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Christina Wilson

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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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Why Is Ivy Growing on Old Brick a Concern?

Jun 27, 2019 9:48:58 AM 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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It's Smart to Have a Smart Old Home

Jun 20, 2019 3:19:58 PM Christina Wilson

Technology has changed the way we live in the 21st century. Smart homes are a rapidly growing trend. In a typical smart home, devices and appliances such as the thermostat and the refrigerator can..

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Tuckpointing is Messy. Here's How to Live With It

Jun 13, 2019 4:42:03 PM Christina Wilson

Your gracious DC brick home is showing signs of brick and mortar deterioration, and needs to be  tuckpointed. You have hired a masonry contractor who specializes in historic brick restoration. The..

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Old or Historic? Why Should it Matter to Homeowners?

Jun 6, 2019 10:06:12 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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Does Your Old Brick Retaining Wall Need Help?

May 30, 2019 4:16:57 PM Christina Wilson

Take a walk in one of Washington DC’s historic neighborhoods and notice the brick retaining walls that support tiered gardens in front of the old homes. These gardens are full of colorful and..

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How to Mount a Flag on Your Old Brick Home

May 23, 2019 8:59:59 AM Christina Wilson

In the historic neighborhoods of Washington, DC and Alexandria VA homeowners mount flagpoles to their brick homes. Whether displaying the "Stars and Stripes" to celebrate holidays like Memorial..

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New to Tuckpointing? You'll Need This Checklist

May 16, 2019 1:43:10 PM Christina Wilson

The bricks that make up your old home’s façade are durable enough to last for about a century. However, the mortar that holds them together is another story. It will most likely have to be..

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What You Should Know About Painting Your Old Brick House

May 10, 2019 3:39:41 PM Christina Wilson

Are you thinking about painting the exterior of your historic brick home? If a home’s brick exterior needs a makeover, painting it can give the property a fresh look, boosting curb appeal and..

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