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We’ve judged this pop up before to mixed reviews. But as I was walking past it last weekend something jumped out at me. It looks like it is also wider than the adjacent homes. Is that just an optical illusion. But if it is wider, how did that happen? It doesn’t seem like to rowhomes were combined into one. Am I losing my mind or is this home also wider than the others?


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  • It is wider…and sure is uglier too!

  • Looking at the first picture, you can seemingly measure the width of the houses in number of windows (as all the other houses seem to have windows spaced the same distance apart). Most of the rowhouses on this block are 3 windows in width, except for the white house next to the house in question, that one is 2 windows in width.

    So, it seems like the remodeled unit ate up 1 window unit of space from that smaller house, most likely in the original design, given the placement of the front door on the white house.

  • ACK!

    Two windows that looked like those on the 2nd story would have worked much, much better.

  • real FUGLY!

  • Our home is in a block of five attached homes — the two houses on the ends (the semi-detached ones) are bigger than the middle ones. Don’t know why — maybe to give buyers different prices to choose from? I’m just happy to have one of the bigger ones.

  • It has to be wider. Either two windows that looked like those on the 2nd story or if they wanted to keep just one window is should have been a much bigger window. Overall its not that hideous.

  • wow, it’s hard to say what they could do to make it uglier.

  • Of course it’s wider. Just measure image on the screen.

  • There are few houses on the couple adjacent blocks of Kansas that are that wide. A couple have the door in the middle and I think are even wider than this one.

  • Oh and i’ve met the owner- he’s real nice, and i didn’t ask him why he made his house so ugly.

  • Hey PoP,

    That’s my neighbor’s house! There are actually 3-4 different sizes of row houses on our block. Ours is the smaller one, and there’s 2 identical smaller ones across the street. The neighbor’s house is just very large! And i don’t think it swallowed up 2 houses- believe that it was just a jumbled up street from the start 🙂 And the owner IS the nicest guy around, and grew up in one of the 2 small houses right across the street (where his parents still live)

  • so so wrong. why cant this be illegal??? this pop up s&%+ is ruining the look of our beautiful city

  • People are confusing two different things. The house itself is not particularly “fugly”. On another street, say in a new development it would probably be considered quite attractive or successful. If it were truly “fugly”, can you really say that the houses on either side of it are attractive? If you live in one of those houses, you would probably say yes, but otherwise, no, they are pretty bland and unattractive.

    The question would be what was the owner/architect trying to do with this new house? Did the architect confuse architectural styles out of ignorance, or did he/she do it out of a sense of trying to create something modern in a traditional neighborhood? Something that people would talk about?

    The thing that people are really reacting to (I am guessing as some might truly find it fugly) is that it doesn’t fit in with its neighbors. That is quite different from the house actually being fugly. I’m sure the same thing happened when the neighborhood was “new”. Any style of house that didn’t look the same as the others would have been considered fugly. A victorian house in a neighborhood of colonials would have certainly been viewed as fugly.

    A “modern” house in a traditional neighborhood often gets a reaction by creating a sense of discomfort. The viewer may not know what an architectural style is called, but when they see two different styles on the same house or one that doesn’t “fit” the neighborhood, their brain notes the problem. Rather than a bland boring house that looks like all the others, the architect creates a sense that something is just not right. It makes the house stand out from all of the others on the block. I would definitely say with this house, mission accomplished at making people feel uncomfortable! The question is, would you want to live in a house that makes people feel uncomfortable? I wouldn’t but that is just me.

    Some pop-ups are truly hideous because they have no relationship to the original house. At least with this one, when looked at the whole house, it fits, not perfectly but at least it tries.

    Do I like the house? NO! Do I think it is attractive where it is? NO! Would I prefer retaining the historic feel of the neighborhood instead? Definitely yes! Do I think the house by itself is attractive? Its not my style, but yes, its ok and I don’t really find it all that fugly.

    People are free to have their own opinions of what is ugly or beautiful. Personally I think the house isn’t fugly and it would be ok if it were in a different location.

  • This is yet another example of the DC government allowing the integral character of the city’s historic fabric to erode and degrade. How hard is it to have design standards? And c’mon, this city needs cash. Why not enact and enforce standards and make a buck from potential violators like the hack who built this quintessential lameness.

  • wow, the anonymous post above steve is way off in my opinion. people are reacting to the disproportionate window and field of stucco… plain and simple. i don’t think the owner was trying to do anything but build cheaply… which is understandable… and i sincerely doubt an architect was involved. the explanation of ‘modern’ is ridiculous. this thing is ugly, oh well.

    maybe the homes on either side of this house were built first and there was a space between them that was filled in later to create this house?

  • What boggles my mind, is why someone who’s already got a “double wide” would need to add a third level. Maybe you should be considering…a BIGGER HOUSE if you really need 4,000 SF of living space in the city.

    How much does one of these pop-ups cost, even done cheaply? If you really want to add 1,000 SF of living space to your house, wouldn’t it most likely be cheaper (and better, in the end) just to move?

    I realize moving is a pain and people love their neighborhoods and all. But especially in this market, there’s so much for sale it can’t be that hard to find a house that meets your needs. And I can’t believe the cost of buying up would be more than the cost of the build-out — not to mention the living HELL for six months while it’s going on.

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