Topic Tag: construction
I am interested in working with an architect to redesign the roof of my two-story, circa 1900 DC row house. I would like to add some skylights and relocate the HVAC system to the roof. Anybody have good experience and recommendations with local architects who take on smaller residential projects like this? I’m specifically looking for a firm that has experience with roof engineering, systems design (e.g., electrical and drainage for the HVAC), and construction oversight. Thanks.
I live in a decidedly plain looking row house without any of the fancy brickwork or architectural flourishes that I really love about some of the older row houses in DC.
I’ve been wanting to figure out what kinds of things I could add to make it look just a little more fancy. Stuff like adding onlays above the dormer windows or those “teeth” that some houses have just under the roofline. Does Popville know of any people who do this kind of work? Or a resources where I could actually learn the names of all these little accents?
I would like to change the stairs in my home from the existing horse shoe shape seen in narrow row houses (that breaks up the space on the first floor into two rooms) to a more common straight shape. My understanding is that DC code requires stairs to be of a certain width if they’re not changes to the existing case. That width would take 1/3 of the first floor. Does anyone know if one can petition for an exemption due to the narrow footprint of the house? Or another way around that requirement?
I am trying to figure out if the local ANC’s actually have any real or legal power over residential construction or building permits. We recently got permits to turn our carport into a garage. (It took a while) We are working with a larger area builder/company they did the designs and all the running back and forth for the permits. We have them post on our door.
We do NOT live in a historical area or any special zoning to our knowledge. And none of our neighbors have ever mentioned anything surrounding the topic. We have been open with our construction goals with our neighbors.
After materials were delivered today one of our neighbors called and said she was concerned that we may not have asked out ANC for permission for construction?? I can not find anything that states the ANCs have jurisdiction over approved residential building permits. I also think it is odd that this is the first and only person that have mentioned this to us. Any feed back?
Just looking for some feed back before I buy.
I rent the basement of a Capitol Hill rowhouse, and I often work from home. I signed my lease in August 2013, which will run through Sept 30, 2014. In the fall, I learned my next door neighbors are planning to do a complete renovation and adding on 2,000 sq ft in the rear. They will not be able to live there, so they are moving out when construction starts in May or June.
I share a wall with this house, and to this point I can hear anything that happens just outside my doors, and sometimes I hear their toddler running across the house. Clearly, I’m worried about how bad the noise will get when this starts. I’m sure that will not be the only issue, but that’s my main concern at the moment.
Do I have any rights regarding terminating my lease if it gets bad enough? How much inconvenience and noise pollution should I expect to put up with? All of it through the end of my lease?
Further info that could potentially influence things: The house on the other side will go on the market any day now, and it has not been renovated in decades, if ever. Neighbors are speculating that it will also undergo renovation, but there aren’t known plans for this now.
I just bought property in DC and want to digout the basement to make a nice (permitted and legit) rental unit. I’d be happy for any contractor recommendations to get the work bid out.
I’m also 100% interested in any success, failure, hilarious, or horror stories on the subject of basement work, rental permits, etc.
Anyone know anything about the empty lot at Florida Ave and North Capitol St.?
I checked the DC zoning map, and it looks like a planned unit development (PUD) was approved way back in 2009 for a mixed-use building (residential and retail). But, obviously nothing seems to have happened since then.
I moved to the neighborhood recently and just curious if anyone has information on it!
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