Judging Additions


Wow, I think they did a great job on this one. I actually think the brick and the siding contrast works rather well. It is wild how they seem to fit together like a puzzle piece. What do you think – thumbs up or down?


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  • I’ve driven by this addition in Brookland many times…I think they’ve done a very good job at an addition that complements the house. I’ve thought a lot about how I might do a similar addition on my house. I like the way they’ve bumped out the first floor back room as part of the addition, and the transoms over the doors are nice touches.

  • Quite a handsome addition – 2 thumbs waay up!

  • I agree! I think they did a great job choosing an old-looking brick and traditional colonial architecture to help the addition fit the neighborhood. I imagine the gray and white part stuck out like a sore before they built the addition. The chimney was a nice touch given that most new construction includes a wall-vented gas fireplace or no fireplace at all.

  • It”s gorgeous. Any chance we can get them on here to tell us who did the work? What they put in the addition?

  • IrvingGreen, I think the brick was the original house and the siding is the addition?

  • Is it only me that thinks this is not great? Ugly even? They definitely could have done a better job with the windows on the addition.

    The chimney and the odd looking brick – they would be original, right? No kudos to the designers for retaining a bit of original charm.

    Seeing the “before” pictures might help put this in perspective.

  • I think it’s terrible; misaligned roof lines and windows,
    uncomplimentary exterior colors/textures, out of scale structures.

    It looks like an earthquake or some other cosmic force pushed two disparate dwellings together and this is the aftermath of the disaster.

    But I’ll bet that they saved a lot of money by not hiring an architect!
    And I am not one, or related to one, or recommending any.
    You just see this unsuccessful short cut so often, and sooo expensive in the end.

  • It’s UGLY!!!!!!!!!

  • Regardless of the house, the real visual travesty here is that ugly-ass fence! It doesn’t go with either the old brick or new addition.

  • Most rowhouses in DC have the 2-story porches on the back, to the point I think they must have been part of the original structure. So it’s no problem for brick rowhouses to have an addition with siding in the back, that’s just part of how it’s done here and looks authentic. You would never be able to match the original brick, anyway – so in my mind it’s either siding or don’t do an addition.

    I do think that this addition would look more part of an original structure if the style of the windows were more similar to the backs of other rowhouses, usually meaning a row of double-hung windows all in a row. The bay window is the real thing here that doesn’t fit. But I think they did a nice job with the trim and the paint job on the addition.

  • Rather discordant! Irving, your wry humor made me laugh. Sometimes I like a nice white-painted clapboard addition on an old brick colonial, but this style of house doesn’t lend itself to the wooden siding. I probably would have gone with a stucco addition to compliment the style of the original part (Mission? Arts & Crafts?). At the very least, a darker gray color siding might look better.
    PetworthRes: those 2-storey porches on the back were sleeping porches, and they were part of the original construction (at least on most post-Victorian rowhouses). Can you imagine sleeping out there in the heat of summer?! Thank God for central air.

  • Sigh, I guess humor is in the eye of the beholder.

    I agree that it (the left half) has a lot of nice elements, but they aren’t well-organized. It might look better on a beach house.

  • I see it, I think ‘Building Tetris’.

  • the buildings have not relationship to each other – and again you have no taste – i read you site as a joke to see how tastless you can be sometimes

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