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Do You Know How to Care For Old Brick Facades?

Nov 14, 2017 4:08:18 PM Christina Wilson

Owners of historic DC brick homes have likely heard of tuckpointing. Also known as repointing, it is the process by which the facades of brick structures are restored and maintained. Even the most..

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Is Your Interior Brick Wall a Focus for Entertaining?

Nov 8, 2017 12:30:46 PM 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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What Can You Do About Energy Loss in Your Historic Brick Home?

Oct 31, 2017 8:30:00 AM Christina Wilson

The beauty and charm of historic homes radiate from their unique and stately classic features. However, like the lovely but leaky original windows, many of these features are not as energy..

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How to Find the Best Masonry Contractor for Your Old Brick Home

Oct 24, 2017 8:30:00 AM Christina Wilson

Did your fall exterior brick inspection reveal signs of weather wear and other types of deterioration? It's not too late to get some expert advice. Historic DC homes require a particular expertise..

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Do You See Water Damage on Your Interior Walls?

Oct 10, 2017 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 interiors were covered with lime plaster...

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Why Is Ivy Growing on Old Brick a Concern?

Oct 4, 2017 5:54:00 PM Christina Wilson

Do you have ivy growing on the walls of your brick home? It can certainly look beautiful, particularly during the warm months when the ivy blooms. It adds a thick green texture to the wall and..

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Look For Water Damage When You Have Spalling Brick

Sep 26, 2017 12:41:12 PM Christina Wilson

Owners of old brick houses in Washington DC’s historic neighborhoods might notice a crumbling or flaking of the surface of their brickwork. This form of deterioration, known as spalling, usually..

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Get The Charm of Original Windows and Energy Efficiency

Sep 19, 2017 3:30:26 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 Use Architectural Salvage For Your Home Renovation

Sep 19, 2017 2:58:09 PM 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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What is Spalling Brick and Why Should You Care?

Sep 12, 2017 8:30:00 AM Christina Wilson

When I see an old brick house with crumbling or flaking of the surface of the brick wall, I recognize a type of damage known as spalling brick. If the brick wall is part of the main structure of..

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