Master Bathroom Filled with Natural Light in McLean

project profile Master Bathroom Filled with Natural Light in McLean, Virginia

Homeowner Challenge: The homeowners appreciated many of the “his and hers” elements of their original bathroom, but they disliked the builder-grade finishes, lack of natural light and awkward floorplan. They turned to BOWA for help in transforming the space. The BOWA Solution: The In-House Design Team created a new floorplan that incorporates the separate toilet rooms, vanities and walk-in closets the clients enjoyed from their original bathroom while emphasizing the natural light from existing windows. Now, after entering though the hallway from the master bedroom, “her” side is to… Read More >

Contemporary Condominium Remodel in Reston, Virginia

project profile Contemporary Condominium Remodel in Reston, Virginia

Homeowner Challenge: When downsizing from her single-family house, the homeowner wanted to combine the luxuries she enjoyed in her larger home with the conveniences of condo living. Large windows with beautiful views and an open-concept kitchen were at the top of her list for her new space. The unit she ultimately purchased had windows with perfect views of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance and community park below but lacked the open layout she desired. The kitchen was closed off to the rest of the living area with an odd floorplan… Read More >

Spring Valley Home Renovated to Enhance Charm and Rectify Quirks

project profile Spring Valley Home Renovated to Enhance Charm and Rectify Quirks

Homeowner Challenge: This single-family home in DC’s Spring Valley neighborhood provides our clients the charm of an older home and the convenience of an in-town location. Unfortunately, as in most older homes, the character they loved came with quirks. When it was originally built, the owners wanted to save a large tree in the backyard and to do so, built the house at a slight angle. The tree eventually died, but the crooked home remained. The next owners built a rear addition, which included 1-2 stairs up or… Read More >

Williamsburg Inspired Design Details in New Pool House Construction

project profile Williamsburg Inspired Design Details in New Pool House Construction

Homeowner Challenge: Our clients in Great Falls knew their original pool house was underperforming. The landscaping around the pool area created a serious problem with water runoff whenever it rained, and the building’s basic design with a small kitchenette, limited HVAC, and dated style was not conducive to the entertaining area they desired. The clients saw the potential to make this underutilized area of their home useful, beautiful and the ultimate staycation getaway. The BOWA Solution: The design of this project started first with landscape to create three distinct… Read More >

Bright Kitchen Renovation and Kids Bedroom Addition in McLean

project profile Bright Main Level Renovation with Kids Bedroom Addition in McLean

Homeowner Challenge: In this project, our clients needed more room to fit their growing family and better functionality. Their kitchen and main level were sectioned off and unwelcoming, and there was no room for their two boys to have their own space. The BOWA team needed to help them rethink their existing space, while also looking at adding more. The BOWA Solution: BOWA’s In-House Design Team set out to make this home more efficient for the family. On the main level, space was absorbed from existing dining and… Read More >

Country Loft Townhome Renovation in Loudoun County

project profile Country Loft Townhome Renovation in Loudoun County

Homeowner Challenge: Our client was one of the first to purchase in his townhome community in 2005. As his family grew, he realized the traditional structured-room concept on the first level of his home wasn’t conducive to their lifestyle. It felt sectioned off as a formal dining room, office, kitchen and living room were all in separate spaces. With builder-grade finishes, the home lacked the rustic character the family desired and the easy flow they needed for their family. The BOWA Solution: BOWA’s In-House Design Team worked closely with the client… Read More >

Modern Whole-House Renovation in Arlington, Virginia

project profile Modern Whole-House Renovation in Arlington, Virginia

Homeowner Challenge: The cookie-cutter aesthetic of this home did not match the owner’s sleek, contemporary design ideas. It originally featured traditional, beige tones in the fixtures, walls and floors, which felt dated and old-fashioned. The kitchen and master bathroom both functioned awkwardly, and the staircase was an unwelcoming focal point at the main entrance of the house. The homeowner knew a renovation could make this house a modern oasis. The BOWA Solution: By carefully selecting design details and reconfiguring rooms, the home was transformed into a contemporary space. The staircase went from… Read More >

Master Bathroom Renovation with Plenty of Storage in Arlington, Virginia

project profile Master Bathroom Renovation with Plenty of Storage in Arlington, Virginia

Homeowner Challenge: This first-floor master bathroom was originally large, cold and cave-like. One homeowner didn’t even use this shower because of the lack of lighting and warmth, opting instead to use the second-floor bathroom. The challenge of this remodel was maximizing the natural light while creating a more usable, desirable space with plenty of storage. The BOWA Solution: The BOWA In-House Design team created a floorplan that enhances the natural light from the existing sklylight and improves the use of the space. By removing the tub and changing… Read More >

Phased Renovation in Great Falls, VA – Interior and Exterior

project profile Phased Interior and Exterior Renovation in Great Falls, VA

Homeowner Challenge: When the homeowners purchased this home built in 1999, they knew they’d want to renovate to make this builder-grade home their own. The finishes and designs of the bathrooms were dated, and the rear yard area around the existing pool needed a facelift so they could better entertain guests and fix drainage issues. While the home had a great foundation, the homeowners knew a renovation could really enhance the design and their enjoyment of the property. The BOWA Solution: With an understanding of the homeowner’s complete “wish… Read More >

Modern Aging in Place Renovation in Falls Church, VA

project profile Modern Aging in Place Renovation in Falls Church, VA

Homeowner Challenge: This 1950s ranch was renovated by the owner shortly after purchasing it in 1991, so it was time to again do some updating to allow for another 25 years of ownership. The project needed to address maintenance issues, upgrade building materials and adjust the layout. The homeowner wanted to stay true to the mid-century modern style of the home. The BOWA Solution: BOWA’s design team created a plan to make this home comfortable for the owner for years to come. To achieve the larger master suite the… Read More >

Kitchen and Master Suite Upgrade for Fairfax Station Home

BOWA Renovation for Fairfax Station Home

project profile Kitchen and Master Suite Upgrade for Fairfax Station Home

Homeowner Challenge: The owners of this Fairfax Station home knew the location and property size were perfect for their growing family. However, the standard builder-grade finishes and layout didn’t fit their design goals and space needs. The kitchen was too small for this family of six, the master bathroom needed to be more relaxing, and with news of their fourth child on the way during the design period, the family needed a fifth bedroom. The BOWA Solution: The BOWA design team created a master plan for the family based… Read More >

Kitchen Renovation for a Chef in Vienna, VA

project profile Kitchen Renovation for a Chef in Vienna, VA

Homeowner Challenge: This 1975 split-level house was dark, cramped and the floor plan did not allow the owners to easily entertain guests. The sunken living room off the kitchen created a tripping hazard and obstructed the flow of the space. The homeowners knew the small, dated kitchen and awkward layout of the main level would require renovation to suit their family’s needs. The BOWA Solution: BOWA in-house designers went to work to bring this 1970s home into the 21st century. The BOWA team started by relocating the original “magic triangle”… Read More >

Industrial Chic Row Home Renovation in Dupont Circle, DC

project profile Industrial Chic Row Home Renovation in Dupont Circle, DC

Homeowner Challenge: The young couple who purchased this 1885 row home in Dupont Circle knew they would need to renovate to fit their growing family and unique design ideas. The townhouse’s traditional design was dated and didn’t match their personalities. The challenges of this renovation included a lack of natural light, a closed floor plan, and a generally dated look. The BOWA Solution: A renovation that touched almost every part of the house began with the BOWA team redesigning the dated stairs that obstructed the flow of natural light… Read More >

Addition and Renovation to Landmark Home in McLean, Virginia

McLean VA Design Build Whole House Renovation 1910 Home

project profile Addition and Renovation to Landmark Home in McLean, Virginia

Homeowner Challenge: After living abroad for over 20 years, the owners of this property returned to the states and the home they had rented out while they were gone. Built in 1910, the property had unfortunately fallen into disrepair.  The house had settled over time and needed significant structural work to stabilize the foundation, level the floors and stairs, and make the home secure again.  The challenge was to bring the home up to livable standards with modern updates, while keeping the charm of this landmark property. The BOWA… Read More >

Design Build Capitol Hill Renovation

Design Build Capitol Hill Renovation - Kitchen and Outdoor

project profile Design Build Capitol Hill Renovation

Homeowner Challenge: The homeowners of this 1880’s Capitol Hill rowhouse wished to renovate the old, cramped kitchen to better accommodate their lifestyle and love of entertaining. Additionally, they wanted to improve the flow between the first-floor spaces and the rear yard. The BOWA Solution: The back wall of the kitchen was bumped out and an awkward wall removed. The existing door was relocated and the new addition maximizes natural light and allows for easy access to the remodeled rear yard. A center island offers plenty of space for food preparation and storage. The… Read More >

Cleveland Park DC Kosher Kitchen Renovation

project profile Cleveland Park DC Kosher Kitchen Renovation

Homeowner Challenge: The client wished to renovate a small, dated kitchen within the existing footprint of her 1913 Cleveland Park home in Washington, DC. The main challenge of the project was to design a modern, strictly kosher kitchen within the existing space – including dual sinks, dishwashers, food preparation areas and storage for an avid cook with a passion for entertaining. The BOWA Solution: The renovation included removing two walls, one of which was load bearing, to capture the adjacent space and create better flow. A large, L-shaped island was designed to… Read More >

Universal Design Master Suite Renovation in McLean, VA

Universal Design Master Suite Renovation in McLean VA

project profile Universal Design Master Suite Renovation in McLean, VA

Homeowner Challenge: The master bathroom of this McLean, Virginia ranch-style home featured a dated bath area with awkward embellishments that crowded the space visually and spatially. Additionally, the bedroom suffered from a full wall of reach-in closets with two sets of bi-fold doors, which was busy on the outside and cramped on the inside. The BOWA Solution: Keeping to the existing footprint, the master bath renovation features clean lines, beautiful fixtures and custom details that better meet the owner’s needs. In the bedroom, the reach-in closets were replaced with a… Read More >

Master Suite and Master Bathroom Renovation in Great Falls, VA

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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 >

1960’s Era Ranch House Transformation in McLean, Virginia

McLean 1960's Era Ranch House Transformation

project profile 1960’s Era Ranch House Transformation in McLean, Virginia

Homeowner Challenge: The main goals for this project were achieving an open floor plan, bringing the outdoors in, and improving flow. The homeowners wanted to stay within the existing footprint of their home. The BOWA Solution: To achieve the open floor plan they desired, BOWA’s design solution involved reconfiguring the family’s space and removing a large wall that separated the kitchen and living room. To bring light in, a large glass wall was installed, which also created a smooth transition to the new outdoor living area. The kitchen was modernized,… Read More >

Stylish First-Floor Bungalow Renovation in Arlington, VA

BOWA Design Build Kitchen Renovation

project profile Stylish First-Floor Bungalow Renovation in Arlington, VA 

Homeowner Challenge: The homeowners of this classic Arlington, Virginia bungalow, wished to renovate the first floor of their home to be a better reflection of their lifestyle.  They wanted to transform the home into a more open, flowing, brightly lit collection of spaces, and wanted to eliminate an awkward transition from a bathroom near the kitchen.  The goal of this design build remodeling project was not to create more space but to maximize the existing space while creating a cook’s kitchen, a generous home office, and more storage. The BOWA Solution:… Read More >

First Floor and Outdoor Living Transformation in Vienna, VA

Vienna Kitchen Transformation

project profile First Floor and Outdoor Living Transformation in Vienna, VA

Homeowner Challenge: The client desired an open floorplan on the main level of their home within the existing footprint of their traditional 1970’s home, which was small, dark, and uninviting. The challenge was opening up the kitchen from its confines, creating space for entertaining, and bringing the outdoors in. The BOWA Solution: BOWA made structural changes to several load bearing walls to provide better traffic flow and to allow natural light into the previously dark space. The wall blocking the dining room from the kitchen was removed, and the… Read More >

Whole House Design Build Renovation in Bethesda, MD

BOWA Additions & Renovations

project profile Whole House Design Build Renovation in Bethesda, MD

Homeowner Challenge: This classic, center hall colonial home in Bethesda, Maryland had not been updated in years and the new homeowners wanted to modernize and maximize the existing space as well as improve the flow between rooms. The BOWA Solution: Reconfiguring the cabinetry and cooking areas in the kitchen allowed for the addition of a larger window while new French doors created a graceful egress for entertaining outdoors. High-end appliances and fixtures modernized the kitchen and the maple Country French cabinetry and honed marble countertops created an ‘Old World’ feel.  … Read More >

McLean, Virginia Kitchen Renovation and Screened Porch Addition

McLean VA Renovation Addition Sunroom

project profile McLean, Virginia Kitchen Renovation and Screened Porch Addition

Homeowner Challenge: To renovate a dated kitchen and add family living and dining space, a butler’s pantry and a screened porch while maintaining existing abundant natural light. The BOWA Solution: Borrowing square footage from the pool deck, the footprint of the home was extended from the rear wall of the kitchen for a sunroom addition and screened porch. An open-air porch with pergola was designed to complement the new spaces and enhance the transition to the outdoor pool area, while re-routing an interior staircase immediately improved traffic flow inside and… Read More >

Lower Level Renovation Creates Wonderful Spaces for Ashburn, Virginia Family

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project profile Lower Level Renovation Creates Wonderful Spaces for Ashburn, Virginia Family

Homeowner Challenge: The homeowners wished to remodel their large lower level to make it more compatible with the other spaces in the house and give it a warm and inviting feel for family gatherings and entertaining while also providing functional egress to the home’s outdoor spaces. The BOWA Solution: The addition of butterscotch stained oak flooring, wood moldings and a warm color palate throughout set the tone for this lower level renovation. The BOWA design build team created distinct spaces throughout while maintaining an open and spacious feel.… Read More >

“Cook’s Kitchen” Renovation in Potomac, Maryland

Potomac MD Kitchen

project profile “Cook’s Kitchen” Renovation in Potomac, Maryland

Homeowner Challenge: This Potomac, Maryland kitchen was dark, awkward to work in and didn’t lend itself to meal preparation or the cooking classes the homeowner frequently conducted. The homeowners disliked their kitchen, because it was dark, access was awkward, and it didn’t suit their love of cooking or the cooking classes she conducts. The BOWA Solution: The BOWA design build team re-configured the existing entry hall, opening it up with a graceful archway and improving the home’s front-to-rear line of sight view.  The breakfast room was better incorporated into the kitchen by… Read More >