Author Archives: Kathy Kelly Hines

Does Your Living Area Seem Dark or Closed Off?

Many clients come to us wanting “more space” or “an open floor plan.” Sometimes an addition to the home is the solution, while other times reconfiguring the existing footprint allows the homeowners to better utilize the space and achieve their goals with the square footage they already have. In some cases, the renovation involves removing walls to create an open-concept living plan and the feeling of more space. On one of our recent projects in McLean, the clients wanted both an open feel for their main-level and a lovely outdoor living space. One free-flowing area was created by removing walls… Read More >

Middleburg Eccentric – Design A Favorite Space in Your Home

Featured In: Middlebug Eccentric, April 26, 2018 Excerpt: “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. If you don’t already have your favorite space picked out keep in mind a well-planned home renovation can turn an ordinary space into something truly extraordinary. Following are some of our clients’ favorites…Light-Filled Living Room….Family-Friendly Sports Court….A Loft…Spa-Like Master Bath…Dance Studio…” For More Information: Click here to view the full article… Read More >

Clean Slate – A thorough makeover in the Watergate sheds vestiges of the past…

Featured In: Home & Design, May/June 2018 Excerpt:  “A couple with grown kids decided to trade their large DC home for a condo in the Watergate. They were enticed by the landmark building’s enviable location and its dramatic Potomac River views. But the heavy, gilded décor in their 11th-story unit? Not so much. They approached BOWA, a design/build firm that had already completed a handful of updates in the complex, to bring their interiors into the 21st century with modern finishes and an improved, open floor plan that would accentuate vistas of the Georgetown waterfront. Though a previous renovation had… Read More >

Vintage Charm – Joe Ireland puts a fresh face on classic style in a turn-of-the-century Washington home

Featured In: Home & Design, May/June 2018 Excerpt:  “When it comes to real estate, the word “development” conjures images of bland neighborhoods stocked with cookie-cutter houses. Yet the DC area brims with charming residential enclaves that are, in fact, developments. Representing eras ranging from late-Victorian to Mid-Century Modern, many boast their own architectural vernacular. Case in point: a wide, tree-shaded street in Northwest DC lined with foursquare, post-Victorian homes. All are clad in painted stucco, adorned with gracious porches and bordered by picturesque picket fences. A couple purchased one of these abodes in the mid-1980s, hired… …Leaving the layout intact,… Read More >

Qualified Remodeler – 2018 Outdoor Planning Guide

Featured In: Qualified Remodeler, April 2018 Excerpt:  “A property with 175 acres lacked an outdoor entertaining area comfortable for family gatherings yet large enough to host charity events and business functions. The new living space comprises a covered pavilion, multiple sitting areas and an outdoor kitchen, which substantially increases the square footage of the house. An ideal location allows unobstructed views from the outdoor space. The pavilion spotlights a standing seam metal roof, and cable railing further enables a panoramic view of the surrounding land. A graceful staircase leads down to the lower-level patio, where the outdoor kitchen includes a… Read More >

Middleburg Eccentric – Tim Burch and Adam Wertheimer Join BOWA’s Ownership Group

Featured In: Middlebug Eccentric, April 26, 2018 Excerpt: “BOWA, an award-winning residential design and construction firm, is pleased to announce two new company owners, Tim Burch and Adam Wertheimer. With their additions, BOWA now has 19 owners, including a field technician, several project managers, customer service professionals, project leaders and early-on employees and founders. …“I’m pleased to welcome Tim Burch and Adam Wertheimer to our growing Ownership Group,” said Larry Weinberg, Founder and Co-Chairman. “Their hard work, valuable input and commitment to BOWA are exactly what we wanted to reward when we expanded our Ownership Program 11 years ago.”…” For… Read More >

Middleburg Eccentric – BOWA Participates in Middleburg Community Charter School Eagle Scout Project

Featured In: Middlebug Eccentric, April 26, 2018 Excerpt: “On November 2015 Life Scout Noah Mamula submitted a proposal for his Eagle Scout Project—an Outdoor Classroom for the Middleburg Community Charter School (MCCS)—to the BSA District Commissioner for approval. This began the 28-month odyssey of permits, blueprints, fundraising, and construction to make the classroom a reality….By March 2017 the county still had not issued final approval for the structure, but Noah forged on. Next, he needed to secure a construction manager for the project. This was a big one. He just walked into BOWA and Tim Burch in the Middleburg office… Read More >

Tim Burch and Adam Wertheimer Join BOWA’s Ownership Group

McLean, Va. – BOWA is pleased to announce two new company owners, Tim Burch and Adam Wertheimer. With their additions, BOWA now has 19 owners, including a field technician, several project managers, customer service professionals, project leaders and early-on employees and founders. In 1999, BOWA became one of the first remodelers in the nation to offer ownership shares to senior executives. Later, in 2007, the company broadened the Ownership Program making it available to all employees who have been with the firm for at least seven years, or in some cases less. The change was made in keeping with BOWA’s… Read More >

Recent Remodeling Project Highlights from Spring 2018

Please enjoy these recent remodeling project highlights from spring 2018.  To view more project profiles, please visit our Project Types section. Spa Bath with Storage in Arlington By removing the tub and changing the orientation of the shower, BOWA’s Design Team was able to create a floorplan that enhances natural light and creates desired storage. With the addition of overhead lighting and heated flooring, the space is now warm, bright and efficient. The gray floor-to-ceiling marble creates a lovely spa-like feel.                   ***************** Modern Aging in Place in Falls Church As the… Read More >

Kitchen Design Ideas for 2018

Are you looking to freshen up your kitchen?  In today’s world, the kitchen is the heart of the house.  It acts as the center of family life and is often the focal point for social gatherings.  These kitchen design ideas for 2018 may spark inspiration if you’re considering a kitchen renovation or just love beautiful projects. Clever Storage Who doesn’t need more counter space?  One way to maximize your usable space and achieve a clean, sleek aesthetic is to hide all those gadgets. The perfect solution that we’ve been utilizing in our recent kitchen remodels is an appliance garage.  It’s… Read More >

Celebrating 30 Years of Growing Up with Area Families

Featured In: Washington Business Journal, January 26, 2018 Excerpt:  “From our first deck addition to our most recent whole-condo renovation, BOWA has grown up with hundreds of DC-area families over the past 30 years. It has been an honor to help these families to transform their homes to meet their evolving needs. From making room for new additions and improving functionality for busy lives to preparing for aging in place and caring for in-laws, we’ve been there every step of the way….All of us at BOWA are humbled by the opportunities we have had over the past 30 years. The… Read More >

Celebrating 30 Years of Growing Up with Area Families

From our first deck addition to our most recent whole-condo renovation, BOWA has grown up with hundreds of DC-area families over the past 30 years. It has been an honor to help these families transform their homes to meet their evolving needs. From making room for new additions and improving functionality for busy lives to preparing for aging in place and caring for in-laws, we’ve been there every step of the way. A Better Remodeling Experience Why do clients come back to BOWA for a second, third or fifth time? Why do they refer their family and friends without hesitation?  … 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 >

Seven Ways to Add Personality to the Design of Your Kitchen Remodel in McLean

One of the best parts of a kitchen remodel in McLean is customizing the space to meet your needs. While many people would be happy with a kitchen that is functional, practical and reliable, many  homeowners long for the beautiful details and customized features that truly make the space their own. Here are seven ideas to customize your kitchen remodel in McLean: 1) Creative Cabinets: As there are no longer set rules, cabinetry is a great area for easily adding personality to a kitchen. Cabinets can range in color from light to dark and even feature contrasting colors or complementary… Read More >

Recent Remodeling Project Highlights from Fall 2017

Please enjoy these recent remodeling project highlights from fall 2017.  To view more project profiles, please visit our Project Types section. Industrial Chic in Dupont Circle BOWA’s in-house design team took this row home from traditional to industrial with custom steel, perforated stairs that allow natural light to flow from the top-floor skylight. Concrete floors and an exposed brick wall enhance the industrial chic design and highlight the owner’s vintage commercial signs.                     ***************** Full Renovation of McLean Landmark This 1910 home was in disrepair and needed a whole-house renovation to… Read More >

The Local Real Estate and Remodeling Markets Stay Hot

How we can help and why now is the time to remodel The DC housing market has stayed hot for some time now. It’s been named the third most-active market in the nation, exceeded only by Colorado Springs and Chicago. What does this mean for those looking to buy or remodel? As a homeowner, this could mean a few different things depending on your situation. Should you avoid the bidding wars and transform your current house into your dream home? Or maybe take this opportunity to sell your home for the most profit possible? Now is the time to pay… Read More >

7 Must-Do Steps to Get Your Home Ready for Winter

Did you know the first freeze typically occurs in October in the Washington, DC area? With that in mind, despite the recent mild temperatures, now is the time to start planning for the winter ahead. Exterior home preparation is critical to helping your home weather the harsh winter elements and avoiding damage. Consider the following steps to get your home ready for winter. Shut Off Your Hose Bibs Hose bibs are the water faucets to which your gardening hoses attach. Every year basements become flooded because water is allowed to remain inside the pipes through the freezing winter months, which… Read More >

Weinberg Elected Chair of Potomac Conservancy

Just one example of BOWA’s long-standing commitment to serving the community McLean, Va. – BOWA is pleased to announce that Larry Weinberg, one of the firm’s founders, has been elected Chairman of the Board for Potomac Conservancy. Potomac Conservancy is the region’s leading clean water advocate, fighting to ensure the Potomac River boasts clean drinking water, healthy lands, and connected communities. The nonprofit combines the grassroots power of 21,000 members and online activists with local land conservation and policy initiatives to clean up and protect the Potomac River. Weinberg has worked with the group in several capacities since 2010. “I… Read More >

Plan an Outdoor Renovation in Loudoun, VA

Loudoun County is one of the most incredible places in Virginia with its rolling countryside and beautiful views. This is truly the perfect place to create an amazing outdoor living space for entertaining or simply relaxing in your down time.  If your outdoor space isn’t doing much living these days, consider these inspiring ideas for an outdoor renovation in Loudoun. Screened Porch Screened porches are a traditional go-to for homeowners who want to enjoy a bug-free time outdoors. Screen walls allow you to breathe in the fresh air and take in the scenery without worrying about pesky mosquitoes or other… Read More >

Design a Custom Kitchen Island with Style, Purpose and Functionality

The kitchen is the heart of the home for many homeowners and, with careful planning and consideration, can be a valuable tool for keeping your home and family running smoothly. One of the most important parts of the kitchen design is the island. The kitchen island can provide a lot of functionality while adding style and purpose to the room. The Purpose of the Kitchen Island To design the perfect island, you must first ask yourself how you anticipate using the space, both now and in the future? This multi-purpose area may be used for any or all of the… Read More >

Bethesda Magazine: Ask the Home Experts

I’ve heard the renovation nightmares; how can I avoid them? Look for a company that addresses common remodeling concerns up front. At BOWA, our Peace of Mind Promises allow clients to move forward with confidence and actually enjoy their remodeling experience. We start with fanatical customer service, which is our company’s number one core value. Our solution to calm fears about budget overruns is a promise of no pricing surprises.  From guaranteed budget ranges and open-book budgets to fixed-price contracts and change authorization pre-approval, our clients have line-by-line visibility into where every dollar is spent. BOWA’s schedule guarantee ensures that… Read More >

Before you Purchase a Home, Make Sure You Understand your Options

Many homeowners are disappointed each year after purchasing a home with plans of a future renovation. Unfortunately, when it’s time to take the next step, they learn of limitations that thwart their plans. Perhaps they wanted to add onto the new home, but learn of HOA or property restrictions. Or they wanted to add a second story, but find the structure won’t support it. Or the estimated cost is more than they anticipated.  A purchase consultation is the perfect way to evaluate the home before your purchase. Stay & Remodel or Buy & Remodel We often find ourselves helping house… Read More >

Design Build Capitol Hill Renovation

project profile Design Build Capitol Hill Renovation

Homeowner Challenge: The homeowners of this 1880’s Capitol Hill rowhouse wished to renovate the old, cramped kitchen to better accommodate their lifestyle and love of entertaining. Additionally, they wanted to improve the flow between the first-floor spaces and the rear yard. The BOWA Solution: The back wall of the kitchen was bumped out and an awkward wall removed. The existing door was relocated and the new addition maximizes natural light and allows for easy access to the remodeled rear yard. A center island offers plenty of space for food preparation and storage. The… Read More >

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 >

BOWA’s 2017 Summer Design Discount Seen as Great Benefit by Many Clients

Start designing your next project with BOWA and be one step closer to your HOT savings! Are you interested in a BOWA-quality remodel for less? If so, BOWA’s Summer Design Discount is the answer and now’s the time to get started! This value-driven program offers clients the high standard of quality, service and aftercare that has earned BOWA the loyalty of so many clients at a significantly reduced cost. This year’s program is LIMITED TO 5 DESIGN BUILD PROJECTS and is offered in exchange for some flexibility in a winter start date. Given the response in previous years, we expect… Read More >

Is it Possible to Enjoy Remodeling?

BOWA’s Peace of Mind Promises Address Common Concerns so you can Enjoy Remodeling What if we could promise you a remarkable remodeling experience? One where you could count on your remodeler to go above and beyond while standing behind their work, deliver your project on time and on budget, and actually leave your neighbors singing their praises. Believe it or not, it is possible. As part of our client-first approach, BOWA’s Peace of Mind Promises are designed to address common remodeling concerns. Our hope is that these promises allow you to move forward with confidence and actually enjoy your remodeling… Read More >

Recent Project Highlights from Spring 2017

Please enjoy these recent project highlights from spring 2017.  To view more project profiles, please visit our Project Types section. Kosher Kitchen Remodel in DC The owner of this 1913 Victorian house in Cleveland Park wished to update and modernize the existing kosher kitchen to make it more functional. The project included removing walls to capture adjacent space and create better flow, and features a large, L-shaped island, two-toned cabinets and a dramatic industrial aesthetic. ***************** Universal Design Master Suite Renovation in McLean Keeping to the existing footprint, the master bath renovation features clean lines, beautiful fixtures and custom details… Read More >

Your Condo Advisor: It’s a Matter of Trust and Experience

When selecting a financial advisor, are you more comfortable with the new grad or the seasoned professional with a track record of helping clients achieve their specific goals? As much as I want to support recent grads, I know where my money belongs. These principles also apply when approaching a condo remodel. With more than 20 years of high-end condo renovation experience, I can say unequivocally it is a very specialized niche. Success requires residential expertise, a profound understanding of commercial systems and established relationships with building contacts and specialized subcontractors. With a proven advisor by your side, you can… 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 >

Springtime Cleaning – Natural Cleaning Solutions and Quick Fixes

Whether you’re happy to see winter go or sad that we didn’t have much of one, now is the time to start thinking about giving your home a well-deserved spring cleaning. From tips for natural cleaning solutions to quick fixes, we have you covered. And the best part – you may already own most of the ingredients you need! Natural Cleaning Solutions: Because your home and family deserve only the very best, consider using natural cleaning solutions that will not only be effective in achieving desired results, but will also be safer for the environment. Lemon or Lemon Essential Oil… Read More >

Are You Going About Your Condo Search the Right Way?

Consider These Condominium Search Tips The renovation of luxury condominium apartments continues to be one of the fastest growing segments of what we specialize in at BOWA.  While we’ve done this type of work for over two decades, there is no question the pace and frequency has increased in recent years. At this point, we’re fortunate to have five to seven condo renovations in the works at any given time.  A quick glance around the DC metropolitan region shows this is in line not only with purchase statistics, but also with the much-publicized trend of folks moving toward the condo… 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 >

BOWA NAMED 2017 REGIONAL CONTRACTOR OF THE YEAR BY NARI

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry Names Winners of Annual Competition McLean, Va. – BOWA (bowa.com), a residential design and construction firm specializing in luxury additions and renovations, is pleased to announce that the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) has named BOWA the 2017 Southeast Regional CotY TM winner in the Entire House Over $1,000,000 category. “With projects ranging from master suites and kitchens to whole-home renovations such as this one, it’s an honor to be recognized by our industry leaders for our work at this and all levels,” said Josh Baker, Founder and Co-Chairman at BOWA.… Read More >

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 >

Washingtonian Profiles – BOWA – 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 marries the delicate handling… Read More >

Great Career Opportunities with BOWA – Who Should We Hire?

Do you know any carpenters, laborers, designers or sales people who are looking to build a great career? Folks who are customer-focused, eager to grow and want to work with a highly respected industry leader? If so, take a look at BOWA’s current opportunities and descriptions on our Careers page – https://bowa.com/our-story/careers/  Our list of upcoming projects keeps growing and to meet the demand we are hiring team members for a number of new positions here at BOWA. Why Build a Career with BOWA? Stability – 29-year-old company with solid revenues, plans for steady growth and an average employee tenure… Read More >

BOWA Named “Best of Houzz” for Design and Service in 2017

For the fourth year in a row, BOWA has been honored with at least one Best of Houzz award — this year earning two! McLean, Va. – BOWA (bowa.com), an award-winning residential design build firm specializing in luxury additions and renovations, was chosen as both the Best of Houzz Design and Best of Houzz Service by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community. BOWA was selected from more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals. “We’re honored to be recognized again as the Best of Houzz in both the Design… Read More >

BOWA is Washingtonian’s Face of Luxury Condo Renovations

We’re pleased to be included in Washingtonian’s January 2017 issue as “The Face of Luxury Condo Renovations.” Our team certainly has the depth and breadth of experience, relationships and specialized methodologies needed to be successful on the most complex of condominium remodeling projects. 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,… Read More >

Want to Avoid Ice Damming? Consider these Tips

An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the eave or valley of a roof preventing proper drainage. This occurs when snow melts and slides to cooler portions of the roof and quickly refreezes creating the barrier or dam. The risk arises if additional melting occurs and water pools behind the dam. Costly damage may occur if the sitting water seeps between the shingle layers, wetting the roof deck and leaking into the home below. Visible signs of damage may include dislodged roof shingles, water-stained ceilings, peeling paint, damaged plaster, etc. As other damage may not be… Read More >

Luxury Kalorama Condo Renovation in Washington, DC

project profile Luxury Kalorama Condo Renovation in Washington DC

Homeowner Challenge: Having recently purchased a condominium in an historic building in the Kalorama neighborhood of Washington, DC, the homeowners initiated a complete restoration of the unit which had not been updated in many years. The challenge of this particular project was restoring a unit in a building dating back to the early 1900’s, bringing it up to code, and working within the confines of an eighth floor Kalorama condo unit. The BOWA Solution: Drawing on years of experience in condo renovations, BOWA was able to carefully manage the logistics of… 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 >

Multi-space Renovation in Potomac, Maryland

project profile Multi-Space Renovation in Potomac, Maryland

Homeowner Challenge: This remodeling project in Potomac, MD posed several challenges for the design build team.  The clients wanted to turn their unfinished basement into an exciting and varied entertainment space for the whole family, add a pool and pool house and create a sunroom. The most significant challenge of this project was the tight lot on which the house sat. The size made it extremely difficult to get the required equipment into the backyard for the pool and whole-house generator installations. The BOWA Solution: BOWA’s careful coordination of the project architecture and… Read More >

The other guy: Why you need to know Revolution’s Donn Davis

Featured In: Washington Business Journal Excerpt: “…It’s time to meet Donn Davis. Finally. You’ve undoubtedly seen him around. He’s not tall, but not short. He’s got short brown hair, thin wireframe glasses and a newly installed beard (his wife convinced him to grow it out). He’s the guy who’s always throwing out some sports metaphor or that funny joke. To say Davis is often — nay, almost always — overlooked in the swirl of publicity, excitement and energy that surround Case and Leonsis is like describing the Grand Canyon as “pretty” or the Marianas Trench as “deep.” It fails to… 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 >

Recent Project Highlights – Fall 2016

Please enjoy these highlights of our recently finished projects.  To view more project profiles, please visit our Project Types section. Striking Whole-House Renovation The homeowners’ of this lovely McLean house wanted to revitalize their home by adding modern finishes into the design. BOWA was able to create a brighter, more functional kitchen; a more inviting foyer; a charming home office, and a luxurious master bathroom that suited all of the homeowners’ needs.     ***************** Spacious Two-Story Addition This DC family wanted to add more space to their home but their options were limited due to a tight lot. BOWA designed… 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 >

Asking the Right Questions to Avoid a Renovation Nightmare

We’ve all heard folks express frustration about home renovations gone awry. Mishaps ranging from projects dragging on to budgets being disregarded to contractors not showing up are all common themes. But it doesn’t need to be that way. To help you avoid common renovation nightmares, consider these questions to ask yourself and/or your potential remodeler before getting started. Should I hire a design build firm or an architect first? When remodeling your home you have many options ranging from hiring an architect and builder separately to piecemealing with many sub­contractors to hiring a design build firm like BOWA. Based on… 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 >

Tips to Improve the Air Quality in Your Home

You might be surprised to learn that recent scientific evidence suggests air inside your home can be even more polluted than outdoor air. With millions of people suffering from asthma and allergies, it’s a good idea to question whether the air in your home might be negatively affecting your family’s health. Fortunately, there are things that can be done to reduce the build-up of indoor air pollutants, thus improving the overall air quality and helping to protect your family. Following are three basic strategies. Control Sources Source control is considered to be the most effective way of reducing indoor pollutants.… Read More >