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Yay or Nay? TVs in a backyard retreat

Luke Buckle
5 years ago
last modified: 5 years ago
When you want an escape from regular life and the mess of your household, an outdoor sitting area might mean you want to also escape from screen-based entertainment, but maybe you relax better with the TV on. Houzzer WobblyWendy does not agree. She posted on this story that TVs in backyard retreats are a no-no: https://www.houzz.com.au/magazine/staycation-style-resort-style-backyard-retreats-stsetivw-vs~28368645

But who doesn't love a bit of Downton Abbey in the evening!

So is it a mistake to put a TV screen up in a space designated as a backyard retreat? Share your views in the comments below.


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Yay
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Comments (47)

  • whynottryit
    5 years ago
    Yes, to me it would be a mistake. A retreat takes me away from my normal world. Why would I bring a television into it?
  • helpingplan
    5 years ago
    I get outside to get away from the tv. Definitely no!
  • JR Smith
    5 years ago
    Definitely need one when the mates come over to watch the footy
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    Helenscolour
    5 years ago
    To watch a movie outside perhaps, but definitely not mainstream TV!
  • n247080
    5 years ago
    Typically one goes outside to get AWAY from the TV! Plus, if you have the TV going outside you're probably annoying the neighbors and the neighbors can see what you're watching.....do you really want that? And, doesn't this encourage theft from theives? Who wouldn't want to just take your TV and walk off with it while you're sleeping or at work?

    Definite NO from me.
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    Sushiiphoto
    5 years ago
    Moonlight cinema in my own very backyard? Yes please!
  • Sasha G.
    5 years ago
    I did vote nay, but @susannah makes a good point! I'd go with a projector and screen... to be brought out when the mood strikes, as a special treat.
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    elsker design
    5 years ago
    Most definitely! We are putting one in our cabana when we build it this year. Great for watching cricket in the summer when the kids are in the pool!
  • pariscafe
    5 years ago
    My neighbours have a lovely set up with a TV in their back yard. When they first did up the area and installed the tv they used it a great deal now 2 years later it is seldom on not even for watching the cricket in the evening. I have a huge deck and did think of installing a TV on the side wall but the reality of sitting outside in the heat (Brisbane) did not appeal when there is air conditioning inside.
  • ladyrob1
    5 years ago
    A retreat is to do what one likes in. Hide the TV in an old cabinet. Use it when I please. Keep the better one in the house...also in an old cabinet rather than on display. Someone once asked me did I not watch TV...because it did not have prode of place. I showed her the cabinet...she didn't "get it".
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    ATA & Consultants
    5 years ago
    Think outside the box here.......... you don't need to turn it on every time you are out side, and you are all missing the bigger picture, (no pun intended), BBQ, beers, footy & TV in the back yard. The MRS then, can kick me and my mates out of the house.





    I am considering it.......thanks for the suggestion, footy season due to start soon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Stacey McMaster
    5 years ago
    A think a tv is a bit much, but i think a projector screen is perfect! It can be tucked away, and pulled out when friends come over for movie nights in the pool, or even on bean bags in the backyard.
  • olldroo
    5 years ago
    Nothing on TV worth watching INSIDE let alone outside. Definitely think of the neighbours too.
  • mkykzk
    5 years ago
    Yeah of course! We're putting a drop down projector in the alfresco area so we can play movies on the pool wall (2.1m white rendered brick wall). Each to their own!
  • fatmata2196
    5 years ago
    yeah if you want
  • Emmeline T
    5 years ago

    Definitely gotta install a TV, great for watching the cricket....especially with the West Indies test coming up!! would be great to watch from outside:)

  • chookchook2
    5 years ago

    Yes, but respect the neighbours and keep the volume down.

  • Jacinta O'Brien
    5 years ago
    Isn't that defeating the purpose of creating a retreat?
  • olldroo
    5 years ago

    I guess it depends on what you are retreating from.

  • chookchook2
    5 years ago

    My mob usually play board games when outside on Summer evenings until the house cools to a more comfy level. A TV wouldn't go astray, better than listening to one alcoholic neighbour who parties for the whole Summer.

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    Helenscolour
    5 years ago
    Outdoor movie on a warm summer evening, yes, but agree, current calibre TV outside? No!
  • ladyrob1
    5 years ago
    last modified: 5 years ago

    @ Helenscolour..
    .what do you mean by 'current calibre TV'? Pardon my techological ineficciency! Outdoor movie? Summer evening? In the city? In a hot climate? I don't think I'd fancy that even with the appropriate callibre TV! The thought of it takes me back to the 1940's on Nauru Island sitting on sand in rows and rows of canvas chairs all smelling of mould and perspiration with mozzies and sand flies.....not really a retreat.

    Now if you ask me about paintings I'd be able to comment on how you've used yours to good effect...would not have thought of that on the patio! I can paint up a storm but am hopeless at interior design, stuck with an old wooden house that cannot be described in terms of 3 beds, Dining, 2 cars etc....

    Suppose when I go they'll sell it as the mad old artist lady's studio!
    Fun though. At least I can claim to have been influenced in how Ilive in my house by one of Australia's finest...my dear friend Margaret Olley...sadly missed! Just wish I had more wall space for paintings....mmmm...Sistine Chapel? Or maybe. a-la-Helenscolour... the outside walls of the house? You will have to tell me what paint you used!
    HA ! TV in the tree!

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    Helenscolour
    5 years ago
    Haha ladyrob1... I mean that I wouldn't want to contaminate the beautiful outdoors with regular TV...but a movie, not too loud as to upset the neighbours could be ok outdoors!
    Remember too the mozzies around the deck chairs!
    I'm not about to set up TV outdoors but can see how I would do it if I had the inclination!
    Thanks for the compliment on my outdoor wall painting. Its sealed Masonite, framed on to the wall, then painted in Acrylics.
    It was fun to do, and I'm sure you could do it too!
  • ladyrob1
    5 years ago

    @ Helenscolour...OOOOH...diddums here's a bit dumb today.
    Did you seal the back of the masonite as well? Does is stand the weather?


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    Helenscolour
    5 years ago
    Yes with clear varnish. So far after 3 years it is fine. It's not in direct weather. I thought about sealing the front but wanted it matt so a matt varnish is probably way to go. A bit of fun and everyone comments on how effective it is around the chairs!
  • ladyrob1
    5 years ago
    last modified: 5 years ago

    Me again...the painting is not in direct weather you say...so did you use oil based or water based varnish? Am interested because used to make my own boards from masonite and found that it had to be wet all over front and back and dried before being used because it would...'bow'? SP (if you know what I mean) Was in Cairns at the time. Could only seal the backs with white acrylic after that treatment. The priming on the font had to be done contemporaneously. If you forgot what coat you were up to before re-priming the back again you'd often get a bendy board. The climate was humid and quite unkind to many endeavours. Canvasses would go mouldy. One old fellow thought he'd found the solution = glue canvass to the masonite with Aquadhere wood glue. Seemed to be the answer for getting a stable board but a good while later mould came through from underneath the glued canvas and the painting got ruined. I later switched to ply and to a type of fine chipboard they were making up there that did not react so much with the humidity...(one wonders what they put it together with and if, when transported to other climactic conditions would it have succumbed.)..Oh well. Just have to paint for this climate these days, thankfully its dryer and can rely on what the archivists say about surfaces in this climate.
    Have you ever done a Fresco?

  • Catie Jackson
    5 years ago
    We Australians spend approximately 80% of the year outside... We are blessed with an amazing climate... My family watches more TV/movies/sports etc outside than we do inside...
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    SmartDigital
    4 years ago

    our vote goes for the projector and screen. Than it turns from the regular TV-watching to a special treat, movies under the stars. It's like going to the community organised events, but so much better, cause you choose the movie and create the atmosphere to suit. create the most romantic night ever - in your own backyard

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    SmartDigital
    4 years ago

    and yes, a photo!

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  • Vy
    4 years ago

    nay..back yard is for enjoying company of friends or tranquility..no TVs..

  • philippawright
    3 years ago

    Stay inside if you want to watch TV.

    If you must use technology outside use a laptop but you are probably better to leave that inside too.

  • LesleyH
    3 years ago
    Do they use earphones? What about the poor neighbous.
  • Luke Buckle
    Original Author
    3 years ago

    I love that this thread is still going. I am still puzzled by the question.

  • olldroo
    3 years ago

    ????? You asked it Luke.

  • whynottryit
    3 years ago

    I think he meant the idea still puzzles him. Why would someone have a tv outside. (oh, lawd, I sound like spin doctor.)...lol

  • olldroo
    3 years ago

    Then again it might be 'doesn't everyone?".

  • Swa Neee
    3 years ago

    Would love to be able to sit in a 'real, pool and watch tv on those hot Brisbane summer nights.....

  • bigreader
    3 years ago
    http://pin.it/p5qZPXr

    If you have a tv outdoors you can do this.
  • olldroo
    3 years ago

    LOL Bigreader - glad it is Nemo on the screen and not Jaws.

  • Harriet Hall
    3 years ago

    My favourite thing about backyard retreats is that you can take a break from the constant barrage of digital noise we are surrounded by everyday - a TV outside would detract from this. I think TV's definitely belong indoors!

  • Tribbletrouble44152k7 Trek
    3 years ago

    Hehe, I just voted the opposite to chook ;). I guess I feel it should come with a lower volume than inside TVs, so as not to disturb neighbours.

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    elsker design
    3 years ago

    thought more people would find it appealing! or maybe its just me with a sport-mad household and a small child :-)


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    Cozy Pool Care
    3 years ago

    Good for entertaining outside

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    Atom Power Pty ltd
    3 years ago

    Great idea.

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    Days Landscaping & Externals
    3 years ago

    Free time from the kids programmes while enjoying the outside

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    Blueprint Images
    3 years ago

    It's fantastic to have outdoor tv's for major Australian sporting events when you have people over. Usually there would be more room and it allows kids to play while the adults watch the event.

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    SmartDigital
    3 years ago

    to Blueprint Images - can not agree more! Even better - if you have a really big screen - you can invite more firiends!