GDoN “Cabinets And Closets Galore!” edition

by Prince Of Petworth November 1, 2016 at 12:10 pm 23 Comments


This house is located at 1955 H Street, Northeast. The listing says:

“Another Quality Renovation By ION Construction. Totally Renovated From Top To Bottom. Cabinets And Closets Galore!. Features 3 Bedrooms 3 Full Baths Den/Office Custom Ceramic Tile Full Finished Basement With In Law Suite And Kitchenette. Potential Rental Income! Off Street Parking And Large Custom Rear Deck. Two Blocks From The DC Streetcar Shopping Blocks Away .You Don’t Want To Miss This!!!”


You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/3 bath is going for $559,000.

  • LedroitTigah

    I absolutely hate the design. Seems overpriced for location and cheap reno.

  • anon

    Super over-priced and awful design. The tile is godawful. Also, it is extremely ill-advised to remove the bars from the front windows and door and put in a full glass door (I used to live a block away and would never dream of doing that even now).

    • DC_KT

      My thoughts exactly. “that price doesn’t even include burglar bars??”

  • Woodridge

    I guess ION “quality” means installing the microwave trim upside-down.

    • Bloomy

      lol… so bad

  • HaileUnlikely

    This is downright hideous. I’m generally not one to get all excited about high-end new shiny finishes, but I don’t usually find them objectionable. I think I actually *prefer* a lot of builder grade finishes from the 1980’s over much of what I see here, though.

  • ET

    When looking at the renos it sometimes feels that these developers are seeing these houses in the city as much more grand than they are. I know that most people moving to DC likely grew up in the suburbs and are used to much bigger houses. They are used to more square feet, bigger closets, and big kitchens with lots of cabinets. They likely want the big kitchen. But no amount of re-jiggering, pop-ups/outs, and glass tables are going to change that.

    I definitely think maximizing limited space – particularly in the kitchen – is very important (and often overlooked) but in cases like this it sort of feels like they did some maximizing space but still were trying to fit a suburban kitchen into a floorplan that wasn’t meant for it. Obviously, I am looking at photos which muddy the perspective, but it feels like the kitchen takes about half the first floor, with little room left over for much of anything else.

    • Yeah, I think you nailed it with that assessment of it being a suburban kitchen in an urban (narrow) rowhouse. I hate seeing these conversions that leave very little space for real living room furniture, and I especially dislike the ones that have no real wall space for a television. I get that some people don’t have TVs, but suspect the majority do, especially those buying homes with open floor plans for entertaining purposes.

      • DC_KT

        Yep, huge open kitchen and nowhere to put the couch and tv. That’s why I like that my condo was built in the 80’s, when people admitted to having tvs. (and apartments included actual closet space!) I might have a small closed in kitchen but it’s good enough for my purposes.

  • jumpingjack

    So dark! They took this on a bright sunny day, with the lights on, and the house still looks like a cave. This seems mostly due to the strange grate on the porch that blocks most light in the house. And the dark tile in the kitchen doesn’t help. It’s not often that photos of a newly renovated house make me feel sad.

    • textdoc

      Yeah, that grate/trellis/jalousie thing on the porch is downright weird-looking.

  • Idontgetit

    Isn’t this kitchen a day late?

  • Jeff Bates

    Replace the porches White paneling with a window and enclose it.
    Other than that, I don’t see anything wrong with it. The price is not that off, as I’m sure the sellers are willing to negotiate.

  • K

    I am genuinely curious about the weird caged off front porch. Who made that choice and why? It blocks 1 of the 2 natural light choices for the entire floor. It also makes the house look like a weird mod fortress. And it takes away the entire benefit of having a front porch.

    • ET

      I am assuming they were going for trying to make it more modern looking but instead just looks weird and hostile. It screams “Go away!” If I was a neighbor who didn’t know this was a flip job, I would just assume the people living there just wanted a DC address but didn’t really want to get to know the neighborhood they lived in.

      • K

        That is totally what that porch says. Taking down those horizontal slats should be weekend warrior project #1.

    • Anonymous

      As a woman, I think I would find coming home to that front porch positively scary. Walk up the steps and have no idea who might be there. Then again, the glass front door is a non-starter for me from a safety perspective. For the porch, a standard porch, like on the neighboring houses is the first choice, allowing one to come home in the rain, and close the umbrella, maybe even take off shoes before entering. Second choice would be an actual enclosed sunroom, but that would necessitate a change in the steps.

      • agree

        as a man i would worry about that too.

        not to mention it’s an ideal screen for someone to not be easily visible from the street while working on breaking in through the window.

      • 10thstreetmom

        That was my first thought too! I’d have to carry a poking stick like my grandmother used to carry on hikes in case she came upon hidden bears (yes she did that and yes carrying a poking stick makes as much sense as those wooden slats).

  • Rich

    At least it isn’t the usual grey covered boring drek. OTOH, the tile pattern in the kitchen is probably seizure inducing and the use of slats on the front and the kitchen is not exactly a great motif. The sliding windows on the second floor make it look like a cheap renovation from 50 years ago.

  • stacksp

    Hated it (c) In Living Color

  • CapK

    The house is also located next door to what appears to be hoarders. I can’t imagine they’ll get anywhere close to the asking price once people get a load of the next yard over. Guaranteed there will be mice in the basement in less than a year.

  • navyard

    Agree, especially about the fortress of solitude comments.

    Tax is listed at $1959. That must be the most recent tax bill (with the effects of a homestead exemption built in). Would it make more sense to multiply .0085 X sales price on these listings? Or do they hope that the house doesn’t get reassessed after the sale (good luck with that!)

    I suppose I would do the same if I were the listing agent, but it’s unrealistic from a buyer’s perspective. The actual property tax will likely double within a year of new buyer.


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