Outdoor living spaces are the perfect way for families to gather together and enjoy the fresh air, as well as some much needed time to relax and enjoy each other’s company. And if you are one of the many families who gets to enjoy a custom outdoor oasis that was created for you by the UNIQUE Companies, then you know that outdoor living is what Phoenix is all about. And early spring is the perfect time to get your outdoor living spaces ready to enjoy this summer.

The great news is that the amazing structures and features that UNIQUE builds will last for decades and only need a little spring cleaning to be ready for another season of fun in the sun. But to add a new twist to your outdoor living spaces, pick a bright, cheerful color to be this year’s new accent color. A few outdoor throw pillows and maybe even a new outdoor rug will add interest and make the space feel cozier. You might even carry the new color through to your BBQ island with new bright colored utensils or a new umbrella in a jewel tone. New bar stool cushions can also add a pop of color and some added comfort when dining alfresco.

And don’t forget the new toys for the pool. Floaties, frisbees, and noodles are a must for any pool that will be entertaining children this year. A variety of insulated plastic cups will also be a big hit with the kids as the days get hotter and longer. New towels, flip flops and lots of sunscreen will also be on the shopping list for a fun summer that will feel like an endless staycation.

When you are planning for the first big holiday BBQ, make sure that your grill is in good working order, that the gas line is intact and functioning and that you have cleaned out any remnants from last year’s last hurrah. If your grilling island has a flagstone surface, a good cleaning and the application of a masonry sealer will help to prevent stains from spills or other accidents.

Finally, don’t forget the last member of the family who will want to be outside enjoying the summer with the family. Having plenty of water available is critical for your furry four-legged family members. This can mean water bowls strategically located or even an automatic water bowl that is attached to a hose spigot and keeps fresh water in your pooch’s bowl at all times. Also, remember that the doggies don’t have flip flops, but your walkways and decking will be getting hot enough to burn puppy feet very soon. When the air temps reach 100-degrees the pavement can easily reach over 130-degrees which is hot enough to cause second-degree burns on the paws of everyone.

Investing a little bit of time in spring preparations will ensure that you and your family will be enjoying your UNIQUE outdoor living space all summer.