Nantucket Vibe

James McDonald designed a sprawling traditional home with comfort and charm to spare

Nantucket Vibe Clients in Arlington had a generously sized lot, but its steep grade made building on it a challenge. “We had to find a balance of scale and location for the house,” recalls architect James McDonald, who was hired to design a custom home on the property. “We flattened the rear yard so we could build far enough back from the street, but left room for left and right wings that step back.”

A Nantucket-style exterior is enhanced by sloping rooflines, banks of windows and eyebrow dormers. The interiors feature a two-story foyer with panel molding and a grand staircase; a galley kitchen opening up to the family room and rear loggia; and an open connection between main-floor spaces.

James McDonald Associate Architects, PC, was established in 2009. A staff of 10 handles 20 to 30 projects a year, ranging from custom jewel-box additions to grand estates measuring over 20,000 square feet. The firm specializes in infill custom homes.

James McDonald Associate Architects, PC
10135 Colvin Run Road, Suite 200
Great Falls, VA 22066