NOVA Kitchen, Bath and Basement: Thinking Local Key to Success for Remodeling Expert

Imagine having a service provider in your home that not only had an eye for beautiful touches and attention to every last detail, but also focused on sourcing local materials and was located near your neighborhood—in fact, specialized in a Northern Virginia client base because its owner spent his lifetime here. Sounds perfect, doesn’t it?

Enter NOVA Kitchen Bath and Basement based in Chantilly. Its owner, John Powell, is a 35-year veteran of the remodeling business who started NOVA Kitchen, Bath and Basement with a dream of offering both design and labor to those seeking a new life for tired, dated spaces. Capping that off is an intentional focus on materials made in the USA and, when possible, using local providers.

“Our granite comes from a local distributor; our cabinets come from different parts of the United States… Alabama, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia,” John says, adding that it currently sells more than seven different types of cabinetry. “From the top cabinetry in the United States, which is Wellborn, all the way down to the lower end of cabinetry [for] a lower-costing kitchen —and that is still a top-grade cabinet,” he says.

Whether the plan is completely customized or just bringing the newest updates to a kitchen, bathroom or basement, John notes that NOVA Kitchen, Bath and Basement offers free estimates. Should the client’s project involve design work by its in-house staff, that too is free of charge.

John—who stresses he is a young 58!—says that the company’s approach is encompassed in its mission statement. “Without customers we do not exist and, therefore, must treat every customer with the highest level of professionalism and integrity. It is a privilege to be invited into a home and to have the opportunity to make… remodeling dreams and ideas come true. From the initial consultation to the project completion, [customers] will find our attention to detail to be the best in the industry.”

A local touch

Cabinetry isn’t the only thing that NOVA Kitchen, Bath and Basement sources locally and domestically. While some of its exotic materials, such as granite, may originate overseas, it is obtained using the company’s locally-based distribution network.

“We support the local businesses,” John stresses. “Everything is purchased right here in Chantilly; that is the business of this area.” That extends to flooring choices as well, be it hardwood or carpeting. “We have all kinds of flooring you can look at, [and] we buy it from only our vendors, who are anywhere from all the way by Canada to North Carolina, as most of the flooring isn’t made in Virginia.”

John’s wife and co-owner Kim is the company’s tile and flooring expert, and she focuses on U.S. materials as well. “We buy all our tile from either Daltile or Mosaic Tile, and Daltile is the biggest tile distributer in the United States,” adding that as a colorist, she can offer thousands of choices for colorizing a home.

Between John, Kim, and NOVA’s team members Chris and Kristi, there are more than 130 years of design and construction leadership experience. That’s a lot to bring to the table for even the biggest of projects—and as John notes, no small detail is missed.

“We have everything you need, even down to the knobs on your cabinets,” adding that they have all of those options to show potential clients in the new showroom.

NOVAKitchen02The Basement Factor

Basements—some folks are not so lucky, and buy a home with a standard basement big enough for a furnace and some holiday storage and not much more. Others, though, with the opportunity to create a finished basement, can increase the living space of their homes exponentially by designing the man cave, family room, extra bedroom or even game room they’ve dreamed of. NOVA Kitchen, Bath and Basement has clients covered there as well.

“We design basements, [consult with] you what you can and can’t do with them, and we do everything from the egress windows to the walkouts in the basement, to custom bars and bathrooms, media rooms, offices, gyms and full-sound proofing,” John says, adding that the basement space potential is nearly endless. “We do it from the very beginning to the very end.” He does not use any subcontractors, all work is done by his team “so we know exactly what’s going on everywhere,” as John notes. The only subcontracting done is to hang and finish sheetrock, a time-consuming phase of a project that hiring subcontractors can cut down to just one day in many cases.

NOVAKitchen03NOVA’s Niche

As John stresses, his company is a one-stop shop when it comes to remodeling. “We can do anything there is to a house. We do windows, we do siding, we do roofs, we do gutters, we paint; we have a full paint crew for the exterior and interior of a house. We do rotten wood repair, too.”

One more thing he promises: you’ll never have to worry about NOVA Kitchen, Bath and Basement changing its focus from the clientele of Northern Virginia, craftsmanship and getting the job done right.

“I’ve never worked for anyone but myself since I was 22 years old,” he says. “I grew up here, I watched Reston get built. There was no Reston when I was growing up, and it got built. I was a kid back then. I watched Great Falls get built, I watched McLean get built. I helped build them,” John says.

NOVA Kitchen, Bath and Basement is nearly ready to open the doors of its newest location, Loudoun Kitchen Bath and Basement in Leesburg, where it will house a second showroom.

For more information please visit or call 703-378-7100.

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