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Removing Stucco to Expose Original Brick

Jan 13, 2020 6:30:00 PM Christina Wilson

Many people purchase or inherit older homes that have layers of stucco covering an older brick and mortar exterior. For those who desire to remove the stucco to reveal the brick and mortar..

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What to Ask When You Interview an Architect

Dec 26, 2019 1:54:18 PM Christina Wilson

Many homeowners feel challenged by a major renovation project. If you are planning an upgrade of an old house, hiring the right architect is at the top of your list. Your friends can point you in..

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How to Tell if Your Brick Façade Needs Tuckpointing

Dec 20, 2019 5:24:33 PM Christina Wilson

Brick and mortar structures are considered to be among the most weatherproof and long-lasting buildings. And yet, older brick and mortar homes and businesses will need periodic repairs. Weather..

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Those Picturesque Icicles on Your Roof Mean Trouble

Dec 13, 2019 2:32:27 PM Christina Wilson

Many love the appearance of icicles hanging along the eaves of an old house, but those icy formations mean something ominous is also forming on your roof – ice dams. Freezing weather and plenty of..

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Why Is Traditional Tuckpointing Right for Old Brick?

Dec 5, 2019 8:30:00 AM Christina Wilson

Centuries-old architecture is a vanishing treasure across the United States. And while the battle to preserve beautiful and still-useful old buildings continues, many are unaware of just what is..

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Tips for Ice and Snow Removal from DC Brick Steps and Walkways

Nov 28, 2019 8:30:00 AM Christina Wilson

 

The harsh weather of winter adds ice and snow to DC brick walkways and steps. Using salt or other chemical de-icing products to remove ice and snow from brick walkways can damage and stain the..

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What Happens When There is Water Damage to Mortar?

Nov 21, 2019 8:30:00 AM Christina Wilson

The battle between moisture and structural deterioration has lasted since man first erected a structure, and it will continue. Masonry systems are designed to prevent the intrusion of natural..

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Make Sure Your Fireplace is Safe for the Holidays

Nov 14, 2019 2:35:49 PM Christina Wilson

It’s the season for entertaining friends and family with warmth and generosity. Nothing is better than a fire crackling in the fireplace to make everyone feel cozy. Do you know if your fireplace..

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What Should I Do to Hang Something on My Brick Wall?

Nov 7, 2019 1:32:08 PM Christina Wilson

The oldest of historic brick homes have solid brick walls of two or more layers called wythes, with plaster covered interior walls. Owners who expose an interior brick wall as part of the..

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Do I Need an Architect for My Renovation?

Oct 31, 2019 4:42:15 PM Christina Wilson

Maybe your family has outgrown your house. Or, you have a renovation in mind for an old home. Any remodeling project involves money, planning, and stress. You will face the need to make..

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