Charles Hilton Architects is a Greenwich, Connecticut based design firm specializing in the finest quality custom residential architecture, sustainable design and waterfront projects. Over the past 29 years, Charles Hilton’s name has become synonymous with the highest quality design and exceptional personal service. The firm has earned a reputation for producing traditionally inspired residences, landscape features and architectural interiors that are beautiful, practical and fit harmoniously in their environments.
Charles Hilton Architects’ designs are the result of attention to several key influences. The first is the personality of the client. Rather than pursuing a signature style, the firm actively seeks to understand the distinct personal experiences, passions and dreams of every patron as unique inspiration for each new design. The second is a deep understanding and thorough application of time tested design principals. Years of working on numerous fine traditional residences, and the continued development of an extensive reference research library, has given the firm a comprehensive understanding of traditional design methods and materials. The firm draws on this experience together with its exhaustive research into the most current and best building practices when designing each new commission. A third critical influence is the project setting. The firm aims to understand the opportunities and limitations inherent in each specific site, seeking to maximize views, daylight and integration with the surrounding neighborhood. The goal is to produce beautiful, timeless designs that harmoniously address these guiding influences in an imaginative and simple built form. Projects seek to provide a human scale with balanced proportions, efficient planning, memorable compositions, sustainable and healthy building practices, and the use of fine materials expertly crafted.
The 17 person firm is led by a leadership team that has practiced together for nearly 25 years. Backed by a team with specialties such as historic preservation, building science, and architectural illustration, they bring decades of strong relationships with interior, landscape and engineering consultants, town officials and the most experienced crafts people in the area to each project. The firm is committed to incorporating sustainable green building strategies into projects by providing practical energy-efficient elements such as high efficiency windows and doors, geothermal heating and cooling, co-generation of electricity and heat, LED lighting, home automation systems, solar panels and green roofs into their projects. In addition they are versed in a wide variety of ‘healthy home’ techniques to create environments as good for one’s health and well-being as they are attractive.
The firm’s work has been recognized with more than 50 design awards and is published regularly in regional and national shelter publications focusing on such topics as traditional residential design, waterfront homes, green sustainable design and historic preservation.