With winter upon us, you probably have your thermostats and fireplaces running on all cylinders to keep your home toasty and comfortable. But did you know there are other things you can do to help keep your home warm? Following are a few winter design details to make your home more comfortable and efficient, and create the cozy environment you desire.
Heated Towel Racks
This is the quickest way to add warmth to your winter! It’s the time of the year when getting out of the shower means braving the cool air and a cold towel, but not with a… Read More >
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 >
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.
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… Read More >
McLean, Va. – BOWA is pleased to announce the firm has been named a Top Vote Getter for Best Remodeler in both Bethesda Magazine and Arlington Magazine. These two honors were received the first week of 2018.
The company was recognized as a Top Vote Getter in the Best Remodeler category for Arlington Magazine’s Best of 2018. BOWA was also recognized as a Top Vote Getter in the Best Remodeling Firm category for Bethesda Magazine’s Best of Bethesda.
These awards are the latest recognition for BOWA, which has received more than 210 local and national awards honoring the company’s business… Read More >
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 >
As a thank you to the community in which we are working, BOWA will be holding a Holiday Home Cleanup Day in Spring Valley on Saturday, January 6th. Start a fresh new year by letting us assist in disposing of your post holiday debris and unwanted clutter!
On Home Cleanup Day, please ask for the BOWA employee on site and we will be happy to help you unload your items.
Date: Saturday, January 6, 2018
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Where: 4828 Quebec Street NW, Washington, DC 20016
What: Wrappings, trees, boxes and other debris, but no electronics, paint… Read More >
Kitchen and Master Suite Upgrade for Fairfax Station Home
The owners of this Fairfax Station home knew the location and property size were perfect for their growing family. However, the standard builder-grade finishes and layout didn’t fit their design goals and space needs. The kitchen was too small for this family of six, the master bathroom needed to be more relaxing for this mother of four, and with news of their fourth child on the way during the design period, the family needed a fifth bedroom.
The BOWA Solution:
The BOWA design team created a master… Read More >
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.
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 >
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 >
Caroline Goree joins award-winning home remodeling firm to lead Alexandria projects
McLean, Va. – BOWA, bowa.com, an award-winning residential design and construction firm specializing in renovations ranging from master suites and kitchens to whole-house and whole-condo remodels, announces Caroline Goree has joined the team as its newest Project Leader. An Alexandria resident, Caroline brings a diverse background in high-end interior design and real estate, and will be focusing on developing our client base in that community.
“Caroline’s background and knowledge of the Alexandria market will make her a valuable team member,” said Josh Baker, co-founder of BOWA. “Her experience in… Read More >
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 >
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 >
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 >
McLean, Va. – BOWA is pleased to announce the firm has been named Best Design Build Firm and wins Great American Living Award. These two honors were received the first week of October 2017.
The company was recognized as Best Design Build Firm in the Washington, DC metro area at Home & Design magazine’s Designers’ Choice awards. The magazine polls architects and designers and presents their picks for leaders in the innovative, ever-evolving home-design industry. This marks the second time BOWA has been honored by the magazine’s Designers’ Choice awards. This year’s award was accepted by BOWA’s Lawrence Weinberg, Founder; … Read More >
As a thank you to the community in which we are working, BOWA will be holding a Home Cleanup Day in River Creek on Tuesday, October 9th. Let us assist in disposing of your unwanted clutter!
On Home Cleanup Day, please ask for the BOWA employee on site and we will be happy to help you unload your items.
Date: Tuesday, October 9, 2017
Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 pm
Where: 18406 Lanier Island Square, Leesburg, VA 20176
What: Broken & oversized items, junk, etc., but no electronics, paint or hazardous materials
For more information: Call Tim Burch at 540-687-6771.… Read More >
Please join us for our upcoming McLean Home Cleanup Day on Saturday, October 14th, co-sponsored by BOWA and your neighbor, Karen Briscoe of HBC Group. It’s our way of saying thank you to the King’s Manor community where we live and work. Let us help you get a head start on your pre-holiday cleaning and assist in disposing of your unwanted clutter!
Hosted at Karen’s home, we are pleased to be partnering once again with 123Junk who will be on hand to collect items for donation, recycling and disposal. You can read more about 123Junk’s charity partners as well as… Read More >
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 >
Loudoun County is one of the most incredible places in Virginia with its rolling countryside and beautiful views. This is truly the perfect place to create an amazing outdoor living space for entertaining or simply relaxing in your down time. If your outdoor space isn’t doing much living these days, consider these inspiring ideas for an outdoor renovation in Loudoun.
Screened porches are a traditional go-to for homeowners who want to enjoy a bug-free time outdoors. Screen walls allow you to breathe in the fresh air and take in the scenery without worrying about pesky mosquitoes or other… Read More >
Kitchen Renovation for a Chef in Vienna, VA
This 1975 split-level house was dark, cramped and the floor plan did not allow the owners to easily entertain guests. The sunken living room off the kitchen created a tripping hazard and obstructed the flow of the space. The homeowners knew the small, dated kitchen and awkward layout of the main level would require renovation to suit their family’s needs.
The BOWA Solution:
BOWA in-house designers went to work to bring this 1970s home into the 21st century. The BOWA team started by relocating the original “magic triangle”… Read More >
In conjunction with the Westmoreland Citizens Association and as a thank you to the communities in which we live and work, BOWA and Wydler Brothers will be holding the 3rd Annual Home Cleanup Day in Bethesda on Sunday, October 15th. Get ready for fall by letting us assist in disposing of your unwanted clutter!
We are pleased to be partnering with 123Junk who will be on hand to collect items for donation, recycling and disposal. You can read more about 123Junk’s charity partners as well as acceptable items by clicking on the logo below. This year you can also bring… Read More >
In conjunction with the Civic Association of River Falls and as a thank you to the communities in which we live and work, BOWA will be holding a Home Cleanup Day in Potomac on Saturday, September 16th. Get ready for fall by letting us assist in disposing of your unwanted clutter!
We are pleased to be partnering with 123Junk who will be on hand to collect items for donation, recycling and disposal. You can read more about 123Junk’s charity partners as well as acceptable items by clicking on the logo below. You can also bring your unwanted personal documents for… Read More >
The simple sound of “drip, drip, drip…” in a condo can cause serious panic. Is it rain outside? An air conditioning drip? A toilet or shower leak? As one leak can affect many floors of a condominium building, your worries aren’t just about your individual unit, but also those of your surrounding neighbors. So, when it comes time to remodel, it is critical that you and your neighbors select a condo remodeling expert to properly manage your investment and the complex nature of condominium renovations. Despite what others might say, expertise in the specialized niche of condominium remodeling can only… Read More >
Industrial Chic Row Home Renovation in Dupont Circle, DC
The young couple who purchased this 1885 row home in Dupont Circle knew they would need to renovate to fit their growing family and unique design ideas. The townhouse’s traditional design was dated and didn’t match their personalities. The challenges of this renovation included a lack of natural light, a closed floor plan, and a generally dated look.
The BOWA Solution:
A renovation that touched almost every part of the house began with the BOWA team redesigning the dated stairs that obstructed the flow of natural light… Read More >
The kitchen is the heart of the home for many homeowners and, with careful planning and consideration, can be a valuable tool for keeping your home and family running smoothly. One of the most important parts of the kitchen design is the island. The kitchen island can provide a lot of functionality while adding style and purpose to the room.
The Purpose of the Kitchen Island
To design the perfect island, you must first ask yourself how you anticipate using the space, both now and in the future? This multi-purpose area may be used for any or all of the… Read More >
Have your kids left the nest? Have you looked at your single-family home recently and thought, “Is it worth all this work?” Or are you looking to move to a more energetic part of the city? Then perhaps the condominium lifestyle is for you! Listen here to Steve Kirstein’s condo remodeling tips.
When it comes to selecting the right unit for your family the available inventory is greatly expanded when you’re open to the idea of remodeling. However, without the right team, the process can be challenging. That’s where BOWA comes in. Our experts can guide you through the entire… Read More >
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 >
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 >
Addition and Renovation to Landmark Home in McLean, Virginia
After living abroad for over 20 years, the owners of this property returned to the states and the home they had rented out while they were gone. Built in 1910, the property had unfortunately fallen into disrepair. The house had settled over time and needed significant structural work to stabilize the foundation, level the floors and stairs, and make the home secure again. The challenge was to bring the home up to livable standards with modern updates, while keeping the charm of this landmark property.
The BOWA… Read More >
Design Build Capitol Hill Renovation
The homeowners of this 1880’s Capitol Hill rowhouse wished to renovate the old, cramped kitchen to better accommodate their lifestyle and love of entertaining. Additionally, they wanted to improve the flow between the first-floor spaces and the rear yard.
The BOWA Solution:
The back wall of the kitchen was bumped out and an awkward wall removed. The existing door was relocated and the new addition maximizes natural light and allows for easy access to the remodeled rear yard. A center island offers plenty of space for food preparation and storage. The… Read More >
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 >
Starting Line – Autism Speaks 5K 2016
2017 marks the 17th Anniversary of the Autism Speaks 5K Run – 1 Mile Walk! I am thrilled that BOWA is a co-presenting sponsor again this year – our 14th consecutive year as a key sponsor. Thanks to the ongoing support of all the generous sponsors, donors and participants, this race has contributed over $2.5 million to Autism Speaks.
Celebrating 17 years of progress and hope in our community, this event is for both competitive runners and families with children of all ages, and sure to be a wonderful start to Independence Day.… Read More >
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 >
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 clients the high standard of quality, service and aftercare that has earned BOWA the loyalty of so many clients at a significantly reduced cost. This year’s program is LIMITED TO 5 DESIGN BUILD PROJECTS and is offered in exchange for some flexibility in a winter start date.
Given the response in previous years, we expect… Read More >
BOWA’s Peace of Mind Promises Address Common Concerns so you can Enjoy Remodeling
What if we could promise you a remarkable remodeling experience? One where you could count on your remodeler to go above and beyond while standing behind their work, deliver your project on time and on budget, and actually leave your neighbors singing their praises. Believe it or not, it is possible.
As part of our client-first approach, BOWA’s Peace of Mind Promises are designed to address common remodeling concerns. Our hope is that these promises allow you to move forward with confidence and actually enjoy your remodeling… Read More >
Please enjoy these recent project highlights from spring 2017. To view more project profiles, please visit our Project Types section.
Kosher Kitchen Remodel in DC
The owner of this 1913 Victorian house in Cleveland Park wished to update and modernize the existing kosher kitchen to make it more functional. The project included removing walls to capture adjacent space and create better flow, and features a large, L-shaped island, two-toned cabinets and a dramatic industrial aesthetic.
Universal Design Master Suite Renovation in McLean
Keeping to the existing footprint, the master bath renovation features clean lines, beautiful fixtures and custom details… Read More >
When selecting a financial advisor, are you more comfortable with the new grad or the seasoned professional with a track record of helping clients achieve their specific goals? As much as I want to support recent grads, I know where my money belongs. These principles also apply when approaching a condo remodel.
With more than 20 years of high-end condo renovation experience, I can say unequivocally it is a very specialized niche. Success requires residential expertise, a profound understanding of commercial systems and established relationships with building contacts and specialized subcontractors. With a proven advisor by your side, you can… Read More >
Luxury Condominium Renovation in Chevy Chase, Maryland
Having recently purchased a 25-year-old condo in one of Chevy Chase, Maryland’s most exclusive buildings, the homeowner wished to update and modernize the unit while recreating some of what she loved about her previous single family home. Her goals were to refresh the galley kitchen and master bath, add and improve upon her previous luxury finishes and open up the compartmentalized floorplan.
The BOWA Solution:
Beginning with the foyer, which was reworked to include a custom nook for a favorite painting, each area was thoughtfully designed to provide an… Read More >
Potomac, MD Renovation Features Dramatic Family Room Addition
An active, Potomac, Maryland family with young children and two dogs planned to remain in their home during this phased renovation project which touched nearly every room and many of the exterior spaces. The homeowners wished to increase their livable space, move the children’s rooms to the same level as the master suite and add a two-story family room addition.
The BOWA Solution:
BOWA’s “Safety First” approach involved cordoning off areas of the home to be most affected, protecting the living space and fencing off exterior work to… Read More >
Cleveland Park DC Kosher Kitchen Renovation
The client wished to renovate a small, dated kitchen within the existing footprint of her 1913 Cleveland Park home in Washington, DC. The main challenge of the project was to design a modern, strictly kosher kitchen within the existing space – including dual sinks, dishwashers, food preparation areas and storage for an avid cook with a passion for entertaining.
The BOWA Solution:
The renovation included removing two walls, one of which was load bearing, to capture the adjacent space and create better flow. A large, L-shaped island was designed to… Read More >
Traditional Chevy Chase, Maryland Condominium Renovation
In addition to renovating the kitchen of a dated Chevy Chase, MD condominium, the homeowner also wished to add luxury finishes and increase storage space. The main challenges included managing the building’s restricted work hours as well as maintaining positive relationships with both the building management and residents.
The BOWA Solution:
Every room and exterior space was touched during this renovation, from the cosmetic changes in the bedrooms to a remodeled kitchen for the homeowner who is an avid cook. The redesigned library doubles as a music room and has… Read More >
Contemporary Washington, DC Condominium Renovation
The primary challenge of this condo renovation was to transform what had once been two units into an optimized, light-filled single space with a contemporary design and incredible river views. The client could see the potential, but the realities of fixed plumbing, electric and structural column locations – all seemingly immovable obstacles in the wrong places – were daunting.
The BOWA Solution:
BOWA and the client executed an extensive forensic study of the original building plans to gauge feasibility. In the process, a plan was created that prioritized optimizing the beautiful… Read More >
Please join us for our upcoming McLean Home Cleanup Day on Saturday, April 22nd, co-sponsored by BOWA and your neighbors, Amy Dilley-Davis and Cathy Peck of HBC Group. It’s our way of saying thank you to the community where we live and work. Celebrate Earth Day by letting us help you recycle, donate or dispose of your unwanted clutter!
Hosted at Trinity United Methodist Church, we are pleased to be partnering once again with 123Junk who will be on hand to collect items for donation, recycling and disposal. You can read more about 123Junk’s charity partners as well as acceptable… Read More >
Universal Design Master Suite Renovation in McLean, VA
The master bathroom of this McLean, Virginia ranch-style home featured a dated bath area with awkward embellishments that crowded the space visually and spatially. Additionally, the bedroom suffered from a full wall of reach-in closets with two sets of bi-fold doors, which was busy on the outside and cramped on the inside.
The BOWA Solution:
Keeping to the existing footprint, the master bath renovation features clean lines, beautiful fixtures and custom details that better meet the owner’s needs. In the bedroom, the reach-in closets were replaced with a… Read More >
In conjunction with the South Bradley Hills Neighborhood Association, BOWA will be holding a Shred Day in Bethesda’s South Bradley Hills neighborhood on Saturday, April 29th. Let us help you securely dispose of your unwanted personal documents!
We are pleased to be partnering with TrueShred who will provide secure, onsite shredding. The BOWA team will be on hand to help, and we’d like to offer a special thank you to the Bethesda Community School for hosting the event!
Date: Saturday, April 29, 2017
Time: 9:00-11:00 am
Where: Bethesda Community School, 7500 Honeywell Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814
What: Unwanted documents for… Read More >
Whether you’re happy to see winter go or sad that we didn’t have much of one, now is the time to start thinking about giving your home a well-deserved spring cleaning. From tips for natural cleaning solutions to quick fixes, we have you covered. And the best part – you may already own most of the ingredients you need!
Natural Cleaning Solutions:
Because your home and family deserve only the very best, consider using natural cleaning solutions that will not only be effective in achieving desired results, but will also be safer for the environment.
Lemon or Lemon Essential Oil… Read More >
Consider These Condominium Search Tips
The renovation of luxury condominium apartments continues to be one of the fastest growing segments of what we specialize in at BOWA. While we’ve done this type of work for over two decades, there is no question the pace and frequency has increased in recent years. At this point, we’re fortunate to have five to seven condo renovations in the works at any given time. A quick glance around the DC metropolitan region shows this is in line not only with purchase statistics, but also with the much-publicized trend of folks moving toward the condo… Read More >
Please join us for our upcoming Reston Home Cleanup Day on Saturday, April 1st, co-sponsored by BOWA and your neighbor, Jenny McClintock of HBC Group. It’s our way of saying thank you to the community where we live and work. Let us help you get a head start on your spring cleaning and assist in disposing of your unwanted clutter!
Hosted at Jenny’s home, we are pleased to be partnering once again with 123Junk who will be on hand to collect items for donation, recycling and disposal. You can read more about 123Junk’s charity partners as well as acceptable items… Read More >
As a thank you to the communities in which we live and work, BOWA, Laurie Muir of Wydler Brothers and Rich Moroscak of PNC Mortgage will be holding a Home Cleanup Day & Shred Day in Bethesda on Saturday, February 25th. Let us help you get a start on your spring cleaning and assist in disposing of your unwanted clutter!
We are pleased to be partnering with 123Junk who will be on hand to collect items for donation, recycling and disposal. You can read more about 123Junk’s charity partners as well as acceptable items by clicking on the logo below. … Read More >
Master Suite and Master Bathroom Renovation in Great Falls, VA
The existing master suite was dated and the layout was awkward. The homeowners wished to renovate the space to include a new, modern master bath, walk-in closet and refreshment center while also preserving the natural light flowing through the space.
The BOWA Solution:
Significant structural changes were planned to accommodate the new design which included adding a new window to the bathroom, raising the floor and supporting the stone accent wall. As part of the larger master suite project, the fireplace was relocated, a cold tile… Read More >
The National Association of the Remodeling Industry Names Winners of Annual Competition
McLean, Va. – BOWA (bowa.com), a residential design and construction firm specializing in luxury additions and renovations, is pleased to announce that the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) has named BOWA the 2017 Southeast Regional CotY TM winner in the Entire House Over $1,000,000 category.
“With projects ranging from master suites and kitchens to whole-home renovations such as this one, it’s an honor to be recognized by our industry leaders for our work at this and all levels,” said Josh Baker, Founder and Co-Chairman at BOWA.… Read More >