Is an Older Condo Building Right for You?

BOWA Condo Older Condo Building
You likely have your “must-have” list if you’re on the hunt for the perfect condo.  Have you been searching in newer buildings and not finding the feel or features you want?  If so, an older condo building should be your next stop. It might come as a surprise, but the opportunities provided by purchasing in one of these established buildings in prime locations are abundant.  Our condo remodeling experts share some of our favorite perks: Older Condo Buildings Have Great Bones We know what you may be thinking, “Really? An old building? I don’t want to open Pandora’s box.”  But… Read More >

The Great Debate – Selecting Countertop Materials

We receive lots of questions when it comes to selecting countertop materials. What will look the best?  What’s the most bang for my buck?  How much maintenance is required?  These are all great questions, and important points to consider.  While we’re always here to educate and advise, ultimately, the best choice of countertops for you and your family is a personal decision.  Consider the following tips about a few options in today’s world of countertops. Granite Granite is a natural stone extracted from the earth, cut into sheets or slabs, and crafted with finishes such as polished, honed or leathered.… Read More >

Designer’s Desk: Know Bad Design When You See It

Gawking at ugly houses is a favorite pastime of mine. Pointing out design flaws in homes around me can be exasperating for my friends and family. “Why don’t you point out something you like for once?” I’m often asked. Because that’s not as much fun! With good design there is very little to critique. I can simply admire, at ease with the feeling of contentment when all elements are working together in perfect harmony. The concept of beauty is subjective. However, there are some homes that are objectively ugly. An ugly home is one that is not thoughtfully designed, with… Read More >

A Discount on BOWA Remodeling? Act Now for our 2019 Summer Design Discount

Start designing your next project with BOWA and be one step closer to your HOT savings! Are you interested in a BOWA-quality remodel for less? If so, BOWA’s Summer Design Discount is the answer and now’s the time to get started! This value-driven program offers homeowners the high standard of quality, service and aftercare that has earned BOWA the loyalty of so many clients at a significantly reduced cost. The 2019 program is LIMITED TO 5 DESIGN BUILD PROJECTS and is offered in exchange for some flexibility in a winter start date (2019-2020). Given the response in previous years, we… Read More >

How to Design Spaces that Incorporate Your Individual Style

BOWA Design Build Renovations - Incorporate Your Individual Style - mixing selections
In the remodeling world, we talk about design trends yearly, monthly, even weekly. You can read five design magazines and get five different answers on the best colors, selections, and floorplans for your new space. Ultimately, it’s your space and your investment. We have created spaces for homeowners with a wide array of styles and needs. Here are a few ways individual style preferences and creative solutions have been incorporated into our recent renovations: Uniquely His and Hers Bathroom In a recent McLean master bathroom remodel, our clients each wanted to express their individual styles, in one shared space. BOWA’s… Read More >

Making Sense and Cents of Residential Remodeling

Stephen Scholl BOWA
The Four Categories of Residential Remodeling   In this first video of his Making Sense and Cents series, Project Leader Steve Scholl walks you through the four main categories of residential remodeling: Cosmetic, Pull & Replace, Custom, and Pull & Replace with Custom Selections. Stay tuned for more videos from Steve to help you make both sense and cents in your own residential remodeling ventures. For more information on Steve, his recent projects, and what his clients have to say about working with, read more here: Steve Scholl… Read More >

BOWA is Washingtonian Magazine’s Face of Luxury Condo Renovations

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  The Face of Luxury Condo Renovations With over two decades of condo experience, luxury condominium renovations represent 20 percent of BOWA’s projects annually. Given the specialized nature of this work and increasing demand, BOWA recently launched a dedicated Condo Division. BOWA’s condominium projects range from kitchens and baths to whole-unit and combined-unit renovations, in buildings from DC to Reston and Bethesda to Alexandria. The team has established relationships with management, boards and clients in over 33 buildings across the region. BOWA’s architects are well-versed in the intricacies and nuances of condo design, like optimizing space, ensuring privacy and easing… Read More >

Give in to Your Urge to Hibernate and Enjoy your Time Inside

BOWA Design Build Remodeling - Creativity Station
A fire in the fireplace, snow falling outside, and a warm beverage to keep you extra toasty. The bitter cold of winter has certainly arrived leaving many folks retreating indoors. From large-scale to do it yourself, here are a few ideas to keep your time inside entertaining and productive. Binge-Watch in Style Curl up with your family for movie night or binge-watch a new show. Perhaps a high-tech media room, complete with theater seating and a popcorn maker, is on your wish list. While hardcore movie buffs might still insist on traditional, dedicated theaters, many families are opting for media… Read More >

BOWA Launches New Condo Division

Contemporary Washington, DC Condominium Renovation
While BOWA has been doing condo renovations for more than two decades, this sector has been steadily increasing as a percentage of our work in recent years.  Currently, condominium remodeling represents about 20 percent of our yearly projects.  Given the highly specialized nature of this work and all signs indicating that demand will continue to increase, BOWA has officially launched a new Condo Division focused on growing this portion of the business. Leading BOWA’s new Condo Division will be Adam Wertheimer as Vice President, and Steve Kirstein, Principal.  These two have led most of our condo projects over the years… Read More >

Tricks and Treats to Keep Your Home Functional This Fall

BOWA Tips for improving functionality in your home this fall - kitchen storage
The air is getting cooler, leaves are falling from trees, and with the holidays ahead, there’s no better time to make your home a priority! If they haven’t already, family and friends will start to pour through your doors to spend quality time inside. Here are some tricks to improve functionality and make your home cozier, so your family has more time to enjoy the season’s treats: Make your Family Foyer a Priority With cooler temperatures, come heavy outerwear and footwear. Make sure your family foyer, or mudroom, is ready to handle the additional gear by removing your summer items.… Read More >

How to Enjoy Remodeling – Phase 1

BOWA Process - Comparison of Approaches
Introduction Enjoy remodeling.  Seems like a simple idea, right?  Remodeling your home should be enjoyable.  You should be able to engage with a remodeling partner and talk about goals, wishes, and long-term plans.  You should be able to review and iterate on different designs, so you can understand what all of your options might be.  You should be able to have honest conversations about money upfront to avoid pricing surprises later on in the process.  You should have a single point of accountability so praise, questions, comments, or concerns only have one place to go.  You should know when your… Read More >

For More Functionality Rethink Your Home’s Existing Footprint

BOWA Rethinking Footprint - Family Foyer
A common misconception about remodeling your home is the idea that you need to add on to get more useful space. While additions can be a great way to create the extra space or functionality you and your family need, they aren’t always necessary. In some of our recent projects, the solution to more functionality wasn’t an addition but instead reimagining their existing footprint.  For instance, how many times a year do you use your formal dining room? Usually, it’s reserved for special occasions and holidays and the other 300+ days out of the year it collects dust. In two… Read More >

BOWA Team Honored with 2 PROS Awards in 2018 Industry Competition

2018 Pros Awards - Fredy Villatoro - Customer Service Tech BOWA
BOWA would like to congratulate our two nominees and winners of the 2018 PROS Awards! Fredy Villatoro:  Best Field Technician, Customer Service Jim Greenzweig:  Best Remodeling Project Manager The 2018 PROS Awards, sponsored by the Maryland Building Industry Association, recognize the dedication and hard work of customer service managers, project managers and superintendents who go above and beyond in all aspects of residential construction. Nominees were submitted by their employers and judged on their accomplishments in the 2017 calendar year, construction knowledge, focus on quality, scope of work and relationship with customers. Winners were announced at MBIA’s End of Summer… Read More >

Tips to Get the Most out of Your Outdoor Space

BOWA Outdoor spaces for extended enjoyment
For many of us, nothing beats relaxing in the comfort of our own outdoor retreat.  But is your outdoor space usable in the hot summer and chilly winter?  It is possible to enjoy an outdoor room much of the year if you plan ahead and incorporate features into the design that will make the space more comfortable as temperatures rise or fall.  Following are some items to consider and discuss with your design team when you’re trying to get the most out of your outdoor space. Hot Weather In the summer months heat can make the outdoor entertaining downright unbearable. … Read More >

BOWA Has 2 Beautiful Projects Featured in Home & Design

Home & Design Condo Renovation - COTY Award Winner
We’re honored that two of our recent projects are featured in Home & Design magazine’s May/June issue. The first highlights a stunning, contemporary condo renovation in the Watergate, which had recently won both a local and regional Contractor of the Year award from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI).  The project also won a Great American Living Award (GALA) from NVBIA and MBIA for Best Design and Architecture, Renovations or Additions over $1,000,000. In the article, BOWA’s Steve Kirstein explains how the team of condo renovation experts was able to transform the space, which had undergone a poorly… Read More >

BOWA’s 30th Anniversary Cookbook

Vienna Virginia Chef's Kitchen Renovation
We Want Your Recipes! Do you have a recipe that’s always a hit? Does your family recipe deserve the spotlight? Or do your mixology skills stand out at parties? Send your recipes our way! We are currently gathering the ingredients to produce a cookbook in honor of our 30th Anniversary. The book will feature beautiful kitchen photos and recipes submitted by our friends, clients and partners. Anything from appetizers, entrees, desserts or even your favorite cocktails can be sent to us for consideration. Send your recipes to [email protected] Photos of you creating or enjoying your finished product in your BOWA… Read More >

Does Your Living Area Seem Dark or Closed Off?

Many clients come to us wanting “more space” or “an open floor plan.” Sometimes an addition to the home is the solution, while other times reconfiguring the existing footprint allows the homeowners to better utilize the space and achieve their goals with the square footage they already have. In some cases, the renovation involves removing walls to create an open-concept living plan and the feeling of more space. On one of our recent projects in McLean, the clients wanted both an open feel for their main-level and a lovely outdoor living space. One free-flowing area was created by removing walls… Read More >

Recent Remodeling Project Highlights from Spring 2018

Recent Remodeling Project Highlights from Spring 2018 - AFTER PHOTO
Please enjoy these recent remodeling project highlights from spring 2018.  To view more project profiles, please visit our Project Types section. Spa Bath with Storage in Arlington By removing the tub and changing the orientation of the shower, BOWA’s Design Team was able to create a floorplan that enhances natural light and creates desired storage. With the addition of overhead lighting and heated flooring, the space is now warm, bright and efficient. The gray floor-to-ceiling marble creates a lovely spa-like feel.                   ***************** Modern Aging in Place in Falls Church As the… Read More >

BOWA’s 2018 Summer Design Discount Seen as Great Benefit by Many Clients

Start designing your next project with BOWA and be one step closer to your HOT savings! Are you interested in a BOWA-quality remodel for less? If so, BOWA’s Summer Design Discount is the answer and now’s the time to get started! This value-driven program offers homeowners the high standard of quality, service and aftercare that has earned BOWA the loyalty of so many clients at a significantly reduced cost. The 2018 program is LIMITED TO 5 DESIGN BUILD PROJECTS and is offered in exchange for some flexibility in a winter start date. Given the response in previous years, we expect… Read More >

Kitchen Design Ideas for 2018

Fairfax Station VA Kitchen Renovation with Quartz
Are you looking to freshen up your kitchen?  In today’s world, the kitchen is the heart of the house.  It acts as the center of family life and is often the focal point for social gatherings.  These kitchen design ideas for 2018 may spark inspiration if you’re considering a kitchen renovation or just love beautiful projects. Clever Storage Who doesn’t need more counter space?  One way to maximize your usable space and achieve a clean, sleek aesthetic is to hide all those gadgets. The perfect solution that we’ve been utilizing in our recent kitchen remodels is an appliance garage.  It’s… Read More >

Achieve More with an Experienced Condo Renovation Expert

BOWA Luxury Condo Corner Tips for Condo Search and Renovation
So, you recently found or have been living in a condo with the perfect building amenities and a fantastic location, but the design of your space can use some work. Your wish list may include renovating the kitchen or bath, installing state-of-the-art technology, creating storage solutions, updating the style or reconfiguring the entire space. At BOWA, we’ve handled all these requests and more many, many times, giving us the experience and know-how necessary to ensure success on your condo renovation. When it comes to condo renovations, it makes sense that many of the trends popular in single-family living are flowing… Read More >

Design Details to Keep Your Home Cozy

Tips to Warm up your home
With winter upon us, you probably have your thermostats and fireplaces running on all cylinders to keep your home toasty and comfortable. But did you know there are other things you can do to help keep your home warm? Following are a few winter design details to make your home more comfortable and efficient, and create the cozy environment you desire. Heated Towel Racks This is the quickest way to add warmth to your winter! It’s the time of the year when getting out of the shower means braving the cool air and a cold towel, but not with a… Read More >

Washingtonian Profiles – The Face of Luxury Condo Renovations

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The Face of Luxury Condo Renovations 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, our experts know the tricks for customizing ample storage, ensuring privacy, replicating a gourmet kitchen, making the space feel more open and more – all common concerns when transitioning from a single-family home. Our production team then… Read More >

Celebrating 30 Years of Growing Up with Area Families

BOWA 30th Anniversary
From our first deck addition to our most recent whole-condo renovation, BOWA has grown up with hundreds of DC-area families over the past 30 years. It has been an honor to help these families transform their homes to meet their evolving needs. From making room for new additions and improving functionality for busy lives to preparing for aging in place and caring for in-laws, we’ve been there every step of the way. A Better Remodeling Experience Why do clients come back to BOWA for a second, third or fifth time? Why do they refer their family and friends without hesitation?  … Read More >

How to Communicate Your Likes and Dislikes to Designers and Architects

How to Communicate Likes and Dislikes to Designers and Architects
Everyone experiences architecture and design on a daily basis, but it can become intimidating when it’s time to remodel your own space. Below are a few tips from our designers and architects that will help ensure your tastes are properly reflected in your next renovation. Collect Images The first step in communicating likes and dislikes for your home renovation is to collect imagery. Nowadays, you have more options than just sifting through magazines and ripping out the pages. Websites like Pinterest, Instagram, and Houzz provide easy ways to collect what you like online in a shareable format. Showing designers and… Read More >

Seven Ways to Add Personality to the Design of Your Kitchen Remodel in McLean

Kitchen Remodel in McLean Blue Cabinets
One of the best parts of a kitchen remodel in McLean is customizing the space to meet your needs. While many people would be happy with a kitchen that is functional, practical and reliable, many  homeowners long for the beautiful details and customized features that truly make the space their own. Here are seven ideas to customize your kitchen remodel in McLean: 1) Creative Cabinets: As there are no longer set rules, cabinetry is a great area for easily adding personality to a kitchen. Cabinets can range in color from light to dark and even feature contrasting colors or complementary… Read More >

Recent Remodeling Project Highlights from Fall 2017

Industrial Chic Renovation in Dupont Circle, DC
Please enjoy these recent remodeling project highlights from fall 2017.  To view more project profiles, please visit our Project Types section. Industrial Chic in Dupont Circle BOWA’s in-house design team took this row home from traditional to industrial with custom steel, perforated stairs that allow natural light to flow from the top-floor skylight. Concrete floors and an exposed brick wall enhance the industrial chic design and highlight the owner’s vintage commercial signs.                     ***************** Full Renovation of McLean Landmark This 1910 home was in disrepair and needed a whole-house renovation to… Read More >

The Local Real Estate and Remodeling Markets Stay Hot

How we can help and why now is the time to remodel The DC housing market has stayed hot for some time now. It’s been named the third most-active market in the nation, exceeded only by Colorado Springs and Chicago. What does this mean for those looking to buy or remodel? As a homeowner, this could mean a few different things depending on your situation. Should you avoid the bidding wars and transform your current house into your dream home? Or maybe take this opportunity to sell your home for the most profit possible? Now is the time to pay… Read More >

7 Must-Do Steps to Get Your Home Ready for Winter

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Did you know the first freeze typically occurs in October in the Washington, DC area? With that in mind, despite the recent mild temperatures, 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… Read More >

Plan an Outdoor Renovation in Loudoun, VA

Loudoun County is one of the most incredible places in Virginia with its rolling countryside and beautiful views. This is truly the perfect place to create an amazing outdoor living space for entertaining or simply relaxing in your down time.  If your outdoor space isn’t doing much living these days, consider these inspiring ideas for an outdoor renovation in Loudoun. Screened Porch Screened porches are a traditional go-to for homeowners who want to enjoy a bug-free time outdoors. Screen walls allow you to breathe in the fresh air and take in the scenery without worrying about pesky mosquitoes or other… Read More >

Reduce the Risk of “Drip, drip, drip…”, Select a Condo Remodeling Expert

BOWA Luxury Condo Corner Tips for Condo Search and Renovation
The simple sound of “drip, drip, drip…” in a condo can cause serious panic. Is it rain outside? An air conditioning drip? A toilet or shower leak? As one leak can affect many floors of a condominium building, your worries aren’t just about your individual unit, but also those of your surrounding neighbors. So, when it comes time to remodel, it is critical that you and your neighbors select a condo remodeling expert to properly manage your investment and the complex nature of condominium renovations. Despite what others might say, expertise in the specialized niche of condominium remodeling can only… Read More >

Design a Custom Kitchen Island with Style, Purpose and Functionality

BOWA Kitchen Renovation - Kitchen Island Design
The kitchen is the heart of the home for many homeowners and, with careful planning and consideration, can be a valuable tool for keeping your home and family running smoothly. One of the most important parts of the kitchen design is the island. The kitchen island can provide a lot of functionality while adding style and purpose to the room. The Purpose of the Kitchen Island To design the perfect island, you must first ask yourself how you anticipate using the space, both now and in the future? This multi-purpose area may be used for any or all of the… Read More >

Condo Remodeling Tips from one of BOWA’s Resident Experts

BOWA Luxury Condo Corner Tips for Condo Search and Renovation
Have your kids left the nest? Have you looked at your single-family home recently and thought, “Is it worth all this work?” Or are you looking to move to a more energetic part of the city? Then perhaps the condominium lifestyle is for you! Listen here to Steve Kirstein’s condo remodeling tips. When it comes to selecting the right unit for your family the available inventory is greatly expanded when you’re open to the idea of remodeling. However, without the right team, the process can be challenging. That’s where BOWA comes in. Our experts can guide you through the entire… Read More >

BOWA’s 2017 Summer Design Discount Seen as Great Benefit by Many Clients

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Start designing your next project with BOWA and be one step closer to your HOT savings! Are you interested in a BOWA-quality remodel for less? If so, BOWA’s Summer Design Discount is the answer and now’s the time to get started! This value-driven program offers clients the high standard of quality, service and aftercare that has earned BOWA the loyalty of so many clients at a significantly reduced cost. This year’s program is LIMITED TO 5 DESIGN BUILD PROJECTS and is offered in exchange for some flexibility in a winter start date. Given the response in previous years, we expect… Read More >

Is it Possible to Enjoy Remodeling?

BOWA You Can Enjoy Your Remodeling Experience
BOWA’s Peace of Mind Promises Address Common Concerns so you can Enjoy Remodeling What if we could promise you a remarkable remodeling experience? One where you could count on your remodeler to go above and beyond while standing behind their work, deliver your project on time and on budget, and actually leave your neighbors singing their praises. Believe it or not, it is possible. As part of our client-first approach, BOWA’s Peace of Mind Promises are designed to address common remodeling concerns. Our hope is that these promises allow you to move forward with confidence and actually enjoy your remodeling… Read More >

Recent Project Highlights from Spring 2017

Please enjoy these recent project highlights from spring 2017.  To view more project profiles, please visit our Project Types section. Kosher Kitchen Remodel in DC The owner of this 1913 Victorian house in Cleveland Park wished to update and modernize the existing kosher kitchen to make it more functional. The project included removing walls to capture adjacent space and create better flow, and features a large, L-shaped island, two-toned cabinets and a dramatic industrial aesthetic. ***************** Universal Design Master Suite Renovation in McLean Keeping to the existing footprint, the master bath renovation features clean lines, beautiful fixtures and custom details… Read More >

Your Condo Advisor: It’s a Matter of Trust and Experience

BOWA Luxury Condo Corner Tips for Condo Search and Renovation
When selecting a financial advisor, are you more comfortable with the new grad or the seasoned professional with a track record of helping clients achieve their specific goals? As much as I want to support recent grads, I know where my money belongs. These principles also apply when approaching a condo remodel. With more than 20 years of high-end condo renovation experience, I can say unequivocally it is a very specialized niche. Success requires residential expertise, a profound understanding of commercial systems and established relationships with building contacts and specialized subcontractors. With a proven advisor by your side, you can… Read More >

Springtime Cleaning – Natural Cleaning Solutions and Quick Fixes

Whether you’re happy to see winter go or sad that we didn’t have much of one, now is the time to start thinking about giving your home a well-deserved spring cleaning. From tips for natural cleaning solutions to quick fixes, we have you covered. And the best part – you may already own most of the ingredients you need! Natural Cleaning Solutions: Because your home and family deserve only the very best, consider using natural cleaning solutions that will not only be effective in achieving desired results, but will also be safer for the environment. Lemon or Lemon Essential Oil… Read More >

Are You Going About Your Condo Search the Right Way?

BOWA Luxury Condo Corner Tips for Condo Search and Renovation
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 >

Washingtonian Profiles – BOWA – The Face of Luxury Condo Renovations

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  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, our experts know the tricks for customizing ample storage, ensuring privacy, replicating a gourmet kitchen, making the space feel more open and more – all common concerns when transitioning from a single family home. Our production team then marries the delicate handling… Read More >

Great Career Opportunities with BOWA – Who Should We Hire?

BOWA Remodeling Careers
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 – https://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 is Washingtonian’s Face of Luxury Condo Renovations

BOWA Washingtonian Faces 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 >

Recent Project Highlights – Fall 2016

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Please enjoy these highlights of our recently finished projects.  To view more project profiles, please visit our Project Types section. Striking Whole-House Renovation The homeowners’ of this lovely McLean house wanted to revitalize their home by adding modern finishes into the design. BOWA was able to create a brighter, more functional kitchen; a more inviting foyer; a charming home office, and a luxurious master bathroom that suited all of the homeowners’ needs.     ***************** Spacious Two-Story Addition This DC family wanted to add more space to their home but their options were limited due to a tight lot. BOWA designed… Read More >

Great News for Clients: Our Award-Winning Design Team is Expanding!

Design Team
Thanks to the trust of our clients and partners, we’re pleased to say BOWA’s in-house design department has been growing steadily since we announced this division just over two years ago. Under the direction of Bobby Han, the team has added a wealth of experience and resources all intended to streamline the often arduous design process. People & Experience: Bobby Han, Director of Design, has an A.B. in Architectural Design and Theory from Princeton University and a Masters of Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He has worked with notable firms, run his own practice, and designed projects… Read More >

Asking the Right Questions to Avoid a Renovation Nightmare

Primis Family
We’ve all heard folks express frustration about home renovations gone awry. Mishaps ranging from projects dragging on to budgets being disregarded to contractors not showing up are all common themes. But it doesn’t need to be that way. To help you avoid common renovation nightmares, consider these questions to ask yourself and/or your potential remodeler before getting started. Should I hire a design build firm or an architect first? When remodeling your home you have many options ranging from hiring an architect and builder separately to piecemealing with many sub­contractors to hiring a design build firm like BOWA. Based on… Read More >

Tips to Improve the Air Quality in Your Home

How to Improve Air Quality
You might be surprised to learn that recent scientific evidence suggests air inside your home can be even more polluted than outdoor air. With millions of people suffering from asthma and allergies, it’s a good idea to question whether the air in your home might be negatively affecting your family’s health. Fortunately, there are things that can be done to reduce the build-up of indoor air pollutants, thus improving the overall air quality and helping to protect your family. Following are three basic strategies. Control Sources Source control is considered to be the most effective way of reducing indoor pollutants.… Read More >

BOWA has over 50,000 Photo Saves on Houzz!

Bowa Houzz 50K Saves
Thanks to the Houzz community, BOWA’s remodeling photos have been saved to ideabooks over 50,000 times! The team at BOWA is so honored to have hit this milestone. With more than 11 million photos on Houzz, the fact that BOWA’s photo’s have been saved over 50,000 times is a true testament to the beauty of our work. The photos on Houzz feature kitchens, baths, bedrooms, outdoors, and more submitted by designers, architects, remodelers and builders from across the country.  With virtually every style and room included, Houzz is a fantastic tool for garnering inspiration and saving and communicating project ideas.… Read More >

BOWA’s Doug Horgan to Speak at RDJ 2016 Trade Show in Baltimore, MD

BOWA’s Doug Horgan, Vice President, Best Practices, has been invited to present two sessions at R|D|J 2016, the premier trade show for residential builders and remodelers. The trade show will be held at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD on October 5-7, 2016.  Details of Doug’s sessions are as follows: Wednesday, October 5th 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM W17 – Shower Pan Troubleshooting, Repairs, and Reliable Installation Techniques Friday, October 7th  9:30 AM to 11:00 AM F06 – Protection and Dust Control Use Doug’s personal promo code SKV to receive a free expo hall admission and 20% off an… Read More >

Appliances That Can Actually Make Your Life Easier

New Appliances 2016
Now that appliances have become about as energy efficient as they can get, manufacturers are focusing on other areas when developing the latest and greatest bells and whistles. It seems the new trend in appliances is what makes life easier for the consumer. Families want to spend less time worrying about household tasks and upkeep, and instead, spend more time enjoying life. Following are a few new appliance features that just might make your household chores a little easier. Oven Features and Accessories An oven feature that is widely ignored is the door. As it has been forever, the majority… Read More >