project profile
Phased Design Build Renovation in Reston

Homeowner Challenge:

The homeowners purchased the home in 2006 and wanted to update and modernize the kitchen as part of a larger renovation. The kitchen was dated, featured the original builder-grade finishes, and lacked the sophisticated aesthetic and easy flow they wanted for both family gatherings and entertaining. Particularly important, was designing a light-filled space to bring the outdoors in and to coherently connect the kitchen with the other renovated main-level spaces and new screened porch addition.

The BOWA Solution:

The design build team set out to transform a house with very traditional architectural language and features into a more contemporary, light-filled home to suit the owners’ aesthetic. Dark walnut flooring in a wider plank was selected to ground the space and provide warmth. The existing coffered ceilings felt too heavy, so the design and production teams worked together to design a shallow tray ceiling to designate separate areas in the large kitchen.

There were two main challenges that the team had to work to overcome. The homeowners had set a very tight deadline for the project so that their home would be ready for a spring family function. And, as the kitchen work was part of a larger, first-floor renovation, it required relocating utilities, as well as some structural work. Considering the challenges associated with residential construction during the coronavirus pandemic, the complexity and scope of the project, labor shortages, and material delays, the tight deadline seemed daunting. However, the design build team was able to deliver the project on time and on budget.

The clients are thrilled with the result. In fact, upon completion, they engaged BOWA for another project; a second-floor renovation, including a new primary bedroom suite.