October 2015


Author: Special to CH2

When you arrive at this oceanfront home, you instantly get the feeling that this is someplace unique and inviting. From the minute you walk through the custom designed iron and glass front door leading to the beautiful travertine deck and ocean-side pool, to the 500-square-foot deck with panoramic ocean views, you feel the sense of the outdoors coming into the house.

When the Gagnon’s first walked into 18 Brigantine, they fell in love with the property and the uniqueness of the house, which blended Asian inspired elements with transitional style interior. The house, built in the 1980s, was lauded for its cutting edge design at the time, landing in the pages of Architectural Digest and playing host to the Clintons during the 1990s. The challenge was to update the house and add modern amenities, such as an elevator, while maintaining the integrity of the original design and maximizing access to the outdoors and the incredible views.

With award-winning builder Cameron & Cameron Custom Homes, they embarked on an extensive/lofty and creative renovation of the entire home. “We wanted guests to feel as if they were staying in a spa—beautiful, elegant, and relaxing—while enjoying incredible views and all that Hilton Head has to offer,” Gagnon said.

The project was a cooperative effort between Nathan Cameron and the Gagnons. Many of the decisions were made along the way and varied from fully insulating the house to designing a new front door to meet FEMA requirements. “We’re so happy we chose Nathan to work with us. He and his superintendent, Dave Hein, have been professional, innovative and a real pleasure to work with,” Gagnon said.

The house captures stunning vistas from the entire top floor, both master bedrooms on the second floor, and the pool lounge on the first floor. Cameron sourced reclaimed wood beams from Tom Vanach from Timberstone, which were utilized for the kitchen ceiling beams, living room columns, new elevator wall, and mantel for the rebuilt/redesigned fireplace. The beautiful custom-built Lyptus® wood cabinetry, designed by Arlene Williams with Palmetto Cabinet Studio, is in contrast to the white Quartz table top, quartzite counters, sea glass tile and the quartz stacked stone kitchen wall and fireplace. The high-end chef’s kitchen includes Sub Zero and Thermador appliances and a new walk-in pantry. Walls were taken down in order to open-up the kitchen to the living room and provide vistas from every space on the top floor. A cramped outdoor deck was closed-in to make room for a new dining room.

The ceilings were replaced with Cyprus wood and stained by hand to match the new floors throughout the top floor and master bedrooms, giving it a tropical feel. The redesigned bar area with smoked glass sports a nine-foot raw edge Walnut bar top, which the owner sourced. After you grab your drink at the bar, you can relax in the lounge area with a Currey and Co. glass disc chandelier, quartz coffee table and leather swivel lounge chairs or sit at the hammered copper and iron bar table. You could also sit in either the living room or the “reading” room and enjoy the two-sided fireplace, which Cameron rebuilt.

The house has five bedrooms including two master bedrooms, each with its own fully renovated bathroom. One master bedroom includes a flex room with a daybed, separated by pocket doors. Both master bathrooms have full walk-in showers and Sea Pearl quartz countertops. One of the master bathrooms is entered through custom barn doors (made from reclaimed wood) and has a full soaking tub with views of the ocean.

18 Brigantine can be rented through Beach Properties of Hilton Head.

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