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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 >

Modern Aging in Place Renovation in Falls Church, VA

project profile Modern Aging in Place Renovation in Falls Church, VA

Homeowner Challenge: This 1950s ranch was renovated by the owner shortly after purchasing it in 1991, so it was time to again do some updating to allow for another 25 years of ownership. The project needed to address maintenance issues, upgrade building materials and adjust the layout. The homeowner wanted to stay true to the mid-century modern style of the home. The BOWA Solution: BOWA’s design team created a plan to make this home comfortable for the owner for years to come. To achieve the larger master suite the… 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 >

Kitchen and Master Suite Upgrade for Fairfax Station Home

project profile Kitchen and Master Suite Upgrade for Fairfax Station Home

Homeowner Challenge: 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 >

How to Communicate Your Likes and Dislikes to Designers and Architects

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. Collect Images 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 >

Recent Remodeling Project Highlights from Fall 2017

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 >

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 >

Recent Project Highlights from Spring 2017

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 >

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 >

Recent Project Highlights – Fall 2016

Please enjoy these highlights of our recently finished projects.  To view more project profiles, please visit our Project Types section. Striking Whole-House Renovation The homeowners’ of this lovely McLean house wanted to revitalize their home by adding modern finishes into the design. BOWA was able to create a brighter, more functional kitchen; a more inviting foyer; a charming home office, and a luxurious master bathroom that suited all of the homeowners’ needs.     ***************** Spacious Two-Story Addition This DC family wanted to add more space to their home but their options were limited due to a tight lot. BOWA designed… Read More >

Great News for Clients: Our Award-Winning Design Team is Expanding!

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… 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 >

Coming Soon to The Reserve in McLean – Home Cleanup Day

Please join us for our upcoming McLean Home Cleanup Day on Saturday, October 1st, co-sponsored by BOWA and your neighbor, Tania Hosmer of Keller Williams.  It’s our way of saying thank you to the community in which we live and work.  Let us help you get a head start on your back-to-school cleaning and assist in disposing of your unwanted clutter! 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 by clicking on… Read More >

Class is In: Remodeler holds quarterly in-house training sessions

Featured in: Remodeling Excerpt: “BOWA Builders recently hosted its 50th in-house employee training session. The idea for the Virginia company’s quarterly “lunch and learn” sessions began with education for the production department but has expanded to include the design team and, in the last few years, invitations extended to select outside architects, home inspectors, and construction managers as well. Doug Horgan, vice president, best practices, works with the production vice president, the COO, and the customer service department to set the agenda based on lessons learned from company projects. He invites a guest speaker, such as a subcontractor or a… 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 >

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 >

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 >

Colonial Expansion

Featured on:  Home & Design Excerpt: “It all started with a plan to expand a garage and add a guest room onto a Colonial-style home in Potomac, Maryland. But as such plans tend to do, this small-scale project soon morphed into something much bigger: a massive, whole-house renovation that added to the 40-year old residence some 4,500 square feet of living space. The owners tapped BOWA for the job, and the result is a stately, welcoming home flanked on one side by a three-car garage and spacious guest quarters (complete with private entrance and dramatic two-story foyer), and on the… 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 >

Homeowners are lightening up when it comes to kitchens

Featured in: The Washington Times Excerpt: “While avocado and harvest gold appliances are nowhere to be found in most kitchens in 2012, some classic color trends, such as a black-and-white kitchen, are unlikely to ever fade from popularity. In addition to classic color schemes, homeowners and interior designers are looking for ways to wash their kitchens in light and color that are both neutral and innovative… Homeowners today are remodeling their older kitchens to open them up to the family room, to the outdoors or both, said Patricia Tetro, a principal and owner of Bowa in McLean. “Everyone wants their… Read More >

Remodeling: An Opportunity to Follow One’s Passion

Featured in: The Connection Newspapers Excerpt:  “Having remodeled thousand of projects over the past 25 years, our clients’ reactions tell us that some of the most successful projects often address a specific passion or interest. Folks seem to be spending more and more time at home not only working, but also enriching their lives through personal interests.  To that end, today’s remodeling design often includes developing new areas for pursuing a variety of passions.  Here are some local examples…So the question remains, what’s your passion?  By working closely with an experienced design build remodeler who has access to a whole… Read More >

Top 10 Things To Know Before You Remodel

Featured in: Reston Connection Excerpt:  by Joshua E. Baker:  “There are very few decisions that can impact your family life, and the value of one of your biggest assets than selecting the right remodeler. Why not approach this as you would when hiring a lawyer, investment advisor, or even a physician? Top 10 Tips:  Seek an Advocate; Plan Early; Find a Good Match; Get First-Hand Info; Explore Options; Be Wise; Prevent Stress; Be Firm; Double Check Warranties; Take Advantage” For More Information: BOWA Services:  Services Overview BOWA Services:  Residential Construction BOWA Services:  Purchase Consultations Click here to view the full… Read More >

Savvy Homeowners Prefer a Team Approach

Featured in: Loudoun Times-Mirror Excerpt:  …This has caused a renaissance of residential design build remodeling as the benefits of a strategic team approach to home design have become more apparent. While this approach is one of the biggest changes, here are some other trends we’re seeing in our recent projects.  Also included are:  clients opting for better designed space in lieu of more space and additions; kitchen renovations that rethink the layout and improve the connection to surrounding spaces, both interior and exterior; media rooms and home theaters that serve as the social and recreational hubs of today’s homes; people… 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 >

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?

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 >

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 >

Design Build Remodeling Contractor Gives Back

Earlier this year, BOWA launched a new company logo and updated our company gear to go with it.  In part, the reason for the change was to help people understand that as a design build renovation contractor, we are more than just builders.  Hence, BOWA Builders became BOWA.  We think this is an important distinction since we specialize in both the design and construction of residential additions and renovations.   Not wanting anything to go to waste, BOWA collected all company clothing with the old logo that was still in wearable condition.  Over 500 items were collected and once boxed and… Read More >

BOWA Builders Announces New Identity of BOWA to Better Reflect Company’s Design-Build Expertise of Transforming Houses Into Homes

McLean, Va. – BOWA Builders announces its new company identity as BOWA, stressing the firm’s role as clients’ single point of accountability for the design and construction of large-scale additions and renovations. “After talking with many of our clients over BOWA’s 22 years in the home remodeling industry, the one piece of feedback we kept hearing was how we are ‘so much more than a builder,'” said BOWA CEO and co-founder Larry Weinberg. “Our ability to assemble and manage a team of experts, take accountability for the entire design and construction process, and look after the clients’ best interests are… Read More >

Is your Home Susceptible to Ice Damming?

An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the eave or valley of a roof and prevents proper drainage. Ice damming is most often caused by insufficient attic insulation and/or attic ventilation. An attic that is too warm causes roof snow to melt and slide down to the eaves. At the eaves, where the roof surface is cooler, the melting snow is likely to refreeze and cause a dam. Subsequent melting causes water to pool behind this dam, potentially leading to serious water damage. Costly damage may occur if water seeps between the shingle layers, wetting the… Read More >