THE GREAT INDOORS MEETS THE GREAT OUTDOORS: Ed Kellum & Son and Starpower Make It Easier Than Ever to Love Your Backyard
By Melissa Chaiken | Section Editor
It looks like the formal living room is out and the outdoor living area is in. Just take a look at any new homes, remodeled homes, home/garden magazines or home improvement websites and you will see how popular the outdoor living area is. It has become synonymous with the healthy and relaxed lifestyle we are all seeking. The backyard is an extension of the home, and for many has become a place of escape – even a spot for a “staycation”. Many outdoor living areas are built around or overlook a pool, but a pool is certainly not a necessity for an enjoyable space. An outdoor living area can be as simple as a patio or screened-in porch connected to your home or a freestanding structure with a sloped roof.
The true beauty of outdoor living areas is their simplicity. You need very little adornment when you have nature as your designer. A few decorative accessories can really add some character, especially those made of rustic wood or iron.
Many of these spaces are not only beautifully designed, but they are extremely functional as well. Most have at least a built-in grill if not a built-in refrigerator, wine cooler or other kitchen amenities. Many outdoor living areas incorporate a fireplace or fire pit into their décor. Some may see their outdoor living area as getting away from the television, but many are now integrating entertainment features into the design. David Pidgeon, CEO of Starpower and Ed Kellum & Son, states, “What was once reserved for the indoors has made its way out. TVs and surround sound systems are being incorporated in outdoor living environments across the country.”
The transition for outdoor cooking and cooling kitchen amenities is fairly straightforward. However, Pidgeon warns that it is a worthwhile investment to spend the extra money for an entertainment system that is specifically made for the outdoors. These specialty products have features that affect audio quality, lighting, temperature and protection from the elements.
Starpower and Ed Kellum & Son can provide you with the perfect outdoor living environment for your lifestyle and budget. Their sales team, installers and designers can help you bring the best of the great indoors to the great outdoors.
The outdoor living area is a great way to connect with your family and friends, literally in your own backyard.