Tag Archives: home & design

Clean Slate – A thorough makeover in the Watergate sheds vestiges of the past…

Featured In: Home & Design, May/June 2018 Excerpt:  “A couple with grown kids decided to trade their large DC home for a condo in the Watergate. They were enticed by the landmark building’s enviable location and its dramatic Potomac River views. But the heavy, gilded décor in their 11th-story unit? Not so much. They approached BOWA, a design/build firm that had already completed a handful of updates in the complex, to bring their interiors into the 21st century with modern finishes and an improved, open floor plan that would accentuate vistas of the Georgetown waterfront. Though a previous renovation had… Read More >

Vintage Charm – Joe Ireland puts a fresh face on classic style in a turn-of-the-century Washington home

Featured In: Home & Design, May/June 2018 Excerpt:  “When it comes to real estate, the word “development” conjures images of bland neighborhoods stocked with cookie-cutter houses. Yet the DC area brims with charming residential enclaves that are, in fact, developments. Representing eras ranging from late-Victorian to Mid-Century Modern, many boast their own architectural vernacular. Case in point: a wide, tree-shaded street in Northwest DC lined with foursquare, post-Victorian homes. All are clad in painted stucco, adorned with gracious porches and bordered by picturesque picket fences. A couple purchased one of these abodes in the mid-1980s, hired… …Leaving the layout intact,… 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 >

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 >

Beautiful Baths

Featured in: Home & Design  Excerpt: …When a homeowner purchased a McLean, Virginia, residence, he put it on a fast track for renovation. The design team, including architect David Cooper and interior designer William Paley, found inspiration in the many luxe hotel bathrooms their client has visited, and combed the globe for materials of the highest quality that would create a completely unique sanctuary… More Information: To read the full article open the PDF in a new window. Visit the gallery to see more beautiful bathroom photos.… Read More >