The Perks of Pergolas

We don’t have to tell you that the sun is bright; one step outside your door or car announces that simple fact rather loudly! In the summer, the sun provides a heat that can make outdoor life unbearable if you don’t have the proper equipment to help shield your body from the fiery orb in the sky. Umbrellas on dry days are quite common, dark sunglasses are a necessity, and a pergola in the backyard, although not required, definitely makes a sunny day something to enjoy, not to dread! The many perks of pergolas give homeowners choices they may not have in other sun blocking devices. If you’re not convinced that a pergola is the right choice for you and your Arizona backyard, it’s ok—we think this guide may just change your mind!

Size Matters

Just as people come in all shapes and sizes, yards do as well, and while a gabled pergola may work for a large yard, some yards may only have room for a basic open rafter structure. An open rafter type isn’t the best for blocking out the sun, but planting a fast growing ivy that will block the light is the perfect solution; star jasmine has a sweet fragrant scent that grows quickly and offers a little extra something to the pergola experience! Perfect for the more enclosed spaces that often count as backyards in townhomes and condos, the open rafter pergola can also be a budget saver.

Gabled pergolas, also called gazebos in other areas of the country, can also be made smaller, but work best in a decent sized yard. Designed to hold furnishings that make outdoor living comfortable, many homeowners have included a small television under the rafters and an outdoor kitchen nearby, eliminating the need to go inside ever again—especially when the yard has a pool! Obviously, we are trying to be funny, but one of our favorite perks of pergolas is how they easily allow us to bring the inside out. Blocking the sun, protecting us from the weather, and offering teens a place to hang when their noise levels rise too high, the pergola—no matter what style or size—is the perfect addition to a desert dweller’s backyard oasis.

Designed for You and Your Arizona Backyard

There are ready-built pergolas you can buy, but in our humble opinions, designing one that matches your style and needs is much more fun! Give us a call today and let New Image Landscape and Pools help make your Arizona backyard dreams come true!

Winter is the Perfect Time for Outdoor Barbecues

If you lived in the Midwest, the idea of a winter barbecue might cause your eyes to bug out in disbelief, but we Phoenicians know winter is the perfect time for pretty much everything outdoors, and that includes outdoor barbecues! Our mild winter temperatures and still sunny skies (for the most part) have us wanting to spend as much time outdoors as we possibly can, which of course, is the exact opposite of much of the country! When the calendar turns to December, we are officially manning the grill nearly every weekend, and you could be too when you add a built-in barbecue to your Arizona backyard!

Your Arizona Backyard Doesn’t Have to be Fancy

Your choice of grills can range from the tiny hibachi you remember sitting on the balcony of your first apartment to a full outdoor kitchen that comes complete with a prep sink, mini fridge, and in many yards, a brick pizza oven! Chances are, if you are reading this, you’re past the age of hibachi on the patio grilling, however, and are far more interested in something with a little more style and sophistication! If that’s the case, you’ve come to the right place! No one understands the need for creating your own private oasis better than we do, and our experience and skills make New Image Landscape and Pools the perfect people to help you make the right choices for your own Arizona backyard.

There’s a lot of thought that needs to go into your backyard rehab, and we ask all the right questions. How big is the space? How fancy do you want it to be? Do you prefer charcoal, pellet, or gas? Propane and electric grills are easier for novice chefs to control, but the diehard barbecue specialists will tell you that’s it not a barbecue without those little charcoal briquets flavoring your meat, and vegetables and a smoker had better be included! If you want to carry it a step further, lump charcoal, which is merely burnt down wood, offers an even more fragrant flavor to your food. The appeal to the new pellet grills that have become so popular today, aside from ease of use, is the flavoring the pellets can add to your meats.

The Decision is Yours

There’s a lot to consider when you start thinking about planning that first outdoor winter barbecue in your Arizona backyard, but fortunately you have some time to prepare! Give us a call today and let’s work together on the completion of your dream backyard!