My husband loves to grill and smoke outdoors. One project on his bucket list is to build a pizza oven here as well.
Here is a recent picture of the outdoor kitchen and it's ever evolving.
This area can seat up to 30 guests comfortably.
We added a fire pit that overlooks the water and it has become our favorite spot late at night with our friends. There's something about the fire, the stars and of course those lovely nature sounds. Frogs and crickets sometimes drown out the conversation. You might also find some roasted marshmellows on a stick. YUM!
Here is another recent pic of the pier and as you can see, we've now added a pool. I'll be honest with you, a pool was not on my list. My husband had mentioned it several times and I had always resisted. The reason I decided that a pool might be a good idea is because we usually stop entertaining at the Ponds in July & August. It's just to hot and the sun is relentless in the outdoor kitchen around 6:30 - 8:00 in the summer months. So the idea that we could invite guests over to swim and cool off before enjoying one of my husbands meals, started to sound pretty good. So we have had the pool for about a month now and have had guests around almost every weekend. We've already had our first "low country boil", something we normally do later in the fall, due to the heat.
We love how the pool fits into the landscape without taking away from the natural beauty of the property.
Here's a view of the pool and the natual area that surrounds it. The natural area we had built in 2010 and were fortunate that we were able to leave it and just add the pool in front of it.