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…]
At the UNIQUE Companies, we believe that our clients deserve nothing but the best, and that includes both the best workmanship and the best products that are available. For that reason, UNIQUE uses a product called Polymeric sand when installing any paver project. For only a slight increase in the overall cost, the benefits of Polymeric sand set pavers are incredible.
What is Polymeric Sand?
Sand is the material that masons use to fill the joints between pavers when building a patio, walkway or pool deck. The sand fills the small gaps and allows the pavers to be held in place to create a solid and secure surface. Polymeric sand combines a very fine sand along with silica and other products which form a binding agent. When the paver project is complete, the Polymeric sand is applied and swept into the joints between the pavers. Next, a gentle spray of water is applied to activate the binding agent and create a strong, solid bond and barrier between the pavers. [Read more…]
There is a lot of truth to the old saying, “you don’t know what you don’t know.” And that can be true when thinking about almost any subject. That is the main reason why it is critical for homeowners to do some research and ask a lot of questions when meeting with a UNIQUE designer; because nothing is worse than learning about a great new outdoor living feature AFTER your yard is completed.
Ask Yourself Some Important Questions
As you are thinking about your landscape, there are several questions that you need to ask yourself. You will also want to give careful consideration to how you are answering these questions.
- Do you just want a small place to sit and relax in the evenings with family or would you like a space large enough to entertain extended family and friends? This answer is going to help you not only select the size of your outdoor living area but also the features which you would like to include.
- Is the outdoor space going to be for year round use or mainly just a summer hang out for the kids? This answer will guide you to either a kid friendly pool and play area or a full outdoor living space with features for both kids and adults.
- Do you want to be able to spend all day and maybe even most of the night outdoors, or are you just interested in going out for a few hours from time to time? If you are only interested in short visits to cool off in the pool and maybe relax with a beverage then a basic UNIQUE package will meet all of your needs. But, if you are a true fan of the great outdoors then you will want to learn about the premium packages UNIQUE offers. These designs will make it possible for you to spend the entire day enjoying your outdoor living space in comfort and style.