Client First – BOWA Lays a Solid Foundation for Its Award-Winning Business

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Featured in: Northern Virginia Magazine Excerpt: In 1988, Josh Baker and Larry Weinberg began a remodeling business. Twenty-three years later, BOWA has received over 100 awards of excellence both locally and nationally, along with recently being named the largest full-service remodeler in the Unites States by Remodeling Magazine. This luxury design, build and remodel construction firm is a home-grown business with offices in McLean and Middleburg, and services clients throughout the D.C.-Metro area. With this level of impressive national recognition, much can be learned from two University of Virginia graduates who, from the beginning, tackled their industry with an unexpected… Read More >

Home Remodeling Design Ideas for Custom Bars and Wine Rooms

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Featured in: Loudoun Times-Mirror Excerpt: A home bar is a great place to entertain family and friends from the comfort and safety of your own home. Customized bars continue to be a welcome gathering place in luxury homes throughout Washington, DC, but now with so many options you can truly make it your own. A home remodeling expert can help you to transform an ordinary space into an inviting entertaining area that complements your home, taste and lifestyle….During a home renovation, including a custom bar that suits your interests and lifestyle will result in a space to relax, unwind and… Read More >

Functional Mudrooms Can Help Families Stay Organized

Featured in: Washington Examiner Excerpt: Mudrooms can be the first and last room in the house. Catching dirty boots, kids’ coats and book bags, it’s a room where chaos and disorganization seem to be the norm. It is such an important place for busy families, however, that it pays to make it organized and functional. “Mudrooms often include spaces designed to help organize the way the family lives,” said Sean Ganey, registered architect and project leader at BOWA, a luxury design and construction company with locations in McLean and Middleburg. In addition to traditional cubby holes and gym lockers, other… Read More >

BOWA Wins Grand Award in 2010 Capital COTY

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Featured in: Home & Design Excerpt: COTY Awards, presented by the Metro DC Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), presents the Grand Award to BOWA in the category of “Entire House over $1 Million,” citing this whole-house renovation improves the flow and functionality of a traditional home. For More Information: Project Profile:  Purchase Consultation and Whole House Renovation in Great Falls, Virginia Click here to open the full article as a PDF in a new window.… Read More >

Have you Maximized your Home’s Livable Space?

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Featured in: Loudoun Times-Mirror Excerpt: In the greater Washington DC area, there’s no question that space comes at a premium. But, with careful planning, a number of area homeowners have found creative ways to maximize both their storage and livable space during renovations of all sizes. There are countless ways for homeowners to maximize the usable space in their homes – limited only by one’s imagination and budget. If you’re considering a renovation or addition, your design build contractor can help you identify options that best suit your needs, home and lifestyle. For More Information: Use the PDF viewer to… Read More >

International Elegance

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Featured in: Chesapeake Home & Living Excerpt: Like many well-meaning home renovations, the one undertaken by homeowners in McLean, Virginia was intended to change a few things-and ended up changing everything. The home sits on a wooded, scenic hillside with enviable views of the Potomac River peeping through verdant leaf cover. For More Information: Click here to view the full PDF version… Read More >

BOWA Recognized as Capital Contractor of the Year

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Featured in: McLean Connection Excerpt: BOWA (www.bowa.com), a home transformation company, was honored with a 2010 Capital “Contractor of the Year” (CotY) Award by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) Metro DC Chapter on Saturday, Jan. 29. Josh Baker is founder of BOWA, and a McLean resident. The Capital CotY Grand Award for the Entire House over $1,000,000 category was given to BOWA for a large scale home renovation in Great Falls. As the single point of accountability for the customer, BOWA transformed this home to fit the young family’s need of comfort and convenience. Although BOWA faced… Read More >

Homeowners again look at remodeling, but landscape has changed after recession

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Featured in: The Washington Post Tentatively – and with price and practicality their top considerations – area homeowners are once again starting to ring up remodeling contractors. Those pondering a remodel are likely to find a recession-changed landscape. One in which contractors don’t turn their nose up at jobs because they’re too small. One in which prices are significantly lower than just a few years ago. One in which product deliveries come more slowly. And one in which everyone needs to be concerned, even more than usual, about the financial viability of the companies they deal with. For More Information:… Read More >

Top Remodeling Trends for 2011

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Featured in: The McLean Connection  Today’s homeowners are much more informed and educated about what they want in a home. Travel, home shows, the internet and a greater focus on the importance of transforming a house into a home, have led homeowners to be very particular about what renovations they do and how they go about them. Click here to read the full article Check out BOWA projects here.  … Read More >

Elegant and Efficient – Remodeling Trends for 2011

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Featured in: The Potomac Connection  Today’s homeowners are much more informed and educated about what they want in a home. Travel, home shows, the internet and a greater focus on the importance of transforming a house into a home, have led homeowners to be very particular about what renovations they do and how they go about them. Click here to read the full article  … Read More >

New World Cotswold – Feature on BOWA’s Alderley Estate

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Featured in: Virginia Living Architecturally, Great Falls is about as far from the quintessential English countryside and its old limestone homes as you can get. Or is it? Alderley estate, an impressively modernized version of an English farmhouse, is surprisingly cozy and unostentatious. As one of the owners says, “It is large, but when you walk in, it doesn’t feel that way.” Click here to read the full article… Read More >

Top Real Estate Professionals Cautiously Optimistic Toward 2011

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Featured in: Middleburg Life As is the case with many aspects of the economy, both locally and nationally, the new year often brings questions about what‟s ahead. One question of big interest always regards the real estate markets, including one right here in and around Middleburg. Will the high-end market go up, down or stay the same in 2011? With that in mind, Middleburg Life asked some local real estate experts where they think the Middleburg market is going in 2011. Click here to read the full article… Read More >

BOWA Offers Home Safety Tips During the Holidays

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Featured in: Loudoun Times Mirror A home transformation company specializing in the design and construction of large-scale additions and renovations, offers a series of safety tips to keep your home festive – yet safe – during the holiday season. Click here to read the full article  … Read More >

Going to the Dogs

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Featured in: Loudoun Magazine Everyone in the family had input when it came time to invest in a significant remodeling of their home. The kids picked the playroom colors, Mom made sure no wires hung from the new flat screen TV and Dad insisted on a six-burner stove for the kitchen. They also made sure the builder incorporated features for one of their family members that typically gets left out of the plans. Click here to read the full article  … Read More >

High Impact Design – Newly Renovated Mansion on the Potomac

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Featured in: Home & Design Excerpt:  Most remodeling projects begin with structural elements and wind up with interior design. Others, such as the overhaul of this glorious 18,000-square-foot home in McLean, Virginia, are driven by their interiors. The result is a layering of surprising elements that surface like a gift box being unwrapped for the first time. For More Information: Use the PDF viewer below to read the full article or open the PDF in a new window.… Read More >

Beautiful Baths

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Featured in: Home & Design  Excerpt: …When a homeowner purchased a McLean, Virginia, residence, he put it on a fast track for renovation. The design team, including architect David Cooper and interior designer William Paley, found inspiration in the many luxe hotel bathrooms their client has visited, and combed the globe for materials of the highest quality that would create a completely unique sanctuary… More Information: To read the full article open the PDF in a new window. Visit the gallery to see more beautiful bathroom photos.… Read More >

Five Design Trends

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Featured in: Washingtonian Looking to spruce up your cooking space? We asked design experts what trends they’re seeing now and what they predict will stay popular beyond 2010. Click here to read the full article Learm more about BOWA’s Design Center here… Read More >

The Old Becomes New Again

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Featured in: The Piedmont Virginian  Excerpt: Embracing the new while preserving the old is never an easy task. BOWA project leader Joe Burke was faced with this challenge two years ago, when Loudoun-estate homeowners enlisted his help with transforming their home just outside Leesburg. When originally built, the estate had been inspired by historic Carter’s Grove Plantation near Williamsburg — a classic example of Georgian architecture and a national historic landmark. As such, the Loudoun house featured distinguished architectural characteristics involving an even, symmetrical shape made out of bricks with rows of white-trimmed windows, ornamental columns, Palladian windows above the… Read More >

The Well-Crafted Nest

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Featured in: Chesapeake Home Sixteen years ago Joe and Jill Presta were living in a condo in Falls Church, Virginia and working their way through an extensive house hunt. “We probably looked at 20 properties that were totally not us,” says Jill, “but the charming details and the stonework on the house in Clarendon sold us.” The home that set the hook is a Dutch Colonial style, solidly built in the 1920s and added onto a few years before the Prestas took possession. Click here to read the full article  … Read More >

Urban Architecture Just one of the Joys of City Life

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Featured in: The Baltimore Sun If money were no object, I’d have houses all over the country – in all different environments. A contemporary modular house in California’s Napa Valley. An off-the-grid ranch powered by solar panels in the foothills of Montana’s Bitterroot Range. A houseboat docked in Seattle. Click to read the full article here… Read More >

Pet-Proof and Pretty

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Featured in: Washingtonian Nancy Juda’s white leather sofa wore the marks of canine invasion: drool spots and paw prints.  At Andrea Evers’s house, the proof was in the magenta tassel chewed to tatters by her Mutt, Lucy. Click here to read the full article  … Read More >

BOWA Ranks #4 in Remodeling 550 National List of Full-Service Remodelers

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Featured in: Remodeling Full-service remodeling companies offer general contractor services in renovation projects ranging from whole-house remodels to handyman jobs such as changing out door-knobs. Many of those on this list have a long-standing term history in their markets, and have been able to survive the downturn in residential construction by drawing on relationships with past clients. Click here to read the full article  … Read More >

Autism Speaks 5K Run

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Featured in: Potomac Almanac When Susan Pereles learned that her 2-year old nephew had been diagnosed with autism, she literally raced into action. She initiated a 5K charity race and a 1 mile walk to increase autism awareness and raise money for global biomedical research on causes, prevention, treatment and cures for autism. In this first effort, they raised $100,000 for their cause. Click here to read the full article  … Read More >

BOWA Builders Announces New Identity

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Featured in: Middleburg Eccentric  When Susan Pereles learned that her 2-year old nephew had been diagnosed with autism, she literally raced into action. She initiated a 5K charity race and a 1 mile walk to increase autism awareness and raise money for global biomedical research on causes, prevention, treatment and cures for autism. In this first effort, they raised $100,000 for their cause. Click here to read the full article  … Read More >

Green Design Trumps In-the-Red Economy

Featured in: The Dupont Current Excerpt: Granite is still the hands-down favorite, but it looks like concrete, PaperStone and IceStone – all environmentally friendly materials – are catching up. And although more folks are pinching pennies these days, don’t expect Formica to make a big comeback anytime soon. Click here to read the full article. Learn more about BOWA here.… Read More >

Green Incentive: A company institutes its own rebate incentive program for energy-efficient upgrades

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Featured in: Remodeling This year, BOWA Builders, in McLean, VA., began giving clients an incentive to choose BOWA-recommended environmentally conscious upgrades by rebating the company’s fees on up to $100,000 in related costs. “For those upgrades, we will not charge any of our overhead and profit,” CEO Larry Weinberg says. Click here to read the full article… Read More >

BOWA Builders Ranks Number One on Remodeling Magazine’s List

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Featured in: Middleburg Eccentric BOWA Builders recently ranked number one on REMODELING magazine’s Remodeling 550 Full-Service Remodelers list with more than $26 million in revenue from 2008 residential remodeling projects. Bucking the economic downturn trend, the company estimates its total revenue will be over $36 million in 2009. Click here to read the full article. Check out some BOWA projects here.… Read More >

BOWA Builders Honored at EcoCEO

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Featured in: SmartCEO  Excerpt: BOWA is a full-service residential builder specializing in upscale additions, renovations and custom homes, as well as project planning and purchase consultations. BOWA’s commitment to environmental stewardship is focused in three areas: education, motivating clients and internal operations and culture. BOWA’s experts have conducted more than 18 educational presentations on green building in 2009, attended by more than 220 homeowners and industry professionals. Click to read the full article. Learn more about BOWA here.  … Read More >

Award Winners

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Featured in: Loudoun Times Mirror  BOWA Builders, a residential construction firm with offices in Middleburg and McLean, recently ranked No. 1 on REMODELING magazine’s Remodeling 550 Full-Service Remodelers list with more than $26 million in revenue in 2008. Click here to read the full article.  … Read More >

Encouraging Customers to Go Green is Good Business

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Featured in: Washington Business Journal “Environmentally friendly” is a term we, as consumers and business people, hear nearly every day. Whether you are a residential remodeler like Bowa Builders or another type of business, you’ve likely found that “being green” is a must in today’s business world. Click here to read the full article. Check out the BOWA Design Center.  … Read More >

Peace of Mind: BOWA’s pre-sale consultations save potential homebuyers a world of worry

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Featured in: Home & Design  Excerpt:  “…If you’ve ever wanted to buy a house that may have a few flaws and questioned the wisdom of such a move, then you know how Tom Baltimore and his wife Hillary felt when they looked at a Potomac home that at in a desirable neighborhood on a terrific lot, but that came with more than a few challenges…” For More Information: Click here to read the full article. Check out some pre-purchase consultation projects here.… Read More >

Remodeling at the High End

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Featured in: Leesburg/Ashburn Today Even with the down economy, there’s still a fair amount of money out there for extensive remodeling jobs- if you know where to look. BOWA Builders, with a Middleburg office, is a full-service residential construction firm specializing in upscale additions, renovations and custom homes and recently took the top ranking on Remodeling magazine’s Remodeling Full-Service Remodelers list. Click to read the full article.  … Read More >

A Wine Seller’s Cellar

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Featured : Capitol File  Excerpt: Robert and Anna Trone recently created an Old World wine cellar with a New World sensibility. The new addition to their French-country-style home in Potomac offers a comfortable entertaining space. “We like the feel of underground wine storage in Burgundy, but we aren’t wine snobs,” says Robert, who owns Total Wine & More. Click to read the full article.… Read More >

Advice from the Pros – To Build a House

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Featured in: Home & Design Sourcebook  A builder who is able to assemble and manage a team of experts to work together on your behalf is critical. Complex projects require input from an architect, engineer, landscape designer, lighting expert and numerous others. Having one party who takes accountability and manages the entire process while looking after your interests is key to creating a beautiful home and a positive experience. Click here to read the full article.  … Read More >

Case Study: Al Fresco Oasis and Trade Secrets: Planning a Remodel

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Featured in: Home & Design Sourcebook  Excerpt: A nondescript house and a large, under-utilized property provided jumping off points for the dramatic outdoor transformation of a traditional Potomac, Maryland, home by BOWA Builders, Inc. “We wanted to warm the house up,” says BOWA principal Steve Kirstein. “We basically stripped out every inch and redid all the finished in wood. We also expanded the house and made it more livable. And we added a huge outdoor component.” Click to read the full article. Learn about architects at BOWA.… Read More >

Value Award – BOWA’s New Project Cost Savings Award

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Featured in: Remodeling The idea for BOWA Builders’ Project Cost Savings Award came from the company’s goal to provide even greater value to clients. “Especially in this economy”, says director of marketing Kathy Kelly.  People are conscious of where every dollar is going.  “Our team members act as client advocates and identify opportunities for better pricing, smarter selections, more efficient techniques, etc.,” she says. Click to read the full article.  … Read More >

BOWA Tops Remodeling 550 List

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Featured in: Remodeling Remodeling is a complex industry. Contractors who provide remodeling services number 530,200, according to tabulations by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. The Joint Center divides that number into 320,100 specialty trade firms and 210,100 general contractors. Click here to read the full article  … Read More >

BOWA Builders Serves as Valuable Green Building Resource for Area Architects

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Featured in: AIA DC News Over the past 20 years, BOWA Builders has collaborated with some of the area’s foremost architects to bring hundreds of mid- to large-sized residential renovations to life.  Behind the success of each project, has been BOWA’s commitment to staying true to the architect’s vision while delivering unmatched craftsmanship, accountability and service. Click here to read the full article.  … Read More >

A Greener Way to Design

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Featured in: ASID Designline  When all the new stories published on a near daily basis pertaining to the benefits of “going green,” you may be thinking about the changes you can make to your design projects or your own home to reduce energy costs, create healthier surroundings or to be a little kinder the environment. Click here to read the full article.… Read More >

Green Homes Save Money, Sell for More Too

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Featured in: The Washington Times  Real estate professionals are increasingly turning to green building to attract home buyers. The appeal for green building extends to new home buyers and current homeowners interested in remodeling, renovating and retrofitting their homes with environmentally friendly features. Click to read the full article.  … Read More >

Is McMansion Era Over? – Some buyers opt for home additions rather than buying a new luxury home

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Featured in: Virginia Business  “The rich are different than you and me,” F. Scott Fitzgerald once famously claimed, but today, maybe, not so much, to quote a more recent cultural icon, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. These days people who are shopping for million-dollar plus properties in Virginia – just like buyers with more modest budgets – are back in the driver’s seat. Click here to read the full article.  … Read More >

Top Style Makers – Eco-Conscious Construction

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Featured in: Home & Design  Real estate professionals are increasingly turning to green building to attract home buyers. The appeal for green building extends to new home buyers and current homeowners interested in remodeling, renovating and retrofitting their homes with environmentally friendly features. Click here to read the full article.  … Read More >

BOWA Launches Environmental Incentive Program

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Featured in: AIA|DC news  BOWA Builders has just launched a first-of-its kind green rebate program, called the BOWA Environmental Incentive Program (EIP). This innovative program rewards clients who elect recommended environmental upgrades for their 2009 construction projects by rebating fees on up to $100,00 in related costs. Click here to read the full article. To see more BOWA projects click here.  … Read More >

Good Time to Renovate

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Featured in: Washingtonian  Larry Weinberg, of BOWA Builders says “it’s not just that prices have shrunk; “We can build things faster. It used to be we would need to call subcontractors three weeks before. Now we can call them four days before. A lot are saying “Can I bring two crews?” We can builder quicker and more efficiently than during the boom. Click here to read the full article.  … Read More >

Focus Lifts Remodeling Firm

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Featured in: Potomac Almanac  Excerpt: In a year in which housing resales have slowed, credit is tight and investment portfolios are typically smaller, it would be reasonable to suppose that custom home builders and remodelers are just holding steady or even cutting back – anything but expanding. Click here to read the full article. Learn more about BOWA.  … Read More >

Innovate when you Renovate

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Featured in: The Piedmont Virginian  McLean-and-Middleburg based BOWA Builders — a full-service residential construction firm specializing in upscale additions, renovations and custom homes — is launching a first-of-its-kind green rebate program, called the BOWA Environmental Incentive Program. This innovative program rewards clients who elect BOWA-recommended, environmentally conscious upgrades for their 2009 construction projects by rebating fees on up to $100,000 in related costs. Click here to read the full article.  … Read More >