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How to Make Old Windows Energy Efficient

Feb 16, 2018 2:00:35 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 Inspect Historic Homes Before You Buy

Feb 8, 2018 2:51:50 PM Christina Wilson

Of course, you love that classic historic house. You can picture how it will complement the other restored homes in the neighborhood. Before you allow that image to lull you into a decision,..

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How to Tell When Your Old Brick Needs Tuckpointing

Feb 1, 2018 5:43:40 PM Christina Wilson

Owners of a historic DC brick home know that they need to maintain the mortar joints of the old brick facades of their home. Tuckpointing, or repointing, is the process by which the joints are..

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What is the Cost-Benefit of Your Old Home Renovation

Jan 25, 2018 3:07:32 PM Christina Wilson

When you purchase an old home, you probably expect to take on some significant upgrading and remodeling projects.  Homeowners, whether motivated by resale or long-term residency, wants to make the..

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How to Protect Your Pipes In Freezing Weather

Jan 18, 2018 8:30:00 AM Christina Wilson

When water pipes freeze in the cold weather, homeowners face multiple disasters. Aside from the inconvenience of turning on taps that produce no water, there is the potential for water damage to..

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Why Do You See Bubbling on Your Plaster Walls?

Jan 11, 2018 1:42:52 PM Christina Wilson

When owners of historic brick homes in DC neighborhoods notice bubbling on their interior walls they have lots of questions. It's not obvious that both the cause of the interior damage and the..

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How to Identify Warning Signs and Prevent Ice Dams

Dec 28, 2017 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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Rehabilitation or Restoration for Your Historic Home?

Dec 14, 2017 8:31:00 AM Christina Wilson

Ownership of an old brick home in one of DC’s historic neighborhoods comes with a unique set of responsibilities and decisions. Unlike owners of newer and more modern homes, you face the challenge..

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

Dec 7, 2017 5:21:26 PM 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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Why You Save Money With Traditional Tuckpointing

Nov 21, 2017 1:47:10 PM Christina Wilson

If the brick and mortar facade of your historic DC homes show signs of deterioration, it's time to repair and restore. The first step is looking for a masonry contractor who can work with your..

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