James McDonald specializes in luxury single-family homes of all sizes, from jewel-box custom infill residences to estate homes of note.
How has the pandemic affected the future of design?
I think today’s health crisis is changing some aspects of how people view their homes. The desire for areas for family gathering and entertaining is competing with the need for individual workspace—from spouses who both require their own home offices to multiple kids who need dedicated areas for homework, crafts, etc. Everyone needs that separate work environment.
What is your philosophy on home as a sanctuary?
People always want to see their home as a sanctuary, a place where they can step away from the outside world or to invite a group of close friends over. These spaces are becoming more casual and open with a lot more connection to the exterior environment.
James McDonald Associate Architects, PC – jamesmcdonaldarchitects.com