Meet the Designer

Alicia Hylton-Daniel was a paralegal studying to take the LSATs in the winter of 2002 when a house fire caused by a faulty fireplace to her new Durham home changed everything. The infuriating process of dealing with less than honest insurance claims folks and mostly “good ‘ol boys” contractors compelled her to take her career in another direction. She had spent her formative years obsessed with Art and Architecture but did not have that mentor or available resources to help guide her to this career path. After much research, she decided Interior Design would be a perfect fit. She enrolled at Meredith College to pursue a 2nd degree in Interior Design and a Minor in Studio Art. Upon graduating during the 2008 economic crash, she was fortunate to land a position as an Interior Designer with HagerSmith Design in Raleigh. Her projects included mostly commercial office interior design along with local restaurants. Within 3 years of working at HagerSmith, she developed a small client base and worked primarily for 2 large corporate companies creating their design standards along with construction project management. She remained at HagerSmith for 7 years. In 2014, she took the position of Project Manager/Interior Designer at MHA Works in Durham. The decision was also personal as MHA Works was located within 6 walking blocks from her 1930s home she purchased a few years earlier. During her time at MHA Works, she became a Licensed General Contractor as she and her husband had purchased a few lots in Durham and wanted to be able to design and build them from the ground up. She left MHA Works in her 3rd year to start her own Design/Build Company: Hylton Daniel design + construction.  She designed and built 4 modern spec houses in Durham that have been featured in Dwell and NC Modernist Home tours. She was featured on the cover of the October/November 2017 issue of Durham Magazine in the “Art of Design” issue. Her company has also done 2 build-outs for the HGTV show: Love It or List It.  When not engaging in design and construction, Alicia enjoys spending time at wonderful local establishments in the Bull City with her family.  Roger her husband, Chelsea and Chloe her daughters, and Malcolm, her yellow Labrador retriever, round out a life well lived.


Professional Memberships

International Interior Design Association (IIDA)

The National Association for Woman in Construction (NAWIC)

Preservation Durham