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Master Bathroom Renovation with Plenty of Storage in Arlington, Virginia

project profile Master Bathroom Renovation with Plenty of Storage in Arlington, Virginia

Homeowner Challenge: This first-floor master bathroom was originally large, cold and cave-like. One homeowner didn’t even use this shower because of the lack of lighting and warmth, opting instead to use the second-floor bathroom. The challenge of this remodel was maximizing the natural light while creating a more usable, desirable space with plenty of storage. The BOWA Solution: The BOWA In-House Design team created a floorplan that enhances the natural light from the existing sklylight and improves the use of the space. By removing the tub and changing… Read More >

Phased Renovation in Great Falls, VA – Interior and Exterior

project profile Phased Interior and Exterior Renovation in Great Falls, VA

Homeowner Challenge: When the homeowners purchased this home built in 1999, they knew they’d want to renovate to make this builder-grade home their own. The finishes and designs of the bathrooms were dated, and the rear yard area around the existing pool needed a facelift so they could better entertain guests and fix drainage issues. While the home had a great foundation, the homeowners knew a renovation could really enhance the design and their enjoyment of the property. The BOWA Solution: With an understanding of the homeowner’s complete “wish… Read More >

Modern Aging in Place Renovation in Falls Church, VA

project profile Modern Aging in Place Renovation in Falls Church, VA

Homeowner Challenge: This 1950s ranch was renovated by the owner shortly after purchasing it in 1991, so it was time to again do some updating to allow for another 25 years of ownership. The project needed to address maintenance issues, upgrade building materials and adjust the layout. The homeowner wanted to stay true to the mid-century modern style of the home. The BOWA Solution: BOWA’s design team created a plan to make this home comfortable for the owner for years to come. To achieve the larger master suite the… Read More >

Kitchen and Master Suite Upgrade for Fairfax Station Home

project profile Kitchen and Master Suite Upgrade for Fairfax Station Home

Homeowner Challenge: The owners of this Fairfax Station home knew the location and property size were perfect for their growing family. However, the standard builder-grade finishes and layout didn’t fit their design goals and space needs. The kitchen was too small for this family of six, the master bathroom needed to be more relaxing, and with news of their fourth child on the way during the design period, the family needed a fifth bedroom. The BOWA Solution: The BOWA design team created a master plan for the family based… Read More >

Kitchen Renovation for a Chef in Vienna, VA

project profile Kitchen Renovation for a Chef in Vienna, VA

Homeowner Challenge: This 1975 split-level house was dark, cramped and the floor plan did not allow the owners to easily entertain guests. The sunken living room off the kitchen created a tripping hazard and obstructed the flow of the space. The homeowners knew the small, dated kitchen and awkward layout of the main level would require renovation to suit their family’s needs. The BOWA Solution: BOWA in-house designers went to work to bring this 1970s home into the 21st century. The BOWA team started by relocating the original “magic triangle”… Read More >

Industrial Chic Row Home Renovation in Dupont Circle, DC

project profile Industrial Chic Row Home Renovation in Dupont Circle, DC

Homeowner Challenge: The young couple who purchased this 1885 row home in Dupont Circle knew they would need to renovate to fit their growing family and unique design ideas. The townhouse’s traditional design was dated and didn’t match their personalities. The challenges of this renovation included a lack of natural light, a closed floor plan, and a generally dated look. The BOWA Solution: A renovation that touched almost every part of the house began with the BOWA team redesigning the dated stairs that obstructed the flow of natural light… Read More >

Addition and Renovation to Landmark Home in McLean, Virginia

project profile Addition and Renovation to Landmark Home in McLean, Virginia

Homeowner Challenge: After living abroad for over 20 years, the owners of this property returned to the states and the home they had rented out while they were gone. Built in 1910, the property had unfortunately fallen into disrepair.  The house had settled over time and needed significant structural work to stabilize the foundation, level the floors and stairs, and make the home secure again.  The challenge was to bring the home up to livable standards with modern updates, while keeping the charm of this landmark property. The BOWA… Read More >

Design Build Capitol Hill Renovation

project profile Design Build Capitol Hill Renovation

Homeowner Challenge: The homeowners of this 1880’s Capitol Hill rowhouse wished to renovate the old, cramped kitchen to better accommodate their lifestyle and love of entertaining. Additionally, they wanted to improve the flow between the first-floor spaces and the rear yard. The BOWA Solution: The back wall of the kitchen was bumped out and an awkward wall removed. The existing door was relocated and the new addition maximizes natural light and allows for easy access to the remodeled rear yard. A center island offers plenty of space for food preparation and storage. The… Read More >

Cleveland Park DC Kosher Kitchen Renovation

project profile Cleveland Park DC Kosher Kitchen Renovation

Homeowner Challenge: The client wished to renovate a small, dated kitchen within the existing footprint of her 1913 Cleveland Park home in Washington, DC. The main challenge of the project was to design a modern, strictly kosher kitchen within the existing space – including dual sinks, dishwashers, food preparation areas and storage for an avid cook with a passion for entertaining. The BOWA Solution: The renovation included removing two walls, one of which was load bearing, to capture the adjacent space and create better flow. A large, L-shaped island was designed to… Read More >

Universal Design Master Suite Renovation in McLean, VA

project profile Universal Design Master Suite Renovation in McLean, VA

Homeowner Challenge: The master bathroom of this McLean, Virginia ranch-style home featured a dated bath area with awkward embellishments that crowded the space visually and spatially. Additionally, the bedroom suffered from a full wall of reach-in closets with two sets of bi-fold doors, which was busy on the outside and cramped on the inside. The BOWA Solution: Keeping to the existing footprint, the master bath renovation features clean lines, beautiful fixtures and custom details that better meet the owner’s needs. In the bedroom, the reach-in closets were replaced with a… Read More >

Master Suite and Master Bathroom Renovation in Great Falls, VA

project profile Master Suite and Master Bathroom Renovation in Great Falls, VA

Homeowner Challenge: The existing master suite was dated and the layout was awkward.  The homeowners wished to renovate the space to include a new, modern master bath, walk-in closet and refreshment center while also preserving the natural light flowing through the space. The BOWA Solution: Significant structural changes were planned to accommodate the new design which included adding a new window to the bathroom, raising the floor and supporting the stone accent wall. As part of the larger master suite project, the fireplace was relocated, a cold tile… Read More >

Great News for Clients: Our Award-Winning Design Team is Expanding!

Thanks to the trust of our clients and partners, we’re pleased to say BOWA’s in-house design department has been growing steadily since we announced this division just over two years ago. Under the direction of Bobby Han, the team has added a wealth of experience and resources all intended to streamline the often arduous design process. People & Experience: Bobby Han, Director of Design, has an A.B. in Architectural Design and Theory from Princeton University and a Masters of Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He has worked with notable firms, run his own practice, and designed projects… Read More >

1960’s Era Ranch House Transformation in McLean, Virginia

project profile 1960’s Era Ranch House Transformation in McLean, Virginia

Homeowner Challenge: The main goals for this project were achieving an open floor plan, bringing the outdoors in, and improving flow. The homeowners wanted to stay within the existing footprint of their home. The BOWA Solution: To achieve the open floor plan they desired, BOWA’s design solution involved reconfiguring the family’s space and removing a large wall that separated the kitchen and living room. To bring light in, a large glass wall was installed, which also created a smooth transition to the new outdoor living area. The kitchen was modernized,… Read More >

Stylish First-Floor Bungalow Renovation in Arlington, VA

project profile Stylish First-Floor Bungalow Renovation in Arlington, VA 

Homeowner Challenge: The homeowners of this classic Arlington, Virginia bungalow, wished to renovate the first floor of their home to be a better reflection of their lifestyle.  They wanted to transform the home into a more open, flowing, brightly lit collection of spaces, and wanted to eliminate an awkward transition from a bathroom near the kitchen.  The goal of this design build remodeling project was not to create more space but to maximize the existing space while creating a cook’s kitchen, a generous home office, and more storage. The BOWA Solution:… Read More >

Beautifully Redesigned Home with Wine Cellar in McLean, Virginia

project profile Lavishly Redesigned Home with Wine Cellar in McLean, VA 

Homeowner Challenge: The homeowners knew when they purchased this McLean home that renovations would be required to meet their family’s needs.  In addition to remodeling a dated kitchen and rear entry, they wished to install an elevator, carve out space for a wine cellar, and install a lower level kitchen. The BOWA Solution: BOWA reworked different parts of the home to create exactly what the family desired. The rear staircase was reconfigured in order to accommodate the elevator in the family foyer. Custom cabinets, a charging station, and a… Read More >

Luxurious Custom Designed Renovation in McLean, Virginia

project profileLuxurious Custom Designed Renovation in McLean, Virginia

Homeowner Challenge: The challenge for this project was creating a balance between the frequently used larger spaces and the private quarters used for relaxation. The homeowner had very high standards of quality and a preference for custom items from around the world. The BOWA Solution: BOWA incorporated the client’s vision and worked collaboratively with the architect and designer to complete a whole home renovation. The result is a spectacular combination of elegance and function.  The main level features a new working kitchen and remodeled spaces for entertainment. The lower level houses a… Read More >

Contemporary Kitchen Renovation in McLean, Virginia

project profile Contemporary Kitchen Renovation in McLean, Virginia  

Homeowner Challenge: The homeowners were interested in a user-friendly ‘cook’s kitchen’ that reflected their love of contemporary design. One of the biggest challenges in the kitchen renovation was keeping disruption to daily life at a minimum. In addition, this homeowner had a negative experience with previous contractor involving issues like schedule delays and costly change orders. The BOWA Solution: BOWA’s strict schedule adherence and open-book line-item budget policy truly put the clients at ease. Creating a temporary kitchen in the basement for this family made all the difference when it came to… Read More >

Award-Winning Media Room Renovation in Potomac, Maryland

project profile Award-Winning Media Room Renovation in Potomac, Maryland  

Homeowner Challenge: The owner of this lovely home in suburban Maryland requested an entirely new design concept for their media room to maximize natural light and open up views to the rear patio, pool and gardens.  The original room was designed to be dark to maintain low light levels for viewing their movie screen television, but closed off from views of the back yard. The challenge was to maintain the same multi-use function of the room while entirely transforming the atmosphere and lighting of the space. The BOWA Solution: The rear… 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 >