Luxury Outdoors

Written By: Rachael Ward | Designed and Built By: Tongue & Groove

With summer approaching, this is a great time of year to start planning your perfect outdoor space or modernize your existing one. Whether you enjoy a nice pool area, a space for cookouts and grilling, or a simple relaxing seated area with a great view, choosing the right builder and designer can turn your dream space into reality. Here are examples of some beautiful outdoor spaces in the Cape Fear region.

Coastal Contemporary (Above)

Located on Lee’s Cut in Wrightsville Beach, this coastal contemporary dock and gazebo are perfect platforms to lounge and enjoy the sunset or dive into any water activity. Composite Azek decking, standing seam metal roofing, PVC columns, aluminum exteriors, and Gloster outdoor furniture make this a stunning, low maintenance space. Other features to mention are the three porthole cutouts, outdoor speakers, and the custom surfboard light feature created by Iocal surfboard and paddle board designer, Ian Balding.


Elevated from the ground level to the first floor, this outdoor area was built on piling for prime ocean views and integration with the indoor main living space. The use of thin cable railings provide an enclosure that still allows beautiful views from every direction. Balau decking is used throughout, providing beautiful, natural variation of wood shades. Accessed by LED lit steps, the sitting area has front row views of the ocean and practically feels like you’re on the beach. A built-in planter provides the perfect feature to incorporate a splash of greenery. At night, the pool and spa’s purple LED lights create a mystical ambiance, along with a built-in fire pit and sound of the hot tub’s spill edge.


Take the elevator up four flights to this rooftop outdoor living area! The glass encased pool is a unique twist on the typical in-ground pool design. Swimmers can easily interact with those lounging in the boat stern seating area while enjoying the same intracoastal views. Chills from rooftop winds are prevented by the glass railing and heat from the built-in linear fire pit. The cabana room is the perfect place to dry off, grab a drink from the boat bar, relax on the couch, and watch the game. Folding Nana doors can open entirely to the outdoor space, or be closed during cooler weather, allowing you to enjoy the space all year around.

Pool Built and Installed By: Bradford Products 



This grand stucco fireplace not only provides an ample source of warmth, but also serves as a truly distinctive visual feature. Here you’ll find custom metal fire “logs” as a unique alternative to the ordinary stack of firewood. The mahogany shutters on either side of the fireplace, and pearl tumbled travertine decking, add warm tones and contrast with the light colored structures.




Photographs Courtesy of Tongue & Groove