Lakeshore Luxury

The Lakeshore project was designed to make use of an otherwise unusable heavily wooded backyard.  At the rear of the property is the Lake at White Oak, but the view was obstructed due to the thick undergrowth. The area was cleared to make way for a new cypress, covered structure. Expanding on the structure, we incorporated a cypress deck surround that made the space feel much larger.  With the slope of the lot down to the lake, an iron handrail was incorporated for safety. The concrete paver patio provides plenty of room for patio furniture and entertaining, while the deck provides a great area for viewing the lake at sunset in comfortable rocking chairs.  The owner’s existing fountain was reused inside a new sugar kettle with a brick seat wall surround. The fountain is a unique feature and adds to the ambiance of the space.  The cypress walkway is a subtle nod to a wooded nature walk.  It helps to provide access from the covered structure to the side porch, as well as across the back of the house to the garage area.  Guests are able to enter the space from multiple locations.  The original, rear porch for the house was enclosed and converted into a parlor for the owners to enjoy evening cocktails.

Services Included

Outdoor Kitchen



What The Client Had To Say


Recently, my husband and I built a beautiful outdoor kitchen and bar room (Starkey Builders); however, when the job was complete it was obvious that the rest of our backyard needed attention. In fact, it needed a complete makeover. Eric Smith, the Smith in Smith and Baker, met us at our home to determine what we needed to tie in our house with the outdoor kitchen. After the plans were prepared, we met with Eric who went over the plans and explained them in detail. We were very pleased with the overall plan, but asked him to scale back some elements to save on costs. Eric accommodated our wishes and called us back a few days later to go over the changes. When the plans were completed, Smith and Baker’s employees performed all work in a professional manner. That work included a cypress wood deck partially surrounding the outdoor kitchen, a courtyard area and path composed of pave stones, and a circular brick fountain area that surrounds a fiberglass sugar kettle that contains a fountain. One of the design elements we really enjoy is a cypress walkway from the kitchen that extends behind the house providing us with a path from the opposite side of the house to the courtyard/outdoor kitchen. Smith and Baker employees were always courteous and willing to answer questions. and address concerns. In particular, Justin Baker, would take the time to outline what work they would be doing over the next few days and how that would tie into the overall project. It was evident that Justin is a professional who actually enjoys working on these types of projects. We had some weather delays and a delay because my cypress supplier dropped the ball on an order, but other than that, the project was completed on time and on budget. It is an understatement to say that we are pleased with their work. We also feel that we have made long time friends with the Smith and Baker team. They should be starting on another project for us in the next few weeks…that says volumes on the quality of their work.