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Your Old Brick Chimney Needs the Right Kind of Repair

Oct 11, 2018 3:08:04 PM Christina Wilson

If your historic home has a brick chimney, it may need to be repaired before the winter weather hits. The exposed mortar in many old brick Washington DC chimneys is particularly vulnerable to..

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What's the Best Way to Fix Interior Walls That Have Water Damage?

Sep 27, 2018 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 interior walls were covered with lime plaster...

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What Should I Know About Water Damage to Old Brick?

Sep 20, 2018 1:25:21 PM Christina Wilson

As a preservationist I love the enduring exterior brickwork of the Washington DC area's 100-year-old brick homes. The rich sense of history conveyed by these historic buildings is irreplaceable...

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Prevent Winter Damage and Increase Energy Efficiency

Sep 13, 2018 8:30:00 AM Christina Wilson

It’s not too early to tackle the yearly checkup of your old brick home. You don't need to hire a pro to get started, although it may be warranted under certain circumstances. You can take measures..

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Should You Rehab or Restore Your Old House?

Sep 6, 2018 3:39:21 PM 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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Do-It-Yourself? Expert Advice for Owners of Old Homes

Aug 30, 2018 2:47:56 PM Christina Wilson

Owners of historic brick homes in DC often face structural challenges to the exterior of their homes - repair and maintenance of brick facades, steps and walkways that require professional..

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Your Old Brick Home is Rich With Treasures of Urban History

Aug 23, 2018 2:30:02 PM Christina Wilson

 

Homes in Washington DC’s historic neighborhoods are well known for their brick row houses. These 18th, 19th, and early 20th century brick residences tell a story of industrialization and urban..

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Can Ivy Damage the Old Brick on Your Home?

Aug 16, 2018 4:47:35 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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Love That Old House? How to Avoid Expensive Surprises

Aug 9, 2018 8:30:00 AM 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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Is Restoration The Best Plan for Your Historic Home?

Aug 2, 2018 8:30:00 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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