Award-Winning Homes: Dutch Colonial in Arlington

This whole-house remodeling project includes a wine cellar, gym, expanded kitchen, and "map room," where the owners plan boating trips.

By: Mary Clare Glover

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Every year, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry recognizes outstanding projects with its Contractor of the Year Awards. McLean-based BOWA Builders took home an award for the “Best Addition Over $500,000” for this whole-house remodel in Arlington.

A three-story renovation of the 1920s Dutch Colonial added more than 2,000 square feet of space, including an expanded kitchen and new family room, breakfast room, and sunroom. In the basement, the family added a gym and mahogany-and-stone wine cellar. But the nautically-themed master bedroom suite is the most unique part of the house. A ladder leads to what the owner calls his “map room,” where he plans trips on his 50-foot cabin cruiser. Windows and a balcony surround the octagonal-shaped room, which has views of the Washington Monument.