Designer Profile: Joe Garcia
Landscape & Pool Designer
Joe Garcia has been designing & managing landscape & pool projects for Unique Companies since 2004. Joe continues to be one of the most experienced designers on the Unique Staff, simply because of all the completed project, happy customers, and his 10 years+ in the landscape & pool industry. His management background & self-motivation allows him to be a great fit for Unique’s clients, simple because he loves what he does. “I love being able to design some incredible landscape & pool projects, then be able to sit back with my clients and watch Unique build these great projects!”, claims Mr. Garcia.
“Joe has been involved with Unique for almost 7 years now, and he’s become very familiar with every facet of landscape & pool construction in which we are involved. Joe is a great fit for any client who is looking for creative design ideas, a professional approach, and knowledge in large landscape & pool projects. He’s put together some of the largest projects that Unique has done over the past 5 to 7 years – and continues to be one of our top designers. He’s always on time, always follows through, and just takes his business, his clients, and his designs seriously”, claims Chris Griffin, owner of Unique Companies.
Joe Garcia (Triple J) has owned and operated Triple J since 2002 designing some incredible landscapes and pools. The opportunity for both Chris (Unique Owner) and Joe to work together came in 2003 and it has turned out to be a perfect partnership with Joe’s extensive knowledge and experience with landscape and pool designing/organization and client interaction skills and Chris’s construction knowledge and a high level of workmanship with every installation. Together, Chris and Joe have created many incredible projects and features such as The “Cardini” fireplace and the “Channels of Fire”.
Joe has been a recipient to a number of industry awards with Unique. Over the years, Joe’s designs have been seen on ABC 15 Home Hunter television show and in the following magazines – Phoenix Home and Garden, House 2 Home, and Home Life magazines, to name a few. Also, you can see many of Joe’s designs in Unique’s featured advertisements.
Joe believes on listening to clients needs and wants, and then offering his experience and ideas to create what he personally calls “Designs that make sense”. Today, while Joe continues to improve his passion for this industry and plans on “Making a difference” for many people to come, he makes sure to make time for his family (Joe – Jan – Jacob).
Bowers Project – Unique Companies are known throughout Arizona for creative designs, and the Bowers project designed by Joe Garcia (Triple J) was truly an example of that and the high quality of workmanship that goes into each and every project. The Bowers were from Kingman Arizona and narrowed their choice down to 3 companies. They said it came down to a so-called design challenge. We are proud to say that we were awarded that project
and the finished results were amazing!! Some of the highlights of this incredible project are as follows:
Silver quartzite flagstone decking, stonework accents that smoothly transitioned from the home to the rest of the landscape elements. Large sized boulders (Crane needed) that were strategically placed to further enhance and blend with the surrounding landscape of the property. Custom manor style fireplace and custom firepit which was on an elevated deck and surrounded by a custom “bonko” seat. A large raised planter surrounding a focal point of boulders, palms, lighting, and was also used as additional seating. Artificial grass areas that gave provided fabulous contrast and color.
Putting green was incorporated in the design, to give the clients and guests options for entertainment. FX lighting system throughout the project which brought the whole design to life in the evening. Last but not least, the large pool/spa that was designed for entertainment – some of the features were, a large waterfall that if you closed your eyes and listened to the sounds, you may thought you were at a five star resort on vacation. Water slide winding around the waterfall spilling into the deep end of the pool. A custom grotto under the waterfall where you can relax with a beverage and use the custom Grotto ledge for a snack or you can even use it to place some candles on to create that ultimate romantic place to go. An Island in the middle of the pool accessed by a bridge, where you can layout and get some sun or have a candlelight dinner overlooking the city lights and the sounds of that great waterfall.
Special pool seating that wraps halfway around the island giving you and your guests a place to sit and converse with the people in the spa. A custom beverage cooler, hidden in one of the life like artificial boulders near the relaxing spa which spills into the grand swimming pool. Obviously, we can’t mention everything about this project, but it’s a great example of what you can have in your own backyard and what we mean when we say “Take a vacation… in your own backyard!”
Bone Pool & Landscape – Can you say “Ultimate”? This project was AMAZING !!! Below are some of what this project featured.A huge artificial grass area where you can play many games and activities. And just think “ NO MOE, MOWING”. Incorporated in that grass area was a custom in-ground trampoline which was level with the artificial grass. BBQ/Bar area with travertine tile countertops, ice cooler for that favorite beverage. A custom Ramada, that included an enclosed, air conditioned changing room on the backside of the Ramada, Custom fireplace with travertine bullnose capping, TV above the fireplace that was recessed so the remote controlled shutters can enclose the tv and protect it from the elements. Fan, lights with dimmer switches to control the mood. Commercial grade Mist system surrounding the Ramada – Who says its to hot to be outside ? The pool had a custom grotto with lights inside the grotto, waterfall with areas to jump off of, or just sit while the rushing water flows over you. Upgraded waterslide, which was taller than our standard waterslides giving you that extra speed coming down into the pool. Raised life like artificial boulder planters on each side of the waterfall with plant pockets to give you that complete tropical feeling. The opposite side of the pool was another fire feature, this time, a blazing firepit with the popular “Soft S” custom designed benchseat – a great place to socialize with a different type of fire. And cant forget the sport court which included basketball, tennis, various other games, and an oversized chess game board with oversized game pieces. What a fun backyard this was to design and see completed.
Weiss Project – Arcadia front & backyard! This project located near Camelback Mountain, was the birth of our popular “Channels of Fire”. This fire feature design was part of an existing pool remodel, and has been a favorite for many of our clients. The pool and surrounding area was completely remodeled, which included a new water/fire feature, interior, new flagstone decking, lighting, a custom firepit with a boulder embedded in the firepit, custom spa wrap with travertine capping.The design for the side yard was challenging because of the long/narrow area to work with, but we accomplished that challenge with creative mounding/boulders/foliage and a place with a chipping pad, so you can be challenged to chip your ball onto the new putting green, but you have to first hit your ball over the “Bellagio style” fountain which has 3 foaming fountains that can be controlled separately for the height of the fountain.
“FORE !!” New green grass area to add contrast to the rest of the design, BBQ with Mexican tile counter tops, We also remodeled the front courtyard, starting with the entrance. A custom brick arch entrance with iron gates welcomes guests to this home and as they walk through the arch their eyes are widened by the custom fountain that is centered inside the courtyard. This fountain displays a statue of a woman in the middle spilling water from her pottery. She is raised on a pedestal, and the capping and interior of this fountain is finished with Mexican tile. This courtyard, will surely give guests a pleasant place to share a beverage while hearing the calming sounds of the custom fountain.
Cardini Fireplace – One of Unique’s most popular fireplaces of all time.This project needed a remodel of their entertainment area, but not just any type of remodel, but a design that I personally call “Designs that make sense”. When this project was completed, the client called and thanked us and said, they comfortably entertained 75 guests !! Now that is a “Design that makes sense”. This project featured our most popular fireplace design “The Cardini”. The project also included a custom BBQ/Bar with a custom firepit in the shape of a star that was placed in the middle of the round bar countertop. Upgraded flagstone was used on the countertop, decking, and capping. Stonework added that something extra special for the fireplace hearth and each of the columns that were on each side of the fireplace. Pottery was placed on top of the pillars and in other parts of the patio. The “Cardini” fireplace has been built several times since it’s creation and we can even build it without the scroll work if you wish. So, give us a call and just mention you want the “Cardini”.