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Clever Ways to Beat the Arizona Heat with a Shady Retreat

Summer is coming. As the days get longer and the temperature rises, one thing becomes increasingly precious in our back yards: Shade. We want to enjoy our back yard retreats in the warmer seasons, and shady spots help us sustain our outdoor enjoyment.

Of course you could opt for a tried-and-true patio umbrella, but there are much more innovative and creative ways to create some outdoor shelter from the scorching sun. We’ve listed a few of our favorites below.

Tiki Umbrella Bar

What’s better than a patio bar? A tiki bar that offers a shady shelter from the sun with a sprawling thatch-work tiki umbrella! When you’re not cooling off in the pool, head to the tiki umbrella bar to cool off with an icy beverage.

Canvas Patio Awning

Simple, portable and elegant – a canvas patio awning provides a wispy, colorful accent ceiling to your patio while furnishing a wide area of shady shelter for relaxing. Place a few lounge chairs under the awning or even a hammock and enjoy a breezy afternoon outdoors without all the sun.

Poolside Cabana

Not only does a pool side Cabana offer reliable, sun-busting shade for any size pool deck, it adds a resort-style accent to your pool area that turns your back yard into a vacation spot all its own. Available in stationary and mobile varieties, you can place them just about anywhere you need shade.

Dress Up the Pergola

Wooden pergolas are a stylish addition to any patio, back yard or pool deck. They’re also ideal for ‘dressing up’ with canvas awnings, sail shades and even simple bed sheets to create an elegant cover from the sun. You can improvise with coverings you already have on hand or procure specialty coverings designed for shady solutions.


One of my favorite back yard retreats is the trusty Gazebo. You can do so much with a Gazebo, and they look so beautiful in any back yard – but they also provide shade and even a shelter from the elements if you end up outside during a summer squall. The center of your gazebo can house anything from seating and lounges to bars and kitchens.

What are you doing to create your shady retreat this summer? Let us know!  Don’t forget, we can help you set up just about anything in your back yard, and Dream Retreats serves a huge span of Arizona with Landscaping and Back Yard projects, in Phoenix, Gilbert, Scottsdale and more!

Phoenix Backyard Landscape Design

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!!

Fall Fun In An Arizona Landscape Design

Arizona Backyard Fireplace

Outdoor Living Space by Dream Retreats

With Fall upon us, we are experiencing some of Arizona’s best weather of the year.  Now is the time to get outdoors and enjoy your outdoor living spaces!

Ideas for spending time in your Arizona backyard landscape are endless but here are a few of our favorites!!

  1. Have a Staycation in your backyard.  Cook outside using your BBQ or over the flames from your fire pit.  Pitch a tent or sleep under the stars, the evening weather is perfect this time of year!
  2. Get active with recreational activities.  Putting a golf ball, shooting baskets, a game of horseshoes, or a game of tag, the options are endless.
  3. Enjoy the solitude.  Enjoy your morning coffee on your patio or relax in your backyard spa and wash the day’s stresses away!
    Arizona Backyard Landscape Patio Spa

    Patio Spa with Custom Wrap

  4. Plan a date night.  Great conversation along with good food and drink by the fireplace or fire pit is sure to create a perfect date night.

Whether your time outside is spent with family, friends or just yourself, the memories created are sure to last a lifetime!

Arizona Putting Green

Arizona Outdoor Living Project by Dream Retreats

3 Benefits to a Patio Fire Pit in Your Gilbert Landscape

Arizona Landscape Design Fire Pit

Gilbert Landscaping Patio Fire Pit

1) 1) 1)Entertainment

Fire pits are a great way to extend your party outside.  There is no better way to gather a group of friends or family like roasting marshmallows, swapping stories or gazing at the stars while sitting around one of nature’s most captivating elements.

2) Heat for Those Chilly Nights

After Arizona’s long scorching summers it could be hard to remember that when summer ends the Arizona desert actually does get pretty chilly at night.  Be able to have the option of staying outside longer on those fall, winter and spring nights by staying warm next to your fire pit.

3) Add Value to Your Home

Fire pits add a very unique addition to your home that can add value if you ever decide to sell.  Fire pits are very appealing features that can make your house stand out from the next.


Choosing An Outdoor BBQ For Your Phoenix Landscape Design

Arizona Backyard Landscape Outdoor Kitchen

Custom Backyard BBQ by Dream Retreats

A built-in BBQ is the centerpiece  for Arizona outdoor kitchens.  It’s a key factor in outdoor entertainment.  Whether you plan to use your grill for nightly dinners or entertain for a group of 30 outdoors, choosing the right backyard BBQ for your needs in important.

1)  Deciding On The Correct Size:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              First things first, where will your outdoor BBQ be located?  A smaller enclosed patio will need a grill that conserves space, while a larger , open area can make use of a much bigger grill.  The amount of food you plan to cook is equally important when deciding on the size.  Make sure you choose a grill size large enough to accommodate your outdoor cooking needs.

2)  Choosing the Right Features:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       There are many different features that can contribute to your outdoor grilling.  Before getting overwhelmed with all of them, decide what features you would like to have the most.

3)  Finding Your Perfect Look:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Arizona BBQ grills for your Phoenix landscape design should compliment the overall style of your outdoor living space, as well as your home.  You want to select a color, finish and style that suits your design.

 Dream Retreats is an Arizona professional landscape contractor where each outdoor kitchen is specifically designed and built for your outdoor space and specific style.  We custom build with masonry materials each outdoor kitchen.

Scottsdale Landscape Contractor

Scottsdale Landscape Custom BBQ by Dream Retreats

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