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12 MARCH APRIL 2016 goodLIVING Looking for a place to enjoy the great outdoors Look no further than your own back yard Outdoor living spaces bring the relaxation and festivity of a vacation right into your own backyard with high-tech electronics and appliances built-ins and upscale furnishings. Its the ideal place to entertain and connect with family friends and neighbors. Ann OBlenes Broker-Associate Performance Partners Group RE Max Dallas Suburbs says she is seeing a surge in buyers who want an outdoor living area a barcooking grillzoneandadiningspot. Shenotes that popular outdoor spaces include areas that run the gamut from a fire pit to a multi-faceted fireplace. Even pizza ovens Pat Wilson manager at Ed Kellum SoninDallassaysOursalesofpizzaovenshaveskyrocketed Wilson understands why people want a complete outdoor kitchen. You get all the benefits of your indoor kitchen with the enjoyment of being outdoors she says. A built-in grill is a must and Ed Kellum Son has a huge array of sizes from all the finest brands. But theres so much more than grills. Outdoor retreats are getting more elaborate notes Wilson. Many include under- the-counter refrigerators ice sinks wine coolers pizza oven prep stations and beer taps. The enhancements dont stop there. Chris Vaughan a sales manager with award-winning audio video retailer Starpower says they offer TVs designed to be used outdoors. Outdoor TVs are completely encasedandweatherproofiftheygetdirty they can be hosed off notes Vaughan. The picture is great even in direct sunlight.AtStarpowerhesayscustomers typically request the larger sizes from 55- inchandabovefortheiroutdooroasis.The latest audio systems are designed so sound can envelope the entire yard. Unobtrusive speakers look like landscape lights and buried subwoofers create rich bass and a full well-rounded stereo sound. Even better the systems can be controlled by your smart phone. The idyllic outdoor space is not complete without furnishings. Designer Deborah Cowart of Beaver Creek Interiors in Frisco recommends mixing materials and pulling indoor colors outside so you have continuity and flow. She suggests homeowners keep Take it Outside SPRING IS THE PERFECT TIME TO CREATE AN OUTDOOR OASIS by Karyn Brodsky Outdoor retreats are getting more elaborate. Many include under-the-counter refrigerators ice sinks wine coolers pizza oven prep stations and beer taps. - Pat Wilson Manager Ed Kellum Son