Renovation Story

Front Facade

Renovation Story

2nd Floor Landing

Renovation Story

Front Porch Detail

Renovation Story

A Ruin Changes Hands

Renovation Story – A Photo Book


Excerpts from Renovation Story – Published JAN 2020


AS IS – Exterior

“What a mess! The masonry was covered with green slime and other suspect vegetation. The driveway walls had collapsed. The front door was “locked” with a chain that threaded through the mail slot and the hole left by the missing door hardware. The fanlight window over the porch had caved in and raindrops kept falling in the house. And snow. And birds. The beautiful entryway was rotted to sticks — inside and out — and a good swift kick would have brought the entire structure down in a pile of splinters and broken glass. What do you do with a place like that? EVERYTHING!


AS IS – Interior

Lightless. Enclosed. Claustrophobic. Dirty white walls and trim of indeterminate pattern covered with layers and layers of old, cracked paint. Dirty, dark green carpet — everywhere. Ductwork that pierced the beautiful crown molding and destroyed the coffered ceiling in the dining room. Plumbing pipes that ran through the monumental stair in the front hall, up through the gorgeous second floor landing all the way to the third floor. A tree growing in the intermediate landing between the first and second floor. A layout that was clearly focused on masters’ quarters and servants’ quarters. Not quite what we had in mind.”


We hope you enjoy the photos. If you need more detail, come and visit. We’ll be happy to tell you the many amazing stories about the house.

The World’s Longest Renovation Project: A Labor of Love – and Lunacy

“In September 2003, their $1 million bid for the house at 2224 R St. NW

was accepted. That’s when the complications began to mount.

“We soon realized it was a much bigger project than anticipated and before beginning any renovations, the building needed to be stabilized because it was in danger of collapsing,” Raymond Saba said. Fire had almost disintegrated the rafters supporting the roof, but the extent of the damage had been disguised by covering the rotted timbers with plywood.”

Embassy Circle - Exterior Photo - Front Entrance

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