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32 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 to him, wife Susan and their family ever since. He also fell in love with construction during his college years and started his own company in 1979, fixing up old buildings and homes in and around Charleston. When Hofford cofounded the current firm with partner Michael Bennett in 1983, they turned their attention to master planning and building small and architecturally themed neighborhoods on several resort islands – including Kiawah – off the South Carolina coast. "ey were southern beach houses with architecture similar to Cape Cod Shingle-style homes – wood frames, wood paneling and large windows and doors that opened to the sea breezes," says Hofford. As demand for the village communities grew and the firm flourished in both Charleston and the islands in the 1980s and '90s, the Hofford family enjoyed many happy vacations spent sailing yachts to the Bahamas and other Caribbean destinations. "Sailing and the sea are very much in my blood," he says. But it wasn't until the owner of Kiawah Island bought 2,500 acres of land on St. Kitts – for the development of Christophe Harbour, a luxury resort community on the island's southeast peninsula – that Hofford really caught the Caribbean bug. "One of the beauties of St. Kitts is that it has never really been commercialized or developed," Hofford says. "e island had an agricultural economy based on sugar cane until 2005. "It also has a very different feel to it than the rest of the Caribbean," he adds. "People are very well educated, softly spoken and quick to smile. ese are very special people; it's a wonderful place to be." e firm's strong connection to Kiawah and blue-chip reputation in the construction industry made Bennett Hofford a natural fit with Christophe Harbour. In the past seven years, the company has built a dozen homes there, has another three in progress and is planning more in the future. e company is also creating much-needed jobs on St. Kitts and training local tradesmen and craftsmen to the highest American design and construction standards. "Some of our craftsmen came down to St. Kitts, fell in love with the place and never went back," says Hofford. "Now they're working with local crews and training them, which is great to see." Hofford says the island's geography, climate and culture Bayside beauty Artful design and craftsmanship at this alluring home in Sandy Bank Bay, Christophe Harbour, are a testament to Bennett Hofford's president, John H. (Hank) Hofford, left. PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY OF BENNETT HOFFORD CONSTRUCTION AND BY PATRICK J. O'BRIEN (HOFFORD) Outdoor Living C U S T O M H O M E S