February 27, 2013 by Lisa Montgomery
How Important is A/V to the Outdoors?
Integrators notice a trend toward alfresco entertainment; landscapers, not so much.
Outfitting the backyard with a flat-panel TV and loudspeakers has become a fairly common part of a custom electronic (CE) professional’s job. Remarkably, though, residential landscape architects don’t see outdoor A/V as a popular amenity. In a survey conducted by the American Society of Landscape Architects, 97 percent of respondents rated fire pits, fireplaces, grills (96 percent), and seating and dining areas (96 percent) as living features that are somewhat or very in-demand, while only 58 percent ranked stereo systems as somewhat or very important. Even more dismally ranked were Internet connectivity (47 percent) and TVs/projection screens (45 percent).
In a separate category, “Outdoor Recreation Amenities,” only 34 percent said outdoor theaters were expected to by popular in 2013; however, almost 91 percent thought decorative water elements like ornamental pools, waterfalls and grottos will be big this year.
The 2013 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends survey was fielded Jan. 28 through Feb. 12, with 166 responding.
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Lisa Montgomery has been writing about home technology for 15 years, with a focus on the impact of electronics on a modern lifestyle.