Customizing Your Dream Home: Designing Spaces for Your Hobbies and Interests


Nestled along South Carolina's picturesque coastline, Charleston stands as the embodiment of Southern charm and hospitality, seamlessly blending history with a vibrant modern luxury lifestyle.

Amidst its cobblestone streets, historic architecture, and lively culinary scene, Charleston provides an inspiration-rich canvas for crafting personalized luxury homes. And in the realm of luxury real estate, customization isn't just a preference — it's the essence of creating your dream home.

The fusion of history and modernity in this city sparks ideas for transforming residences into bespoke havens that reflect personal interests and passions. Charleston homeowners are embracing this spirit, turning their properties into expressions of individuality.

Now, it's your turn to explore the customization possibilities in one of America's most enchanting cities. Dive into the unique stories of how Charleston residents are transforming their homes, and let this city inspire you to infuse your dream home with the essence of your interests and hobbies.


Understanding Your Lifestyle and Interests

Whether you're an avid entertainer or someone who finds solace in outdoor adventures, Charleston provides the perfect backdrop for tailoring your living space to match your unique lifestyle.



Inviting Living Spaces for Socializing

lemon-plate-seafood-dinner-gourmet-1Charleston's luxury homes often boast expansive living areas, perfect for hosting gatherings with friends and family. From grand dinner parties to intimate get-togethers, you can customize your home to accommodate your hosting interests.

For example, Lowcountry boils and oyster roasts are a huge part of Charleston culture. Neighbors get together, guests often spill over onto the streets, and “strangers” aren’t part of the vocabulary during these gatherings.

Opting for a home design that makes it easy to host can be a wonderful way to fill up your home with lively experiences and connect with the community. Think of large kitchen areas, expansive patios, and bigger front or backyard areas.

You can also take advantage of the Lowcountry's natural beauty by featuring back porches and screened patios that offer stunning views and a space to connect with nature without leaving the comfort of your home.

Ornate Home Offices and Libraries

For those who work remotely or who value quiet nights in, Charleston's luxury homes often include sophisticated home offices or libraries. These spaces provide a quiet escape, for work, for study, or to simply enjoy individual passions and interests like hunting, sports, arts and crafts, and more.


Wando River Oasis Home


Repurposed Garage Spaces

If you weren’t an outdoor enthusiast before, Charleston might make you one, with its countless opportunities for boating, fishing, hunting, and hiking — and you’ll need space to store all of your gear!

That’s why many Charleston residents repurpose their garages for personal hobbies or use them as boat or kayak storage. For those who love fishing, garages are often used as dedicated areas for fish cleaning (and cooking!).


Luxury Home Design Tailored to Hobbies

Let’s get a little more in-depth. When it comes to designing your luxury home, you can turn any room into a dedicated space for your hobbies. Many designs we’ve worked on have included wine cellars, art studios, hunting rooms, and even yoga or workout spaces. 

Deciding on what’s important to you and what you’d like to include in your day-to-day life is a great place to start. If you’d like to be more active and get your heart rate up, a yoga studio or small gym is a fantastic option.

If you want to get your creative juices flowing, then consider incorporating an art room — painting, drawing, and even crocheting or sewing can work here. The sky’s the limit when it comes to personalizing your space.

If you’re having trouble figuring out what to include in your custom luxury home design or need help pinpointing what themes or rooms you’d like to incorporate, we have a designated Selections Coordinator who helps our newest Charleston residents do exactly that: choose what would make them happiest.

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River Vista Home

“I use my experience in the industry to bring their ideas to life.”
– Devon Adams, Selections Coordinator, Cook Bonner Ebeling Construction

Devon can help you decide on what would best suit your lifestyle and interests and then connect you with the right people who can make it happen. Want to include a “woman cave” but don’t know exactly what to put in it? Devon’s your gal.

Technology and Innovation for High-End Hobbies

It’s the age of technology, and no custom luxury home is complete without incorporating at least a few advanced technological features in the design. Many of Charleston's luxury homeowners leverage technology to enhance the convenience of their homes and also indulge in their more high-end hobbies.

State-of-the-Art Entertainment Systems

Charlestonians know how to enjoy themselves, and this is why their luxury homes aren’t just residences; they’re entertainment havens.

Many Charleston homeowners invest in top-tier audio-visual systems that replicate the experience of a high-end theater, like incorporating cutting-edge surround sound or ultra-high-def TVs. It makes movie nights that much more enjoyable, too!


Maybank Oaks Home

Smart Home Features

Smart home technology has become an integral part of luxury living in Charleston. 

Things like smart lighting, climate, security, and entertainment systems that are controllable from your phone — or even with just your voice — are elements you’ll not want to live without, especially as smart home technology becomes more and more prevalent. 

Virtual Fitness Studios

If your dream home design includes a home gym, but you want to take it to the next level, nothing beats a virtual fitness studio.

Charleston's luxury homes often feature state-of-the-art fitness rooms that integrate interactive workout systems, personalized training apps, and smart fitness equipment. This means you can have your own custom workout without leaving the comfort of your home.

The marriage of technology and luxury is just like the marriage of historic and modern style in Charleston. You can get the best of both worlds, and Charleston homeowners love to combine old-world charm with advanced tech. 

Customized Outdoor Retreats

Let’s talk about how Charleston's homeowners transform their exteriors into bespoke retreats that the entire family can enjoy.

Expansive Gardens

Gardens in Charleston's luxury homes are not just green spaces; they’re meticulously curated landscapes that pay homage to the city's lush surroundings. Expansive gardens don’t have to be limited to decorative plants; many homeowners opt for vegetable and herb gardens that are both beautiful and functional.

Entertainment Spaces

Charleston's mild climate means that residents fully embrace outdoor living year-round. Large porches, patios, and verandas are often transformed into entertainment spaces perfect for hosting birthday parties, celebrations, and even weddings.

While the space is important, the lighting is often just as crucial, especially since celebrations often go on well after sundown. Think about incorporating ambient lighting and an outdoor fire pit to complete your outdoor entertainment space.

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Edisto River Home

Outdoor Kitchens

What’s an outdoor celebration without food? Building an outdoor kitchen into your design is a must-have if you plan on entertaining or enjoying time outdoors.

You can design a fully equipped space that goes beyond just grilling; many Charleston homeowners include chef-quality appliances, custom countertops, and stylish dining areas in their outdoor spaces. Plus, who doesn’t love a good barbecue sandwich made and enjoyed right under the open sky?

Water, Water, Water

A true custom luxury home often includes a private water space to enjoy without having to deal with crowds or leave your home. Plus, incorporating a water element like a pool, a fountain, or a hot tub into your outdoor space adds a touch of tranquility and an escape from the daily grind.


Carolina Marsh View Home


Showcasing Exemplary Luxury Homes

When it comes to building custom luxury homes in Charleston, few names stand out as prominently as Cook Bonner Ebeling. Let’s turn the spotlight onto some of our exemplary homes to give you a better idea of elements you might want to include in your custom home. 

River Vista House: A Waterfront Retreat for Modern Living

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River Vista View Home

One of Cook Bonner Ebeling's recent projects, the River Vista House epitomizes luxury living on the water. This new build was commissioned by a family who relocated from Chicago during COVID-19. They wanted a serene escape from city life that blended well with the natural beauty of Charleston. 

This waterfront residence not only captures the charm of Lowcountry living but also provides a canvas for hobby-centric spaces that reflect the family's passions.

Notable Features:
  • Expansive Windows: The River Vista House maximizes its waterfront location with large, strategically placed windows that offer panoramic views of the water.

  • Outdoor Living Oasis: The home has a meticulously designed outdoor space complete with a spacious porch and a private dock, providing the ideal setting for both relaxation and entertainment.

  • Smart Home Integration: Cook Bonner Ebeling ensured that the River Vista House was equipped with cutting-edge smart home features to allow the family to effortlessly control lighting and the garage conveniently from their phones.

Wapoo Creek: Timeless Elegance on the Coast

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Wapoo Creek View Home

Another hallmark project is the exquisite Wapoo Creek residence right on the waterfront. This home showcases architectural grandeur that harmonizes with personalized spaces that cater to the homeowner's hobbies and interests.

Notable Features:
  • Modern Everything: The design elements here showcase a sleek, modern look with a two-story design built out right into the elevated landscape.

  • Views on Views: The outdoor space is a center for relaxation, with a gorgeous fire pit and stunning waterfront views all throughout the home.

  • Health Is Wealth: From a state-of-the-art kitchen to a personal gym, the design caters to a healthy lifestyle whether you’re spending time indoors or out.

The Perfect Blend of Charleston and You

As we’ve come to see, luxury living extends far beyond architecture in Charleston. It’s a way of life that blends history, culture, and charm, and for homeowners, it gives you a beautiful backdrop to showcase your individuality.

From personalized hobby rooms to outdoor retreats and smart home automation, building your custom dream home in Charleston is a project that lets you explore the charm of the area, all while discovering the lifestyle that suits you best.

Your dream home is waiting for you — let the journey to luxury living in Charleston begin! Get in touch with our team today.


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