In 2013, Hilson and his new fiancé Katherine decided that in in lieu of buying a larger new home that was a fixer-upper, they would renovate their existing small Cape Cod home in Hillsboro Village.
In planning for this project, it was important to Hilson and Katherine to make sure that the house looked like it belonged in the neighborhood and not like a modern new build. With that in mind, the couple decided that the American foursquare architecture would fit in with some of the other homes on the street that were of the same style.
The renovation included:
- Adding 2,000 square feet to the existing home
- Adding a second story
- Adding a first-floor full bath
- Incorporating an existing space into an office area
- Created an open kitchen adjacent to the living room and wet bar
- Repurposed all of the brick to be able to have all of the visible areas of the renovated home’s brick veneer be from the original brick.
A Cape Cod design can often be very simple, so we created visual interest by selecting varying textures of materials and fixtures. For finishes, we wanted to use timeless colors, patterns and textures. Chrome and marble throughout the master bathroom and penny round tiles with subway walls are classic features that never got out of style. With a nod to the past, we included cross handles on the fixtures of the master bathroom vanity and shower.