The Great Outdoors

Tech meets nature in the modern outdoor living space

Canadian summers are short so to ensure we soak up every drop of sun before the weather turns, Canadians are embracing their pools, patios, balconies and backyards as an extension of their interiors. And similarly to what’s happening indoors, outdoor technology and automation is trending in a big way. With AV and automation you can create a space that you and your guests will flock to on evenings, weekends, and any time you want to get away without leaving the comfort of home.

Here are some ways we are letting you use your outdoors as an extension of your indoors

OUTDOOR AUDIO – create different “zones” of audio for conversation areas and to accommodate multiple uses at the same time. Each area can play audio independently, from local radio to streaming music services to whatever you have on their phones or tablets. For entertaining you can easily join the zones together to play the same music everywhere.

Proper speakers are completely weatherproof, small and unobtrusive, and are easily hidden by greenery and planters in your project. You hear the music but you don’t see the tech!

LANDSCAPE LIGHTING -take your outdoor lighting plan and automation it! Create independent groups of lights, for example landscape lighting around the entire perimeter, direct lighting for the barbecue and outdoor kitchen, conversation lighting built into a pergola or gazebo, and accent lighting to complement the whole space. Each of these lighting zones can be separately controlled from a single keypad or from anywhere via a mobile app.  Turn on exactly what you want, before you even step outside.

OUTDOOR TV – no living area is complete without a television, so why would an outdoor living space be any different? You can add easily add a large outdoor 4K television, up to 75”.

A true outdoor television is both heated and ventilated so that it can operate all year round. It is filtered to keep out dust. It is also much brighter than an indoor television, so it can be seen in outdoor sunlight.  Last but not least, it comes with a high-quality speaker system, so you don’t have to connect it to external speakers if you don’t want to.  Your TV sources – Rogers, Fibe, Apple TV etc – can be safely housed indoors. The video is in full 4K quality, and you can sit outdoors and change channels or choose a movie as easily as you would indoors.

WIFI – a dedicated outdoor weatherproof Wifi access point to cover your yard, delivering the same great Wifi coverage outside as inside.

This entire system is controlled via an easy-to-use app from Control4. Inside and out, everything from AV to temperature to windows, lights and locks is right at your fingertips. And, isn’t comfort the hottest trend of all?

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