Washington, DC


Photo by PoPville flickr user Mr.TinDC. For some reason this photo came up when I was searching for backyards and who am I to refuse a gift from God.

“Dear PoPville,

I’m looking for recommendations for architects or builders (preferably with zoning/permitting expertise as well) for a small project at the backyard of my rowhouse. I’m looking to revamp the parking area and add a new deck. I feel like going straight to an architect who does entire homes isn’t the best option for me, but I don’t really know where else to start. Anybody have any good names? Thanks!”

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“Dear PoPville,

We’re looking for recommendations for a company to build a fence around my row house back yard. We had previously booked a well-regarded, but *notoriously* flakey fence builder. And, yeah, he flaked. It’s been months since we hired him and no progress. Bummer, but ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. Moving on with life. Can anyone recommend a well-regarded, non-flakey fence builder? Thanks!”

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“Dear PoPville,

This morning, a DC trash truck backed into our retaining wall while trying to make a sharp turn on our street on Quebec Place NW up in Columbia Heights/Petworth. They caused pretty serious damage as you can see from the pictures. The police came and we filed a report with the Dept of Public Works and the WPD but it seems cumbersome and the claim process seems like it’ll be dragged out for weeks/months. Read More

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Washington, DC

Photo by PoPville flickr user Eric P.

“Dear PoPville,

We’re looking to have the windows in our 4 story condo building professionally cleaned. Does anyone have recommendations for companies they’ve had good experiences with that aren’t exorbitantly priced?”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Tim Brown

“Dear PoPville,

We had some noisy neighbors move next door to our row house. We have the original 1920s wooden and glass paned door and wanted to add a storm door to help curb the noise from their neighboring deck that is next to our back door. Does anyone have any recommendations on companies that install these type of doors?”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Brian Mosley

“Dear PoPville,

I recently purchased an old home in the city, and seemingly like everyone else, am interested in taking down a small wall section to create an open floor plan.

Any idea what kind of contractor can tell me if it’s weight bearing or any recommendations?

I’ve looked on yelp and other sites and haven’t found anyone that can do it for residential houses.”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Jordan Barab

“Dear PoPville,

I live in a small, two floor condo building on Capitol Hill and, over the past year, I’ve been been plagued with recurring leaks from above my kitchen ceiling every time that it rains. My unit is on the second floor with a flat roof right above it. Despite having had the roof area above my kitchen both patched and replaced (on two separate occasions by different roofing companies), the leaking persists. Our latest roofer is at a loss and has suggested that perhaps it’s coming from underneath the adjacent units’s rooftop deck. Read More

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“Dear PoPville,

I have a water-damaged wall in the back bedroom on the top floor of my house.

Once I get the source of the water damage* fixed, what kind of contractor should I get to fix the water-damaged plaster (and possibly lathe) on this wall?

And do I need a different kind of contractor to assess just how deep the water damage is in the wall? Read More

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