A Design Duo Celebrate Black Durham in a 1925 Craftsman Home

Dwell online is currently running a feature I penned on the conversoin of a down-at-the-heels 1925 Crsftsman home into an Airbnb in Old North Durham. The project was a team effort by interior designer Alicia Hylton-Daniel and her husband, builder Roger Daniel, and is one of more than 30 renovation projects their firm has completed in downtown Durham since 2017. A+A is pleased to repost it here today:

Few entrepreneurs can lay claim to revitalizing as much of downtown Durham, North Carolina’s housing stock as interior designer Alicia Hylton-Daniel.

She can tick off more than 30 projects she’s completed since founding Hylton Daniel Design + Construction with her husband and business partner, Roger Daniel, in 2017. Among them: 21 client renovations, six ground-up contemporary houses, four long-term rentals, and four short-term stays. With each, they applied her interior design training and his business skills toward a shared goal of creating more affordable housing.

Their newest project is a 1925 Craftsman home in Old North Durham, now listed on Airbnb. The couple live a few houses away from it on West Trinity Avenue. During the pandemic, the previous owner left for the mountains, then sold the home to an out-of-town developer. A month later, his broker reached out to the couple to see if they wanted to buy it. “The developer knew our work, loved it, and thought we should have it,” Alicia says. “We were able to purchase the house, which was good because his plan was to alter it and make it a two-story.”

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