Backyard Overflows with Sports, Splashes and Sweet Audio/Video
This 9,000-sq-foot outdoors space has an array of entertainment options, from swimming to basketball to grilling, plus you can watch TV and crank up tunes.
FINALIST: Best Outdoor Space
July 01, 2009 by Arlen Schweiger

This 9,000-square-foot backyard boasts a custom swimming pool that spans one-third of the length of the yard, waterfalls, a walking bridge over the pool, an elevated hot tub with waterfalls, a putting green, basketball court, tether ball, and batting cage with pitching machine.

From there you can make your way into the outdoor gazebo/kitchen, or sitting areas near the fire pit. And, oh by the way, there’s a ton of A/V back there, too.

It’s all courtesy of the work by The Wiring Guy in Calabasas, Calif. These homeowners can soak in just about anything, from a couple of slickly mounted TVs to plenty of audio for blasting—all controllable via an RTI U2 waterproof remote.

The outdoor kitchen/gazebo boasts a 42-inch TV and four 8-inch three-way Sonance speakers in a custom tongue and groove ceiling, according to The Wiring Guy’s Andrew Schneider. The 24 x 24-square-foot space has a table in the middle that seats eight, with plenty to keep everyone busy—including the food and drink options from the full kitchen including grill, beer keg cooler, pizza oven, and a refrigerator.

After dinner, guests can make their way to the patio sitting area. It features a fireplace with a 42-inch TV mounted over it and four more 8-inch three-way Sonance speakers mounted in the ceiling. “The area has a full array of furniture to rest and relax while you take in the sights from a 270 degree view,” says Schneider.

A Sonance music distribution system, ReQuest audio server and DirecTV HD receivers supply a variety of content—and along with the Sonance speakers there are even StereoStone rock speakers that blend right in with the decor. “This is without a doubt,” Schneider says, “an entertainers’ back yard.”

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Arlen Schweiger - Contributor, Electronic House Magazine
Arlen writes about home technology installations and product news and reviews for and Electronic House magazine.

Systems Design & Installation
The Wiring Guy
Calabasas, CA

Equipment List
Denon 3808CI Receiver
Denon 390 CD Changer
Denon 3N iPod Dock
Sonance 4630 Multiroom Distribution System
Sonance Virtuoso 832 in ceiling speakers
StereoStone Rock Speakers
Parasound 275 Amps
ReQuest F2-1200 Media Server
RTI XP8 control processor
RTI U2 Water proof hand held control
PanaMax 5300
Air - Active Thermal
Middle Atlantic Racks

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