Destination: Your own backyard

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Whether on your own or with the help of a contractor, Chris Bedrick’s American Home and Energy Products can help you kick your backyard living space up a notch—or two. (Photography by Benjamin Margalit/Margalit Studio)

By Mary Malik

Living in Northeast Ohio, we tend to neglect our outdoor living spaces. Then late May rolls around and the sun shines, temperatures rise and we emerge from our homes to find an outdoor space that’s not so inviting. American Home and Energy Products in Painesville, has everything to create the outdoor living area you’ve been dreaming of all winter long. 

Talking about all that American Home and Energy Products offers would take much more space than we have here.  

That’s why you’re encouraged to come out to the store, take a stroll around the grounds and discover for yourself what they can help you do with your home.

“When I opened the store in 1999, we mainly focused on patio pavers, natural stone, ponds and waterfalls,” says owner Chris Bedrick.

“Today we have indoor and outdoor fireplaces, patios, fire pits and retaining walls and outdoor kitchens including the best grills, smokers and kitchen accessories. We also have structures to create outdoor rooms and the very best outdoor furniture. All of these project ideas can be installed by most homeowners or we can assist you with finding a reputable installer.”


With experience in landscaping and home construction, Chris is knowledgeable in all areas of the home. He makes it his mission to stay current on all of the latest trends.

“I travel to seminars all over the country so I know what’s coming,” says Chris.

“My staff and I are extremely knowledgeable and ready to guide you through your project—no matter how big or small. And if it’s too much for you, we’ll recommend someone who can help. We deal with many contractors throughout Northeast Ohio who rely on us for quality products and knowledgeable service.”

Walking through the shop and surrounding grounds at American Home and Energy Products is an experience. Several unique and elegant outdoor displays showcase some of the exciting home improvements that can be made to increase the value of your home and upgrade living spaces for your family to enjoy for years to come.

Additions like outdoor cooking areas, fire pits, water gardens, pondless water features, decorative stones and lighting can take your backyard to a whole new level. 


“No backyard is complete without a water feature,” says Chris.

“And it doesn’t have to be elaborate. You can do a pondless feature where the water disappears into a basin under ground, add some decorative stones, and even add a koi pond. It adds a new dimension to the home and creates a relaxing vibe that is very popular.”

American Home and Energy Products is a destination spot for outdoor living inspiration. And to be really inspired stop by the store to see over 2000 square feet of displays and ten different departments of product.

“We want your outdoor areas to be a place to enjoy with family and friends,” says Chris. “Why not have your most relaxing destination be your own backyard?”

American Home and Energy Products is located at 1270 Mentor Avenue in Painesville. Hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; closed on Sunday. For more information, call 440-358-5858, or visit