Judging Pop Ups – I Think I Found Another Good One

Most of the time I post pop ups the reactions are universally negative. And in many cases that is certainly understandable. So I’m always happy to share ones that I think do a good job. This one from Capitol Hill is still getting worked on but I think they did a great job. You like the way it’s turning out?

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  • Looks good to me. I’d love to know to know details such as cost of the project and see interior pics.

  • That is very, very nice work. Would love to know who the general contractor is if anyone knows.

  • This house is across the street from me…I agree that it looks way better than the average pop up…but I wish there were some more viable non vinyl siding alternatives.

  • I’m not hating that.

  • My nephew: “It doesn’t look ghetto at all. That’s good!”

  • too bad they used what looks like metal for the pop-up roof rather than the ceramic shingles.

  • Looks good from the front – why not put some windows along the side? – I also would love to hear from architect-builders-homeowners on projects like this as to decision & costs.

  • This is better than most pop-ups I’ve seen, but what’s going on with the roof? If the owner spent money to add the pop-up you think they’d at least make the roof look continuous. Also, brick on the side would make this addition seem authentic.

  • saf

    Negative reaction here.

  • Pretty nice. The owner’s have done a fine job of integrating the additional space with the existing structure. Too bad they couldn’t get the roof tiles to match and ended up with that distracting horizontal transition piece. I like the slight setback of the wall along the alley. No idea if its complete or not, but the verticals between each panel are distracting to me, perhaps it will eventually get painted. It looks fine without windows on the side, but yes it is possible to add windows along an alley.

  • I appreciate that they made an effort to continue the style of the facade… but like others, I don’t understand why they didn’t make the roof continuous. And I wish they’d used a darker color of ceramic tile; that orange is pretty bright.

  • The Material for the lower part and the upper part look different (the lower part may be original) and I wonder if the material for the top part is just off enough that it wouldn’t work.

    I do think the side transition is a bit awkward but as imperfect as it is, that is a vast improvement over some of the pop-ups featured here.

  • orderedchaos

    Yep, that’s a good one — it’ll never be a perfect match, of course, but their attempts to blend in are appreciated.

  • I am totally puzzled by the love this one is getting. I think it is awful.

    • christanel

      +.5 I don’t mind the pop-up – it’s cute. But I really don’t get the DC obsession with living in a house whose facade is from 1915 while renovating the hell out of the inside. A house should be attractive on the outside and inside. Sorry to say – but most DC rowhouses don’t make that cut.

  • The roof reminds me of an old Taco Bell.

  • I live on this street. There are serveral pop ups around us. This one is unique becasue not only did they pop up but they also dug out and added a basement. This was already a 5 bedroom house I can:t wait to see the finished product.

  • first two levels are all good, but the topmost level doesn’t blend in at all. it’s like they gave up when they finished the first two floors (er, if you don’t count the basement level another commenter mentioned).

  • I love the idea of extending a classic Wardman (I think that’s the name for that style house?) upwards like this. If it was an interior unit, it’d be perfect the way it is – best pop-up of the year. I personally have a preference for using the same building materials that are present on the original structure for visible parts of additions, though, so as an end unit, I would have loved to see real brick (or even fake brick – it’s high up enough nobody would ever know) on the side facing the alley, at least.

    I hope they use the yogurt trick to age the terra cotta roof. I don’t know which type of yogurt it is, but a neighbor did it years ago – smear yogurt all over the terra cotta on a warm (but not hot) day, let bake all day in the sun, rinse off at night, and done – instant aged look. Or any other trick to accomplish that “not-showroom-new” look sooner rather than later.

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