Best of TecHome: Outdoor Entertainment and Kitchens

Best of TecHome: Outdoor Entertainment and Kitchens

 

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For the next few weeks, we’ll feature the most glamorous and well done home tech spaces. Today, we’ll take it to the outdoors — as we check out some of the hottest outdoor entertainment and kitchen areas.

The outdoor living trend is hotter than ever, with more homeowners taking advantage of their backyards. According to the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA), more than 75 percent of all U.S. households include an outdoor grill or smoker. 

This outdoor “leisure lifestyle” segment represents a $6.2 billion industry that is still growing. How do your homes measure up to these standouts? 

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Tricked-Out Terrace

EYA's rooftop terrace.
Photo courtesy of EYA.

EYA’s Little Falls Place offers townhome residents an 800-square-foot rooftop terrace. Its outdoor kitchen includes a Viking outdoor grill, stainless steel under mount sink, Viking under counter refrigerator and Asko dishwasher.

Outdoor areas like this can be outfitted for the future as well. EYA includes pre-wiring for electrical and multi-media above the cabinetry.

Here, a 55-inch Sunbrite outdoor rated television is featured. Upgrades are also offered in case residents want to up the ante, like a hot tub rough-in.

The terrace also features Niles outdoor speakers, a wire path camera, Heat and Glo Dakota gas fireplace and a retractable awning and shade by Corradi. Many of these features can be managed with the elan G! automation system.

This was installed by Jack Rainey of Chesapeake Systems Service.

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About The Author

Kelly Mello is a TecHome Builder Staff Writer, creating timely, investigative articles for its eMagazine and Special Reports. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in English: Communications & Rhetoric. She began her writing career in 2007 as editorial assistant for GateHouse Media. From 2010 to 2013, she was local editor for various Patch sites, including Norton.Patch.com.

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