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 35 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. Although the firm’s work stretches across the country, its focus continues to be beautifully crafted residences in Fairfield County, Connecticut and Westchester County, New York.
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 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.
Hilton’s work has won over 100 design awards since the firm’s founding including a McKim, Mead and White Award, a Palladio Award, multiple AIA-CT Alice Washburn Awards. The firm has been named to Ocean Homes’ Top 50 Coastal Architects for the past 8 consecutive years. Principle Charles Hilton was inducted into the New England Design Hall of Fame in 2016 and was also recognized by the Greenwich Chamber of Commerce with their Corporate Leadership Award. The firm’s work is featured in two recent Monacelli Press publications, Classic Greenwich Houses and Sleepy Cat Farm, A Gardener’s Journey.