Tag Archives: Outside Living Space

Using Social Media to Aid in the Design Process

Is a kitchen remodel in your near future? Are you planning a master suite addition? Whether you want to renovate or you’re just looking to freshen up your living room with some new furnishings, there are some great online tools available to help with the design process. Looking for Inspiration?  If you’re looking for something above and beyond just tearing out magazine pages to show to your design team, you may want to check out Pinterest. This website, also available as a mobile app, allows you to collect, organize, and share visual bookmarks of all the things that interest you.… Read More >

Building the Great Outdoors Room – Use of outside living areas growing in priority, complexity

Featured in: USA Today Excerpt: “As Americans try to maximize the space of their existing homes, they’re increasingly looking outside to create new, rejuvenating places. “More people are realizing that home begins when you set foot on your property, not just when you enter your front door,” says garden designer Julie Moir Messervy, author of Home Outside: Creating the Landscape You Love (Taunton Press). “You can think of your outside as an extension of the inside.” An outdoor living/grilling area ranked as the third-highest priority space, after a separate laundry room and additional closets/storage, in a recent survey of 4,000… Read More >

Case Study – Thomas French Architect partners with BOWA on a conservatory and pool house project in Alexandria, Fairfax County, Virginia

Featured in: Home & Design Sourcebook Excerpt:  Architect Thomas French lets in the light in a spacious Fairfax County pool house.  The challenge was to bring in light without roasting the occupants,” says Thomas French of the bright, airy pool house he recently completed in the sought-after enclave of Belle Haven in Northern Virginia. Tapped to create a structure that would mirror the residents’ main house and look at home in their traditional neighborhood, French paid close attention to the placement of windows. …The result is a two-bedroom cottage with a kitchenette, a large main gathering area with vaulted ceilings… Read More >

Wouldn’t you love a great outdoor kitchen?

Featured in: Loudoun Times-Mirror Excerpt: If you’re thinking about incorporating the convenience of an outdoor kitchen into your backyard, listed below are some helpful tips to consider.  A residential design build contractor can help you create a design that compliments the existing surroundings or help you to create a gourmet kitchen as part of a complete outdoor renovation. For More Information: Photo Gallery:  Outdoor Kitchens Use the PDF viewer below to read the full article  … Read More >

Wouldn’t you love a great outdoor kitchen?

The recent sunshine and warmer temperatures throughout the Washington DC area, remind us that we’ll soon be able to enjoy pool parties, picnics, and of course, backyard BBQ’s with family and friends. If you’re thinking about incorporating the convenience of an outdoor kitchen into your backyard, listed below are some helpful tips to consider. To Cover or Not to Cover When creating an outdoor kitchen, one of the first things to consider is whether or not to have the space covered. Unless covered, you should expect to experience significantly more wear and tear on your surfaces and appliances than if… Read More >

Have you Maximized your Home’s Livable Space?

In the greater Washington DC area, there’s no question that space comes at a premium. But, with careful planning, a number of area homeowners have found creative ways to maximize both their storage and livable space during renovations of all sizes. Following are examples of just a few creative living solutions we’ve seen in recent projects. Backsplash Appliance Garages Having an appliance garage in your kitchen is nothing new, but the twist comes in creating one or many storage areas hidden behind your backsplash. If you are in need of more counter space (and who isn’t with all the must-have… Read More >