Thanks to the trust of our clients and partners, we’re pleased to say BOWA’s in-house design department has been growing steadily since we announced this division just over two years ago. Under the direction of Bobby Han, the team has added a wealth of experience and resources all intended to streamline the often arduous design process.
People & Experience: Bobby Han, Director of Design, has an A.B. in Architectural Design and Theory from Princeton University and a Masters of Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He has worked with notable firms, run his own practice, and designed projects around the world. Valery Tessier, Project Architect, holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Laval University and a Masters of Space Sciences from the International Space University in Strasbourg, France. Recognized as a Top 50 Bathroom Designer, Valery has more than 10 years of design build experience and holds numerous professional certifications. We recently added three designers to the team. Kate Lahde, has a degree in architecture; Mariessa Burgess holds an interior design degree and a Masters in Architecture; and Stephanie Dickens, who also has a degree in interior design.
Resources & Process: The added capacity has allowed us to design even more solutions in house. Those working with our in-house design team enjoy a selections process that has been boiled down to a couple well-organized, intensive sessions in the Design Center. Clients are able to review options, collaborate with the team, understand pricing impacts and make decisions on the spot. Typically we get 60-75% of decisions made in just a few hours. The team draws from our Samples Library of the most recommended and requested cabinets, tiles, countertops, and more. This avoids the hassle of running from showroom to showroom, which has been a great relief to clients!
Recent Project Highlight: When asked about a recent project highlight they mentioned a home with a limited kitchen and several smaller rooms that cut off functional use of spaces. The homeowners were originally contemplating an addition, but having talked through their goals BOWA’s design team proposed a more cost-effective solution that allowed them to keep their beloved garden. The team eliminated interior walls and replaced an exterior wall off the new kitchen with glass windows and doors. The glass wall gave visual access to the newly remodeled garden creating the illusion of more space. The new design achieved the larger kitchen and open feel the family wanted. The team is proud of how these changes helped to improve the family’s life at home.