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 able to shake the feeling that this might just be a diamond in the rough, the couple turned to BOWA to help them assess the possibilities. BOWA’s extensive pre-purchase consultation, including a comprehensive home inspector’s report, armed the buyers with the leverage they needed to negotiate a discounted purchase price to offset the corrective work required and the longest possible settlement period. During this time BOWA assembled the team — architect, civil engineer, landscape designer, interior designer — and the permits were gathered. The day of settlement there was a dumpster at the door and the design build renovation began.
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