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Chrysalis Awards Recognize Two BOWA Projects in 2018 Awards

McLean, Va. – BOWA is pleased to announce that it has won a 2018 Chrysalis Award for Remodeling Excellence in the regional category of Whole-House Remodel Over $750,000 and has been recognized as runner up in the Whole-House Remodel $300,000-$700,000. BOWA’s projects were judged on overall design, the creative use of space and materials, and the degree to which the project enhanced the original structure. Tim Burch, Vice President of BOWA’s Middleburg office and an owner of the company, led the winning project and partnered with John F. Heltzel for architecture. “It’s an honor to be recognized with this regional… Read More >

Clean Slate – A thorough makeover in the Watergate sheds vestiges of the past…

Featured In: Home & Design, May/June 2018 Excerpt:  “A couple with grown kids decided to trade their large DC home for a condo in the Watergate. They were enticed by the landmark building’s enviable location and its dramatic Potomac River views. But the heavy, gilded décor in their 11th-story unit? Not so much. They approached BOWA, a design/build firm that had already completed a handful of updates in the complex, to bring their interiors into the 21st century with modern finishes and an improved, open floor plan that would accentuate vistas of the Georgetown waterfront. Though a previous renovation had… Read More >

Vintage Charm – Joe Ireland puts a fresh face on classic style in a turn-of-the-century Washington home

Featured In: Home & Design, May/June 2018 Excerpt:  “When it comes to real estate, the word “development” conjures images of bland neighborhoods stocked with cookie-cutter houses. Yet the DC area brims with charming residential enclaves that are, in fact, developments. Representing eras ranging from late-Victorian to Mid-Century Modern, many boast their own architectural vernacular. Case in point: a wide, tree-shaded street in Northwest DC lined with foursquare, post-Victorian homes. All are clad in painted stucco, adorned with gracious porches and bordered by picturesque picket fences. A couple purchased one of these abodes in the mid-1980s, hired… …Leaving the layout intact,… Read More >

Recent Remodeling Project Highlights from Spring 2018

Please enjoy these recent remodeling project highlights from spring 2018.  To view more project profiles, please visit our Project Types section. Spa Bath with Storage in Arlington By removing the tub and changing the orientation of the shower, BOWA’s Design Team was able to create a floorplan that enhances natural light and creates desired storage. With the addition of overhead lighting and heated flooring, the space is now warm, bright and efficient. The gray floor-to-ceiling marble creates a lovely spa-like feel.                   ***************** Modern Aging in Place in Falls Church As the… Read More >

How to Communicate Your 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 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 shareable format. Showing designers and… Read More >

Recent Remodeling Project Highlights from Fall 2017

Please enjoy these recent remodeling project highlights from fall 2017.  To view more project profiles, please visit our Project Types section. Industrial Chic in Dupont Circle BOWA’s in-house design team took this row home from traditional to industrial with custom steel, perforated stairs that allow natural light to flow from the top-floor skylight. Concrete floors and an exposed brick wall enhance the industrial chic design and highlight the owner’s vintage commercial signs.                     ***************** Full Renovation of McLean Landmark This 1910 home was in disrepair and needed a whole-house renovation to… Read More >

Design Build Capitol Hill Renovation

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 >

Recent Project Highlights from Spring 2017

Please enjoy these recent project highlights from spring 2017.  To view more project profiles, please visit our Project Types section. Kosher Kitchen Remodel in DC The owner of this 1913 Victorian house in Cleveland Park wished to update and modernize the existing kosher kitchen to make it more functional. The project included removing walls to capture adjacent space and create better flow, and features a large, L-shaped island, two-toned cabinets and a dramatic industrial aesthetic. ***************** Universal Design Master Suite Renovation in McLean Keeping to the existing footprint, the master bath renovation features clean lines, beautiful fixtures and custom details… Read More >

BOWA is Washingtonian’s Face of Luxury Condo Renovations

We’re pleased to be included in Washingtonian’s January 2017 issue as “The Face of Luxury Condo Renovations.” Our team certainly has the depth and breadth of experience, relationships and specialized methodologies needed to be successful on the most complex of condominium remodeling projects. 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,… Read More >

Recent Project Highlights – Fall 2016

Please enjoy these highlights of our recently finished projects.  To view more project profiles, please visit our Project Types section. Striking Whole-House Renovation The homeowners’ of this lovely McLean house wanted to revitalize their home by adding modern finishes into the design. BOWA was able to create a brighter, more functional kitchen; a more inviting foyer; a charming home office, and a luxurious master bathroom that suited all of the homeowners’ needs.     ***************** Spacious Two-Story Addition This DC family wanted to add more space to their home but their options were limited due to a tight lot. BOWA designed… Read More >

1960’s Era Ranch House Transformation in McLean, Virginia

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

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 >

Beautifully Redesigned Home with Wine Cellar in McLean, Virginia

project profile Lavishly Redesigned Home with Wine Cellar in McLean, VA 

Homeowner Challenge: The homeowners knew when they purchased this McLean home that renovations would be required to meet their family’s needs.  In addition to remodeling a dated kitchen and rear entry, they wished to install an elevator, carve out space for a wine cellar, and install a lower level kitchen. The BOWA Solution: BOWA reworked different parts of the home to create exactly what the family desired. The rear staircase was reconfigured in order to accommodate the elevator in the family foyer. Custom cabinets, a charging station, and a… Read More >

Georgian-Style Leesburg, Virginia Home Renovation

project profile Georgian-Style Home Renovation in Leesburg, Virginia 

Homeowner Challenge: The homeowners of this breathtaking Loudoun County, Virginia estate had a distinct vision for the updates to their home, originally built in 1988. They wanted to integrate new spaces that fit in seamlessly with the existing classic architecture. An upstairs living space and entertainment room and separate accommodations for three Wheaton Terriers was desired by the family. The BOWA Solution: The design build team at BOWA created a private upper-level living room from an existing rooftop terrace. It features a wall of glass windows and a new balcony with vistas… Read More >