South Carolina native Rick Clanton admits that his job is not easy and very humbling because every architectural detail has to be just right. Clean and simple with layers of detail, such as the old homes in Charleston and Beaufort. Vacations always include time to explore old homes and historic buildings. He draws inspiration from the original source, want Mediterranean style? Look to old homes in Italy. Georgian architecture? Ireland is magical. Colonial Revival, Lowcountry farmhouse, Modern? Look past copies of copies to the best examples. When he is away from the office, the 1978 Clemson graduate is comfortable at his home in Hilton Head Plantation, traveling with wife Lynn to see the children and grandchildren, backpacking in the mountains, being involved with anything rugby related and teaching 4 and 5 year olds at Sunday School at the Providence Presbyterian Church.
Long Island native Mike Ruegamer moved to Hilton Head with his wife and 3 year old daughter in 1984. In the infancy of the Town of Hilton Head, Mike volunteered his time on the Island Beautification Association for the highways which was instrumental in the landscaping of the roadways. Now, an active member and usher of St. Francis of the Sea church; Mike enjoys being outdoors at the beach or working in his garden as well as gaining European Architectural inspiration by traveling abroad. The only challenge for him is finding the time because he usually works 12-15 hour days at the office. The Windmill Harbor resident and 1979 graduate of the New York Institute of Technology graduate puts his “heart and soul” into his work…but he doesn’t really call it work because he so thoroughly loves what he does. By his own admission and that of his coprincipal Rick, one of Mike’s professional talents is being able to visualize an entire project at its infancy. In addition to being the lead interior designer at Group 3 and handling all selections of interior finishes, furnishings and accessories, he also oversees all administrative duties and the two Pyramids retail stores on the island.