Tag Archives: purchase consultation

Stay & Remodel or Buy & Remodel – Webinar Recording

Does your home fall short when it comes to meeting your family’s evolving needs but you’re unsure of your options? BOWA’s Chris Smith and Washington Fine Properties’ Alyssa Crilley share helpful tips to consider when evaluating the right path for your home and family. Our team has vast experience helping families decide whether to stay and remodel their current homes or purchase something new, and share insight into the process for each.  If you’re torn between remodeling and moving, this on-demand webinar and a purchase consultation is for you.  If you have additional questions or need help evaluating your options,… Read More >

Designer’s Desk: How do you know if a house has good bones?

New construction has its appeal, but the character and charm of an old home is something that can’t be replicated. However, when it comes to real estate listings, phrases like “full of character” can be code for a host of alarming issues. If you’re considering purchasing an older home, it’s important to be able to identify red flags on your own because that “charming 3 bedroom in need of some TLC” may actually be a money pit. I consider myself fortunate because fixing up older homes is not just my passion, it’s also my profession. As such, I have a… Read More >

Before you Purchase a Home, Make Sure You Understand your Options

Many homeowners are disappointed each year after purchasing a home with plans of a future renovation. Unfortunately, when it’s time to take the next step, they learn of limitations that thwart their plans. Perhaps they wanted to add onto the new home, but learn of HOA or property restrictions. Or they wanted to add a second story, but find the structure won’t support it. Or the estimated cost is more than they anticipated.  A purchase consultation is the perfect way to evaluate the home before your purchase. Stay & Remodel or Buy & Remodel We often find ourselves helping house… Read More >

Purchase Consultation – Carriage House Garage Addition in Chevy Chase, MD

project profile Purchase Consultation and Carriage House Garage Addition in Chevy Chase

Homeowner Challenge: This design build project began with a call to BOWA for a purchase consultation while the property was still on the market.  The prospective homeowners wanted to study the feasibility of adding a detached structure that would be complementary in style to the existing home and neighborhood.  They wanted a structure that would provide additional garage space, a guest suite, and a home office.  The site itself presented early challenges because the home was situated on a tight lot with dramatic grade changes. Based on the… Read More >

Condo Renovations: As sales of condominiums grow, so does demand for luxury renovations

Featured in: Arlington Connection Excerpt: “With the growth in demand for condominiums comes growth in demand for condominium renovations. One local company BOWA, a residential remodel and construction firm based in McLean, is responding to that trend by bringing on a new project leader, Mark Miller, with expertise in condo remodeling and commercial construction. Miller and BOWA say they are responding to the demand to push the boundaries of luxury condo transformation. Most upscale condominium buyers will select a location where they want to live first, and then search for a condo to buy, said Miller, who is an Arlington… Read More >

Heart of the Home

Featured on: Washingtonian Excerpt: “Five beautiful kitchens where families cook, eat, gather and entertain.  Plus – experts who can create your dream kitchen…Azi Hendi and her husband, Ali, knew what they wanted in a house: a California-style ranch with clean,modern lines and lots of light. Though the one they settled on—in DCs Forest Hills—needed an overhaul, they could see its potential. “The kitchen was our priority,” she says. “We live in the kitchen.” The first order of business was to take down the wall separating the kitchen from the dining area and to merge the two spaces. “There wasn’t enough… 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 >

Top 10 Things to Know Before you Purchase a House

Featured in: Reston Connection, Great Falls Connection, McLean Connection, Potomac Almanac, Arlington Connection, Vienna Connection, Herndon Connection Excerpt:  Have a vision for renovating or expanding a house for sale?  Here are some tips on what to find out before you buy….Here are 10 things to consider when purchasing a house with the intention of a future remodeling project: 1) Check the local government’s zoning ordinances; 2) Research any neighborhood association restrictions; 3. Never assume that an existing structure is adequate for future modifications; 4. Check system capacities; 5. Investigate policies regarding septic systems; 6. Be aware of hazardous materials; 7.… Read More >

BOWA Recognized as Capital Contractor of the Year

Featured in: McLean Connection Excerpt: BOWA (www.bowa.com), a home transformation company, was honored with a 2010 Capital “Contractor of the Year” (CotY) Award by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) Metro DC Chapter on Saturday, Jan. 29. Josh Baker is founder of BOWA, and a McLean resident. The Capital CotY Grand Award for the Entire House over $1,000,000 category was given to BOWA for a large scale home renovation in Great Falls. As the single point of accountability for the customer, BOWA transformed this home to fit the young family’s need of comfort and convenience. Although BOWA faced… Read More >