Judging New Row Houses


I really enjoy watching the progress of homes that are being built from the ground up. This one is located at 2121 11th Street, NW and seems very promising. It looks like it’s going to have a nice third floor balcony:


Can you tell at this point if you like the style. I’ll be sure to update as it progresses.

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  • Nothing says “permanence” quite like 1/4 inch particle board.

  • I’m sure they’ll tie it all together with some nice vinyl siding.

  • I live across the street from this place, and have watched the builders slap it together like crazy people. It’s pretty much spit, cardboard, and paper clips.

  • That is why we have all these problems with overbuilding, they are not making these homes like they used to, does any one have any opinions about the 800 block of 4th street ne. I am looking to purchase on this block.

  • I’m not a builder, but that’s plywood, not particle board, right? I think plywood is standard for most homes built today, including those that are faced with brick. In other words, there’s a decent chance this will end up of similar quality to all of the other small brick buildings that have been built on this block over the past few years (i.e., relatively good-looking with decent materials). The size and variety of the windows and the balcony make me hopeful this will turn out well. They framed it very quickly.

  • It’s OSB (reconstituted wood & glue board) similar to particle board, but definitely not the quality/strength of plywood.

  • I’m not sure that latter part is correct:


    No financial interest.

  • The use of OSB does not signify weak construction. Nor does the speed of erection.

    Glue-laminated wood products are structurally stronger than most solid wood that would be used in its place. It is not their use that makes poor construction, but the strength of the joints, the integrity of the flashings, the imperviousness of the waterproofing.

    These days a high-rise (and I don’t mean DC’s mid-rises) can go up in less than a year. And that was when the building industry was booming and everyone was turning down work. Now that business has slowed to a standstill, crews can spend all day working on one jobsite and finish a building in a fraction of the time. That doesn’t mean that they are doing crap work. Just the opposite may be true. With their attention undivided and nothing better to do, the work may be superior.

    I’d love to hear some comments about this particular property from someone who actually knows something about construction, instead of from arm chair critics with uncalloused hands.

  • what is the best area of DC to find a victorian row house for 400k that needs some fixing up

  • erection. he. he.

  • With all the rain, can you say the perfect home for growing mold!
    From the picture, it appears the building process is inviting potential microbial growth.

  • I live 3 doors down. I spoke to the general contractor a couple of days ago. It is actually going to be a 4 unit condo building.

  • There is very similar building going on at Ontario and Lanier NW. Except on that house it was a beautiful old house that was lived in then sold. At which point the buyers demolished the facade, popped the top and are rebuilding with this particle board business…gross.

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