIQUE Custom Pools apart from all of the other pool contractors in the valley. We welcome your call to schedule a free consultation with one of our pool designers to learn more about our company and how we can turn your dream pool into a reality.  

Read Full Article

Read for later

Articles marked as Favorite are saved for later viewing.
close
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 

Separate tags by commas
To access this feature, please upgrade your account.
Start your free month
Free Preview