Tag Archives: Middleburg Eccentric

Does your outdoor space meet your current needs?

Today’s backyards are often multi-purpose spaces designed for relaxing, entertaining, and spending time with the whole family. Does your outdoor space meet your current needs? Or is it underutilized, neglected, or dated? If you don’t love what you see, consider the following to transform your backyard from blasé to beautiful. Poolside Paradise A well-designed pool area can create a resort-like oasis right in your own backyard. Intriguing options like a gradual-sloped beach entry, free-form shapes and natural “saltwater” fills can add to the resort vibe. While free form pools have a unique appeal, many homeowners still opt for a traditional… Read More >

Considering an Equestrian Building Project?

A growing percentage of our business in the greater Middleburg area has been beautiful equestrian facilities. Some have been in conjunction with separate residential renovations, others incorporated grooms quarters or apartments for weekend getaways or guests and others have been multi-barn complexes. We’ve even “rescued” a client from a project that went sour with their previous builder. In each case, we brought BOWA’s 30 years of experience, proven processes and network of specialized vendors and tradespeople to bear to deliver quality, value and beautiful functionality. When approached for an equestrian renovation, my mission is to learn about the owner’s goals… Read More >

How Do I know what’s Permissible when Planning a Home Renovation?

When planning a home renovation or addition it’s important to complete your due diligence upfront to research any ordinances or restrictions that may affect your project. Unfortunately, homeowners and contractors often forget important steps during this project feasibility phase, which sometimes leads to wasted time and money or abandoned projects. To ensure you sidestep those mistakes, start with this checklist of places to call in order to minimize setbacks while planning and executing your next renovation. Local Jurisdiction/County First, call your local county government to find out if there are any site restrictions or requirements for your home or property.… Read More >

A Primer 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 28 years has proven that certain interior maintenance steps are critical to the long-term performance of your home, and a regular maintenance schedule can help you to avoid serious problems and inconvenience....

Tips for Success when Remodeling an Older Home

One of the most interesting and challenging aspects of our business, has been the opportunity to work on charming, older homes like those in Middleburg and the surrounding countryside. Because of the historical nature of the area, like minded individuals are purchasing estates, old barns and other unique structures and remodeling them to meet their modern needs. If you’re considering a renovation on a historic property, keep the following tips in mind to help ensure a successful remodeling experience. Hire a firm that is very comfortable and experienced in working with these types of properties. While no two projects are… Read More >

Managing Trade Professionals at Home – Tips to Success

Whether or not you’re considering a remodel, there comes a time that each of us needs to perform maintenance and repairs on our home. As a professional remodeler, I get calls regularly requesting referrals for home trades – roofers, plumbers, electricians, painters, etc. While I love to make referrals when I can, unfortunately, many of the subcontractors that we work with are specifically set up to serve the construction industry and excel under the supervision of our full-time project managers. They often work from written plans and specifications, expect certain site conditions and don’t have the service infrastructure required to… Read More >