Tag Archives: Potomac MD

Join BOWA for the 17th Annual Autism Speaks 5K Run/1 Mile Walk

Starting Line – Autism Speaks 5K 2016 2017 marks the 17th Anniversary of the Autism Speaks 5K Run – 1 Mile Walk! I am thrilled that BOWA is a co-presenting sponsor again this year – our 14th consecutive year as a key sponsor.  Thanks to the ongoing support of all the generous sponsors, donors and participants, this race has contributed over $2.5 million to Autism Speaks. Celebrating 17 years of progress and hope in our community, this event is for both competitive runners and families with children of all ages, and sure to be a wonderful start to Independence Day.… Read More >

BOWA is Washingtonian’s Face of Luxury Condo Renovations

We’re pleased to be included in Washingtonian’s January 2017 issue as “The Face of Luxury Condo Renovations.” Our team certainly has the depth and breadth of experience, relationships and specialized methodologies needed to be successful on the most complex of condominium remodeling projects. If you’re considering the luxury condominium lifestyle, then your first call should be to BOWA. With projects ranging from kitchens and baths to combined-unit renovations, BOWA has more condo remodeling experience than anyone in the area. Our relationships with realtors and building managers allow us to help identify and quickly evaluate units. Once we dive into design,… Read More >

Multi-Level Addition and Remodeling Project in Potomac, Maryland

project profile Multi-level Addition Remodeling Project in Potomac, Maryland

Homeowner Challenge: The homeowners wished to create more space in their home, but it was critical that the addition blended seamlessly with the existing design.   The BOWA Solution: The BOWA team added a multi-level addition on each side of the home, while also renovating the full exterior and the majority of the interior.  One addition features a three-bay garage, a two-story foyer, a guest suite, and a laundry room. The newly added foyer also provides a convenient family entrance to the home. The second addition includes a library with custom hickory… Read More >

Off & Running

Featured In: Bethesda Magazine  Excerpt: “…Now, as Pereles prepares for its 16th running, the 5K has become a yearly affair in Potomac, involving thousands Autism Speaks 5K founder Susan Pereles of runners and raising hundreds of thousands of dollars every July 4….Steve Kirstein of Potomac became involved in the event shortly after his son, Richard, was diagnosed with autism when he was 18 months old. A principal at the construction firm BOWA, Kirstein has recruited many of his co-workers to participate, and the company has served as a presenting sponsor for the last four years, donating $10,000 each year…Kirstein’s family… Read More >

Join BOWA for the 16th Annual Autism Speaks 5K Run/1 Mile Walk

Richie’s Racers – Beachside 2015 Once again this year I am thrilled to announce that BOWA will be a co-presenting sponsor of the Autism Speaks July 4th 5K Run – 1 Mile Walk.  This year marks the 16th Anniversary of the Autism Speaks 5K, and BOWA’s 13th year as a key sponsor.  Thanks to the ongoing support of all the generous sponsors, donors and participants, the race has contributed over $2.5 million to Autism Speaks. Celebrating 16 years of progress and hope in our community, this event is for both competitive runners and families with children of all ages, and… Read More >

French Country Wine Cellar in Potomac, Maryland

project profile French Country Wine Cellar in Potomac, Maryland

Homeowner Challenge: The homeowners envisioned a modern, state-of-the-art wine cellar with an ‘Old World’ charm and feel, similar to underground wine storage rooms found in east-central France.  They wanted the space to be comfortable yet large enough to entertain family and friends. The BOWA Solution: Complementing the style of their French Country home, the luxury remodeling contractor designed the cellar to feature four Carderock stone columns that support a double-barrel, vaulted Venetian plaster ceiling. The stone provides an historic feel and visual continuity with the entry and blends with the Vermont… Read More >

Purchase Consultation and Whole House Renovation in Potomac, Maryland

project profile Purchase Consultation and Whole House Renovation in Potomac, Maryland

Homeowner Challenge: The homeowners found and fell in love with a stately, older Georgian-style home situated on over two acres in Potomac, Maryland, but the house was in a state of disrepair.  With BOWA’s guidance during an extensive pre-purchase consultation, which included a comprehensive home inspection and report analysis, the homeowners decided to move forward with the purchase that many would have walked away from. The challenges of renovating the home involved everything from standing water in the lower level to dark and dated rooms throughout.  The BOWA Solution:… Read More >

“Cook’s Kitchen” Renovation in Potomac, Maryland

project profile “Cook’s Kitchen” Renovation in Potomac, Maryland

Homeowner Challenge: This Potomac, Maryland kitchen was dark, awkward to work in and didn’t lend itself to meal preparation or the cooking classes the homeowner frequently conducted. The homeowners disliked their kitchen, because it was dark, access was awkward, and it didn’t suit their love of cooking or the cooking classes she conducts. The BOWA Solution: The BOWA design build team re-configured the existing entry hall, opening it up with a graceful archway and improving the home’s front-to-rear line of sight view.  The breakfast room was better incorporated into the kitchen by… Read More >

Indoor Pool and Great Room Addition in Potomac, MD

project profile Indoor Pool and Great Room Addition in Potomac, MD

Homeowner Challenge: These long-time BOWA clients wanted an indoor pool for their family’s enjoyment, and needed a space appropriate for entertaining large groups for charitable and school functions. Accessibility to the pool was a concern, as the homeowners worried that if it was located on the basement level it wouldn’t be used as much. The BOWA Solution: The solution was a carefully designed main-level indoor pool and great room addition, inspired by some of the clients’ favorite vacation spots. Having recently completed a number of other timber-frame structures, BOWA… Read More >

Coming Soon to Potomac – BOWA Home Cleanup Day

As a thank you to the community in which we are working, BOWA will be holding a Home Cleanup Day in Potomac on Saturday, November 14th.  Let us  help you get a jump start on your fall cleaning and 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. Date:  Saturday, November 14, 2015Time:  10:00 am – 12:00 pmWhere:  8607 Country Club Drive, Bethesda, MD 20817What:  Broken & oversized items, junk, etc., but no electronics, paint or hazardous materialsFor more… Read More >

BOWA creates lavish indoor pool area full of natural light

Featured In: Home & Design Sourcebook Excerpt: “Repeat clients in Potomac contacted the design/build firm BOWA to add a great room and outdoor pool to their previously renovated property. But after some consideration, the owners and design team opted to combine the two. “They decided to build an indoor pool with adjacency to the new great room,” recalls principal Steve Kirstein. BOWA partnered with architect David Cooper of Anderson Cooper Group Architects on a design that connects the two spaces. The great room measures a spacious 30 by 50 feet—and the pool area dwarfs it at 45 by 70 feet.… Read More >

BOWA Brings Home Two Great American Living Awards!

The 2015 Great American Living Awards (GALA) were announced last night and BOWA took the top prize in two of the three renovation categories – it might have been a sweep, had we also entered the third! A beautiful renovation in Potomac, Maryland, designed by one of BOWA’s on-staff kitchen designers, won the Best Design and Architecture – Custom Renovations or Additions Under $500,000 category.  To learn more about this design build project click here. BOWA’s second design build winner, a whole-house renovation in Chevy Chase, took the top honor in the Best Design and Architecture – Custom Renovations or… Read More >

Video Timelapse of a Multi-Level Addition and Renovation in Potomac, MD

project profile Video Timelapse of a Complete Home Renovation in Potomac, MD

Homeowner Challenge: As one of the original residents of the Avenel community in Potomac, MD, the homeowners had never made any changes to their home and dreamed of a much-needed renovation. After talking with a close friend, who happened to be a BOWA client, they decided the time was right to start planning their remodeling project. They called BOWA to discuss their busy family’s needs and begin the design process. The BOWA Solution: Among the main goals of this renovation was to increase the size of the kitchen,… Read More >

Timelapse Video of a Basement Renovation in Chevy Chase, MD

project profile Video Timelapse of a Complete Home Renovation in Potomac, MD

Homeowner Challenge: 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. The BOWA Solution: Special care was taken from demolition to completion to ensure the safety of the younger, very curious members of… Read More >

Raising Funds, Awareness for Autism

Featured in: The Potomac Almanac Excerpt: “BOWA has been a sponsor for the Autism Speaks race for 10 years and the presenting sponsor for the past four years, including this year. The team draws more than 60 volunteers who race both at the Potomac run and in Dewey, Rehobeth and Middleburg. Over the years this team has raised more than $100,000 for Autism Speaks…Kirstein explains what the race means to him and his team members: ‘This event is the most important day of my year, as autism is such a growing and concerning issue. Anything we can do to help… Read More >

BOWA Sponsors 14th Annual Autism Speaks 5K Run/1 Mile Walk in Potomac, MD

July 4 Race Has Contributed $2.5 Million to Autism Advocacy and Research McLean, Va. –BOWA (www.bowa.com), an award-winning residential remodel and construction firm specializing in luxury additions and renovations, will once again serve as the presenting sponsor for the Autism Speaks 5K Run – 1 Mile Walk in Potomac, Md. on July 4, 2014. This year marks the 14th Anniversary of the Autism Speaks 5K, and BOWA’s 11th year as a key sponsor.  BOWA principal Steve Kirstein is Sponsorship Chair for the Autism Speaks 5K Run and is the founder of the Richie’s Racers team in honor of his son… Read More >

Join BOWA for the 14th Annual Autism Speaks 5K Run/1 Mile Walk

Once again this year I am excited to serve as Sponsorship Chair for the Autism Speaks July 4th 5K Run – 1 Mile Walk, presented by BOWA.  This year marks the 14th Anniversary of the Autism Speaks 5K, and BOWA’s 11th year as a key sponsor.  Thanks to the ongoing support of all the generous sponsors, donors and participants, the race has contributed over $2.5 million to Autism Speaks. This community oriented event is for both competitive runners and families with children of all ages, and is a wonderful start to Independence Day. I hope you will consider supporting the… Read More >

Luxury Remodeling on the Rise for Condo Experts like BOWA

Dubbed by some as “the largest social trend of the early 21st century,” the shift toward urban living has made national headlines in recent months. In increasing numbers, empty nesters are shedding their large homes and yards in the suburbs in favor of condominiums nestled in among Gen Xers and all the conveniences, arts and culture city life has to offer. BOWA’s own work substantiates this trend. Not long ago, condominium remodeling was a very small piece of BOWA’s business, but today it is a significant and growing portion. With projects ranging from pull-and-replace kitchens to whole-unit renovations, in buildings… Read More >

Join BOWA for the 13th Annual Autism Speaks 5K Run – 1 Mile Walk

With one week to go, I am running full speed ahead as Sponsorship Chair for the Autism Speaks July 4th 5K Run – 1 Mile Walk, presented by BOWA.  This year marks the 13th Anniversary of the Autism Speaks 5K, and BOWA’s 10th year as a key sponsor.  Thanks to the ongoing support of all the generous sponsors, donors and participants, the race has contributed over $2.5 million to Autism Speaks. This community oriented event is for both competitive runners and families with children of all ages, and is a wonderful start to Independence Day. Consider joining the Richie’s Racers… Read More >

BOWA Presents 13th Annual Autism Speaks 5K Run and One-Mile Walk

BOWA Encourages Participation to Walk, Jog, Run to Raise Awareness and Support for Autism Speaks at the July 4th Fundraiser   McLean, Va. — BOWA (www.bowa.com), a premier home transformation firm specializing in the design and construction of luxury additions and renovations, will once again serve as the presenting sponsor for the 13th Annual Autism Speaks 5K Run and One-Mile Walk on Thursday, July 4 in Potomac, Md. “As autism continues to increasingly affect so many children, we’re very pleased to help support Autism Speaks,” said Steve Kirstein, BOWA principal, sponsorship chair for the Autism Speaks 5K Run and One-Mile Walk… 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 >

Colonial Expansion

Featured on:  Home & Design Excerpt: “It all started with a plan to expand a garage and add a guest room onto a Colonial-style home in Potomac, Maryland. But as such plans tend to do, this small-scale project soon morphed into something much bigger: a massive, whole-house renovation that added to the 40-year old residence some 4,500 square feet of living space. The owners tapped BOWA for the job, and the result is a stately, welcoming home flanked on one side by a three-car garage and spacious guest quarters (complete with private entrance and dramatic two-story foyer), and on the… 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 >

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 >

Video Timelapse of a Complete Home Renovation in Potomac, MD

project profile Video Timelapse of a Complete Home Renovation in Potomac, MD

Homeowner Challenge: The client’s desire to live in a specific Potomac, Maryland neighborhood presented a challenge that was threefold: inventory, needs and finances. First, there were no available lots on the market. Second, the existing homes for sale were dated and not conducive to the family’s modern lifestyle. Finally, the client had strict budgetary requirements for the project, but wanted all the amenities of a new home. The BOWA Solution: Having carefully evaluated the client’s needs and goals, the design build team at BOWA proposed working with an… 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 >

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 >

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 >