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 >

Does your outdoor space meet your current needs?

Middleburg Eccentric
Today’s backyards are often multi-purpose spaces designed for relaxing, entertaining, and spending time with the whole family. Does your outdoor space meet your current needs? Or is it underutilized, neglected, or dated? If you don’t love what you see, consider the following to transform your backyard from blasé to beautiful. Poolside Paradise A well-designed pool area can create a resort-like oasis right in your own backyard. Intriguing options like a gradual-sloped beach entry, free-form shapes and natural “saltwater” fills can add to the resort vibe. While free form pools have a unique appeal, many homeowners still opt for a traditional… Read More >

Considering an Equestrian Building Project?

Middleburg Eccentric
A growing percentage of our business in the greater Middleburg area has been beautiful equestrian facilities. Some have been in conjunction with separate residential renovations, others incorporated grooms quarters or apartments for weekend getaways or guests and others have been multi-barn complexes. We’ve even “rescued” a client from a project that went sour with their previous builder. In each case, we brought BOWA’s 30 years of experience, proven processes and network of specialized vendors and tradespeople to bear to deliver quality, value and beautiful functionality. When approached for an equestrian renovation, my mission is to learn about the owner’s goals… Read More >

The other guy: Why you need to know Revolution’s Donn Davis

Washington Business Journal
Featured In: Washington Business Journal Excerpt: “…It’s time to meet Donn Davis. Finally. You’ve undoubtedly seen him around. He’s not tall, but not short. He’s got short brown hair, thin wireframe glasses and a newly installed beard (his wife convinced him to grow it out). He’s the guy who’s always throwing out some sports metaphor or that funny joke. To say Davis is often — nay, almost always — overlooked in the swirl of publicity, excitement and energy that surround Case and Leonsis is like describing the Grand Canyon as “pretty” or the Marianas Trench as “deep.” It fails to… Read More >

How Do I know what’s Permissible when Planning a Home Renovation?

Middleburg Eccentric
When planning a home renovation or addition it’s important to complete your due diligence upfront to research any ordinances or restrictions that may affect your project. Unfortunately, homeowners and contractors often forget important steps during this project feasibility phase, which sometimes leads to wasted time and money or abandoned projects. To ensure you sidestep those mistakes, start with this checklist of places to call in order to minimize setbacks while planning and executing your next renovation. Local Jurisdiction/County First, call your local county government to find out if there are any site restrictions or requirements for your home or property.… Read More >

Dealing With a Renovation Nightmare

The Washington Post
Featured In: The Washington Post  Excerpt: “…They hired an intermediary to talk to their builder after they couldn’t get satisfaction and, when the intermediary was unable to move the project forward, they hired an attorney. “After 20 months, the builder abandoned the project with hundreds of items left incomplete, including the floors and the heating and air conditioning system,” says Timmons. The homeowners turned to Bowa, a custom design/build remodeling firm in McLean, for a renovation rescue. “Unfortunately, we get requests pretty frequently from homeowners who are at an impasse with their contractor,” says Josh Baker, founder, co-chairman and owner… Read More >

Off & Running

Bethesda Magazine
Featured In: Bethesda Magazine  Excerpt: “…Now, as Pereles prepares for its 16th running, the 5K has become a yearly affair in Potomac, involving thousands Autism Speaks 5K founder Susan Pereles of runners and raising hundreds of thousands of dollars every July 4….Steve Kirstein of Potomac became involved in the event shortly after his son, Richard, was diagnosed with autism when he was 18 months old. A principal at the construction firm BOWA, Kirstein has recruited many of his co-workers to participate, and the company has served as a presenting sponsor for the last four years, donating $10,000 each year…Kirstein’s family… Read More >

A Primer on Interior Home Maintenance

Middleburg Eccentric
Homeowners often ask, “What are some general guidelines for keeping my home safe and healthy for my family?” Our experience over the last 28 years has proven that certain interior maintenance steps are critical to the long-term performance of your home, and a regular maintenance schedule can help you to avoid serious problems and inconvenience....

Out of the Ashes

Home & Design
Featured In: Home & Design  Excerpt: “…Viewing the disaster as an opportunity to improve the builder-grade space, they selected builder Steve Kirstein of BOWA and designer Gerald Smith, who frequently collaborate, for the job. ‘We took what was a production house and turned it into a true custom home,’ Kirstein says. ‘It was literally a shell when we started’…In fact, the healing process was key for builder and designer as well. ‘Really, you’re working with folks who’ve been through a horrible ordeal,’ comments Kirstein. ‘The trick is to give them TLC, to lead them through everything. You want to help… Read More >

Tips for Success when Remodeling an Older Home

Middleburg Eccentric
One of the most interesting and challenging aspects of our business, has been the opportunity to work on charming, older homes like those in Middleburg and the surrounding countryside. Because of the historical nature of the area, like minded individuals are purchasing estates, old barns and other unique structures and remodeling them to meet their modern needs. If you’re considering a renovation on a historic property, keep the following tips in mind to help ensure a successful remodeling experience. Hire a firm that is very comfortable and experienced in working with these types of properties. While no two projects are… Read More >