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BOWA Welcomes Veteran Home Remodeling Expert to Lead Residential Remodels in Northern Virginia

Stephen Scholl Joins Award-Winning Home Remodeling Firm with 30-Years of Industry Experience   McLean, Va. – BOWA, www.bowa.com, an award-winning residential design and construction firm specializing in luxury additions and renovations, announces Stephen Scholl as its newest Project Leader for residential remodels in Northern Virginia. Scholl is a skilled home remodeling professional with more than 30 years of residential remodeling experience. “Stephen brings exceptional team management, customer service and home remodeling experience to BOWA,” said Josh Baker, founder of BOWA. “Stephen’s proven expertise of the luxury remodeling process is right in line with BOWA’s core values and he’s going to be… Read More >

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 >

City Living

Featured in: Home & Design Excerpt: “Though the kitchen and main-floor bath remain unaltered, Burton did remodel the master bath to give it a sense of openness. Previously separated from the rest of the bathroom by drywall, the shower is now enclosed by glass and clad in marble. Slate-like porcelain tile covers the floors and Silestone tops the lacquered vanity. A frosted-glass door leads into the WC. For Jackson, the design process was a great experience. “I really enjoyed it,” he says. “It was something I wanted to do for myself. I wanted to see what I could create”…” For… Read More >

A Refresher on Interior Home Maintenance

Homeowners often ask, “What are some general guidelines for keeping my home safe and healthy for my family?” Our experience over the last 25 years has proven that certain interior maintenance items are critical to the long-term performance of your home.  A regular schedule of interior and exterior home maintenance will likely help you to avoid serious home-related problems, or at least identify issues early so problems can be addressed in a timely manner with minimal adverse effects. Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Maintenance Recommendation: Serviced in the spring and fall; change filters regularly. As a mechanical system, they… Read More >

A Refresher on Exterior Home Maintenance

Many homeowners wonder: “Am I doing enough to keep my home safe from the outdoor elements?” Our experience over the past 25 years has proven that there are certain exterior maintenance items that are critical to the long-term health of the home. All too often we find that when serious issues arise, they are directly or indirectly due to these basic home maintenance items being neglected, either because they are not understood or forgotten. A regular schedule of maintenance will likely help to identify issues early so problems can be addressed in a timely manner and adverse effects can be… Read More >

Work of Art

Featured in: Home & Design Excerpt: “At a recent reunion, interior designer, Gerald L. Smith and Steven Kirstein, a principal in the design/build firm BOWA, gathered in the impeccable new dining room. “The project was a great collaboration between all of us sitting around this table,” the husband beamed. “They were the pinnacle of efficiency.” The owners’ idea to unify art and design was the starting point. “That was the hub, defining the interior architecture and space planning, and how the house was finished,” said Smith, emphasizing that such singular vision is rare. “Art collections are more often embellishments. This… Read More >

BOWA Wins Regional Contractor of the Year Award

National Association of Remodeling Industry Honors BOWA with a Contractor of the Year Award in Residential Kitchen Category; Firm Also Recently Recognized by Bethesda Magazine Readers   McLean, Va. –BOWA (www.bowa.com), a design build firm specializing in luxury renovations ranging from master suites and kitchens to whole-house and whole-condo remodels, recently received a prestigious regional Contractor of the Year (CotY) award from the National Association of Remodeling Industry (NARI). BOWA was also recently a top vote-getter in Bethesda Magazine’s 2014 “Best of Bethesda” awards. “The BOWA team is honored to have been recognized as one of the top remodelers in the… Read More >

Is Your Home Ready for Every Generation

Featured in: Washington Blade Excerpt: “Planning for multigenerational living has been on the rise in recent years. With life expectancies increasing and early baby boomers entering their golden years, this trend is expected to continue. As a result, many of today’s remodeling projects focus on creating spaces that are adaptable to evolving life circumstances. Depending on your family’s needs and home’s characteristics, there are several approaches for preparing your home for multigenerational living…” For More Information: Click here to view the full article in a new window. Related Home Advisor: Planning for Multigenerational Living Related Home Advisor: Take Your Home… Read More >

Want the Best of Both Worlds?

Featured in: Washington Blade Excerpt: “Condominium living, particularly in urban areas, largely was a preference of Gen Xers who sought to be at the heart of city life with its conveniences and distinct culture. However, of late, empty nesters uninterested in maintaining large homes have been living the suburbs to dwell in urban neighborhoods…” For More Information: Click here to view the full article in a new window. Related Project Profile: Condominium Renovation in Washington, DC Related Gallery: Condominiums… Read More >

How Do You Find a Great Home Professional?

Whether you’re searching for a plumber to fix a leaky pipe or doing a complete kitchen remodel, finding and hiring the best professionals for the job can be a challenge. We’ve all heard enough horror stories of what happens when someone hires an unethical or unqualified contractor, so it’s perfectly natural to be wary. But doing a little homework before signing a contract can help you rest assured that you’ve hired the right home pro for your job. So how are homeowners finding good people these days? Phone a Friend:  Often times the best place to start is with who… 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 >

Do Your Countertops Need a Little TLC?

For most homeowners, the kitchen is the heart of their home, and having surfaces that will last and remain beautiful over time is a priority. Today’s countertops go beyond functionality and serve as an aesthetic focal point in many kitchens. Listed below are some tips on how to keep these surfaces in tip-top shape. Keeping Natural Stone Beautiful Granite, marble, limestone, travertine, and slate are all part of the natural stone family. For routine cleaning, a mixture of dish soap and water is recommended. Non-abrasive and non-acidic, this simple mixture neutralizes any acids that are left behind, plus contains a… Read More >

Keeping the chaos out of condo renovations

Featured in: Washington Blade Excerpt: “For many homeowners, a renovation project is one of the most complex and difficult ventures they will undertake. For condominium owners, the complexities of home improvements are greater as they have to navigate challenges and situations that are unique to condo owners. While it can seem daunting —with careful planning, working with an experienced remodeler, and following some important condo renovation etiquette—renovating your condo can be rewarding and transform your home.” For More Information: Click here to view the full article in a new window Services:  Condominium Remodels… Read More >

Homeowners are lightening up when it comes to kitchens

Featured in: The Washington Times Excerpt: “While avocado and harvest gold appliances are nowhere to be found in most kitchens in 2012, some classic color trends, such as a black-and-white kitchen, are unlikely to ever fade from popularity. In addition to classic color schemes, homeowners and interior designers are looking for ways to wash their kitchens in light and color that are both neutral and innovative… Homeowners today are remodeling their older kitchens to open them up to the family room, to the outdoors or both, said Patricia Tetro, a principal and owner of Bowa in McLean. “Everyone wants their… Read More >

Time for a basement renovation?

Featured in: Loudoun Times-Mirror Excerpt: “Long gone are the dark, gloomy and cavernous basements of yesterday. With proper planning, a well-executed basement renovation can help your family enjoy the extra square footage you may have long forgotten.” For More Information: Click here to view the full article in a new window Photo Gallery:  Lower Levels  … 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 >

Time for a basement renovation? Consider these helpful design tips.

Long gone are the dark, gloomy and cavernous basements of yesterday. With proper planning, a well-executed basement renovation can help your family enjoy the extra square footage you may have long forgotten. A Welcoming Lower Level Today’s basements are becoming more integrated with the first floor of house, and are typically referred to as a “lower level” rather than a basement. In the past, the entrance and stairwell to the basement were often narrow and dark. Nowadays stairways are designed to be more open and inviting, and frequently feature a nice railing or banister for an added touch. Also, some… Read More >

What do you need to know about wood flooring?

Featured in: Loudoun Times-Mirror Excerpt:  “With an option for any decor, wood flooring is a leading choice for today’s homeowners. While its natural beauty may be at the top of the list, there are numerous reasons for its popularity. When cared for properly wood flooring can last a lifetime and add value to your home should you choose to resell. When created from a sustainable natural resource, wood flooring is an ecofriendly option unlike many other coverings. And, wood flooring doesn’t harbor dust mites or mold, which are common causes for indoor air quality issues that affect all family members,… Read More >

Top 10 Things To Know Before You Remodel

Featured in: Reston Connection Excerpt:  by Joshua E. Baker:  “There are very few decisions that can impact your family life, and the value of one of your biggest assets than selecting the right remodeler. Why not approach this as you would when hiring a lawyer, investment advisor, or even a physician? Top 10 Tips:  Seek an Advocate; Plan Early; Find a Good Match; Get First-Hand Info; Explore Options; Be Wise; Prevent Stress; Be Firm; Double Check Warranties; Take Advantage” For More Information: BOWA Services:  Services Overview BOWA Services:  Residential Construction BOWA Services:  Purchase Consultations Click here to view the full… Read More >

BOWA Offers Winter Storm Tips: Preparation is Crucial, Says Residential Design Build Contractor

Featured in: Loudoun Times-Mirror Excerpt:  “While everyone in the DC region is hoping we don’t experience another ‘snowmageddon,’ even minor winter storms can wreak havoc,” said Josh Baker, president of BOWA. “Doing some prep work in advance of a pending storm or frigid weather will ensure your family and home are protected.” BOWA offers the following tips to prepare for a winter storm” For More Information: Seasonal Checklist:  Plan Now for a Safe Fall and Winter Click here to view the full article in a new window  … Read More >

Whole House Design Build Renovation Plus the Top 10 Things to Know Before You Purchase a House to Remodel

Featured in: Loudoun Times-Mirror Excerpt:  Having spotted and fallen for a beautiful two and one-half acre property in Potomac, Maryland, the future homeowners were not as enamored with the challenges presented by the existing Georgian-style house. The residence had been on and off the market for several years, in large part due to the four inches of standing water in the lower level and mold, which are often daunting issues to unknowing home buyers. Combine these issues with a fussy kitchen, dated flooring, cavernous great room and a dark, dreary master bedroom many previous potential buyers simply walked away. Not… 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 >

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 >

BOWA is Corporate Sponsor for Partner for Surgery’s The Arts for Healing Event

Featured in: McLean Connection Excerpt: BOWA was a corporate sponsor of “The Arts for Healing” event help April 30, 2011, which collected $100,000 for Partner for Surgery, a McLean -based nonprofit organization that provides medical care to more than 25,000 Guatemalans and has facilitated over 7,000 surgeries since 2001. The event celebrated the accomplishments of the 10-year-old nonprofit organization and its founders Frank and Todd Peterson. For More Information: Click here to read the full article  … 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 >

Wouldn’t you love a great outdoor kitchen?

Featured in: Loudoun Times-Mirror Excerpt: If you’re thinking about incorporating the convenience of an outdoor kitchen into your backyard, listed below are some helpful tips to consider.  A residential design build contractor can help you create a design that compliments the existing surroundings or help you to create a gourmet kitchen as part of a complete outdoor renovation. For More Information: Photo Gallery:  Outdoor Kitchens Use the PDF viewer below to read the full article  … Read More >

Client First – BOWA Lays a Solid Foundation for Its Award-Winning Business

Featured in: Northern Virginia Magazine Excerpt: In 1988, Josh Baker and Larry Weinberg began a remodeling business. Twenty-three years later, BOWA has received over 100 awards of excellence both locally and nationally, along with recently being named the largest full-service remodeler in the Unites States by Remodeling Magazine. This luxury design, build and remodel construction firm is a home-grown business with offices in McLean and Middleburg, and services clients throughout the D.C.-Metro area. With this level of impressive national recognition, much can be learned from two University of Virginia graduates who, from the beginning, tackled their industry with an unexpected… Read More >

International Elegance

Featured in: Chesapeake Home & Living Excerpt: Like many well-meaning home renovations, the one undertaken by homeowners in McLean, Virginia was intended to change a few things-and ended up changing everything. The home sits on a wooded, scenic hillside with enviable views of the Potomac River peeping through verdant leaf cover. For More Information: Click here to view the full PDF version… Read More >