Author Archives: TJ Monahan

Is Your Remodeling Project Ready to Start?

Let’s have a quick hypothetical conversation. You say to me, “Hey TJ, can you start construction on my project next week?” I say to you, “Sure, we could – anyone could.” Here’s the thing – starting construction fast is actually pretty easy. I could swing by your place today and make some holes in your walls. That wouldn’t be particularly helpful though, and I don’t think you’d be very happy with me afterward. The question you want to be asking is, “When will construction of my project be finished?” Thoughtfully designing and planning a project so that it is ready… Read More >

5 Design Trends for 2021 – The Fresh Prince, Hide-and-Seek, and Ceiling Area Rugs

BOWA’s VP of Design TJ Monahan shares what he expects to see in 2021 renovations With 2021 here, I’d like to take a minute – I’m tempted to quote the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song here, but I figured the first line of the blog post wasn’t the best spot to lose anyone who isn’t up to speed on their 90’s pop culture trivia – nah forget it, I’m doing it – I’d like to take a minute, just sit right there, I’ll tell you all the design trends you might see this year.  Still with me?  OK, we… Read More >

How to Enjoy Remodeling – Phase 1

Introduction Enjoy remodeling.  Seems like a simple idea, right?  Remodeling your home should be enjoyable.  You should be able to engage with a remodeling partner and talk about goals, wishes, and long-term plans.  You should be able to review and iterate on different designs, so you can understand what all of your options might be.  You should be able to have honest conversations about money upfront to avoid pricing surprises later on in the process.  You should have a single point of accountability so praise, questions, comments, or concerns only have one place to go.  You should know when your… Read More >