FROM OFFICE PARK TO LANDMARKOpen SpaceTeam Musings and Meanderings

Details of our recent relocation and renovation at a familiar Bluffton address.

In the same space where renowned lowcountry chefs once crafted signature entrees, we’re now creating award-winning architectural and interior design. Our new address is 32 Bruin Road in Old Town Bluffton, the former home of Red Fish Restaurant. James Atkins shares, “We actually purchased the building last year but before making the move we needed to repurpose the space for our growing team and expanding menu of services.”
The primary goal of the relocation was to get the entire team under one roof. Team members from all service areas will collaborate on projects at the Bruin location. Currently we offer three tiers of service, residential and commercial architectural design, as well as interior design.

“We were looking for a large, open design studio to encourage collaboration and an ongoing team dialogue,” explains William Court. “We’ve converted the primary Red Fish dining area into that space and thankfully it features large roll-up garage doors that allow natural light and quick access to outdoor meeting areas.”

The garage doors open to a partially covered deck and open-air fireplace. The partners have added a grand 17-foot mahogany gathering table, previously the Red Fish bar. “We’ll meet and entertain clients and colleagues around that table and no doubt the old Red Fish spirits will join us,” Atkins says.

Other reconfigured space in the 6,200 square foot building includes the former kitchen, now the interior design resource center; previous back bar area, now the interior design display gallery; past foyer and dining rooms, now a generous conference space and the original restaurant entry which has been transformed to welcome CAG guests with dramatic color scheme and modern light fixtures. The floorplan also includes a full-service kitchen/break room and various smaller conference spaces.

Design Director Deb Van Plew steered selections for new office interiors at 32 Bruin Road. “Our choices include the clean lines of a soft contemporary aesthetic, composed with authentic materials and textures we embrace in our region – nickel gap, brick, oak – with a little twist,” Van Plew says. She and team plan to keep the design understated yet professionally elegant and engaging. “We hope to create spaces that are fresh, inspiring, comfortable, approachable – nothing pretentious or intimidating.”

The full renovation of our new offices entailed the support of many of our industry partners and community vendors. We’d like to thank everyone, especially the following: Shoreline Construction, contractor; Grayco, interior mahogany doors and transoms; JayCo, painting; Bluffton Millworks, cabinetry and furnishings; Burchette and Burchette, wood floors; Distinctive Marble, countertops; Billy Wood Appliances, appliances; Phillips Electric, electrical; Progressive Technologies, IT infrastructure; Gilman Flooring, carpet and LVT; Cregger Company, plumbing; Savannah Hardscapes, Tile and Bird Hardware, door and cabinet hardware.

Originally built in 1990, our new headquarters first opened as the Bluffton Post office. When the post office moved to Bluffton Village, the space became Myrtle’s Restaurant and was later purchased and renovated by the owners of Red Fish. The popular restaurant remained open until 2018.

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