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  • SF

    Looks like they’re putting in a pergola. Very cool, there should be more of these in DC.

  • blithe

    A Succah?

  • anon

    not gonna do it wouldnt be prudent

    better ways to utilize what is a good yard, all you need is a patio and some good gardening. as a homeowner, the structure is a waste of wood and adds more maintenance. why not even create front porch instead? don’t mean to rub it in….

    • Anonymous

      Wouldn’t the new front porch use a lot of wood and need a lot of maintenance? What’s the difference? Let them build a pergola if they want. Jeesh.

      • anon

        obviously no one is stopping them from building their pergola, it’s built already. is it okay with you if i comment that i wouldn’t have done this, and offer other options?? why else are we on this thread?? i think this takes away from the facade of the house, maybe a smaller version would be a better fit, but this doesn’t look right to me. can i say that?

        • Anonymous

          You can say whatever you like (unless the moderator doesn’t like it, of course). I just found it odd that the jab you took at it was about it being a waste of wood and a lot of maintenance… then you suggested an option that was a waste of wood and a lot of maintenance.

          Please don’t take it so personally. I just thought it was a bit of a buzz kill for the folks are trying to improve their home.

    • ah

      +1 Serves a different purpose than a porch, which is to bring something green and living into the yard without taking up useable space. Plus, a porch would block that English basement window.

      • anon

        depends on how you do the porch. i would add greenery in other ways, there’s plenty of yard space. this pergola dominates the front of the house in a negative way. not gonna do it…

      • anonymous

        No blocking of English basements windows allowed! :)

  • crin

    Whatever you call it, it’s technically an illegal structure in public space. Like in most parts of old DC, the space between the front door and the roadway is public space subject to very particular regulations. Could be zoning problems too since this would count against their lot coverage. It belongs in the backyard.

    • ah

      Perhaps they obtained a permit.

    • jdc

      +1 for Crin. I don’t think DCRA would issue a permit for this kind of structure in a front yard. I personally think it’s cool, but it does belong in a backyard.

      • MLH

        Oh you should see the back yard. They build a large shed back there that you’d think would be illeagal. But I guess it isn’t.

        • jdc

          a large shed, huh? that’s interesting too. i thought DC had strict regulations on building sheds and garages.

          • ah

            Sheds under 50 sq. ft. are exempt (DC Building Code Section 105.2.6)

      • ah

        DDOT issues public space permits. I’m not sure what kind of permit this would require from DCRA since it doesn’t contain anything nor have people standing on it.

    • Anonymous

      not every block is like that.

    • Anonymous

      If you know the exact address, you can check the permit status here: http://cpms.dcra.dc.gov/OBPAT/idjob.aspx

    • NS

      Crin is right. Usually in DC the front yard is actually city-owned land. Part of the streets right-of-way. I don’t think structures would be allowed.

  • margaret

    Looks like a semi-permanent sukkah to me, as well. Maybe they don’t have a back yard?

  • This will look a lot nicer once they get some grapes or hops growing on there – and then it’ll make the front yard look pretty inviting, I think!

  • Anon

    Pergola.

  • anon

    that is whack

  • Anonymous

    Eyesore. And if I was a neighbor, I would be checking on the permit status for this structure.

  • anonymous

    yeah, way to stifle the creativity. people here are so straight laced.

    • Anonymous

      Straight-laced people in DC? I’m stunned.

    • Anonymous

      visually it’s cluttered. It wrecks the relationship between the facade and the street. If the owners wanted a garden/patio effect, they could easily do so with a less obtrusive manner with less bulk. It’s a big front yard with lots of potential (ie project ideal for creative types), but this looks terribly tacky.

      It looks like it was built by a overgrown little boy trying to realize his dreams of building a really cool fort

      • Anonymous

        Yes, that’s my problem with it. It will certainly look better once it has vines and maybe a little patio set underneath it, but that won’t change the fact that it slices the view of the main level in half.

  • Anonymous

    This post gets the most obnoxious / least informed comments of the week award. Congratulations everyone.

    • anon

      back atcha

      • Anonymous

        You are in the lead cool guy.

  • Truxton K

    I live nearby this house. Before these owners moved in, this house was rundown and uncared for. Largely with their own hard work, they turned this house into a cool and modern place that still keeps with the look of the houses around them. I like that they are trying something a little different in the front yard and I think this is clearly a work in progress that will look as awesome as their house does when it is completed.

    • Anonymous

      and maybe they’ll share their swingset with the neighborhood

  • Anonymous

    I know nothing of the pergola legality, but I do know that it isn’t a Sukkah because it’s the wrong time of year for that. Sukkot is a harvesting holiday in the fall.

  • I like that its color coordinated with the rowhouse, but looks a bit strange until they grow the vines on it.

    Could be a good option for folks with no shade in their backyards but space is a premium so trees aren’t a good bet…

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