Tag Archives: Great Falls VA

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 >

Beautiful Kitchen and Family Room Renovation in Great Falls, Virginia

project profile Beautiful Kitchen and Family Room Renovation in Great Falls, Virginia

Homeowner Challenge: This Great Falls family desired a more open feel for the first level of their home. The kitchen and family room had an outdated look, and because the family was expecting soon, the renovation had to be completed before their due date. BOWA’s services were employed to make sure the renovation was successfully completed on time and on budget. The BOWA Solution: The first order of business was adding a fully captured beam within a soffit, which allowed for the removal of an unsightly load-bearing wall.… Read More >

A BOWA Custom Home – Hampton Shingle Style in Great Falls

project profileA BOWA Custom Home – Hampton Shingle Style in Great Falls

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A BOWA Custom Home – English Manor in Great Falls

project profile A BOWA Custom Home – English Manor in Great Falls

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Video Timelapse of a Rear Yard Renovation in Great Falls, VA

project profile Video Timelapse of a Rear Yard Renovation in Great Falls, VA

Homeowner Challenge: During their first BOWA project, the homeowners had delayed building a pool until their young children were older, and as a result the beautiful exterior spaces were underutilized. Their goal was to create a unified outdoor destination for entertaining family and friends that would complement the existing structure and feel of the home.  The BOWA Solution: The patio was reconfigured to include a new outdoor kitchen overlooking the pool area and integrated with the existing exterior living room. Seating areas on different levels provide sweeping… Read More >

Purchase Consultation and Whole House Renovation in Great Falls, Virginia

project profile Purchase Consultation and Whole House Renovation in Great Falls, Virginia

Homeowner Challenge: Prior to purchase, the homeowners contacted BOWA to determine the feasibility of their vision for the stately house in Great Falls, Virginia.   BOWA was able to provide a variety of design solutions in the pre-purchase consultation and began the work right after settlement. The BOWA Solution: A large-scale renovation took place, including an extensive kitchen and family room remodel and the addition of a breakfast room and a screened porch that looks onto a stunning outdoor renovation.  Each floor of the home, as well as the… Read More >

Back Porch Renovation in Great Falls Features Spectacular Stone Fireplace

project profile Porch Renovation in Great Falls, VA Features Spectacular Stone Fireplace

Homeowner Challenge: This homeowner’s second project with BOWA was for a screened porch and renovation of existing deck and gazebo.  One ‘must have’ feature for the porch was a double-sided stone fireplace that could be used from the outside screened porch or the inside family room.  The BOWA Solution: The spacious porch is enhanced by a soaring bead board ceiling, custom lighting and fans, while custom wood moldings are carried from the interior to the exterior spaces for a unified look.  From the screened-in room, there is access… Read More >

Extensive Phased Renovation in Great Falls, Virginia

project profile Extensive Phased Renovation in Great Falls, Virginia

Homeowner Challenge: The homeowners of this New England-style colonial loved their Great Falls, Virginia location and lot, but envisioned a more welcoming look for their home that would better suit the family’s active lifestyle. Not satisfied with other homes available on the market, they retained the design build professionals at BOWA to develop a multi-phased plan to transform their existing home. The BOWA Solution: The phased approach to the whole-house renovation included completely remodeling the interior and exterior, while the second phase focused on the addition of a garage, home gym… Read More >

BOWA Spring Cleanup at Lift Me Up!

Join BOWA and Lift Me Up! on Saturday, April 18th to get a jump start on your spring! As the weather warms up it is the perfect time to clean out the garage, basement or your closets.  Let BOWA assist you with the disposal of your unwanted clutter. Volunteers will also be available to help you unload! Cash donations are gladly accepted and all proceeds will benefit the “Good fences make good neighbors campaign” as part of a comprehensive initiative to replace all the fences on the farm. Click here to learn more about therapeutic riding, volunteer and other ways… Read More >

Coming to Great Falls Home Cleanup Day!

As a thank you to the communities in which we have worked, I would like to invite you to take advantage of BOWA’s upcoming Great Falls Home Cleanup Day. 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 3, 2015 Time:  9:00 am – 11:00 am Where:  9902 Deerfield Pond Drive, Great Falls, VA 22066 What:  Dispose of wrappings, trees, boxes and other debris –… Read More >

Coming Soon to Great Falls Home Cleanup Days

As a thank you to the communities in which we work, I would like to invite you to take advantage of one of BOWA’s upcoming Great Falls Home Cleanup Days. 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**. Simply pick the date and location that is convenient for you! Date:  Wednesday, November 12, 2014 Time:  9:00 am – 11:00 am Where:  9696 Mill Ridge Lane, Great Falls, VA 22066 Date:  Saturday, January 3, 2015 Time:  9:00… Read More >

Coming in October – BOWA Dumpster Day at Lift Me Up!

Join BOWA and Lift Me Up! for a  Dumpster Day community cleanup and open barn day on Saturday, October 4th! Now that school has started, it is the perfect time to clean out the garage, basement or your closets.  Let BOWA assist you with the disposal of your unwanted clutter. Volunteers will also be available to offer tours of the barn and grounds! Cash donations are gladly accepted and all proceeds will benefit the “Good fences make good neighbors campaign” as part of a comprehensive initiative to replace all the fences on the farm. Click here to learn more about… Read More >

BOWA Sponsors 2nd Annual Cars for the Cure in Great Falls, VA

BOWA is proud to be a sponsor for the Cars for the Cure – 2nd Annual Drive to End Diabetes, an exotic and classic cars, trucks and motorcycles show.  The event occurs on Sunday, October 5th, 2014 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at Brx American Bistro in Great Falls, VA. George Hodges-Fulton, BOWA Principal and car enthusiast, has once again entered his classic 1965 Ford Mustang and will be on hand to enjoy what is expected to be a day of family, fun and fundraising to support the fight against diabetes. Last year’s event raised over $31,000 for Type… 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 >

A home designed to age along with its owners

Featured in: Washington Post Excerpt: You might expect Josh Baker, founder, co-chairman and owner of BOWA, a custom design/build remodeling firm, to constantly tinker with his own home. But Josh and his wife, Jill, always knew they wanted to stay in their home for their entire lives, so their plan allowed for lifestyle changes right from the beginning. “Our home is typical of what we do for our clients,” Josh Baker says. “We prioritize with them what they want now, but we also strategize with them for their future. We designed this house 17 years ago with a 30-year landscaping… Read More >

BOWA Sponsors 1st Annual Cars for the Cure in Great Falls, VA

BOWA is proud to be a sponsor for the Cars for the Cure – 1st Annual Drive to End Diabetes, an exotic and classic cars, trucks and motorcycles show.  The event occurs on Sunday, October 6th, 2013 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at Brx American Bistro in Great Falls, VA. George Hodges-Fulton, BOWA Principal and car enthusiast, has entered his classic 1965 Ford Mustang and will be on hand to enjoy what is expected to be a day of family, fun and fundraising to support the fight against diabetes.  Sally Hodges-Fulton, George’s black lab/Chesapeake Bay retriever mix, loves cruising… Read More >

Coming Soon to Great Falls – BOWA Home Cleanup Day!

As a thank you to the communities in which we work, BOWA will be holding a Home Cleanup Day in Great Falls on Saturday, September 28th.  Let 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.   Date:  Saturday, September 28, 2013Time:  8:00-11:00 amWhere:  200 Rivers Edge Drive, Great Falls, VA 22066What:  Broken & oversized items and junk for disposal, and… 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 >

Donating Home Goods to Good Causes

This time of year many of us make an effort to help those in our community who are less fortunate through the donation of goods, dollars or service. Whether it’s the spirit of the season that motivates you or a year-end push for tax purposes, consider the following organizations that will gladly accept your donation of home-related items. A Wider Circle   This organization provides basic-need items to families transitioning out of shelters and those living without life’s necessities. A Wider Circle furnishes the homes of more than 1,000 children and adults each month. If you wish to donate furniture and… Read More >

Does Your Home Need a Water Treatment System?

Does your water have a strange odor or taste? Do you find your soap doesn’t lather well or you have water spots on dishes and glasses? Or, do you simply wonder what could be in it? Whether you think your water has a specific issue or you’re just concerned about the safety of your family, the first step is having your water tested. You can also check out a copy of your water company’s Annual Water Quality Report. While this report doesn’t tell you what’s coming out of your tap specifically, it can give you an overall idea of what’s… Read More >

BOWA Presents 12th Annual Autism Speaks 5K

July 4th Fundraiser Encourages Participants to Walk, Jog, Run in Potomac, Md. or Wherever They’re Celebrating Independence Day BOWA (https://www.bowa.com), a home transformation company specializing in the design and construction of luxury renovations and additions will once again serve as the presenting sponsor for the 12th annual Autism Speaks 5K Run and One-Mile Walk on Wednesday, July 4, 2012 in Potomac, Md. “New statistics are out and show that one in every 88 children is affected by autism,” said Steve Kirstein, BOWA principal, sponsorship chair for the Autism Speaks 5K and Run and One-Mile Walk and board member with the… Read More >

Remodeling: An Opportunity to Follow Your Passion

As seen in The Connection Newspapers 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: A breakfast room addition was carefully planned to also function as a bird watching area.  The foundation was specially designed to… Read More >

A Clean Slate: Two Renovation projects highlight the latest trends in home organization

Featured in: Home & Design Excerpt:  “…When BOWA vice president George Hodges-Fulton met with clients for a prepurchase consultation, he was able to assure them that the “monstrosity” of a mudroom/laundry room in the Great Falls, Virginia, home they were about to buy was, indeed, salvageable. The couple bought the house, then hired BOWA for a major renovation, during which their design team overhauled the mudroom/ laundry room completely. “We took the laundry function away,” Hodges-Fulton recalls, pointing to a trend he’s noticed in the last five or six years of relocating the laundry room upstairs for convenience. Once the… Read More >

Time for a basement renovation? Consider these helpful design tips.

Long gone are the dark, gloomy and cavernous basements of yesterday. With proper planning, a well-executed basement renovation can help your family enjoy the extra square footage you may have long forgotten. A Welcoming Lower Level Today’s basements are becoming more integrated with the first floor of house, and are typically referred to as a “lower level” rather than a basement. In the past, the entrance and stairwell to the basement were often narrow and dark. Nowadays stairways are designed to be more open and inviting, and frequently feature a nice railing or banister for an added touch. Also, some… Read More >

Guest Suite Renovation Project in a Minute – Time Lapse Video Remodeling

Here is another in our series of time lapse remodeling projects.  This “Renovation in a Minute” transformed unused attic space above a garage into a guest suite complete with a kitchenette, living area, bedroom, full bath and took advantage of every square inch.  This video gives you a quick look at all the phases of remodeling in a condensed time frame. This design build guest suite renovation project in Great Falls, VA was recently completed by our team of experts. At BOWA, we specialize in guiding you through the whole process of your addition or renovation project. We offer a… Read More >

Video Project Profile Series: Whole-House Renovation Great Falls,VA

Whole-House Renovation in Great Falls, VA that began with a consultation even before the family purchased the house and ended with an award-winning home that was perfectly suited to the young family’s needs and goals. • Purchase Consultation and Award-Winning Whole-House Remodel in Great Falls, VA• Evaluated house and advised family of remodeling options even before they purchased the home• Began assembling the team of experts and working on the design so we were ready to begin construction as soon as the family closed on the house • On the main level, work included an extensive renovation of the kitchen… Read More >

Highlights of BOWA’s Recent Community Involvement

BOWA, the Greater Washington area’s leader in the design and construction of luxury renovations and additions and a fixture in the community for more than 23 years, believes strongly in supporting the organizations that touch our employees, clients and business partners. Following are a few examples of our recent community involvement.  Autism Speaks July 4th 5K: BOWA’s Steve Kirstein is pleased to again be Sponsorship Chair for the Autism Speaks 5K race, and BOWA will again be Presenting Sponsor. Autism Speaks is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization devoted to the cause. New Dominion Women’s Club Spring Fling: BOWA’s Pat Tetro… Read More >

BOWA Wins Grand Award in 2010 Capital COTY

Featured in: Home & Design Excerpt: COTY Awards, presented by the Metro DC Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), presents the Grand Award to BOWA in the category of “Entire House over $1 Million,” citing this whole-house renovation improves the flow and functionality of a traditional home. For More Information: Project Profile:  Purchase Consultation and Whole House Renovation in Great Falls, Virginia Click here to open the full article as a PDF in a new window.… Read More >

BOWA Recognized as Capital Contractor of the Year

Featured in: McLean Connection Excerpt: BOWA (www.bowa.com), a home transformation company, was honored with a 2010 Capital “Contractor of the Year” (CotY) Award by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) Metro DC Chapter on Saturday, Jan. 29. Josh Baker is founder of BOWA, and a McLean resident. 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. As the single point of accountability for the customer, BOWA transformed this home to fit the young family’s need of comfort and convenience. Although BOWA faced… 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.

New World Cotswold – Feature on BOWA’s Alderley Estate

Featured in: Virginia Living Architecturally, Great Falls is about as far from the quintessential English countryside and its old limestone homes as you can get. Or is it? Alderley estate, an impressively modernized version of an English farmhouse, is surprisingly cozy and unostentatious. As one of the owners says, “It is large, but when you walk in, it doesn’t feel that way.” Click here to read the full article… Read More >

Three electric hot water heater options for your renovation

Did you know hot water heating is one of the largest energy demands in a typical American home? It’s usually second after heating & air conditioning, making up 15-20% of total annual energy use. Savings with your current tank As is typical in most energy-saving situations, the most cost-effective way to save energy in your hot water system is to simply use less hot water. Choose ENERGY STAR clothes washers and dishwashers for their reduced hot water demand. And, check out the new EPA WaterSense label for faucets and shower heads. It took Uncle Sam two years of research to… Read More >