Atlantic Street was one of my first houses in DC. It is an old charming house built just after WW I. One of the neat things about the house is the gable type roof with a nice dormer for the bathroom -- a type of house that is no longer built.
I remember distinctly getting an email about the fire. I was in Guantanamo Bay and what was nerve wrecking was that there was not much I could do. I could not contact anyone and worst of all, I could not visit my tenants.
The firemen had also broken all the windows as well as cut a hole in the roof to vent out the smoke.
I didn't know what to do with the hole, so I decided to keep the hole and install a skylight.
The fire wasn't bad, but the smoke damage was. So instead of repainting it, I decided to take down the ceiling.
We also opened up the crawl space attic and created cathedral ceilings. It was tricky creating a vaulted ceiling, but we made it work, but when we were done, it looked fantastic.
We also opened up parts of the dormer for a space that was not been used and converted it to a den.
Read the Zillow.com assessment of the house to include fair market value:
Pictures taken before we installed the siding.
The quaint gable-roof house on Atlantic Street sometime after the fire. Notice the heavy-up by the side of the house.