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Porches, Stoops, and Front Steps: Welcoming Spots to Socialize Safely

Apr 22, 2021 8:30:00 AM Christina Wilson

Regardless of how much or how little space exists on your front porch, stoop, or front steps, there are various ways to make that space more friendly and inviting for socializing. When it feels..

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Choosing a Color Scheme for Your Old Brick House

Apr 8, 2021 8:45:00 AM Christina Wilson

Brick homes can be refreshed and beautifully transformed with the right paint job. Following a few helpful color scheme guidelines can assure a gratifying result.

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When Your Retaining Wall Needs Help

Mar 10, 2021 9:28:47 AM Christina Wilson

If you own a rowhouse or other historic home in DC, there's a good chance your home has a retaining wall along at least one border of the property. At some point, that retaining wall will likely..

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The Damp Realities of Doglegs

Feb 25, 2021 7:45:00 AM Christina Wilson

In the DC area, homeowners likely know all about "doglegs" built into many historic two to three-story rowhouse homes, which share at least one wall side with their neighbor's house. Doglegs were..

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Remodel, Renovate, Restore | What's the Difference?

Feb 19, 2021 12:49:17 PM Christina Wilson

Even contractors sometimes use the terms remodel, renovate, and restore interchangeably, though these terms have entirely different meanings. When working on a home in a historic district, it’s..

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Key to Testing the Condition of Your Mortar

Jan 21, 2021 11:44:11 AM Christina Wilson

If you've got a brick home, you are undoubtedly aware that brick is not only beautiful but one of the most durable and long-lasting materials for outside structures and facades. Still, over time,..

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Clean Rain Gutters Now for a Trouble-Free Winter

Dec 17, 2020 12:32:00 PM Christina Wilson

One of the most damaging things we see that allows water to invade homes begins before the cold winter months start. Some simple maintenance can prevent this serious problem from developing...

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Seasonal Décor for Historic Entryways

Dec 10, 2020 8:45:00 AM Christina Wilson

Historic Washington DC area homes have a unique beauty in any season, but many homeowners choose to add special holiday touches to their home’s entryway when the holidays draw near. Here are some..

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When It Rains It Pours: Water Penetration via Failing Brick and Mortar

Dec 3, 2020 8:45:00 AM Christina Wilson

Stately old homes are a thing of beauty. Historic neighborhoods, like those in Washington DC, boast many brick homes built in the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries. These homes require..

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When You Can't Do It All: Prioritizing Home Renovations and Repairs

Nov 27, 2020 7:45:00 AM Christina Wilson

Homeownership is a big responsibility. One constant that all homeowners face is the need for ongoing maintenance. Any homeowner will tell you there is always something that needs doing; repairs,..

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