Tag Archives: kitchen

Traditional Home Renovation in McLean, VA

project profile Traditional McLean Home Renovation

Homeowner Challenge: The homeowners, who are avid entertainers, wanted to renovate the interior of their dark, dated home to bring it in line with their wonderful exterior spaces. Additionally, the clients wanted to remodel their master suite to include his-and-hers closets and a new master bath. The BOWA Solution: The BOWA team reworked the foyer staircase, creating a graceful barrel vaulted archway with two large storage and coat closets underneath. The existing stone fireplace in the family room was replaced with a high-efficiency gas fireplace and custom built-ins offering both storage and display space.… Read More >

Cozy Guest Suite Renovation in Lovely Great Falls, Virginia Home

project profile Cozy Guest Suite Renovation in Lovely Great Falls, Virginia Home

Homeowner Challenge: The challenges for this project were twofold: maximizing the available space and maintaining climate control. The homeowners wanted to finish the space over their existing garage to include a guest suite with ample living space, a full bath and a kitchenette. They wanted the space to look and feel as if it were built with the original house, using similar finishes and materials throughout. The BOWA Solution: The design build team at BOWA paid careful attention to the insulation methodologies used over the garage to ensure… 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 >

Lavishly Redesigned Home with Wine Cellar in McLean, Virginia

project profileLavishly 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 home… Read More >

First Floor and Outdoor Living Transformation in Vienna, VA

project profile First Floor and Outdoor Living Transformation in Vienna, VA

Homeowner Challenge: The client desired an open floorplan on the main level of their home within the existing footprint of their traditional 1970’s home, which was small, dark, and uninviting. The challenge was opening up the kitchen from its confines, creating space for entertaining, and bringing the outdoors in. The BOWA Solution: BOWA made structural changes to several load bearing walls to provide better traffic flow and to allow natural light into the previously dark space. The wall blocking the dining room from the kitchen was removed, and the… Read More >

Beautiful Kitchen and Family Room Renovation in Great Falls, Virginia

project profile Beautiful Kitchen and Family Room Renovation in Great Falls, Virginia

Homeowner Challenge: This Great Falls family desired a more open feel for the first level of their home. The kitchen and family room had an outdated look, and because the family was expecting soon, the renovation had to be completed before their due date. BOWA’s services were employed to make sure the renovation was successfully completed on time and on budget. The BOWA Solution: The first order of business was adding a fully captured beam within a soffit, which allowed for the removal of an unsightly load-bearing wall.… Read More >

Whole House Design Build Renovation in Bethesda, MD

project profile Whole House Design Build Renovation in Bethesda, MD

Homeowner Challenge: This classic, center hall colonial home in Bethesda, Maryland had not been updated in years and the new homeowners wanted to modernize and maximize the existing space as well as improve the flow between rooms. The BOWA Solution: Reconfiguring the cabinetry and cooking areas in the kitchen allowed for the addition of a larger window while new French doors created a graceful egress for entertaining outdoors. High-end appliances and fixtures modernized the kitchen and the maple Country French cabinetry and honed marble countertops created an ‘Old World’ feel.  … 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 >

Professional Tips for an Effective Lighting Plan

A lighting strategy is essential during the early stages of planning a successful renovation or remodel. As lighting is an integral design component, it should not be left as a last minute decision or afterthought. The location of the room and the way the space will be used are important factors when determining the best lighting solutions for your home. Two-Step Planning Process  Creating a plan in the early stages allows you to coordinate other elements within the design, such as smoke detector or speaker placement, which typically also require wiring in the ceiling. If a ceiling fan and recessed… Read More >