Renaissance Development Blog


Do You See Bubbling on Your Interior Plaster Walls?

Jun 14, 2018 2:00:46 PM Christina Wilson

The stately historic brick homes in most DC neighborhoods were constructed with relatively soft, porous bricks and limestone mortar. Many of the interiors were covered with lime plaster...

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How to Select Replacement Windows for Your Old Home

Jun 7, 2018 3:05:42 PM Christina Wilson

When you buy an old or historic home in the Washington DC area, you probably have a plan to upgrade and renovate.  One of the decisions you'll face is whether or not to replace the original or..

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Old or Historic? Why Should it Matter to Homeowners?

May 31, 2018 12:48:43 PM Christina Wilson

When you purchase on an old brick house in the Washington DC area, you have taken a step into history. Many neighborhoods, particularly those located in Historic Districts, are known for their..

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How to Mount a Flag on Your Old Brick Home

May 24, 2018 8:30:00 AM Christina Wilson

In the historic neighborhoods of Washington, DC and Alexandria VA homeowners mount flagpoles to their brick homes. Whether displaying the "Stars and Stripes" to celebrate holidays like Memorial..

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Historic Designation. Is It Worth It? That is the Question!

May 17, 2018 1:41:44 PM Christina Wilson

Does your old home have a history? Many of the old brick houses and neighborhoods in the Washington DC area have stories to tell. One way to get the official recognition of your home’s connection..

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Is Painting the Best Makeover For Your Historic Brick Home?

May 3, 2018 11:55:38 AM Christina Wilson

Are you thinking about painting the exterior of your historic brick home? If a home’s brick exterior needs a makeover, painting it can give the property a fresh look, boosting curb appeal and..

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Can I Save Money With Spot Tuckpointing?

Apr 27, 2018 4:32:52 PM Christina Wilson

If you are the owner of a brick home, you may be tempted to choose “spot tuckpointing" when you see signs of damage on an otherwise solid wall. Homeowners and contractors alike consider it be an..

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Warning Signs of Old Brick and Mortar Damage

Apr 20, 2018 6:03:29 PM Christina Wilson

Hard winters are reminders of how devastating weather can be on brick facades. The freeze-thaw cycles eventually lead to damage to brick and mortar. Spring is the best time to take stock of your..

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Want to Know Who Built Your Historic Brick Home and When?

Apr 12, 2018 1:09:47 PM Christina Wilson

If you own one of the many historic brick rowhouses in the Washington DC neighborhoods, you are probably curious about who built your home and when. Now you can use a new free resource made..

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Why Use Lime Mortar for Tuckpointing Old Brick

Apr 5, 2018 11:43:16 AM Christina Wilson

For owners of historic brick homes, missing or damaged bricks in the building’s facades are a call to action. These stately exteriors require restoration to preserve their timely authenticity and..

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