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30 O C E A N H O M E M A G . C O M | A p r i l + M a y 2 0 1 6 Outdoor Living C U S T O M H O M E S A t first glance, you might think South Carolina and the Caribbean are worlds apart. But look more closely at the coastal architecture on Kiawah Island and St. Kitts and things start to look just a little familiar. "You know, the two are not that different," says John H. (Hank) Hofford, president of Bennett Hofford, one of the most successful and respected construction companies in Charleston, S.C. And he should know. In the past 30 years, Bennett Hofford has developed and built more than 300 quality homes from downtown Charleston to Kiawah Island and St. Kitts, seamlessly bridging the gap between three distinct architectural vernaculars: historic, coastal and island. "Kiawah Island and St. Kitts actually have similar climates with a lot of rain, heat, humidity, mosquitos and hurricanes to deal with, and the houses on both islands have adapted along similar lines," he says. "ey're generally designed to allow for natural ventilation with lots of indoor-outdoor living space, so the screened porch becomes part of the living room and vice versa. "Both have nice overhangs on the roofs to protect the building from rain. And the walls, windows and shutters are designed to withstand winds of 120 to 150 miles per hour – even earthquakes on St. Kitts – so the homes have to be built very solidly." While the materials might be different – more New England-style shingle on Kiawah, concrete and steel on St. Kitts and traditional bricks in downtown Charleston – Bennett Hofford's exacting standards never waver. Extensive experience, dedication to its clients, smart The home front Bennett Hofford's exacting standards of construction and design are obvious from every angle of Windswept Villa, a home designed to capture the balmy breezes, views and sunlight of St. Kitts. management and rigorous attention to detail are the foundation stones of this award-winning company. e three Cs in Hofford's life – Charleston, construction and the Caribbean – have been calling for as long as he can remember. Born in Key West, Fla., Hofford and his family moved to Charleston in 1958 when his father, who was in the navy, was stationed there – and the city has been home PHOTOGRAPHS BY HOLGER M. OBENAUS