POOL CONSTRUCTION PROCESS – STEP 10
Landscaping & Masonry
One of the biggest BENEFITS of you choosing Unique is our “in-house” landscape & masonry division. The pride & backbone of our organization, we truly feel that we have some of the most experienced landscape & masonry crews in the Valley. You see, our company started with landscaping & landscape maintenance (15 years ago). So, we fully understand what it takes to design & build a great yard.
In fact, we feel that the landscaping, plants & trees actually is what completes the areas surrounding our pools (and probably what draws all the comments & fascination to our website portfolios). ALL of our pictures show some pretty spectacular landscapes, planting schemes, fireplaces, firepits, and shade structures. Our biggest selling point is the fact that we integrate both pool & landscaping – and this is where it begins. It’s not uncommon for us to arrange for footings, tree holes, and other things to be done at excavation.
“LANDSCAPING & MASONRY” – BRIEF OVERVIEW: Our claim to fame has arrived, and you should now start to see some of the fun items start to take place. We aren’t 100% sure the scope of work going into your landscape & hardscape project, but this may include block walls, seating walls, firepits, fireplaces, pergolas, ramadas, plants & trees, curbing, irrigation systems, grass and MORE! There is a general rule of thumb as far as landscape processes are concerned (and it’s similar to our pool construction). We start with underground first, which may include gas & electric lines, footers, irrigation lines, etc. Next, we focus on hardscapes, masonry, and patios. Once these are done, we finish with plants, trees, lighting systems, sod, and landscape rock. We hope you’ve chosen us to help you finish the pool with landscaping!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
There were areas damaged during pool construction, is this the phase where you guys fix that? That depends. If Unique was hired to do a complete landscape project, we usually “assist” in repairing pool construction damage, or finishing up our landscape portion of the project. But when building a pool, one can never tell the level of extent that the landscape will be damaged (or need repair), and this is usually NOT included in either a landscape or pool agreement. Now would be the time to figure out exactly what needs to be done to repair areas of the project that may not be part of the landscape design or landscape contract. If you are figuring out the landscaping on your own, then we probably don’t have crews available to fix irrigation system leaks, replant plants, or respread gravel that may have dirt in it. Give us a call, we’ll see what we can do to help.
When does my pool get finished? The pool actually will get done AFTER all the landscape dust, dirt & debris clears. Actually, the final steps of the pool should be coming up, and they include cleaning up the interior of the pool, inspections, and then the interior finish. We don’t want all the landscape debris in the water of your new pool – so we wait….
Is it too late to add landscaping? Never! Remember, most pool companies are general contractors with very few employees. We have over 40, and we’d love to do some landscaping or hardscape work for you. Contact your designer ASAP to see about adding something, since our landscape crews are usually booked for weeks ahead.
Landscaping, Softscaping, and Hardscaping – What’s the difference? We often take the terms for granted, as they are commonly used in the landscape industry. “Landscaping” is the overall completion of the yard, and is widely used for all aspects of plants, trees, landscape rock, firepits, barbecues, lighting systems, etc. Most people think of “landscaping” as plants, trees & landscape rock too – and some even think of landscaping as “landscape maintenance,” such as mowing the lawn, trimming the trees, pruning, etc. The “hardscaping” aspects of the project get their name because of all the block, concrete & stone used (all hard objects). Hardscapes include your concrete & stone patios, the masonry (such as barbecues, fireplaces, block walls), and structures (pergolas, ramadas, patio covers, etc.) “Softscapes” refer to the actual plants, trees & landscape rock that goes into your project. It gets it’s name because of the “softening” effect it has on all the hard lines, edges, and harshness of the hardscaping, house, and structures.