Tag Archives: Virginia

Chrysalis Awards Recognize Two BOWA Projects in 2018 Awards

McLean, Va. – BOWA is pleased to announce that it has won a 2018 Chrysalis Award for Remodeling Excellence in the regional category of Whole-House Remodel Over $750,000 and has been recognized as runner up in the Whole-House Remodel $300,000-$700,000. BOWA’s projects were judged on overall design, the creative use of space and materials, and the degree to which the project enhanced the original structure. Tim Burch, Vice President of BOWA’s Middleburg office and an owner of the company, led the winning project and partnered with John F. Heltzel for architecture. “It’s an honor to be recognized with this regional… Read More >

BOWA Named Top Vote Getter for Best Remodeler in Bethesda Magazine and Arlington Magazine

McLean, Va. – BOWA is pleased to announce the firm has been named a Top Vote Getter for Best Remodeler in both Bethesda Magazine and Arlington Magazine. These two honors were received the first week of 2018. The company was recognized as a Top Vote Getter in the Best Remodeler category for Arlington Magazine’s Best of 2018. BOWA was also recognized as a Top Vote Getter in the Best Remodeling Firm category for Bethesda Magazine’s Best of Bethesda. These awards are the latest recognition for BOWA, which has received more than 210 local and national awards honoring the company’s business… Read More >

How to Communicate Your Likes and Dislikes to Designers and Architects

Everyone experiences architecture and design on a daily basis, but it can become intimidating when it’s time to remodel your own space. Below are a few tips from our designers and architects that will help ensure your tastes are properly reflected in your next renovation. Collect Images The first step in communicating likes and dislikes for your home renovation is to collect imagery. Nowadays, you have more options than just sifting through magazines and ripping out the pages. Websites like Pinterest, Instagram, and Houzz provide easy ways to collect what you like online in a shareable format. Showing designers and… Read More >

BOWA Named Best Design Build Firm and Wins Great American Living Award

McLean, Va. – BOWA is pleased to announce the firm has been named Best Design Build Firm and wins Great American Living Award. These two honors were received the first week of October 2017. The company was recognized as Best Design Build Firm in the Washington, DC metro area at Home & Design magazine’s Designers’ Choice awards. The magazine polls architects and designers and presents their picks for leaders in the innovative, ever-evolving home-design industry. This marks the second time BOWA has been honored by the magazine’s Designers’ Choice awards. This year’s award was accepted by BOWA’s Lawrence Weinberg, Founder; … Read More >

Universal Design Master Suite Renovation in McLean, VA

project profile Universal Design Master Suite Renovation in McLean, VA

Homeowner Challenge: The master bathroom of this McLean, Virginia ranch-style home featured a dated bath area with awkward embellishments that crowded the space visually and spatially. Additionally, the bedroom suffered from a full wall of reach-in closets with two sets of bi-fold doors, which was busy on the outside and cramped on the inside. The BOWA Solution: Keeping to the existing footprint, the master bath renovation features clean lines, beautiful fixtures and custom details that better meet the owner’s needs. In the bedroom, the reach-in closets were replaced with a… Read More >

Master Suite and Master Bathroom Renovation in Great Falls, VA

project profile Master Suite and Master Bathroom Renovation in Great Falls, VA

Homeowner Challenge: The existing master suite was dated and the layout was awkward.  The homeowners wished to renovate the space to include a new, modern master bath, walk-in closet and refreshment center while also preserving the natural light flowing through the space. The BOWA Solution: Significant structural changes were planned to accommodate the new design which included adding a new window to the bathroom, raising the floor and supporting the stone accent wall. As part of the larger master suite project, the fireplace was relocated, a cold tile… Read More >

Traditional Condominium Renovation in Rosslyn, Virginia

project profile Traditional Condominium Renovation in Rosslyn, Virginia 

Homeowner Challenge: These returning BOWA client were transitioning to condominium living and wanted to recreate many of the comforts and details they appreciated in their existing home. They wanted to keep the existing contemporary kitchen and create an easy transition into their preferred traditional aesthetic. The BOWA Solution: BOWA added touches to the renovation that were fitting to the clients’ tastes. The half-wall that divided the kitchen and dining room was redesigned to blends the traditional and contemporary styles and create a flawless transition. Custom panels and chair rail moldings, fine details… Read More >

Local Building Industry Association Recognized BOWA at 2016 Great American Living Awards

BOWA Also Recognized as a Top Performer by Qualified Remodeler Magazine McLean, Va. – BOWA (www.bowa.com), an award-winning residential design build firm specializing in luxury additions and renovations received high honors from the Maryland Building Industry Association (MBIA), the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association (NVBIA) and the Washington Metropolitan Sales and Marketing Council (WMSMC) as the winner of two 2016 Great American Living Awards.  The awards were accepted by BOWA’s Josh Baker, Founder and Co-Chairman, Tim Burch, Vice President, and Valery Tessier, Project Architect on October 6, 2016. “BOWA thanks the GALA committee for these latest awards. We are grateful… Read More >

Great News for Clients: Our Award-Winning Design Team is Expanding!

Thanks to the trust of our clients and partners, we’re pleased to say BOWA’s in-house design department has been growing steadily since we announced this division just over two years ago. Under the direction of Bobby Han, the team has added a wealth of experience and resources all intended to streamline the often arduous design process. People & Experience: Bobby Han, Director of Design, has an A.B. in Architectural Design and Theory from Princeton University and a Masters of Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He has worked with notable firms, run his own practice, and designed projects… 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 >

Beautifully Redesigned Home with Wine Cellar in McLean, Virginia

project profile Lavishly 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… Read More >

Luxurious Custom Designed Renovation in McLean, Virginia

project profileLuxurious Custom Designed Renovation in McLean, Virginia

Homeowner Challenge: The challenge for this project was creating a balance between the frequently used larger spaces and the private quarters used for relaxation. The homeowner had very high standards of quality and a preference for custom items from around the world. The BOWA Solution: BOWA incorporated the client’s vision and worked collaboratively with the architect and designer to complete a whole home renovation. The result is a spectacular combination of elegance and function.  The main level features a new working kitchen and remodeled spaces for entertainment. The lower level houses a… 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 >

Award-Winning Home Remodeling Firm, BOWA, Welcomes Experienced Home Renovation Expert to Serve Virginia Clients

McLean, Va. – BOWA, www.bowa.com, an award-winning residential remodel and construction firm specializing in luxury additions and renovations, announces Jim Harris as its newest Project Leader. Harris is a skilled home remodeling professional who has been an owner and later a partner of two design/build companies throughout his 13 years of home renovation experience in Northern Virginia. “Jim brings with him a lot of high-level experience in home remodeling work and a dedication to providing exceptional customer service,” said Josh Baker, founder of BOWA. “Jim’s standards and approach to providing clients with expert advice and delivering an exceptional customer experience… Read More >

Donating Home Goods to Good Causes

This time of year many of us make an effort to help those in our community who are less fortunate through the donation of goods, dollars or service. Whether it’s the spirit of the season that motivates you or a year-end push for tax purposes, consider the following organizations that will gladly accept your donation of home-related items. A Wider Circle   This organization provides basic-need items to families transitioning out of shelters and those living without life’s necessities. A Wider Circle furnishes the homes of more than 1,000 children and adults each month. If you wish to donate furniture and… Read More >

Contemporary Kitchen Renovation in McLean, Virginia

project profile Contemporary Kitchen Renovation in McLean, Virginia  

Homeowner Challenge: The homeowners were interested in a user-friendly ‘cook’s kitchen’ that reflected their love of contemporary design. One of the biggest challenges in the kitchen renovation was keeping disruption to daily life at a minimum. In addition, this homeowner had a negative experience with previous contractor involving issues like schedule delays and costly change orders. The BOWA Solution: BOWA’s strict schedule adherence and open-book line-item budget policy truly put the clients at ease. Creating a temporary kitchen in the basement for this family made all the difference when it came to… Read More >

Georgian-Style Leesburg, Virginia Home Renovation

project profile Georgian-Style Home Renovation in Leesburg, Virginia 

Homeowner Challenge: The homeowners of this breathtaking Loudoun County, Virginia estate had a distinct vision for the updates to their home, originally built in 1988. They wanted to integrate new spaces that fit in seamlessly with the existing classic architecture. An upstairs living space and entertainment room and separate accommodations for three Wheaton Terriers was desired by the family. The BOWA Solution: The design build team at BOWA created a private upper-level living room from an existing rooftop terrace. It features a wall of glass windows and a new balcony with vistas… Read More >

Spectacular Renovation of 1920’s Home in Arlington, Virginia

project profile Spectacular Renovation of 1920’s Home in Arlington, Virginia

Homeowner Challenge: The owners of this charming Virginia home envisioned a whole-house renovation with an addition that integrated flawlessly with the existing architecture. They also wanted to renovate the kitchen and add substantial living space to meet their current needs. The BOWA Solution: A smaller addition was torn down and replaced by a three-level addition that wrapped around the existing home on two adjacent sides. This space includes a large master suite with a gas-log fireplace, a bathroom with a steam shower and soaking tub, and a vanity area with… Read More >

Stunning Backyard and Pool Addition in Alexandria, Virginia

project profile Stunning Backyard and Pool Addition in Alexandria, Virginia

Homeowner Challenge: The challenge for this renovation project was integrating two adjacent properties in a way that worked for the homeowner and overcame an arduous permit process. The design had to be carefully planned so that the properties could still be sold separately in the future if the homeowner desired. The BOWA Solution: By getting involved during the first stages of design, BOWA was able to successfully navigate the architectural team through the permit process and get the project off to a strong start. The homeowners purchased the home as… Read More >