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 >

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 >

A Fresh Start

Bethesda Magazine
Featured In: Bethesda Magazine  Excerpt: “On the evening of Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, Eric Burka, his wife, Kristin, and two of their three children were watching the movie Romeo and Juliet in their Town of Chevy Chase family room…When Kristin opened the door to let the dog out, she noticed some black smoke in the backyard and asked Eric to come take a look. He thought it was probably from the tile work being done in the house next door, which had been vacant and under construction for a year and a half. When he saw how thick the smoke… Read More >

Thoughtful Storage Solutions – Valery Tessier Interview

Kitchen & Bath Design News
Featured In: Kitchen & Bath Design News Excerpt: “Storage trends/philosophies: “People want to have less cluttered countertops, so they want to tuck away items like stand mixers, toasters, etc. That requires designers to come up with creative solutions that hide them but still keep them accessible. “Roll-out shelves make such a difference for storing items in base cabinets, as well as in pantries. Another alternative is an appliance garage, which has evolved from the 1980s connotation. Now doors can be aluminum, and they can swing out, pocket in, or tip or lift up. There are so many more hardware options… Read More >

BOWA creates lavish indoor pool area full of natural light

Home & Design Sourcebook
Featured In: Home & Design Sourcebook Excerpt: “Repeat clients in Potomac contacted the design/build firm BOWA to add a great room and outdoor pool to their previously renovated property. But after some consideration, the owners and design team opted to combine the two. “They decided to build an indoor pool with adjacency to the new great room,” recalls principal Steve Kirstein. BOWA partnered with architect David Cooper of Anderson Cooper Group Architects on a design that connects the two spaces. The great room measures a spacious 30 by 50 feet—and the pool area dwarfs it at 45 by 70 feet.… Read More >

Remodeling Design in 2015: It’s all about the Family

vienna and oakton connection
Featured In: The Connection Newspaper and Vienna/Oakton Connection Excerpt: “Almost every luxury remodel starts with the same question “How can we improve our family’s life at home?” But the answer varies as families grow, age and evolve. As such, the best designs consider both current and future needs. For young families, the focus is almost always children. Kitchens are designed with low drawers for easy access to important items, like sippy cups and napkins. Refrigerator drawer beverage stations and below-the-counter microwaves allow little ones to help themselves. Study areas are incorporated into family spaces to allow for parent-child interaction at… Read More >

2015 New Year Remodeling Resolutions

Burke Connection
Featured In: Burke Connection Excerpt: “2015 may be the year you want to remodel your home to allow for the changes occurring in your life. Perhaps you want to build out an office which will allow you to work from home? Maybe 2015 is the year you want to avoid climbing stairs, so moving the master suite to the first floor may be on your resolution list? One thing is certain in life ? family needs are always evolving. As kids come and go, aging parents move in, greener technology becomes available, and we look for more creature comforts in… Read More >