Tag Archives: design and construction

BOWA Wins Second Consecutive Award from Houzz

Houzz online community awards BOWA with “Best of Houzz 2015”  McLean, Va. — BOWA (www.bowa.com), an award-winning residential design and construction firm specializing in luxury additions and renovations, received a “Best of Houzz” award from Houzz (www.houzz.com), a leading platform for home remodeling and design. The “Best Of Houzz” awards recognize the most popular work samples on the Houzz platform and provides a homeowner-to-homeowner guide to the top home builders, architects, interior designers, landscape artists and other residential remodeling professionals in metro areas across the United States. “The BOWA team is thrilled to accept this recognition from the Houzz community,”… Read More >

Condo Renovations: As sales of condominiums grow, so does demand for luxury renovations

Featured in: Arlington Connection Excerpt: “With the growth in demand for condominiums comes growth in demand for condominium renovations. One local company BOWA, a residential remodel and construction firm based in McLean, is responding to that trend by bringing on a new project leader, Mark Miller, with expertise in condo remodeling and commercial construction. Miller and BOWA say they are responding to the demand to push the boundaries of luxury condo transformation. Most upscale condominium buyers will select a location where they want to live first, and then search for a condo to buy, said Miller, who is an Arlington… Read More >

Can’t Picture It? They’ll Do It For You

Featured in: Washington Post Express Excerpt: “Companies such as Kandel Construction and Bowa (bowa.com) work with real-estate professionals to help buyers visualize their dream homes. “We’ll reach out to Realtors and say, ‘If you have somebody who’s seriously looking at this house, but they don’t have the vision to understand that they want to do this, this or this, let us help,'” says principal/owner George Hodges-Fulton. Along with images of the remodeled house, these firms provide shoppers with estimated costs so they can determine if a house is still affordable if it needs renovations. “Most of the time, that gives… Read More >

What You Should Know about Tankless Water Heaters

Have you decided it’s time to replace your water heater? Or, are you looking to make your home more energy efficient? In either case, following is an overview on how tankless water heaters work and some helpful advice on why a tankless unit may (or may not) be the best option for your home. Tankless Water Heaters 101 Also known as instantaneous or on-demand heaters, this type of water heater provides hot water only as needed, so no storage tank is required as with conventional units. Since the water isn’t continuously heated, it doesn’t produce the standby energy losses associated… Read More >

Colonial Expansion

Featured on:  Home & Design Excerpt: “It all started with a plan to expand a garage and add a guest room onto a Colonial-style home in Potomac, Maryland. But as such plans tend to do, this small-scale project soon morphed into something much bigger: a massive, whole-house renovation that added to the 40-year old residence some 4,500 square feet of living space. The owners tapped BOWA for the job, and the result is a stately, welcoming home flanked on one side by a three-car garage and spacious guest quarters (complete with private entrance and dramatic two-story foyer), and on the… Read More >

Building the Great Outdoors Room – Use of outside living areas growing in priority, complexity

Featured in: USA Today Excerpt: “As Americans try to maximize the space of their existing homes, they’re increasingly looking outside to create new, rejuvenating places. “More people are realizing that home begins when you set foot on your property, not just when you enter your front door,” says garden designer Julie Moir Messervy, author of Home Outside: Creating the Landscape You Love (Taunton Press). “You can think of your outside as an extension of the inside.” An outdoor living/grilling area ranked as the third-highest priority space, after a separate laundry room and additional closets/storage, in a recent survey of 4,000… Read More >

A Clean Slate: Two Renovation projects highlight the latest trends in home organization

Featured in: Home & Design Excerpt:  “…When BOWA vice president George Hodges-Fulton met with clients for a prepurchase consultation, he was able to assure them that the “monstrosity” of a mudroom/laundry room in the Great Falls, Virginia, home they were about to buy was, indeed, salvageable. The couple bought the house, then hired BOWA for a major renovation, during which their design team overhauled the mudroom/ laundry room completely. “We took the laundry function away,” Hodges-Fulton recalls, pointing to a trend he’s noticed in the last five or six years of relocating the laundry room upstairs for convenience. Once the… Read More >

Savvy Homeowners Prefer a Team Approach

Featured in: Loudoun Times-Mirror Excerpt:  …This has caused a renaissance of residential design build remodeling as the benefits of a strategic team approach to home design have become more apparent. While this approach is one of the biggest changes, here are some other trends we’re seeing in our recent projects.  Also included are:  clients opting for better designed space in lieu of more space and additions; kitchen renovations that rethink the layout and improve the connection to surrounding spaces, both interior and exterior; media rooms and home theaters that serve as the social and recreational hubs of today’s homes; people… Read More >

Tips to Consider when Selecting New Countertops

Whether you’re looking to replace your old countertops as part of a full kitchen remodel or a quick facelift, you’ll find there is a wide array of options when it comes to materials and distinctive finishes. The best surface for your home often depends on your budget, style and lifestyle. Keep in mind you don’t need to pick just one! A trend we’ve seen in our recent remodeling work is that many homeowners are mixing and matching complementary surfaces in different areas of the kitchen to achieve a truly one-of-a-kind look. The following overview of available countertop options may be… Read More >

Condo redesign involves special considerations

Featured in: The Washington Times Excerpt: Condominium owners may enjoy the advantage of avoiding exterior home-maintenance projects or major landscaping, but when they want to renovate their home to modernize the layout or update the kitchen, they face some challenges that owners of singlefamily homes escape…Steve Kirstein, a principal with BOWA, says one of the biggest challenges of a condo remodel is that a condo is “neither fish nor fowl” because it is a residential building with the systems of a commercial building. “The impact during the project will be felt not only by your client, but by others in… Read More >

Men vs. Women: What each wants in their master bathroom design

Featured in: Washingtonian Excerpt: Husbands and wives often want very different things in a master bathroom. Here’s how to get what you each like without landing in hot water. She wants a bubbler tub. He wants a steam shower. She wants a large vanity with lots of storage for makeup and toiletries. He needs one drawer. She wants a window that frames beautiful views from the tub. He wants a built-in television so he can watch ESPN while he shaves. She wants a gentle rain shower. He wants water pressure so strong it could peel paint. A husband and wife… Read More >

The Family Foyer: Essential Space

Featured in: Alexandria Gazette Packet Excerpt: Whatever your name for it, this space is essential for every homeowner. At BOWA, we call this important room the “Family Foyer” as it often includes spaces to help organize the way today’s modern family lives. Here are four tips to help your family optimize (or create) a useful Family Foyer – determine the best location, use durable materials, plan carefully to suit your storage and functional needs, and consider designated spaces for each family member – even the dog. For More Information: BOWA Home Advisor:  Need Help Organizing your Family? Read the full… Read More >

The Family Foyer: Essential Space

Featured in: Arlington  Connection  Excerpt: Whatever your name for it, this space is essential for every homeowner. At BOWA, we call this important room the “Family Foyer” as it often includes spaces to help organize the way today’s modern family lives. Here are four tips to help your family optimize (or create) a useful Family Foyer – determine the best location, use durable materials, plan carefully to suit your storage and functional needs, and consider designated spaces for each family member – even the dog. For More Information: BOWA Home Advisor:  Need Help Organizing your Family? Click here to read… Read More >

Home Remodeling Design Ideas for Custom Bars and Wine Rooms

Featured in: Loudoun Times-Mirror Excerpt: A home bar is a great place to entertain family and friends from the comfort and safety of your own home. Customized bars continue to be a welcome gathering place in luxury homes throughout Washington, DC, but now with so many options you can truly make it your own. A home remodeling expert can help you to transform an ordinary space into an inviting entertaining area that complements your home, taste and lifestyle….During a home renovation, including a custom bar that suits your interests and lifestyle will result in a space to relax, unwind and… Read More >

BOWA Wins Grand Award in 2010 Capital COTY

Featured in: Home & Design Excerpt: COTY Awards, presented by the Metro DC Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), presents the Grand Award to BOWA in the category of “Entire House over $1 Million,” citing this whole-house renovation improves the flow and functionality of a traditional home. For More Information: Project Profile:  Purchase Consultation and Whole House Renovation in Great Falls, Virginia Click here to open the full article as a PDF in a new window.… Read More >

Have you Maximized your Home’s Livable Space?

In the greater Washington DC area, there’s no question that space comes at a premium. But, with careful planning, a number of area homeowners have found creative ways to maximize both their storage and livable space during renovations of all sizes. Following are examples of just a few creative living solutions we’ve seen in recent projects. Backsplash Appliance Garages Having an appliance garage in your kitchen is nothing new, but the twist comes in creating one or many storage areas hidden behind your backsplash. If you are in need of more counter space (and who isn’t with all the must-have… Read More >

BOWA Recognized as Capital Contractor of the Year

Featured in: McLean Connection Excerpt: BOWA (www.bowa.com), a home transformation company, was honored with a 2010 Capital “Contractor of the Year” (CotY) Award by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) Metro DC Chapter on Saturday, Jan. 29. Josh Baker is founder of BOWA, and a McLean resident. The Capital CotY Grand Award for the Entire House over $1,000,000 category was given to BOWA for a large scale home renovation in Great Falls. As the single point of accountability for the customer, BOWA transformed this home to fit the young family’s need of comfort and convenience. Although BOWA faced… Read More >

BOWA Sees Growing Trend of Customized Home Bars in Washington, D.C. Area Luxury Homes

BOWA (www.bowa.com), a home transformation company specializing in the design and construction of large-scale additions and renovations, is seeing more homeowners in the Washington, D.C. area ask for unique, custom home bars to add elegance and function to their remodeling projects. “A home bar is a great place to entertain family and friends in a memorable setting from the comfort and safety of your own home,” said Larry Weinberg, CEO of BOWA. “There are many exciting options available to homeowners that ensure a bar space is transformed into an alluring entertaining area that suits personal taste and lifestyle.” From a… Read More >

BOWA Recommends Latest Technology as Smart Phones Assist Homeowners in Post-Renovation Projects

McLean, Va. — BOWA (www.bowa.com), a home transformation company specializing in the design and construction of large-scale additions and renovations, is seeing more homeowners use smart phone applications (apps) to help manage their homes both on-site and remotely after installing technical systems that add comfort and convenience to a family’s daily life. “iPhones and iPads have transformed how people orchestrate their lives, both personally and professionally, and the ability to operate a home’s systems remotely with the swipe of a screen is no exception,” said Larry Weinberg, CEO of BOWA. “After a home undergoes a large-scale addition or renovation project,… Read More >

Home Remodeling Design Ideas for Custom Bars

A home bar is a great place to entertain family and friends from the comfort and safety of your own home. Customized bars continue to be a welcome gathering place in luxury homes throughout Washington, DC, but now with so many options you can truly make it your own. A home remodeling expert can help you to transform an ordinary space into an inviting entertaining area that complements your home, taste and lifestyle. Where Everyone Knows Your Name A classic pub-style bar is a common design direction that is not going anywhere any time soon. Envision a “Cheers” style bar,… Read More >

BOWA Seeing ‘Cool’ Residential Pool Trends as Washingtonians Aim to Beat the Summer Heat

McLean, Va. — BOWA (www.bowa.com), a home transformation company specializing in the design and construction of large-scale additions and renovations, is seeing residential pools and backyards becoming more elaborate and functional as homeowners desire outdoor space for retreating and to entertain family and friends. With last month being the hottest June in Washington, D.C. on record, homeowners can stay ‘cool’ with the latest innovations in pool design and amenities. “We’re helping more families transform their backyards into resort-like havens, creating luxurious pools with kids’ needs, exercise, convenience, and comfort in mind, ” said Larry Weinberg, CEO of BOWA. “Not only… Read More >

BOWA Builders Announces New Identity of BOWA to Better Reflect Company’s Design-Build Expertise of Transforming Houses Into Homes

McLean, Va. – BOWA Builders announces its new company identity as BOWA, stressing the firm’s role as clients’ single point of accountability for the design and construction of large-scale additions and renovations. “After talking with many of our clients over BOWA’s 22 years in the home remodeling industry, the one piece of feedback we kept hearing was how we are ‘so much more than a builder,'” said BOWA CEO and co-founder Larry Weinberg. “Our ability to assemble and manage a team of experts, take accountability for the entire design and construction process, and look after the clients’ best interests are… Read More >