When taking on any project in life, you often seek advice from those that have prior experience or knowledge.  For example, you enlist the help of accountants, lawyers, financial advisors, and even golf pros. You trust these experts to help you in reaching goals or completing projects.  So, why should it be any different when it comes to your home – which for many people – is one of their biggest investments?

I am honored that Middleburg Eccentric has asked me to provide advice for your home renovation questions.  As a Vice President for BOWA, an award-winning design and construction company specializing in luxury renovations, remodels and additions for the greater Washington D.C. area, I focus on clients in the Loudoun and Fauquier counties. I’m a third generation builder, certified remodeler, and instructor with 25 years of expertise in the design and build construction industry. 

Waterford, VAMy first piece of advice for anyone remodeling their home is to hire an experienced design build professional, because just like our golf swing – we could all use a little help and expert guidance.

Unless you happen to be a home remodeling expert, a skilled construction manager, or have an enormous amount of time on your hands, don’t assume you will be able to go at the project alone.  You’ll want an expert who is accountable and manages the process, while being an advocate for your best interests. That’s the true key to a successful remodeling experience.

The entire design and construction process takes a lot of coordination especially with complex projects that require input from numerous resources such as: engineers, landscape designers, and lighting experts – just to name a few. Your trusted professional will oversee everything, from project feasibility and needs assessment, to drawing, selecting and budgeting on through to construction.

During this process, construction professionals are working alongside the architectural team and other specialists to ensure reliable materials are specified, drawings are clear, and challenges are addressed to lay the ground work for a smooth production process. Most importantly, they are ensuring that the project that is being designed aligns with your budget goWaterford. VA (2)als and finding areas of cost appropriate efficiencies wherever possible.

Last, but certainly not least, the most valuable asset in working with an expert is that we can allow you the time to enjoy the entire experience! I truly want my clients to take pleasure in remodeling their homes, because it doesn’t have to be stressful.  When the project is successfully completed it is an accomplishment your whole family can share and be proud of for many years to come. 

Do you have a remodeling or design question for me that you’d like to see answered in the next issue? Email me at AskBOWA@bowa.com.

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Tim Burch is Vice President of BOWA, an award-winning design build firm specializing in luxury renovations ranging from master suites and kitchens to whole-house remodels. A Northern Virginia native, Tim focuses on clients in the Loudoun and Fauquier County areas providing them with his 25 years of expertise in the design build construction industry. He is a third generation builder, certified remodeler, and instructor. Prior to joining BOWA, he was the Lead Project Manager of Construction for the Emmy Award winning construction reality television show, Extreme Makeover Home Edition on ABC Television. For more information on Tim and the BOWA team, visit www.bowa.com, or call 703-734-9050. Have a question for Tim that you’d like to see covered in Middleburg Eccentric? Email him at AskBOWA@bowa.com.