No matter the time of year, integrators can consider how to get involved early on their customers’ potential outdoor plans. Trace McCullough, founder/CEO of Southern California cabinet/TV lift specialist Cabinet Tronix, chatted with CE Pro about thinking outside the traditional outdoor AV box when it comes to custom-installing fun in just about any home’s exterior.
CE Pro: How can integrators create differentiators in their outdoor tech project?
Trace McCullough: Clients, designers and contractors have to remain flexible when it comes to integrating a TV into the backyard. When designing around the TV, they have to consider where to put it, where it can be watched, where it cannot be watched, walls to build for it, what it will look like when not in use, whether an indoor TV or outdoor TV is better, whether repeatedly getting it dirty adds up to a major pain for most higher-end homeowners, and what this means to builders and designers.
“Be the hero and offer a way for clients to watch TV anywhere they can move the unit in the backyard and have a swivel so they can turn the TV in any direction.”
Integrators are fantastic at finding different solutions. However, the initial design layout may not always offer much more than hanging the TV up on a wall, or from a pergola over a fireplace in the backyard. Additionally, many times there is no place to hang the TV at all.
Be the hero and offer a way for clients to watch TV anywhere they can move the unit in the backyard and have a swivel so they can turn the TV in any direction. AV integrators install Wi-Fi capabilities inside the mobile/movable cabinet island and clients simply plug the power unit where they want to watch it.
CE Pro: Why did Cabinet Tronix gravitate toward custom cabinet/lift solutions for outdoors?
McCullough: AV has the opportunity to reinvent what and how the TV can be used in the backyard to potential and live clients. Outside TV cabinets and backyard TV lift furniture, weather-ready mobile or stationary hidden TV lift cabinets, create the opportunity for integrators to offer what most do not think of, and at the end of the day can create a memory point between the potential AV client.
Additionally, clients do not have to look up so high or at the TV when not in use. They can watch it anywhere they have a small space in the backyard. In the end, this can save clients an enormous amount of construction costs. It is even a tabletop when down so they can enjoy the multi-purpose unit anywhere they want.
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