Renaissance Development Blog


Does Your Old Brick Home Make a Good First Impression?

Mar 7, 2019 12:45:04 PM Christina Wilson

The exterior brickwork of historic brick homes in the Washington DC area conveys a rich sense of history. The first impression of these well-maintained homes is enhanced by landscaping. When..

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Are Your Brick Walkways a Disaster in the Light of Spring?

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

Is your brick walkway a disaster? Does the front of your home present a safety hazard to pedestrians?  We all love the classic look of clay brick walkways with their deep reds, oranges and browns...

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How to Preserve Your Old Brick Retaining Wall

Feb 21, 2019 4:28:05 PM Christina Wilson

Washington DC’s historic neighborhoods are well known for the old brick retaining walls that support tiered gardens in front of the old homes. If you an owner of one of these homes you may be..

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What's the Best Quality for Old Brick Restoration

Feb 14, 2019 8:30:00 AM Christina Wilson

The desire to own a piece of history - with the unique workmanship and features of an older homes - motivates many owners. Historical neighborhoods tend to be stable, with well-landscaped streets..

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What Is The Problem With Spot Tuckpointing?

Feb 7, 2019 8:30:00 AM 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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How to Prevent Damage from Ice Dams

Jan 31, 2019 8:30:00 AM Christina Wilson

Winter. There’s no avoiding the harsh weather, with its freeze and thaw patterns. While walkways and steps demand immediate attention, there is also the problem of ice forming on the eaves of our..

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What's the Best Way to Clear Ice and Snow From Brick Walkways?

Jan 24, 2019 8:30:00 AM Christina Wilson

In the season of ice and snow, DC brick walkways and steps become a challenge for homeowners. The problems is that salt or other chemical de-icing products should not be used to remove ice and..

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Are Your Old Windows Drafty in the Winter?

Jan 17, 2019 2:32:35 PM Christina Wilson

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 architectural integrity of the house...

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What Are the Benefits of Historic Designation

Jan 10, 2019 8:30:00 AM Christina Wilson

When you purchase on an old brick house in the Washington DC area, you have taken a step into history. Many neighborhoods, particularly those located in Historic Districts, are known for their..

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Look Outside When You See Interior Water Damage

Jan 3, 2019 11:31:23 AM Christina Wilson

The old 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. Occasionally, during..

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