Excavation #LittleK

In thinking about excavation as it applies to home construction, I did a little bit of digging myself (research-wise only, no manual labor here just yet). Excavation in and of itself is the process of removing earth to form a cavity in the ground. There's topsoil excavation, rock excavation, muck excavation, and even 'unclassified' excavation.... Continue Reading →

Phase I Begins | #2308

Also dubbed #LittleK, this week marks Week 1 of #2308 lovin' in the form of construction. Phase I will involve the following: excavation, foundation, masonry, underpinning, and waterproofing. The focus this week has been the excavation work needed to build the foundation for the property's rear addition. And, in the week prior, #2308 had some... Continue Reading →

Getting a Building Permit

When applying for a building permit with DCRA, as the homeowner in years past I have used the Homeowner's Center (excellent resource!) or used the Postcard Permit online system. Not so for this next rehabilitation, my biggest to date. Review Cycle Three (3) begins. Fingers crossed this next round leads to a building permit so... Continue Reading →

DC Market Trends

Pictures and the story behind my renovation's yellow pine to come soon (proud I am!), but first ... I just wanted to say, shout out to all of the buyers who are successfully purchasing homes in Washington. Why, you ask? Because, in short, buying in D.C. is competitive -- with plenty more losers than winners. Check... Continue Reading →

Home Inspections – Comparing Notes

Prior to purchasing real property (aka your home!), most buyers choose to hire a home inspector to perform a limited examination of their prospective home. I recently had the opportunity to see how home inspectors conduct an inspection … on two different homes in D.C. While the method and steps taken at each home did... Continue Reading →

August 2010 | Metro Man: Are you Lost?

August 2010 | Metro Man: Are you Lost? My first visit to Anacostia began with Metro delays [.surprise.], an “I can’t believe you convinced me to come with you” look on my friend’s face, and a concerned station manager. The end of this visit, as you may have already guessed, was markedly different. If one word... Continue Reading →

March 2011 I say, “Hello, Anacostia”

I am a new homeowner—today marks just under 2.5 months of homeownership. At the advanced age of ninety-five, my home is neither naïve in the ways of the world nor tireless in its efforts to foster community development. Instead, its run-down state illustrates exhaustion and neglect, and for too long the ability to find resonance... Continue Reading →

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