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 >

Managing Trade Professionals at Home – Tips to Success

Middleburg Eccentric
Whether or not you’re considering a remodel, there comes a time that each of us needs to perform maintenance and repairs on our home. As a professional remodeler, I get calls regularly requesting referrals for home trades – roofers, plumbers, electricians, painters, etc. While I love to make referrals when I can, unfortunately, many of the subcontractors that we work with are specifically set up to serve the construction industry and excel under the supervision of our full-time project managers. They often work from written plans and specifications, expect certain site conditions and don’t have the service infrastructure required to… 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

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 >

Middleburg Life – Three Day Event McQuillan and BOWA

Middleburg Life
Featured In: Middleburg Life Excerpt: “Sean McQuillan started riding at age 12 in Maryland.  Now, 27 years later, he has a stable full of horses in Upperville and is aiming toward major international competition as a Three Day Event rider…Under a program approved by the United States Equestrian Federation, he formed a syndicate.  With prices for such horses reaching anywhere from $100,000 to $800,000, it’s a way to grow the sport. Tim Burch, who lives in Fauquier County, was intrigued by that approach…BOWA, with offices in Middleburg, is now a shareholder in Casalino….’Sean told his story and it was his… Read More >

Remodeling with Pets in Mind

Potomac Almanac
Featured In: Potomac Almanac Excerpt: “Home remodeling projects often come after considerable planning and expense. One factor that can be overlooked is the family pet. While the end result of a remodel is often a new, updated or enlarged living space, the road to that improvement is often filled with dust, debris and inconvenience – which can be upsetting and even dangerous to dogs and cats. Homeowners should be aware of the added traffic that comes with a construction project….”There are a lot of things to consider,” said Baker. “It’s not unlike thinking about small children.”…” For More Information: Click… Read More >