Tag Archives: master bath

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 >

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 >

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 >

Masterful Master Baths

Today’s master baths goes beyond mere bathrooms to also serve as places to pamper, relax and rejuvenate. Since it’s where your day begins and ends, it’s definitely a space you’ll want to be comfortable in and enjoy. The amenities in some master baths today can rival those of a luxury spa. So what are homeowners doing these days to create their own personal retreats? Savvy Selections Natural stone is as popular a choice as ever for bathroom floors and walls. Extending the tile work from the shower to the walls can help minimize the number of different elements in the… Read More >

Does Your Home Need a Water Treatment System?

Does your water have a strange odor or taste? Do you find your soap doesn’t lather well or you have water spots on dishes and glasses? Or, do you simply wonder what could be in it? Whether you think your water has a specific issue or you’re just concerned about the safety of your family, the first step is having your water tested. You can also check out a copy of your water company’s Annual Water Quality Report. While this report doesn’t tell you what’s coming out of your tap specifically, it can give you an overall idea of what’s… Read More >

Is it Time to Replace Your Water Heater?

There aren’t always surefire ways to tell that your water heater’s time is up, but it’s best to not wait until you’re jumping in an ice cold shower at 6 a.m. to find out. Listed below are a few tips to help you decide whether you should fix or replace your unit. Signs you may Have to Replace your Water Heater Aside from a giant puddle of water on the floor, here are a few signs that may signal something is wrong: Water does not heat as rapidly as it once did. Keep in mind that if this occurs as… Read More >

Cleaning up the look of bathrooms

Featured in: The Washington Times Excerpt:  Sleek is in, at least in bathrooms. Where bathrooms once were designed with ornate cabinetry and a mix of finishes and flourishes, these days, modern, clean lines and clear glass are trendy…. Patricia Tetro, principal of Bowa in McLean, said homeowners request rain showerheads and handheld showers more than the body sprays that were popular a few years ago. “We put in a bench in the master shower and sometimes a shaving step to rest your foot on,” Ms. Tetro said. “We even sometimes put in a ‘toe tester,’ which is a tiny little… Read More >

Everything in Its Place: A look at other trends in bathroom design, clever ways to get more storage, the growing popularity of steam showers, and smarter toilets

Featured in: Washingtonian  Excerpt: The biggest challenge for area bath designers? Creating enough storage, particularly in a small bath in an older home. Here’s a look at other key considerations when renovating a bathroom. Creating More Storage: Many older bathrooms have wall-hung or pedestal sinks with little or no storage underneath. But people have more stuff these days. That, along with clever innovations in cabinetmaking, may be why designers say they’re creating more storage now in bathrooms, especially master baths. “Years ago, people had small vanities. Now they’re building in more cabinetry,” says Josh Baker of BOWA, a builder in… Read More >

Design a Favorite Space in your Home

Many people have a favorite space in their home, be it a cozy nook for reading, a luxurious bath for escaping the hassles of a long day or a gourmet kitchen ideally suited for preparing meals the whole family can enjoy. Your favorite space may be a home bar perfect for entertaining family and friends (see last month’s issue) or an area custom designed to match your children’s interests so they can enjoy time with friends in the safety of your own home.  If you don’t already have your favorite space picked out keep in mind a well-planned home renovation … Read More >

Lower Level Renovation Creates Home Office in McLean, Virginia Home

project profile Lower Level Renovation Creates Home Office in McLean, Virginia Home 

Homeowner Challenge: The homeowner wanted a home office in the basement with a separate and private entrance for business visitors. He also wanted to renovate existing spaces for a more appealing transition from the main floor. The BOWA Solution: Improved access to the rear yard was created by fabricating and installing a new masonry retaining wall. Structural issues, such as moisture in the basement and a fireplace leak, were corrected simultaneously.  Inside, a stairway was reconfigured for entry into a fully-renovated light-filled space instead of a dark hallway.… Read More >