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Christina Wilson

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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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Fall is the Best Time to Inspect Your Old Brick Chimney

Sep 5, 2017 12:52:18 PM Christina Wilson

If your historic home has a brick chimney, fall is a good time to have it inspected. The exposed mortar in many Washington DC old brick chimneys is particularly vulnerable to weather damage...

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Does Your Historic Brick Home Make the Right First Impression?

Aug 29, 2017 8:30:00 AM 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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How to Maintain the Warmth of Your Interior Brick Wall

Aug 22, 2017 8:34:00 AM Christina Wilson

So many of the historic brick homes in the Washington DC area display a beautiful exposed brick wall. Some are in need of repair, but in many cases, these old interior brick walls are in good..

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What Is The Problem With Spot Tuckpointing?

Aug 15, 2017 5:07:14 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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How to Research Your Historic DC Brick Home

Aug 8, 2017 11:48:19 AM Christina Wilson

If you own one of the many historic brick rowhouses in the Washington DC neighborhoods, you are probably curious about who built your home and when. Thanks to the Capitol Hill Restoration Society..

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What's at Stake When You See Crumbling Bricks on Your Home?

Aug 1, 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 damage. If the brick wall is part of the main structure of the building, the weakening of..

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Traditional Tuckpointing is the Best Method for DC Brick Mortar Repair

Jul 25, 2017 1:33:27 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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