Charleston Style and Design

FALL 2015

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H O M E S A R C H I T E C T 208 CSD Every so often in architecture, you will fnd a pièce de résis- tance, a confuence of skills, styles and visions made possible by the coordination of true experts. Such was the case with the second home of a Houston- based family. Constructed by Charleston-based Bennett Hofford Construction, the house is located on the idyllic island of St. Kitts. Colonized in the mid-1600s by an alternating procession of French and English settlers, the history-steeped island transi- tioned to a tourist destination only a decade ago. Its relative youthfulness, along with a low crime rate and educated locals, helped increase the interest of developers initially enticed by its untouched beauty. One of the most enthusias- tic investors to date has been Kiawah Island's famous founding In the tropics, the line between indoors and outdoors is blurred. Here, an enormous bank of mahog- any doors fold open to reveal the coral stone-clad loggia and infnity pool. Ceiling fans make the most of Caribbean breezes. Left: Charleston's Fox Home Solutions installed the home's entertainment, data and surveillance systems. father, Buddy Darby, whose burgeoning luxury community, Christophe Harbour, won the af- fection of this Houston couple, who fell in love with the region during a 2007 visit. Once their desires were matched with a compelling bid from Darby's go-to construction company, Bennett Hofford, the plans for the ultimate family es- cape on Sandy Bank Bay (where the couple's two college-aged kids could also come to vaca- tion) were set in motion. "We had a wonderful expe- rience working with this family. They couldn't have been better clients. They were delightful, accommodating and helpful, which is always great for us," says Hank Hofford, co-owner of Bennett Hofford Construction. To keep the quality of construction top-notch, the resourceful team at Bennett

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