Renaissance Development Blog


Make Sure Your Fireplace is Safe for the Holidays

Nov 14, 2019 2:35:49 PM Christina Wilson

It’s the season for entertaining friends and family with warmth and generosity. Nothing is better than a fire crackling in the fireplace to make everyone feel cozy. Do you know if your fireplace..

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What Should I Do to Hang Something on My Brick Wall?

Nov 7, 2019 1:32:08 PM Christina Wilson

The oldest of historic brick homes have solid brick walls of two or more layers called wythes, with plaster covered interior walls. Owners who expose an interior brick wall as part of the..

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Do I Need an Architect for My Renovation?

Oct 31, 2019 4:42:15 PM Christina Wilson

Maybe your family has outgrown your house. Or, you have a renovation in mind for an old home. Any remodeling project involves money, planning, and stress. You will face the need to make..

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Why Restoring Old Windows is Best for Your Historic Home

Oct 24, 2019 3:22:59 PM Christina Wilson
The windows in historic DC brick homes are frequently an important element of the architectural integrity. Their design, craftsmanship, or other qualities may make them worthy of preservation.  .. Read More

Fall is the Right Time to Inspect Your Brick Chimney

Oct 17, 2019 2:08:55 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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How to Make Your Fall Home Maintenance a Success

Oct 10, 2019 8:00:00 AM Christina Wilson

It’s time to get started on your fall home maintenance. You can take measures to prevent winter damage and get a boost in energy efficiency before the weather turns unfriendly. Here are some..

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Do You Know How to Get a Quality Tuckpointing Job?

Sep 27, 2019 12:41:14 PM Christina Wilson

Your old brick home is located in one of the historic neighborhoods in Washington DC. Preserving the unique architectural and design features of your dwelling maintains the desirability of that..

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What Are the Benefits of Historic Designation?

Sep 19, 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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How Does Water Damage Cause Spalling Brick?

Sep 12, 2019 8:30:00 AM Christina Wilson

Owners of old brick houses in Washington DC’s historic neighborhoods might notice a crumbling or flaking of the surface of their brickwork. This form of deterioration, known as spalling, usually..

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Can I Save Money With Spot Tuckpointing?

Sep 5, 2019 12:14:23 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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