Take it outside: Outdoor luxe at Berkeley Hall

Story by Paula Magrini + Photography by John McManus

When custom resort home meets world-class amenities, outdoor living is elevated with multiple options for guests who want to soak up the iconic Lowcountry backdrop.. Whether entertaining friends, hosting a family celebration or simply relaxing alongside water views, the style and functionality of your outdoor spaces matter. With these intuitive suggestions from Court Atkins Group, discover how to optimize your outdoor living experience.


The best outdoor living spaces require strategic planning, with careful attention to site setbacks, neighboring properties plus the location of live oak trees and other native treasures. These challenges became opportunities for Court Atkins Group at their Berkeley Hall design, inspiring architects to focus inward for privacy while creating generous outdoor entertaining spaces and capturing amazing views.  

“In order to create a private oasis on this lot, we focused on pulling light in from both east and west.  This had the effect of opening the entire home up to gracious outdoor living and an amazing pool and cabana,” explained Founding Principal William Court. The rear views range from pool vistas to twinkling pergola and fire pit … all configured along breathtaking community waterways.

The goal at the Berkeley Hall retreat was to keep a calm, comfortable Lowcountry nuance in the waterfront mix. Builder partner, H2 Builders, crafted  exceptional exterior features to accomplish this. The mix of stone, tile, wood and other natural and man-made finishes keeps the amenity landscape diverse and intriguing. The materials create dimension and seamless boundaries for this truly custom coastal oasis.


At Berkeley Hall, year-round outdoor living options are enhanced by access to a stunning waterfront. So in designing the resort-style enclave, Court Atkins architects leveraged the backdrop and expansive green space to offer a variety of vignettes for gatherings. Family and guests can choose a dip in the modern swimming pool, or they can meet for late-night banter under the gracious southern pergola near the glow of the fire pit. Amenities also include terrace space for lounging or dining alfresco. Court says the home’s rear elevation embraces the Berkeley Hall habitat. “We maintained an intentional low-profile and strong horizontal proportion which blends into the natural landscape.” Home interior design by J. Banks Design Group.

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