Washingtonian Profiles – The Face of Luxury Condo Renovations

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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 >

Qualified Remodeler Top 500 Profile: From the Ground Up

Qualified Remodeler
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 >

Bethesda Magazine: Ask the Home Experts

Ask the Home Experts - Avoid Renovation Nightmares
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

Middleburg Eccentric
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 >

Does your outdoor space meet your current needs?

Middleburg Eccentric
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?

Middleburg Eccentric
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 >

Washingtonian Profiles – BOWA – The Face of Luxury Condo Renovations

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  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 >

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

Washington Business Journal
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 >

How Do I know what’s Permissible when Planning a Home Renovation?

Middleburg Eccentric
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 >

Dealing With a Renovation Nightmare

The Washington Post
Featured In: The Washington Post  Excerpt: “…They hired an intermediary to talk to their builder after they couldn’t get satisfaction and, when the intermediary was unable to move the project forward, they hired an attorney. “After 20 months, the builder abandoned the project with hundreds of items left incomplete, including the floors and the heating and air conditioning system,” says Timmons. The homeowners turned to Bowa, a custom design/build remodeling firm in McLean, for a renovation rescue. “Unfortunately, we get requests pretty frequently from homeowners who are at an impasse with their contractor,” says Josh Baker, founder, co-chairman and owner… Read More >

Off & Running

Bethesda Magazine
Featured In: Bethesda Magazine  Excerpt: “…Now, as Pereles prepares for its 16th running, the 5K has become a yearly affair in Potomac, involving thousands Autism Speaks 5K founder Susan Pereles of runners and raising hundreds of thousands of dollars every July 4….Steve Kirstein of Potomac became involved in the event shortly after his son, Richard, was diagnosed with autism when he was 18 months old. A principal at the construction firm BOWA, Kirstein has recruited many of his co-workers to participate, and the company has served as a presenting sponsor for the last four years, donating $10,000 each year…Kirstein’s family… Read More >

A Primer on Interior Home Maintenance

Middleburg Eccentric
Homeowners often ask, “What are some general guidelines for keeping my home safe and healthy for my family?” Our experience over the last 28 years has proven that certain interior maintenance steps are critical to the long-term performance of your home, and a regular maintenance schedule can help you to avoid serious problems and inconvenience....

Out of the Ashes

Home & Design
Featured In: Home & Design  Excerpt: “…Viewing the disaster as an opportunity to improve the builder-grade space, they selected builder Steve Kirstein of BOWA and designer Gerald Smith, who frequently collaborate, for the job. ‘We took what was a production house and turned it into a true custom home,’ Kirstein says. ‘It was literally a shell when we started’…In fact, the healing process was key for builder and designer as well. ‘Really, you’re working with folks who’ve been through a horrible ordeal,’ comments Kirstein. ‘The trick is to give them TLC, to lead them through everything. You want to help… Read More >

Tips for Success when Remodeling an Older Home

Middleburg Eccentric
One of the most interesting and challenging aspects of our business, has been the opportunity to work on charming, older homes like those in Middleburg and the surrounding countryside. Because of the historical nature of the area, like minded individuals are purchasing estates, old barns and other unique structures and remodeling them to meet their modern needs. If you’re considering a renovation on a historic property, keep the following tips in mind to help ensure a successful remodeling experience. Hire a firm that is very comfortable and experienced in working with these types of properties. While no two projects are… Read More >

Managing Trade Professionals at Home – Tips to Success

Middleburg Eccentric
Whether or not you’re considering a remodel, there comes a time that each of us needs to perform maintenance and repairs on our home. As a professional remodeler, I get calls regularly requesting referrals for home trades – roofers, plumbers, electricians, painters, etc. While I love to make referrals when I can, unfortunately, many of the subcontractors that we work with are specifically set up to serve the construction industry and excel under the supervision of our full-time project managers. They often work from written plans and specifications, expect certain site conditions and don’t have the service infrastructure required to… Read More >

A Fresh Start

Bethesda Magazine
Featured In: Bethesda Magazine  Excerpt: “On the evening of Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, Eric Burka, his wife, Kristin, and two of their three children were watching the movie Romeo and Juliet in their Town of Chevy Chase family room…When Kristin opened the door to let the dog out, she noticed some black smoke in the backyard and asked Eric to come take a look. He thought it was probably from the tile work being done in the house next door, which had been vacant and under construction for a year and a half. When he saw how thick the smoke… Read More >

Thoughtful Storage Solutions – Valery Tessier Interview

Kitchen & Bath Design News
Featured In: Kitchen & Bath Design News Excerpt: “Storage trends/philosophies: “People want to have less cluttered countertops, so they want to tuck away items like stand mixers, toasters, etc. That requires designers to come up with creative solutions that hide them but still keep them accessible. “Roll-out shelves make such a difference for storing items in base cabinets, as well as in pantries. Another alternative is an appliance garage, which has evolved from the 1980s connotation. Now doors can be aluminum, and they can swing out, pocket in, or tip or lift up. There are so many more hardware options… Read More >

BOWA creates lavish indoor pool area full of natural light

Home & Design Sourcebook
Featured In: Home & Design Sourcebook Excerpt: “Repeat clients in Potomac contacted the design/build firm BOWA to add a great room and outdoor pool to their previously renovated property. But after some consideration, the owners and design team opted to combine the two. “They decided to build an indoor pool with adjacency to the new great room,” recalls principal Steve Kirstein. BOWA partnered with architect David Cooper of Anderson Cooper Group Architects on a design that connects the two spaces. The great room measures a spacious 30 by 50 feet—and the pool area dwarfs it at 45 by 70 feet.… Read More >

Remodeling Design in 2015: It’s all about the Family

Featured In: The Connection Newspaper and Vienna/Oakton Connection Excerpt: “Almost every luxury remodel starts with the same question “How can we improve our family’s life at home?” But the answer varies as families grow, age and evolve. As such, the best designs consider both current and future needs. For young families, the focus is almost always children. Kitchens are designed with low drawers for easy access to important items, like sippy cups and napkins. Refrigerator drawer beverage stations and below-the-counter microwaves allow little ones to help themselves. Study areas are incorporated into family spaces to allow for parent-child interaction at… Read More >

2015 New Year Remodeling Resolutions

Burke Connection
Featured In: Burke Connection Excerpt: “2015 may be the year you want to remodel your home to allow for the changes occurring in your life. Perhaps you want to build out an office which will allow you to work from home? Maybe 2015 is the year you want to avoid climbing stairs, so moving the master suite to the first floor may be on your resolution list? One thing is certain in life ? family needs are always evolving. As kids come and go, aging parents move in, greener technology becomes available, and we look for more creature comforts in… Read More >

Middleburg Life – Three Day Event McQuillan and BOWA

Middleburg Life
Featured In: Middleburg Life Excerpt: “Sean McQuillan started riding at age 12 in Maryland.  Now, 27 years later, he has a stable full of horses in Upperville and is aiming toward major international competition as a Three Day Event rider…Under a program approved by the United States Equestrian Federation, he formed a syndicate.  With prices for such horses reaching anywhere from $100,000 to $800,000, it’s a way to grow the sport. Tim Burch, who lives in Fauquier County, was intrigued by that approach…BOWA, with offices in Middleburg, is now a shareholder in Casalino….’Sean told his story and it was his… Read More >

Remodeling with Pets in Mind

Potomac Almanac
Featured In: Potomac Almanac Excerpt: “Home remodeling projects often come after considerable planning and expense. One factor that can be overlooked is the family pet. While the end result of a remodel is often a new, updated or enlarged living space, the road to that improvement is often filled with dust, debris and inconvenience – which can be upsetting and even dangerous to dogs and cats. Homeowners should be aware of the added traffic that comes with a construction project….”There are a lot of things to consider,” said Baker. “It’s not unlike thinking about small children.”…” For More Information: Click… Read More >

New Work Order

Great Falls Connection
Featured in: The Connection Newspapers Excerpt: “Whether it’s a nook, in the kitchen or a designated room, a home office is the place were ideas come to life. Local designers dish about the secrets to creating a workspace that is organized and functional yet stylish. ‘You’re going to spend a lot of time in it so aesthetics do matter,’ said Patricia Tetro of BOWA in McLean..Storage and the placement of it is one of the most important home office design decisions. ‘Where do you want to keep things?’ asks Tetro. ‘When sitting in a chair, do you need to have… Read More >

Don’t forget your pets when remodeling

Washington Blade
Featured in: The Washington Blade Excerpt: “In fact, there are numerous things homeowners can do to make their homes more comfortable and functional for their four-legged housemates. Some of our top pet remodeling requests at BOWA include:…doggy showers, feeding stations, hidden litter boxes, pet doors, sleeping areas, safety during construction…” For More Information: Click here to view the full article in a new window.… Read More >

Raising Funds, Awareness for Autism

Potomac Almanac
Featured in: The Potomac Almanac Excerpt: “BOWA has been a sponsor for the Autism Speaks race for 10 years and the presenting sponsor for the past four years, including this year. The team draws more than 60 volunteers who race both at the Potomac run and in Dewey, Rehobeth and Middleburg. Over the years this team has raised more than $100,000 for Autism Speaks…Kirstein explains what the race means to him and his team members: ‘This event is the most important day of my year, as autism is such a growing and concerning issue. Anything we can do to help… Read More >

City Living

Home & Design
Featured in: Home & Design Excerpt: “Though the kitchen and main-floor bath remain unaltered, Burton did remodel the master bath to give it a sense of openness. Previously separated from the rest of the bathroom by drywall, the shower is now enclosed by glass and clad in marble. Slate-like porcelain tile covers the floors and Silestone tops the lacquered vanity. A frosted-glass door leads into the WC. For Jackson, the design process was a great experience. “I really enjoyed it,” he says. “It was something I wanted to do for myself. I wanted to see what I could create”…” For… Read More >

Thinking about remodeling a newly purchased home?

Washington Blade
Featured in: The Washington Blade Excerpt: “…However, buyers interested in remodeling a newly purchased home may not realize that they should consider getting a “pre-purchase” consultation typically offered at no cost by some area remodelers. This type of consultation, typically conducted before an offer is made or following a home inspection, can save you thousands of dollars in unknown problems and also arm you with important negotiation information…” For More Information: Click here to view the full article in a new window. BOWA Services:  Purchase Consultations… Read More >

Work of Art

Home & Design
Featured in: Home & Design Excerpt: “At a recent reunion, interior designer, Gerald L. Smith and Steven Kirstein, a principal in the design/build firm BOWA, gathered in the impeccable new dining room. “The project was a great collaboration between all of us sitting around this table,” the husband beamed. “They were the pinnacle of efficiency.” The owners’ idea to unify art and design was the starting point. “That was the hub, defining the interior architecture and space planning, and how the house was finished,” said Smith, emphasizing that such singular vision is rare. “Art collections are more often embellishments. This… Read More >

Home Design: What the Pros Know

Arlington Connection
Featured in: The Connection Newspapers and the Potomac Almanac Excerpt: “Remodeling industry professionals spend their days helping clients create dream homes, adding quartzite counter tops and outdoor, stacked stone fireplaces, turning ideas and photos into functional, chic living spaces. But what about their homes? What materials do they choose for themselves? How do they make the most of their living spaces? Three local professionals from BOWA Builders, Inc. opened their doors and shared the secrets of their renovations. When principal and owner George Hodges-Fulton and his wife, Alexandra, decided to remodel the galley kitchen in their Reston home, they decided… Read More >

Is Your Home Ready for Every Generation

Washington Blade
Featured in: Washington Blade Excerpt: “Planning for multigenerational living has been on the rise in recent years. With life expectancies increasing and early baby boomers entering their golden years, this trend is expected to continue. As a result, many of today’s remodeling projects focus on creating spaces that are adaptable to evolving life circumstances. Depending on your family’s needs and home’s characteristics, there are several approaches for preparing your home for multigenerational living…” For More Information: Click here to view the full article in a new window. Related Home Advisor: Planning for Multigenerational Living Related Home Advisor: Take Your Home… Read More >

Top Designs of 2013

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Featured in: The Connection Newspapers Excerpt: “Joshua E. Baker, founder and cochairman of BOWA Builders, Inc. names two condominium projects as his company’s best. “As some of our clients are moving in closer to the city and sizing down, they’re looking to bring with them the luxury and residential feel of their single family homes,” said Baker. “Projects range from pull-and-replace kitchens to remodeled master suites to whole-unit renovations”…” For More Information: Click here to view the full article in a new window or use the viewer below. Related Project Profile: Condominium Renovation in Washington, DC… Read More >

Want the Best of Both Worlds?

Washington Blade
Featured in: Washington Blade Excerpt: “Condominium living, particularly in urban areas, largely was a preference of Gen Xers who sought to be at the heart of city life with its conveniences and distinct culture. However, of late, empty nesters uninterested in maintaining large homes have been living the suburbs to dwell in urban neighborhoods…” For More Information: Click here to view the full article in a new window. Related Project Profile: Condominium Renovation in Washington, DC Related Gallery: Condominiums… Read More >

A home designed to age along with its owners

The Washington Post
Featured in: Washington Post Excerpt: You might expect Josh Baker, founder, co-chairman and owner of BOWA, a custom design/build remodeling firm, to constantly tinker with his own home. But Josh and his wife, Jill, always knew they wanted to stay in their home for their entire lives, so their plan allowed for lifestyle changes right from the beginning. “Our home is typical of what we do for our clients,” Josh Baker says. “We prioritize with them what they want now, but we also strategize with them for their future. We designed this house 17 years ago with a 30-year landscaping… Read More >

Condo Renovations: As sales of condominiums grow, so does demand for luxury renovations

Arlington Connection
Featured in: Arlington Connection Excerpt: “With the growth in demand for condominiums comes growth in demand for condominium renovations. One local company BOWA, a residential remodel and construction firm based in McLean, is responding to that trend by bringing on a new project leader, Mark Miller, with expertise in condo remodeling and commercial construction. Miller and BOWA say they are responding to the demand to push the boundaries of luxury condo transformation. Most upscale condominium buyers will select a location where they want to live first, and then search for a condo to buy, said Miller, who is an Arlington… Read More >

Class is In: Remodeler holds quarterly in-house training sessions

Remodeling Magazine
Featured in: Remodeling Excerpt: “BOWA Builders recently hosted its 50th in-house employee training session. The idea for the Virginia company’s quarterly “lunch and learn” sessions began with education for the production department but has expanded to include the design team and, in the last few years, invitations extended to select outside architects, home inspectors, and construction managers as well. Doug Horgan, vice president, best practices, works with the production vice president, the COO, and the customer service department to set the agenda based on lessons learned from company projects. He invites a guest speaker, such as a subcontractor or a… Read More >

Can’t Picture It? They’ll Do It For You

The Washington Post
Featured in: Washington Post Express Excerpt: “Companies such as Kandel Construction and Bowa (bowa.com) work with real-estate professionals to help buyers visualize their dream homes. “We’ll reach out to Realtors and say, ‘If you have somebody who’s seriously looking at this house, but they don’t have the vision to understand that they want to do this, this or this, let us help,'” says principal/owner George Hodges-Fulton. Along with images of the remodeled house, these firms provide shoppers with estimated costs so they can determine if a house is still affordable if it needs renovations. “Most of the time, that gives… Read More >

‘Age in Place’ to Satisfy Evolving Needs

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Featured in: The Connection Newspapers Alexandria Gazette Excerpt: “Your family may be approaching a transitional time in home ownership. Perhaps the kids have already moved out, or your “nest” is nearly empty as your last child contemplates going off to college. Or maybe you’re craving a living space that is more comfortable and convenient as it becomes more difficult to move around. There are many reasons couples choose to “age in place,” or modify their home to meet changing needs rather than purchase a new property…” For More Information: Click here to view the full article in a new window… Read More >

The Region’s Best Home Designs

Potomac Almanac
Featured in: The Connection Newspapers and The Potomac Almanac Excerpt: “A MCLEAN KITCHEN by BOWA took top honors in the “Residential Kitchen Over $120,000” category. The homeowners were looking to create a free-flowing, light-filled space. “Their kitchen was not as open as they would have liked,” said Josh Baker, founder and co-chairman of BOWA. “They wanted to make it more integrated and useful for the family.”  To accommodate a larger kitchen, the design team, which included BOWA’s George Hodges-Fulton, built an addition and added a sitting room, screened porch and additional windows to allow an abundance of natural light to… Read More >

Recycle, Reuse, Remodel

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Featured in: The Connection Newspapers and The Potomac Almanac Excerpt: “Remodeling often affords an opportunity to re-purpose existing materials by donating to those less fortunate. Ask your remodeler if there is a plan or policy for saving materials for re-use rather than sending it to a land fill. Every project is different. And some materials are more easily removed and saved than others. Here are a couple of organizations that accepted used materials….” For More Information: Click here to view the full article in a new window Related Home Advisor:  Give your Home a Second Chance  … Read More >

Tim Burch Leaves Television Stardom to Serve Hunt Country Clients

Middleburg Eccentric
Featured on: Middleburg Eccentric Excerpt: “Fortunately for Hunt Country homeowners, Tim Burch tired of the pace of being a television star on ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ and returned to Virginia to settle back into a geographic area he loves. Today, as project leader with BOWA, he is thoroughly engaged in the renovation of projects large and small for clients who understand that they have found a partner without peer to help them improve their Arcadia. Whether your ideal residence is an impeccably restored Palladian villa or a 1950’s Hunt Box that simply requires more closets and a few additions, the… Read More >

Executive Profile: Tim Burch, BOWA Project Leader

Washington Business Journal
Featured on: Washington Business Journal Excerpt: “Burch, 44, a third-generation builder, has been in the home-remodeling industry for a quarter century. For two years, as lead project manager of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” he oversaw 4,000 people who built houses within a week. Earlier this year, Burch left the reality show for real life, joining Bowa…” For More Information: Click here to view the full article in a new window… Read More >

Home Design: The Man Behind the Bus

Washington Life Magazine
Featured on: Washingtonlife.com Excerpt: “Any Ty Pennington fan is familiar with his famed demand to “Move that Bus” on the ABC show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. But as the show approaches its last episode (Monday December 17), Washington Life wanted to introduce you to a side of the show you may not have been familiar with. With each house, behind Pennington stood 4000 volunteers working tirelessly to build a home from scratch in seven days, not to mention the scores of companies who donated the necessary materials. In order to keep all these people working cohesively and efficiently, a project… Read More >

Colonial Expansion

Home & Design
Featured on:  Home & Design Excerpt: “It all started with a plan to expand a garage and add a guest room onto a Colonial-style home in Potomac, Maryland. But as such plans tend to do, this small-scale project soon morphed into something much bigger: a massive, whole-house renovation that added to the 40-year old residence some 4,500 square feet of living space. The owners tapped BOWA for the job, and the result is a stately, welcoming home flanked on one side by a three-car garage and spacious guest quarters (complete with private entrance and dramatic two-story foyer), and on the… Read More >

A Cultural Gateway Along the Potomac – An Exclusive look inside the idyllic home of UAE Ambassador’s McLean Home

Washington Life Magazine
Featured in: Washington Life Excerpt: “Encountering the cool tones, open and playful spaces and wonderful setting overlooking the river and the woods of the Potomac palisades, guests are instantaneously embraced by the all-around warmth of United Arab Emirates Ambassador Yousef Al-Otaiba, his wife Abeer and their son, Omar. Their home-away-from home, which was first occupied by the previous UAE Ambassador, Saqr Gobash, was redesigned over the course of a comprehensive renovation in 2009 – resulting in an expansive, contemporary art-filled residence. “Ambassador and Mrs. Al-Otaiba had a clear vision of wanting a simple and light-colored elegant home that served both… Read More >

Heart of the Home

Featured on: Washingtonian Excerpt: “Five beautiful kitchens where families cook, eat, gather and entertain.  Plus – experts who can create your dream kitchen…Azi Hendi and her husband, Ali, knew what they wanted in a house: a California-style ranch with clean,modern lines and lots of light. Though the one they settled on—in DCs Forest Hills—needed an overhaul, they could see its potential. “The kitchen was our priority,” she says. “We live in the kitchen.” The first order of business was to take down the wall separating the kitchen from the dining area and to merge the two spaces. “There wasn’t enough… Read More >

Owners pour cash into bathroom renovations

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Featured on: Washington Examiner Excerpt: “Washington-area homeowners are spending more on bathroom renovations, paralleling a national trend. The number of bath and kitchen remodeling projects nationwide jumped 17 percent over the past two years, with bathrooms overtaking kitchens as the most popular project in 2009, according to a survey by the National Association of Home Builders. That echoes a December survey by Better Homes and Gardens that found 31 percent of Americans want to remodel their baths, compared with 25 percent who target kitchens…” For More Information: Click here to view the full article in a new window Photo Gallery: … Read More >

Is it time to replace your water heater?

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Featured on: Loudoun Times- Mirror Excerpt: “There aren’t always surefire ways to tell that your water heater’s time is up, but it’s best to not wait until you’re jumping in an ice cold shower at 6 a.m. to find out. Listed below are a few tips to help you decide whether you should fix or replace your unit….” For More Information: Click here to view the full article in a new window  … Read More >

Small Kitchen with no room to grow can feel more spacious

The Washington Times
Featured in: The Washington Times Excerpt: “If you are a fan of homemakeover shows, you may have become accustomed to homeowners taking a sledgehammer to the walls of their tiny kitchens and somehow doubling the size of the space, transforming it into a showplace of light and space. In reality, not every homeowner has the budget or the land available to turn a galley kitchen into a chef’s dream space. Yet local designers and remodelers say there are plenty of options available to maximize the efficiency and the appeal of a smaller kitchen. “A lot of the housing stock in… Read More >

Keeping the chaos out of condo renovations

Featured in: Washington Blade Excerpt: “For many homeowners, a renovation project is one of the most complex and difficult ventures they will undertake. For condominium owners, the complexities of home improvements are greater as they have to navigate challenges and situations that are unique to condo owners. While it can seem daunting —with careful planning, working with an experienced remodeler, and following some important condo renovation etiquette—renovating your condo can be rewarding and transform your home.” For More Information: Click here to view the full article in a new window Services:  Condominium Remodels… Read More >

Building the Great Outdoors Room – Use of outside living areas growing in priority, complexity

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Featured in: USA Today Excerpt: “As Americans try to maximize the space of their existing homes, they’re increasingly looking outside to create new, rejuvenating places. “More people are realizing that home begins when you set foot on your property, not just when you enter your front door,” says garden designer Julie Moir Messervy, author of Home Outside: Creating the Landscape You Love (Taunton Press). “You can think of your outside as an extension of the inside.” An outdoor living/grilling area ranked as the third-highest priority space, after a separate laundry room and additional closets/storage, in a recent survey of 4,000… Read More >