The owners of a lot in McLean turned to James McDonald to create a comfortable home for them with a Nantucket vibe outside and clean, contemporary interiors. McDonald and his team turned the lot’s wide, shallow configuration to their advantage by designing a linear, open layout boasting views out the front and rear that worked perfectly for their clients.
An owners’ suite and kitchen/family room are connected via a central great room; opening up to views on both sides through walls of windows that flood them with light. The interiors are modern, with dark-stained box beams, a glass stair rail and a freestanding, linear fireplace that acts as a divider between rooms.
JMAA is an 11-person residential firm, typically completing 10-12 custom homes a year.
What is your philosophy?
We bring design talent, construction know-how and understanding of the market and trends to each meeting with clients and builders. We translate space and lifestyle requirements into design solutions.
Most challenging aspect of your work?
How to maximize design impact and stay within budget. To do this, the builder, client and architect must work together.
James McDonald Associate Architects, PC • jamesmcdonaldarchitects.com
10135 Colvin Run Drive, Suite 200, Great Falls, Va 22066 703-757-0036