Renaissance Development Blog


Can I Save Money With Spot Tuckpointing?

Sep 5, 2019 12:14:23 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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What To Do If Your Brick Walkways Are a Disaster?

Aug 29, 2019 5:09:45 PM Christina Wilson

IIn the historic neighborhoods of Washington DC, brick walkways and steps of homes, in deep reds, oranges and browns, create unique curb appeal for entryways – until they need repair. Bricks that..

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What is the Best Way to Plan Your Old Home Renovation?

Aug 22, 2019 10:54:34 AM Christina Wilson

Historic Washington DC brick homes give their neighborhoods a classic elegance that is unique to century-old row homes. When restoring one of these structures, homeowners try to integrate modern..

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What Should I Know About Water Damage to Old Brick?

Aug 15, 2019 1:43:17 PM Christina Wilson

As a preservationist I love the enduring exterior brickwork of the Washington DC area's 100-year-old brick buildings.  Whether single owner homes or multiple units, the rich sense of history..

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How to Clean Old Brick Facades With Care

Aug 8, 2019 5:21:40 PM Christina Wilson

Brick and masonry might be among the longest-lasting, most weatherproof building elements, but old brick buildings still require maintenance and repair. To ensure long-lasting structural integrity,..

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Should You Worry About that White Stuff on Your Brick Wall?

Aug 1, 2019 3:38:05 PM Christina Wilson

Have you ever noticed a coating of white powdery stuff on your exterior brick walls? The technical name for this white powder is efflorescence. Although undesirable, efflorescence is usually not..

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How to Select Replacement Windows for Your Old Home

Jul 29, 2019 2:59:48 PM Christina Wilson

If you own an old or historic home in the Washington DC area, you've probably invested time and resources in renovations and maintenance. Many of these classic old homes still have their original..

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What Can the Right Outdoor Lighting Do For Your Patio?

Jul 18, 2019 8:30:00 AM Christina Wilson

Summer is the time for outdoor living. Many homeowners in Washington DC’s historic neighborhoods enjoy the comfort and privacy of a backyard patio. Whether entertaining friends or enjoying quiet..

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The Best Way for Property Managers to Hire a Masonry Contractor

Jul 11, 2019 1:18:38 PM Christina Wilson

If you are the manager of a brick apartment building or condominium in DC, you pay attention to signs of deterioration in the brick facade. Maybe you're dealing with one of the classic old..

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Tips for Survival: The Challenge of Renovating an Old House

Jul 4, 2019 8:30:00 AM Christina Wilson

You've just purchased an old DC brick house, and have lots of ideas about what you want to do with it. You can look beyond the neglect to see restored plaster walls, reproduction wall paper and..

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