According to the National Association of Realtors, 75% of people surveyed believe spring is an ideal time to purchase a home. With spring within reach, I would venture to guess that most buyers will identify a realtor to partner with in their home search. Certainly makes sense. But what about adding an experienced remodeler to the mix?

For years, clients and their realtors have been turning to BOWA for assistance in quickly evaluating homes before they make an offer. Perhaps they love the property, location and some aspects of the house, but it doesn’t quite meet their family’s needs. Through a complimentary Purchase Consultation, our design build experts can advise on what modifications can be made to suit the family’s lifestyle and budget goals. We can also help to “interpret” the home inspection report. We’ve seen a number of instances where items deemed “red flags” by buyers, are actually easily remedied by an experienced professional during an otherwise planned renovation. Once the buyer decides on the home, we can get started right away on the design. We can even help to identify priorities and develop a master construction plan, which approaches the project in phases identifying a manageable budget and timeline.

When you approach house hunting with the idea of remodeling in mind, you just might find a great deal on a diamond in the rough like these BOWA clients did. The buyers fell in love with the property, saw the potential for the 1940’s house and retained BOWA to design and execute an addition and renovation. The award-winning result was their perfect country home.

The original home was comfortably situated on 175 acres of land, but it did not fit the charm of the rolling landscape. Modernizing and expanding the dated home, while enhancing its harmony with the outdoors, was the top priority of this project. Additionally, the family wanted a well-appointed home that would be comfortable for family gatherings yet large enough for the charity and business functions they frequently host.

Creating additional space and allowing for more natural light were the keys to achieving the family’s desired home. The whole-house renovation included a three-story addition with beautiful new living, dining and gathering areas, as well as a new outdoor living space. Seamlessly integrated with the main living area, the new deck includes a covered pavilion, multiple sitting areas and an outdoor kitchen, which greatly increase the habitable square footage and perfectly suit the homeowner’s lifestyle. Upstairs, the new master suite highlights sweeping views of the rolling hills and features a luxurious sculptural tub in the bath and sleek shower enclosure. On the lower level, are new media and game rooms, a kitchenette and a walkout to a lovely patio.

Some of the other project highlights include:

Sophisticated barrel vault ceiling that connects kitchen to dining room

Home automation package including audio/visual, lighting, and window coverings

Custom hickory hardwood flooring throughout the home

New gas fireplace with golden honey quartzite surround

Rustic pine beams in the kitchen

The home now incorporates a rustic-meets-contemporary design that is both intimate and large enough to serve the family’s diverse needs. This Loudoun County renovation earned BOWA recognition for three different industry awards including: National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) 2017 Southeast Regional CotY winner, NARI’s local chapter Capital CotY competition winner, as well as the 2016 NVBIA/MNCBIA’s Great American Living Awards winner.

So, if you’re on the hunt for a new home this spring, keep BOWA in mind. I am happy to help..

Tim Burch is a Vice President of BOWA, award-winning design, and construction firm specializing in 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 and enjoys calling on his 30 years of design-build experience to solve their home-related challenges. A third-generation builder and certified remodeler, Tim is the Construction Advisor for The Mosby Heritage Area Association and sits on the Board of Building Appeals for Fauquier County.  Before 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 or call 703-734-9050.