Best Spot for a Morning Cup of Coffee

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I thought this was a phenomenal balcony. Are those slats up top supposed to have plants/vines growing on them?

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  • That’s a pergola. Ideally, it would be designed to provide shade yet remain open for air when the sun is hottest in that spot, but often, they are more aesthetic than functional.

  • A flowering Wisteria vine in a big pot would create good shade and look great after a few Summers’ growth trained through the lintels of this metal pergola.

    (Pictured is the pergola at the North end penthouse apartment within Adams Row, 2301 Champlain. Look closely; it’s two level double terraced.)

  • Poorly built pergolas, arbors, and trellises or those made from treated softwood, not Teak or Ipe, might not endure; but this solid metal pergola has the potential of being quite functional with flowering and/or fruit vines growing up each rising column as written in the previous commentary.

    A couple blocks up Kalorama Road from this pictured terrace on Champlain Street in Adams Morgan, at The Kalorama, 1882 Columbia Road, NW, there’s a penthouse apartment with a wrap around three sided veranda terrace with a beautiful purple flowering Wisteria weaved through the lintels of a pergola trained over several Summers on one side, and a Grape vine on the other.

    There’s a hammock under it, climbing Roses on wall mounted trellis, Peach and Pear fruit trees as well, a lattice framed hot tub lanai with Orchids, potted heirloom Tomatoes, Strawberries, and a small aquatic garden with a pump for rushing water sound that have all survived several Winters. Really super cool. -An extraordinary green roof garden.

  • Does anyone know if DC would permit a pergola on the front property of a row home?

  • saf

    mebejoe – well, I can tell you that you can’t have one in the BACK of a row house. They call it a carport and then require it to conform to carport regulations.

    Me and zoning, not so much friends for exactly that reason.

  • It may not be up to code, but there’s definitely a small one over the resident’s walkway at the intersection with the sidewalk of the house at Van Buren & 13th (6558 13th St. NW?)

  • Just got off the phone with DCRA. While a permit would be necessary for the size pergola my particular site would require, they didn’t seem to have any issue with the actual idea.

    Of course, I had to describe what a pergola was and I only talked to the person answering the phone (probably not the ultimate decision maker).

  • saf

    DCRA approved my arbor, which they insisted on calling a pergola. It was zoning that said no.

  • i would have never asked for a permit for an arbor in my back yard. I’d have just erected it.

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