Author Archives: Kathy Kelly Hines

Are You Going About Your Condo Search the Right Way?

Consider These Condominium Search Tips The renovation of luxury condominium apartments continues to be one of the fastest growing segments of what we specialize in at BOWA.  While we’ve done this type of work for over two decades, there is no question the pace and frequency has increased in recent years. At this point, we’re fortunate to have five to seven condo renovations in the works at any given time.  A quick glance around the DC metropolitan region shows this is in line not only with purchase statistics, but also with the much-publicized trend of folks moving toward the condo… Read More >

Master Suite and Master Bathroom Renovation in Great Falls, VA

project profile Master Suite and Master Bathroom Renovation in Great Falls, VA

Homeowner Challenge: The existing master suite was dated and the layout was awkward.  The homeowners wished to renovate the space to include a new, modern master bath, walk-in closet and refreshment center while also preserving the natural light flowing through the space. The BOWA Solution: Significant structural changes were planned to accommodate the new design which included adding a new window to the bathroom, raising the floor and supporting the stone accent wall. As part of the larger master suite project, the fireplace was relocated, a cold tile… Read More >

BOWA NAMED 2017 REGIONAL CONTRACTOR OF THE YEAR BY NARI

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry Names Winners of Annual Competition McLean, Va. – BOWA (www.bowa.com), a residential design and construction firm specializing in luxury additions and renovations, is pleased to announce that the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) has named BOWA the 2017 Southeast Regional CotY TM winner in the Entire House Over $1,000,000 category. “With projects ranging from master suites and kitchens to whole-home renovations such as this one, it’s an honor to be recognized by our industry leaders for our work at this and all levels,” said Josh Baker, Founder and Co-Chairman at BOWA.… Read More >

Traditional Home Renovation in McLean, VA

project profile Traditional McLean Home Renovation

Homeowner Challenge: The homeowners, who are avid entertainers, wanted to renovate the interior of their dark, dated home to bring it in line with their wonderful exterior spaces. Additionally, the clients wanted to remodel their master suite to include his-and-hers closets and a new master bath. The BOWA Solution: The BOWA team reworked the foyer staircase, creating a graceful barrel vaulted archway with two large storage and coat closets underneath. The existing stone fireplace in the family room was replaced with a high-efficiency gas fireplace and custom built-ins offering both storage and display space.… Read More >

Great Career Opportunities with BOWA – Who Should We Hire?

Do you know any carpenters, laborers, designers or sales people who are looking to build a great career? Folks who are customer-focused, eager to grow and want to work with a highly respected industry leader? If so, take a look at BOWA’s current opportunities and descriptions on our Careers page – http://bowa.com/our-story/careers/  Our list of upcoming projects keeps growing and to meet the demand we are hiring team members for a number of new positions here at BOWA. Why Build a Career with BOWA? Stability – 29-year-old company with solid revenues, plans for steady growth and an average employee tenure… Read More >

BOWA Named “Best of Houzz” for Design and Service in 2017

For the fourth year in a row, BOWA has been honored with at least one Best of Houzz award — this year earning two! McLean, Va. – BOWA (www.bowa.com), an award-winning residential design build firm specializing in luxury additions and renovations, was chosen as both the Best of Houzz Design and Best of Houzz Service by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community. BOWA was selected from more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals. “We’re honored to be recognized again as the Best of Houzz in both the Design… Read More >

BOWA is Washingtonian’s Face of Luxury Condo Renovations

We’re pleased to be included in Washingtonian’s January 2017 issue as “The Face of Luxury Condo Renovations.” Our team certainly has the depth and breadth of experience, relationships and specialized methodologies needed to be successful on the most complex of condominium remodeling projects. If you’re considering the luxury condominium lifestyle, then your first call should be to BOWA. With projects ranging from kitchens and baths to combined-unit renovations, BOWA has more condo remodeling experience than anyone in the area. Our relationships with realtors and building managers allow us to help identify and quickly evaluate units. Once we dive into design,… Read More >

Want to Avoid Ice Damming? Consider these Tips

An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the eave or valley of a roof preventing proper drainage. This occurs when snow melts and slides to cooler portions of the roof and quickly refreezes creating the barrier or dam. The risk arises if additional melting occurs and water pools behind the dam. Costly damage may occur if the sitting water seeps between the shingle layers, wetting the roof deck and leaking into the home below. Visible signs of damage may include dislodged roof shingles, water-stained ceilings, peeling paint, damaged plaster, etc. As other damage may not be… Read More >

5 Things to do to Get Your Home Ready for Winter

Did you know the first freeze typically occurs in October in the Washington, DC area? With that in mind, now is the time to start planning for the winter ahead. Exterior home preparation is critical to helping your home weather the harsh winter elements and avoiding damage. Consider the following steps to get your home ready for winter. Shut Off Your Hose Bibs Hose bibs are the water faucets to which your gardening hoses attach. Every year basements become flooded because water is allowed to remain inside the pipes through the freezing winter months, which can cause pipes to burst.… Read More >

Luxury Kalorama Condo Renovation in Washington, DC

project profile Luxury Kalorama Condo Renovation in Washington DC

Homeowner Challenge: Having recently purchased a condominium in an historic building in the Kalorama neighborhood of Washington, DC, the homeowners initiated a complete restoration of the unit which had not been updated in many years. The challenge of this particular project was restoring a unit in a building dating back to the early 1900’s, bringing it up to code, and working within the confines of an eighth floor Kalorama condo unit. The BOWA Solution: Drawing on years of experience in condo renovations, BOWA was able to carefully manage the logistics of… Read More >