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  • Never to early to CUE THE OUTRAGE.

    Actually this one looks fine.

  • Meh. Not quite tall/obnoxious enough to be a middle finger but definitely an index finger to the neighborhood.

  • is that particle board? Cheapness knows no bounds.

    • No, it is OSB and it is being used appropriately. Ignorance knows no bounds.

      • Umm, no. OSB is used because of cost. It does not fare as well as plywood when weather conditions fluctuate. But, it’s cheaper, so there you have it.

      • brookland_rez

        The issue to me isn’t OSB vs plywood. A proper pop up should be done in brick and match the house. The fact that it has OSB means they will put cheap vinyl siding on it or at best hardiplank cement board siding. Either of which will be ugly.

        • when’s the last time you saw a building made with brick as the structure?

        • There is literally zero residential construction in this country these days that’s actually fully masonry the way 100 year old houses were built (i.e. the actual structure was brick and joists are attached to the masonry which is load bearing). All masonry is a veneer done on top of OSB. This can be done so well that you can’t even tell it’s a transition, or it can look like cheap brick veneer glued to plywood…

          • I think in hurricane prone areas they construct using masonry (aka CBS housing – Concrete Block Structures). Looking at the shadow cast by the existing facade and window placement, it looks like they may well be bricking it in. I do hope they do not put vinyl on the side but then again, everybody does ti!

        • One of my neighbors is currently building a pop-up. They did wood framing and boarding (can’t tell if it’s plywood or OSB), Tyvek wrap, and now the bricklayers are covering the wood with a brick exterior. It looks pretty good. So perhaps this pop-up will do something similar?
          Just because you see wood framing doesn’t necessarily mean that they will finish it with ugly vinyl siding.

          • brookland_rez

            That’s what I meant. I’m fine as long as they put brick on the exterior. But the way the OSB is lined up, I don’t see how they can be doing this.

        • Incorrect. Brick veneer over OSB or ply is most common and much more structurally sound. Brick construction is very weak during earthquakes, which is why in CA anything structural CANNOT be made of brick.

  • Love the windows!

    I think this is gonna be real nice when done.

  • justinbc

    Assuming they continue the brick facade and don’t resort to paneling I see nothing wrong here.

    • Yup. If they do something in the style of the existing building this home will look great and add to the character of the block. If they do something blank or garish, release the hounds.

    • brookland_rez

      The way the OSB is lined up with the brick I don’t see how they can possibly be planning to continue the brick upwards. Maybe we can revisit this in a month or so, but I can almost guarantee they’re going to put cheap siding.

  • I guess when you do these pop ups you either try to blend or you just re-vision. Since most flippers can’t blend to save their lives I would rather go with a well done re-visioning. I don’t know that this will in the end be well done but it may turn out better than a lazy, crappy job like flippers usually do – it all depends on what they face that new addition with.

    Me, personally, I am not so against pop-ups in theory, but since most of the ones we see in DC are just so badly done I hesitate to wholeheartedly get on board.

  • This house is in Near Northeast, not NoMa. The NoMa BID identifies 2nd St, NE as the eastern boundary of the neighborhood — this house is on Abbey Place, two blocks east. Granted, “Popping up in Near Northeast” is a mouthful, but don’t neighborhoods deserve the dignity of being distinguished from one another? Let’s give Near Northeast its due.

    • near northeast is a throwaway neighborhood name because the area had no real identity. just because it’s an older name, doesn’t mean it’s any good.

      • brookland_rez

        Near northeast is the name going back to the 1800’s. Navy Yard used to be called Near Southeast. I remember when they came up with the Noma name. It’s not that old of a name…

      • we most certainly have an identity…some of the largest row house front lawns in the district are on k st 🙂

    • NoMa BID’s definition aside, the block is a 2 min walk from the NoMa Metro. I think it’s safe to use that designation

      • By that logic should Park View not be called Petworth? The Park View neighborhood is also adjacent to the Petworth Metro Station. There are plenty of residential neighborhoods in DC that don’t have a vaunted history or acute identity, but does that mean we should simply abandon those names? Burleith, Colony Hill, Riggs Park, Greenway, and many others don’t have an identity beyond being home to many families, so we should just lump them into whatever the nearest metro station is called?

  • This disturbs me so much. Not on a visceral level, but it actually gives me chills. Although they are not bubbles/circles it turns on my Trypophobia. I get the same skin crawling reaction when I see self applied window tint that has all the gross little bubbles stuck inside..

  • i actually like this one a lot. great windows! and they actually open!

  • nice job being consistent with the original building’s fenestration. we’ll have to see if they have a quality mason continue the brickwork up the front, or if they slap paneling on it. If the former, this will be great. The latter, will be a nightmare.

    • Actually looks like they took out all the old windows and replaced them with the new style.

      • true, but the result is consistent and symmetrical. Have seen many of these where the windows in the new space are just randomly put in without regard to the fenestration on the first two floors.

  • I actually don’t mind this one. By converting the lower level windows to match the upper level, it looks like the building was designed to be three floors from the beginning. What I hate so much about so many pop-ups is that they come out looking like a normal, beautiful historic home that someone dropped part of another house on top of and forgot to ever take it down.

  • My perspective has less to do with aesthetics than with quality of life. Sitting on one’s porch in the late afternoon with a brew in one hand is one of the nicer things of life as one gets to watch the sun set. Whoever lives across the street from this building now gets early shadow not late afternoon sun.

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