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10 Outdoor Living Ideas to Consider for Your Renovation

It’s pretty wonderful when the stars align and you find yourself with the time, perfect weather and space you love to enjoy outdoor time with family and friends.  If you’re contemplating an outdoor renovation, you should think about all the ways you could use the space before tackling your design. Consider these 10 outdoor living ideas to create areas that everyone will love. 1) Family Room: Create an inviting family space complete with comfy furnishings, fans and a firepit. 2) Outdoor Kitchen: Go all out and create an outdoor kitchen that you can enjoy throughout the year, perhaps with a… Read More >

Outdoor Living Renovation in Potomac, MD

project profile Beautiful Outdoor Living Renovation in Potomac, MD

Homeowner Challenge: Our clients wished to expand their Potomac, Maryland home by adding a screened porch off the exterior of their family room with improved access to the outdoors, and to create a multi-level outdoor for entertaining and family gatherings.  The challenge was to preserve the abundant natural light and expansive woodland views in the existing space.  In addition, although they began planning before COVID-19 was on the radar, construction began during the early months of the pandemic. The BOWA Solution: With an eye toward maximizing natural light and sightlines to… Read More >

First Floor and Outdoor Living Transformation in Vienna, VA

project profile First Floor and Outdoor Living Transformation in Vienna, VA

Homeowner Challenge: The client desired an open floorplan on the main level of their home within the existing footprint of their traditional 1970’s home, which was small, dark, and uninviting. The challenge was opening up the kitchen from its confines, creating space for entertaining, and bringing the outdoors in. The BOWA Solution: BOWA made structural changes to several load bearing walls to provide better traffic flow and to allow natural light into the previously dark space. The wall blocking the dining room from the kitchen was removed, and the… Read More >

Outdoor Entertaining Renovation and Pool in Potomac, Maryland

project profile Outdoor Entertaining Renovation and Pool in Potomac, Maryland

Homeowner Challenge: The most significant challenge in this project was the tight lot on which the house sat. The size made it extremely difficult to get the required equipment to the back yard for the pool and whole-house generator installations.  The BOWA Solution: BOWA’s careful coordination of the project construction and architecture yielded a distinguished backyard renovation for the homeowners. The family can now enjoy a beautiful aquatic escape in their own home. Project Highlights: Custom pool with a spa and waterfall Outdoor cooking pavilion with custom stone work, a… Read More >

Lower Level Renovation Creates Home Office in McLean, Virginia Home

project profile Lower Level Renovation Creates Home Office in McLean, Virginia Home 

Homeowner Challenge: The homeowner wanted a home office in the basement with a separate and private entrance for business visitors. He also wanted to renovate existing spaces for a more appealing transition from the main floor. The BOWA Solution: Improved access to the rear yard was created by fabricating and installing a new masonry retaining wall. Structural issues, such as moisture in the basement and a fireplace leak, were corrected simultaneously.  Inside, a stairway was reconfigured for entry into a fully-renovated light-filled space instead of a dark hallway.… Read More >

Spectacular Whole Home Renovation in Potomac, Maryland

project profile Spectacular Whole Home Renovation in Potomac, Maryland 

Homeowner Challenge: The main challenge of this particular project involved an entire regrading of the property. Designing multiple additions to create one seamless structure also presented some obstacles for the design build team. The BOWA Solution: Among the client’s wishes for the renovation was a fresher, more inviting entrance way. This was accomplished through the addition of a porch structure at the front of the house, featuring stone and copper details and elegant columns. New treatments on the garage doors work seamlessly with the porch addition to create a polished, more-current… Read More >