Thursday, June 21, 2007

Proper Rowhouse to Condo Conversion?

Thanks to reader Ed for his heads up about this condo conversion on the 3400 block of Warder St. So what do you think, is this how it is supposed to be done?

Ed writes:
"It's an old rowhouse being converted to condos across
the street from Park View Elementary on the 3500 Block of Warder St..
Just like the house at NH Ave and Upshur they've added a third level,
but it looks sooo much better than the one on NH Ave. The 3rd floor
addition in this case is also brick, so it matches the lower 2 floors,
and they also made the window alignment on the addition the same as the lower floors. It looks like it could have been there for years."

Agree? Disagree?

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

I was lucky enough to go inside this particular structure about 4 weeks ago. The plans they have for this particular project are very impressive and some of the units have an incredible amount of space. From what I can tell, KL believes in quality work.

Chris said...

It definitely looks tasteful. It appears as if actual thought was put into the design. It should have nice curb-side appeal when it is finished.

Anonymous said...

I think it still looks horrible.

Anonymous said...

Agreed. Most of these smaller rowhouse to condo developments takes the beautiful housing stock in our neighborhood and just destroys it.

poo poo said...

i think it looks ugly.

i aree with anon above.

Anonymous said...

If you want a condo why not buy in a building? These row house to condo conversions seem silly to me, paying $250K+ and god knows what if there is an accessment for a leaky roof or something. Who needs it. Can't the trendies just stay in Adams Morgan or Columbia Heights? Aren't there enough condos there for them? STOP THE CONDOS! DOWN WITH SIDING! NO MORE STACKED WASHERS AND DRYERS! ANARCHY!

Anonymous said...

For the people who critical of the project, keep in mind that this is not anywhere near the finished product. Don't pass judgement so soon.

Laurie said...

This one doesn't bother me as much as the Upsher and New Hampshire debacle because it's on a block where the buildings already vary. The one on Upsher and New Hampshire is so awful partly because it is attached to a nice row of ROWHOUSES. It's like "rowhouse, rowhouse, rowhouse, eww big ugly monster." I'm not saying that every house has to be identical, but I think it's a shame to have it be that noticeable structurally.

Anonymous said...

Disagree. I think it looks ridiculous - like a big box. Why couldn't they at least add an interesting roof line or architectural feature? A turret like the house next to it? How creative is it to put a rectangle on top of a rectangle???
Ugly.

Anonymous said...

This one is much better compared to the one two doors down, they only left the front of the building and built a huge apartment building. But, that being said, I would prefer restored rowhouses....

Shaw Rez said...

I'm not a fan--the top story looks tacked on. I don't think any finishing touches can change that.