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Complete Renovation in Classic DC Condo Building

project profile Complete Renovation in Classic DC Condo Building

Homeowner Challenge: These clients have called upon BOWA over their 20 years of condo ownership to continually transform their DC condo unit to meet their changing lifestyle and design ideas. This pre-war building provided the sturdy construction and beautiful original details the homeowners appreciate, but the overall design of the home required updates to the kitchen, living, and dining areas to make it unique to their tastes and needs. The BOWA Solution: Without altering the original layout too drastically, the BOWA team created spaces that blend the original characteristics with modern… Read More >

Complete Transformation of Washington, DC Rowhome

project profile Complete Transformation of Washington, DC Rowhome

Homeowner Challenge: Built in 1900, this DC rowhome originally housed three bedrooms and only one full bath located on the second level. The closed-concept first level floorplan did not allow any natural light to flow through the kitchen, living and dining areas, and the unfinished basement couldn’t be used for anything but storage as the ceiling height was too low. The BOWA Solution: The underlying goal of this renovation was to add more living space for the young family, while also improving the aesthetics, usefulness, and efficiency. The project involved underpinning, digging… Read More >

Traditional Brownstone Renovation in Washington, DC

project profile Traditional Brownstone Renovation in Washington, DC

Homeowner Challenge: After living in a BOWA Custom Home in Great Falls, these clients wanted to return to their roots and create an English inspired traditional brownstone in DC. They located a building with good bones in the right neighborhood then called BOWA to completely transform the existing interior to reflect a classic English floorplan and design aesthetic. The BOWA Solution: Once the project began, the BOWA team removed the entire interior of the home to recreate a traditional floorplan. With four floors, connected by a wide staircase, their new home includes… Read More >

Georgetown Rowhome Renovation Delivers Chic Design and Functionality

project profile Georgetown Rowhome Renovation Delivers Chic Design and Functionality

Homeowner Challenge: This young couple’s Georgetown rowhome in Washington, DC had a traditional, closed layout. The kitchen was small and dark, and the space was not used efficiently. Additionally, the style was dated and didn’t match the liveliness and lifestyle of our clients. The homeowners also wished to keep a small outdoor area for entertaining and relaxing. The BOWA Solution: Our clients had small, but specific requests that influenced the design. They wanted to fit two full-size barstools at the kitchen island and create a designated dining area in the… Read More >

Spring Valley Home Renovated to Enhance Charm and Rectify Quirks

project profile Spring Valley Home Renovated to Enhance Charm and Rectify Quirks

Homeowner Challenge: This single-family home in DC’s Spring Valley neighborhood provides our clients the charm of an older home and the convenience of an in-town location. Unfortunately, as in most older homes, the character they loved came with quirks. When it was originally built, the owners wanted to save a large tree in the backyard and to do so, built the house at a slight angle. The tree eventually died, but the crooked home remained. The next owners built a rear addition, which included 1-2 stairs up or… Read More >

Transitional Row Home Remodel in Georgetown, DC

project profile Transitional Row Home Remodel in Georgetown, DC

Homeowner Challenge: The space available in this end-unit brownstone is enviable for any row home in DC. The bones of the home were perfect for our clients and their growing family, but updates needed to be made to the basement, kitchen and master bathroom to make the home more efficient for family life. The basement was dark and unwelcoming, and the original layout did not meet the family’s needs. The master bathroom was cramped and in serious need of a refresh. Key elements throughout the home needed to be updated to… 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 >

Contemporary Washington, DC Condominium Renovation

project profile Contemporary Washington, DC Condominium Renovation

Homeowner Challenge: The primary challenge of this condo renovation was to transform what had once been two units into an optimized, light-filled single space with a contemporary design and incredible river views. The client could see the potential, but the realities of fixed plumbing, electric and structural column locations – all seemingly immovable obstacles in the wrong places – were daunting. The BOWA Solution: BOWA and the client executed an extensive forensic study of the original building plans to gauge feasibility. In the process, a plan was created that prioritized optimizing the beautiful… Read More >

Coming Soon – Capitol Hill Home Cleanup Day

As a thank you to the community in which we are currently working, BOWA will be holding a Home Cleanup Day on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, August 31st.  Let the BOWA Team 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 for disposal in our jobsite dumpster.  Or just stop by on your way to the office or school, grab a cup of coffee and a treat, and say, “Hi!” Date:  Wednesday, August 31, 2016 Time:  8:00 am –… Read More >

Coming Soon – Cleveland Park Home Cleanup Day

As a thank you to the community in which we are currently working, BOWA will be holding a Home Cleanup Day in Cleveland Park on Friday, August 5th.  Let the BOWA Team 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:  Friday, August 5, 2016 Time:  8:00 am – 10:00 am Where:  3462 Macomb Street, NW, Washington, DC 20016 What:  Broken & oversized items, junk, etc., but no electronics, paint or hazardous materials will be accepted For more… 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 >

Remodeling Industry Recognizes BOWA as Contractor of the Year for Third Consecutive Year

National Association of Remodeling Industry Honors BOWA with Three Remodeling and Renovation Awards as the Metro-D.C. Area Firm Celebrates its 25th Anniversary McLean, Va. –  BOWA (www.bowa.com), a home transformation company specializing in the design and construction of luxury additions and renovations, received three prestigious Contractor of the Year (CotY) awards from the National Association of Remodeling Industry (NARI) Metro-D.C. Chapter at its awards reception on January 12.  These awards are the latest recognition and honors for the metropolitan-D.C. area firm that has now received more than 110 awards as the company celebrates its 25th anniversary. “The BOWA team is… 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 >

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 >

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://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 >

Keeping the chaos out of condo renovations

Featured in: Washington Blade Excerpt: “For many homeowners, a renovation project is one of the most complex and difficult ventures they will undertake. For condominium owners, the complexities of home improvements are greater as they have to navigate challenges and situations that are unique to condo owners. While it can seem daunting —with careful planning, working with an experienced remodeler, and following some important condo renovation etiquette—renovating your condo can be rewarding and transform your home.” For More Information: Click here to view the full article in a new window Services:  Condominium Remodels… Read More >

High Rising – Tapping a Growing Condominium Remodeling Market

Featured in: Remodeling Magazine Excerpt:  During the past year, Steve Kirstein, principal at BOWA, in McLean, Va., has seen increased interest in condominium projects in his market. He attributes this to homeowners seeking to reduce their commute in a traffic-congested area and opting to move from the suburbs to Washington, D.C. “We’re noticing a major shifting of the population moving closer to the city center,” he says, including both working and retired homeowners. Empty nesters and older owners looking to downsize from large houses “naturally gravitate to condominiums,” Kirstein says, which require less maintenance. In addition, house values in the… Read More >

Everything in Its Place: A look at other trends in bathroom design, clever ways to get more storage, the growing popularity of steam showers, and smarter toilets

Featured in: Washingtonian  Excerpt: The biggest challenge for area bath designers? Creating enough storage, particularly in a small bath in an older home. Here’s a look at other key considerations when renovating a bathroom. Creating More Storage: Many older bathrooms have wall-hung or pedestal sinks with little or no storage underneath. But people have more stuff these days. That, along with clever innovations in cabinetmaking, may be why designers say they’re creating more storage now in bathrooms, especially master baths. “Years ago, people had small vanities. Now they’re building in more cabinetry,” says Josh Baker of BOWA, a builder in… Read More >

Men vs. Women: What each wants in their master bathroom design

Featured in: Washingtonian Excerpt: Husbands and wives often want very different things in a master bathroom. Here’s how to get what you each like without landing in hot water. She wants a bubbler tub. He wants a steam shower. She wants a large vanity with lots of storage for makeup and toiletries. He needs one drawer. She wants a window that frames beautiful views from the tub. He wants a built-in television so he can watch ESPN while he shaves. She wants a gentle rain shower. He wants water pressure so strong it could peel paint. A husband and wife… Read More >

Contemporary Renovation of Tudor-Style Home in Washington, DC

project profile Contemporary Renovation of Tudor Style Home in Washington DC 

Homeowner Challenge: The client’s goal was to incorporate a new, larger and more modern kitchen design into their traditional Tudor-style home. They wanted to maintain a cohesive feel within the whole interior, increase the size of the lower level recreation room, and improve access to the outdoor spaces from both levels of the home. The BOWA Solution: The project included a one-story addition expand the kitchen and create space for a breakfast room and a basement addition under a new Ipe deck.  Extensive remodeling of the kitchen, family room,… Read More >