What could be better than watching your favorite team win on a sublime summer night surrounded by all your friends? We can’t think of anything more enjoyable and convenient than experiencing this pastime from the comfort of your own stunning outdoor media room. With outdoor spaces, the sky is the limit — literally, any outdoor amenity you envision can be available right outside your door.


But, outdoor living doesn’t have to be all extravagance and over-the-top design elements. Being able to relax while curled up reading a book or watching an adored movie is a dream come true for some. Here are some basic, important features for your functional outdoor media area:

  • Television – Mounting a television outdoors can be a tricky operation, but not without its rewards. We recommend TVs made specifically for outdoor use, and even though that can limit built-in features like internet connectivity, DVD players and gaming consoles can still allow for fun, Netflix-filled movie nights.
  • Speakers – With traffic noises, birds chirping, and other ambient buzzes, relying solely on a television’s internal speakers might not suffice. For a true entertainment experience, you’ll need to boost the audio quality. Many outdoor speakers even come in wireless versions and are built to withstand harsh weather conditions.
  • Shelter – If you’re a college sports mega-fan, nothing will get you down quite like missing an important play during a sudden rain shower — but it doesn’t have to! An awning or pavilion will help keep you and your guests cool and sheltered from the elements.
  • Privacy – If you intend for your outdoor media area to be a reprieve after a long day, building privacy is a necessary endeavor. Luckily, it can also be stunningly beautiful. With plants and trees, you can grow and effortlessly sustain privacy. Dense plants like shrubs and hedges provide a more formal look, while perennials and evergreens have more natural appeal. Additionally, shrubs and ornamental grasses 4 to 6 feet tall work as excellent localized screening plants.

Ready to start taking full advantage of your landscape by creating your dream outdoor media area? Contact TMS Architects to schedule a consultation.