Memorial Day weekend here in the US is pretty much the official start of summer for most of us. We take this three-day weekend to start a sun-filled summer of picnics, golf, camping, fishing, beach visits, outdoor barbecues and, if you’re lucky, a lot of lounging by the pool. We thought we’d kick off the summer season by highlighting a few of our favorite automated outdoor spaces. Animation & Automation
: This Beverly Hills pool has a spectacular view and an amazing sound system. The outdoor audio system and speakers are fully integrated with Control4 so the owner can DJ the pool party right from his chaise lounge using his iPhone. Pool House
: Even though this New England pool house is designed for year-round pleasure, not just summer fun, some of the automation features are simply amazing. The owners use their Control4 system to manage the two TVs, music
, and the pool/spa controls. The pool stays at a comfortable 81 degrees year round and the owners can tweak the Jacuzzi temperature, open and close the pool cover, orchestrate the pool fountains and control the outdoor music and landscape lighting in the adjacent courtyard — all right from their smartphones. The Art of Control
: Even though the interior of this Ohio home is gorgeous, with a high-end home theater, a gourmet kitchen, and all the bells and whistles, it’s the pool and patio that get all the attention in the summer. Perfect for outdoor dining, parties and relaxing, the owners can manage all the audio, lighting and security cameras right from their smart devices. A Desert Dream House
: In Scottsdale, Arizona, having an amazing pool and patio lets homeowners enjoy their beautiful surroundings in the lap of luxury. This desert dream house lets the owners use their “Entertain” scene to set the stage for evening gatherings: the front gate lights up, lights illuminate the ocotillo cactus, and the professional lighting highlights the pool and spa while the music kicks on. Park City Home
: This Park City, Utah, home invites guests to enjoy the spectacular mountain views. Automated lighting kicks on as the sun sets, and the owners can control the water features and the outdoor music system while their guests relax by the outdoor fire pit and enjoy the stars.