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Hillcrest Residence

Hillcrest Residence


A Mediterranean inspired house is sensitively expanded, blending seamlessly into the existing architecture and landscape.


The existing portion of the home is a 1920s-era stucco cottage inspired by a villa the original homeowners were attracted to while traveling in Italy. OWA designed an addition that preserves the Mediterranean character of the existing architecture while opening up its cramped interior to accommodate a growing family. Nearly all of the original interior details of the home had been removed years ago during major renovation projects undertaken by previous owners.

OWA’s introduction of open spaces and a vibrant color palette bring a modern character to the interior, while a more traditionally Tuscan color scheme was selected for the exterior.

The new addition adds a spacious great room to the ground floor while allowing for a second larger master suite and bathroom on the second floor. A screened porch and expanded front terrace were also incorporated to maximize outdoor living space.

The new rooms were added to the side of the house, redefining the street-side facade, making it critical to carefully integrate the new addition into the existing villa motif. Matching hooded gables fit into the cottage roof profile, new arches complement the original fenestration, and the stucco and window detailing was carefully replicated.

OWA also took care in blending the new work into the mature landscape of the site, and added contextual design elements such as planter boxes that help define the new terrace. The result is an addition and renovation that both respects and subtly plays upon the existing character of the site harmoniously, uniquely adding to the distinct character of Louisville’s Crescent Hill neighborhood.


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