Tag Archives: Design Ideas

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 >

Seven Ways to Add Personality to the Design of Your Kitchen Remodel in McLean

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: 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 designs… Read More >

Kitchen Renovation for a Chef in Vienna, VA

project profile Kitchen Renovation for a Chef in Vienna, VA

Homeowner Challenge: 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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

The Region’s Best Home Designs

Featured in: The Connection Newspapers and The Potomac Almanac Excerpt: “A MCLEAN KITCHEN by BOWA took top honors in the “Residential Kitchen Over $120,000” category. The homeowners were looking to create a free-flowing, light-filled space. “Their kitchen was not as open as they would have liked,” said Josh Baker, founder and co-chairman of BOWA. “They wanted to make it more integrated and useful for the family.”  To accommodate a larger kitchen, the design team, which included BOWA’s George Hodges-Fulton, built an addition and added a sitting room, screened porch and additional windows to allow an abundance of natural light to… 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 >

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 >