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  • Generally I hate non-brick pop-ups added to our great old Brick row houses, but this one really looks out of place. Part of the beauty of our old row house blocks is the symetry of the whole row. So… it could be worse, but by sticking out I’ve got to give it a thumbs down.

  • I like it, but wonder why they didn’t continue with the same row of 4 windows, which would have made it a fantastic pop-up.

  • It does stick out like a sore thumb against its neighbors, but at least they went to the trouble to make it look like part of the original building. Sort of. Judged adequate, which is pretty good for pop-ups.

    Also, I advocate adoption of the term “pop-tops” in favor of “pop-ups.”

  • It’s great in and of itself — a very basic and inoffensive reproduction of the original style. It looks weird because it’s by itself, but if hte whole block looked like that, the casual observer wouldn’t even realize they were pop ups.

  • THUMBS ALL THE WAY DOWN!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Someone has to be the first mover out there, and they’ve done it so that others can mimic the style and keep the symmetrical row. So triple thumbs up! I would have given them an extra thumb if it had been a tad bit taller (the top doesn’t look quite as tall as the other floors…and agree that 4 windows up there would have been better as well). More power to them for creating extra space in a pleasing way instead of moving out to the suburbs to get that extra space.

  • I give the owners an “A” for effort. I really appreciate they’re thoughtfulness for their neighbors and community by trying to make their pop up blend in with the rest of their block. The only addition I would have made, aside from adding two more windows, would be adding the stone accents above the windows, to keep the whole house uniform.

  • Great pop-up. Fits in well without changing the overall character of the home or the neighborhood.

    I also like that they don’t have a chain-link fence either. I think rusty chain link fences, a la the house next door to the right, do more to harm neighborhood charm than a pop-up.

  • Style wise they did a good job blending it in but man it is in your face obvious because none of the neighbors have houses that high.

    Sort of looks like the lower jaw of a baby that got it first tooth.

  • Perhaps in time the other houses on the block will build a third floor in the same style and they will all look good together.

  • It isolation it is a decent to good popup (loses points for the fourth story window). But it looks weird in contrast to the other buildings.

  • awful. the only good pop top is one that is recessed back from the street or otherwise camouflaged.

  • Why go through that much trouble to blow it with the windows? I can’t imagine four windows that matched the dimensions of the original windows would have increased the overall cost of the addition by that much.

  • It’s not so bad, considering the awful pop-tops out there. I second the 4 windows instead of 2.

  • Utterly retarded. Devoid of any design qualities.

  • There must be a lot of blind folks who read this site: pop-ups are rarely ever good, and this one is purely ridiculous. It’s a big F You to the neighboring rowhouses. If you need more room, and you can’t build off of the back, then move! These houses have been around for over a century without some asshat screwing with the design; they don’t deserve this shame.

  • I Looks ridiculous sticks out like a sore thumb. No matter home much they matched the the roof line to the original, it still lookd like it doesnt belong there. Those houses were not meant to have the third floor. They should respect there neighbors. THUMBS DOWN

  • Should have been setback where it was not visible from the street frontage, especially when it belongs to a row with an established number of stories and it is not an end unit. So it should not be encouraged.

  • Isolated, it is not too bad. We’ve all seen worse. Yet, put into the context of the neighboring homes, it’s a McMansion among a sea of Bungalows. The surrounding homes are all to similar in height and construction to even consider a pop-up. It ruins the beauty of the repetitive aestetic. There are not too many early 20th century brick rowhome neighborhoods like this in the country and ever-fewer because of the desire o developers or homeowners to make more money or have more room.

    That being said, the previous poster was correct. If a pop-up was the only option (as opposed to a 2-story rear addition), it should have been set-back to avoid visibility from the street.

    The best pop-up I have seen is at the corner of T & 2nd streets, NW. The third story was added with care to the existing architecture. The peaked roof not sacrificed for ever-more squarefootage and with surrounding homes already at three stories (when built at the turn-of-the-century), it is not out of context for the neighborhood.

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