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An Arizona Outdoor Living Space to Enjoy this Season

Wouldn’t you love to enjoy the beautiful Arizona fall season outdoors? Creating an outdoor living space in your backyard will allow you to do just that! Endless opportunities await you and your new outdoor living space, such as outdoor kitchens and BBQ’s, fireplaces and fire pits, wood fire ovens, pizza ovens, nicely paved patios, creative lighting, etc. Whether you are looking for a quiet night cozying up by your fireplace, or you enjoy hosting parties with your outdoor kitchen and outdoor BBQ, we have you covered on all your outdoor living space desires!

Chandler Outdoor Kitchen & BBQ

Chandler Outdoor Kitchen

If you love to entertain, an outdoor kitchen and BBQ is for you!

The biggest benefit of having an outdoor kitchen in your outdoor living space is that you will have more fun entertaining! Rather than ordering takeout food from a restaurant for your next gathering, you could grill up delicious food at home. This is not just a place to BBQ; it’s a social gathering area. An outdoor kitchen is much more than just a place to put a grill. Add outdoor furniture and décor to create an outdoor dining area to enjoy. Not only will you have more options and more fun with this outdoor kitchen, it will also add value to your home.

Scottsdale Patio Fire Pit

Scottsdale Patio Fire Pit

Cozy up and relax under the stars around your fireplace or fire pit!

The ambiance that backyard fireplace or fire pits bring to your outdoor living space is one of total relaxation. Whether you are with your family and friends roasting marshmallows, or with your significant other gazing at the stars, a feeling of peace surrounds those enjoying time around the fire. It also is a great way to keep warm on those chilly nights. This attractive feature makes your outdoor living space stand out from others and makes you feel as though you are in the woods rather than the busy cities of Arizona!

Wood fire ovens create an authentic cooking experience, especially for pizza lovers!

Arizona Landscape Design Pizza Oven

Gilbert Pizza Oven & Fireplace

Why settle for anything less than the best when it comes to pizza? Enjoy creating your own creations that are far more appealing and appetizing than tearing open a frozen pizza or ordering off a menu. A wood fire oven will provide you with the rich and traditional flavors that true foodies desire! Whether you want pizza, or other kinds of food, this outdoor wood fire oven will take entertaining to a whole new level. On top of the boost in flavor, these wood fire ovens also help food retain nutrients and save energy!

Create a finishing touch to your outdoor living space with a paved patio!

Having a paved patio, rather than poured concrete gives your outdoor living space that final feeling of an outdoor room rather than just another backyard. With a variety of different types, colors, and patterns to choose from, you can be assured that your paved patio will match the rest of your outdoor living space as well as your unique personality!

Phoenix Paver Patio

Phoenix Paver Patio

Creative lighting can set a festive mood in your outdoor living area.

Stringing outdoor café lights throughout your outdoor living space creates a vibrant atmosphere, while also providing more light throughout your backyard during the dark nights. Adding patio furniture into the mix and placing it underneath these lights will provide a unique space for friends to gather.

Do you already have an outdoor living space that simply needs some remodeling? Here are some tips for you…

  1. Use bright colors like red, orange, or yellow to warm up your outdoor fireplace
  2. Plant succulents and place them throughout your outdoor furniture to create an outdoor centerpiece that doesn’t require constant upkeep
  3. If your outdoor furniture is in need of a little tender love and care, paint the furniture a bold black or a soft white to create a modern update

Arizona Outdoor Kitchens Are Great Addition To Backyard Fun!

GIlbert Landscape Design Outdoor Kitchen

Gilbert Landscape Outdoor Kitchen by Dream Retreats

Investing in an outdoor kitchen will add utility, value and enjoyment to your Arizona backyard landscape design!  When planning for your new backyard kitchen there are some factors to keep in mind.

  1. LOCATION – The ideal location usually means a place that avoids main traffic flow yet is easily accessible.  Also do you want the outdoor kitchen to be the “front & center” focal point of the landscape design or is it envisioned to complement your swimming pool, patio seating area or even a water/fire feature?
  2. DESIGN –  Outdoor kitchens can be made any way you want!  They can be designed  and constructed to match your home or they can be created to take on a specific theme your wanting to create in your backyard.  The benefit of hiring a reputable design/build landscape company is you can have the confidence in them that will have the expertise and experience to help you bring your dream outdoor kitchen to a reality.
  3. FEATURES – The backyard BBQ is just one of the many feature options you can have in your outdoor kitchen.  Our outdoor kitchens range from having the high quality custom backyard BBQ to adding 5 additional features along with the BBQ.  Some features homeowners are choosing in their outdoor kitchens are refrigerators, warming trays, sinks with running water, beverage cooler tubs and pizza ovens.  You may choose to have your backyard kitchen open or covered with a pergola.
  4. BUDGET – Your budget will need to be considered when planning for your outdoor kitchen.  You can add or leave out any feature when you are working with a custom design/build landscape firm.
Beautiful Outdoor Kitchens in Arizona

Beautiful Outdoor Kitchens in Arizona

Make sure you work with a landscape company that will work with you to create an outdoor kitchen to fit you and your lifestyle.  One of the best things about having an outdoor kitchen in Arizona is that it can be used and enjoyed year round!!

Arizona Backyard Landscapes = Place To Be Super Bowl Sunday!

It’s football weekend!!  This time of year, Arizona landscaping is the best place to celebrate the “Big Game.”  We’ve got plenty of tips for making your outdoor living space the place to be with friends and family.

Arizona Landscape BBQ

Arizona Backyard Kitchen by Dream Retreats

Arizona Outdoor Kitchens are a great place to start the pregame.


Arizona Backyard Landscape Entertaining

Beverage Station by Dream Retreats



Keep plenty of cold beverages within easy reach.  Adding a drink station or a mini-fridge to your outdoor kitchen is a small investment you won’t regret.




Phoenix Landscape Design Spa

Arizona Landscape & Spa by Dream Retreats



A dip in the hot tub is a perfect ending to celebrate victory or sulk away the stress of defeat!



Check out our Pinterest boards for more decorating, food & game ideas for your outdoor entertaining!

Arizona Backyard BBQ Warm Weather Warning!

Beautiful Outdoor Kitchens in Arizona

Beautiful Outdoor Kitchens in Arizona

The 4th of July often means outdoor cooking!  Entertaining in Arizona backyard landscapes is a popular choice for many people during the summer months.   Along with scorching temperatures come an increase in food-borne illnesses. There are a few safety precautions to keep in mind before entertaining in your arizona landscaping.



  • CLEAN – Always wash your hands with soap and water before and after handling food.  If you don’t have water, hand sanitizer is better than nothing.  Also make sure surfaces that food is touching are clean.
  • COOK – Make sure food is cooked at a high enough temperature to kill bacteria.  Using a food thermometer is the best way to ensure that food has been cooked safely.
  • SEPARATE – We know to keep raw food separate from cooked food to eliminate contamination. But it’s easy to overlook keeping separate tongs and utensils for raw and cooked foods which is also important to keep food illness away!
  • CHILL – While having fun entertaining and socializing it’s often easy to forget about food being left out too long. Heat and moist food breed bacteria fast!  If temperatures are above 100 degrees, which is usual in Arizona, food shouldn’t be out any longer than 1 hour.

Outdoor Kitchens Arizona

Hanging by the pool and outdoor cooking are a great way to stay cool and have fun with family and friends despite our hot temperatures.  Keep in mind that your food needs to stay cool too!!


Sports Entertaining in your Arizona Landscape Design

Arizona residents are lucky to be able to enjoy year-round weather!  We have the ability to not only entertain in our homes but also have the option to entertain outdoors.  Sports entertainment is growing in popularity in backyard landscape designs.

Backyard Designs Arizona Sport CourtSport courts are a popular option in landscape designs.  If you have the room in your backyard a basketball or volleyball court make for fun entertainment.  You can be as fancy as having a professional court installed to being as functional as pouring concrete then having basketball and/or volleyball court lines painted.  Often clients request a half court or just a basketball key installed when their backyard space is limited.

Arizona Landscape Backyard Play AreaHorseshoes & bocce ball are growing in popularity in Arizona outdoor living.    Since side yards are often wasted space in many Arizona backyards, it’s an optimal place to build a horseshoe pit or bocce ball court.  Both options are relatively  inexpensive to install.

Arizona Landscape Design Play AreaFor those with small children, a spash pad with shooting streams of water is a fun option!  They are a safe way to keep the kids cool in the Arizona heat because there is no standing water.

It might be a great time to consider transforming all or a part of your backyard into a functional outdoor living space that offers sports entertaining!  Contact us for a FREE design consultation!