Author Archives: Kathy Kelly Hines

Stay & Remodel or Buy & Remodel – Webinar Recording

Does your home fall short when it comes to meeting your family’s evolving needs but you’re unsure of your options? BOWA’s Chris Smith and Washington Fine Properties’ Alyssa Crilley share helpful tips to consider when evaluating the right path for your home and family. Our team has vast experience helping families decide whether to stay and remodel their current homes or purchase something new, and share insight into the process for each.  If you’re torn between remodeling and moving, this on-demand webinar and a purchase consultation is for you.  If you have additional questions or need help evaluating your options,… Read More >

7 Questions to Ask to Remodel with Confidence – Webinar Recording

Jumping into a remodeling project can feel like a big leap, but there are questions you can ask yourself, your family and the firms you’re interviewing to help you move forward with confidence knowing you’ll get the experience and results you desire. BOWA’s Josh Baker, a remodeling veteran with over 32 years of experience, shares the questions and other inside tips to help anyone considering a renovation. If you have additional questions on how to achieve a successful remodeling experience or there is anything else we can do to be of assistance, please contact us.  … Read More >

Healthy-Home Secrets from BOWA’s Building Scientist – Webinar Recording

BOWA’s experts, Lisa Magee and Doug Horgan, discuss tips for improving the health and happiness of your home. This session provides an introduction to air quality, the impact of light and the orientation of surroundings, and they share how these things can be modified to create a healthy home and improve your happiness. There are plenty of helpful Q&As at the end, and you’re sure to walk away with some helpful information. Doug even shares his recommendation for brands of LED bulbs and his favorite in-home air quality monitor. If you have additional questions on the subject or there is… Read More >

Sharing Our Favorite Things – Our Favorite Recipes

We’re all familiar with the classic film, The Sound of Music and this line from the famous song, “When the dog bites, When the bee stings, When I’m feeling sad, I simply remember my favorite things, And then I don’t feel so bad…”  (You might even get a chuckle from this parody of the song!) Since we’re all in this together, we thought it would be fun to share a few of our favorite things to bring a smile to your face and help you pass the time! Our inaugural list includes some of the BOWA Team’s favorite recipes that… Read More >

Coronavirus Safety Measures – Keeping our Employees, Clients and the Community Safe

During this unprecedented battle against coronavirus, the safety of our employees, clients and community is our top priority. We understand that, while we are still permitted to work in clients’ homes, this is a privilege that comes with tremendous responsibility. Our employees take this responsibility to heart and are following enhanced precautions to ensure we are operating in accordance with all Federal and jurisdictional guidelines during construction, project planning and post-project support. Following are some of the coronavirus safety measures our team is taking: Masks are required for all employees, subcontractors and visitors entering a home. This applies to active… Read More >

Virtual Renovation Design: Challenging Times Encourage Us to Work Smarter

BOWA Has the Tools and Experience to Safely and Productively Collaborate with Clients Remotely Despite the Current Coronavirus Situation The understatement of the day is this is certainly an interesting time for all of us. Between a declared coronavirus pandemic and the related economic uncertainty, we’re all still trying to figure out what this means for our families, communities, businesses and country. Some might look at the current situation and shutdown in panic.  While others might recognize that this too shall pass, and often, in times of adversity, we’ve discovered some of our greatest strengths and advances as people and… Read More >

BOWA Free Design Services – A Thank You to Our Community

As a thank you to our community, we’re offering 4 hours of design advice on us! When faced with challenges, the comfort and security of our homes mean more to us than ever. But even the little things can make a huge difference when we’re spending more time at home. BOWA is here to help with it all! Whether you need help selecting a color palette, laying out furniture or getting started on a kitchen renovation, give us a call to tap into the the knowledge of our experienced designers. Our Design Team is ready to learn about your challenges,… Read More >

BOWA Wins Best of Houzz 2020 for Design and Service

McLean, Va. – BOWA is pleased to announce it has won Best Of Houzz 2020 awards in both the Design and Customer Service categories on Houzz®, the leading platform for home renovation and design. The residential design and construction firm specializing in luxury additions and renovations was chosen by the millions of homeowners that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 2.5 million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals. The Best Of Houzz 2020 badge is awarded annually, in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design awards honor professionals whose work was the most popular among… Read More >

Condo Remodeling Storage Tips – Capturing Extra Space

Many of our condo renovations are for clients downsizing from single-family homes. In their original houses, storage was rarely a concern with walk-in master closets, custom built-ins, and large kitchens with ample cabinetry. While condominiums don’t always offer these spacious luxuries, we have found ways to increase storage options with creative design solutions. If you’re interested in maximizing every square inch, here are some condo remodeling storage tips to consider. Expand the Master Closet Many master suites include a fair amount of “extra” or underutilized space. Besides the necessary functions, they may also feature separate spaces for a desk, small… Read More >

Use the Holidays to Plan your Perfect Renovation

It’s that time of year when hosting family and friends becomes a regular occurrence, and weather finds us entertaining more inside than out. Whether you’ll have a bustling full house or quiet family gatherings, the holidays are a great opportunity to evaluate the functionality of your space. For instance, when family and friends arrive, where do they gather? Are they able to mingle easily?  Does your home suit your specific needs?  Do guests feel welcomed and comfortable or in the way? If you’re considering a renovation, the holidays are the perfect time to start your planning!  When the dishes are… Read More >

Remodeling Planning for your Future Home Needs

Are you at a stage of life that has you thinking about changes to your living situation? Are you beginning to think about remodeling planning for your future home needs? Perhaps you’re now empty nesters, planning for your retirement years or looking for something that requires less maintenance. Clients frequently turn to us for guidance on these decisions. Some want to make their current homes more comfortable, while others are considering transitioning to a smaller home or even a condo lifestyle. The possibilities are endless and can feel overwhelming. The good news is, we’re happy to help. Universal Design There… Read More >

Before and After Photos of Remodeling Projects – Fall 2019 Edition

Please enjoy these before and after photos of remodeling projects.  To view more project profiles, please visit our Project Types section. Luxury Kitchen Update in Great Falls In this Great Falls house, the kitchen did not reflect the entertaining capabilities of the rest of the home. A structural wall was moved to expand the footprint of the kitchen and create a large pantry. A beautiful island provides plenty of space for gatherings and a nearby custom banquette is great for everyday meals. See more photos.   ***************** His & Hers Dream Master Bathroom in McLean, VA The clients loved aspects… Read More >

Condo Remodeling Lighting Tips – Want More Light in Your Life?

Many of our condo clients, especially those transitioning from single-family living, have concerns about their units not having enough light. The challenge is, there is often only one exterior wall with access to natural light and limited hours per day when the sun’s shining in. As such, we’re frequently asked for help in making the space feel bright and welcoming. Here are a few condo remodeling lighting tips we’ve gathered over the years. Add Recessed Lighting:  Particularly in a condo, adding recessed lighting can make a huge difference in the overall feel of the space. Unfortunately, installation requirements of the… Read More >

3D Renderings Improve Remodeling Design Experience

At BOWA, we strive to apply a client-first approach to every step of the process. From the guidance provided by our Project Leaders to the availability of our Customer Service Team long after a project is completed, our goal is to deliver a wonderful client experience. The approach taken by our In-House Design Team is no exception. Since taking leadership of the design department, TJ Monahan has worked diligently to streamline and enhance the design phase to deliver a more client-friendly experience. Traditionally, project design was a two-dimensional (2D) endeavor. Designers created and presented flat, static floorplans and a handful… Read More >

Recent Remodeling Project Highlights – Spring 2019 Edition

Please enjoy these recent remodeling project highlights including stunning before and after photos.  To view more project profiles, please visit our Project Types section. Chevy Chase Whole-House Remodel The original home was compartmentalized and lacked easy flow between rooms, leaving it feeling dark, cold and closed off. The renovation opened and connected spaces to create a light-filled home with smooth transitions and comfortable areas for daily use and hosting. The new walled garden creates privacy for outdoor entertaining.  This wonderful project was also honored as a Grand Award Winner in the local Contractor of the Year competition.   ***************** Blending… Read More >

Understand Your Options Before Buying a Home to Remodel

If you or someone you know is contemplating buying a home, a BOWA Purchase Consultation should be part of the process. Unfortunately, many new buyers are disappointed after purchasing when they discover limitations that thwart their plans to remodel. Perhaps there are HOA or property restrictions, structural limitations or estimated remodeling costs are more than anticipated. A BOWA Purchase Consultation is the perfect way to evaluate your options. Stay & Remodel or Buy & Remodel We often find ourselves helping house hunters decide whether to stay in their existing home and remodel or buy something new and remodel.  The answer… Read More >

Doug Horgan featured on The Versatex Way’s “A Building Science Perspective”

BOWA’s VP of Best Practices Doug Horgan makes a guest appearance on The Versatex Way, a podcast covering a variety of construction-related topics. In this episode, Doug shares his take on building science best practices and how things have evolved over the years.  Doug mentions some of his favorite tools and how he approaches trouble shooting and process improvement. A consummate learner, Doug explains how he got started in the industry, his path for continued learning and his love of teaching.  Doug details how he shares his insights with others in BOWA as well as the broader remodeling community.  He… Read More >

A Discount on BOWA Remodeling? Act Now for our 2019 Summer Design Discount

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 homeowners the high standard of quality, service and aftercare that has earned BOWA the loyalty of so many clients at a significantly reduced cost. The 2019 program is LIMITED TO 5 DESIGN BUILD PROJECTS and is offered in exchange for some flexibility in a winter start date (2019-2020). Given the response in previous years, we… Read More >

BOWA Featured in Bob Vila List of Beautiful Basements

Featured On: bobvila.com, February 2019 Excerpt: “Give your unfinished basement a new lease on life. With the help of designers, these homeowners turned their drab basements into stylish entertainment and relaxation destinations. Forget TV rooms, dens, and guest suites. These inspired hideaways are the new look for finished basements…Keep in shape the fun way—with an indoor sports pitch. This BOWA-designed room, complete with cushioned walls, rubberized floors, and a basketball hoop, could help transform determined amateurs into champions…Is it a theater or an arena? In this sports-themed basement from BOWA, stadium-style signage, carpeting that mimics perfectly mowed grass, and a… Read More >

Middleburg Eccentric – Give in to Your Urge to Hibernate

Featured In: Middleburg Eccentric, January 2019 Excerpt: “A fire in the fireplace, snow falling outside, and a warm beverage to keep you extra toasty. The bitter cold of winter has certainly arrived leaving many folks retreating indoors.  From large-scale to do it yourself, here are a few ideas to keep your time inside entertaining and productive….Binge-Watch in Style: Curl up with your family for movie night or binge-watch a new show.  Perhaps a high-tech media room, complete with theater seating and a popcorn maker, is on your wish list…Indulge in Creativity: Imagination isn’t just for children.  If one of your… Read More >

BOWA Named #1 in “The Best Custom Home Builders in Washington”

Featured On: Home Builder Digest, February 18, 2019 Excerpt: “…If you live in D.C. or are about to move there, we’ve handpicked the top 11 custom home builders in Washington, DC and surrounding areas to help you make a choice when it comes to building a customized home. We considered the firms that have worked on notable projects, those that have won numerous awards, and we also factored in the experience these firms would bring to your potential project. If you are looking to build the home of your dreams in Washington, DC, you will find a contractor on this… Read More >

BOWA is Washingtonian Magazine’s Face of Luxury Condo Renovations

  The Face of Luxury Condo Renovations With over two decades of condo experience, luxury condominium renovations represent 20 percent of BOWA’s projects annually. Given the specialized nature of this work and increasing demand, BOWA recently launched a dedicated Condo Division. BOWA’s condominium projects range from kitchens and baths to whole-unit and combined-unit renovations, in buildings from DC to Reston and Bethesda to Alexandria. The team has established relationships with management, boards and clients in over 33 buildings across the region. BOWA’s architects are well-versed in the intricacies and nuances of condo design, like optimizing space, ensuring privacy and easing… Read More >

Remodeling Magazine – Industrial Chic for a Traditional Row House

Featured In: Remodeling, November 2018 Excerpt: “Like many East Coast row homes, this 1885 townhouse has a long, narrow plan with windows only at the front and the back. This leaves a gloomy middle area on each floor level that wasn’t working for the young couple who purchased the townhouse in the historic Dupont Circle neighborhood of Old D.C. Contracting with BOWA, they asked for the traditional row house to be transformed into a light-filled, open-area home with a thoroughly modern aesthetic. The BOWA Solution Contracted for a whole-house renovation, the BOWA team began with a redesign of the creaky… Read More >

BOWA Named “The Best General Contractor in Virginia”

Featured On: General Contractors Magazine, November 27, 2018 Excerpt: “…This list has narrowed down all of the best general contractors in the state- award-winning remodelers who serve Virginia and the D.C.-Maryland Metroplex….#1) BOWA:  Larry Weinberg and Josh Baker established BOWA in 1988 with only a $5K investment from them each. By the end of the year, they had earned $300,000 and hired four employees for their team. This fruitful first year urged the founders to make their services more customer-centered, and now they report that 80-90% of their clients are either referrals or repeat customers. After 30 years, the firm … Read More >

Tuscan-Inspired Kitchen Renovation in McLean

project profile Tuscan-Inspired Kitchen Renovation in McLean

This McLean couple fell in love with a beautiful Tuscan Villa they once visited, and wanted to recreate that cherished feeling at home. BOWA achieved this style by designing a beautiful kitchen with faux gold finishes, an Italian inspired mosaic backsplash and detail at the fireplace. Traditionally styled décor pieces helped to complete the look. // Return to Previous Page… Read More >

BOWA Launches New Condo Division

While BOWA has been doing condo renovations for more than two decades, this sector has been steadily increasing as a percentage of our work in recent years.  Currently, condominium remodeling represents about 20 percent of our yearly projects.  Given the highly specialized nature of this work and all signs indicating that demand will continue to increase, BOWA has officially launched a new Condo Division focused on growing this portion of the business. Leading BOWA’s new Condo Division will be Adam Wertheimer as Vice President, and Steve Kirstein, Principal.  These two have led most of our condo projects over the years… Read More >

Tricks and Treats to Keep Your Home Functional This Fall

The air is getting cooler, leaves are falling from trees, and with the holidays ahead, there’s no better time to make your home a priority! If they haven’t already, family and friends will start to pour through your doors to spend quality time inside. Here are some tricks to improve functionality and make your home cozier, so your family has more time to enjoy the season’s treats: Make your Family Foyer a Priority With cooler temperatures, come heavy outerwear and footwear. Make sure your family foyer, or mudroom, is ready to handle the additional gear by removing your summer items.… Read More >

JLC – Dealing With Out-of-Level Kitchen Ceilings

Featured In: Journal of Light Construction, October 2018 Excerpt: “When you’re remodeling a kitchen, it’s rare to find a floor that’s actually level—stranger still if the walls are plumb and the ceiling is level as well. While it’s normal for carpenters and cabinet installers to adjust for some variations in a room, we sometimes need to work with rooms that aren’t even close to level. I recently presented a conference on this topic at JLC Live. In that session, I covered floors, ceilings, and walls that were out of level and plumb, but here I’ll focus on ceilings. Leave the… Read More >

BOWA Team Honored with 2 PROS Awards in 2018 Industry Competition

BOWA would like to congratulate our two nominees and winners of the 2018 PROS Awards! Fredy Villatoro:  Best Field Technician, Customer Service Jim Greenzweig:  Best Remodeling Project Manager The 2018 PROS Awards, sponsored by the Maryland Building Industry Association, recognize the dedication and hard work of customer service managers, project managers and superintendents who go above and beyond in all aspects of residential construction. Nominees were submitted by their employers and judged on their accomplishments in the 2017 calendar year, construction knowledge, focus on quality, scope of work and relationship with customers. Winners were announced at MBIA’s End of Summer… Read More >

BOWA Has 2 Beautiful Projects Featured in Home & Design

We’re honored that two of our recent projects are featured in Home & Design magazine’s May/June issue. The first highlights a stunning, contemporary condo renovation in the Watergate, which had recently won both a local and regional Contractor of the Year award from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI).  The project also won a Great American Living Award (GALA) from NVBIA and MBIA for Best Design and Architecture, Renovations or Additions over $1,000,000. In the article, BOWA’s Steve Kirstein explains how the team of condo renovation experts was able to transform the space, which had undergone a poorly… Read More >

Middleburg Eccentric – Design A Favorite Space in Your Home

Featured In: Middleburg 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 >