When it’s time to select a contractor, most consumers turn to the Internet to gather information about various contractors, the quality and specialty work that each contractor provides and also public opinion of the contractor. It is a pretty safe bet that the contractor’s website is going to list several testimonials and glowing stories of the perfect project and respect for the homeowners budget. But you are not likely to find any honest critiques of areas that the contractor could improve upon or areas that were to complete failure. No business owner is going to display that on his or her website. So savvy homeowners are turning to the Houzz website to get an honest view of what it is like to work with many of the contractors in the valley. This is because Houzz is an independent website which is working for the consumer to gather honest opinions and factual accounts of contractor performance. And that is the reason that the Best of Houzz 2018 award means so much to Chris Griffin and the entire UNIQUE team. [Read more…]
There are very few plants that can survive the Phoenix climate and offer a great variety of color while still being very low maintenance. But the Coneflower is one favorite perennial which is a favorite for winter and spring color. Not only is this large clumping plant very hardy but it is also virtually maintenance-free during its growing season, making it almost the perfect splash of color for any landscape.
Where to Plant
The Coneflower is a nice border plant to visually create separation between various outdoor living spaces with heights ranging from about one foot to five feet tall depending on the variety. It is also a nice choice for screening and can be planted among other plants which bloom in the summer to provide year-round color and foliage for an area. Coneflowers will tolerate full sun to partial shade in the winter and spring and will also grow well in the native soil of the valley.
The Coneflower is a very durable plant and is not susceptible to disease or pests but they are a favorite of butterflies and hummingbirds. Planting the coneflowers outside a window or near a seating area is a good way to attract hummingbirds and butterflies for hours of entertainment. In addition, bees are attracted to the bright, colorful blooms which make these the perfect plants to place near citrus trees to ensure good pollination for fruit tree blossoms. Coneflowers are also a popular selection for dried flower arrangements as the stems are very durable and the blooms provide a variety of colors in the petals and the large center cone which resembles a pompom.
If you are interested in attracting butterflies and hummingbirds into your landscape, be sure to ask your UNIQUE designer to include a few Coneflowers in your design. Not only are these a great for splashes of color in the winter and spring but they will also help to ensure that your citrus trees are well pollinated and produce a large crop of fruit each season.
There are very few perfect properties in the Valley. In most cases, homeowners begin their search in a specific suburb or area of the valley because of its proximity to work or maybe a certain school. But from there, it can be very difficult to find a property which meets all of the criteria of your dream home. However, it is important to remember that most of the aspects of your outdoor living space can be customized and even camouflaged if need be, to create your perfect UNIQUE oasis.
The Noise of a Busy Street
It can be very disheartening to discover that the house that could be your dream home sits on a busy and noisy street. All that you picture is sitting on the patio and hearing the noise of traffic as you try to relax and enjoy your evenings. But the UNIQUE design team can transform that noisy yard into the peaceful outdoor living space that you are dreaming of. Plant material and privacy walls can be the perfect solution to street noise but that is not the only solution to creating a peaceful place to relax outdoors. Installing a free-standing water feature or a pool water feature is another great way to block out street noise and create a calm, peaceful environment.
The UNIQUE team has over a decade of experience designing and installing custom water features throughout the valley. All you need to do is sit down with a designer and discuss your design taste and style and then let the UNIQUE team do the rest. Thanks to Chris Griffin’s degree in engineering and his certification as on one of only 57 Genesis Watershape Designers in the world, any water feature that you can imagine can be engineered, designed and built by the UNIQUE team. Allow Chris and his design team to create a custom water feature that will eliminate all of your concerns about loud street noise and create the perfect outdoor living space to complete your next dream home.
Limited Usable Outdoor Space
As an engineer, Chris Griffin has the technical knowledge and expertise to create breathtaking outdoor living spaces on what was once an unusable hillside. Anyone can build a wall and fill in the area with dirt, but only an engineer can design the load bearing walls required to level out a hillside and create safe usable space. And not only can Chris create the perfect landscape design for the area, but he can also include a pool and spa in your design.
One of the greatest benefits of selecting the UNIQUE Companies for your outdoor living space project is that this one company can do it all. Chris provides the in-house engineering and consults on the project designs, while his team of skilled craftsmen provides all of the additional work for the entire project including building structures, masonry work, plumbing, electrical and landscaping. And you can rest assured that all of this work is completed with great attention to detail and in compliance with all building codes because Chris, himself holds three contractors licenses including a landscape contractor, a pool contractor and a general contractor.
Don’t let a steep hillside or loud street noise stop you from buying your dream house. Purchase the house of your dreams, then call the UNIQUE design team to create the outdoor living space of your dreams.