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BOWA Named Top Vote Getter for Best Remodeler in Bethesda Magazine and Arlington Magazine

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 >

Qualified Remodeler Top 500 Profile: From the Ground Up

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 >

Coming Soon to Spring Valley – BOWA Holiday Home Cleanup Day

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 >

BOWA Welcomes Alexandria Native to Growing Project Leader Team

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 >

BOWA Named Best Design Build Firm and Wins Great American Living Award

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 >

Coming Soon to River Creek – BOWA Home Cleanup Day

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 >

Coming Soon to South Bradley Hills – BOWA Shred Day

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 >

Coming Soon to Arlington – BOWA Home Cleanup Day

As a thank you to the community in which we are working, BOWA will be holding a Home Cleanup Day in Arlington on Thursday, February 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:  Thursday, February 9, 2017 Time:  9:00 am – 12:00 pm Where:  2623 S Kent Street, Arlington, VA 22202 What:  Broken & oversized items, junk, etc., but no electronics, paint or hazardous materials For more information:  Call Jim Harris at 703-873-8010. Guest… Read More >

Coming Back to Edgemoor – BOWA Home Cleanup Day

Back by popular demand!  In conjunction with the Edgemoor Citizens Association, BOWA will be holding our 2nd annual Home Cleanup Day in Bethesda’s Edgemoor neighborhood on Saturday, February 11th.  Let us help you show your home some LOVE just in time for Valentine’s Day by 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.  Read more about 123Junk’s charity partners as well as acceptable items by clicking on the logo below. Date:  Saturday, February 11, 2017 Time:  9:00-11:00 am Where:  The Edgemoor Club,… Read More >

Local Building Industry Association Recognized BOWA at 2016 Great American Living Awards

BOWA Also Recognized as a Top Performer by Qualified Remodeler Magazine McLean, Va. – BOWA (www.bowa.com), an award-winning residential design build firm specializing in luxury additions and renovations received high honors from the Maryland Building Industry Association (MBIA), the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association (NVBIA) and the Washington Metropolitan Sales and Marketing Council (WMSMC) as the winner of two 2016 Great American Living Awards.  The awards were accepted by BOWA’s Josh Baker, Founder and Co-Chairman, Tim Burch, Vice President, and Valery Tessier, Project Architect on October 6, 2016. “BOWA thanks the GALA committee for these latest awards. We are grateful… Read More >

Remodeling Industry Recognizes BOWA as Contractor of the Year

National Association of Remodeling Industry Honors BOWA with Two Awards Following BOWA’s Recent “Best of Bethesda” Recognition from Bethesda Magazine McLean, Va. – BOWA (www.bowa.com), an award-winning residential design and construction firm specializing in luxury additions and renovations received high honors from the National Association of Remodeling Industry (NARI) Metro DC chapter as the winner of two 2015 Contractor of the Year awards.  The awards were accepted by BOWA’s Doug Horgan, Vice President of Best Practices on March 5, 2016. “BOWA thanks NARI Metro DC for these latest awards that recognize our expertise in remodeling and our skill in designing… Read More >

BOWA Welcomes Veteran Home Remodeling Expert to Lead Residential Remodels in Northern Virginia

Stephen Scholl Joins Award-Winning Home Remodeling Firm with 30-Years of Industry Experience   McLean, Va. – BOWA, www.bowa.com, an award-winning residential design and construction firm specializing in luxury additions and renovations, announces Stephen Scholl as its newest Project Leader for residential remodels in Northern Virginia. Scholl is a skilled home remodeling professional with more than 30 years of residential remodeling experience. “Stephen brings exceptional team management, customer service and home remodeling experience to BOWA,” said Josh Baker, founder of BOWA. “Stephen’s proven expertise of the luxury remodeling process is right in line with BOWA’s core values and he’s going to be… Read More >

BOWA Wins Second Consecutive Award from Houzz

Houzz online community awards BOWA with “Best of Houzz 2015”  McLean, Va. — BOWA (www.bowa.com), an award-winning residential design and construction firm specializing in luxury additions and renovations, received a “Best of Houzz” award from Houzz (www.houzz.com), a leading platform for home remodeling and design. The “Best Of Houzz” awards recognize the most popular work samples on the Houzz platform and provides a homeowner-to-homeowner guide to the top home builders, architects, interior designers, landscape artists and other residential remodeling professionals in metro areas across the United States. “The BOWA team is thrilled to accept this recognition from the Houzz community,”… 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 >

A Refresher on Interior Home Maintenance

Homeowners often ask, “What are some general guidelines for keeping my home safe and healthy for my family?” Our experience over the last 25 years has proven that certain interior maintenance items are critical to the long-term performance of your home.  A regular schedule of interior and exterior home maintenance will likely help you to avoid serious home-related problems, or at least identify issues early so problems can be addressed in a timely manner with minimal adverse effects. Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Maintenance Recommendation: Serviced in the spring and fall; change filters regularly. As a mechanical system, they… Read More >

A Refresher on Exterior Home Maintenance

Many homeowners wonder: “Am I doing enough to keep my home safe from the outdoor elements?” Our experience over the past 25 years has proven that there are certain exterior maintenance items that are critical to the long-term health of the home. All too often we find that when serious issues arise, they are directly or indirectly due to these basic home maintenance items being neglected, either because they are not understood or forgotten. A regular schedule of maintenance will likely help to identify issues early so problems can be addressed in a timely manner and adverse effects can be… Read More >

Work of Art

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 >

BOWA Wins Regional Contractor of the Year Award

National Association of Remodeling Industry Honors BOWA with a Contractor of the Year Award in Residential Kitchen Category; Firm Also Recently Recognized by Bethesda Magazine Readers   McLean, Va. –BOWA (www.bowa.com), a design build firm specializing in luxury renovations ranging from master suites and kitchens to whole-house and whole-condo remodels, recently received a prestigious regional Contractor of the Year (CotY) award from the National Association of Remodeling Industry (NARI). BOWA was also recently a top vote-getter in Bethesda Magazine’s 2014 “Best of Bethesda” awards. “The BOWA team is honored to have been recognized as one of the top remodelers in the… Read More >

Is Your Home Ready for Every Generation

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 >

Planning for Multigenerational Living

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 with any remodeling project, there are a number of factors to consider when planning a renovation for a growing household. A Space of Their Own A self-contained guest house or in-law suite offers the most privacy for all generations.  Including a full bathroom and kitchenette, as well as a separate entrance in this space, allows an older family member to retain their independence and privacy.  Adding a small sitting… Read More >

Want the Best of Both Worlds?

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 >

How Do You Find a Great Home Professional?

Whether you’re searching for a plumber to fix a leaky pipe or doing a complete kitchen remodel, finding and hiring the best professionals for the job can be a challenge. We’ve all heard enough horror stories of what happens when someone hires an unethical or unqualified contractor, so it’s perfectly natural to be wary. But doing a little homework before signing a contract can help you rest assured that you’ve hired the right home pro for your job. So how are homeowners finding good people these days? Phone a Friend:  Often times the best place to start is with who… Read More >

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

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 >

Professional Tips for an Effective Lighting Plan

A lighting strategy is essential during the early stages of planning a successful renovation or remodel. As lighting is an integral design component, it should not be left as a last minute decision or afterthought. The location of the room and the way the space will be used are important factors when determining the best lighting solutions for your home. Two-Step Planning Process  Creating a plan in the early stages allows you to coordinate other elements within the design, such as smoke detector or speaker placement, which typically also require wiring in the ceiling. If a ceiling fan and recessed… Read More >

What’s Cooking? Your Guide to What’s Hot in Kitchen Appliances

We’ve all seen enough commercials, magazine ads and sales fliers to know that kitchen appliances are always evolving and manufacturers are in a race to reveal the next big thing. But, which ones are catching the eyes of kitchen experts and their clients? The following highlights might shed a little light and be helpful whether you’re looking to replace one kitchen staple that is on the fritz or you’re planning a kitchen remodel and need everything and the kitchen sink. Move Over Microwave The GE Advantium Speedcook Oven is available in either a 120-volt or 240-volt model, and features multiple… Read More >

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

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 >

Remodeling Industry Recognizes BOWA as Contractor of the Year for Third Consecutive Year

National Association of Remodeling Industry Honors BOWA with Three Remodeling and Renovation Awards as the Metro-D.C. Area Firm Celebrates its 25th Anniversary McLean, Va. –  BOWA (www.bowa.com), a home transformation company specializing in the design and construction of luxury additions and renovations, received three prestigious Contractor of the Year (CotY) awards from the National Association of Remodeling Industry (NARI) Metro-D.C. Chapter at its awards reception on January 12.  These awards are the latest recognition and honors for the metropolitan-D.C. area firm that has now received more than 110 awards as the company celebrates its 25th anniversary. “The BOWA team is… Read More >

Take Your Home to the Next Level

While previously seen exclusively as a high-end luxury item, elevators are becoming a more popular feature in today’s homes. Perhaps due to the wave of baby boomers that are planning for their long-term needs and recent innovations that have made the technology more affordable, residential elevators are now seen as a practical solution to many home challenges. Benefits Homeowners who wish to age in place, have existing mobility issues, or will soon be caring for older parents, often think about adding on a ground-level master suite. However, if the added square footage isn’t otherwise necessary or if lot space is… Read More >

‘Age in Place’ to Satisfy Evolving Needs

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 >

Award-Winning Home Remodeling Firm, BOWA, Welcomes Experienced Home Renovation Expert to Serve Virginia Clients

McLean, Va. – BOWA, www.bowa.com, an award-winning residential remodel and construction firm specializing in luxury additions and renovations, announces Jim Harris as its newest Project Leader. Harris is a skilled home remodeling professional who has been an owner and later a partner of two design/build companies throughout his 13 years of home renovation experience in Northern Virginia. “Jim brings with him a lot of high-level experience in home remodeling work and a dedication to providing exceptional customer service,” said Josh Baker, founder of BOWA. “Jim’s standards and approach to providing clients with expert advice and delivering an exceptional customer experience… 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 >

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

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

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 >

Industry Professionals Honor BOWA

Featured in: McLean Connection Excerpt: “BOWA, a home transformation company in McLean, specializing in the design and construction of luxury additions and renovations, was honored with the 2011 Designers’ Choice “Hall of Fame Custom Builder” Award by Home & Design magazine. Steve Kirstein, principal of BOWA, accepted the award on Oct. 20, 2011 at the Designers’ Choice Awards reception in Bethesda, Md. BOWA prides itself on providing clients with a single-source solution to luxury home renovations.” For More Information: Click here to view the full article in a new window  … Read More >

Top 10 Things to Know Before you Purchase a House

Featured in: Reston Connection, Great Falls Connection, McLean Connection, Potomac Almanac, Arlington Connection, Vienna Connection, Herndon Connection Excerpt:  Have a vision for renovating or expanding a house for sale?  Here are some tips on what to find out before you buy….Here are 10 things to consider when purchasing a house with the intention of a future remodeling project: 1) Check the local government’s zoning ordinances; 2) Research any neighborhood association restrictions; 3. Never assume that an existing structure is adequate for future modifications; 4. Check system capacities; 5. Investigate policies regarding septic systems; 6. Be aware of hazardous materials; 7.… Read More >

Tips to Consider when Selecting New Countertops

Whether you’re looking to replace your old countertops as part of a full kitchen remodel or a quick facelift, you’ll find there is a wide array of options when it comes to materials and distinctive finishes. The best surface for your home often depends on your budget, style and lifestyle. Keep in mind you don’t need to pick just one! A trend we’ve seen in our recent remodeling work is that many homeowners are mixing and matching complementary surfaces in different areas of the kitchen to achieve a truly one-of-a-kind look. The following overview of available countertop options may be… Read More >

The Family Foyer: Essential Space

Featured in: Alexandria Gazette Packet Excerpt: Whatever your name for it, this space is essential for every homeowner. At BOWA, we call this important room the “Family Foyer” as it often includes spaces to help organize the way today’s modern family lives. Here are four tips to help your family optimize (or create) a useful Family Foyer – determine the best location, use durable materials, plan carefully to suit your storage and functional needs, and consider designated spaces for each family member – even the dog. For More Information: BOWA Home Advisor:  Need Help Organizing your Family? Read the full… Read More >

The Family Foyer: Essential Space

Featured in: Arlington  Connection  Excerpt: Whatever your name for it, this space is essential for every homeowner. At BOWA, we call this important room the “Family Foyer” as it often includes spaces to help organize the way today’s modern family lives. Here are four tips to help your family optimize (or create) a useful Family Foyer – determine the best location, use durable materials, plan carefully to suit your storage and functional needs, and consider designated spaces for each family member – even the dog. For More Information: BOWA Home Advisor:  Need Help Organizing your Family? Click here to read… Read More >

Wouldn’t you love a great outdoor kitchen?

The recent sunshine and warmer temperatures throughout the Washington DC area, remind us that we’ll soon be able to enjoy pool parties, picnics, and of course, backyard BBQ’s with family and friends. If you’re thinking about incorporating the convenience of an outdoor kitchen into your backyard, listed below are some helpful tips to consider. To Cover or Not to Cover When creating an outdoor kitchen, one of the first things to consider is whether or not to have the space covered. Unless covered, you should expect to experience significantly more wear and tear on your surfaces and appliances than if… 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 >

Have you Maximized your Home’s Livable Space?

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. Following are examples of just a few creative living solutions we’ve seen in recent projects. Backsplash Appliance Garages Having an appliance garage in your kitchen is nothing new, but the twist comes in creating one or many storage areas hidden behind your backsplash. If you are in need of more counter space (and who isn’t with all the must-have… Read More >

Remodeling Industry Recognizes BOWA as a Capital Contractor of the Year

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, Va. As the single point of accountability for the customer, BOWA transformed this home to fit the young family’s need of comfort and convenience.

BOWA Offers Winter Storm Tips: Preparation is Crucial, Says Residential Design Build Contractor

“While everyone in the DC region is hoping we don’t experience another ‘snowmageddon,’ even minor winter storms can wreak havoc,” said Josh Baker, president of BOWA. “Doing some prep work in advance of a pending storm or frigid weather will ensure your family and home are protected.”

Is your home safety-proofed for the holidays?

For many of us, the holidays are a busy time filled with gifts to wrap, cookies to bake, family to entertain and parties to attend. Unfortunately, it’s easy for fire prevention and other safety issues to be overlooked during the hustle and bustle of the season, but they should never get put on the back burner (pun intended). According to National Fire Protection Association, more than 40% of home fires occur during the months of December, January and February. Listed below are some precautions to take to help ensure that you and your loved ones have a safe and happy… Read More >

Are you Prepared for a Power Outage?

Permanent standby generators are a considerable investment, but the convenience of an autostart system, along with the peace of mind of having one, are well worth the price for many homeowners. And don't forget, having a home generator will likely increase the value of your home.

BOWA Suggests Simple Homeowner Preparation Tips to Protect Mid-Atlantic Homes During Active Hurricane Season

McLean, Va. — BOWA (www.bowa.com), a home transformation company specializing in the design and construction of large-scale additions and renovations, advises homeowners to be proactive in protecting their homes during hurricane season, which lasts through November. According to the book Hurricanes and the Middle Atlantic States, the East Coast is amidst an active hurricane cycle, which began in 1995 and should last into the 2020s.  “As we’ve seen from harsh weather this year, the high winds and heavy rainfall that come with severe storms and hurricanes can cause a significant amount of damage to homes, often from flooding and fallen… Read More >