Ask yourself: “What do many iconic TV sitcoms, popular over the last few decades, have in common?” Look back to the ’70s at “The Brady Bunch,” still one of television's all-time favorites; to the ’80s for “The Cosby Show” and then to the ’90s at “Everybody Loves Raymond,” to mention just a few. In most of the episodes, the cast — immediate family members, relatives and friends — were regularly seen gathered in the kitchen where all-to-familiar events occurred.
As we look back at our own family lives, how often have we heard this familiar comment: “Why is everyone congregating in the kitchen?” So if TV-land really does mimic real life, get ready for a brand new set — the open-air patio room, complete with lavish cooking, entertaining and leisure-time conveniences. As modern-day lifestyles are changing, we see entire households moving much of their activities out-of-doors while at the same time, redefining the backyard patio, as we once knew it.
“Move over interior designers,” says Charles H. Gamarekian, Chairman/CEO of Cambridge Pavers Inc., manufacturers of a full spectrum of outdoor living products. “In today’s world, watch the landscape designer become producer and director, get a starring role, and earn rave reviews.”
Leading interlocking concrete pavingstone and wallstone manufacturers such as Cambridge are dedicating entire segments of their product lines to satisfy the wish lists of homeowners who have migrated out the back door. Products run the gamut and include fire pits, outdoor fireplaces and complete kitchens, grill and bar islands, and even outdoor pizza ovens that cook pizza pies and other foods with an old world, brick oven flavor derived from authentic wood-fired ovens.
No backyard gathering spot is truly up-to-date without an open-air pergola or pavilion for outdoor dining, relaxing and entertaining. A pergola is typically a patio or garden structure with an open roof such as a trellis. In contrast, a patio pavilion has open sides and a closed roof.
For added convenience and value, look for the aforementioned products in pre-packaged kits like those from Cambridge. So if you think a room with a view may be an appropriate name for a modern, family-oriented television show, ask a professional landscape contractor and find that it is easier than you think to create your own family “reality” series right in your own backyard.
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