Tag Archives: transforming a home

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

Remodeling Industry Recognizes BOWA as Contractor of the Year for Third Consecutive Year

National Association of Remodeling Industry Honors BOWA with Three Remodeling and Renovation Awards as the Metro-D.C. Area Firm Celebrates its 25th Anniversary McLean, Va. –  BOWA (www.bowa.com), a home transformation company specializing in the design and construction of luxury additions and renovations, received three prestigious Contractor of the Year (CotY) awards from the National Association of Remodeling Industry (NARI) Metro-D.C. Chapter at its awards reception on January 12.  These awards are the latest recognition and honors for the metropolitan-D.C. area firm that has now received more than 110 awards as the company celebrates its 25th anniversary. “The BOWA team is… Read More >

‘Age in Place’ to Satisfy Evolving Needs

Featured in: The Connection Newspapers Alexandria Gazette Excerpt: “Your family may be approaching a transitional time in home ownership. Perhaps the kids have already moved out, or your “nest” is nearly empty as your last child contemplates going off to college. Or maybe you’re craving a living space that is more comfortable and convenient as it becomes more difficult to move around. There are many reasons couples choose to “age in place,” or modify their home to meet changing needs rather than purchase a new property…” For More Information: Click here to view the full article in a new window… Read More >

Using Social Media to Aid in the Design Process

Is a kitchen remodel in your near future? Are you planning a master suite addition? Whether you want to renovate or you’re just looking to freshen up your living room with some new furnishings, there are some great online tools available to help with the design process. Looking for Inspiration?  If you’re looking for something above and beyond just tearing out magazine pages to show to your design team, you may want to check out Pinterest. This website, also available as a mobile app, allows you to collect, organize, and share visual bookmarks of all the things that interest you.… 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 >

Heart of the Home

Featured on: Washingtonian Excerpt: “Five beautiful kitchens where families cook, eat, gather and entertain.  Plus – experts who can create your dream kitchen…Azi Hendi and her husband, Ali, knew what they wanted in a house: a California-style ranch with clean,modern lines and lots of light. Though the one they settled on—in DCs Forest Hills—needed an overhaul, they could see its potential. “The kitchen was our priority,” she says. “We live in the kitchen.” The first order of business was to take down the wall separating the kitchen from the dining area and to merge the two spaces. “There wasn’t enough… Read More >

Small Kitchen with no room to grow can feel more spacious

Featured in: The Washington Times Excerpt: “If you are a fan of homemakeover shows, you may have become accustomed to homeowners taking a sledgehammer to the walls of their tiny kitchens and somehow doubling the size of the space, transforming it into a showplace of light and space. In reality, not every homeowner has the budget or the land available to turn a galley kitchen into a chef’s dream space. Yet local designers and remodelers say there are plenty of options available to maximize the efficiency and the appeal of a smaller kitchen. “A lot of the housing stock in… Read More >

Is Solar Energy in the Future for your Home?

As the price of electricity continues to climb, many homeowners are looking for new ways to shave down their energy costs. And, these days, more and more are considering renewable energy sources as an option. Technological advancements and an increase in manufacturing volume have significantly lowered the price of solar energy so it now costs about seven times less than it did twenty years ago. As the cleanest and most abundant renewable energy source available, solar power is definitely worth a closer look to see if it’s right for your home.   Solar Electric Power A solar electric system harnesses the… Read More >

Functional Mudrooms Can Help Families Stay Organized

Featured in: Washington Examiner Excerpt: Mudrooms can be the first and last room in the house. Catching dirty boots, kids’ coats and book bags, it’s a room where chaos and disorganization seem to be the norm. It is such an important place for busy families, however, that it pays to make it organized and functional. “Mudrooms often include spaces designed to help organize the way the family lives,” said Sean Ganey, registered architect and project leader at BOWA, a luxury design and construction company with locations in McLean and Middleburg. In addition to traditional cubby holes and gym lockers, other… Read More >

Remodeling Industry Recognizes BOWA as a Capital Contractor of the Year

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, Va. As the single point of accountability for the customer, BOWA transformed this home to fit the young family’s need of comfort and convenience.

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 >

Renovations with Age-in-Place Appeal

Is your family approaching a transitional stage in the lifecycle of home ownership? Perhaps the kids have already moved out, or your “nest” is nearly empty with the youngest heading to college this fall.  Maybe you’re planning ahead for a living space that would be more accessible and comfortable should your mobility someday become limited. These are just a few of the reasons couples choose to modify their existing homes to meet their evolving needs, or ‘age in place’, rather than purchase someplace new. Where the Heart Is Many people have spent years making memories in their homes, and have… Read More >