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Your Ultimate Outdoor A/V Upgrade Guide

Your Ultimate Outdoor A/V Upgrade Guide

Watch spring sports while you’re grilling or listen to your favorite music on the patio with these essential systems for your home We’re finally emerging from the frigid days of winter in the Greater Chicagoland area, and the warmth of spring marks the return of backyard parties, barbecues and other chances for outdoor fun at home. You can add some new outdoor entertainment options this spring with audio and video systems from Barrett’s Technology Solutions. Picture it: You’re with your family and friends in the yard, the grill is going, and the Cubs game is playing on your new 49-inch outdoor TV. Or maybe you’d prefer something a little more serene, like a calming playlist in the background as you lounge in your patio chair with a favorite book and a glass of wine. Regardless of the occasion or mood, an outdoor audio and video installation is the perfect spring upgrade for your Naperville, IL, home. SEE ALSO: How to Get the Best Outdoor Entertainment for Your Home OUTDOOR VIDEO An outdoor TV is a great way to enjoy your favorite entertainment in the company of friends and family and a TV offers many opportunities to enhance outdoor fun. You can set up an outdoor home theater and experience your favorite movies like an outdoor drive-in.  And just like we mentioned above, having the big game on screen as you grill hamburgers and hotdogs makes any backyard get-together amazing. There are a couple points to keep in mind when expanding your existing home video system outdoors. First and foremost, you can’t just put a regular indoor TV outside. Typical...
How to Get the Best Outdoor Entertainment for Your Home

How to Get the Best Outdoor Entertainment for Your Home

Enjoy the Warm Weather with an Outdoor Audio Video Installation As brutal as Chicago winters can be, there’s no better place to be than outdoors once springtime hits. Now is really the time when Illinois homeowners should be thinking about what kind of entertainment upgrades they’d like to make to their outdoor areas. Of course, the right audio video installation for a roof deck in a Chicago home will be entirely different than what’s best for a backyard in the suburbs. That’s why we’ve put together this quick guide to the best outdoor entertainment options and setups for each environment. For Backyards or Patios There are so many factors that can affect outdoor entertainment in the typical backyard setting. The location of the pool, the size of the patio, the amount of landscaping…all of these things will need to be taken into consideration when designing the best entertainment system for your space. Generally speaking, however, this is the typical technology setup: Audio An outdoor audio setup should include weather-resistant components that won’t be damaged by Illinois’ harsh winter snow or summer rain. We recommend using Sonance Landscape Series speakers and buried subwoofer. You’ll get excellence sound quality from subtle speakers that don’t distract from the beauty of your outdoor living space. Video Your two main options for video are an outdoor home theater setup or a television. If you are used to hosting large parties, a projector and screen is a good idea, but if you just want something for watching your favorite movie while relaxing in the Jacuzzi, we suggest an outdoor television from a reputable brand like...
Helpful Smart Home Design Tips for Interior Designers

Helpful Smart Home Design Tips for Interior Designers

Smart Home Technology that Blends in Flawlessly Interior designers often see seamless home décor and smart home automation technology as completely conflicting ideas—you can have one or the other, but not both. Fortunately for homeowners in the greater Chicago, IL area, this is not the case. New advances in hidden technology are making smart home design even easier and more impressive. To learn how you can use these smart technologies to improve your design plans, read on. SEE ALSO: 3 Unusual Ways Motorized Shades Can Enhance Your Home Get Rid of Wall Clutter Light switches, HVAC temperature controls, fan switches…the average home has a lot of electrical outlets and other wall clutter that compromises an otherwise smooth and sleek design. These switches detract from the more important aspects of the wall, such as artwork or architectural elements. The solution? Replace all of those controls with a tablet or smartphone. Control all of the technology in the room, from the motorized shades to the lights, with a single tablet that can be integrated directly into the wall or kept completely separate for portability. Conceal the TV As nice as today’s 4K Ultra HD TVs look while you’re watching your favorite show, they take up valuable real estate in a room—space that could be used for other home décor. You can completely conceal the TV in a number of different ways: Ceiling Lifts: With a ceiling lift, the TV hangs horizontally in the ceiling, hidden from view. Then, with a tap on the smartphone or tablet, the TV silently swings out of the ceiling. Furniture Lifts: Integrate the TV directly into...