Tag Archives: Montgomery County

Basement Renovation Project in Chevy Chase, MD – Time Lapse Video Remodeling

See how to remodel a basement in one minute.This is a time lapse video of a design build renovation project from start to finish. It is a “renovation in a minute”. The homeowners living in this Chevy Chase, Maryland residence wished to remodel their basement to create additional recreation and entertaining space that reflects the beautiful craftsmanship and finishes found throughout the rest of the home. The goal of this design build renovation project was to create a multi-use space which would suit the needs of the family’s young children as well as the adults. Special care was taken from… Read More >

Mega-fun at home in a sports center

Featured in: The Washington Times Excerpt:  If you want your home to become the center for neighborhood activity, one of the best ways to do it is to create an indoor sports space for your children and their friends. “A lot of people want their place to be the one where people gather,” said Steve Kirstein, a principal with BOWA, a design-build and remodeling company based in McLean. “The places with the best toys are always where everyone wants to go. Creating a space in your home where the kids and you can be active is also a healthy alternative… Read More >

Potomac Day 2011 – Steve Kirstein, Business Person of the Year, Rides in Float

Featured in: Potomac Almanac Excerpt:  The annual Potomac Day parade arrived Saturday, Oct. 22 and captured the hearts and spirits of participants and spectators. Potomac Citizen of the Year Nicki Bunting, Potomac Youth of the Year Julianne Pearson from Connelly School of the Holy Child, and Potomac Business Person of the Year Steve Kirstein of BOWA were featured. Parade participants included school groups, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, church groups, antique cars, elected officials, clowns — and lot of candy for the on-lookers. Potomac Day was filled with food, live music, free children’s rides including pony rides, a petting zoo, moon… Read More >

BOWA Named 2011 Business of the Year

Featured in: Potomac Almanac Excerpt:  BOWA, a home transformation company specializing in the design and construction of large-scale additions and renovations, and Steve Kirstein, principal, were named the 2011 “Business of the Year” and “Business Person of the Year” by the Potomac Chamber of Commerce. Kirstein and BOWA will be recognized at this year’s Potomac Day Parade to be held on Oct. 22 and at a Chamber Awards Dinner in November. For More Information: Click here to view the full article in a new window or use the PDF viewer below… Read More >

BOWA and Steve Kirstein Honored by Potomac Chamber

We are thrilled to announce that BOWA and our own Steve Kirstein have been honored as Business and Business Person of the Year for 2011 by the Potomac Chamber of Commerce. “As a long-time Potomac resident, this honor is particularly meaningful to me,” said Steve Kirstein, a principal at BOWA. “My family and I love this community, and I am thankful for having had the opportunity to work closely with so many Potomac families over the years.” Winners are chosen from nominations and are selected based on the work they do in and the contributions they have made to the… Read More >

BOWA Named 2011 Business of the Year by Potomac Chamber of Commerce

Chamber also recognizes BOWA Principal Steve Kirstein as “Business Person of the Year”   McLean, Va. — BOWA (www.bowa.com), a home transformation company specializing in the design and construction of large-scale additions and renovations, and Steve Kirstein, principal, were named the 2011 “Business of the Year” and “Business Person of the Year” by the Potomac Chamber of Commerce. Kirstein and BOWA will be recognized at this year’s Potomac Day Parade to be held on October 22, 2011 and at a Chamber Awards Dinner in November. “It is a great honor to be recognized by the Potomac Chamber of Commerce for our… Read More >

Whole House Design Build Renovation Plus the Top 10 Things to Know Before You Purchase a House to Remodel

Featured in: Loudoun Times-Mirror Excerpt:  Having spotted and fallen for a beautiful two and one-half acre property in Potomac, Maryland, the future homeowners were not as enamored with the challenges presented by the existing Georgian-style house. The residence had been on and off the market for several years, in large part due to the four inches of standing water in the lower level and mold, which are often daunting issues to unknowing home buyers. Combine these issues with a fussy kitchen, dated flooring, cavernous great room and a dark, dreary master bedroom many previous potential buyers simply walked away. Not… Read More >

BOWA is Presenting Sponsor for 2011 Autism Speaks July 4th 5K

With less than a month to go, I’m kicking into high gear for my second year as Sponsorship Chair for the Autism Speaks July 4th 5K Run/1 Mile Walk, presented by BOWA.  For the past ten years, the generous support of sponsors, donors and participants has made this event tremendously successful, contributing over $2 million to Autism Speaks. With one in every 110 children affected by autism, and one in every 70 boys, this national crisis is everyone’s cause. The race attracts both competitive runners and families with children of all ages, and is a wonderful start to Independence Day. … Read More >

Car Enthusiast’s Garage Addition and Video Timelapse in Potomac, MD

project profile Car Enthusiast’s Garage Addition and Video Timelapse in Potomac, MD

HOMEOWNER CHALLENGE: An avid car enthusiast, the homeowner of this stunning residence in Potomac, Maryland wanted a well-equipped garage to house his prized vehicles where they would be protected from the every-day bangs and dings which are inevitable in the average family garage. THE BOWA SOLUTION: The solution was a separate garage, but the challenge came when the only acceptable location was in an area with known drainage issues and limited accessibility. The largest challenge was water.  Drainage from numerous properties flows through the area where the addition… Read More >

Hear what our clients say about their recent remodeling experience

A recently completed design build renovation project in Potomac, MD is the subject of this client interview video.  Hear what our client has to say about the process of transforming their house into a home.  From BOWA’s experience over 22 years, our experts know that the most successful remodeling projects occur when the homeowner invites BOWA to get involved early and take total accountability for the entire design and construction process.  By serving as their guide for the entire process, we’re able to help clients make educated decisions, achieve superior results and ultimately have a better remodeling experience. When this… Read More >

Major Home Renovation Project in a Minute – Time Lapse Video Remodeling

We recently finished a 5 month design build home renovation project in Potomac, MD and we thought what better way to convey our idea of “Transforming Houses into Homes” than to condense this 5 month project down into a minute’s worth of video. The video captures the major phases of design build residential construction.  You see professional contractors performing demolition, foundation work, steel beam installation, installation of modular sections of the home (which were built in a climate controlled factory), framing, masonry, roofing, siding and landscaping – all at an accelerated pace. This design build home transformation project was a… Read More >

Garage Addition Project in a Minute – Time Lapse Video Remodeling

We recently finished a 3 month design build garage addition project in Potomac, MD and we thought what better way to convey our idea of “Transforming Houses into Homes” than to condense this 3 month project down into a minute’s worth of video. The video captures the major phases of design build residential construction.  You see professional contractors performing excavation, foundation work, steel beam installation, a concrete floor pour, framing, masonry, roofing, painting and asphalt work, all at an accelerated pace. This design build garage addition project was a challenge on a number of levels as custom remodeling projects can… Read More >

Design a Favorite Space in your Home

Many people have a favorite space in their home, be it a cozy nook for reading, a luxurious bath for escaping the hassles of a long day or a gourmet kitchen ideally suited for preparing meals the whole family can enjoy. Your favorite space may be a home bar perfect for entertaining family and friends (see last month’s issue) or an area custom designed to match your children’s interests so they can enjoy time with friends in the safety of your own home.  If you don’t already have your favorite space picked out keep in mind a well-planned home renovation … Read More >

Home Remodeling – Could the Housing Pundits Be Wrong. . .Again?

Recent articles in the New York Times and Washington Post seem to suggest that putting money into your  home is a bad investment. Many facts and figures are presented to make the case, including the point that home prices have already slipped approximately 30 percent. And one “expert” even said, “People shouldn’t look at a home as a way to make money because it won’t.” All of their educated reasoning leads me to one uneducated question…really? Is it really true that homes were a great investment three years ago, but now that they’re 30 percent cheaper, they’re a bad place… Read More >

Home Renovations – Added Incentive to Live a Little Greener

Federal and local incentives encourage higher-performance homes If you’ve been considering making “green” upgrades to your home, now is the time to take advantage of some great tax credits and rebates that can help make your home a little more environmentally friendly. Following are highlights of just a few of the local and federal incentives available for using environmentally-conscious materials and systems and making other home improvements. Federal: • The federal tax credit for residential energy properties applies to solar electric systems, solar water heating systems, fuel cells, small wind energy systems and geothermal heat pumps. A taxpayer may claim… Read More >

After a Decade, Potomac Autism Race Organizer will Lace Up

Featured in: The Potomac Gazette For nine years, Potomac resident Susan Pereles stood on the sidelines of the Autism Speaks race she organized. She waited patiently at the finish line as runners completed the 5K course. She congratulated participants and tracked the top runner’s times. Click to read the full article… Read More >

BOWA Presents 10th Annual Autism Speaks 5K on July 4, 2010

Families Encouraged to Participate Wherever the Holiday Weekend Takes Them McLean, Va. — BOWA (www.bowa.com), which specializes in the design and construction of large-scale, luxury renovations and additions, will serve as the presenting sponsor for the 10th Annual Autism Speaks 5K Run and One-Mile Walk on Sunday, July 4 in Potomac, Md. “With one in every 110 children affected by autism, and one in every 70 boys, this national crisis is everyone’s cause,” said Steve Kirstein, BOWA principal and sponsorship chairman for Autism Speaks. “Over the past nine years, we’ve walked, jogged or ran our way to more than $1.5… Read More >

A Manse on a Human Scale; Imposing Georgian in Potomac Becomes a More Livable Home

Featured in: The Washington Post Excerpt:  Like many of us, Tom Baltimore knows a good piece of real estate when he sees it. Unlike many, though, he and his wife are well positioned to jump at an opportunity. Use the PDF viewer below to read the full article or open the PDF in a new window.… Read More >

Peace of Mind: BOWA’s pre-sale consultations save potential homebuyers a world of worry

Featured in: Home & Design  Excerpt:  “…If you’ve ever wanted to buy a house that may have a few flaws and questioned the wisdom of such a move, then you know how Tom Baltimore and his wife Hillary felt when they looked at a Potomac home that at in a desirable neighborhood on a terrific lot, but that came with more than a few challenges…” For More Information: Click here to read the full article. Check out some pre-purchase consultation projects here.… Read More >

A Wine Seller’s Cellar

Featured : Capitol File  Excerpt: Robert and Anna Trone recently created an Old World wine cellar with a New World sensibility. The new addition to their French-country-style home in Potomac offers a comfortable entertaining space. “We like the feel of underground wine storage in Burgundy, but we aren’t wine snobs,” says Robert, who owns Total Wine & More. Click to read the full article.… Read More >

Case Study: Al Fresco Oasis and Trade Secrets: Planning a Remodel

Featured in: Home & Design Sourcebook  Excerpt: A nondescript house and a large, under-utilized property provided jumping off points for the dramatic outdoor transformation of a traditional Potomac, Maryland, home by BOWA Builders, Inc. “We wanted to warm the house up,” says BOWA principal Steve Kirstein. “We basically stripped out every inch and redid all the finished in wood. We also expanded the house and made it more livable. And we added a huge outdoor component.” Click to read the full article. Learn about architects at BOWA.… Read More >

Added Incentive to Live a Little Greener

With all the news stories published on a near daily basis pertaining to the benefits of “going green”, you may be thinking about the changes you can make to your home to reduce energy costs, create healthier surroundings for your family or to be a little kinder to the environment. Especially in today’s economy, the good news is that local, state and federal governments, and even some builders, are offering tax credits and rebates to help offset the costs associated with green upgrades. Following are highlights of just a few of the incentives available for using environmentally-conscious materials and systems,… Read More >