If you thought it couldn’t get any worse…

Window Shrinkage, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

Remember this atrocious renovation on Sherman Avenue? It was the one with the ridiculous third story addition? Well if you thought it couldn’t get any worse, you’d be wrong. Apparently they thought a nice big window would look too appealing. So in order to make the home a complete disaster, they decided to shrink the big front window. Can someone please explain this move to me?

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  • that place is a freaking mess…better to just tear it down completely. what a waste.

  • Is that the same house? That’s ridiculous.

  • When are these developers going to learn that the majority of the home buying public doesn’t want to buy junk?? The condos on the corner of New Hampshire & Spring Rd have been taken off of the market. Why? Because they are horribly planned and finished, not to mention, extremely overpriced. The condo conversion at New Hampshire & Otis is certain to suffer the same fate. Incidentally, this building suffers from the same “window too small” affliction. The featured project is indeed, a freaking mess. I shudder whenever my eyes are unfortunate enough to gaze upon it.

  • This is a travesty. Aren’t there any sort of restrictions in D.C. about renovations you can perform to historic properties / properties in historic districts? I used to live in Boston, and the integrity of neighborhoods was strictly maintained by all sorts of building codes (perhaps those went too far at times in fact), but it just seems like there is nothing to stop any sort of monstrosity from destroying the continuinty and beauty and logical flow of victorian neighborhoods.

  • These aren’t developers. I can bet you these are people that have held on to their DC property for 40 years waiting for the marketing to turn in their favor. Perhaps they moved to Prince George or Fairfax after the riots but still had this old piece of property. And now comes the Home Depot special remodeling project with cheap contractors from the day laborers — and presto bango! — you have a crappy second rate remodeling job. Anything to make the place a little easier to dump. Except that the market is that hot. And probably never was. I call this first string remodelings. They’ll get rented out, maybe, and then eventually when the neighborhood fully gentrifies, someone will buy and restore it properly. The same thing happened in San Francisco — people bought places in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s during white flight eras, put in cheap aluminum windows, a drab one color paint job and then the place was ready for renters. When the market heated up in the 1990s. The places were bought and turned into show homes — million dollar type places and up. It will take 20 years but it just means the neighborhood is quite ready for prime time.

    That or we need to have better zoning, but me thinks the process will happen naturally without it.

  • Could be an absent owner looking to rent it out, or a crappy developer. I’ll mention that small windows (particularly those on sale) are cheaper, but you’ve got to pay for bricks, and, um, you’re going to pay for lack of sunlight. No accounting for this one. But I have seen truly stupid (no other explanation) builders reduce the size of the windows on buildings they were erecting (had to be a sale). Of course those same geniuses have been fined tens of thousands of dollars for violations that include things like repeated failure to secure the property (people were living in it with clothes hanging up, fully made beds, candles, ect.), allowing a house to collapse into a giant pit they dug, and digging an unmarked 10 foot deep hole in a highly trafficked alley. We’re all pretty much glad no one has died (yet) as a result of this development.

  • Unfortunately this property is not in a historic district – or else this would never happen.

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