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 >

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 you 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 sharable format. Showing designers… 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

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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 >

BOWA’s Design Pros Weigh in on Trends

Indoor-Outdoor Renovation in Vienna, VA
We asked our design pros to share with us some of the interesting things they are seeing in their projects. What’s different about projects in 2016? Staying true to the family’s lifestyle tops the list! Following are their thoughts. Bobby Han, AIA: For our mid-range design build projects, we aren’t doing a lot of additions, but instead reworking existing square footage to improve the flow and relationship of spaces. This follows the trend of making homes more livable. Rather than focusing on how big or fancy something is, people are really committed to making the changes – big or small… Read More >

Quality Controls Yield Peace of Mind

Andrea Egan, BOWA
As a newcomer from a previous career with General Electric, I have been most impressed by BOWA’s dedication and commitment to quality. BOWA’s focus on refining a building process with quality controls reminds me of GE’s injection of Six Sigma processes throughout its organization. Like GE, BOWA is constantly evaluating results and improving processes. Its pursuit of quality never ends. That dedication is fueled by our desire to help families improve their lives at home. Every family we meet is seeking peace and enjoyment in their home. Whether from slumber parties, dinner parties, grand celebrations or a simple family meal,… Read More >

Recent Project Highlights

Please enjoy these highlights of our recently finished projects.  To view more project profiles, please visit our Project Types section. Stunning DC Condo Renovation Top-to-bottom condominium renovation in an historic Kalorama building features all the comforts of modern living. The project included a new kitchen, dining and family rooms, a luxurious spa-like master bath and a home office all designed to suit the client’s lifestyle and maximize every inch of livable space. ***************** Loudoun Whole-House Renovation This Loudoun County, Virginia renovation focused on creating beautiful spaces that suit the family’s love of entertaining. It includes sophisticated details like a barrel-vaulted… Read More >