Author Archives: Ashton Lee

Transitional Style with Contemporary Finishes in Reston Whole-House Remodel

project profile Transitional Style with Contemporary Finishes in Reston Whole-House Remodel

Homeowner Challenge: Our client’s previous home was a large, custom house that provided more space, but left the family feeling distant from each other. She desired a smaller footprint, with a more comfortable environment for her three daughters. When she found this home by a lake in Reston, she saw its potential as a “cozy treehouse” filled with light. However, it needed a renovation to take it from dated and inefficient to the comfortable, inviting home of her dreams. The BOWA Solution: The design included updating the entire home… Read More >

BOWA’s Tim Burch Featured in Netflix Series

McLean, Va. – BOWA is pleased to announce that Tim Burch will make a guest appearance as Project Manager on Netflix’s original series Stay Here. In the first episode, Tim joins TLC’s Trading Spaces star Genevieve Gorder and real estate expert Peter Lorimer to transform a historic DC firehouse into one of the city’s most unique AirBnB rentals. While a production schedule such as this is not appropriate for a “real world” whole-house remodel, watch as he and the team work around the clock to renovate the two-story loft apartment in only three days. This isn’t Tim’s first time managing… Read More >

Basement Remodel in McLean Perfect for Entertaining

project profile Basement Renovation in McLean Perfect for Entertaining

Homeowner Challenge: Our client recently moved from a townhome to this single-family home in McLean. With more space, he was excited to do more entertaining. However, he knew the basement would remain underutilized if something wasn’t done to address the closed-off feeling and darkness in that level of the home. He wanted to maximize the space to entertain guests and allow easy access to the backyard pool area. The BOWA Solution: In this basement remodel, the BOWA team opened the space by removing one of the bedrooms in the basement, which… Read More >

Tudor Whole-House Remodel in Chevy Chase, MD

project profile Tudor Whole-House Remodel in Chevy Chase, MD

Homeowner Challenge: This Tudor-style home in Chevy Chase lacked flow of both the floorplan and natural light. The original main-level layout was very compartmentalized and void of easy connections between rooms, leaving the space feeling dark, cold and closed off. The small kitchen had no room for entertaining, while other rooms were left underutilized due to the awkward layout. The master suite only had one small walk-in closet and a dated bathroom. Ultimately, the homeowner desired an open floorplan and more usable space to enjoy with her children and grandchildren when… Read More >

Transitional Row-Home Remodel in Georgetown, DC

project profile Transitional Row-Home Remodel in Georgetown, DC

Homeowner Challenge: The space available in this end-unit brownstone is enviable for any rowhome in DC. The bones of the home were perfect for our clients and their growing family, but updates needed to be made to the basement, kitchen and master bathroom to make the home more efficient for family life. The basement was dark and unwelcoming, and the original layout did not meet the family’s needs. The master bathroom was cramped and in serious need of a refresh. Key elements throughout the home needed to be updated to better match… Read More >

Modern Whole-House Renovation in Arlington, Virginia

project profile Modern Whole-House Renovation in Arlington, Virginia

Homeowner Challenge: The cookie-cutter aesthetic of this home did not match the owner’s sleek, contemporary design ideas. It originally featured traditional, beige tones in the fixtures, walls and floors, which felt dated and old-fashioned. The kitchen and master bathroom both functioned awkwardly, and the staircase was an unwelcoming focal point at the main entrance of the house. The homeowner knew a renovation could make this house a modern oasis. The BOWA Solution: By carefully selecting design details and reconfiguring rooms, the home was transformed into a contemporary space. The staircase went from… Read More >

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’s 30th Anniversary Cookbook

We Want Your Recipes! Do you have a recipe that’s always a hit? Does your family recipe deserve the spotlight? Or do your mixology skills stand out at parties? Send your recipes our way! We are currently gathering the ingredients to produce a cookbook in honor of our 30th Anniversary. The book will feature beautiful kitchen photos and recipes submitted by our friends, clients and partners. Anything from appetizers, entrees, desserts or even your favorite cocktails can be sent to us for consideration. Send your recipes to [email protected] Photos of you creating or enjoying your finished product in your BOWA… Read More >

Master Bathroom Renovation with Plenty of Storage in Arlington, Virginia

project profile Master Bathroom Renovation with Plenty of Storage in Arlington, Virginia

Homeowner Challenge: This first-floor master bathroom was originally large, cold and cave-like. One homeowner didn’t even use this shower because of the lack of lighting and warmth, opting instead to use the second-floor bathroom. The challenge of this remodel was maximizing the natural light while creating a more usable, desirable space with plenty of storage. The BOWA Solution: The BOWA In-House Design team created a floorplan that enhances the natural light from the existing sklylight and improves the use of the space. By removing the tub and changing… Read More >

Phased Renovation in Great Falls, VA – Interior and Exterior

project profile Phased Interior and Exterior Renovation in Great Falls, VA

Homeowner Challenge: When the homeowners purchased this home built in 1999, they knew they’d want to renovate to make this builder-grade home their own. The finishes and designs of the bathrooms were dated, and the rear yard area around the existing pool needed a facelift so they could better entertain guests and fix drainage issues. While the home had a great foundation, the homeowners knew a renovation could really enhance the design and their enjoyment of the property. The BOWA Solution: With an understanding of the homeowner’s complete “wish… Read More >

Achieve More with an Experienced Condo Renovation Expert

So, you recently found or have been living in a condo with the perfect building amenities and a fantastic location, but the design of your space can use some work. Your wish list may include renovating the kitchen or bath, installing state-of-the-art technology, creating storage solutions, updating the style or reconfiguring the entire space. At BOWA, we’ve handled all these requests and more many, many times, giving us the experience and know-how necessary to ensure success on your condo renovation. When it comes to condo renovations, it makes sense that many of the trends popular in single-family living are flowing… Read More >

BOWA Remodeling Expert Doug Horgan to Speak at Three Residential Construction Events this March

McLean, Va. – BOWA is pleased to announce that our Vice President of Best Practices, Doug Horgan, will be speaking at three conferences in March 2018 covering various aspects of building science. He will share the best practices he’s learned throughout his career in residential construction. Capital Area Custom Residential Architects Network March 7, 2018: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM Maggiano’s Restaurant at Friendship Heights Summer Moisture: Problems and Solutions – Doug will share lessons learned over decades of evaluating, repairing, and most importantly, preventing summer-time moisture issues. Profusely illustrated with over 100 photos and presented in an open discussion… Read More >

Modern Aging in Place Renovation in Falls Church, VA

project profile Modern Aging in Place Renovation in Falls Church, VA

Homeowner Challenge: This 1950s ranch was renovated by the owner shortly after purchasing it in 1991, so it was time to again do some updating to allow for another 25 years of ownership. The project needed to address maintenance issues, upgrade building materials and adjust the layout. The homeowner wanted to stay true to the mid-century modern style of the home. The BOWA Solution: BOWA’s design team created a plan to make this home comfortable for the owner for years to come. To achieve the larger master suite the… Read More >

Design Details to Keep Your Home Cozy

With winter upon us, you probably have your thermostats and fireplaces running on all cylinders to keep your home toasty and comfortable. But did you know there are other things you can do to help keep your home warm? Following are a few winter design details to make your home more comfortable and efficient, and create the cozy environment you desire. Heated Towel Racks This is the quickest way to add warmth to your winter! It’s the time of the year when getting out of the shower means braving the cool air and a cold towel, but not with a… Read More >

Washingtonian Profiles – The Face of Luxury Condo Renovations

The Face of Luxury Condo Renovations If you’re considering the luxury condominium lifestyle, then your first call should be to BOWA. With projects ranging from kitchens and baths to combined-unit renovations, BOWA has more condo remodeling experience than anyone in the area. Our relationships with realtors and building managers allow us to help identify and quickly evaluate units. Once we dive into design, our experts know the tricks for customizing ample storage, ensuring privacy, replicating a gourmet kitchen, making the space feel more open and more – all common concerns when transitioning from a single-family home. Our production team then… 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 >

Qualified Remodeler Top 500 Profile: From the Ground Up

Featured In: Qualified Remodeler Top 500  No. 52 BOWA focuses on developing employees as well as satisfying customers to construct a trustworthy brand. While attending the University of Virginia, Larry Weinberg and Josh Baker started a friendship before entering the corporate world as an accountant and a chemist, respectively. Not long after, they decided to pursue their own business venture and create a remodeling company. Weinberg had worked as a roofing laborer during high school but, otherwise, the pair lacked a background. “We had no experience at all,” says Baker, who admits he had never toiled with power tools. “We… Read More >

Kitchen and Master Suite Upgrade for Fairfax Station Home

project profile Kitchen and Master Suite Upgrade for Fairfax Station Home

Homeowner Challenge: The owners of this Fairfax Station home knew the location and property size were perfect for their growing family. However, the standard builder-grade finishes and layout didn’t fit their design goals and space needs. The kitchen was too small for this family of six, the master bathroom needed to be more relaxing, and with news of their fourth child on the way during the design period, the family needed a fifth bedroom. The BOWA Solution: The BOWA design team created a master plan for the family based… Read More >

BOWA Welcomes Alexandria Native to Growing Project Leader Team

Caroline Goree joins award-winning home remodeling firm to lead Alexandria projects McLean, Va. – BOWA, bowa.com, an award-winning residential design and construction firm specializing in renovations ranging from master suites and kitchens to whole-house and whole-condo remodels, announces Caroline Goree has joined the team as its newest Project Leader. An Alexandria resident, Caroline brings a diverse background in high-end interior design and real estate, and will be focusing on developing our client base in that community. “Caroline’s background and knowledge of the Alexandria market will make her a valuable team member,” said Josh Baker, co-founder of BOWA.  “Her experience in… 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 >

Coming Soon to McLean – King’s Manor Home Cleanup Day

Please join us for our upcoming McLean Home Cleanup Day on Saturday, October 14th, co-sponsored by BOWA and your neighbor, Karen Briscoe of HBC Group.  It’s our way of saying thank you to the King’s Manor community where we live and work.  Let us help you get a head start on your pre-holiday cleaning and assist in disposing of your unwanted clutter! Hosted at Karen’s home, we are pleased to be partnering once again with 123Junk who will be on hand to collect items for donation, recycling and disposal.  You can read more about 123Junk’s charity partners as well as… Read More >

Kitchen Renovation for a Chef in Vienna, VA

project profile Kitchen Renovation for a Chef in Vienna, VA

Homeowner Challenge: This 1975 split-level house was dark, cramped and the floor plan did not allow the owners to easily entertain guests. The sunken living room off the kitchen created a tripping hazard and obstructed the flow of the space. The homeowners knew the small, dated kitchen and awkward layout of the main level would require renovation to suit their family’s needs. The BOWA Solution: BOWA in-house designers went to work to bring this 1970s home into the 21st century. The BOWA team started by relocating the original “magic triangle”… Read More >

Coming Soon to Westmoreland Hills Park – BOWA Home Cleanup & Shred Day

In conjunction with the Westmoreland Citizens Association and as a thank you to the communities in which we live and work, BOWA and Wydler Brothers will be holding the 3rd Annual Home Cleanup Day in Bethesda on Sunday, October 15th.  Get ready for fall by letting us assist in disposing of your unwanted clutter! We are pleased to be partnering with 123Junk who will be on hand to collect items for donation, recycling and disposal.  You can read more about 123Junk’s charity partners as well as acceptable items by clicking on the logo below.  This year you can also bring… Read More >

Coming Soon to Potomac – BOWA Home Cleanup & Shred Day

In conjunction with the Civic Association of River Falls and as a thank you to the communities in which we live and work, BOWA will be holding a Home Cleanup Day in Potomac on Saturday, September 16th.  Get ready for fall by letting us assist in disposing of your unwanted clutter! We are pleased to be partnering with 123Junk who will be on hand to collect items for donation, recycling and disposal.  You can read more about 123Junk’s charity partners as well as acceptable items by clicking on the logo below.  You can also bring your unwanted personal documents for… Read More >

Reduce the Risk of “Drip, drip, drip…”, Select a Condo Remodeling Expert

The simple sound of “drip, drip, drip…” in a condo can cause serious panic. Is it rain outside? An air conditioning drip? A toilet or shower leak? As one leak can affect many floors of a condominium building, your worries aren’t just about your individual unit, but also those of your surrounding neighbors. So, when it comes time to remodel, it is critical that you and your neighbors select a condo remodeling expert to properly manage your investment and the complex nature of condominium renovations. Despite what others might say, expertise in the specialized niche of condominium remodeling can only… Read More >

Industrial Chic Row Home Renovation in Dupont Circle, DC

project profile Industrial Chic Row Home Renovation in Dupont Circle, DC

Homeowner Challenge: The young couple who purchased this 1885 row home in Dupont Circle knew they would need to renovate to fit their growing family and unique design ideas. The townhouse’s traditional design was dated and didn’t match their personalities. The challenges of this renovation included a lack of natural light, a closed floor plan, and a generally dated look. The BOWA Solution: A renovation that touched almost every part of the house began with the BOWA team redesigning the dated stairs that obstructed the flow of natural light… Read More >

Condo Remodeling Tips from one of BOWA’s Resident Experts

Have your kids left the nest? Have you looked at your single-family home recently and thought, “Is it worth all this work?” Or are you looking to move to a more energetic part of the city? Then perhaps the condominium lifestyle is for you! Listen here to Steve Kirstein’s condo remodeling tips. When it comes to selecting the right unit for your family the available inventory is greatly expanded when you’re open to the idea of remodeling. However, without the right team, the process can be challenging. That’s where BOWA comes in. Our experts can guide you through the entire… Read More >

Addition and Renovation to Landmark Home in McLean, Virginia

project profile Addition and Renovation to Landmark Home in McLean, Virginia

Homeowner Challenge: After living abroad for over 20 years, the owners of this property returned to the states and the home they had rented out while they were gone. Built in 1910, the property had unfortunately fallen into disrepair.  The house had settled over time and needed significant structural work to stabilize the foundation, level the floors and stairs, and make the home secure again.  The challenge was to bring the home up to livable standards with modern updates, while keeping the charm of this landmark property. The BOWA… Read More >