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How to Find the Best Masonry Contractors for Historic DC Brick

Nov 15, 2018 9:33:16 AM Christina Wilson

Does your exterior brick inspection reveal signs of weather wear and other types of deterioration?  Historic DC homes require a particular expertise for brick restoration and mortar repair. You..

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Lime Mortar is the Perfect Partner For Old Brick

Nov 8, 2018 6:02:49 PM Christina Wilson

For owners of many historic homes in Washington DC, brick mortar repair is necessary to maintain the integrity and value of the old structures. This type of brick restoration involves the craft of..

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Old Interior Brick Adds Warmth to the Holidays

Nov 2, 2018 11:42:11 AM Christina Wilson

During the holiday season historic brick homes in the Washington DC area use an exposed interior brick wall as a backdrop for entertaining. These old interior brick walls add warmth to the holiday..

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How to Reduce Energy Loss in Old Windows

Oct 25, 2018 3:41:38 PM Christina Wilson

 “Windows are the eyes of a house.” As the most visible elements of old homes, windows define the character and curb appeal of the buildings. Moreover, they offer clues to the history and..

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Do You Know if Your Old House is Historic?

Oct 18, 2018 2:57:41 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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Your Old Brick Chimney Needs the Right Kind of Repair

Oct 11, 2018 3:08:04 PM Christina Wilson

If your historic home has a brick chimney, it may need to be repaired before the winter weather hits. The exposed mortar in many old brick Washington DC chimneys is particularly vulnerable to..

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What's the Best Way to Fix Interior Walls That Have Water Damage?

Sep 27, 2018 8:30:00 AM Christina Wilson

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

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What Should I Know About Water Damage to Old Brick?

Sep 20, 2018 1:25:21 PM Christina Wilson

As a preservationist I love the enduring exterior brickwork of the Washington DC area's 100-year-old brick homes. The rich sense of history conveyed by these historic buildings is irreplaceable...

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Prevent Winter Damage and Increase Energy Efficiency

Sep 13, 2018 8:30:00 AM Christina Wilson

It’s not too early to tackle the yearly checkup of your old brick home. You don't need to hire a pro to get started, although it may be warranted under certain circumstances. You can take measures..

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Should You Rehab or Restore Your Old House?

Sep 6, 2018 3:39:21 PM Christina Wilson

Ownership of an old brick home in one of DC’s historic neighborhoods comes with a unique set of responsibilities and decisions. Unlike owners of newer and more modern homes, you face the challenge..

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