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  • “Mine’s bigger!”

  • can we at least get some kind of uniformity here? merits of pop-ups aside, these slightly off sight lines are killin’ me here!

  • Screw the greener lawn contest in DC. Its all about bigger house.

  • How much does a job like this cost? roughly

    • I’m not sure about pop-ups specifically, but I’ve heard in the past to budget $400/sq. foot for any home additions.

    • If you are doing it yourself through an architect and general contractor, the top floor part is going to cost $150,000 at an absolute minimum and can go up to $300,000 easily. We are spending about $225,000 on a pop-up with roof deck, though ours is more expensive because we are in a historic district and have had to get very creative (read, expensive) with the design and construction to keep it so that it isn’t visible from the street when done.

      It wouldn’t cost a developer that much because they are cutting out the GC middleman, however, they are paying a carrying cost on the property each month that they’re working on it.

  • Really, they couldn’t have just added a third floor that mirrored the look of the second?

  • The neighborhood is transitioning. It’s a good thing.

  • The same developer owns both houses, and he’s turning them into three condos each. I know because I sold the one on the left to him (after he started interfering with my property while remodeling the one on the right). What can I say? He made me an offer I couldn’t resist. (He also bumped out the back on the first house and stole a lot of my sunlight.)

    I’m not sure why he’s not making them uniform in height. He represented to me that he was going to use the same plans. I suspect, though, that the premium money is in the “penthouse,” and he decided that higher ceilings would add value. For what it’s worth, I found a “coming soon” posting online a while back that said the penthouse for the first house would be listed in the low 700s. I can tell you that the roof deck for the first house has spectacular views, including a view of the Capitol.

  • Do we have to get outraged on every pop-up? These both look ok.

  • There’s also a pop up at 5th and Ingraham. It’s contagious!

  • The city is going to have to start regulating these eyesores. Even one can really ruin the look of entire block, and with property values the way they are, we’re going to be seeing more and more of these.

  • I’m gonna pop up my Brookland Craftsman and make it a four story. maybe even six if they bump up the height restrictions..

  • I love it. Let’s make the neighborhood nicer. I know the developer, he’s a great, hardworking guy who build’s a beautiful product.

  • Seriously. This is quality work? This is cheap architecture. Mansard roofs and asphalt shingles don’t mix. You need to do slate or terracotta. And the two rowhouses would have looked much better if there were some effort to harmonize the rooftop sightlines. You can put different treatments (spanish like to the right, victorian to the left) on them to get variety. But this is just ugly.

    • I completely agree with this. Asphalt shingles look absolutely awful on mansard roofs. I don’t think the design in and of itself is that bad, but the developer could have made different choices in the finishes which would have made it a lot more palatable.

      • they should have asked you first

        • Yeah, would have been a good idea frankly. This sort of thing will limit this homes value in an area with rapidly escalating prices. Buyers with money looking for older row homes know what they are looking at and this screams “CHEAP!” The windows being offset already gave them a disadvantage to start with. Who knows? maybe they’ll find a sucker.

    • Agreed, pretty sure those who think this is nice think new=nice.

      Also, a side rant: I would really love to see flippers start selling homes with an exterior paint credit so owners can choose the color. Slowly but surely all the houses in DC are turning inoffensive developer grey and tan… of course I realize that’ll probably never happen because when you’re selling to chumps who think new=nice it has to be painted to show well. Maybe they could just leave them primed and do some work in photoshop to help people visualize?

  • Asphalt shingles on this kind of roof remind me of “La Petite Academie”….that daycare in South Carolina where I grew up.

  • this looks fine. better than the ye olde faux 3rd floor on the houses next door.

  • I like it and I think having the second pop-up next door also helps to make the first one look better. Also, plenty of original dc row houses have non-uniform roof heights, particularly if there is a slope to the street. We don’t have to consign ourselves to absolute boring uniformity.

  • Really like the pop up idea. Not enough yard space to bump out. Would like some guidance about how to start planning for this type of construction project. Please email back or text contact information to 202 277-8946 if you are willing to share ideas, or if you can suggest any helpful information. Thanks in advance for any suggestions you can render. JLN

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