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  • Personally I like pop-ups!! Nice way to add additional space when you can’t add on to the left or right and you don’t want to move. I say go for it. Looks great and I can’t wait to see it when it’s finished.

    • I don’t think PoP’s judging the *idea* of pop-ups, but whether this one is the awesome or is sux.

    • Are you a troll? The vast majority of pop-ups are done horribly and greatly detract from the neighborhood they are in. And I can’t imagine that you get much more usable space when a huge share of the space must be occupied by stairs. If you tried to build a pop-up in my neighborhood, I’d hope you would move instead instead of defiling my neighborhood with another bad pop-up.

      • novadancer

        or are you the troll? Have you actually seen a pop-up inside? We have one (one that was judged to be a cohesive pop-up by the PoP community) and we have a vast amount of space – huge master bedroom, bath and dressing area. So if done correctly it CAN add significant sq footage.

        • I don’t think anyone’s disputing that pop-ups add more space, or that they’re useful for their owners.

          I think what most people object to is that rows of rowhouses were designed to have a certain look and feel to them, and pop-ups destroy that look and feel by breaking up the roofline. They often don’t cohere aesthetically with the houses they’re added to, let alone with neighboring houses.

          Basically, pop-ups benefit their owners, but by (almost always) messing up the look of the block, they do so at a cost.

        • Even the dumbest pop-up adds square footage; that’s the point after all. The debatable question is how ugly it is from the outside and how much the property values of the rest of the block suffer.

    • christanel

      I agree with soulshadow55. No idea why there’s such vitriol against the very idea of popups. If they want to expand the size of their space-limited rowhouse then let them do it.

  • Ahem.

    Well-meaning, but bland
    A disappointing flavor
    Akin to fondant

  • Too early to tell.

    Looks like a major reno underway downstairs, too, and maybe some brickwork on top to blend? Should probably hold off on haikus.

  • Can’t recall seeing a pop-up with columns before. I dig.

  • At least this one looks thought out and not just plopped on top. The new roof-line is mimicking the old but I am going to withhold judgement until it is all finished.

  • I like that the pop-up is at least attempting to echo the original design in its shape and in the cornice(?)work… but somehow the columns on this one are making me thinking of a Miami-Rome hybrid.

    Definitely could be worse, but I’m not sure that it’ll end up “fitting in.”

  • Nah. A better alterntive would have been something like this.

    http://www.princeofpetworth.com/2012/04/pop-up-completed-at-13th-and-otis-st-nw/page-cat/pop-ups/

    Good pop-ups shouldn’t look like pop-ups.

  • I’m going to reserve judgement until it’s finished and (hopefully) painted the same as the rest of the house. Please post an update when it is!

  • christanel

    Oh and I like this one – looks nice.

  • Seems like they’ve put more effort in than others. Worth waiting to see the final product for additional details, finishes, etc…

    But, while they’ve taken the expense to add traditional cornice work and columns, they’ve really missed the boat on key alignments (columns not aligning with the centerline of the balustrade piers), cornice overhanging the original face of the building on the right side, etc… Overall, missed proportions. Wondering what they were truly trying to achieve?

  • So far it looks great. It should blend in nicely with the rest of the house after completion. The squat two level rowhouses rarely look great, so adding the extra level during a gut reno is a pretty obvious move.

  • Once they finish building up the parapet wall above 2nd floor it’ll be a grand ole’ Southern row house. Looks like the pop-up is at least 10′, so that has to potential to dwarf the rest of the house.

  • pop-ups have a bad rap because (a) the vast majority of them look hideous (but not all of them and (b) they tend to detract from the aesthetic of the block.

    This particular one looks better than most (I’ll reserve final judgement for when it’s done) and if the rest of that row did something similar, I bet it would look very nice. But alone, it is like the gap in a gap-toothed smile.

  • I want to live in a toaster house with pop tarts.

  • Absolutely awful. Yes, they’re trying hard to mimic the style of the original house, but the columns are all wrong and the scale of the building is now completely off.

  • It’s a fiction. It has 2 columns, great, but if that’s a “true” structure that looks logical, it should have two more columns on the flank of the projection and another at the far right corner. Basically, 5 columns total, one at each corner or angle in the entablautre in order to support the structure.

    But there can’t be columns, becacuse the entablature projects past the old building below it. Its’a a canitlvered structure which doesn’t need columns, but it’s designed to look like a load bearing structure. So instead of 5 columns, it will only have 2, unless they dangle the three other columns off the entablure like ginormous wind-chimes.

    It’s like a man in a gorilla suit. It looks kind of like a gorilla, but everyone knows it’s not real. And real goriallas looks better. Would you rather go on safari and see gorillas in the their natural habitat, or a room full of interns in gorilla suits?

  • It would be tight if they could use the roof of the adjacent house for a basketball court and/or rooftop pool. I don’t think the neighbors would mind.

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