Judging New Homes


Thanks to a reader for sending. He writes:

“Here’s a shot of the house on 9th between Webster and Allison I told you about. The lot has been empty since 2003, and probably long before that. A month or so ago they started excavating the site, and already they’re at this point. It looks like it will be two house, attached on the left and detached on the right. Not much new construction in this area, so it’s interesting. I don’t know why they chose now to do it unless they were so far along in the process they didn’t want to stop.

Update on construction. They’re using real brick and really going fast.”

This house is flying up. I know some folks feel strongly about brick. What do you think – thumbs up or down?


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  • Thumbs up on the style and the use of real brick!

  • yeah thumbs up. beats those fugly prefabs that went up not too far away that pop posted before. and they didnt go for a suburban style or curb cuts with front parking. thumbs way up. why cant all developers be this sensible. Id say they are moving fast because these people just might know what they are doing.

  • Feh. Either too wide or too short. Either way they’re too stumpy in proportion. Those turret roofs belong on tall slender rowhouses. If they wanted short and stumpy they should have just used a simple mansard roof. Those turrets look like they’re crushing the poor stumpy things.

  • Definitely thumbs up on the use of bricks. Probably going fast because the contractors don’t have any other work to do and can spend all their time here. I think the HH Richardson proportions are all right too.

  • I like it! Let’s give credit where where’s due here… new construction maintaining the character of the neighborhood. Kudos for that and best of luck to the builders and eventual purchasers

  • these really should have mansard roofs, not turrets; the proportions are wrong. however, given the quality of so much that gets built around here you gotta say thumbs up on these.

  • You should see what’s going on near us, on 7th almost at Varnum. A whole house was just demolished this morning!! Who knows what will happen in that space. Someone should get a picute and post it, which is something I have no idea how to do. But there’s a huge hole on 7th where a house used to be (not a rowhouse).

  • I hadn’t thought of them being stumpy until someone said it. Still, they’re better than the barn-like houses next to them.

  • am i the only one that thinks these look like crap? guess so.

  • they are kind of dumpy and i don’t think the roof meshes well with the ornamentation-free facade. but that’s just me

  • i meant stumpy, not dumpy

  • The “barnlike” house to the right with the gambrel roof is actually a row type special to Petworth. You don’t really see that form anywhere else in DC. If it wasn’t wrapped in aluminum you’d see the original detailing and it would look a lot better. Sure it’s an odd form, but I instantly know this photo was taken in Petworth.

  • Fine materials, brick is nice. Fenestration is good, the proportion of windows and the size of the panes/muntins fits with the style and neighborhood.

    But the massing is awful. There is no depth to the eaves or window bays. Everything looks pasted on with no thought to creating shadow lines or meaningful breaks in the planes. There is no thought to detail within the brickwork that I can see. It’s a cheap skin of expensive material, and it’s unfortunate.

  • These two homes are a problem for the 4400 block of 9th Street. The original homes on this site were two semi detatached homes with over 3000 sf of living space. For some reason the developer opted to build from property line to property line which imposed on the neighbor’s home to the right and covered up two of their existing windows. We tried fighting the permits calling on both the Ward 4 Council member and the Mayor but we were advised that the developer had the right to build property line to property line. The fact that the developer covered up two windows on an existing building did not seem to matter to the them. I have never felt so helpless or disappointed in the Council or the city government, but I guess that’s life. This is a cheaply built house. Spread the word don’t buy 4418 or 4420 9th Street NW.

  • The barn houses next door are unique to Petworth, they are Dutch colonial and if you look around the neighborhood you will notice that there are several homes build in this style. These homes were some of the first built in Petworth dating back to 1901.

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