Renaissance Development Blog


What Is the Best Masonry Contractor for Your Old Brick Home

Mar 22, 2018 12:08:12 PM Christina Wilson

Does your exterior brick inspection reveal signs of weather wear and other types of deterioration? Spring is the right time to get some expert advice. Historic DC homes require a particular..

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Why Does Old Brick Need to Be Tuckpointed?

Mar 16, 2018 4:21:02 PM Christina Wilson

Those bricks that make up your old home's facade are durable enough to last nearly a century. But the mortar holding them together is another story. It typically has to be replaced several times..

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Your Historic Home Needs the Best Quality Brick Restoration

Mar 8, 2018 4:00:00 PM Christina Wilson

In the historic neighborhoods of Washington DC, brick restoration and repair are essential for preserving the stately old buildings. Well-preserved brick and mortar protects the authenticity of..

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How to Find Renovation Gems In Architectural Salvage

Feb 22, 2018 8:30:00 AM Christina Wilson

Like most owners of old houses, your renovation plans probably include matching as many of the authentic building parts – doors, flooring, fixtures, and millwork – as possible. It is possible to..

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How to Make Old Windows Energy Efficient

Feb 16, 2018 2:00:35 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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How to Inspect Historic Homes Before You Buy

Feb 8, 2018 2:51:50 PM Christina Wilson

Of course, you love that classic historic house. You can picture how it will complement the other restored homes in the neighborhood. Before you allow that image to lull you into a decision,..

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How to Tell When Your Old Brick Needs Tuckpointing

Feb 1, 2018 5:43:40 PM Christina Wilson

Owners of a historic DC brick home know that they need to maintain the mortar joints of the old brick facades of their home. Tuckpointing, or repointing, is the process by which the joints are..

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What is the Cost-Benefit of Your Old Home Renovation

Jan 25, 2018 3:07:32 PM Christina Wilson

When you purchase an old home, you probably expect to take on some significant upgrading and remodeling projects.  Homeowners, whether motivated by resale or long-term residency, wants to make the..

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How to Protect Your Pipes In Freezing Weather

Jan 18, 2018 8:30:00 AM Christina Wilson

When water pipes freeze in the cold weather, homeowners face multiple disasters. Aside from the inconvenience of turning on taps that produce no water, there is the potential for water damage to..

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Why Do You See Bubbling on Your Plaster Walls?

Jan 11, 2018 1:42:52 PM Christina Wilson

When owners of historic brick homes in DC neighborhoods notice bubbling on their interior walls they have lots of questions. It's not obvious that both the cause of the interior damage and the..

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