Our belief is architecture should be timeless, embracing a sense of history and tradition, while connecting seamlessly with the environment. We imprint our sustainable design philosophy on each project and are proud to be thoughtful stewards of the communities we impact.

Every Court Atkins Group project is tailored to reflect each client’s unique perspective and individual style. To achieve the client’s vision, our team carefully balances design, schedule and budget objectives. Above all, our goal is to continually listen to our clients, keeping the lines of communication open and fully responsive.

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Space Planning

We engage clients in a personalized relationship by listening and then purposefully leading them through the process of designing home.

We strive to work within a client’s budget and schedule while bringing their vision of home to life. This objective begins with planning and analysis. The site and desired program are carefully designed to ensure environmental comfort and relaxation.

Architectural Design

This phase of the design process allows us to explore the details of a clients in a methodical, comprehensive way. During schematic design phase, we determine the general room layout and overall character of the design. In the next design development phase, more technical information is given to the client for further commentary. Our clients are at the heart of the design process and included every step of the way.

3D Visualization

We understand that looking at plans and elevations in 2D may not always be enough for clients to fully envision their home. An option to bring the project to life in 3D is offered as a useful visualization tool.

Design Agency Approvals

This phase will include the preparation of required documents and applications as well as attendance at required meetings to represent the client and guide design approvals. Many phases of the design process can seem overwhelming so we are glad to serve as champion for the client during drawing review meetings.

Consultant Coordination

We facilitate the much-needed dialogue between the client and consultants regarding issues such as: structural engineering, mechanical/electrical/plumbing engineering, civil engineering, as well as other design professions like landscape, land planning, and interior design. Court Atkins Group maintains strong relationships with local consultants to integrate them seamlessly into the design process.

Construction Documents

The final major phase of pre-construction services typically involves the preparation of the construction documents and general specifications. All details of the project except for selections are finalized at this phase. Clients are given the final review of the drawings and may begin to consider builders at this time.

Millwork + Architectural Trim

The millwork phase includes basic custom millwork details, finishes, cabinetry design, and other interior details. Custom wood trim profiles add warmth and bring another level of ownership and pride to any residence. The final fit and finish create a lasting impression of the well-crafted spaces by Court Atkins Group.

Bid Administration

We can help clients navigate the builder selection process which entails budgeting all aspects of the design then receiving quotes from qualified, recommended contractors. This process strongly considers the client budget and facilitates client-contractor introductions.


Upon finalizing all design details and selecting a builder, the permit set is produced. This document aids in attaining the city or county building permit and encompasses the clients’ full wish list. Although architectural design is complete at this stage, clients have the option of allowing us to visit the construction site and ensure the design is being fully realized and building codes honored.

Construction Administration

Construction administration services attempts to keep the client informed of job site conditions as well as verify the project is built to standards. Professional services here include: site observation, coordination of change orders, answering design questions, and verifying project completion. Long distance clients can rest easy knowing that we are still hard at work on their future home!

Interior Design

Court Atkins Group offers a holistic approach to designing every aspect of home through our full-service interior design resource, 501 South Studio. Our in-house interiors team facilitates seamless coordination of interior additions and adjustments post permit release.

Palmetto Bluff

Inspired by Savannah and Charleston, Palmetto Bluff is the essence of the South Carolina Lowcountry, a vast expanse of pristine land bounded by the May, Cooper, and New Rivers. Rich in wildlife and spectacular beauty it is graced by Montage Resorts' Inn at Palmetto Bluff, authentic town squares and a charming collection of town-and-country neighborhoods with every amenity imaginable. It’s as American as a Norman Rockwell postcard.

Oldfield Plantation

Oldfield Plantation is a private club community on the oak-lined banks of the Okatie River which re-creates the ambience of the great plantations of yesteryear, with the finest fishing, hunting and nature programming in the Southeast. Its thoughtful style of development creates unique lifestyle opportunities with equestrian, tennis, golf and a sports center unrivaled in the area.

Spring Island

Spring Island is a 3,000-acre nature preserve and private residential community midway between Hilton Head Island and Beaufort. It’s a community woven carefully into a landscape of breathtaking natural beauty, home to a fine golf course, two superb restaurants, a fitness and pool facility, tennis, equestrian programs, fishing and water sports of all kinds. It’s a community of down-to-earth people who revel in the company of family and friends and seek the fulfillment of lifelong learning.

Bray’s Island Plantation

Bray’s Island Plantation is private, pristine and worlds away from hurried everyday life. Yet this 5,500-acre plantation is under an hour from Charleston, Savannah and Hilton Head. With only 325 home sites and 3,500 acres set aside as a nature and hunting preserve, Brays Island strives to protect its pristine environment while maintaining the sporting lifestyle of a traditional Lowcountry plantation.

Colleton River

Colleton River Plantation is a stunning member-owned community nestled on 1,500 hundred acres of majestic Lowcountry surrounded by water on three sides, seven miles of scenic shoreline and direct access to the Atlantic Ocean. With only 705 home sites, members are guaranteed uncrowded access to all of the outstanding facilities, services and amenities in this prestigious Bluffton enclave.


Belfair Plantation is one of the premier private golf communities in Bluffton, SC. An artful blend of private residential living and championship golf, the setting is renowned for its natural coastal splendor. Meandering through maritime forests, hammock islands, rivers and marsh, Belfair is conveniently located near popular South Carolina destinations such as Hilton Head Island, Beaufort, and Savannah, Georgia. Residents live by the currents, plan by the tides, and follow the sun.

Berkeley Hall

Berkeley Hall is a private residential golf community edged on the banks of the pristine Okatie River in the heart of the coastal Lowcountry of South Carolina. Its casual, inviting lifestyle sets the standard for surrounding private communities. Located just off Hilton Head Island SC, Berkeley Hall has been voted “One of America’s 100 Premier Properties” by both Links Magazine and Travel & Leisure Golf

Hampton Lake

The award-winning Hampton Lake is all about the water. Spectacular amenities include boating and fishing on a 182-acre stocked freshwater lake, Backwater Bill's lakefront restaurant and poolside Tower Bar, resort-style pools, world-class Fitness Central, the Spa and more. With limitless recreational and social opportunities woven into a charming Lowcountry backdrop, Hampton Lake offers an unparalleled, relaxed lifestyle.

Hampton Hall

Hampton Hall is a luxury golf course community located minutes from Hilton Head, Savannah and Beaufort offering exceptional amenities including Pete Dye signature golf, state-of-the-art health and fitness Center, full-service community clubhouse and scenic lakeside pool. It’s an extraordinary place to live, play and make memories with family and friends, in the heart of the Lowcountry

Wexford Plantation

Wexford Plantation is a world-class private residential community located on beautiful Hilton Head Island. It’s home to a 37-acre inland harbor with an innovative lock system, an Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course, a championship tennis center and countless other amenities. The entire plantation is a serene, friendly environment in a lush Lowcountry setting.

Long Cove Club

Long Cove Club is a gated, island residential community that boasts one of South Carolina’s favorite country clubs complete with exceptional Pete Dye signature golf, plus a modern marina and upscale tennis facilities. A centerpiece destination on the Lowcountry’s landmark Hilton Head Island, the community is just minutes from beach, restaurants and entertainment.

Port Royal Plantation

Port Royal Plantation is the island's only completely private seaside residential community. It lies at the “heel” of Hilton Head Island, within reach of approximately 12 miles of beach where Port Royal Sound joins the Atlantic Ocean. 1800 homeowners enjoy the miles of pristine beachfront and exclusive amenities which include three signature golf courses, sumptuous golf club house, recently renovated community beach house, new swimming complex and much more!

Spanish Wells

Spanish Wells is a uniquely-private residential community on Hilton Head Island. While smaller than other communities, its home sites are generous, allowing more space between residences rising among magnificent live oak trees. Family-style amenities include an intimate clubhouse, private 9-hole golf course, tennis facility and cloistered pool. An island peninsula, Spanish Wells feels like a retreat unto its own with stunning views of the Calibogue Sound.

Other Communities

Our projects can be found predominantly throughout the neighborhoods above, however the scope of our work continues to span the Lowcountry. Upcoming multiple works in progress will place us on the map in additional communities in the months ahead. Let us know where you’d like to set a precedent with home design by Court Atkins Group.

Our Studio

“…But then, after a while, you don't even notice the letters and all you see are the words." – Partner William Court, on the power of collaboration.

Ours is a team of designers, strategists, programmers and protagonists who arrive daily in our studio energized by various aspects of our project roster. Though we each bring our own unique brand of talent to the table, we’re devoted to a shared vision: the desire to enhance a sense of place, collaborate seamlessly with our industry partners and achieve harmony within the context of natural habitats.

Lowcountry Spirit

Though our roots are all-American, our designs reflect the spirit of coastal lowcountry living, a composite of understated elegance, deliberate authenticity and graceful, timeless detail. These qualities frequently blend with regional influences and local traditions, while engaging the terrain and climate of respective home environments.

Engaging Stories

Thankfully our clients continue to remind us why we’re passionate about our work. We welcome the challenge of interpreting their perspectives on home, workplace and neighborhood. Listening to their stories has been our priority since we opened our doors 13 years ago. How do they see their futures evolving? Who will share their lifetime journeys? What are the milestones they celebrate?

The Vision

Each client’s personal narrative becomes a catalyst for creating custom floor plans and enduring spaces that are stylish and modern, yet comfortable and intimate. We add state-of-the-art conveniences and if desired, recommendations by our full-service interior design team. Then with the earlier quote in mind…letters become words, and a house becomes home.


2016 AIA/Hilton Head Merit Award Winner in Residential Design Category (Greater than 5,000 sq ft)

2016 AIA/Hilton Head Merit Award Winner in Paper Architecture (Future Construction)

2016 Best of Houzz-Design Award

2016 35 NAHB LightHouse Design Awards

2015 Best of Houzz-Design Award

2015 27 NAHB LightHouse Design Awards

2014 12 NAHB LightHouse Design Awards

2013 20 NAHB LightHouse Design Awards

2012 10 NAHB LightHouse Design Awards

2011 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Architect

2011 12 LightHouse Design Awards

2010 16 LightHouse Design Awards

2009 NAHB/NSMC National Silver Medalist

2009 15 NAHB Lighthouse Design Awards

2009 Southern Living Feature

2004 Coastal Living Feature


Bud and Shirley Mingledorff, Myrtle Island

 "We wanted a new house that looked 200 years old, while taking every advantage possible of our building site. The creativity and functionality of their design was exactly what we wanted and it has received rave reviews by all who have seen the finished product. If we were building again, we would not consider using anyone else.”

Mike and Jeanette Davis, Wexford Plantation

“From the beginning, they listened to our wants and needs, putting everything we were looking for into our house while keeping it within budget. They were very professional and detail oriented and worked well with the Architectural Standards Committee. It was a pleasure working with James, William and Kathy. We highly recommend their firm.”

Bob and Diane Cibulsky, Belfair

“They asked numerous questions to more fully understand our goals …they listened and then provided easy-to-understand recommendations for both internal and external designs based on their many experiences…with their valuable input, we selected options that we would have easily overlooked …always available to respond to any question on an immediate basis, thus eliminating any design or construction delays.”

Toby and Donna Buck, Brays Island

"…The professional calm nature that William maintained in coordinating the construction portion of the building worked smoothly for all parties … assisting us with communication with the builder, developing a reasonable timeline and finding alternative suppliers of services to compress our time and associated cost …seamless building process we experienced on this project.“

John M. Lord, Jr., Brays Island

“We needed an architectural firm that would work closely with us and help us through what is a very complex process …The principals are very much involved with every client throughout the process...the entire experience of building a new home was far more fun and stress free than we might have expected, based on tales from friends and acquaintances"

Lamar and Alice Nix, Bull Point

“From the initial meetings Court Atkins seemed to have an exceptional grasp of the design (we wanted) and quickly generated conceptual drawings …always most helpful in guiding us to making decisions; they were extremely flexible in making any tweaks that we initiated "

Stuart and Cathy Malone, Palmetto Bluff

“We have used Court Atkins as our architects for two projects. We loved the job they did on our first and could not find any reason to look elsewhere for the second. They listened to our ideas and suggestions. They made changes and improvements that were better than we could have expected. We consider them the best architects in the area.”

Jim and Trish Riordan, Bull Point

“The Court Atkins team remained committed to our project and when the inevitable of too much house and too little budget became apparent, they worked with us to get back on track without any problems. We would wholeheartedly recommend the Court Atkins team. They were an extremely professional creative team, easy to work with and exceptionally responsive to us, their clients. And yes, we love our new home.”

Hub and Georgia Green, Belfair

“In building our new home, the Court/Atkins team gave us their experience, professionalism, and insight to exactly what we were looking for in building our new home. Their ideas, and incorporating them with ours, made the process very easy.“

Joe and Anne Jarboe

“Court Atkins did an excellent job of working with us to develop the spaces we wanted into a design that takes full advantage of our site and view. They were fully professional, responsive, and extremely pleasant to work with. And we love the end result!”

Bill and Susan Nimmer, Berkeley Hall

“As this was our first time designing and building our family home, we could not have been happier that we found the Court Atkins team. Working with William, James, and their wonderful staff was a pleasure. Professional, creative, forward thinking, and respectful of the land and surrounding environment that our home would reside in, is what set them apart. They were very open to our input, and their attention to detail was exceptional. It was a joy to design with them.”

A. M. (Mac) Mellor, Palmetto Bluff

“Court Atkins Architects wisely took some time last year to prepare a site study and preliminary design that met our specifications for a carriage house in South Wilson at Palmetto Bluff. The result was stunning. I wrote William Court, “I must say I am quite struck by your design and yesterday asked the general contractor to work directly with you for preparing the corresponding construction cost estimates.”

Alan & Jo Gambill, Colleton River

“We found the entire team at Court Atkins, led by William and James, to be most professional, helpful and easy to work with. Our entire experience was most enjoyable! William and James listened carefully to our verbal input and appropriately considered two binders of documentation we provided them regarding our design philosophy and vision for our new home. As a result, the home they designed was "our home", not simply "theirs" as can be the case with some architects..... although they were certainly most helpful in guiding us and helping us avoid serious design errors. Their placement of the home on our unique site was outstanding, optimizing all possible views. We recommend Court Atkins without qualification!“