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Beautify Your Backyard The Smart Way!

Spring is in the air, and summer is almost here for all of us who live in Arizona. Lately we have had many requests from our clients to assist them in expanding and remodeling their backyard living areas. In the Phoenix area, we use our backyards all year round. It’s all about the pool in the summer, and patio heaters in the winter!

One product that we have installed at many different houses is the Infratech heating systems, which are mounted in the ceiling of the patio or pergola. These unique systems are nice because they can integrate right into an existing structure or space. In addition, they are made from recyclable materials and operate with zero greenhouse emissions, odors or ultraviolet light.

Infrared or radiant energy is the most practical way to add warmth to spaces like patios, terraces, verandas, enclosed areas, or any indoor or outdoor setting where heated air cannot easily be contained and re-circulated. Another option is fire pits and woks, which add charm and character to a backyard setting as well as warmth. For example in the picture below, we added ambiance to a pool area located in Paradise Valley with the simple insertion of fire woks. Such a difference!

The technology behind the infrared heat is unique because not only is the emission safe and clean, it is designed to be absorbed by only solid objects rather than the air.  So, infrared heat does not simply “blow away” in the outdoors. It’s attracted to your guests!

As always, you want form and function to be aesthetically pleasing, safe, and work into your existing design. Thank you for your continued support and feel free to call me with any questions you may have!

Keep Building!


Keith Pickering

Keith is the owner of Precision Home Development; and believes that his key to success is in the relationships he builds with his clients. Keith began his construction career 1999 with Classic Stellar Homes, a luxury home builder, where he was a construction manager in Scottsdale and Phoenix. The construction boom in Phoenix was occurring at this time, and sometimes Keith was managing as many as ten new home construction projects at once. The homes that he built ranged in size from 2,800-15,000 sq. ft. This experience gave Keith the tools to build a strong team of subcontractors through respect and reliability. Keith works closely with many of the exclusive design firms in Scottsdale, and has built homes and completed remodels though out the Phoenix area.