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Master Bathroom Renovation with Plenty of Storage in Arlington, Virginia

project profile Master Bathroom Renovation with Plenty of Storage in Arlington, Virginia

Homeowner Challenge: This first-floor master bathroom was originally large, cold and cave-like. One homeowner didn’t even use this shower because of the lack of lighting and warmth, opting instead to use the second-floor bathroom. The challenge of this remodel was maximizing the natural light while creating a more usable, desirable space with plenty of storage. The BOWA Solution: The BOWA In-House Design team created a floorplan that enhances the natural light from the existing sklylight and improves the use of the space. By removing the tub, and changing… Read More >

Phased Renovation in Great Falls, VA – Interior and Exterior

project profile Phased Interior and Exterior Renovation in Great Falls, VA

Homeowner Challenge: When the homeowners purchased this home built in 1999, they knew they’d want to renovate to make this builder-grade home their own. The finishes and designs of the bathrooms were dated, and the rear yard area around the existing pool needed a facelift so they could better entertain guests and fix drainage issues. While the home had a great foundation, the homeowners knew a renovation could really enhance the design and their enjoyment of the property. The BOWA Solution: With an understanding of the homeowner’s complete “wish… Read More >

Industrial Chic Row Home Renovation in Dupont Circle, DC

project profile Industrial Chic Row Home Renovation in Dupont Circle, DC

Homeowner Challenge: 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 >

Addition and Renovation to Landmark Home in McLean, Virginia

project profile Addition and Renovation to Landmark Home in McLean, Virginia

Homeowner Challenge: 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 >

Universal Design Master Suite Renovation in McLean, VA

project profile Universal Design Master Suite Renovation in McLean, VA

Homeowner Challenge: 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 >

Master Suite and Master Bathroom Renovation in Great Falls, VA

project profile Master Suite and Master Bathroom Renovation in Great Falls, VA

Homeowner Challenge: 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 >

Tips to Improve the Air Quality in Your Home

You might be surprised to learn that recent scientific evidence suggests air inside your home can be even more polluted than outdoor air. With millions of people suffering from asthma and allergies, it’s a good idea to question whether the air in your home might be negatively affecting your family’s health. Fortunately, there are things that can be done to reduce the build-up of indoor air pollutants, thus improving the overall air quality and helping to protect your family. Following are three basic strategies. Control Sources Source control is considered to be the most effective way of reducing indoor pollutants.… Read More >

Whole House Design Build Renovation in Bethesda, MD

project profile Whole House Design Build Renovation in Bethesda, MD

Homeowner Challenge: This classic, center hall colonial home in Bethesda, Maryland had not been updated in years and the new homeowners wanted to modernize and maximize the existing space as well as improve the flow between rooms. The BOWA Solution: Reconfiguring the cabinetry and cooking areas in the kitchen allowed for the addition of a larger window while new French doors created a graceful egress for entertaining outdoors. High-end appliances and fixtures modernized the kitchen and the maple Country French cabinetry and honed marble countertops created an ‘Old World’ feel.  … Read More >

City Living

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 >

Using Social Media to Aid in the Design Process

Is a kitchen remodel in your near future? Are you planning a master suite addition? Whether you want to renovate or you’re just looking to freshen up your living room with some new furnishings, there are some great online tools available to help with the design process. Looking for Inspiration?  If you’re looking for something above and beyond just tearing out magazine pages to show to your design team, you may want to check out Pinterest. This website, also available as a mobile app, allows you to collect, organize, and share visual bookmarks of all the things that interest you.… Read More >

What You Should Know about Tankless Water Heaters

Have you decided it’s time to replace your water heater? Or, are you looking to make your home more energy efficient? In either case, following is an overview on how tankless water heaters work and some helpful advice on why a tankless unit may (or may not) be the best option for your home. Tankless Water Heaters 101 Also known as instantaneous or on-demand heaters, this type of water heater provides hot water only as needed, so no storage tank is required as with conventional units. Since the water isn’t continuously heated, it doesn’t produce the standby energy losses associated… Read More >

Masterful Master Baths

Today’s master baths goes beyond mere bathrooms to also serve as places to pamper, relax and rejuvenate. Since it’s where your day begins and ends, it’s definitely a space you’ll want to be comfortable in and enjoy. The amenities in some master baths today can rival those of a luxury spa. So what are homeowners doing these days to create their own personal retreats? Savvy Selections Natural stone is as popular a choice as ever for bathroom floors and walls. Extending the tile work from the shower to the walls can help minimize the number of different elements in the… Read More >

Owners pour cash into bathroom renovations

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 >

Renovators do more with less – homeowners keep makeovers simple and budget friendly

Featured in: USA Today Excerpt: “With real estate values still in the doldrums, people are seeing their houses less as investments and more as, well, homes. Since they’re staying put, they’re taking on targeted — rather than extreme — makeovers aimed at livability….  Home remodeling is expected to pick up and post solid growth  in the second half of this year, making 2012 the strongest year since 2006, according to a report Thursday by the remodeling futures program at Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies.  Driving the market will be midsize kitchen and bath projects, maintenance work and energy-efficiency… Read More >

Cleaning up the look of bathrooms

Featured in: The Washington Times Excerpt:  Sleek is in, at least in bathrooms. Where bathrooms once were designed with ornate cabinetry and a mix of finishes and flourishes, these days, modern, clean lines and clear glass are trendy…. Patricia Tetro, principal of Bowa in McLean, said homeowners request rain showerheads and handheld showers more than the body sprays that were popular a few years ago. “We put in a bench in the master shower and sometimes a shaving step to rest your foot on,” Ms. Tetro said. “We even sometimes put in a ‘toe tester,’ which is a tiny little… Read More >

Everything in Its Place: A look at other trends in bathroom design, clever ways to get more storage, the growing popularity of steam showers, and smarter toilets

Featured in: Washingtonian  Excerpt: The biggest challenge for area bath designers? Creating enough storage, particularly in a small bath in an older home. Here’s a look at other key considerations when renovating a bathroom. Creating More Storage: Many older bathrooms have wall-hung or pedestal sinks with little or no storage underneath. But people have more stuff these days. That, along with clever innovations in cabinetmaking, may be why designers say they’re creating more storage now in bathrooms, especially master baths. “Years ago, people had small vanities. Now they’re building in more cabinetry,” says Josh Baker of BOWA, a builder in… Read More >

Men vs. Women: What each wants in their master bathroom design

Featured in: Washingtonian Excerpt: Husbands and wives often want very different things in a master bathroom. Here’s how to get what you each like without landing in hot water. She wants a bubbler tub. He wants a steam shower. She wants a large vanity with lots of storage for makeup and toiletries. He needs one drawer. She wants a window that frames beautiful views from the tub. He wants a built-in television so he can watch ESPN while he shaves. She wants a gentle rain shower. He wants water pressure so strong it could peel paint. A husband and wife… Read More >

Making a Splash – Bathroom Design Trends

Featured in: Washingtonian Excerpt:  Spa-like details such as glass tile and soothing colors are a trend in home bathrooms…The bathroom itself, though, isn’t necessarily bigger. “People are looking for a more open feel but typically looking to work within the existing space,” says Josh Baker, founder of BOWA, a builder in McLean and Middleburg. “There’s a trend toward the master bath not being as expansive as it used to be. Years ago, some bathrooms were almost opulent. With the trend toward sleek sophistication, you don’t need that much space if it’s well done.”… One way to make a bathroom feel… Read More >

Design a Favorite Space in your Home

Many people have a favorite space in their home, be it a cozy nook for reading, a luxurious bath for escaping the hassles of a long day or a gourmet kitchen ideally suited for preparing meals the whole family can enjoy. Your favorite space may be a home bar perfect for entertaining family and friends (see last month’s issue) or an area custom designed to match your children’s interests so they can enjoy time with friends in the safety of your own home.  If you don’t already have your favorite space picked out keep in mind a well-planned home renovation … Read More >

Lower Level Renovation Creates Home Office in McLean, Virginia Home

project profile Lower Level Renovation Creates Home Office in McLean, Virginia Home 

Homeowner Challenge: The homeowner wanted a home office in the basement with a separate and private entrance for business visitors. He also wanted to renovate existing spaces for a more appealing transition from the main floor. The BOWA Solution: Improved access to the rear yard was created by fabricating and installing a new masonry retaining wall. Structural issues, such as moisture in the basement and a fireplace leak, were corrected simultaneously.  Inside, a stairway was reconfigured for entry into a fully-renovated light-filled space instead of a dark hallway.… Read More >