Prefab Row House Getting Assembled at 4th and H St, NE


It’s been a long time since we’ve seen a prefab house come to town.



And thanks to Kate for sending a photo of the third story getting put in place:


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  • I don’t get it. I thought pre-fab was a trailer home. You can stack’em?!

  • Allison

    Back in college I used to volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and we’d use prefab parts (whole walls already put together, etc) and then just *poof!* throw them all up. It was amazing how fast we could get a home up! Looked more like a barn raising than a construction site.

  • Well the last prefab home construction in this area that I recall is Captiol Hill Oasis, and we all know how that turned out (terribly).

  • I’ve been thinking of doing a pre-fab modular home, if and when I buy in DC. There’s plenty of empty lots in DC that would be good for a pre-fab. All you need to do is lay the foundation and prep the connections for sewar, water, and electric.

    I’d love it if someone who’s gone the pre-fab route in DC could do a guest posting on their experience. Would love to hear how they found their contractor, the permitting process, costs, etc. I’m sure it definitely has its unique issues, but it seems like less headache than doing a gut renovation.

  • Vinyl siding? Really? Come on now….

  • I would like to hear from someone who resides in a pre-fab home. Benefits? Drawbacks?

  • They didn’t try to blend in with the surrounding block at all. Probably will hurt resale value, no?

    • I would imagine so. If you’re the only non-brick house on the whole block, probably not a great thing (though across the street there are a few smaller houses that have vinyl siding- probably covering up the original brick).

    • yeah — much better than having historic preservation to require something at least remotely compatible. I’m sure it’s ‘by right’ and probably practical and cost effective, but as a neighborhood we deserve something better than this.

      • I cringe every time i see some sort of cheap siding or anything that covers the bricks on an old rowhouse. IMO in just looks cheap and sloppy, I much prefer the original look of the brick. Thank god for some Historic districts in DC, so not every knucklehead can build a 5 story pop-up to give his neighbor’s the finger.

        • Indeed. Some genius covered the brick facade of our house in aluminum siding at some point in history. Now we are going to have to pay to have it stripped and the holes left from the stripping filled (but thankfully the brick has been beautifully preserved underneath). Why people ever thought it was a good idea to cover up nice brick with something so cheap looking is beyond me.

          • Be prepared to have the aluminum siding taken by people foraging from metal to sell for cash.

            I just put a sign on it, that way I didn’t have to feel like people were stealing from me, but that I was giving it to them. It was gone by 8:30am the next morning.

  • I’ve been thinking about whether these could be a good solution to replace our unimproved sleeping porches. Thoughts? They would be tight, strong, and woudl not need to match the brick (just look attractive). I think the hardest part would be trhat the house is no longer square.

  • pre-fab pop-up! score!

  • Nice. Urban trailer parks are vertical.

  • justinbc

    That is seriously ugly. I almost bought the house for sale 5 or 6 doors down, really glad I didn’t now. That would piss me off every day walking by it.

  • next to that awful awful restaurant

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